Verizon to lock its handsets for protection from thieves

The nation’s largest carrier, Verizon, has been selling unlocked handsets to its customers. This allows them to switch carriers, and replace one SIM card for another. But starting this Spring, Big Red will be making a big change. Today, Verizon announced that it will soon start locking handsets that it sells to its subscribers, preventing them from changing carriers with a simple SIM switcheroo.

Verizon says that it will make an announcement before putting the new policy in place. The carrier states that it is taking this action to stop criminals from stealing smartphones while they are …


Opera updates its Android and iOS browsers with bitcoin mining protection

Three weeks after Opera added cryptocurrency mining protection to its desktop browsers, the software company announced a similar feature has been implemented into its mobile browsers.

Opera and Opera Mini for Android and iOS now benefit from full bitcoin protection with the latest update, the company confirmed earlier today. Here is how it works, as explained by Opera:

The new anti-cryptocurrency mining feature is activated by default when enabling the ad blocker on Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The ad blocker can be enabled in ‘Settings,’ and it will automatically detect and …

Project Fi's Bill Protection plan offers unlimited talk, text and data for $80 a month and less

Google’s Project Fi hybrid MVNO uses a combination of Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks to connect its customers to the internet. And now Project Fi has announced a whole new unlimited data plan that it calls “Bill Protection.” Previously, for $20 a month, customers got unlimited talk and text and paid $10/GB for data. Money spent on data not used during a given month was refunded.

To better compete with carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint and their low priced unlimited offers, the new Bill Protection plan again supplies unlimited talk and text for $20 a month. And yes, you still pay $10 …

The Zizo Bolt case will wrap your iPhone X in a military-grade drop protection

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The iPhone X launch on November 3 is fast approaching, with preorders starting as soon as next Friday, October 27, and those who are holding off to buy one of Apple’s other new handsets because they want the unique X model, should start thinking about protection. No, not that kind of protection, but a wrapper for your $999 phone that will keep …

Starting tomorrow, fixing a cracked screen is only $29 via Verizon's Total Mobile Protection plan

Drop your phone and shatter the screen? As our high school English Literature professor might have said, “That’s sad. That’s too bad, but it is not a tragedy. A tragedy is a Greek play.” Actually, thanks to a sizeable 41% price cut, Verizon is now charging only $29 to repair a screen at 296 locations in the country. Or, you can have the repair done in your home or office in more than 150 U.S. cities. Certainly no tragedy, it is actually no more than a hiccup.

To take advantage of that low price for a screen repair, you must be a member of Verizon’s Total Mobile Protection plan. Starting …

Caseology's iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X cases are here: protection is priority

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The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are here and the thin-bezelled iPhone X will be available soon enough. We get wireless charging and glass backs… which easily translates not only to a nice new shiny look, but also a bit of a slippery grip and an expensive crack to repair.

It’s wise to invest in a case or two, depending on your lifestyle and …

The Phoozy Thermal Capsule for smartphones offers protection from overheating or freezing

Usually, if you want to keep your smartphone damage-free, you go and buy one of the many protective cases that are flooding the market. But what if you need more than just protection against drops or water? Meet the Phoozy Thermal Capsule, a new accessory that can protect your handset from excessive heat and excessive cold.

Made by a US company called eXclaim IP, Phoozy may look like a shiny pouch, but it’s more than that. With a multi-layer design inspired by spacesuit technology, the Phoozy Thermal Capsule features a Chromium exterior that “reflects more than …

OnePlus teams up with Otterbox to bring you ultimate protection

Otterbox is a famous smartphone case manufacturer, best known for its rugged protective designs. OnePlus has long been known to offer fitting accessories for its “flagship killers” straight from the OnePlus.net store and it seems as it’s ready to up its game even more!

Yes, cases for OnePlus flagships are nothing new, but, according to the company’s presentation, the new series are developed in partnership with Otterbox themselves. We don’t know how much that would affect the quality of the shell-style covers, which we’ve seen before, but we can see a brand-new …

Deal: Get an unlocked Moto Z with Moto Care Protection for $499 (limited time offer)

Need a high-end, unlocked smartphone that doesn’t cost more than $500? Motorola thinks you may want to consider buying its super-thin Moto Z, as it’s currently offering the handset for $499.99 via its official website. Unlike previous Moto Z deals, this new one includes free Moto Care Accident Protection for 2 years (normally $74.99).

The reduced price is not immediately visible when you want to purchase the Moto Z. To get the handset for just $499.99, you’ll have to select “Moto Care Accident Protection – 2 Years” and use the promo code MOTOZ200 at check out. …