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(Beatweek Magazine)   Life after AT&T: after eight years on America's worst carrier, here's what life on Verizon has taught me   (beatweek.com) divider line 126
    More: Interesting, iPhone, Verizon, Verizon iPhone, cellular network, 4G LTE  
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2013-01-13 07:05:49 AM
Now the modmins are just trolling us.
 
2013-01-13 07:17:26 AM
Meh, I have them both (Verizon on new iPad, AT&T on my iPhone 5) and I find them pretty even.

The one difference that really pissed me off about Verizon on iPad is, they don't allow one to buy international travel on it unless you are also a regular contract customer -- ie, not just buying data on the device.

With my older AT&T iPad if I went overseas I could just pre-buy a bucket of data to use on it.

Don't believe that? Go into a Verizon iPad with cellular and try and buy an international data package.

Reference
 
2013-01-13 07:34:43 AM
FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.
 
2013-01-13 07:50:36 AM
Brainwashed smugtard apple-douche...
 
2013-01-13 08:15:09 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


Same
 
2013-01-13 08:26:04 AM
Who the hell keeps approving Beatweek articles? This is like the 3rd or 4th one this week.
 
2013-01-13 08:29:11 AM

voltOhm: Brainwashed smugtard apple-douche...


Amen. I pray they stick with their iPhone and suffer accordingly.
 
2013-01-13 08:55:02 AM

Metalupis: avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.

Same


At least I don't need a phone to tell me it's raining, idouche.
 
2013-01-13 08:56:00 AM
I was a diehard iPhone user for a long time.  Then I got Android and never looked back.  Even on ATT, the phone is much more reliable and I rarely get dropped calls.
 
2013-01-13 08:56:21 AM
Somebody overdosed on the smug while writing that article.
 
2013-01-13 08:58:27 AM

RexTalionis: Who the hell keeps approving Beatweek articles? This is like the 3rd or 4th one this week.


2nd. Someone needs to do some housecleaning and redlight the mod that keeps greenlighting this crap. I come to fark for news, not overly opinionated blog-esque crap.
 
2013-01-13 09:01:25 AM
Who the hell is writing this drivel, and why do they think people would want to read it?
 
2013-01-13 09:10:30 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


Thats exactly where I stopped too.
 
2013-01-13 09:14:06 AM
He writes like a twenty six year old girl who brushes her hair one hundred times exactly on each side before going to sleep.
 
2013-01-13 09:14:18 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


Yep. My Android tablet will out perform an iPad at a fraction of the cost. This guy probably had Steve Jobs exhumed, stuffed, and placed by his mantle so he can fellate him thrice daily.
 
2013-01-13 09:15:06 AM
I also stopped when he pooped on me.
 
2013-01-13 09:19:27 AM

maxwahrhaftig: I also stopped when he pooped on me.


You stopped just because you got pooped on? Amateur
 
2013-01-13 09:20:27 AM
It's sad that this guy thinks he's a tech journalist. It's even more s sad that someone from Fark agreed and linked his crap.

You're blog is bad and you should feel bad.
 
2013-01-13 09:24:35 AM

maxwahrhaftig: I also stopped when he pooped on me.


That'll teach you to forget the safeword.
 
2013-01-13 09:28:25 AM
AT&T has been so busy installing Tektronix GeoProbes in and around major population hubs that it doesn;t have the resources to do towers.  The lovely GeoProbe is installed with a default to capture 20% of all data and voice calls, drop them to a 10-16 drive disk array running 3GB SS drives.  This array is setup to Read/Write at incredible speeds as the data captured is immediately uploaded to regional collection points.  It's aluminum foil hat kid of stuff.  I get it, AT&T has been in bed with Uncle Sam since the late 1800's, their Bell Labs research team is pretty damn incredible and was the seed for DARPA's beginnings, but they've systematically run roughshod over their customers with little to no concern for user rights, privacy or  legal precedents to do so.
 
2013-01-13 09:29:05 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


I powered through. It gets worse...much worse. He goes on to claim that the iPhone5 is really the first phone to use true 4G LTE, and us android users were just being lied to before that.
 
