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Comment Re: Makes more sense (Score 1) 222

How is the cost of data 0? The more data that people use in aggregate, the more capacity that Verizon has to build or everyone's data slows down. When the last mile is terrestrial, if they are willing to throw money at the problem, they can always build enough capacity. But cellular is different.

There is a hard limit on the amount of data that can be transmitted over a certain amount of bandwidth and only certain bands are well suited and allowed for cellular data. Verizon could build more towers and reduce the power (and thus the area served) by each tower but that still wouldn't help in really congested areas. Then you have the other problem of getting towers approved by municipalities.

None of that is to excuse the discrepancy between Verizon's prices and T-Mobile and Sprint's prices

Comment Re:Screw you (Score 1) 133

It baffles me that the rights holders won't allow a discounted price for a movie purchase after you rent it. I'm sure it's on Apple's radar. They'vs been doing something similar for Music for years with "Complete My Album". You get a discount for the album based on the amount that you've paid for each song.

Comment Re:Usenet (Score 1) 92

I looked into that recently. Comcast charges you the following fees on top of the quoted prices:
- box rental
- HD technology
- regional sports
- broadcast TV
- universal Connectivity (for the bundled landline)
- Regulatory Recovery (not a government fee)
- TV communications fee (some states but you wouldn't have to pay the fee if you don't have TV service)

Most of these fees can be avoided if you go Internet only. Also if you want Internet without a cap, it's an additional $50 for Residential. When we move, we will be getting Comcast Business for $89 (25/10) with no caps and be buying our cable router outright.

Comment Re: You mean new apps right? (Score 1) 153

The only thing that I use my iPhone for is text messaging, waking me up (It does not even have a separate volume control for the alarm clock. It is ridiculous for a high end phone to be missing such a basic function.), and reading a few websites including this one when I am bored at work.

There are two volume settings for the iPhone - one controls audio for music and apps and the other controls the ringer volume - which also controls the alarm. If music isn't playing in the background, the volume button controls the ringer. The control center volume control never affects the ringer/alert.

Comment Re:This explains it all (Score 1) 395

No. What I linked to was in response to the original poster saying that the privacy settings that disallowed location services were only for apps and not system services. There are 17 different system services - as shown in the link - for which you can disable location services.

An app can ask for two levels of permissions when it comes to location services - always and when in use that was my the statement I was replying to.

Comment Re:This explains it all (Score 1) 395

P.S., that GPS setting is about battery life. Your phone knows your location from cell tower and wi-fi data anyway. Regardless, that's a setting for apps, not the OS itself.

The GPS setting is not about battery life. If it is disabled for an app, the all can't access your location.

Settings -> privacy -> location services -> system services

Here you can disable location services individually for each system service that uses location services.

Comment Re:This explains it all (Score 1) 395

If you think iOS isn't phoning home with your location, I have a bridge to sell you. Same goes for ANY phone, since of course the carriers can detect your location from cell towers anyway (and they are, they just are not monetizing it as well as Google).

So do you have any evidence that iOS is "phoning home your location" once you disable the necessary settings? iOS has three settings for GPS for individual apps -- Never, While Using, and Always.

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