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Comment Re:Sprint (Score 1) 194

Not to mention Virgin Mobile's idea of unlimited LTE is only something like 5 or 8 gigs of throttled access a month. Boost didn't give you a set data limit for high speed; but you were hard throttled at 8 or 16mbps; depending if you were on the "enhanced LTE" which used 3 simultaneous connections at once.

Comment Re:What about so-called "data hogs"? (Score 1) 194

"As with T-Mobile Simple Choice, customers using the most data, the highest 3% (currently those using more than 26GB of high-speed data/month) may see their data traffic prioritized behind other users once they cross that threshold during their billing month. As a result, they may notice relatively slower speeds but only at specific times and places that may experience high, competing network demand or congestion."

Comment Re:Using myself as an example (Score 1) 104

I wasn't including any discussions about another cable provider; those technically aren't Verizon's lines and they legally can't touch them. But that guy was saying he switched "between Verizon DSL or FiOS"; which I find nutty since Verizon typically physically disconnects your PTSN/POTS copper and will not reconnect it.

Going between cable and FiOS isn't an issue...move the coax from one to the other. They shouldn't have done anything to TWC's copper; as that's technically owned by TWC and they legally can't do anything to it. Like, FiOS guy did not want to use existing cable run since it was still in the 25 year old box from two cable providers ago; but he said "I'll turn around and if it somehow is exposed, I can use it." So I ripped the coax out and it turned in to "Oh, you have an existing cable run that I can assume you did yourself."

Though, in reality; we did run that ourselves because 25 years ago we had major loss issues; so the cable guy gave my father some coax and was like "if you push this through your wall, I can reconnect it."

Comment Re:Where are you? (Score 2) 104

Comcast is in the TV business, selling you to the premium programming providers.

Don't forget, Comcast owns 100% of NBC and a large portion of cable TV channels.

They're also in the movie business; as they own a number of studios as a result of Universal ownership

They're also in the sports business, as CSN has an unholy amount of agreements and prior to the agreement with the FCC over buying NBC/Universal, they were distributing them by fiber. Why? They have to negotiate carriage if it's uplinked by satellite. (FCC may have changed this, I haven't kept up.)

They own a chunk of Hulu.

I can't remember the unholy list of other things they own.

Comment Re:Be a new customer or they don't care about you (Score 1) 104

That's crazy. Every time my contract is up for renewal; I'm able to get the nice steep discounts on service.

I'm only paying $15 more than I was 6 years ago. I've gone from 25/25 to 35/35 to 75/75; I've gone from the lowest HD package to the largest HD package with Starz and HBO completer.

Ok...the TV hardware got more expensive when I added more TVs...but even then I was able to negotiate.

You just never learned how to deal with these people. You're one of those "they're not offering it to me so I guess I don't get it" as opposed to talking to some people on the phone and getting down to business.

As evil as Verizon is...they do want your business...and if they know you'll leave without getting that new subscriber discount; you can probably get it. Every year I tell XM the $239/year they want for the service is "way to outrageous for something I use 20 minutes a day in my car"; and every year they drop it down to something like $109. Then again...XM hit a million subscribers two weeks after I originally signed up; and being able to show customer retention for that long helps them.

You have to play them the same way they play you. You get a good deal; they get your money and still turn a slight profit. Everyone is happy.

Comment Re:Using myself as an example (Score 1) 104

I change between cable & Verizon dsl or fios depending on price.

I don't believe you. When you subscribe to FiOS; they disconnect your copper and have no way of going back to it. It is *extremely* difficult to keep copper unless you are a business, or have some major legitimate reason for keeping copper. In which case; they will charge you for an extra line.

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

I happen to live in an area served by Comcast or Verizon. Comcast outright refuses to upgrade the drop line to support modern digital service. I made attempts starting 10 years ago to do anything to get off my aging DSL connection; but every time Comcast came out to "check out the situation"...I was immediately met with "Your line is too old for service" and talks of getting another line run failed.

So...basically...I have a Verizon monopoly because Comcast refuses to spend money on their network; the opposite of what most people have.

And I don't dare tell Verizon that, for my house, they are my only singular option for internet.

Comment Re:Jamming law? (Score 1) 266

Infrared energy is not RF energy...therefore it's not governed by the FCC. Yes...light is part of the EM spectrum...and it has a wave property...but it's also got photons and just behaves differently. Infrared headphones are easier to make since they don't require FCC approval; but they're also a bit more limited. Any system that's going to be using IR for communication will likely be using a different wavelength. The IR they use for this will likely be close to visible light range; as Apple really prides themselves on the camera and not filtering IR makes for lousier pictures when your sensor responds to it. Then again...the filter may be effective for ambient IR only. That's provided they're using the actual cameras and not some idle IR port. Running the camera all the time in the background would be very wasteful energy wise.

Comment MFJ has a "no-matter-what" warranty (Score 2) 189

Of course..they make ham radio equipment...and some hams are real DIY. So their warranty is quite liberal in you can attempt to fix it yourself. They'll even send you parts if its something simple. Of course...we say MFJ stands for "Mighty Fine Junk"...and most stuff arrived pre-broken. But you can crack it open and they will still honor a warranty.

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