Interestingly, most of the various global world wireless technologies disappeared, or morphed into Long Term Evolution (LTE). Sprint continues to utilize CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) as their network backbone. Their devices continue to support both their CDMA and LTE networks. Other than them, pretty much all carrier devices are now interchangeable. Your carrier does not want you to know that the day has come where subscribers can change carriers with no interruption in service. Moving your number and device has never been easier because the only thing that changes is the address and company name that you pay each month.
I remember the days when manufacturers made North American Models, Middle Eastern Models, Asian models, and European models. Even though they were all supporting EDGE or UMTS technologies, the frequencies often varied, they were locked, and you often could not even roam because the bandwidth differed in each country. To make matters worse, the carriers, not the device makers, wielded the big stick back then when it came to what features were offered, or more significantly, not offered. I'll never forget buying an Unlocked global NOKIA E-61 SmartPhone in Europe (pictured above) that even had built-in BlackBerry support, SIP trunking, text-to-voice, GPS, wifi dialing, and some other cool features that were five years ahead of their time. Miraculously, most of the features worked on my CIngular line back home in the US. I was a Cingular Wireless dealer at the time and became very excited when I heard they had commissioned NOKIA to make this model for their network. It would be called the E-62. Unfortunately, when it was released, it bombed. It turns out Cingular made NOKIA strip most of the above really cool features off the device. I suppose they couldn't sell monthly subscription add-ons like text to voice if they were coming free on the phone.
We can all thank APPLE who proved that if you have a great device, people will pay for it, even if they get saddled with a two year contract with a second rate carrier. We can also thank T-Mobile. It was their brash CEO, John Legere, who have relentlessly attacked "Dumb and Dumber" (Verizon and AT&T) from day one. After all, he was the one who abolished contracts, early termination fees, global text charges, global data charges and a lot more. Today, the contract is on your device, not your plan, assuming you finance it from the carrier. Should you want to take your current number and device to a different carrier, it has never been easier, especially for iPhone users. Dr Wireless has specialized in seamlessly moving businesses from one wireless carrier to another for years. It has never been easier because Apple and all of the major Android manufacturers are making devices that will work with all carriers worldwide. Even if you finance your device from your wireless carrier, you can move it to any other carrier, anytime, as long as you pay off the balance of what is owed. This is why carriers offer early upgrade programs, leasing (Sprint), and offer incentives in an attempt to bind you, "old school" contract style
So the choice when buying a device becomes whether to buy once locked to a carrier, or buy an unlocked one directly from the manufacturer. Until recently, I always recommended getting one from the carriers (except Sprint), since they were easy to unlock and often optimized with features that not all carriers offered (wifi calling, etc...). Today, again thanks to Apple, it's likely a better idea to buy an unlocked device versus one made for a specific carrier. Recently, this came to my attention when I noticed that Google had pushed out their newest OREO iOS to all carrier locked devices before their unlocked device owners (me). This was the exact opposite of what I would have expected. Maybe Samsung made this following statement to appease folks with the unlocked versions.
"We understand that many of you have Unlocked Galaxy S8/+ and Note 8 devices and may be wondering why those with Carrier models are seeing the updates first. The reason for this is that Unlocked devices must go through more rigorous testing than Carrier-specific devices because we need to make sure there is proper network functionality across ALL supported networks. (Ex. Carrier-specific devices are made to handle that one network. Unlocked devices need to be able to handle ANY / ALL compatible networks. Thus, they require some more preparation.)"
Where I am leading with all of this is there has never been a better time to be a wireless consumer. Your wireless carrier has to work even harder to keep you. That's why they all offer Unlimited everything plans today. It's still a rip off to some degree to have a one line plan. Each carrier sweetens the deal when adding lines. That means that the average price for a one line unlimited plan is $70-$80 per month. For two lines about $120-$130. Once you hit family or business plans with 4 lines or more, the line cost plummets as low as $40 each. I'm often asked which carrier I use and what plan am I on. Until last month, I was on an amazing T-Mobile dealer plan that offered me Unlimited everything at $48 for two lines. Apparently, TM management must not appreciate our new Robin Hood program. They just revoked my dealer plan! That's okay because I practice what I preach and negotiated an $60 plan offering Unlimited Everything for two users. Now, I can be candid and there is nothing they can take from me!
