Name three things you can’t travel without. We bet Wi-Fi made the cut. This summer, businesses (and cities) are making it even easier for you to plug in and stream. USA TODAY
CANNON BEACH, Oregon —Learn to love your Wi-Fi.
That’s the message this week from new Samsung and Verizon Wireless product announcements. Our phones are getting bigger and better, while our wireless service has clearly seen better days.
Samsung, which sells more smartphones worldwide than any other company, had a splashy press event in New York to introduce what appears to be the biggest and most expensive top brand phone ever: the 6.3 inch Note 8, the successor to the disgraced, recalled and discontinued Note 7. You know, the phone whose batteries blew up.
Meanwhile Verizon announced a confusing new wireless plan that sounded to be a money saver. But as our Rob Pegoraro points out, the savings are minimal, and the fine print restrictions would make tech-savvy consumers wince.
Again, learn to love your Wi-Fi. Because the wireless service we know and have loved is only going to be but a memory. Want to enjoy your great new phone? Look to do that with Wi-Fi, not the wireless network.
Verizon has announced two new data plans that redefine unlimited data and may jump start a price war between rival mobile service providers. USA TODAY
The message of the Verizon plan, and other recent updates from T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T are pretty clear. Yes, you can have unlimited data plans, and watch all the YouTube and Netflix video you want, but with a catch. The video quality you’ve come to expect could be downgraded to “DVD” quality, or 480p resolution. And if you watch too much of it, you may be “throttled,” with slower service that would make it near impossible to continue viewing.