I'm really getting tired of APPLE's BS! When a company comes out with a major software upgrade, that is not so unusual. When they have a major upgrade scheduled for less than a month later, but then push an unexpected upgrade "patch" out, in between, something is really fishy.
It wouldn't be a problem if these updates didn't cause new problems and Apple was more candid in why they were pushing these out. They are usually extremely vague or won't disclose anything as in this latest case. In general, when a company pushes out these types of upgrades, it's either because they identified a known issue and are fixing it, are adding functionality, or in some cases, removing functionality. Very often, these updates do in fact fix some issues but can cause a whole new set of problems. I had fantastic battery life on my personal 6s+, until I upgraded to 9.3.3. Now it is awful.
For that reason, unless you have a major problem that you feel the update will address, don't do it. Wait at least a week, then google "Problems with iOS 9.3.5" or whatever you are updating. If you see dozens of people with the same complaints, the update may have caused a new set of problems.
Since Apple isn't talking about this, I'm going to reveal why this upgrade was pushed out unexpectedly. Recently, a prominent Emirati rights activist was targeted by a simple text message that asked him to click on a link for information on detainees tortured in the United Arab Emirates.Targeted by cyber attacks in the past, Ahmed Mansoor became suspicious and forwarded this text message to Citizen Lab in Canada. They, and the security firm Lookout, both determined that this spyware was very rare, very powerful, and capable of employing his iPhone's camera and microphone to snoop on activities in the vicinity of the device, recording his WhatsApp and Viber calls, logging messages sent in mobile chat apps, and tracking his movements.
It is believed that this spyware was developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group, based in Herzliya. This group is now actually now owned by US private equity firm Francisco Partners Management. You know they are flying under the radar when the company doesn't even have their own website.
Unless you are an enemy of the state of Israel, I would wait for iOS10 and not take any chances.
T-Mobile just announced the Ultimate Unlimited Family Plan. The new T-Mobile ONE plan just took the confusion and guesswork out of data plans. This amazing plan offers one Unlimited 4G LTE plan with no chance of data penalty overages. It is the first time a wireless carrier has totally eliminated the old tiered data model with penalty overage charges. For a family of four, Unlimited Everything is only $40 per line, per month.
Coming September 1st... The amazing new T-Mobile One Plan becomes available. One low price, unlimited everything. Unlimited talk. Unlimited text. Unlimited high-speed 4G LTE smartphone data on the fastest LTE network in America. Even unlimited SD video (typically 480p resolutions), from any video site in the world. Our customers no longer have to go through the pain of guessing how much data they are going to need. How are we supposed to measure our data anyway?
And the best part, it’s affordable. In fact, a family of 4 can get T-Mobile ONE for just $40 a month per line with Auto Pay. That’s just $70 for the first line, $50 for the second, and $20 per line up after that, up to 8 lines! Compare that to Verizon where you can’t even get an Unlimited LTE plan. In fact, the closest option would cost that same family $530 per month!! PER MONTH!
This does NOT change customers' current plans. Every customer can keep their current plan indefinitely. And every customer has the option to adopt T-Mobile ONE anytime they want.
One of the requests I’ve gotten often has been for unlimited data on TABLETS. Well, you got it. With T-Mobile ONE, they're unleashing tablets too. And it's just $20 per line, unlimited, with a voice line. That means you can have BOTH a phone and a tablet with unlimited for just $90/month. Wow. This is a first. If you want in, I can move your current lines over from any carrier seamlessly.
Starting September 1, for a limited time, customers can also get a Samsung On5 or LG K7 on us when they activate on a new T-Mobile ONE plan with EIP.
Here’s how to make the most of this offer:
To qualify for the offer, customers must:
Dr Wireless can make arrangement to have T-Mobile ship your devices directly to your home or office. Contact me to find out how to get this great new deal.
If you've always wanted the best but were afraid of those $15 per GB penalty overage charges, fear no more. Verizon has reacted to T-Mobile's amazing offers with a few of their own. They've added features like "Safety Mode" and Rollover Data to end those monthly billing surprises. While they still refuse to offer Unlimited Data Plans, they do offer plans up to 100GB plus 2GB per line for $450/mo. Our two most popular Verizon plans are their XL and XXL Plans as these include plenty of data and also include roll over data, safety mode and Canada and Mexico. Simply add $20 per SmartPhone line.
