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  1. centermedic

    Essentially a sprint exclusive.

    Thats odd. In my experience, the Essential holds onto 800 like a death grip. It is actually frustrating at times.
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    Essentially a sprint exclusive.

    Update came through today. NMK24B.
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    General Investing Forum

    I thought it might be interesting to see what everybody is investing in. It might give people some new ideas on investing. Right now I own shares of: Sprint(S-OL2) Fedex(FDX) Fannie Mae(FNMA) Norfolk Southern(NSC) Meridian Bioscience(VIVO) I usually stay away from the financial sector like the plague. However, I have heard some very interesting things concerning JP Morgan and it looks like Bank of America may be turning the corner. I also may take a look at Chrysler and GM.
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    Oh HTC :(

    After almost ten years of nothing but HTC cell phones, we had to go in another direction. Picked up a moto Z Force for the wife to replace her A9 and I got an essential phone to replace my HTC 10. Really wanted to stay with HTC but they have nothing to compel me to pay the amount of money that they want for their phones. It is almost as if they are no longer trying which is too bad.
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    Essentially a sprint exclusive.

    It looks like they tried some trading off on RF reception on this phone. I have also noted that it is not great on 1x. However, it holds onto 800 almost excessively so. Its 1900 and 2500 reception is about on par with my Bolt.
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    Oh HTC :(

    The 10 was a pretty good phone although I missed my true dual speaker set up.
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    Oh HTC :(

    Yup. The wife likes her Moto so far. I just made sure she had a screen protector on day one!
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    Essentially a sprint exclusive.

    Just picked up an essential phone. So far it seems like a very nice phone. The only thing I do not like is it seems to excessively hold on to B26. Other than that I just have to get used to what is basically vanilla android and the finger sensor being on the back.
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    Streaming Services Chat

    We cut the cord about a year ago. We now have Playstation Vue, Amazon Prime and Netflix. We could not be happier.
  10. Still going to have to disagree. What you are proposing is a self-fulfilling prophecy where innovations such as the internet could not exist without government investment. If you are supporting the idea that government has a significant role in innovation and only the government has the economic size to leverage investments into new technologies then your entire argument falls apart. Also, explain to me how the government is dividing up anybody's profits. As I said before, article two leveled out the playing field. In my opinion, this is necessary as long as there is not sufficient competition. What I find interesting is that I have yet to hear anybody propose scrapping the legal cable monopolies. Now that is a case of government control that reaches far beyond article two.
  11. I disagree. The internet has spent considerably more time without article two.
  12. Ok. So you are really going to have to spell this out for me because I am having visions of Fields of Dreams right now. Not at all. I want everybody to have access to the internet as it was developed [ed by the government(read people). Kudos to business for building it out BUT and this is a big but, it is provided by companies that are already under regulation for good reason. Replace those companies with unregulated companies in sufficient numbers then I will be all for trashing title 2. Currently, there is a situation where companies can dictate to other companies how much they will pay for access rather than having the same pricing plan for everybody. Case in point.... The streaming video company’s filing provides much more detail about its negotiations with Comcast earlier this year that led it to pay for more direct access to Comcast’s internet customers. “In Netflix’s experience, there are four ISPs that have the market power to engage in degradation strategies to harm OVDs,” Netflix wrote, referring to internet service providers (ISPs) intentionally slowing down traffic from online video distributors (OVDs). “Two of those four propose to merge in this transaction.” https://qz.com/256586/the-inside-story-of-how-netflix-came-to-pay-comcast-for-internet-traffic/
  13. Until such time as ISP's are no longer legal monopolies, yes. Just to be clear, I understand that an ISP is not a legal monopoly. However, the companies which provide internet access are mostly legal monopolies or must abide by high levels of regulation due to their core business ie: cable companies and Telephone companies. Until such time that we can introduce enough competition into the arena, consumers should be afforded some level of protection in order to keep the internet a viable economic engine.
  14. I never indicated if I was for or against the 2015 net neutrality regulations or the new regulations. I was simply making a statement. Having said that, I do not believe that Net Neutrality was a heavy-handed regulation. I would like to see the playing field to remain as free and level as possible. That will allow the internet to continue its growth and feed the economy. There is a similar argument regarding state sales taxes and purchasing via the internet. What is the right balance? That argument will continue through several administrations.
  15. That's a stretch at best as roads are generally not built specifically for a grocery store but rather for the public at large and commerce in general. The grocery store itself will only exist if demand dictates it. Also, I stand by my statement. The internet was invented by DOD, for the most part. The investment and development was made with public money. Industry picked that up and made the capital investments. Providing internet access is a lot closer to providing electricity then it will ever be to a free market model.
  16. But there is a significant difference. Grocery stores are not a function of government. They are purely free market-based. However, the internet is an invention mostly of government and is largely administered (ISP) by two industries who are heavily regulated and one is a legal monopoly. Telephone and cable.
  17. Let's consider for a moment that the internet is the product of DOD investment and has also become a public utility. There will always be some level of government regulation involved.
  18. centermedic

    Essentially a sprint exclusive.

    At $5 dollars a month, I am considering swapping out my HTC 10 and the wifes A9. Is the radios issue widespread? has it been fixed?
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    HTC U11 Life

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    Phone restarting

    Has anybody else's phone restarted on its own in the last 24 hours? We have HTC and Samsung and it has occurred on both makes.
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    HTC Bolt

    So, I have had the Bolt for about two weeks now and here are my impressions: The screen is easy to read, even with polarized sunglasses on, and responsive. Battery life blows my HTC 10 out of the water. In all fairness though, my 10 is a year and a half old. The phone itself is pretty smooth. The earpiece could be louder The Bolt is usually a step behind the 10 when it comes to switching between 3g and 4g I will start checking signal check and compare it to the 10. Overall this is a very good phone especially for five dollars a month!
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    HTC Bolt

    Just picked up a Bolt. So far so good. I will have a chance to check out how it does in a low signal area (going camping).
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    What the heck Robert? I go away for a bit and you change the interior decoration? I bet if we were married you would have changed the locks and put my clothes to the curb!
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    Google getting back in the hardware game with HTC purchase???

    On the other hand, I am sure that Google is concerned with the dominance of Samsung for two reasons. One, Samsung has Tizen in its back pocket. The moment that Samsung no longer wants to play ball with Google and they deem it to be profitable for them they will start scaling back Android. Two, Samsungs dominance could have the effect of constraining innovation in the Android arena. If I was Google I would want two or three major players using Android.
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    HTC 10 User Thread

    Anybody notice reduced battery performance since the last update?