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Imagine that you’re shopping for your first used car, and check out private-party listings on Craigslist. You check out an older but affordable Honda Accord, and the friendly family man selling the vehicle showed you a clean title. Seems legit, right? Who goes around selling ’97 Hondas on Craigslist for huge profits? It turns out that a lot of people do, and they’re called “curbstoners.”
You know, because they’re selling cars at the curb, playing the part of regular dudes or dudettes who want to get rid of their car before buying a new one. The scenario above really happened to a new dad serving in the Air Force, who took the seller of his Accord at his word. It turns out that the car was really a 1994 Accord, the odometer had been rolled back at least 60,000 miles, and its title wasn’t clean. It had been stolen, then totaled out by the insurance company. The title he saw was forged.
The good news is that he was able to straighten out the title, and the car seems safe and in good working order.
Here are some warning signs that the car seller you’re dealing with just might be a curbstoner:
- They won’t let you run a Carfax report. (This should be obvious.)
- Their name isn’t the one on the title.
- They won’t give you any maintenance records.
- Their phone number appears in an awful lot of classified ads.
- They will not let you take the car to an independent mechanic for an inspection.
- They will only accept cash.
by Laura Northrup via Consumerist
Because there isn’t a business Amazon doesn’t want to involve itself in, and because it loves throwing the term Prime around, a new report claims the online retailer’s upcoming smartphone will offer “Prime Data,” though what exactly that means is a source of speculation.
BGR.com reported on this development earlier today, saying the new device — expected to be announced this summer — will include Prime Data. However, Amazon is remaining tight-lipped about what makes this data so prime.
If, as BGR’s sources claim, the Amazon phone will initially be an AT&T exclusive, it’s possible that Prime Data could be some version of AT&T’s recently launched (but little heard-about since) Sponsored Data program, in which content companies foot the bill for AT&T customers’ wireless traffic to their sites.
In an Amazon example, that could mean that streaming of Amazon Prime videos over the AT&T network don’t count against the users’ monthly data allotment, or perhaps that some of that data won’t be counted each month. The same could go for streaming of video and audio content stored on Amazon’s cloud. The company did something similar with its 3G Kindle readers, where book downloads didn’t count toward monthly data caps. Of course, the size of a Kindle e-book is nothing compared to that of streamed 90-minute movie, so there would have to be limits.
A simpler answer is that Prime Data is just heavily discounted data, giving users access to all sites — even competitors — for less per gigabyte.
It all seems to depend on Amazon’s motivations for selling the phone — Does it want to sell Amazon Prime subscriptions or sell apps?
If Amazon were to subsidize data use on Amazon content, it would give the company a distinctive edge over Netflix in the mobile market as users would still he hit with the full data bill for streaming content from non-Amazon services. Of course, while Amazon may want millions of more people signing up for Prime, it may not want to deal with the headache and costs of serving up videos to those millions more people, especially when it’s spending money to cover that data.
But if Prime Data is just a lower monthly rate — or something like 500MB free each month, regardless of source — it could stand to improve its app-selling business. Amazon has had an Android app store for several years, but it lives in the shadow of Google’s much larger store. A phone with cheaper data that uses the Amazon App store as its primary source for apps means more users downloading from Amazon and more commission on the sales of those apps.
Additionally, people may be more prone to trying out apps or downloading larger apps if they aren’t worried about having their data caps dinged. And even if someone moves to a non-Amazon phone when they upgrade a year or two down the road, they would need to continue using the Amazon store to port over all those purchased apps to the next device.
Or maybe it just means you a screensaver with Jeff Bezos’ lovely staring out wistfully.
Keep in mind, this is all just speculation based on what little is known about the Amazon phone and the company’s past actions. If anyone at Amazon wants to correct us and let us know the actual details of the phone and Prime Data, just plant a flag in the flower pot on the third-floor balcony across the street from the Consumerist Cave and we’ll meet at the water fountain at 1:22 a.m. ET like we did before.
by Chris Morran via Consumerist
If you just bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and are upset to find you can’t take photos with the darn thing? You’re not alone — Samsung says a “limited number” of the phones have a fatal flaw that renders the 16-megapixel camera useless.
The company confirmed the major flaw with The Verge after multiple reports on Internet forums cited the issue, which seems to happen quite often with Verizon Wireless phones especially.
Those customers say a “camera failure” error will pop up on phones, and once that happens the hardware just stops working. Forever. The only fix that will allow you to take photos? A new device.
Samsung says it’s aware of the problem and is working on helping customers:
“We have learned that a limited number of Galaxy S5 devices may have an issue that causes ‘Camera Failure’ pop-up error message,” it said.
If this has happened to you, call 1-888-987-4357 to get a new phone under the warranty or stop by your local dealer to switch it. Because goodness knows that selfie isn’t going to take itself… OR IS IT? (No, it’s not.)
by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist