HOW-TO GEEK BOOKSRead our first book, the HTG Guide to Windows 8, or check our upcoming books. Enter your email below to get exclusive access to our best articles and tips before everybody else. You can buy a laptop or Wi-Fi tablet and use it on Wi-Fi anywhere in the world, so why are cell phones and devices with mobile data not portable between different cellular networks in the same country? Unlike with Wi-Fi, there are many different competing cellular network standards — both around the world and within countries. Cellular carriers will generally unlock your phone for you as long as you’re no longer in a contract with them.
Some cellular networks use the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) standard, while some use CDMA (Code-division multiple access). RELATED ARTICLEBill Shock: How to Avoid $22,000 or More in International Roaming FeesRoaming data can cost as much as 300 times the price of domestic data, leading to bill shock.
Different cellular networks throughout the USA and the rest of the world use different frequencies. Be aware that it’s very possible to damage your SIM card and make it not work properly by cutting it to the wrong dimensions. Be sure to check what types of networks, frequencies, and LTE bands your phone supports before trying to move it between networks. Also, unlike GSM providers, Verizon will only provision phones they sell, partly because the phones require proprietary Verizon firmware to talk to the radio network. Just because LTE wouldn't work doesn't mean the phone couldn't be on the network but that doesn't matter to my point.
My brother was screwed by Sprint when he received a new phone under warranty, and they tried to collect an ETF when he left a month later. I was less than happy with T-Mobile when they collected an ETF, despite the fact that I could not receive cellular service at my new house. I was less than happy with Sprint when they changed the terns of service on my tablet and refused to let me out of my contract. In fact, Verizon has consistently given me the best customer service for my personal and business mobile phones. I used to hate all carriers but T-Mobile has flipped the industry and has even forced AT&T and Verizon to stop being the dbags that they have been. And from what I can find on the web (one example), Verizon has been scoring in the 70's for years. In fact, even the worst carriers (AT&T and Sprint have switched places since 2011) score around 60%. Lol ok so you never back up anything you say and when I call you a hypocrite for you know being a hypocrite you suddenly start trying to find links to contradict that.
They also asked people mostly in areas that have good Verizon service and crap Sprint coverage. So, even though you can't back up what you say (and still haven't, instead you stand there and continue to insult me), you are now moving the goal post. Why did you care enough to "correct" me when I said something you disagreed with on another thread? Your personal experience is not the sole arbiter of what's good and bad, just like mine isn't. Disclaimer: Most of the pages on the internet include affiliate links, including some on this site. Cellular carriers also like locking you to their specific network and making it difficult to move. All CDMA phones ship locked to a specific network and you’d have to get both your old carrier and your new carrier to cooperate to switch phones between them.
The only difference between them is the size of the plastic card surrounding the SIM’s chip. Your cellular carrier will often be able to cut your SIM card for you or give you a new one if you want to use an old SIM card in a new phone. The radio frequencies a device can use is determined not just by software, but by the design of the radio transceivers, the amplifiers, and the size of the antenna. Even if Google built the phone to physically support Verizon's network, Verizon itself would still have to write a radio ROM for the phone.

The fact that they have a 4G hotspot in their retail stores, and the service is virtually useless "in the wild" borders on fraud, but I wasn't going to take them to court for $200.
When I had a problem with my 3G modem a couple years ago, a tech actually drove out to my location to analyze the signal. When my contract with Verizon ends next year, I'll probably switch to AT&T so I can use the unlocked Nexus phones going forward. However, T-Mobile replaced their CEO and the new guy has completely restructured the company. Ting is also good but they are a recent company and weren't included in the US Carriers because they aren't a Carrier, they are an MVNO.
How many of those 70% have any idea what they are talking about and don't get tricked by the b.s.
I'm not going to bother with fighting you on this because I couldn't care less so wasting my time trying to fight you would be pointless.
It seems you are the one who cares enough to carry on an argument and attempt to get the last word, even though you no longer have any facts to stand on.
Like I said, I've been very happy with 3 of those "garbage" carriers, and even if I had bad luck with the fourth, I think it's unfair to malign them when other people are very happy with them. Get a thousand people together and ask about their collective experience, and you may have something that resembles an authoritative answer. This allows the manufacturer to produce a phone that will support all GSM networks in the world and allows their customers to travel with those phones.
Different models of phones are often created to work on different LTE networks around the world. But they are all trying to get and keep our business, and they have all been improving over time - both in the quality of their telephone service and the quality of their customer service.
Again, not "garbage." Obama was elected with 52% of the vote - does that make our President "garbage", too?
However, phones are generally supporting more and more LTE networks and becoming more and more interoperable over time.
This means you can take an old SIM card and cut the plastic off until it becomes a smaller-size SIM card that fits in a modern phone.
Or, you can take a smaller-size SIM card and insert it into a tray so that it becomes a larger-size SIM card that fits in an older phone.
The school district has moved to a biometric identification program, saying students will no longer have to use an ID card to buy lunch.A  BIOMETRICS TO TRACK YOUR KIDS!!!!!i»?i»?A TARGETED INDIVIDUALS, THE GREEDY CRIMINALS ARE NOW CONDONING THEIR TECH! Paul Weindling, history of medicine professor at Oxford Brookes University, describes his search for the lost victims of Nazi experiments. The chairman of the board at ESL a€” then proprietor of the desert wasteland in Nevada known as a€?Area 51a€? a€” was William Perry, who would be appointed secretary of defense several years later. EUCACH.ORG PanelIn a 2-hour wide-ranging Panel with Alfred Lambremont Webre on the Transhumanist Agenda, Magnus Olsson, Dr. Henning Witte, and Melanie Vritschan, three experts from the European Coalition Against Covert Harassment, revealed recent technological advances in human robotization and nano implant technologies, and an acceleration of what Melanie Vritschan characterized as a a€?global enslavement programa€?.Shift from electromagnetic to scalar wavesThese technologies have now shifted from electromagnetic wave to scalar waves and use super quantum computers in the quantum cloud to control a€?pipesa€? a reference to the brains of humans that have been taken over via DNA, via implants that can be breathed can breach the blood-brain barrier and then controlled via scalar waved on a super-grid. Eventually, such 'subvocal speech' systems could be used in spacesuits, in noisy places like airport towers to capture air-traffic controller commands, or even in traditional voice-recognition programs to increase accuracy, according to NASA scientists."What is analyzed is silent, or sub auditory, speech, such as when a person silently reads or talks to himself," said Chuck Jorgensen, a scientist whose team is developing silent, subvocal speech recognition at NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley. We numbered the columns and rows, and we could identify each letter with a pair of single-digit numbers," Jorgensen said. People in noisy conditions could use the system when privacy is needed, such as during telephone conversations on buses or trains, according to scientists."An expanded muscle-control system could help injured astronauts control machines. If an astronaut is suffering from muscle weakness due to a long stint in microgravity, the astronaut could send signals to software that would assist with landings on Mars or the Earth, for example," Jorgensen explained. These are processed to remove noise, and then we process them to see useful parts of the signals to show one word from another," Jorgensen said.After the signals are amplified, computer software 'reads' the signals to recognize each word and sound. Our Research and Development Division has been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the California Department of Corrections, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Massachusetts Department of Correction to run limited trials of the 2020 neural chip implant.
We have established representatives of our interests in both management and institutional level positions within these departments. Federal regulations do not yet permit testing of implants on prisoners, but we have entered nto contractual agreements with privatized health care professionals and specified correctional personnel to do limited testing of our products.

