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Comment You can opt out. (Score 5, Informative) 63

You shouldn't have to, but you can.

Relevant Mobile Advertising
AOL is now part of Verizon, and we will soon combine Verizon's Relevant Mobile Advertising program into the AOL Advertising Network. These programs use certain customer information to help make the ads you see more interesting and useful.

The Relevant Mobile Advertising program uses your postal and email addresses, certain information about your Verizon products and services (such as device type), and information we get from other companies (such as gender, age range, and interests). The AOL Advertising Network uses information collected when you use AOL Services and visit third-party websites where AOL provides advertising services (such as web browsing, app usage, and location), as well as information that AOL obtains from third-party partners and advertisers.

We do not share information that identifies you personally as part of these programs other than with vendors and partners who do work for us. We require that these vendors and partners protect the information and use it only for the services they are providing us.

These programs use online and device identifiers, including AOL browser cookies, ad IDs from Apple and Google, and one created by Verizon, known as a Unique Identifier Header (or UIDH). When the Verizon and AOL programs are combined, the UIDH will be inserted in certain web traffic that is sent only to Verizon companies (including AOL) and to certain partners who will be authorized to use the UIDH only as part of Verizon and AOL services. More information is available about the Relevant Mobile Advertising program and the UIDH.

You have a choice about whether to participate in the Relevant Mobile Advertising program. The UIDH discussed above will stop being inserted in web traffic from your device after you opt out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising program, but will still appear for a short period of time after you opt out. Please note that if you opt-out of Relevant Mobile Advertising, but you have opted in to Verizon Selects, you will continue to receive relevant advertising and the UIDH will remain present.

You also have choices about how AOL uses information for advertising purposes.

Comment Re:The correct answer! (Score 1) 190

And probably never. In addition to the reasons that may have already been mentioned, FTTH provides a non-shared path to each house, while any wireless technology is almost by definition going to be shared by many people. I've seen some people talk about using multiple frequencies or modulation schemes to squeeze more bits out of wireless, but there is no reason the same things would not apply to fiber as well. Not to mention things like weather, interference, etc. Wireless might provide some type of stopgap or interim solution, but the end game is going to be fiber to each home.

Comment Re:Current plan (Score 2) 155

Yep. I have a Galaxy S3 and unlimited data and pay $68 per month (that includes a discount because I'm employed at a company that is a Verizon customer). I really would love to find a way to get a new phone and keep the unlimited data, but I don't think that's possible. I don't think they'll even let you buy a phone outright anymore and keep your unlimited. The funny thing is I use about 2 GB per month on average, so it's not even a big deal to me - just the principle of the matter.

Comment Re:No satire. No subtlety. Lame. (Score 1) 85

Agree. This is April Fools day, and this isn't going to fool anyone. It's just stupid. I think the spirit of April Fools Day is to try to come up with something that is believable enough that you can get people to believe it, at least for a short time. It's not a lying contest.

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