According to Consumer Reports, Samsung is the real deal. Their Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 EDGE and even their ancient S6 all rated in the top 10. I'm not so sure Samsung even makes the best phone though. On paper, the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 10 look far more impressive to me than any of the iPhones or Samsung Galaxy models. After all, Huawei's new Kirin 970 chipsets enhance and integrate mobile artificial intelligence capabilities in these models. Did I mention all three of these models also include Leica 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel main rear cameras, 8-megapixel front cameras, optical image stabilization, 4,000mAh batteries, fast charging, and 4G LTE connectivity. Just the fact that Porsche Design chose this brand and model to be their manufacturer over all the other manufacturers may help Huawei become a house hold name in the future.
Do You Want an Extra $50 for your old SmartPhone Buy Back?
Unlike most carriers, we do not require a trade-in or an upgrade to buy back your device. My recommendation is to check your carriers trade in value here. For most iPhones and Androids, we offer $50 more than the carriers.
Verizon and T-Mobile offer great deals on new iPhone 8, 8+, and iPhone X
Actually, all of the carriers except AT&T are offering deals on the new iPhones. Apparently, AT&T still feels the public would rather sign a bundling contract to get Direct TV and/or AT&T U-Verse Home internet services instead of $120-$300 off a new iPhone 8 or X. Duh!
Save Big On Last Year's Best Smartphones...
Dr Wireless believes there has never been a better time to pick up one of last year's top-of-line devices. After all, the Samsung S7 still out rated all Apple's newest series 8 iPhones for less than half the purchase price. The same holds true for the iPhone 7 series. These are proven models that are available for hundreds of dollars less than a few months ago.
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The future is the Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things
Cellular wireless service has become just another commodity. Need proof? Voice plans went from very limited and expensive, to all being Unlimited and cheap. It was the data they made the money on. Well, that's no longer even true. Today, Smartphones and wireless services are merely the delivery service. f It's all about programming and content now.
The cloud has caused many On Premise telcos to going bankrupt (Avaya). The smart ones like Cisco quickly partnered with cloud experts like Google. In fact, Cisco just purchased Broadsoft, one of the main providers of Hosted Cloud services for several of the major voIP cloud players. Ask me how to get a Professional Business cloud phone system for under $28 per line.
Lastly, Dr Wireless was recently interviewed & featured on Voyage LA...
Times have changed and so have the way businesses advertise. Brick and Mortar retail stores are being tested like never before. After all, any item with a model number can be bought and shipped for FREE directly to your home. Why fight for parking spaces and end up paying full retail pricing for something that can easily be found on the internet. Sure, Google, FaceBook, Twitter and a host of other Social Media heavyweights can drive business. The problem is at what cost? The real trick is finding cost effective advertising that laser targets the demographic your business is appealing to. I'm periodically asked whether Dr Wireless advertises. As we incorporated over 20 years ago, word of mouth has been our #1 driver. Recently, I have been sponsoring live streaming surf cameras with SwellMagnet.com with surprising results...
Has it been effective? Heck yes and I'm only offering wireless consultation services, yet still get more page views from my SwellMagnet advertisement than any other source, even Google! For those with a product or service that Southern California Surfers and Beach Enthusiasts would like, Here's a chance to get the most bang for your buck! Below are the Dr Wireless Visitor analytics for the first 3 weeks of October. Seeing is believing!
For more details, contact Joel or visit our SwellMagnet Advertising Page.
Since the iPhone 8 series was released, the carriers apparently felt that they would not have to offer any special discounts to move them. They were wrong! Dr Wireless has been doing this long before there was any such thing as an iPhone. One thing that has been pretty consistent over the years has been Apple's consistent iPhone release product cycle. It seems the new models come out early in the year and the refreshment models, generally distinguished with an "s" with some new features and improvements hit the third week of September. This year, Apple screwed up. The 8 series landing the third week of September should have been the 7s and 7s+. Why? Because they look identical on the outside. Apple shot themselves in the foot this time. Anyone who truly wants the latest Apple technology is totally ignoring the iPhone 8 series. To make matters worse, Apple will have major iPhone X supply issues as they still must rely on other companies to make their screens, and other major components. Up until now, we have found the iPhone 7 series and Samsung Galaxy 7 models to be incredible buys at their discounted pricing. Well Verizon just started what I hope will be an iPhone 8 series and X price war. Here's your chance to trade in your iPhone 6s or 7 series and get $300 off and 8 or X series on big Red's Unlimited network.
