Altair and Verizon team up to speed up development of new LTE-based, commercial IoT products

Altair Semiconductor logoAltair Semiconductor, who make LTE chipsets, announced a new partnership with Verizon Wireless to accelerate the development of new LTE-based, commercial Internet of Things (IoT) products. Altair is currently showing LTE’s Release 12 PSM functionality at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas. This keeps their promise of a 10-year battery-life LTE connection.

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Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle customer complaints


The mobile carriers always seem to be in a little bit of hot water don’t they? Maybe it’s because they are always playing games with billing, throttling, and anything else shady they can think of.

This time around it’s a practice called “cramming” which is when customers are billed for third-party services they didn’t request. In most cases, it resulted in a $10 monthly charge in which Verizon and Sprint declined to offer refunds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, both carriers received roughly 30% of the charges.

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Three new Verizon Motorola smartphones appear with Quad HD displays


Now that summer is almost here, it’s time to start thinking about what Motorola has in store. They usually announce their products in the late summer to early fall. Of course, we know there will be a new Moto X and a new Moto 360, but let’s not forget about the Verizon exclusive DROIDs. Last year, Verizon chose to go with one DROID, the DROID Turbo. In previous years, they did offer multiple models, and it looks like they might adopt that strategy again this year.

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The One (M9) will be available to pre-order through Verizon next week


Earlier today, Verizon Wireless announced that it will start selling HTC’s flagship smartphone of 2015, the One (M9), in store and online starting Friday, April 10, with pre-orders kicking off on Wednesday, April 1. The handset will be available in either Gold-on-Silver or Metal Gray colorways with a down payment of $199.99 on a new 2-year contract or for $24.99 per month for 24-months with Edge.

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Moto E LTE (2015) now available on Verizon Prepaid for $99


If you’re looking for a great deal on a prepaid phone, than look no further than the Moto E LTE (2015). It’s now available at Verizon for only $99 complete with Verizon branding. That’s $99 without a contract. Let me repeat…..That’s $99 without a contract.

The Moto E is no kids toy either as it sports a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD for up to an additional 32 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 2,390 mAh battery, and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop right out of the box. Plus, it’s compatible with Big Red’s fast 4G LTE network. You simply cannot go wrong.

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