We need, however, to expand our testing to research how effective the 2020 neural chip implant performs in those identified as the most aggressive in our society.
In California, several prisoners were identified as members of the security threat group, EME, or Mexican Mafia.
They were brought to the health services unit at Pelican Bay and tranquilized with advanced sedatives developed by our Cambridge,Massachussetts laboratories. The results of implants on 8 prisoners yielded the following results: a€?Implants served as surveillance monitoring device for threat group activity.
However, during that period substantial data was gathered by our research and development team which suggests that the implants exceed expected results. One of the major concerns of Security and the R & D team was that the test subject would discover the chemial imbalance during the initial adjustment period and the test would have to be scurbbed. However, due to advanced technological developments in the sedatives administered, the 48 hour adjustment period can be attributed t prescription medication given to the test subjects after the implant procedure. One of the concerns raised by R & D was the cause of the bleeding and how to eliminate that problem.
Unexplained bleeding might cause the subject to inquire further about his "routine" visit to the infirmary or health care facility. Security officials now know several strategies employed by the EME that facilitate the transmission of illegal drugs and weapons into their correctional facilities. One intelligence officier remarked that while they cannot use the informaiton that have in a court of law that they now know who to watch and what outside "connections" they have.
The prison at Soledad is now considering transferring three subjects to Vacaville wher we have ongoing implant reserach. Our technicians have promised that they can do three 2020 neural chip implants in less than an hour. Soledad officials hope to collect information from the trio to bring a 14 month investigation into drug trafficking by correctional officers to a close. Essentially, the implants make the unsuspecting prisoner a walking-talking recorder of every event he comes into contact with.
There are only five intelligence officers and the Commisoner of Corrections who actually know the full scope of the implant testing.
In Massachusetts, the Department of Corrections has already entered into high level discussion about releasing certain offenders to the community with the 2020 neural chip implants. Our people are not altogether against the idea, however, attorneys for Intelli-Connection have advised against implant technology outside strick control settings.
While we have a strong lobby in the Congress and various state legislatures favoring our product, we must proceed with the utmost caution on uncontrolled use of the 2020 neural chip.
If the chip were discovered in use not authorized by law and the procedure traced to us we could not endure for long the resulting publicity and liability payments.
Massachusetts officials have developed an intelligence branch from their Fugitive Task Force Squad that would do limited test runs under tight controls with the pre-release subjects. Correctons officials have dubbed these poetnetial test subjects "the insurance group." (the name derives from the concept that the 2020 implant insures compliance with the law and allows officials to detect misconduct or violations without question) A retired police detective from Charlestown, Massachusetts, now with the intelligence unit has asked us to consider using the 2020 neural chip on hard core felons suspected of bank and armored car robbery. He stated, "Charlestown would never be the same, we'd finally know what was happening before they knew what was happening." We will continue to explore community uses of the 2020 chip, but our company rep will be attached to all law enforcement operations with an extraction crrew that can be on-site in 2 hours from anywhere at anytime. We have an Intelli-Connection discussion group who is meeting with the Director of Security at Florence, Colorado's federal super maximum security unit.
The initial discussions with the Director have been promising and we hope to have an R & D unit at this important facilitly within the next six months. Napolitano insisted that the department was not planning on engaging in any form of ideological profiling. I will tell him face-to-face that we honor veterans at DHS and employ thousands across the department, up to and including the Deputy Secretary," Ms.
Steve Buyer of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, called it "inconceivable" that the Obama administration would categorize veterans as a potential threat.

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