Verizon MORE Everything Plans

It’s official: Verizon gets dragged kicking and screaming into mobile price war

By on February 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM.

It’s official: Verizon gets dragged kicking and screaming into mobile price war

This is probably not how Verizon wanted things to play out. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has long crowed about the fact that his carrier “never has and never will lead on price” while also recently declaring that unlimited data plans were a dead end despite being offered by both Sprint and T-Mobile. Now, however, Verizon has been dragged into the price wars after aggressive moves from T-Mobile similarly forced AT&T’s hand. Verizon on Thursday announced its new MORE Everything plans that will cut prices and boost data cap allotments for some customers. More →

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Verizon Data Caps Increase

T-Mobile gets results: Verizon to boost data caps, cut prices

By on February 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

T-Mobile gets results: Verizon to boost data caps, cut prices

The great mobile price wars of 2014 are officially on. Leaked documents obtained by Android Police show that Verizon plans to announce that it’s increasing all of its data cap tiers from 500MB, 1GB and 2GB to 1GB, 2GB and 3GB, respectively. Even better, these upgrades will be given automatically to customers on Verizon’s Share Everything plans and won’t cost any extra. More →

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Verizon Throttling Netflix

Verizon denies reports of Netflix throttling following net neutrality’s death

By on February 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

Verizon denies reports of Netflix throttling following net neutrality’s death

Have U.S. Internet users’ worst fears just been realized? A new report from iScan Online programmer David Raphael claims to confirm that Verizon, which you might recall helped lead the charge against net neutrality regulations, has begun limiting the bandwidth utilized by certain websites for its FiOS Internet subscribers. In a blog post on Wednesday, Raphael shared a troubling account of issues that his company had been experiencing with service slowdowns. After digging into the problem he finally contacted Verizon customer support, which seemingly confirmed that the ISP is throttling bandwidth used by some cloud service providers including Amazon AWS, which supports huge services including Netflix and countless others. As BGR has learned, however, this is in fact not the case. More →

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Education Pledge Microsoft Apple AT&T Verizon

Apple, Microsoft and wireless carriers commit to $750M education pledge

By on February 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Apple, Microsoft and wireless carriers commit to $750M education pledge

Some of the biggest names in tech have come together this week for the sake of schoolchildren all around the country. The Associated Press reports that Obama has made considerable progress on his mission to connect more American schools to the internet as Microsoft, Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and others have committed to pledging $750 million to his ConnectED plan. Their pledges will be in the form of cash donations, electronic devices and network services. More →

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Verizon Price Cuts Unlikely

How long can Verizon stay out of the AT&T-T-Mobile price war?

By on February 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

How long can Verizon stay out of the AT&T-T-Mobile price war?

Verizon has no interest in getting into a price war with AT&T and T-Mobile. If you want evidence, just ask Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who last year flat-out stated that “we never have and never will lead on price.” But given that AT&T and T-Mobile are now getting much more aggressive with their family plan offers, could Verizon be forced to make similar offers just to keep up its subscriber growth? Don’t count on it: ComputerWorld this week reached out to Verizon for comment on the AT&T-T-Mobile price war and the carrier once again said that it won’t go down the price-cut rabbit hole. More →

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Nokia Lumia Icon Verizon Leak

Nokia Lumia Icon makes an accidental appearance on Verizon’s website

By on January 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Nokia Lumia Icon makes an accidental appearance on Verizon’s website

After popping up last week on an internal test page, the Lumia Icon made an abrupt reappearance on Verizon’s official site on Tuesday. The page was promptly taken down, but Gigaom managed to snag a few screenshots before it went offline. The listing was nearly identical to the one on the test page from last week, featuring the same photos of the device and the same $777 placeholder price tag with or without a contract. Unlike the previous listing, this time Verizon included a full spec sheet for the Lumia Icon. More →

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Intel TV Sale Verizon

Intel’s cable-killing TV service won’t kill cable, but it might actually launch following sale

By on January 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Intel’s cable-killing TV service won’t kill cable, but it might actually launch following sale

Following rumors that suggested Intel was ready to throw in the towel on the revolutionary pay TV service it has been developing behind closed doors, a new report states the company has done just that. But for those wishing the service would launch and potentially change the game, there’s still hope. The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that Verizon has acquired Intel’s online TV division for an undisclosed sum, though earlier reports suggested that Intel was seeking around $500 million. Verizon will take control of all intellectual property associated with the service, and will also reportedly offer jobs to each member of the 350-person team at Intel that was working on the project. The deal is expected to close sometime in the first quarter. More →

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Verizon Earnings Q4 2013

Verizon recovers from huge loss with $5 billion Q4 profit

By on January 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM.

