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Rich Brome

Sunday, 1:29 PM

New forum design!

As you no doubt noticed, we just launched a major overhaul of our forum & comment system. We're eager to hear your feedback on it.

We had several goals. The first was simply to streamline the flow, making it faster & easier to navigate and post. The old system required a new page load for each message, which was... well, obnoxious. Each thread still lives on its own page, for some specific reasons, but we've managed to cut down on new page loads dramatically, speeding up the experience quite a bit.

Our other goal was to preserve the advantages and uniqueness of our old system, which is a clear, hierarchical thread structure that makes it easy to see who's replying to what. Other systems that show everything at once, on one page, don't...
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Rich Brome

Jul 22, 2015, 1:40 PM

New review format

We've tweaked our review format a bit, and we'd love to hear your feedback on it. We're starting with the Volt 2 review:

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=16133 »

We've tightened our focus to just the things that truly set smartphones apart from each other. We've also reduced the number of default pages. Please check it out and let us know what you think.
Rich Brome

May 7, 2015, 1:05 PM

New options to search by frequency band in Phone Finder

We've just launched new options in the Phone Finder to search for specific network frequency band support. You can now search for phones that support T-Mobile's new band 12 for example, and AT&T's forthcoming band 29, plus common band combinations for major US networks, and for global roaming.

You'll see these in the Phone Finder if you choose "Show all options".

Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Specifically, are the band combo options available good ones? We've chosen eight band combinations that make sense to us, but we're keen to hear what options you might add or change. We don't want to overwhelm people with too many, so if you would add one, which existing one would you remove to make room?
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planethulk

Dec 3, 2014, 7:27 PM

Hey Rich

Don't bother responding to my numerous moderation requests. There isn't any need. I won't be visiting your site any longer. You have obviously befriended trolls who propagate nonsense and bs and you help them by deleting dissenting opinion. You have an obvious bias to people who share your opinions and you nitpick opposition to death. Congratulations. You win the internet. Did you get your trophy?
You can claim ignorance of my claims but google analytics don't lie... You website is a shell of its former glory. You used to have tens of thousands of forum posts. Now you are lucky to get 100 in a week.
I hope you didn't burn any bridges in your former jobs because those advertising dollars won't be coming in if your site continues falter.
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planethulk

Nov 24, 2014, 10:15 PM

Hey Rich Brome. Quit Trolling me.

Seriously. It's annoying. If your intention is to troll all my posts and nitpick each and every one, go ahead and just ban me. I won't be bullied by you. I couldn't care less why you decided to become obsessed with me, but seriously, knock it off.
Really? What's the point? You trying to prove you can bully me? You can't. You can ban me. You can nitpick. You can delete all my posts that you disagree with. You can censor dissenting opinions that contradict your own. You can do all that.
Unfortunately, you cannot be morally upstanding and do so. You cannot maintain the illusion of fairness with that behavior.
You may have the ability to decide what is on your forum, but you don't decide what is right and fair. You don't decide the truth. M...
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cainthecavebear

Feb 27, 2015, 6:07 AM

DEAR OVERZEALOUS MODERATORS

Outside of communist China, the word "dingleberry" is not now nor has it ever been a censorable word. Please do your best to promote a free exchange of ideas outside of your own preconceived notion of morality. If my kid's kindergarten teacher doesn't censor the word, you probably shouldn't either.
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Rich Brome

May 1, 2015, 2:36 PM

New way of displaying network frequency bands

We've made a change to the primary way we display modes/bands in our phone specs. For LTE and WCDMA technology, we'll now display the international band number, instead of the frequency approximation in MHz.

For example, you'll now see mode lists like:

LTE 2/4/5/17

...instead of:

LTE 700/850/1700/1900.

We've made this change for two reasons. First, as the number of distinct bands has exploded over recent years, it's been difficult to identify them all accurately using the old MHz designators. This is compounded by so many of them being so close together. For example, "LTE 700" could mean band 12, band 17, band 13, band 29, or even band 28. Using the band numbers is much clearer.

