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  • AT&T lying to customers by showing '5G E' on devices, under fire from other carriers

    In March 2008, the International Telecommunications Union-Radio communications sector (ITU-R) was specified a set of requirements for 4G standards, named the International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced (IMT-Advanced) specification, setting peak speed requirements for 4G service at 100 megabits per second (Mbit/s)(=12.5 megabytes per second) for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users).[1]

    The above is from the Wikipedia entry for 4G communications. 
    To my knowledge carriers haven’t yet attained anywhere near 4G speeds yet. 
    I will not hold my breath for 5G any time soon. 
  • Apple's new 11- & 12.9-inch iPad Pros sport a massive redesign and gain Face ID, USB-C

    hentaiboy said:
    A $3.5K iPad anyone?

    You chose the top of the line iPad (12.9” + 1 TB storage + cell). That comes out to $USD 1899. However this amount does not include any state taxes. 
    Your amount does, thus NZ $3299 - $431 = NZ $2868. Converting that to US funds gives $USD 1892.88. You actually pay $US 6.12 less based on today’s exchange rate of US $0.66 to NZ $1. 
  • Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but analyst claims only 16 percent of iPh...

    tjwolf said:
    This is one of those things that will just take time.  As others have pointed out, one of the things holding back adoption is the uncertainty over whether a terminal at a given store supports it.  Initially, I tried to use ApplePay everywhere - but less than half the terminals even supported NFC-based payments, so I was thwarted.  Then, as the number of NFC terminals grew, so did the number of vendors actively preventing the use of it.  Sometimes it was because they just didn't want the additional hassle or lack of training of the cashiers, but more often it was just a corporate decision to prevent invasion into 'their turf'.   See Walmart, Target for national retailers who refuse to adopt NFC-based payment methods.  They try to pass it off as being for the customer's own good - these payment methods 'confuse users'.  But in actuality it's for their own self-serving interests (e.g. in case of Walmart, they want to steer folks away from credit cards - where they have to pay a transaction fee - to their own payment matter how clumsy theirs is :-(

    I recently saw a statistic that 50% of retailers now support ApplePay.  While that may be true, it doesn't mean that it's available in 50% of the place one frequents.  Maybe I'm an outlier, but of the stores I frequent on a regular basis - Harris Teeter, Target, TJMax, local movie theatre, StarBucks, Trader Joe, Earth Fare - only the latter 3 support ApplePay and one of them - StarBucks - supports it, but I use their store card to accumulate freebies.  So definitely less than 50%.  Thinking about it, it seems that ApplePay is much more likely to be accepted at the smaller retailers or non-chains.

    In the end, ApplePay is far superior to credit cards in terms of security and privacy.  The added speed/convenience is just icing on the cake.
    For many US citizens, Apple Pay (and mobile payments in general) are not as widespread as in other countries. 
    Take your neighbour to the North. I do most of my small transactions now through my iPhone.
    Almost all food courts now accept it, as well as the SAQ (Quebec Liquor commission), Gas stations, many restaurants, Costco, Grocery stores, clothing stores, Sports Experts, most major pharmacies, etc.  One big exception is Walmart, but we all know why they're doing it. I would say that 85-90% of the stores I frequent now all accept it. 
    The only caveat is that there is a CAD$100 limit on contactless transactions. Kind of difficult to stay under especially at places like Costco.

    The one part where Apple can do a better job is at educating people that it is more secure to use your phone for payment than to use your card. 
    One silly question I often get from naysayers is, "What if your phone gets stolen?"
  • iPhone X impresses Windows executive, Android fans but bitter bloggers still hating

    cato1040 said:
    @thedba unfortunately again demonstrates how some people prefer to ignore facts.

    What facts am I ignoring? Your opinions that started this?

    -Many real iPhone users (not all, but many)  struggle with FaceID. Apple probably could have put touchID on the back but didn't
    Really? Many? Do you have numbers to back this up?

    -iPhones have never been known for fantastic battery life. At best, it's been good. Some Android phones have actual two day + battery life with average usage
    I am an average user and can go the full weekend with just one charge on my iPhone 7. So what’s your point again?

    -the iPhone X has been called by many sites like CNET (not blogs and not Android biased ones) to be the most breakable iPhone ever 
    Old BS. They’ve just unearthed old talking points from the iPhone 4 days with glass back. Besides, don’t other phones ever break?

    -the iPhone X stops working in the cold sometimes 
    As most electronics they all have minimum and maximum operating temperature ratings.

    -iPhone X users have complained about how multitasking is slower without a home button
    Really? Where? Show us numbers or the study that says so.

    -there is no headphone jack
    So what? Neither did iPhone7 from last year. But Apple didn’t just remove it and leave users out in the cold like Pixel 2.  They included an adapter and lightning EarPods. They also released AirPods with W1 chip. Much better experience and if you own other Apple devices work seamlessly with them. Their vision is of the future is wireless.

    -Samsung put a button beneath their screen, something Apple probably could have done
    Samsung makes its design choices and Apple makes different ones. What’s your point?

    -they could have switched over to USB C but (here is the opinion section starting) they probably wanted to keep lightning because proprietary jacks lead to more money, and jacks and dongles seem to be a big part of Apple's business 
    They could’ve and then the blogosphere would’ve exploded with comments on how Apple and only Apple changes standards so they can sell more dongles/adapters. What BS thinking since every quarter one can clearly see where Apple makes money from. 1) iPhone 2) Mac 3) iPad 4) services    Your dongle theory falls under some other category that doesn’t even move the needle on their finances.

    -Some iPhone users only think it's great because they haven't seen how far behind they are compared to the best Android phones

    Educate us. Tell us something amazing that Android users do that iPhone users can’t. 

    -It seems the author nitpicked a few complaints they could handle (though obviously couldn't) and ignored the ones they could not. There is a pretty clear iOS bias seen
    Welcome to Appleinsider and DED’s opinion pieces.

    Did you want more facts or is this enough to show you that complaints are real and not just coming from Android diehards. I use Apple computers and tablets used because they last and I don't need the features their competitors offer (and if I do, I have Parallels) so I don't hate Apple. I'm not saying Android is objectively better for everyone (though for the money, I'd say it's best for most), but don't tell me that critics are all lying since 'the iPhone X is by far obviously the best phone in the world' is objectively not true for all. For a company that prides itself on being more glitch free, iPhone X has had a lot of them!
    Your facts, are actually your opinions.

  • Canada's Rogers sees 'tremendous' demand for iPhone X, upgrades iPhone 8 status to 'good'

    I wonder if Canadians are waiting until after December 1 to buy ANY phone, as carriers will no longer be allowed to lock them as of that date?

    Apparently the carriers will also be required to unlock any previously locked device for free after that date (if I understand the new rules correctly), so it doesn't really matter when one buys it, but waiting a month eliminates the hassle.
    No,  because by the government enforcing a stupid no locking policy, all three Carriers just increased monthly fees and also added a $25 activation fee.  Now the minimum monthly plan is $105 for 1 GB of data for iPhone 8, and you still have to pay $300 upfront for the phone. 
    If you’re paying $105 monthly for just 1 GB of data on iPhone8 then you just took the first deal that was presented to you. 
    The other day, Telus sent me an email talking about their plan for a new iPhone 8+ 7GB of data for $75. Add all taxes and it comes down to $86 per month.