Verizon

AT&T Is Buying Time Warner for $85 Billion

AT&T

Episode 1333

AT&T is buying Time Warner for $85 billion. Time Warner includes HBO, CNN, TBS, TNT, Warner Bros, and more. The reason these carriers, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc are buying media companies is because they don't want to be in the business of being a 'dumb pipe' for internet access. They want to be in the content business. It's expected that the deal will get regulatory approval without issue.

Read more at wsj.com.

Can I bring my mobile phone to a new carrier?

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Episode 1332

Steven from New Jersey

Steven has a Motorola Droid phone and he has to move over to Sprint. But if he does, he has to get another phone and he doesn't want to lose the great battery life with his Droid. Leo says he doesn't have to get the phone from Sprint. His old Droid is probably carrier locked and if he's paid for it and is in good standing, he can request that they unlock it. Once that's done, he can take it to Sprint. If they refuse, he'll have to get another phone. His choices are going to get more limited because battery life is decreasing. Right now, the iPhone 7 Plus has the best battery life.

Can I get an iPhone that switches between AT&T and Verizon?

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Episode 1328

Gary from Laguna Nigel, CA

Gary is a bird photographer and he wants to know if there is a phone that can switch between Verizon and AT&T. If Gary has an unlocked phone, he can swap out SIM cards as necessary and the iPhone will switch from carrier to carrier. If he's in good standing with his carrier he can request that they unlock it. Or he can just buy one unlocked.

Google has Project Fi, which can switch to whatever the strongest carrier is, but the iPhone can't do that.

How can I use my phone in Japan?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1326

Sandy from Canyon Country, CA

Sandy is going to Japan and is taking her Samsung Galaxy S5 through Verizon. How can she use data while overseas? Leo says that Verizon is the least friendly overseas. Verizon offers an international data package, but it's very expensive and complicated. She can buy the best she can, but use Wi-Fi whenever she can. Turn off international data roaming in the settings. Then Google can pre-cache her maps so she can use them there.

Do I need to buy a new iPhone to switch from Verizon to T-Mobile?

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Episode 1318

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil is switching to T-Mobile and he wants to make sure he has a phone that will work with it. He was planning on just buying an iPhone that works on T-Mobile, but after hearing Leo's impressions of the Galaxy Note 7, he's thinking of getting that instead. Leo says that his favorite phone changes pretty regularly. The folks at XDA Developers Forum also point out that reviewers often don't use the phone long enough to discover some of the longer term issues with using them. In the past, these Samsung phones have become slow and wouldn't run as smoothly.

What's the best cell phone company?

Episode 1309

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil wants to know what cell phone provider is the best. He keeps hearing that Verizon is the best nationwide, and Leo says they may be. But the question is, what is the best cellphone company where Neil lives? He should ask his friends and neighbors what they use and if they like it. Leo really likes Google Fi. It uses three different carriers and switches to whatever is best, be it T-Mobile, Sprint, or US Cellular. If he travels overseas, Google Fi doesn't charge for international data roaming in many countries.

Yahoo May Have a Buyer

Episode 1307

There may be a buyer for yahoo, one of the oldest websites online, and if it goes through, it could be the end of the line for the troubled search engine company. The prospective buyer ... is Verizon, which is looking to buy the company for $5 billion, which is a far cry from the $45 billion that Microsoft bid for it a few years ago. Verizon is not going to get the most valuable portion of the company, its search engine since they have been using BING for a few years now, but it will get the content channels that create ad revenue like tumblr, Yahoo mail, Flickr, and other services.

What's the best internet alternative to Frontier?

Episode 1288

Don from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Don is a Verizon customer and they just got bought by Frontier communications and now his FIOS internet speed has been cut in half, which is worse than dial up. What can he do? Leo says that Time Warner cable is probably his best bet for broadband. They just got bought by Charter Communications, though. Cable is usually better than DSL, but it also depends on how it is in his area. As for phone service, he can just keep it or simply cancel it. He should make sure he gets a DOCSIS III modem if he goes with cable, though.