Verizon’s best unlimited plan isn’t new to them

Verizon’s new myPlan Wireless Plans Not great. They’re arguably the worst wireless plans in the industry right now, which I’m sure AT&T is happy to hear me say. It also doesn’t offer plans that can compete with T-Mobile’s offerings, mostly because of the included bonuses you get from T-Mo at comparable prices. Verizon had this bonus until this week! AT&T did some time ago, but I’m not sure why they dropped them

What I’m getting at here is that Verizon’s new plans really suck, but not all of their plans are terrible. Actually, the Verizon prepaid line up is kind of good. If you want direct value with all the goodies of the new myPlan Plans, look no further without Unlimited Plus Prepaid. Yes, its new plan has the same name, only in prepaid form and at much lower Rs

Verizon’s best unlimited plan is Unlimited Plus, not the only one new Unlimited Plus.

Back in October, we shared with you that Verizon did the unthinkable – they dropped prices on their prepaid line-up. That prepaid line-up still exists today, though I’m not sure for how long. For those of you who are considering switching to another plan, you might want to take a long, hard look at these.

Here’s why I think Verizon Prepaid Unlimited Plus is their best.

Verizon Prepaid Unlimited Plus is only $60/month If you sign up for automatic payments, otherwise it’s $70 It includes access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Broadband network with 50GB of data per month. You also get a 25GB premium mobile hotspot, unlimited access to their 5G nationwide network, and unlimited calls, texts and data to Canada and Mexico.

Unlimited Plus (Prepaid)

  • the price: $60/line single line (w/autopay)
  • 5G data: Nationwide Unlimited 5G
  • Premium 5G data: 50GB 5G Ultra Wideband
  • Mobile hotspot: 25 GB

Verizon’s new myPlan Unlimited Plus costs $80/mo And gives you unlimited 5G Ultra Broadband and 5G nationwide access, 30GB hotspot data and well, that’s a lot more. There is a discount included if you want to add a connected smartwatch or tablet, but no one needs it

Unlimited Plus (new my plan)

  • the price: $80/line single line; $45/line for 4 lines (w/autopay)
  • 5G data: Nationwide Unlimited 5G
  • Premium 5G data: Unlimited 5G Ultra Wideband
  • Mobile hotspot: 30GB
  • Connected device discounts: Up to 50% off
  • Home Internet Add-on: $25/month
  • Price guarantee: 3 years

So for $20 more per month, the MyPlan version of Unlimited Plus only gets you 5GB more hotspot data and unlimited 5G Ultra Broadband access. I’m telling you right now that the 50GB cap on the prepaid version is going to be more than enough for 95% of you. Check your wireless bill and see how much data you use – I bet it’s not even 10GB per month.

So what does an extra $20/month get you? In order to be able to buy the best phones like a Galaxy S23 Ultra or iPhone 14 Pro with a monthly payment plan, Verizon forces you into that myPlan Plans. If you go with a prepaid option, they basically expect you to bring your own phone or pay full price for one. I know this may be a dealbreaker for many of you, but I recommend finding an alternative way to fund a phone and then bring it with you to Verizon. In the long run, this is going to save you $20 per month and you won’t be stuck with a contract with Verizon for 3 years, which they would if you bought through them.

We don’t always like prepaid, but Verizon’s Prepaid Unlimited Plus is the best plan out there

iOS 16.6 Beta 1 OTA Update, IPSW Link Now

You can now download iOS 16.6 beta 1 and iPadOS 16.6 beta 1 OTA update and IPSW links for your iPhone and iPad.

The aforementioned beta releases come a day after Apple released the final versions of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, macOS 13.4, watchOS 9.5 and tvOS 16.5 to the public.

Along with iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 beta 1, Apple also released the first betas of watchOS 9.6, macOS 13.5, tvOS 16.6 and HomePod 16.6.

It’s too early to know exactly what the new 16.6 betas are but with WWDC right around the corner, 16.6 is likely nothing more than general bug fixes and security patch updates.

