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Verizon Wireless XLTE Now Available in 300+ Markets

Great news for Verizon Customers who love fast data speeds. Verizon Wireless is bringing its recently announced XLTE to 50 additional markets, which makes the total number of markets nationwide where enhanced capacity through XLTE is available to more than 300.

Verizon Wireless XLTE operates on the 1700/2100 MHz frequency.  It is a supplement to Verizon Wireless’ existing 4G LTE network and the next step in ensuring high-speed data speeds for VZW customers.

XLTE enables a more mobile lifestyle for customers by doubling the bandwidth and delivering faster peak speeds to XLTE-ready devices, which currently number more than 28.  Average XLTE throughput speeds are in the range of 5 to 12 MBPS on the download, and 2 to 5 MBPS on the upload.

My findings have been very consistent with VZW’s states speeds. Here is a recent report that I conducted at my office this week:

To learn more about XLTE from Verizon, visit XLTE by the Numbers and Introducing XLTE.

Moto X OTA update Announced for Verizon Wireless

Breaking news from Motorola just came in today, conveniently after posting our review on the AT&T and Verizon versions of the  Moto X. The much anticipated Moto X OTA update for Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out with improvements to the camera software, Touchless Control, Moto Migrate, Moto Care, and call quality. The enhancements made a major difference in quality of camera shots and usability of the smartphone during our review of the AT&T model, so early adopters of the Moto X on Verizon Wireless should be pleasantly surprised to finally receive the update. AT&T and other carriers such as T-Mobile and Sprint had already had updates move forward. For the full run down, check out Motorola’s press release  below.

AT&T Next Plans to Battle T-Mobile’s JUMP! and Verizon’s VZEdge

Well we now know what AT&T had up its sleeve. Today, AT&T announced their new upgrade plan aptly named “Next”. Set to compete with the recently announced JUMP! plan from T-Mobile and the freshly rumored “VZEdge” plans from Verizon, AT&T Next promises consumers a new AT&T smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrade fee and no financing fees.

Tech, Telecom Giants Face Privacy Scrutiny for NSA Spying Program

Media reports accuse America’s telecom giants of providing vast troves of data about phone calls and Internet use to the National Security Agency (NSA), placing companies and politicians on the defensive against privacy advocates.

President Obama spoke on Friday in San Jose defending the use of network surveillance as a necessary tool to prevent terrorism.

“You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society,” Obama said. “I think that on balance, we have established a process and a procedure that the American people should feel comfortable about.”

The firestorm began with a report by the Guardian, which obtained a court order dated in April from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) that requires Verizon to give the NSA ongoing, daily information about phone calls in the US and abroad.

The FISA court had reauthorized that order every 90 days since 2007, according to the Washington Post. The NSA also reportedly used the FISA court to order data collection about phone calls from AT&T and Sprint Nextel, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The NSA also collects data from the networks of nine U.S. Internet companies through an initiative called PRISM, according to the Washington Post, which obtained a slide briefing about the program used by agency employees.

This scrutiny about government surveillance could make it more difficult for U.S. telecom and Internet companies to gain approval from European Union regulators to expand their businesses into Europe, former NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker told Bloomberg West.

British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has also gathered intelligence on British citizen through PRISM, the Guardian reports.

The PRISM documents list the dates at which the nine Internet companies joined the initiative. The companies are Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple. Statements from officials at those companies, including Google’s Co-Founder Larry Page and Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg, each denied involvement, claiming they did not allow the NSA direct access to accounts and that they do not disclose user data without a legal request from the government. None of the companies denied that the government had obtained user data from their networks.

These denials are carefully worded because the government does not need direct access to accounts to obtain information, according to Marc Ambinder, an editor at The Week, who explains how the government may access data using PRISM.

Reports of widespread domestic surveillance bring more heat on an already embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, who is facing criticism from members of Congress about the seizure of Associated Press phone records as part of a leak investigation and about the Internal Revenue Service’s admissions of allegedly targeting conservative groups.

Holder faced scrutiny about the Guardian story on the surveillance of Verizon’s phone calls on Thursday from members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce Justice, Science and Related Agencies, during a hearing that was scheduled coincidentally for the morning after the Guardian story broke. Guardian reporters detailed the meeting in a blog, including a subcommittee decision for Holder to give a future, classified briefing on the issue to the full Senate Appropriations Committee.

Former President George W. Bush began the NSA’s domestic surveillance of phone calls shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The New York Times unmasked the secret wiretapping program in 2005.

Mother Jones compiled a quick timeline of the NSA’s surveillance efforts spanning from 2001 to 2013.


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Verizon Wireless Announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Announced in January, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available online and in stores starting Thursday, March 7 for $599.99. You will notice that this tablet will not be subsidized from Verizon, a growing trend among wireless carriers.

The LTE 10.1″ tablet packs a 1.4GHz Exynos Quad-Core processor and 2 GB of RAM. The rear camera is a 5 MP auto focus camera with LED flash, and users will find a 1.9 MP camera on the front of the device. Photoshop Touch will also be preloaded onto the device for that weird tablet photographer guy inside of you we all know and judge.

Aimed at business users, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also come with enterprise apps such as Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption and Cisco VPN(Virtual Private Network). The Tab 10.1 also comes with Samsung’s S-Pen for jotting down meeting minutes or doodling over your children’s photos.

Verizon customers can add this tablet to their Share Everything account for $10 per month.


AT&T sets sales record for iPhone 5 preorders

To no surprise, AT&T has just announced that over this past weekend they recorded a record number of iPhone 5 sales, making it “the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.” AT&T states that “customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend.”

Although AT&T has set a record for preorders, at the time of this writing preorders are still available online (with a 2-3 week shipping estimate) and AT&T has assured customers that the iPhone 5 will be available in retail stores beginning at 8 am local time on Friday, September 21.