Posts Tagged ‘verizon’

Attention San Francisco: The Great Phonebook Recycle of 2012 Has Begun – If You See a Big Stack, Recycle Immediately

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Here’s a good dozen what sat in the lobby for twelve long hours.

Guess what? Nobody took even a one.

So these books got hauled off to the big blue bin when I got home last night. Good times.

And best of all,  those The Real Yellow Pages / AT&T / YP books are surprisingly small these days, so you can carry them all in just one trip, you know, before they get all soggy:

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Uh, AT&T, what’s the point of this exercise?

Nobody in San Francisco wants your Yellow Pages.

I know you think that we do, but we don’t.

Does Verizon do this? No

Does Sprint do this? No

Does T-Mobile do this? No

So why do you do it?

I know that you can do it, you know, legally, but I don’t know why you do it.

If you want to get credit for giving minimum wage union members money, why not just give them money and be done with it?

Anyway, if I see any stack of your phonebooks anywhere about town anywhere near a big blue recycling bin or an AT&T store, they’re all going to get together tout de suite.

No charge.

See you in Hell, Yellow Pages people.

NB: Don’t try to “opt out,” San Francisco. All that does is give your contact information to AT&T so that they can ask you, every fucking year, if you still want to opt out. My conclusion: AT&T is a cancer.

If Your Verizon Phone Works During the Giants Victory Parade Today, You Can Thank the COW Trucks – Hurray!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Verizon is bringing it to today’s World Series victory parade on Market Street, lining up trucks like these near Market Street

They’re temporary cell sites, called Cells on Wheels (COWs):

Via GlennFleishman

I’ll tell you, I’ve never used Verizon, but I approve of this message:

“Verizon Wireless Network Ready For San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade - Parade Attendees Can Take Advantage of Company’s Super-Fast 4G LTE Network

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 — When the San Francisco Giants parade thru the city October 31, the Verizon Wireless will be ready to handle the frenzy of calls, cell phone picture and video messages and texts from the one million excited fans expected to attend.

The company has significantly increased capacity on its voice and 4G LTE data network in downtown San Francisco and at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Verizon Wireless’ network is ready to handle more voice and data traffic than that at the busiest time on a normal day.

“From an emergency management perspective, I really appreciate all the background work Verizon has done to increase network access from cell phones.  We view this as a key facet of the larger public safety plan,” said Anne Kronenberg, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

As part of Verizon Wireless’ preparation for the parade, the company will have temporary cell sites, known as Cells on Wheels (COWs), deployed near the parade route to handle increased network traffic. These sites can process thousands of calls and data transmissions each hour and are designed for use at special events that demand additional network capacity. They will be deployed to downtown locations.

“We have made a significant investment in network improvements in preparation for this major event,” said Russ Preite, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Our customers will be talking, texting, navigating and e-mailing with their wireless devices at a fast pace. We are prepared, as we were with the SF Giants 2012 playoff and World Series home games, to handle more traffic and to provide the reliable, high-quality service our customers expect from Verizon Wireless.”

Verizon Wireless’ network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, including back-up power at most facilities. For additional reliability, generators are installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offers more 4G LTE coverage than all other competitors’ networks combined. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in 419 markets to more than 250 million people throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $70 billion since it was formed in 2000 – on average more than $6 billion every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.”

The Only Bay Area Transit App Worth Having is the Brand-New “511 Transit App” – Find It In Your Android Market for Free

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

(You know, someday I’ll have to explain why my aging Samsung smartphone is better than your brand-new iPhone 4S, you know the one that has that big “Apple” chip inside that’s made by, um, Samsung? My phone cost $40-something, the sales tax was $40-something, the monthly bill is $40-something (plus San Francisco’s rather high tax scheme, which means I’m paying $50-something per month), I talk as much as I want, I download as much as I want (but no texting, texting is not in my plan, oh well, someday I’ll tell you why that’s sometimes a good thing), I have a bigger, better screen, I have a lighter phone, and before the year is up, I’ll get another brand-new phone. And BTW, what’s the Apple “experience” about? Is it the experience of choosing between the unreliable network (AT&T) and the slow network (Verizon)? Why is it that my phone never drops calls and gets double-digit scores on the same test that you see in the previous link? It’s like 11 Mbps indoors in the Financh. That’s like an order of magnitude faster, right? Not that I care, really, but what am I missing but not paying extra for an iPhone? The phone I have is faster, better, harder, stronger than any iPhone. And, as a bonus, it’s way cheaper. Just saying.)