Verizon recovers from huge loss with $5 billion Q4 profit

Verizon Communications posted a massive $1.93 billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2012 as pension expenses and costs associated with Hurricane Sandy took a big toll on the company’s performance. The company was looking to rebound in 2013 and it did just that. Excluding one-time charges, Verizon managed earnings of $0.45 per share in the year-ago quarter on sales totaling $30 billion. In Q4 2013, Verizon’s earnings climbed to $0.66 per share on $31.07 billion in revenue, narrowly beating analysts’ estimates on both counts. The carrier’s net income totaled $5.07 billion in the fourth quarter. Verizon also said it added 1.7 million net new wireless subscribers during the quarter, pushing its total subscriber count to 102.8 million. The company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Verizon Edge Plan

Verizon’s new early upgrade plan sounds much better than it actually is

By on January 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM.

Verizon’s new early upgrade plan sounds much better than it actually is

Verizon’s new upgrade conditions for the its Edge plan may be little more than a marketing trick meant to convince subscribers to stay with the carrier amid increased competition elsewhere. The carrier has dropped the upgrade time from six months to 30 days for its Edge plan, allowing users to upgrade to a new smartphone in just one month, if they so desire. The promotion is limited though, as CNET has learned. “[…] this is currently a promotion but we have not set an end date. It is in response to our customer’s requests regarding this popular payment and upgrade plan,” a spokesman told the site. “While it is important to understand what our competitors are doing, Verizon makes decisions based on what’s best for both our customers and business.” More →

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Verizon 250MB Share Everything Plan

Verizon’s new ‘cheap’ data plan has a comically small data cap

By on January 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Verizon’s new ‘cheap’ data plan has a comically small data cap

Beware of wireless carriers trying to sell you on “bargains.” CNET notes that Verizon has come out with a new “share everything” data plan that costs just $20 a month but that also offers only 250MB of shared data. And of course, the $20 data plan is only part of the package since you’ll also have to pay for voice and SMS, which together bring the total cost of the plan to $60 a month. When you consider that T-Mobile is offering customers unlimited talk, text and data for just $70 a month then Verizon’s new “cheap” data plan looks like anything but a bargain, especially if customers routinely break their 250MB data caps and get slapped with overage fees.

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Most Expensive Cell Phone Service

Guess which wireless carrier has the biggest bills in America

By on January 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Guess which wireless carrier has the biggest bills in America

Consumers and businesses in America spend billions on wireless service each year. And it’s no wonder — the average cost of cell phone service on each of the top four nationwide carriers in the U.S. is painfully high. One is higher than the rest, of course, and you’ll have to try to act surprised when you find out which it is. More →

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Net Neutrality ISP Responses

ISPs try to convince us net neutrality’s death won’t sting

By on January 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

ISPs try to convince us net neutrality’s death won’t sting

Don’t worry, American consumers: the death of net neutrality is no big deal and it won’t harm your online experience at all. That’s the takeaway from the various responses U.S. Internet service providers offered up to the public following Tuesday’s U.S. appeals court ruling that killed net neutrality rules. Some believe the ruling will ultimately lead to the destruction of the Internet as we know it today, giving service providers free rein to squeeze money out of companies looking to give their services an edge by allotting them additional bandwidth that standard service will not enjoy. But according to companies such as Comcast and Verizon, that won’t be the case at all. More →

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AT&T Verizon Customer Breakup Letters

Legere comes up with yet another way to troll AT&T and Verizon

By on January 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Legere comes up with yet another way to troll AT&T and Verizon

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has become fond of using social media to taunt his rivals at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. And on Tuesday, Legere came up with yet another way to use Twitter to annoy his competitors: By posting pictures of their former customers making the switch to T-Mobile. To rub salt even further into the wound, most of the pictures Legere posted were of customers who were also displaying “breakup letters” they’d written to their former carriers that included messages such as “BYE BYE AT&T I’m breaking up with you!” and “Peace out, Sprint, U suck!” T-Mobile first launched its “carrier breakup letter” initiative at CES last week where it offered to help customers write breakup letters informing rival carriers that they were being dumped for “the Uncarrier.” Some of Legere’s choice pictures follow below. More →

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