The main problem is if you are ill informed enough to keep overpaying each month for an obsolete plan, your carrier is sly enough to dummy up and let you continue to overpay. This is one of the reasons we got out of the activation business. Now instead of working for "them", we work for you. That means we offer a FREE wireless plan analysis. In ten minutes, Dr Wireless can determine whether your deal is good, or whether we can save you a bundle. In any case, there is nothing to lose. The worst thing that can happen is we determine that your current deal is a great one and you don't need our help. More commonly, we discover that with our knowledge, expertise and carrier resources, we can reduce your monthly wireless bills by $400 or more per year. If could accomplish this for you or your business, is that worth a one-time payment to Dr Wireless of $200? If we cannot deliver, we waive our charge 100%. if that is not a WIN WIN no-brainer, I don't know what is. Get more information about our Robin Hood program here. After 26 years in the wireless industry, nobody knows how this game is played better than us!
Artificial intelligence keeps getting better. Typically, one of the first things I do each morning is check the surf conditions. SwellMagnet.com has the best High Resolution surf cameras so I take a glance at my normal surf spots on their cameras. Usually, a picture (or video) tells 1000 words but with long interval swells, that is not always the case. Unfortunately, If I'm driving, it's not safe to watch video cameras but thanks to an alliance between Amazon and Surfline, there's now an AP for that.
Now it is possible for anyone with Amazon's Alexa to get the surf conditions, by simply asking Alexa. You do not even need to go out and buy an Amazon Echo device. Simply download Alexa to your SmartPhone. I have her on my Samsung S8+, along with Google's Assistant, Cortana, and Bixby.
Now, I can say... "Alexa, open Surfline and give me the full surf conditions for El Porto". You can ask for just the waves, winds, or for the full surf conditions for everything. Try it, you'll like it!
I'm often able to save many of my clients an average of $50 per month off their wireless family or business plans...
Nobody knows each carrier as well as Dr Wireless. That's because for the last 28 years, we activated thousands of lines through all of the wireless carriers collectively. During that time, we developed some amazing resources and knowledge about how to get better deals than what is offered to the public.
As of 2018, there's a new sheriff in town! In the past, we exclusively relied on the carriers to pay us. Now, we just introduced a new program where our clients pay us directly. Your first instinct might be that you'd rather have the carriers still paying us for our services. We can still do that with most carriers when you choose us to activate your service. There is no additional cost vs dealing directly and your device is hand delivered to your home or office.
The reason we came out with our new model, the "Robin Hood" Program, is quite simple. It's a far better deal for our clients and here is why... If Dr Wireless could cut your monthly plan costs by at least $40 per month, for the life of your cellular agreement, is that worth a one time payment to us of $200? If we cannot deliver these saving, we waive our fee. The reason we are so sure we can deliver is Dr Wireless has two sure fire techniques. We can call your carrier as a dealer and convince their retention department that you are gone, unless they show some big love. Amazingly, what has been far more effective lately is when Dr Wireless calls your carrier on your behalf as you, of course with your permission, and convinces them you are gone, unless they make some huge concessions.
The beauty is there is nothing to lose. We give you a FREE Plan Analysis. We either tell you we can save you a bundle, or that you have done very well and don't need our assistance. I don't get to say that very often but it happens. If you are wondering how is this possible, it's because the carriers hate the thought of their competitors "stealing" your business away from them. With today's typical Port-out Process, they have no chance to entice the customer to stay because you are gone before they know it. We covertly create that opportunity for them.
