Tag Archive: businesses


How to block businesses from sending you messages on WhatsApp

WhatsApp’s business accounts are here to stay, but there’s an easy way to block them.

WhatsApp rolled out business accounts last year as a way to monetize its platform. With business accounts, companies can send you messages about everything from service updates, ticket confirmations, transaction-related information, and much more. The goal with business accounts is to move the conversation from SMS — where these updates were sent previously — to WhatsApp, and promote interaction between customers and  [Read More…]

Businesses can now send RCS texts to Android Messages users

Launching first in the U.S. and Mexico.

We’re expecting Google to go all-in with Android Messages later this year to turn it into a true iMessage competitor, but until that day, folks in the U.S. and Mexico are getting a small treat of what’s to come. Thanks to Google’s never-ending push of Rich Communication Services (or RCS), businesses can now tap into this to offer more engaging experiences.

Instead of sending bland SMS texts, companies  [Read More…]

Android Enterprise Recommended highlights the best phones for businesses

Recommendations include the Pixel 2, BlackBerry Motion, and others.

As a regular consumer, deciding which Android phone is best for you can often be a real struggle. When you’re in charge of a company and trying to find the best phone for your employees and co-workers, this struggle is exacerbated even more. To help alleviate some of the headaches that can come with this, Google is launching the Android Enterprise Recommended program.

Android Enterprise Recommended will highlight  [Read More…]

WhatsApp is building a dedicated app just for businesses

WhatsApp wants to connect businesses with customers.

WhatsApp started rolling out verified business accounts last week, and the comapny is now detailing its monetization plans. WhatsApp will offer a Business app that makes it easier for businesses to respond to messages, share updates, and more. WhatsApp basically wants to be the app you turn to when you want to place an order with a local bakery or get flight updates from your airline.

As for monetization,  [Read More…]

WhatsApp’s verified accounts will let you chat with businesses

Verified business accounts on WhatsApp will get a green check badge.

WhatsApp has been exploring ways to bring additional functionality to its users, and the company has announced that it is rolling out verified accounts for businesses. Businesses verified on the platform will feature a green check badge next to the phone number, and you will be able to send messages like you would to a regular contact. There are a few differences, however — the chat bubbles will  [Read More…]

Sprint’s free Magic Box can boost data speeds inside homes and businesses

America’s fourth largest carrier, Sprint today introduced the Magic Box, a plug-and-play signal booster designed to improve LTE coverage inside home and business. The device’s purpose is to amplify nearby cell towers, thus increasing both uploads and downloads speeds with an average of 200%. Sprint says the Magic Box can cover around 30,000 square feet […]

Sprint introduces all-wireless ‘Magic box’ small cell for homes and businesses

Sprint’s key to coverage is a small cell tower in your window.

Cellular carriers have long offered so-called “microcell” hardware to help boost cell signal from that carrier at your home or business, but Sprint is taking a slightly different approach with the launch of its “Magic Box” small cell. Despite having a questionable name that tells you nothing about what it does, the Magic Box is super simple: set it in a window and plug it into power,  [Read More…]

Hiya Business Profiles lets Galaxy S8 users search for businesses right from the dialer app

In anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ global release on April 21, caller ID and call blocker specialist, Hiya announced it’s expanding its partnership with the Korean tech giant in order to bring the new Business Profiles product onboard the new devices. Business Profiles offers a novel way of finding and contacting business without having […]

Google is offering free training programs to get Indian businesses online

Google’s Digital Unlocked initiative is aimed at getting SMBs in India online.

At an event in New Delhi, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the Digital Unlocked initiative, a training program that aims to get Indian SMBs online. As part of the initiative, Google will provide free training courses, an easy way for Google My Business users to create mobile-optimized websites for free, and a Google Primer app that teaches marketing skills.

In a research study  [Read More…]

Verizon introduces LTE network extender for homes and businesses

Verizon and Samsung have revealed a 4G LTE network extender aimed both at consumer and business customers. As you might guess, the box extends the reach of Verizon’s network in your home or office, allowing you to get strong cellular signal wherever you go.

From Verizon:

The 4G LTE Network Extender features Samsung’s innovative small cell technology, which enables Verizon subscribers to make HD Voice and Video calls, access mobile data, and stream content from in-building  [Read More…]