To download and install iOS 16.6 beta 1, go to To grab IPSW links, or update via OTA update by going above Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Update and check iOS 16 Developer Beta To show OTA updates on your device.

If there are any significant new changes in iOS 16.6, we will definitely report. Stay tuned to know more about this.

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The Nothing Phone (2) has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip

The new Nothing Phone (2) will arrive this summer and will be powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip. Nothing founder Carl Pei confirmed the news in a series of tweets, noting that it meant a “clean” upgrade from the phone (1).

We first learned that Snapdragon wouldn’t be using the 8 series of chips back in February. At the time, Pei and Nothing’s partners weren’t specific on the chip, so we assumed it would be Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. If it’s going to be the newly released Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that Samsung is going to rollout for its Galaxy S23 series, they’d say so.

The good news is that the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is an excellent chip that shows big improvements in efficiency and thermal management compared to the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Seriously, if you own Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones from last year, like the Galaxy S22 series, you might be disappointed by how they performed under stressful settings and how bad the battery life was. Switching to a device on 8+ Gen 1 was major in a way we don’t usually see in a year.

Nothing to do with going this route, we have no complaints. Sure, the 8+ Gen 1 will be a year old when they launch it on a phone, but we can expect you to get a discount on the overall price of the phone. I can imagine that the reason for choosing a slightly older chip is to keep the price of the phone (2) down. The chip will continue to perform well for years to come.

Of course, the 8+ will offer a huge upgrade over Gen 1 performance vs. Phone (1), as Pei pointed out in his series of tweets. But that’s to be expected when you consider that the phone (1) used a mid-range chip originally released in 2021.

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The Beats Studio Buds+ have better ANC and battery life

After months of leaks, the Beats Studio Buds are finally here, and they have a lot more to offer than the model they’re currently sitting on top of.

The first thing you will notice is no doubt the transparent case option, which is undoubtedly the best. But beyond that there are some functional improvements.

At the top of the pile is probably longer battery life. Battery life is increased from 15 hours to 24 hours when you enable noise-cancellation, but if you disable it, battery life increases from 24 hours to 36 hours.

Those figures when you use the included charging case of course. Don’t, and you’ll get about six hours of listening time between charges — up from five hours previously.

The new earbuds cost $169.99, a $20 price hole compared to the original model. In terms of listening, there is a claimed 1.6x improvement in noise cancellation and 2x improvement when using transparency mode. Whether most people will notice is another matter.

There’s no doubt that these are better earbuds than the original Beats Studio Buds, but it doesn’t matter if most people will notice beyond the increased battery life – factor in the relatively small price increase and that gorgeous transparent case, and you might just be the way to go for the original earbuds. Regardless of whether or not.

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Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3.2 update arrived to fix more bugs

We’re getting closer to the Android 13 QPR3 update coming to all Pixel phones in June with the next Pixel feature drop, so it only makes sense that Google will ramp up the beta update release with additional bug fixes before we get there. Today, they did just that.

Google has posted Android 13 QPR3 beta 3.2 update for Pixel phones with at least 5 significant bug fixes. Google fixed a touch input issue, one that caused Wi-Fi calls to disconnect, another involving SIM card detection, and an issue that caused cellular connection speed and reliability to drop.

This new update is already live for Pixel 4a and 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, and Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3.2 Release Info


  • Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices using Verizon as their carrier: T3B3.230413.009.A1
  • All other devices: T3B3.230413.009

Emulator support: x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security patch level:

  • Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices using Verizon as their carrier: April 2023
  • All other devices: May 2023

Google Play Services: 23.11.15

Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3.2 Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an input synchronization issue with the System UI that caused windows to stop accepting touch input or accept touch input in the wrong location. (Issue #279560321)
  • Fixed an issue that could cause calls over Wi-Fi to disconnect unexpectedly
  • Fixed issue that could prevent a SIM card from being correctly detected or activated during phone setup.
  • Fixed an issue where a device could fail to register to IMS over Wi-Fi when leaving LTE coverage and entering Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Fixed issues caused by unexpected drops in cellular connection speed or reliability.