All of the iPhone are great these days. Anyone with an iPhone 6 or older should consider upgrading. The newest iOS 11 will likely cause havoc with the older 5 series. While the iPhone 6 is actually a good model, T-Mobile users would be better off with the 6s or later as the regular iPhone 6 does not support TM's 700MHz band. The iPhone SE, if you can deal with the smaller screen, is essentially the same guts as the 6S, but in the same body of the 4 and 5 series. My feeling is there has never been a better time to buy an iPhone 7 series model as they are deeply discounted.
Here is a small chart comparing the 8 to the X...
To see all iPhones and compare them.
My guess is that the Apple 8 series is not exactly flying off the shelves. After all, launching a model a mere month after the iPhone 8 series was not the brightest move in the world. In my opinion, the iPhone 8 series should have been called the iPhone 7s and 7s+. After all, they usually release the refreshed versions in Fall and the new ones in May. In any case, there has never been a better time to buy and iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy 7 model like right now. New and existing T-Mobile for Business customers who activate a new line on T-Mobile ONE can get the Samsung Galaxy S7 for $350 after monthly EIP bill credits. Offer ID: 437191
This is one helluva phone for only $350 and you really can't go wrong. Ask me for details.
Starting October 27 and for a limited time, eligible new and existing business and government customers can get $120 off eligible iPhones (X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE) via promotional EIP bill credits when they purchase on EIP and activate a new line of service or add a line on T-Mobile ONE™.
If you are thinking about getting a new iPhone, don't get fooled into thinking your carrier has a good trade-in deal. Dr Wireless is so confident that our deal is better that we will pay $50 over what the major wireless carriers offer. To get an idea of what your Apple iPhone or Android is worth, you can visit any of the following Carrier web links.
T-Mobile's BuyBack program . AT&T's BuyBack program . Verizon's BuyBack Program . Sprint's BuyBack
We need used iPhones for our subscribers that lose or break their devices and don't have insurance. Obviously, if your device is damaged, or not operating correctly, please trade-it in to the carriers as we are not interested. If the device is in good working order, or has a battery that doesn't stay charged very long, no problem. If the screen is shattered but it is still operational, we may still take it but subtract the screen replacement costs.
Contact Dr Wireless to sell your current device.
This morning, I got an error message on my iPhone warning me that I picked up a Trojan virus and needed to download something that popped up with the virus warning. Unless you have jailbroken your iPhone, the chance of randomly picking up a trojan virus on your iPhone is pretty slim. The bad guys know this. That's why these messages are accompanied with a link they want you to download. That, is when the real problems begin.
Rule #1 Never open links for banks, PayPal, e-Bay or an other of your accounts from an e-mail.
More often than not, the link is fraudulent and an attempt to get your personal information. It's better to launch a fresh browser and play it safe. Another trick is hitting reply and then running your mouse over the name of the person or business that sent you the e-mail. Often times, this reveals the bogus e-mail address.
Rule #2 Don't Get Sucked Into Stupid FaceBook questions requesting "harmless" personal information
I see these "questions" periodically on Facebook. List ten concerts you went to and one you didn't attend. Do you remember the first phone number you ever had. What was your first pets name? These all sound innocent enough but are often used by banks and financial institutions as challenge questions.
Generally, it's a good idea to clear your browsers cached information should you see any of these types of pop-up messages. Both Avast and AVG offer FREE virus protection that is as good as the paid versions available in most cases.
I'm not sure why, but all of a sudden, T-Mobile has become "Carrier-Like" and no longer very transparent, like the "Un-Carrier" campaign of last year. I guess when you catch up to the 800lb gorillas, you start emulating them. The above advertisement on the surface would appear to be a great deal. What is mentioned in the last sentence I find very troubling though. That's because, the T-Mobile One Plan they are offering may/ or may not be the same one you are on right now. If you are currently on TM's amazing 2 Line/$100 Unlimited deal, their 55+ plan, or were lucky enough to get in when TM was offering the FREE Plus offering (1080P resolution and 10GB of 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot), you forfeit all of this. That's right, the One plan being offered above with the FREE Netflix deal is Standard definition (480p) with snail slow 3G tethering, not 4G LTE.