After working many years with each carriers retention departments, we became aware of non advertised off-sheet rate plans, loyalty credits, discretionary credits, and FREE services that customers never hear about. Why don't you hear about these things? The carriers don't pay us or the stores to offer these plans, period! The loophole here is with my clients paying us instead of the carriers, I can for the first time, really do what is in the best interest of my clients, without worrying about financial recourse. To take advantage of this, call the Dr.
For all of the procrastinators out there. Here is the absolute last chance for this offer...
All customers who purchase an LG G6, V30 or V30+ can get a FREE LG MiniBeam projector from LG, while supplies last! These are really good Android SmartPhones. While the LG-G6 is a good device, I'd go with the V30 or V30+ for the Band 71 (600mHZ frequency) T-Mobile spent $8 Billion for this so I'm betting it's a deal maker.
With the exception of the Apple iPhone 4 which was a piece of crap, from the 4s model on, Apple has not stumbled until their recent admission of throttling some of their devices. Unfortunately, Apple's hardware is practically obsolete and years behind the Android camp. When your main AMOLED screen supplier is also your largest competitor, that cannot bode well. What all of this means is there has never been a better time to buy last year's Flagship models. If I was in the market for a new device, the iPhone 7, and 8 series would be my first choices for iPhones. For Android, the Samsung S8 series is great and I've been enjoying my S8+. I also like the recent LG models with the exception of the G5. All of these are a great choice and won't break the bank. After all, they may not be the newest on the market but they are proven, and new to you.
Where I believe Apple has the upper hand though is with their iOS operating system. When there's an issue, they will quickly push out a software update to all users. This is the biggest problem I see with Android OS. When you have dozens of device manufacturers, this process ends up taking considerably longer. Obviously, Google is going to push out updates for their own PIXEL models much faster. That's likely the biggest issue in owning a Samsung product. Don't hold your breath for new software updates and patches.
That being said, Andoid OS has become far more stable and secure than in the past. One of the things that Apple has always done right and Android still needs help with is default settings. Apple iPhones will give you an excellent experience right out of the box. I noticed Samsung had my S8+'s resolution set for standard, not HD. I obviously changed this setting to HD. I also hated the Samsung keyboard but rectified this by downloading Google's "GBOARD" which is awesome and FREE. Same with Samsung's calendar, It sucked! I quickly changed that to Google's calendar and have my iCal desktop and Pro Book calendars syncing with my Google calendar so all is good. I never was a huge fan of SIRI as some days, "she" seemed like she was stuck on stupid. Now, I have a whole team of virtual assistants. Alexa, Cortana, Bixby and Google's Assistant all seem to be as good or better than SIRI. In a nutshell, if you're not into having to make changes on your device to optimize the experience, get an iPhone.
T-Mobile for Business Offer: We’re doing the TM pre-order thing for these models and are our offering our TM business and government customers $100 off (via EIP bill credits) the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+.
I've been using an S8+ for almost 6 months and it certainly is the best phone that I have ever owned. Samsung has made it so easy to migrate over from iOS and these devices offer so much more per dollar than Apple offers. That being said, there has never been a better time to purchase the S8/S8+ models. After all, they are waterproof, have bigger screens than Apple, similar biometric and facial recognition features, are proven, and still offer the 3.5mm headset jack that Apple took away.
Effective February 28, T-Mobile is dropping the price on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and even further on the GS8+! Customers can save $54 on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and a total of $154 from the original price of the Samsung Galaxy S8+! Both price drops will be applied automatically. Contact Dr Wireless to take advantage of this.
AT&T is doing for Net Neutrality, what Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby did for Quaaludes! Yesterday was officially the first day Net Neutrality went into effect. I sure wish the oddsmakers in Las Vegas where taking odds on which wireless carrier would first take advantage of this, I would have won a bundle! Today, AT&T is offering "Sponsored" Data and doing exactly what they said they would never do. Thanks, Ajit Pai!
