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Insuring Your Smartphone with Ensquared is a Bad Idea

May 13, 2012 in Commentary

When the GSM unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus released in November, I purchased it immediately.  As I do with any other smartphone I purchase, I made certain I insured it.  Since my Galaxy Nexus was imported from the UK, I was not able to insure the smartphone with Asurion through T-Mobile.  As a result, I had to procure insurance for my device on my own.  In the end, I decided to go with Ensquared to insure my GSM Galaxy Nexus.

Fast forward to April 27, 2012, I had to make an insurance claim on my Galaxy Nexus due to it being lost Read the rest of this entry →

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AT&T HTC One X Bootloader Cannot Be Unlocked

May 6, 2012 in News

Considering last May, on Facebook, HTC committed to unlocking the bootloaders of their smartphones, it is a bit alarming to find out the AT&T version of the HTC One X does not have an unlockable bootloader.  When attempting to unlock the bootloader Read the rest of this entry →

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Google Selling Unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $399

April 24, 2012 in News

Looks like Google is going to give it another go.  Today Google announced it has begun selling the GSM Unlocked Galaxy Nexus online in the Google Play Store.  With a $399 price tag, Google has Read the rest of this entry →

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Write The Smartphone Champ 4-9-12

April 9, 2012 in Write The Smartphone Champ

I am in the USA and have an unlocked Galaxy Nexus with service with T-Mobile.  For some reason when I receive a picture message, all the pictures come through very small.  It doesn’t matter how large of a picture it is that someone sends, when I receive it is always very small.  I heard that I can use a custom rom or some sort of hack, but I don’t really feel comfortable hacking my phone.  What can I do to fix this?

-Wayne

Wayne, there are a few different routes you can take to remedy this situation without the need for hacking your phone.  You could use a Read the rest of this entry →

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AT&T to Start Unlocking iPhones

April 6, 2012 in Commentary, News

Today AT&T announced starting Sunday, April 8th, they will begin unlocking iPhones for qualifying customer’s.  AT&T defines a qualifying customer as a customer who’s account is in good standing, who’s device is not associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T account, has fulfilled their contract, has upgraded under an upgrade policy, or has paid an early termination fee.  While on the surface this may sound like great news, in the end it really won’t matter much, and has the potential to cause confusion Read the rest of this entry →

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The Biggest Benefit of LTE Nobody is Talking About….FREEDOM

March 29, 2012 in Commentary

In the United States, an unlocked phone isn’t very beneficial due to the way the cell carriers are set up.  An unlocked phone will not function on a CDMA carrier such as Verizon or Sprint.  The only major carriers an unlocked phone will work on is Read the rest of this entry →

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Verizon is Full of It…Thinks We’re All Stupid

March 1, 2012 in Commentary, News

A FCC complaint was filed against Verizon Wireless for their locking of smartphone bootloaders.  The complaint stated Verizon’s locking of bootloaders put them in violation of the Block C license.  In a letter, Verizon responded to the complaint stating they  Read the rest of this entry →

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