Install Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3.2

Below, we have links to factory images and OTA files for people to update the old school way, but you don’t have to go that route to update. You can always enroll in the Android Beta Program (here) and get the update over-the-air that way. Do this for those who would rather avoid a command prompt and the adb command. Google should start pushing the update through the Android Beta program soon.

Get it later.

Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3.2 Download: Factory Image | OTA file

Apple has released iOS 16.5 RC2 to testers

Apple has released a second iOS 16.5 release candidate to testers as we near the arrival of the public version.

The first iOS 16.5 release candidate was released last week followed by several beta versions made available to developers as well as those in the public beta program. Now, the new RC comes with build number 20F66.

While we still don’t know for sure when Apple will release iOS 16.5 to the public, the fact that we’re now in the second release candidate would suggest that it’s probably not that far off.

What’s New in iOS 16.5 There aren’t many changes. The Apple News app has a new Sports tab when users can start a screen recording using Siri for the first time. Apple will also add the latest Pride wallpaper for those who want to use it on their iPhone.

This is likely to be one of the last new betas for iOS 16 as Apple looks to focus on iOS 17. It is likely to be announced during the WWDC event which starts on June 5, when the software is expected to be made available The public is due later this year — probably in September or thereabouts.

Between now and then we can wait a few months for betas as Apple sort of irons out before the big release.

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The new Verizon Unlimited plan is said to ditch freebies like Disney+

We’re introducing new Go5G plans from T-Mobile in just a few weeks, and now Verizon is on the verge of doing the same. Several reports, including several confirmations via Reddit, suggest that Verizon will announce two new unlimited plans next week.

The new plans will reportedly come under a new “myPlan” identity with options Unlimited welcome And Unlimited Plus. These reports also suggest that they will replace all of the current Verizon Unlimited plans Unlimited Welcome is actually a current option and is the most basic of Verizon’s unlimited plans, so it might just stick around, while Unlimited Plus will be completely new.

As for the plan features, here’s a breakdown of each before we get into the “MyPlan” part of it:

  • Unlimited welcome: Unlimited 5G data, 480p streaming, no hotspots, $65/month single line
  • Unlimited Plus: Unlimited 5G Ultra Wideband data, 720p streaming, 30GB hotspot, 3-year price guarantee, “Premium Device Offer,” $80/month single line

The current Unlimited Welcome plan starts at $65 for a single line. The $80 Unlimited Plus Play More and Do More price match Everyone should see discounts as you add more lines, just like we’ve seen Verizon do for years.

Now, the idea behind the “MyPlan” branding for these two plans is that Verizon will let you choose yours Custom plan benefits to add. As you probably know, the current line-ups of Verizon unlimited plans come with various freebies like the Disney+ bundle or Apple Music or Apple Arcade. For these new myPlan offerings, those freebies may go away in favor of being able to add as many add-ons as possible at $10/month each.

An example is you pay $10/mo for the Disney+ bundle you currently get for free or $10/mo for the Apple One or another $10/mo for the Walmart+ membership. You can see in a training image below what this might look like and what some of the benefits will be All features will cost $10/month and include a note about how much a customer can save per month by going this route.

Verizon myPlan Perks

For those of you doing some math in your mind, yes, these seem like bad plan offers. As I mentioned above, the new Unlimited Plus plan will cost the same as Play More, but Play More includes the Disney+ bundle and Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass. Together they are a bonus to your $20/month plan For this new Unlimited Plus plan, you’ll pay that extra $20/month, bringing your bill to $100/month. Of course, you get the flexibility here to pick and choose what you like and still save, assuming it wasn’t part of your plan earlier. However, charging people for previously free items now is always a bad idea.

If you are currently on a 5G unlimited plan such as Get More or Play More or Do More, you will now be able to keep your plan. Verizon usually lets you stick with whatever plan you have for a while before trying something new. So don’t freak out just yet. These new plans will likely be promoted to new customers starting out or to those upgrading.