The way it works...
If you want to finance an iPhone model, Android or iPad, we can set up zero interest financing directly with Verizon and have them send your devices directly to your home or office. To see all the other Verizon plans, visit our Verizon web page.
For a mimited time, get the latest Samsung Note 7 with a FREE 256GB Micro SD card. Ask for details.
"Dumb and Dumber Can't Do This"
Anybody remember when AT&T was still relevant and revolutionized the wireless industry by introducing their "One Rate"? This amazing plan did away with long distance toll charges and made calling anywhere in the US a "local" Call. This time, LeGere took AT&T's One rate concept and applied it to Data by offering Unlimited 4G LTE Standard Definition on all new plans.
“The era of the data plan is over,” said Legere. “After Un-carrier 12, the wireless industry will never be the same again.” Legere unveiled T-Mobile ONE – a radical new take on how we access the mobile Internet. With unlimited everything – talk, text and high-speed smartphone data – T-Mobile ONE unleashes customers to just use their smartphones without ever worrying about data limits again. With this industry-shaking move, T-Mobile ONE upends the very idea of traditional wireless rate plans with a single, simple, 100% unlimited offer for smartphones … and even tablets. Even video is unlimited at standard definition, utilizing the company’s ground-breaking video delivery technology first introduced with Un-carrier X.
And, of course, it’s all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network. T-Mobile’s LTE network has been built for just this purpose – to unleash unlimited data. With newer technology, faster speeds and ever-expanding coverage that now reaches nearly every American, T-Mobile’s network is built for how people use smartphones today – and is the reason the Un-carrier can now eliminate the data plan. The carriers’ older, slower, more crowded networks just can’t offer unlimited data to everyone.
“Only T-Mobile’s network can handle something as huge as destroying data limits,” said Legere. “Dumb and Dumber can’t do this. They’ve been running away from unlimited data for years now, because they built their networks for phone calls, not for how people use smartphones today. I hope AT&T and Verizon try to follow us. In fact, I challenge them to try.”
Redefining How We Use the Mobile Internet
T-Mobile ONE is a radically simple subscription to the mobile Internet. One low price. Unlimited everything. That’s it. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Everyone gets unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited high-speed 4G LTE smartphone data on the fastest LTE network in America. Use all the high-speed data you want. No more guessing how much data you need or using too much or too little.
Pricing is radically simple too. A family of four can get T-Mobile ONE for just $40 per line--the best price for Unlimited LTE nationwide. The first line is $70 a month, the second is $50 a month, and additional lines are only $20 a month up to 8 lines with auto pay. And it’s just $5 more a month per line without auto pay. All include unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data while on our blazing-fast network.
With Verizon right now, you can’t even get an unlimited LTE plan, and if you want their biggest LTE data plan, a family of four would pay $530 every single month. That’s $4,440 more a year for plan filled with limits than that same family would spend for T-Mobile ONE to be 100% unlimited.
Naturally, T-Mobile ONE also comes with T-Mobile’s industry-first Un-carrier benefits:
As with T-Mobile Simple Choice, those using the most data, the highest 3% – currently people using more than 26 GB of high-speed data per 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 network demand or congestion.
Of course, current T-Mobile customers keep the plans they have, or they can choose to sign up with T-Mobile ONE. It’s their call.
First and Only Unlimited LTE for Tablets
T-Mobile isn’t limiting Unlimited to just your smartphone.
You can also add your tablet to T-Mobile ONE for just $20 a tablet per month and get Unlimited LTE data on that device too. That’s the nation’s first and onlyunlimited LTE data offer for tablets!
An Unlimited Network
The Un-carrier’s nationwide LTE network was purpose-built for this – for unleashing unlimited data. It’s built on newer technology. It’s the nation’s fastest (just ask OpenSignal, Ookla or the FCC). And, it covers nearly every American. In the last few years, T-Mobile doubled LTE coverage to now reach more than 311 million people. That’s a full 99.7% of Verizon customers.
The fact is, T-Mobile has more cell sites per customer than any US wireless operator – and we have more spectrum per customer than AT&T and Verizon.
