Playing chess with the Red Check: or, why Verizon’s insurance plan covers … nothing

I’ve had my BlackBerry PRIV for almost two years now, and it’s a fantastic smartphone.  Probably the smartest smartphone out there. And last Wednesday, the dummy who owned it dropped it off the edge of a table.  Chuck is a dummy. Yep.  Crack in the screen.  Nasty one. But not as nasty as what I…

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Verizon’s gonna hate me … like they don’t already…

There’s two significant reasons why Verizon hates me.  The first is that I’m one of the last subscribers to sign up for the original “lifetime unlimited data” plan, and no matter how many times they’ve tried, they can’t get me to walk away from it.  Nyah. The second reason is that I am not interested…

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Another Verizon “nickel and dime” trick

It started last week, when I noticed something different about the phone numbers on my Caller ID feature from my BlackBerry PRIV cell phone. Normally, when I receive a call from someone, their phone number pops up as a Caller ID message.  And if I’ve programmed their name into the phone, then their name comes…

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Jim Rome hooked me on BlackBerry…

My loyalty to the BlackBerry cell phone came from an unlikely source. That source was sports broadcaster and commentator Jim Rome. Yes, that Jim Rome.  Van Smack.  Host of a very popular radio sports show, and a few stints as host of a televised sports talk show.  You know, have a take, don’t suck or…

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Testing Verizon’s grandfathered “unlimited data” policy

I’ve always felt that one of the most fortunate moments of my being a Verizon cell phone customer was when, at one moment in time, they offered an unlimited data package for those of us who were longtime Verizon customers and were no longer on two-year contracts.  I was grandfathered into the plan, and was…

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Verizon reneges on its “unlimited data” plan

Five years ago, I was lucky enough to be “grandfathered” into an unlimited data plan with my cell phone carrier, Verizon Wireless.  There were provisos, of course – I had to purchase my cell phones at full retail price; I had to stay out of contract (going month-to-month), and if I made any changes to…

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Facebook can’t take my BlackBerry away…

The news certainly surprised me.  And initially not in a good way. Reports from CNET and from Yahoo! Tech have confirmed that by the end of March, Facebook will disappear from BlackBerry phones. Here’s what I know so far.  BlackBerry phones that use the BB10 operating system, or who have the earlier BlackBerry 7.1 operating…

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And the next BlackBerry in my life is… The PRIV

I have owned five BlackBerry cell phones in my lifetime, and have operated exclusively with BB cell phones for nearly a decade.  Okay, there was that one time where I got sweet-talked into getting a Motorola RAZR, but we won’t talk about that mistake any more… Of late, I’ve appreciated my BlackBerry Q10 smartphone.  I’ve…

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Verizon doesn’t care that you’re getting bombarded by telemarketers and spamcalls

Before I continue with this post, please note that my cell phone number has been on the national Do Not Call registry for the past twelve years.  And even with that in mind, I still receive several calls from spambots, robocallers, telemarketers and swindlers. Here’s what they do.  First you receive a call from an…

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