T-Mobile Vs. Verizon LTE Speeds

T-Mobile’s network seems to be getting much better than anyone expected

By on July 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM.

T-Mobile’s network seems to be getting much better than anyone expected

For a long time, T-Mobile’s biggest “pain point” has been the quality of its wireless network, but that may be changing much more quickly than any of us expected. Re/code’s Walt Mossberg recently took T-Mobile up on its offer to try out its network for free for one week and he found that Big Magenta’s LTE network actually performed better in Verizon’s did. More →

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Net Neutrality: Blind, Deaf and Disabled

Verizon lobbyists are arguing that net neutrality could be harmful to disabled Americans

By on June 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM.

Verizon lobbyists are arguing that net neutrality could be harmful to disabled Americans

Verizon lobbyists are apparently on the prowl on Capitol Hill with new anti-net neutrality arguments, Mother Jones has learned, telling congressional staffers that Verizon needs to offer fast lane-like Internet access in order to meet the needs of blind, deaf and disabled customers whose lives may depend on fast access to Internet-connected medical services. More →

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Verizon Vs. Comcast Netflix

Verizon has done the seemingly impossible: It’s made Comcast look good

By on June 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM.

Verizon has done the seemingly impossible: It’s made Comcast look good

It takes a lot of work to make Comcast look good but Verizon seems to have pulled off the trick. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin has done some nice work trying to figure out how Netflix’s performance on Verizon’s network has actually gotten worse even though the two companies reached a peering agreement earlier this year. It basically boils down to this: Comcast was completely prepared to upgrade its interconnectivity infrastructure after signing its deal with Netflix while Verizon was not. More →

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Netflix vs Verizon Internet Streaming Speed

Netflix: Verizon decided to ‘leave three lanes closed during rush hour’

By on June 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Netflix: Verizon decided to ‘leave three lanes closed during rush hour’

Netflix is not afraid to hold its ground against Verizon’s cease and desist attack, defending its right to inform customers about ISPs network performance when it comes to streaming Netflix content. In a letter to Verizon obtained by Quartz, Netflix general counsel David Hyman attacked the Internet provider, saying that Verizon is at fault for the poor performance some of their mutual customers experience, not Netflix. More →

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Netflix Vs. Verizon Network

Netflix explains why it’s trying to shame Verizon into improving its network

By on June 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Netflix explains why it’s trying to shame Verizon into improving its network

Netflix might stop trashing Verizon’s network next week… or it might not. Netflix on Monday posted an explanation on its blog explaining why it started telling its customers to blame Verizon’s network for slow streaming. The company says that these network-trashing messages are part of a trial program that’s slated to end on June 16th, although it says it might expand on the program in the future. More →

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Cell Phone Signal Problems

Why is cell phone service in America so awful?

By on June 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

Why is cell phone service in America so awful?

Can you remember the last time your cell phone dropped a call or sat lifeless for a few moments, choking as it reconnected to the network and tried again after a failed attempt to move some data? Of course you can — it probably happened several times today alone. Here in America, we pay top dollar for cell phone service. Cell phone service at the cheapest nationwide wireless carrier, T-Mobile, costs an average of $120 per month. In Finland, people enjoy far more consistent and reliable service for an average of $130 per year.

So why is U.S. cell phone service so terrible? More →

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Verizon Vs. Netflix Streaming Speeds

Verizon tells Netflix to stop trashing its service quality… or else

By on June 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM.

Verizon tells Netflix to stop trashing its service quality… or else

Uh-oh! It looks like Verizon is really, really not happy that Netflix is telling its customers to blame Verizon for slow streaming speeds. CNBC brings us word that Verizon has now sent Netflix a cease and desist letter that tells the company to stop blaming its network for service interruptions and that accuses it of misleading customers to gain an upper hand in the public relations battle over the two companies’ assorted peering disputes. More →

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Netflix vs. Verizon Slow Streams

Netflix slams Verizon for slow streaming speeds, Verizon calls it a ‘PR stunt’

By on June 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM.

Netflix slams Verizon for slow streaming speeds, Verizon calls it a ‘PR stunt’

The war between Netflix and Verizon wages on as the movie and TV streaming service has begun to notify users that Verizon’s crowded networks might be affecting the speed and quality of their streams. Vox Media’s Yuri Victor was one of the first Netflix users to share an image of the notification on Twitter, eliciting a response from Netflix spokesperson Jonathan Friedland, who says that the company is “always testing new ways to keep members informed.” More →

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Net Neutrality Netflix vs. FCC

Here’s how Netflix feels about the FCC’s vote to end net neutrality

By on May 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Here’s how Netflix feels about the FCC’s vote to end net neutrality

One of the biggest stories of 2014 so far has been the death of net neutrality. After the FCC voted last week to move forward with Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality plan, several tech companies released statements in which they reaffirmed their long-held positions opposing the proposed changes. Netflix especially has stood out as a figurehead for the net neutrality movement in recent weeks and on Tuesday, BTIG Research reported that Netflix CFO David Wells was asked about “the FCC’s view that peering and interconnection are not the same issue as net neutrality and are more like cousins or siblings.” More →

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Verizon XLTE Upgrade Announced

Verizon just announced a major upgrade that will make its LTE network even better

By on May 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Verizon just announced a major upgrade that will make its LTE network even better

Most independent studies have shown that Verizon has the strongest overall mobile voice and data network and now the carrier is poised to make it better than ever. Verizon on Monday announced that it’s started rolling out its XLTE network upgrade that promises to deliver not only faster peak download speeds but also twice the available bandwidth for users. This means that you’ll be much more likely to get a decent mobile data connection even in crowded areas where lots of people are trying to upload and download data at the same time. More →

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Verizon FiOS Expansion 2014

Verizon just killed your dreams of getting FiOS in your neighborhood

By on May 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM.

Verizon just killed your dreams of getting FiOS in your neighborhood

If you’ve been holding out for FiOS as an alternative to your current Internet provider, it might be time to start working on a new strategy. DSLReports has shared a quote from Verizon CFO Fran Shammo that appears to suggest that the dream of widespread FiOS expansion is dead. More →

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Best Smartphone Accessories Nokia Treasure Tags

Verizon is now selling the coolest smartphone accessory we’ve seen this year

By on May 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Verizon is now selling the coolest smartphone accessory we’ve seen this year

Most smartphone accessories are pretty forgettable but Nokia’s Treasure Tags are designed to make things memorable. Treasure Tags, a new accessory that Nokia first unveiled this past February, are matchbox-sized tags that you can attach to your keys, wallet and other important items to make sure they never get lost. The tags, which are now technically Microsoft products after Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, are now on sale at Verizon Wireless for $29.99 each. More →

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Verizon Vs. T-Mobile Prices

Verizon won’t lower your monthly bills just to compete with T-Mobile

By on May 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Verizon won’t lower your monthly bills just to compete with T-Mobile

In what must be music to T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s ears, Verizon has once again told us that it won’t be lowering our wireless bills just to better compete with T-Mobile. FierceWireless reports that Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said during the Jefferies Technology, Media and Telecom Conference this week that it won’t be overly reactive to T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves even though its subscriber growth rate actually dropped year-over-year in its last quarterly earnings report.

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