Mobile service carriers offer free wireless to Hurricane Harvey victims

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As the companies struggle to keep their networks going, they have offered their services free until September 1. Mobile service carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon announced that people in areas struck by Hurricane Harvey will receive free wireless services. The companies were all battling to get their services up and running and to keep them that way, but they have promised customers will not be charged during that time. Equally, AT&T has announced that it will issue credits to people using its network in areas hit by the hurricane. The…

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Almost half of the United States has lost or damaged mobile phones

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Approximately 49 percent of the country’s population have broken one of these devices or has had one go missing. The results of a new study from Verizon and KRC Research have revealed that Americans have broken or lost a total of approximately 230,685,172 mobile phones, and that nearly 49 percent of the population of the country had experienced these events. This means that about 1 in every 2 Americans has either broken a cell phone or has lost one. The report on the research also identified many of the ways…

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BlackBerry Classic Q20 to be released today

Blackberry classic q20

The Canadian handset maker has announced that the unveiling will take place over live stream. The BlackBerry Classic, also called the Q20, is going to be released later on today in an unveiling that will be occurring over live stream and that will bring the new flagship product of the Canadian device maker into the spotlight. The company is hopeful that the BlackBerry Q20 will be the start of drastically improve sales. So far, the potential for the BlackBerry Classic looks very promising, as it has already sold out in…

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QR codes at Verizon may replace login names and passwords

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A new authentication option could come in the form of quick response codes that can be scanned. Verizon Enterprise has announced the launch of QR codes as one of two components in a new authentication option within its universal identity mobile security service. What must now be seen is how many companies will actually find quick response codes useful in this form. Among the goals of these QR codes is to help to phase out the use of traditional login names and passwords, which are becoming rapidly and increasingly problematic.…

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Mobile marketing strategy at Verizon is too eerie for some

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While many feel that this ad program provides quality targeting, others feel it is downright creepy. Verizon Wireless is making a bold move to help to expand the efficacy, reach, and use of its mobile marketing through the growth of their Relevant Mobile Advertising program to start to include more than just the wireless devices of its customers. Verizon now intends to begin using the data from laptops and desktops, and not just smartphones and tablets. The intention is to broaden the mobile marketing program’s effectiveness so that it will…

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Isis to be trialed in Aramark cafeteria in New Jersey

Isis finally goes on trial An Aramark cafeteria located in Verizon Wireless’ headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will be the first place in the U.S. to official trial the Isis mobile payment platform. Isis has become one of the most hyped and anticipated mobile commerce platforms to date. The platform represents a partnership between AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, and is expected to be the most prominent platform in the burgeoning mobile commerce industry. After years in development, the platform will finally be tested in a commercial setting. Mobile…

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ISIS platforms gains momentum over competitors due to slow and steady approach

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Mobile commerce giant takes small steps. ISIS, the mobile commerce joint venture between Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is making slow, but steady progress toward a new pilot test this summer. The platform may be lagging behind the Google Wallet, which was formally launched late last year, but has already become one of the more popular platforms in the industry, despite the fact that ISIS has yet to see commercial release. The slow progression of ISIS seems to have been beneficial, as it has allowed the project to overcome the challenges…

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CES 2012 reveals mobile commerce retail experience from Alcatel-Lucent and Verizon

Mobile Commerce Industry

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas and offered a great deal of insight about what has been learned and what is to come in the industry, including an announcement about a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and Verizon Wireless, which will bring about a new form of m-commerce app that is designed to help consumers to save money while also assisting retailers. At the show, the companies showed a number of demos that were interconnected in order to show the impact of video conferencing, 3D telepresence,…

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Smart phone hack brings Google Wallet to Galaxy Nexus

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Earlier this month, Verizon wireless announced that it would not be supporting Google’s ambitious mobile wallet program. The telecommunications company’s new Galaxy Nexus smart phone is one of the first mobile devices to be able to interface with NFC technology, which allows phones to double as payment devices. Google has invested heavily in NFC technology in order to establish its presence in the industry of mobile commerce, but the company has been finding staunch opposition from amongst competitors. Technology, however, often succumbs to the whims of enterprising individuals who are…

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Verizon Wireless opens a center dedicated to the progress of augmented reality

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Augmented reality is beginning to make waves in the mobile industry. The technology has been around for a number of decades now, but it has only been recently that it has garnered any sort of acclaim. Initially, AR surfed on the heels of 3D technology, which drew in its own share of enthusiasm from both consumers and businesses. As the interest surrounding 3D wanes, however, AR has steamed ahead, and now more technology and telecommunications companies are taking notice. Verizon Wireless has been investing in AR technology for some time…

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Visa’s strategy for mobile payment domination

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Credit card and other large companies are diving into mobile and digital payment technologies head first, forming aggressive strategies with purchasing and partnerships in order to ensure their space at the top of the game. Both American Express and MasterCard have been making deals and have been choosing the technologies that they believe will lead the way for mobile payments. Visa has also made as series of significant moves recently, which include the assumption of an advisory position in Square (a disruptive startup), the $110 million acquisition of Fundamo (a…

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