2013-01-13 09:33:49 AM
Everything about that article was utterly obnoxious.

/iPhone 5 owner
 
2013-01-13 09:34:41 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


Me too, and i'm an iphone user FFS
 
2013-01-13 09:36:20 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


THIS. What's with all the Shills lately?

I need an app for my browser that Flags sites to Ignore.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-13 09:40:49 AM
This guy should not be allowed to have a phone.

Is his "bars" story plausible? His theory is more people using the same number of antennas = fewer bars. To the extent bars have any meaning, I understand them to be a rough measure of signal strength rather than quality of service. Too many people trying to share one antenna get lots of bars but bad service.
 
2013-01-13 09:53:54 AM

ZAZ: This guy should not be allowed to have a phone.

Is his "bars" story plausible? His theory is more people using the same number of antennas = fewer bars. To the extent bars have any meaning, I understand them to be a rough measure of signal strength rather than quality of service. Too many people trying to share one antenna get lots of bars but bad service.


That's what I was thinking. They stopped putting up new towers, so his service got worse?
 
2013-01-13 09:55:22 AM

Dr. Goldshnoz: RexTalionis: Who the hell keeps approving Beatweek articles? This is like the 3rd or 4th one this week.

2nd. Someone needs to do some housecleaning and redlight the mod that keeps greenlighting this crap. I come to fark for news, not overly opinionated blog-esque crap.


This kind of shiat started becoming the norm around here like 2-3 years ago, so, yeah.
 
2013-01-13 10:04:15 AM
bad "journalism" is bad.
 
2013-01-13 10:08:09 AM

ZAZ: Is his "bars" story plausible? His theory is more people using the same number of antennas = fewer bars. To the extent bars have any meaning, I understand them to be a rough measure of signal strength rather than quality of service. Too many people trying to share one antenna get lots of bars but bad service.


It depends. Under classic AT&T GSM/HSPDA, 'bars' are almost certainly signal strength. There is the possibility that if AT&T were installing more towers in the area, they turned down the power on the closest tower to him, and so in improving the overall network made it a little weaker in his particular spot.

Under Verizon/Sprint's CDMA or under LTE networks for any of them, the 'bars' could be measuring signal/noise ratios. And under a code-division scheme, other users of the frequency are interpreted as noise, so more subscribers in an area could (if that's what 'bars' mean) result in fewer bars.
 
2013-01-13 10:08:24 AM
FTFA: I did lose the ability to talk on the phone while surfing the web, and inexplicable decision on Verizon's part and a deal breaker for some users, but that's a feature I literally never used anyway.

Know how I know you're not a real "tech" journalist?

/not all us iPhone users are like this guy, I swear
 
2013-01-13 10:10:48 AM
Your blog sucks.
 
2013-01-13 10:11:52 AM
I used to judge people based on the color of their skin.
Now I judge people based on the brand of cell phone that they choose to buy.
 
2013-01-13 10:13:18 AM
Lately I've been noticing that my smart phone isn't as necessary as I once thought it to be. 90% of my smart phone use is burning time while I'm waiting in a public place.
 
2013-01-13 10:14:39 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


My dad really likes his i-phone.
 
2013-01-13 10:19:09 AM
I didn't realize Bill could be a woman's name.
 
2013-01-13 10:25:21 AM

DontBeSoDigital: Everything about that article was utterly obnoxious.

/iPhone 5 owner


www.majhost.com
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-13 10:31:44 AM
sxacho: I didn't realize Bill could be a woman's name.

I started writing "her" and "she" in my comment. Something made me go back and check. Despite being written by a woman, the article credited a man.
 
2013-01-13 10:33:09 AM
The iphone 6 will actually save your spot in line for the iphone 7.
 
2013-01-13 10:34:37 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


Same. I installed a FF addon (BlockSite) specifically to stop giving any traffic to the Examiner after the non-stop links from there. The rampant douchebaggery in that article got me to add a second website. Congratulations on the trolling, I guess.
 
