Verizon Wireless is getting a head start on CTIA by announcing a new mobile Web site for V Cast video content. The site, m.vcast.com, will allow users to browse content by category, channel, or show and then watch that content on their phone. You'll also be able to access and share content using social networking sites like Twitter. Accessing m.vcast.com will incur normal data charges, but you will need a device with a full HTML browser. At present, that's limited to the LG Dare or the LG Voyager but Verizon says more such devices … Read more
If you're not a fan of the preloaded ringtones on your cell phone, Verizon Wireless is providing an alternative way to get more catchy tunes on your mobile. On the eve of CTIA Fall 2008, the carrier announced Ringback Buddies, a Facebook application that lets you browse, purchase, and manage ringtones and "jukeboxes" from the social networking site.
You can install the Ringback Buddies application by searching for the word "ringback" on Facebook, and from there you can do a number of things. First, you can see what songs your friends like or want, purchase … Read more
Verizon Wireless and The New York Times have just announced a joint effort to offer mobile access to NYTimes.com (which is at mobile.nytimes.com) via several of Verizon's own feature phones. As long as you have a Mobile Web subscription (Unlimited Mobile Web is included with a $15 monthly V Cast VPak package) and a compatible phone, you will get access to the content without an additional charge. The NYTimes.com mobile site includes news of the election coverage, opinion pieces, sports news, and more.
Yet another Verizon Wireless announcement today is the introduction of City ID, an enhanced mobile caller ID that displays the city and state of incoming calls. It'll be available first on all LG Voyager phones, but Verizon hopes to roll it out to more of its phones soon. An application from Cequint, City ID lets customers know a little more information about those frustrating "unknown numbers." But as with a lot of these services, it'll cost you. The City ID application will be free for 15 days for Voyager customers, but after that it's $1.… Read more
In addition to a slew of other service announcements, on Tuesday Verizon Wireless introduced a new application that gives its customers access to a number of social-networking sites right from their cell phones. Dubbed SocialLife, the mobile gateway allows you to manage a number of social-networking sites, including MySpace, PhotoBucket, and MTV's Tr3s. You can view messages, approve or deny friend requests, post comments, or update profiles right from your phone. In addition to the other capabilities, you can upload any camera-phone images to your social-networking site of choice with one click.
Other supported sites include AsianAve, BlackPlanet, FaithBase, … Read more
AT&T is upgrading the digital video recorder on its U-Verse Internet-based television service, allowing users to record and play back multiple programs on up to eight televisions.
The upgrade, called Total Home DVR, is free as part of a U-verse subscription, which costs from $44 to $99 a month. The service is already available in the San Francisco Bay Area and is expected to be rolled out to all customers by the end of the year, the company said.
Total Home DVR, which can store up to 133 hours of standard-definition programs or 37 hours of high-definition programming, … Read more
Let me start by saying I'm in no way recommending Verizon Fios. Just file this post under "stupid things I noticed while watching TV." OK, so shortly after Verizon started rolling out Fios in New York it began an attack ad campaign against "cable."
In this ad, the installer--the Fios version of the "can you hear me now?" guy--apparently uses Amazon's Kindle reading device to keep track of his installation appointments while his competition from Comcast Time Warner the cable company uses an antiquated clipboard and pen.
Silly? Absolutely. But it's … Read more
Verizon Wireless has earned top marks in another customer satisfaction survey from J.D. Power and Associates. Less than a month after it won the No. 1 ranking in customer service, the nation's second largest carrier won the most accolades in call quality.
Out of the six U.S. regions surveyed, Verizon held the No. 1 spot in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and West regions and tied with Sprint in the Southwest region. To win the top ranking, Verizon Wireless had to have fewer problems with dropped calls, initial connections, static and interference, and voice distortion. Meanwhile, Alltel had the … Read more
As someone who likes to text more than I like to talk, I am a fan of phones with QWERTY keyboards like the BlackBerry and the Treo. However, not everyone is into smartphones, so there are "dumb phones" out there with QWERTY keyboards too. LG has the enV(2) and the Rumor, both of which have "hidden" QWERTY keyboards underneath a number keypad.
Last week, I had the chance to review the Verizon Wireless Blitz, made by UTStarcom. Aimed mostly at teens, the Blitz takes a different approach from most messaging phones with its square and … Read more
Verizon Communications said Wednesday that it's extending its agreement with Yahoo to provide Verizon Internet users with Yahoo's Web portal.
The companies' multiyear agreement replaces a similar arrangement the companies had in place since 2005. Verizon didn't offer details about the duration or financial terms of the new deal. But it did say Yahoo's portal will be the first choice offered to subscribers of its DSL and Fios high-speed Internet service. Verizon will also offer its own branded portal and the MSN portal from Microsoft.
The deal between Verizon and Yahoo appears to only cover Verizon'… Read more