Since I haven’t seen any detailed training, I wonder what Verizon is thinking here. I can see them charging $10/month for each add-on with the Unlimited Welcome Plan, since it’s bare bones and meant to be a starter plan. They should really consider giving 1-2 free features in Unlimited Plus plan, otherwise this plan should not be preferred by many. As such, you should immediately run to T-Mobile, paying less and getting a handful of free services as part of your plan.

These new plans may arrive before Monday, May 15 If they do, we’ll be sure to fill in some answers to our questions

// Mobile Report | reddit

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Two fall detections aided in 911 calls to rescue the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch continues to prove itself as a potential life-saving device, this time helping two people get the help they need in an emergency in Ohio and Minnesota.

CBS News Reports say Michael Brodkorb was hit by a car that then fled the scene in Minnesota, but his Apple Watch detected the impact and called emergency services.

It also alerted his family. Police later identified the driver but it is yet to be confirmed whether any charges will be laid against the 17-year-old.

The second Apple Watch, as reported ABC, 83-year-old William Fryer alerted Cincinnati emergency workers when he was walking alone on the Ohio River Trail and fell after dislocating his knee. It was later confirmed that he had a large blood clot which caused the collapse. The clot was later removed, but it’s possible that the situation could have been worse had the Apple Watch not called for help.

Apple Watch Fall Detection is available on Apple Watch Series 1 and newer and is automatically enabled for wearers over 55. However, everyone can manually enable the feature and if you are someone who reads regularly or consider doing so Just worried about not being able to get help in case of a fall.

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The awesome Google Home app is now available for everyone

It was last October when Google first showed off the new Google Home Experience Then in November, a program was opened for users to test Google’s updates, and it remained there for several months. This week, Google seems happy with where the app is and is actually rolling out the update to all users around the world.

Google says that more than half a million people have signed up to test the latest Google Home app, which doesn’t shock me, because the original screenshots of the app looked really colorful and beautiful. After being accepted into the program, I could tell there was a lot of work to be done, but now that it’s been a few months, I can confirm that the app is in a much better place. On top of the work Google has already done, the Nest team says they’ve made more than 50 improvements to the app, such as the ability to rearrange your preferences, a new inbox where you’ll get actionable notifications, an improved Activity tab, and more.

For Wear OS users, preferences can now be accessed from the wrist, along with improved camera notifications featuring animated previews for your camera. Google also took the time to announce that real Nest cameras will soon be supported within the app, with the public preview first getting access to it in July.

The last part is only for Pixel owners. In next month’s feature drop, Google will introduce an exclusive Home panel for Pixels, giving you one-tap access to your Google Home directly from the Android lock screen or Quick Settings. “It will make it quick and easy to control the devices, automations and actions you use most often, such as turning off lights, adjusting the temperature or viewing the camera, navigating apps and finding what you’re looking for, without the need to open your device,” Google explains.

Google Home users will start seeing the updated app on iOS and Android this week.

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Tesla puts the Model X and Model Y through hot weather testing in the UAE

Tesla has shared footage of the Model X SUV and Model Y crossover being put through their paces during extreme weather testing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The footage shows both electric vehicles being tested outside of Dubai to ensure they are not adversely affected by heat and other environmental stresses.

A NotATEslaApp The report explains why the UAE was specifically chosen for this test.

The Tesla team chose the UAE for its unique, consistently hot climate, which provides an excellent environment to test the car’s performance in extreme heat. The initial focus was on mileage collection, hot weather-related testing and product launch testing.

Similar tests are often carried out in colder countries such as Norway to ensure that cold weather does not pose a problem – something particularly important for electric cars whose batteries can be affected by extreme cold.

During testing in the UAE, Tesla drove between 250 and 400 kilometers per day. The supercharger was used while the air conditioner and cabin overheating protection would also be emphasized. While charging, for example, keeping the car cool while stationary and in extreme heat isn’t the easiest task – and something that’s sure to highlight problems if any are found.

“The climate in the UAE poses unique challenges for vehicles, with temperatures rising to 51 degrees Celsius and humidity reaching 80-90%.” Report notes.

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