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

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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

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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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