The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU) has announced it has partnered with various investment firms that have stakes in AT&T and Verizon to demand more transparency from the two carriers when it comes to government spying. To convince AT&T, the ACLU has partnered with The New York State Common Retirement Fund and Trillium Asset Management LLC. The Verizon shareholder proposal was jointly filed with Trillium Asset Management LLC, Park Foundation and Clean Yield Asset Management. More →
The Moto X is now on sale at Verizon for as low a price as you’re likely to see. Motorola’s flagship phone is available on Amazon for Verizon customers in black or white for only a penny. If you want to customize your phone, though, you’ll still have to pay the regular $99.99 for the Moto X on Verizon. This offer comes two days after Verizon ended its half-off deal on the Moto X for $49.99. Since it’s on Verizon, the Moto X will be able to upgrade to the latest version of Android, KitKat right away, which Motorola released yesterday. While this deal won’t save you much money over the course of a two-year contract, it’s still a great deal for one of the best Android phones out there.
Motorola and Verizon are offering a very tempting stocking stuffer for early holiday shoppers. 9to5Google notes that Verizon customers can now design their own Moto X smartphone using Moto Maker and get it for just $49.99 with a two-year contract. The offer only lasts through November 18th, however, so you’ll have to act quickly if you want to get the Moto X at such a steep discount. Motorola’s Moto Maker program, which lets users choose their own smartphone casing colors, engravings and custom wallpapers, started out as an exclusive for AT&T but this week branched out to all other major carriers in the United States. Relatedly, prepaid carrier Republic Wireless announced Thursday that it is selling the Moto X for $299 off-contract with plans that range from $5 to $40 per month.
Good news, Verizon customers: Soon you’ll be able to buy the same wood-patterned Moto X that AT&T customers have enjoyed for months. Droid Life’s sources claim that Verizon customers will get access to the Moto Maker system starting on November 11th, which will let them custom-design their Moto X smartphones and choose from features such as colors, engravings and signature wallpapers. Like AT&T, Verizon will probably sell the customizable Moto X for just $99 with a two-year contract. More →
It’s bad news for TV viewers interested in alternative services as Intel has apparently decided to give up on its exciting aspirations for a subscription TV service. AllThingsD reports that Intel is currently in talks with Verizon to “hand over control of Intel Media, the unit that has been trying to build a Web-based subscription TV service.” Rumors surrounding the service have been circulating for months, but Intel never public unveiled the set-top box that would run its service, nor did the company set a date for its release. More →
Nokia has announced six new devices since it jointly announced a deal to sell its handset and services divisions to Microsoft, and now a leaked video introduces us to the seventh. The upcoming Lumia 929 will be Verizon Wireless’ followup to the Lumia 928 you may or may not remember — BGR reviewed the Lumia 928 back in May — and it looks like on of Nokia’s sleekest smartphones to date. The phone features a 5-inch full HD 1080p AMOLED display, a 20-megapixel PureView camera and a very thick case that looks to be about the same width as the 928. According to The Verge, the phone’s case is all aluminum and it will launch in both black and silver. No release timing or pricing were provided. The full leaked video originally published by YouTube user SDPhones follows below. More →
Verizon on Thursday reported impressive third-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s expectations. The communications giant earned more than $2.2 billion in profit on revenue that inched up to $30.3 billion, and it is now home to 101.5 million total retail connections. Verizon also said that it sold 7.6 million smartphones during the third quarter, and it said 51% of activations were iPhones. We can’t directly compare activations and sales, of course, but estimates suggest Q3 iPhone activations fell between 3.9 million and 4 million units — which is flat compared to the 3.9 million iPhones Verizon said it activated in the second quarter this year. This is a bit perplexing considering Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launched at the tail end of the quarter. When taking into account how dramatically new iPhone sales smashed earlier records through their debut weekend, however, Verizon’s activation figure could indicate that iPhone 5 and 4S sales had slowed substantially leading up to the new models’ debut.
Following solid earnings in the second quarter that narrowly topped the Street’s expectations, Verizon Communications on Thursday reported its third-quarter results ahead of the bell. Analysts polled by FactSet expected the nations largest carrier to post a profit of $0.74 per share for the September quarter, and their revenue consensus sat at $30.15 billion. Verizon beat expectations, however, reporting earnings of $0.77 per share — or $2.23 billion, up more than 20% — on $30.3 billion in sales. In the same quarter last year, Verizon earned $0.64 per share on revenue that totaled $29.01 billion. The carrier said that at the end of the third quarter it was home to 101.5 million total retail connections, including 95.2 million retail postpaid connections. Verizon added 927,000 net retail postpaid connections in the quarter and postpaid churn was 0.97%. Verizon’s full press release follows below. More →
Who wants to wait around for days just to get the new smartphone you ordered online? Verizon announced this week that it’s started up a pilot program that will deliver online smartphone orders to customers on the same day that they’re placed. The carrier is rolling out the program in Philadelphia and will spread it to New York City, Dallas, San Francisco and Pittsburgh in the near future. Same-day delivery isn’t free, however: Customers who want their phone to show up on the day it’s ordered will have to place their orders by 10 a.m. and pay Verizon $20 for a guarantee that it will be at their doorstep by 7 p.m. that evening.
You know that soft cap on your Verizon Wireless data plan that you hate so much? Well, you’ll soon hate it even more. Verizon’s nationwide 4G LTE network already covers more of the U.S. population than any rival LTE network, and data speeds are quite impressive in many regions as well. Those speeds will soon be kicked into overdrive, however, as the nation’s largest wireless carrier begins to deploy big network upgrades. In fact, Verizon’s new higher-speed wireless data service is already going live for testing in some areas, and a lucky GigaOm reader recently stumbled upon the new faster service in midtown Manhattan. Using a standard iPhone 5s on Verizon’s network, the reader saw data speeds in excess of 80Mbps. Verizon’s upgraded 4G LTE network isn’t yet live so there’s no telling how fast it will be once it launches, but tests performed ahead of Verizon’s initial LTE rollout in New York City were pretty close to what we saw post-launch. Screenshots of a speed test performed on Verizon’s upgraded LTE network follow below. More →
As some high-profile technology companies make an effort to shed more light on issues surrounding user privacy in light of recent NSA spying revelations, most have remained quiet so as to avoid fueling the fire. Verizon was one such company until recently, and now the fire has been fueled — while speaking with Tom’s Guide during the Cyber Security Summit 2013 security conference in New York City last week, Verizon’s vice president of national security policy Marcus Sachs said all the wrong things. More →
I remember when I used to be excited about LTE. It was going to be a super-fast wireless technology that would deliver broadband speeds over the air and make the Internet faster for millions of people who are stuck on low-end connections. How naive I was! In all my enthusiasm for LTE I’d forgotten that America’s largest two wireless carriers would inevitably find a way to make their LTE services borderline useless. More →
Do you regret giving up your unlimited data plan when you first made the jump to capped 4G LTE services? Well too bad, says Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam: Unlimited data plans are gone for good. CNET reports that McAdam this week said during an investor conference that there was no way rival carriers Sprint and T-Mobile could keep offering smartphone users unlimited data forever because “if you allow unlimited usage, you just run out of gas.” McAdam then went on to blame the usual suspects for the death of the unlimited data plan: Bandwidth-hungry mobile users who keep clogging up Verizon’s precious spectrum with their high-definition videos. More →