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2 years ago

Verizon to charge $2 fee for some methods of bill payment

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We're used to getting nickled-and-dimed by our wireless carriers, but this is just getting ridiculous. Verizon confirmed to PhoneScoop today (update: and issued a press release - link below) that it's set to start charging a $2 "convenieince" fee for paying your bill come Jan. 15. With a few caveats, of course. Here's the breakdown:

You'll be charged the $2 if you:

  • Pay with a credit or debit card online
  • Pay with a credit or debit card via Verizon's call-in channels

Now that's not necessarily a complete stroke of evil by Verizon -- it wouldn't surprise us at all to learn that Verizon's getting charged more for those transactions by whichever service it uses. Passing the buck to the customer isn't new, but nor does it make it any easier to swallow. 

The "good" news here is that there are ways to avoid that $2 fee. You can:

  • Pay by electronic check
  • Use auto-pay -- which allows you to pay via  debit or credit card, or electronic check
  • Direct bill pay via your bank
  • In-store payments
  • Verizon gift, rebate or rewards cards
  • An old-school paper check mailed to Verizon

It's pretty clear that Verizon's looking to push people toward automatic bill payments. But we'd rather see Big Red use a carrot than a stick here. Perhaps discounts for using auto-pay instead of penalties for using completely reasonable and accepted payments might be a better way to go, especially given that Verizon is very much in the doghouse of late.

Source: PhoneScoop; Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Santa bring you a new Sony Ericsson phone? Sony has a gift for you

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Did Santa leave you a shiny new Sony Ericsson smartphone under the Christmas tree? If so and you live in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK, Sony would like to give you 5 free movies and 90 days free access to their Music Unlimited service.

The offer is in fact open to anyone who takes ownership of a current Xperia smartphone or the Live with Walkman handset between Nov. 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2012. If you qualify, hit the source link for more information.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Verizon, on Twitter, says 4G is up and running again

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Verizon's Twitter account this morning tells us that its latest 4G LTE outage has been resolved.

4GLTE issue resolved overnight. 3G operated normally; calling, texting were unaffected.

It wouldn't surprise us to still see a few stragglers, but hopefully things are copasetic for most of you out there.

Source: @VZWNews

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2 years ago

Qello concert video app heads to Google TV

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When we reviewed Qello previously it was for the tablet and smartphone version but they've now moved onto the next obvious step for their content within the Google ecosystem. Through the newly released Qello for GoogleTV app, Qello will be bringing music fans everywhere plenty of HD content to rent all from the comfort of their living room. Whether you're looking to rock out to some Jimi Hendrix or just enjoy a documentary on the Doors, Qello has plenty to offer. The download link is past the break for you all, or you can hit the source link for more information.

Source: GoogleTV Blog

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2 years ago

Early build of CyanogenMod's 'Trebuchet' launcher available for Android 4.0.3 devices

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One of the most anticipated features of CyanogenMod 9 -- the upcoming custom Android distribution based on Ice Cream Sandwich -- is its new home screen launcher, dubbed "Trebuchet." Much like CM itself, Trebuchet expands upon what's offered in stock Android with a host of new settings and features, like the ability to customize the number of home screens, and kill the persistent search bar if you want. Now, thanks to the release of an initial alpha build, early adopters can test out Trebuchet before it's rolled out in CM9 next year.

The catch is that to install the Trebuchet alpha you'll need a rooted Android 4.0.3 device, along with some command line skills. Currently the GSM Nexus S is the only phone that has 4.0.3 officially, though other devices like the Galaxy Nexus can run 4.0.3 code built from the Android Open Source Project.

The current Trebuchet alpha includes just over half of the planned feature set -- for example, extra functionality like infinite scrolling and transition effects have yet to be implemented. However, if you want a sneak peek at what's coming in CM9 in the months ahead, you can find out more over at the source link.

Source: XDA
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

All HTC phones launched after September 2011 are now 'unlockable' from HTC Developer site

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HTC has updated their Developer site's bootloader unlock page, and the news is good:

All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.

We've verified this with the HTC Vivid, which does not appear on the "official" list. Same goes for the HTC Rezound. This is a big step in the right direction, and HTC has made good on their promises.  Thanks, HTC!

HTC Developer. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

The reality of 4G, Normal battery drain? [From the Forums]

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Another day, another VZW 4G outage apparently. While not everyone is on VZW to have the issue, we certainly hear those of you who are. If you're looking to pass some time while we wait for 4G to come back, feel free to vent your frustrations in the Android Central forums with others sharing in your pain.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Best Buy outs the unannounced Motorola Droid 4 on its Reward Zone site

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Best Buy's stellar track record with Android images continues, with the Motorola Droid 4 making an appearance on the Best Buy Mobile Solutions Reward Zone section. That'd be the still-unannounced (and, hell, not even guaranteed to be released) Motorola Droid 4. That'd be the Droid 4 that looks like a Droid RAZR with a keyboard. Whoops.

We still don't know when Verizon's going to announce the Droid 4. One possibilty would be at CES in a couple weeks, which would make since because by all accounts the thing's ready to go, and Verizon and Motorola are known for making a splash in Vegas. On the other hand, Verizon's kind of in the doghouse over its LTE network -- again. So we also wouldn't be surprised to see launches delayed while that gets sorted out -- again.

Source: Best Buy Reward Zone (pic); thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Build your own CyanogenMod ROM, no experience necessary

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If you've ever wanted to build a ROM yourself from scratch and happen to love CyanogenMod, there's a new tool that you might want to have a look at -- the CyanogenMod compiler.  What it does is build CM for your phone, without you having to do anything more than enter a number or two.  Once you set up your computer (the instructions even cover that part), you can download a set of scripts that do all the hard work for you.  When it's all said and done, you'll have a nice little package you can flash via recovery, and have your own home-brewed CyanogenMod.

And that might not be a good thing.  What you have will be no different than the latest nightly build, except that you had to spend time doing it yourself, and won't get any help from the CM team when things foul up.  Building from scratch is fun, there's no doubt about it, but this isn't just a one-click rooter tool -- it's going to take a long (as in loooooooooong) time to give you something you could have just downloaded more quickly in the first place. 

Anyways, if you used a one-click rooter, then flashed a recovery in one click through ROM Manager, you now have a one-click (almost) ROM builder.  It does happen to be great work, and lithid did a hell of a job with it.  I'm just afraid of what you guys (and gals) will break with this one.  Now that I'm done with the grandfatherly advice being the old curmudgeon, hit the source link to have a look -- and stay off my lawn!

Source: XDA-developersThanks, blackroseMD1!

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2 years ago

Krispy Kreme for Android: The only app you'll ever need (Mmmmmmm ... Doughnuts)

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There are two kinds of people in this world -- those who love Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and those who are wrong. For those in the former group, there's now a "Hot Light" app for Android. Using sophisticated doughnut technology, it triangulates your position relative to nearby Krispy Kreme eateries and then notifies you whether the "Hot Now" sign is on -- and it'll alert when you the switch is thrown.

It is simultaneously the most happy (for when that sweet, sweet notification comes in) and sad (light no blinky) Android app we've ever used.

We've got download links after the break.

Via @JayMassey

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