Sorry iPhone owners, the Only Bay Area Transit App Worth Having isn’t out yet for Appleland, but you Android users should step right up and type “511 transit” into your “Market” icon thingy.

MUNI sucks, of course, but 511 Transit works awesome with MUNI. Try it and you’ll see.

See?

All the deets:

“GPS-Based Trip Planning Available for more than 30 Bay Area Transit Agencies

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 22, 2012  – The Bay Area’s 511 traveler information system is now offering its first smartphone app for transit users. The free 511 Transit App is a multiple-agency public transit trip planner using GPS-based location tools for smartphones. Ideal for a daily commute, weekend errand or occasional trip, the app serves both residents and visitors who are planning transit trips within the nine-county region.

“We are pleased to offer this unique and powerful tool for transit riders in the Bay Area,” said Adrienne J. Tissier, chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). “Now you can use one app to plan trips on more than 30 public transit agencies, accessing the most complete coverage for the San Francisco Bay Area.”

The free 511 Transit App can be downloaded through the Android Market (search for: 511 Transit). A version for iPhone 4 will be released soon. The new app provides door-to-door transit trip planning and scheduled departure times for transit routes near your location or from a location you specify. It includes information for 720 routes and more than 23,700 transit stops throughout the region. An interactive, dynamic map shows routes and stops along the way, as well as your current position while on the move. Walking directions to and from stops and fares (including transfers) are also displayed.

“Smartphones and on-the-go trip planning are becoming increasingly common, and 511 is now extending its Bay Area transit planning tools to these faster, more compact platforms,” said Tom Spiekerman, 511 Transit project manager. “Currently, 511 customers plan more than one milliontransit trips per month using the popular website version of the 511 Trip Planner. The new app brings core features of this tool to customers on the go.”

Additional app features include:

–  Recently viewed locations and trips are saved automatically, as well as
favorites.

 –  GPS positioning enables users to set their current location as a
starting point for a trip, or to find nearby stops and transit routes
with scheduled departure times.

–  The app incorporates transit agency announcements that may affect a
trip’s itinerary.

511 Transit App customers are able to provide feedback on the new app by clicking on the “Help/Info” button to send an email to the 511 Team.

The new app complements numerous options people already have to access 511 traveler information. Smartphone and other mobile phone users may access many of 511′s most popular features through the mobile 511 site (m.511.org), by calling 511 from any Bay Area phone, or by receiving real-time transit Departure Times texts (SMS).  Desktop users can access the information from 511.org.

The 511 Transit App includes data from SF Muni,  BART, AC Transit, VTA, SamTrans, Caltrain,  Golden Gate Transit, County Connection, Vallejo Transit, LAVTA, Sonoma County Transit, VINE (Napa County) and more than a dozen additional agencies. For a complete list of all transitagencies included in the 511 Transit app, please visit the trip planning page at 511.org.

For more information, please see the 511 Transit App for Android Fact Sheet.

About 511
511 is a one-stop phone and web source for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, rideshare and bicycling information. It’s free of charge and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the nine-county Bay Area. Call 511 or visit 511.org. 511 is managed by a partnership of public agencies led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the California Highway Patrol, Public Transit Agencies, and the California Department of Transportation.

SOURCE  511″

What’s Hanging Off the Side of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero – The Scariest-Looking Cell Phone Antennas Imaginable?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

That’s window cleaning equipment on the left, but what are those huge antennas on the right?

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Courage.

Marin NIMBYs Tolerate a Verizon Cell Phone Tower Installation in Sausalito – Improved Service for Tennessee Valley – Hurray!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

I’ve never used the Verizon – I’m not sure what makes it so great, you know, the way people say it’s so great.

Or some people, anyway:

No matter. We all win when more cell towers go up, right? Hurray!

As here, with the news of a new cellie in the southern part of Marin County.

Of course it’s somewhat absurd to consider each installation a victory over the NIMBYs, but that’s what it’s come to. (When you’re participating in trench warfare, even moving the battle line forward 100 yards is cause for celebration.)

Here it is, a full-fledged press release for just one (1) tower going up.

Enjoy:

“New Cell Site Helps Sausalito, California, Residents and Visitors Make More Calls, Download More Apps and Stay Connected

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., July 28, 2011 – Calling, downloading apps and surfing the web on the Verizon Wireless 3G network is now easier and faster for residents and travelers in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to a new cell site, Sausalito, California. The site expands 3G wireless coverage and capacity along Highway 101, Highway 1 and Tennessee Valley Road.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $5.7 billion in its California network since being founded in 2000.  Nationally, the company has invested more than $65 billion over that same period to increase the coverage and capacity of its network, and to add new services.