Already Un-carrier customers use massive amounts of wireless data. They stream 3x more music, watch 2x more video and use 50% more data than carrier customers – all without the network breaking a sweat. And that’s just one reason why T-Mobile customers are the most satisfied of any national wireless company.
T-Mobile ONE will unleash unlimited on September 6 at T-Mobile stores nationwide and t-mobile.com for postpaid customers. Prepaid will be available later. For more information on Un-carrier 12 and T-Mobile ONE, visit www.t-mobile.com.
Video typically streams at DVD quality (480p). Tethering at max 2G speeds. Plus taxes and fees. Pricing via bill credits with using AutoPay: prior month’s payment must process successfully for discount next bill cycle. Includes 200 MB domestic roaming. Not for extended international use; you must reside in the U.S. and primary usage must occur on our U.S. network. See T-Mobile.com/OpenInternet for details on data prioritization.
Just last year, Verizon's CEO, Fran Shammo, slammed T-Mobile for slowing down their customers speeds by throttling. This year, Sprint, Verizon, and now even AT&T have jumped aboard the throttling bandwagon. These carriers collectively realized that most people would rather be slowed down than facing data overage charges. All wireless users should give T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere, a standing ovation. This dude just did the impossible. He got the other carriers to abolish data overage charges. He also got the other carriers to adopt data rollover, and Canada and Mexico roaming.
On September 6th, TM's tiered data plans are going away. In their place will be Unlimited data plans but with Binge On Data speeds of 480p, not 720p, 1080p or 14k. This won't make a huge difference on a small phone screen but will on a 55" display. While this looks terrific on paper, I'm pretty happy with my current Unlimited plan with 14GB of hotspot and no throttling or Binge On features. Before giving up your plan for the new deal, it's worth understanding the differences.
“The era of the data plan is over,” T-Mobile John Legere said in a statement. “After Un-carrier 12, the wireless industry will never be the same again.” T-Mobile's new plan will cost $70 for the first line, $50 for the second line and $20 for each subsequent line up to eight lines. Additional lines beyond that can be added for $30 per month. Tablets can even be added to the mix for $20 per month. The only real problem is this will make T-Mobile the most expensive carrier for just one line. TM's really good deals start at two or more lines.
T-Mobile's "unlimited video" will be offered in standard 480p definition as part of the plan. Users will have the option to upgrade to HD video for an extra $25 per month per line. Though the plan is billed as unlimited, T-Mobile also noted customers who surpass 26 GB of data in a given month "may see their data traffic prioritized behind other users" and may experience slower speeds at specific times or in specific places with high network demand.
While T-Mobile will be eliminating their Simple Choice plans, they will not be forcing anyone to abandon these plans. For subscribers that do a lot of video recording with their devices, or use their devices frequently as a Hotspot, we recommend staying put. The same goes for users that are utilizing their devices to stream Netflix, Hulu or other content with HDMI cable to a Big Flatscreen. While 480P looks fine on a 6" screen, the resolution will be a bit granier looking on a huge screen.
Just after T-Mobile’s announcement last Thursday morning, Sprint's CEO Marcelo Claure announced the roll out of Sprint's new $60 Unlimited Plan, called "Unlimited Freedom". Let's see what AT&T and Verizon have coming.
First they introduced exciting new plans with cool features like Canada and Mexico included, roll over data, and "Safety Mode". If that wasn't enough to get your business, how about a FREE Galaxy Fit 2? For a limited time, purchase the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S7 EDGE and Samsung will send you a FREE Fit 2. Check out all of the other deals below...
Deal #2 offers an extra FREE 2GB every month for LIFE when signing up on the Large (8GB) or higher plans. The customer must go on the new Verizon Large or higher plan and must get the device on Verizon's zero interest finance deal.
Deal # 3
Get a FREE Entry Level SmartPhone when activating a new line of service. Verizon is offering the Samsung J3 V, LG K4, HTC Desire, or Droid Turbo by Motorola. Free device must be put on the 24 month zero interest program. Customers can add up to 5 FREE devices.
Customers can receive up to $300 account credit when trading in certain good working and cosmetic condition smartphones when purchasing a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, LG G5, HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge with device payment agreement.• iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge purchases for new customers and upgrades
• HTC 10 and LG G5 purchases for upgrades only
Buy iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, HTC 10, LG G5, or Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and trade for the following values:
Customers can receive up to a $300 account credit when trading in certain smartphones even with a cracked screen when purchasing a new Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force Droid with a device payment agreement. Buy a Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force Droid and contact us to find out how much your current device is worth. Currently, the iPhone 4 is worth $100 while the iPhone 6 and newer is worth $300 with trade-in.
