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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 01 Mar 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 35 : "text" format

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Please help me to choose a new phone
New and Rumored Verizon Phones in 2022
Verizon waives calling charges to Ukraine

Message-ID: <20220228202604.C68AA7C0@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2022 20:26:04 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Please help me to choose a new phone Well, the Google Pixel Fi phone that I received as a gift isn't working out, so I've decided to break my piggybank and buy a new phone. I'm spoiled when it comes to cell phones: the one I used to have - an LG VS930 - was a gift from my Sister-in-law. It works fine today, but my wife lost her "flip" phone, and so she got the LG model. I could buy another VS930, but Ting mobile's website says the IMEI on hers won't work on Ting, and that leaves me shopping for a new model. The requirements:
  1. Must not be incompatible with 5G. The VS930 is a "4G" model, and I don't know when 4G will be sunset, but for now it's OK. However, rather than buy a phone which will be stranded when 4G goes away, I'd rather have one that will last as long as 5G does. (It just occureed to me that car salesmen all over the world must drool at the thought of being able to sell a product that self-destructs when the mother ship issues a command.)
  2. Works on Ting mobile, with a Verizon SIM.
  3. Talk and Text.
  4. A screen large enough for old eyes.
  5. Likewise, a keyboard that I can use without a microscope.
  6. Some browsing capability: enough to look up a street address online, or find the local Subaru dealer, etc.
  7. Can be used as a WiFi hotspot. I travel with a tablet and a laptop, so I sometimes need to connect one of those to the Internet for on-the-go info.
  8. A competitive warranty and exchange policy.
  9. Does not require me to refinance my house.
    1. Ting is advertising a Motorola moto e (2020) for about $100 plus tax. If you have one, please comment on the features, reliability, etc.
    2. Ditto the Samsung Galaxy A02s, for about $130. My birthday was last Saturday, and I'm willing to buy myself a present, but I won't go above $150 unless there are *REALLY* compelling reasons to do so.
Thank you for your help. I appreciate your time. Bill Horne -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220228210700.F0E7E7C0@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2022 21:07:00 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: New and Rumored Verizon Phones in 2022 If you're thinking of buying a new Verizon phone, keep an eye on these. By Eli Blumenthal Choosing a new phone upgrade is hardly ever simple. In the world of technology there is always something new around the corner, and with Verizon's and AT&T's embrace of a 36-month installment plan the phone you upgrade to will likely be the one you use for the next several years. So, trying to figure out when is the "best time" to upgrade can be tricky. Here are some of the phones you'll want to keep an eye out for this year and when we think they might arrive based on past trends and rumors. https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/new-and-rumored-verizon-phones/ -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220228210022.368EF7C0@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2022 21:00:22 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Verizon waives calling charges to Ukraine Media Contact: Ana Rosella Ibarra ana.ibarra@verizon.com Wireless consumer and business customers as well as residential landline customers can call to Ukraine for free. BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - In response to developments in Ukraine, Verizon will waive charges for calls from its postpaid consumer and business wireless customers and residential landline customers to and from Ukraine, from February 25 through March 10. The company is also waiving voice and text roaming charges for customers in Ukraine. "During these challenging times, customers need to stay connected with loved ones in Ukraine," said Manon Brouillette, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. "Waiving long distance charges for customers calling Ukraine will help them focus on what matters: communicating with family and loved ones. https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-waives-calling-charges-ukraine -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)

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