Most people get a warm and fuzzy feeling when they think about AT&T Wireless. They don't realize that the "real AT&T Wireless" ceased to exist many years ago. On October 26, 2004, AT&T Wireless was acquired by Cingular Wireless, a joint venture of SBC Communications and BellSouth, to form the largest wireless carrier in the United States at that time. This was a strategically brilliant move because Cingular, unlike AT&T had a very poor reputation for coverage and customer care.
On November 16, 2004, all those blue AT&T store signs and globe logos were replaced with Cingular's orange signs and logos, but not for very long. Strangely, a few months later, all of the original AT&T stores that were changed to Cingular branding were once again sporting those AT&T blue globe logos again. In fact, all of the original Cingular stores also became AT&T branded stores. I found that to be one of the smartest things SBC management did.
Coincidently, about the same time, there was another wireless telecom company serving the other side of the country called VoiceStream. They also had a poor reputation for coverage and customer service. Their parent, Deutsch Telecom, decided it was time to change their name too. Say hello T-Mobile!
"The FCC’s net neutrality decision is a study in just what’s wrong with Washington. This agency failed the American public. It failed to listen to their concerns and gave short shrift to their deeply held belief that internet openness should remain the law of the land. It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record—from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files. As a result of the mess the agency created, broadband providers will now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content. This is not right. The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed."
The above quote was attributed to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel this morning. I'm betting she'll be getting a stern reprimand from FCC Director Ajit Pai who is responsible for undoing all the great things his predecessor, Tom Wheeler accomplished. Politicians better wake up. What do you think is going to happen when they take away your internet, and/or hijack you for higher monthly rates. My dad taught me the lesson about the "Golden Rule" at a very young age. That rule states that "whoever had the Gold, was the one who made the rules."
You don't mess with my internet, or try to drill for oil in my ocean, and still get my vote!
Boy, it's my business but am I getting tired of this crap! This morning, I received an e-mail from US Bank stating that "your account experienced what appears to be an unauthorized login attempt". Please click in the following link to update your security information. The impulse was strong to immediately click on their link. I then recalled that the only relationship I ever had was with US Bank was a short term start-up business that I had dissolved years ago.
As a Cyber threat Consultant, this is my business. I checked the link and it turned out to be disguised and a well known "Phising" site. Phising is a ploy where the bad guys try to trick the gullible public into providing them with your personal information that they can later exploit. If you ever receive and e-mail like this and do bank with the entity they are representing, never click on any links provided in your e-mail. Instead, launch a new browser and pull up your bank that way. Another trick is to run your mouse over the return e-mail address. It's usually bogus if you look carefully.
The United States just accused Russia for the latest "NotPetya Global Cyber attacks". It is believed that these were developed to be used against the Ukraine initially, but have since gone global. Previously, it was the "WannaCry Ransomware threat that the US accused North Korea of perpetrating.
If these countries were using sarin, mustard gas, or other heinous chemical weapons, we would never condone it or resort to using these in retaliation. As cyber crime is more covert and hard to prove, we need to shut up and show the bad guys who is their daddy. Let's not be naive. Who invented the internet and has been it's biggest pioneer? We have allegedly used it as a weapon, probably more than once. The stuxnet virus, attacked Iran's centrifuges as well as a nuclear reactor in Russia. Iran blamed the Israelis and the US who both obviously denied knowing anything about this. This is real life James Bond stuff and will likely launch a few good novels and movies. Have you had any bogus attempts to divulge your personal information?
Recently, I noticed that every time I tried to open a link on my Desktop Mac, it would go to my default Google launch page instead of opening the link. The only thing I had done recently was download the new latest version of Apple's High Sierra. As I was not having this problem when using Chrome previously, I figured it had something to do with Chrome interfacing with the new Apple iOS. It did!
I checked my chrome settings and everything looked fine. I then clicked on "About" under Chrome and saw that there was a newer version available. As soon as I downloaded it, problem solved! Windows are opening normally again. If you have recently downloaded High Sierra and use Chrome, this is the problem and it's a simple fix.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.