There are some terms and conditions for all of the above so my suggestion is to follow up with me to confirm eligibility. There are also some other new promotions that are a bit too complex to explain here. Dr Wireless no longer does Government accounts for Verizon but we still do business and retail.
There has never been a better time to be a Verizon Wireless Subscriber because it no longer costs more to get the best. Ask me for details!
I am often asked why Apple devices, per feature, are so much more expensive than their Android counterparts. My quick answer is, "Because they are worth it". There are a number of reasons why but the first and foremost is security. One of the biggest challenges for Google is having so many device manufacturers making their actual devices. Here is a partial list of Android manufacturers...
HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Xiaomi, BLU, Lenovo, BlackBerry, ASUS and One Plus. Now compare this to Apple who is the only one making devices that support their iOS operating system.
When it becomes known that hackers have compromised their iOS or devices, Apple will quickly push out an over the air "patch" and you are notified that there is a software update that needs to be done. You simply click on the upgrade and do it. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with Android. With a dozen device makers and a half dozen or more versions of Android's operating system, this process becomes much more complex. Sometimes, it seems that there is some finger pointing going on between Google and the device manufacturer as far as who's responsibility it is for the patch. In any case, Google does not usually react as quickly, if at all regarding these problems.
That is exactly the case with the latest breach of Android devices. According to CheckPoint, an Israeli Cyber Security Company that specializes in this stuff, Nearly a billion Android phones and tablets are vulnerable to malware that could allow hackers “complete control of devices and access to sensitive personal and enterprise data on them,” according to Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point. In this case, CheckPoint has determined that the vulnerabilities are in QUALCOMM'S chipset’s software drivers – the basic operating system-level programs that provide usability to the chipsets – which control communication between the chipset components. That means this is a device issue with the manufacturer of the chipset, Qualcomm. While Google and Qualcomm argue who is responsible for providing a fix, there customers are left exposed. Apple's benefit of being able to fully regulate and fully control all software as well as hardware issues is huge when it comes to quickly overcoming security issues. A perfect example of this is Apple pushed out iOS 9.3.3 in mid July to address an issue of security. Apparently, there was a flaw in the previous version that allowed hackers to take remote control of your iPhone if you downloaded a specific photo laced with malware. As soon as this became a known issue, Apple fixed it with a patch. Just today, about three weeks later, Apple just released another software update patch. This one is called iOS 9.3.4. Apple states that it is a security issue fix but is not explaining the details. Rumor has it that this patch was designed to frustrate several companies (Pangu and TaiG) that succesfully provided "iPhone Jail Break" solutions. All iPhones from the 4S and beyond and iPads from the iPad 2 and newer are eligible for this fix.
Whether you use iOS, Android, or Windows, it is vital to keep up with software upgrades. These upgrades fix previous vulnerabilities. If you do not do these upgrades regularly, your computers will be at risk. On the other hand, it is not a great idea to immediately download everything that your device manufacturer or OS provider pushes out. I always recommend waiting a week or so and doing a Google search on the new patch to verify that it is not causing any additional problems. If you see dozens of complaints for the same thing, don't do it yet. Sometimes, contacts will disappear or other weirdness occurs.
August 9, 2016 Update from our friends at Forbes...
Apple iOS 9.3.4 Install Verdict: Only Upgrade If You Do Not Jailbreak
iOS 9.3.4 comes somewhat out of the blue and appears to be solely about patching Pangu’s recent jailbreak. If so, I believe this may be the first time Apple has updated iOS solely for this purpose and it shows how focused the company is only stamping down on an activity it used to begrudgingly tolerate for many years. As such if you don’t jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch there’s little reason to avoid iOS 9.3.4. Especially as the potential exists for less benevolent hackers to exploit iOS 9.3.3 in the same way Pangu did.
That aside there are a couple of issues with reports regarding battery widget problems so, if this widget is important to you, steer clear for now as it is likely to be the last iOS update owners of the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPod 5th gen will receive.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.