This is the exact reason that Dr Wireless created our Robin Hood program. Like in a high stakes poker game, you need to know when to hold them and when to fold them. In this case, savvy Dr Wireless clients are holding their plans. It's far smarter to pay $10 to add Netflix to your current plan than let T-Mobile slam the breaks on your resolution and Mobile Hotspot speeds.
The last Android I had was a Samsung S3. While I liked the device, the volume would end up getting turned all the way down in my pocket quite often. I also found the Android operating system at the time to be less stable. Well, personally I'm getting a bit fed up with Apple's arrogance and lack of consideration. I just got off an airplane from Mexico and listened to my Amazon music (I hate iTunes) the whole trip. I was able to do that despite the fact that my iPhone 6S+ had 12% battery life when I got on my plane because I had the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack for my JBL headset while my iphone could simultaneously charge with the USB/lightning port. That, is the main reason I have no interest in the iPhone 7, 8, or even the X for that matter. If that wasn't enough to clinch it, the fact that Apple is totally disregarding the fact that T-Mobile dropped $8 billion on their exclusive purchase of 600mHZ spectrum early this year.
What made AT&T and Verizon better than the rest was the fact that they had 700mHZ spectrum while all the other carriers had 1700-2200 mHZ range. The lower the bandwidth, the better it works underground and indoors. To illustrate this, look at what happened to T-Mobile after investing $435 million on 700mHZ bandwidth. They practically went from worst to first overnight and have been cleaning Verizon's clock for data speeds ever since.
LG has had some hits and misses over the years with devices. Recently they have been making several good devices, particularly their LG V20. I'm considering getting their new LG V30 as it is the first model on the market to support T-Mobile's 600mHZ bandwidth. Obviously, even if you have this device, most markets don't yet have 600mHZ support. As TM is rapidly rolling it out though, who wants to drop $700-$1200 for a SmartPhone that will not even support possibly the best T-Mobile innovation ever.
Above is an impressive deal from T-Mobile on the LG V30. With a deal like this, it might be a good move to "go to the dark side" until mid next year when Apple wakes up and starts doing what is best for consumers and not trying to be so damn proprietary. In the interim, LG is likely to sell quite a few Smartphones.
T-Mobile is already as good as the 800lb gorillas even without their new 600mHZ. That means anyone buying an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or PIXEL 2 will still have a great experience. Verizon has been promoting their new Google Pixel 2 models as exclusive to their network. They obviously don't want their subscribers to know that Verizon is the only major carrier that never locks their SmartPhones to their networks. That means that anyone who has a recent Verizon LTE smartphone can pop in any other carriers card instantly. To really tick of Verizon, @johnlegere, T-Mobile's CEO, seems to take great relish in pissing off "Dumb and Dumber". In his latest effort, he just made a pretty amazing pitch to owners of Verizon's Pixel 2 models and here it is...
It’s #BYOPixel time! Verizon wants everyone to think the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are exclusive to their network…Well they’re not. As we announced last week, not only does the Pixel 2 work great on T-Mobile’s network, but we’re also offering a big promotion for Pixel customers who purchase their device directly from Google, Verizon or Best Buy. Starting October 17, for a limited time, postpaid customers who bring their Pixel 2 or 2 XL to T-Mobile and add a line can get $325 back – that’s up to 50% back – via rebate when they unleash the power of their Pixel 2 on America’s Best Unlimited Network!
Regretfully, I was just informed that T-Mobile will stop offering their wildly successful deal of two Unlimited lines for $100. Anyone who has it now or gets it before tomorrow evening can keep this deal for life. Starting October 5th, it will cost $120 per month, instead of $100. The only consolation is that TM is including Netflix with their new retail customer deal. For our business users, TM is offering a FREE bump up from standard to high definition and 10GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot.
The new iPhone 8 and 8 + are now available. It's still too early to know but it appears there may be some issues with the devices coming apart. Reports coming out of Japan and Korea have allegedly indicated the iPhone 8 battery swells up after getting hot resulting in the screen dislodging from the devices. I'd do some extensive google searches to make sure this is not a wide spread issue. Apple does know about it, according to our friends at BGR.
Verizon has recently revamped their Unlimited Plans. Below are the differences in Go and Beyond Unlimited plans
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.