Verizon LTE Speed

Mammoth Study Finds Sprint’s 4G Network is the Worst – And It’s Not Even Close

By on June 23, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Mammoth Study Finds Sprint’s 4G Network is the Worst – And It’s Not Even Close

In a mammoth study comparing mobile data speeds of U.S.-based carriers across various cities, Verizon emerged victorious more often than not. But the study, conducted by PC Mag across 30 U.S. cities, revealed that competition amongst carriers is closer than it’s been in quite some time.

In putting together its report, PC Mag said that it ran “more test cycles than ever before: 131,000 cycles over 30 cities and thousands of miles of driving.” In addition to measuring 3G and 4G speeds across different carriers, the study also looked at which carriers tend to perform better on a region by region basis.

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Sprint Data Throttling

Net Neutrality Racks Up Another Win as Sprint Stops Throttling Subscribers

By on June 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Net Neutrality Racks Up Another Win as Sprint Stops Throttling Subscribers

Who knew when a former top cable industry lobbyist took the helm at the Federal Communications Commission that it would lead to this much positive change for consumers? The FCC’s much-lauded new net neutrality rules took effect this past Friday, and we’re already seeing the effects they’re having on the Internet. The new rules aim to prevent ISPs from implementing anti-consumer schemes like paid traffic prioritization, data blocking and bandwidth throttling, and there is already a major shift taking place in the industry.

On Wednesday, the FCC levied a massive $100 million fine against AT&T for throttling users’ unlimited wireless data. Now, news that Sprint has shelved its data-throttling policy marks yet another win for wireless customers in the United States. More →

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T-Mobile Sprint Vs. AT&T Verizon 600MHz Auction

T-Mobile and Sprint team up to stop Verizon and AT&T from grabbing every piece of 600MHz spectrum

By on June 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

T-Mobile and Sprint team up to stop Verizon and AT&T from grabbing every piece of 600MHz spectrum

2008’s 700MHz auction was very good for AT&T and Verizon but not so good for its competitors. Granted, Sprint and T-Mobile have themselves to blame for the outcome of that hugely important spectrum auction since they didn’t make bids in it, but it’s also the case that the smaller carriers are financially outgunned by the wireless industry’s two biggest players. Now the two carriers are teaming up with Dish, several rural wireless carriers and public interest groups such as Public Knowledge to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself with the upcoming auction for spectrum on the 600MHz band. More →

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Unlimited Mobile Data Plans

Here it comes: Get ready for the death of unlimited mobile data plans

By on May 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM.

Here it comes: Get ready for the death of unlimited mobile data plans

Parting is such sweet sorrow, and I remember how mixed my emotions were when I finally dumped my unlimited data plan on my personal wireless account and switched to one of AT&T’s mobile share plans. I had held onto my old plan for as long as I could in anticipation of the rise of data-hungry mobile services, but the cost benefit of switching and the knowledge that I was just going to be throttled anyway made it silly to hold on any longer.

While Verizon and AT&T built up huge smartphone customer bases in part by luring subscribers in with unlimited data and then practically forcing them onto capped plans, there are still two major U.S. carriers that offer limitless cellular data… for now. More →

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Verizon Sprint $158 Million Cramming Settlement

Did Verizon and Sprint hit you with bogus cramming charges? How to get your money back

By on May 12, 2015 at 4:46 PM.

Did Verizon and Sprint hit you with bogus cramming charges? How to get your money back

Like their rivals AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have also agreed pay back their customers who got hit with bogus cramming charges. The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday that Sprint and Verizon would fork over a combined total of $158 million to settle the matter and most of that money will be going directly back to consumers. More →

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Galaxy S6 Verizon Sprint Pricing

Verizon is late to the game again with the Galaxy S6, while Sprint is giving it away for free

By on March 26, 2015 at 2:24 PM.

Verizon is late to the game again with the Galaxy S6, while Sprint is giving it away for free

Starting tomorrow, nearly everyone will be able to preorder the highly anticipated Galaxy S6. I say “nearly everyone” because Verizon has revealed that it will not begin offering preorders to its customers until April 1st, 5 days after preorders begin at most of the other major service providers in the United States. More →

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Galaxy S6 Photos

Major leak from Sprint gives us our clearest look yet at the Galaxy S6

By on February 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Major leak from Sprint gives us our clearest look yet at the Galaxy S6

Samsung is about to announce two similar but distinct sixth-generation Galaxy S versions, including the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but the devices have already been thoroughly leaked. Most details about the two handsets, including design, hardware and software features have seemingly been revealed in many reports, but the leaks are far from over.

In fact, Sprint just gave us the biggest Galaxy S6 leak so far. More →

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Verizon AT&T Two Year Contracts

Why you should never sign another two-year wireless contract

By on February 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Why you should never sign another two-year wireless contract

Your wireless carrier will probably tempt you with the offer of a cheap smartphone the next time your wireless contract expires. As The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern explains, however, you shouldn’t even think about taking them up on it. More →

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AT&T Verizon Vs. Sprint T-Mobile

Sprint and T-Mobile have no future unless the FCC changes its approach to spectrum auctions

By on February 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Sprint and T-Mobile have no future unless the FCC changes its approach to spectrum auctions

One of the more pernicious ideas that’s popped up in recent years is that spectrum auctions’ main goal should be to maximize revenue for the government, which inevitably means selling off our airwaves to whoever shells out the most cash. This gets it completely backward, however: The point of spectrum auctions should be to maximize the public good. More →

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U.S. Carrier Unlocking Scorecard

One U.S. carrier is way better at unlocking phones than the rest… and it’s not T-Mobile

By on February 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

One U.S. carrier is way better at unlocking phones than the rest… and it’s not T-Mobile

Last week, legislation from the U.S. government requiring carriers to unlock their customers’ phones went into effect. There are still some restrictions, but unlocking your phone should be easier than ever before. Unfortunately, only one of the four major carriers is actually abiding by all of the requirements a week after the new rules were set in place. More →

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Sprint Vs. AT&T T-Mobile Net Neutrality

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

By on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

Rival ISPs’ legal teams will probably pull their hair out when they see what Sprint just did to their arguments against net neutrality. Speaking with Reuters, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye says that not only will the FCC’s net neutrality plan not affect his company’s network investment plans but he also goes so far as to say net neutrality is a positive for Sprint’s customers. More →

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T-Mobile Vs. Sprint Network Quality

Humiliation: T-Mobile’s network ranked worse than Sprint’s in major new study

By on February 10, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Humiliation: T-Mobile’s network ranked worse than Sprint’s in major new study

T-Mobile CEO John Legere absolutely loves trashing Sprint’s network quality, which is why he’s not going to be pleased to see that Sprint’s network has leapfrogged his own company’s in the latest major study from RootMetrics. More →

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Sprint CEO Vs. T-Mobile CEO

Sprint CEO fights back against Legere’s trolling, says T-Mobile is in for a ‘rude awakening’

By on February 6, 2015 at 12:21 PM.

Sprint CEO fights back against Legere’s trolling, says T-Mobile is in for a ‘rude awakening’

Sprint, which for years has been the wireless industry’s 90-pound weakling, is showing some fresh signs of fight under new CEO Marcelo Claure. Although Sprint has often in the past been a passive whipping boy for outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere, an interview with Claure by CNET shows that the carrier isn’t going to lie down and take it anymore. More →

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