2013-01-13 10:35:06 AM
I hope this beatweek rag is paying well for these links
 
2013-01-13 10:42:51 AM
farking gross. All of it and the person responsible for greenlighting this shiat.
 
2013-01-13 10:47:17 AM
It must feel horrible to have so much of your identified defined by which phone and which carrier you choose. I imagine this is the kind of person who makes appointments with the Mac store just to go in and talk to the employees for 15 minutes of therapy.
 
2013-01-13 10:48:53 AM

ZAZ: Is his "bars" story plausible? His theory is more people using the same number of antennas = fewer bars. To the extent bars have any meaning, I understand them to be a rough measure of signal strength rather than quality of service. Too many people trying to share one antenna get lots of bars but bad service.


Bbbbuuuttt... he confirmed it with multiple people! And you can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true!

/Mods have gone fishing today.....
 
2013-01-13 10:50:58 AM

Metalupis: avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.

Same


So did I.

He's probably comparing a $99 Huawei Android-phone-of-the-week (that was originally released a year and half ago and is still running Android 2.1) from MetroPCS to his brand-new iPhone 5 (which is $650 from Verizon without contract). On such a comparison, he's probably right, Android does look weak. But it's not a fair comparison. Let's see him do the same comparison with the iPhone 5 versus a flagship Android phone, like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Galaxy Note II.

Of course that'll never happen. He's already decided that Apple is, like, totally the BEST, so he doesn't see any need to compare a recent offering from an Android manufacturer to Apple's latest because he's already reached his conclusion.
 
2013-01-13 10:54:27 AM

avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.


Lost interest in the article at this point, kept reading for another few lines and closed the page.
 
2013-01-13 10:55:09 AM
I had the misfortune of working for Verizon for about six months. Verizon is absolutely full of lies and deceit - far more than AT&T or any other carrier (ya reely).

They promise the world, deliver it, and then you find out they're charging you for things you didn't ask for or order (their software is actually designed to do this). Then, when you complain and they say they removed it, they didn't and you will continue to be charged. Then, when you cancel your service with them, they'll contact you several months later telling you that you owe them several hundred dollars for a past due account (that actually happened to me).

I have first-hand experience with the inside of their organization and Verizon is by far the most dishonest company I've ever experienced or worked for.
 
2013-01-13 10:57:05 AM
Most Android users never caught on, as after all it's merely a platform for those geeks whose whose sense of self worth revolves around hating Apple, and those mainstream buyers who don't have the any clue what they're buying.

This guy's loathing of everything that isn't Apple has to be inversely proportional to his penis size. He probably keeps his precious iPhone 5 up his ass and set on vibrate.
 
2013-01-13 11:13:13 AM

weave: Meh, I have them both (Verizon on new iPad, AT&T on my iPhone 5) and I find them pretty even.

The one difference that really pissed me off about Verizon on iPad is, they don't allow one to buy international travel on it unless you are also a regular contract customer -- ie, not just buying data on the device.

With my older AT&T iPad if I went overseas I could just pre-buy a bucket of data to use on it.

Don't believe that? Go into a Verizon iPad with cellular and try and buy an international data package.

Reference


Because Verizon uses cdma, which is pretty much US only. the rest of world uses gsm. your Verizon iPad lacks the necessary radio for overseas use.
 
2013-01-13 11:13:25 AM
Last time I bought a phone I tried to switch to Verizon. They had some trouble processing my credit history. Some issue with mailing addresses not matching up. So I contact the credit agency directly, fax them the appropriate paperwork, wait the requisite week or however long it takes them to process 2 sheets of paper.

I go back to Verizon and.... they still couldn't process my credit for some reason. So fark them. I went over to Sprint and walked out the door that day with a phone I love and an unlimited data plan that's actually unlimited.
 
2013-01-13 11:13:46 AM

Metalupis: avalanche: FTFA: sorry Android users, your iPhone ripoffs are still stuck in 2009 and you got played by the salesgeek

Stopped reading right there.

Same


I see this has been covered already
 
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