In Northern California, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network covers more than five million people.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, 4G LTE coverage extends south to San Jose and east to Oakland.  In addition, Verizon’s 4G LTE footprint recently expanded in the Bay Area to include parts of Marin and Solano Counties, as well as Fresno and Sacramento. For more information, please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/4G.

Verizon Wireless on Twitter

To stay up-to-date on Verizon Wireless news in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawai’i, follow @VZWheidi on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWheidi.

For the latest network-related news, information and upgrades follow @VZWNetwork on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNetwork.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.”

Who Supports the T-Mobile AT&T Merger? Almost Everybody in Silicon Valley! Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Michael J de la Merced has all the deets about how everybody”s telling the FCC how great AT&T-Mobile would be.

How could this marriage go wrong with so many supporters (like AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo)?

Will Sprint and Verizon be the only ones to object? Will Steve Jobs and Apple weigh in at some point?  

Anyway, read below for what popped up my inbox this AM.

1)      AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo!: “The challenge of keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally in wireless broadband services and products requires that we tackle the issue on multiple fronts. Many policy related efforts will not be able to quickly address near term capacity needs. The  FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it. Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686027

2)      Sequoia Capital: “From the microchip to the mainframe to the PC to the Internet to mobile computing, venture capital have been an integral part of an economic model that has stimulated growth time-and-time again. The technology start-ups we work with will be a key beneficiary of this more efficient and robust national wireless network. We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686028

3)      Joint Venture Capitalist Letter (Charles River Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Radar Partners, Lightspeed Ventures): “Many of the fast-growing companies we invest in are technology firms that would benefit greatly from the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile, a merger that will drive job growth, innovation and economic opportunity through a more efficient and robust national wireless network…By combining the physical infrastructure and spectrum positions of the two companies, the merged entity will be able to accomplish what neither firm can do on its own: namely, deploying a 4G LTE broadband infrastructure to more than 97% of the United States population…This merger represents a critical part of the solution to our spectrum crisis in the United States.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686024

4)      Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers: “This commitment would help millions of Americans throughout the United States gain access to a network that can support innovative technologies, applications and devices….We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686025

5)      Information Technology Industry Council (ITI): “Unfortunately, even if Congress were to act today, consumers would not experience the benefits of making new spectrum available for at least five years. Which is why a combined AT&T/T-Mobile has some real appeal for many. The new entity would likely result in meaningful near and long-term improvements to the nation’s networks…The Internet, and Americans’ ability to access it from almost anywhere, has been one of the greatest drivers of our economy. Supporting initiatives that will increase infrastructure investment and enable even greater access to the Internet whether it’s over a wired or wireless connection is smart public policy, smart economic policy, and smart consumer policy. Our nation needs more spectrum, more investment, and broader adoption and accessibility.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021685985

AT&T and Verizon and Sprint and Others are Offering Free Phone Calls and Texts to Japan These Days, FYI

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The deets for Verizon

The deets for AT&T

The deets for Sprint

Bon Courage, Japan.

OMG, Is Costco Basically Giving Away Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android Phones This Month?

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

[UPDATE: Whoops. The good phones are $479 - so take away $430 and you're paying $50 for the phone (assuming you're signing up for a two-year contract) plus The Man takes close to $50 in sales tax away from you. I guess that's close to being free. Unlimited data, two phones = something like $100/mo before taxes.]

I don’t know, but there’s some coupon you members got in the mail that says “up to $430 off” or whatnot – it runs through April 3, 2011.

(I don’t know, does T Mobile work as well as the all-time-grand-champion Sprint network in the 415? Signs point to no, so far. But your phone will switch over to WiFi seamlessly at home so that’s half the battle right there. And outdoors, T Mobile’s doing A-OK with wicked fast performance.*)

Go see manager Nick in the kiosk at the SoMA Costco** and then, You Make The Call over whether this is a good deal or not.

*Not that that matters too much. I’ll tell you, my old-school Sprint smart phone never dropped a call and always worked everywhere all the time (except for the basement of the State Building and your typical elevator). Until that traffic accident, it was doing fine – RIP, Palm 900-something with free unlimited data plan. Maybe I got spoiled with the Sprint network.

**They have more than just T Mobile, of course, but I don’t know all which ones.