Second, it's the way the in...
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eljeffe666

Apr 1, 2015, 12:42 PM

april fools

wtf? I always look forward to coming to this site to see what y'all come up with for April 1st. Nothing this year makes me sad.
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Drunk

Sep 23, 2014, 10:16 PM

How would one...

How would one get a hold of Rich for an exclusive interview via the YouTube via Reddit via #AMA about this site?
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energizr

Jan 22, 2015, 11:37 PM

phone storage

Crying or Very sad can anybody tell me what apps I don't need to clear storage space for other apps I want?
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planethulk

Nov 24, 2014, 5:44 PM

Mr Brome

Why exactly is it that you seem to pick and choose who is allowed to insult who on your website? I received two emails stating my comments were deleted because they amounted to "personal attacks".
1st, I dispute the term personal attack. Referring to someone who is lying or defrauding people as a liar or a fraud is not a personal attack any more than saying the sun is yellow is a personal attack.
Referring to someone who is trolling and using inflammatory language as a troll is not a personal attack. It is describing behavior.

If you want to continue to choose sides and allow one party to insult another but not allow it for others, that is your "right" as the site owner, but it doesn't make you "right" to do so. If you want to censor pe...
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captainplooky

Dec 30, 2014, 8:08 AM

Rich...

I have been awakened from my slumber...

Blame the world.

Btw... thanks for the phone I won in the contest lol

Captainplooky Twisted Evil
Doom Wolf

Feb 21, 2014, 4:58 PM

Personal Messages

How about making us available to respond personal messages from PS instead of having to sign in into our email accounts?
3 replies
gloopey1

Nov 28, 2014, 7:25 AM

Forum Consolidation

Dear Phonescoop Moderators,

Perhaps it's time to consolidate the forums into fewer but larger. In times past, it wouldn't have made sense to do so because of the amount of traffic -- I don't think that is the case any longer.

If it were me changing it, I would have Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tracfone, and US Cellular forums with all of the pre-paids below their parent companies. In addition, I'd add Ting, Smart Talk, and the other new upstarts.

I think a mild makeover such as that would spark new interest in this site.
mommk

Nov 8, 2014, 2:24 PM

Sparq 2 phone

Calls 911 when locked need to be pull off market not ok as you lock phone put in pocket it hits 9 in pocket its supposed to be locked and still calls 911
Jiangshu

Sep 11, 2014, 1:44 PM

Wifi Calling

I saw this feature on the to be release Iphone 6 and was curious how many devices featured it. It doesn't look like it's a searchable feature on your phone finder. Any idea how common this feature is?
2 replies
Jellafish

Jul 24, 2014, 11:41 AM

Phone model?

I have a tracfone that is a LG smartphone. I am trying to figure out the model of it so I can get the right case for it. On the mack it says model no: LGL86C, anyone know what model phone this is?
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Riot Sr.

Aug 12, 2014, 3:00 PM

OnePlus One Review

When? Drooling
Jellafish

Jul 8, 2014, 10:11 AM
edited

:(

I don't know why I posted this on this forum!
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boiseicr

Jun 30, 2014, 1:15 PM

Would it be possible?

I like this site, very helpful, use it a lot!
One thing would be helpful.
I need to know phone models number very often.

Would it be possible for Phonescoop.com to include the phone model numbers in the "Info" tab?

Reason: Sometimes I only have the name of a phone, but I need the model number. When I search for "Droid Maxx", I get
Motorola Droid Maxx,
Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD,
Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

Under "Droid Maxx" "Info", no model number is given. (At least I don't see it anywhere)

Yet when I search for model number "xt1080M" I get
Motorola Droid Maxx
AKA XT1080,
Motorola Droid Ultra
AKA XT1080
- So your system has the information, it just doesn't display it.

Thanks.
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