If you thought things weren’t going that great for Yahoo, well, you were right. Rumors last week said that the huge internet company was in negotiations with Verizon, which was interested in purchasing Yahoo for nearly $5 billion. Both companies confirmed the deal on Monday, with Verizon paying $4.83 billion for Yahoo’s core business and some real estate, which is almost $500 million more than it paid for AOL last year.
Large parts of this country are still languishing with cable internet speeds that give them 10 megabits down. So it’s equal parts absurd and awesome that Verizon is actively making plans to bring gigabit speeds — 100 times faster than cheap cable internet — to cellphones nationwide.
The announcement of gigabit speeds came as part of a wider Verizon announcement of its plans for 5G. The next gen of wireless technology is still some way off — the FCC only recently outlined the regulatory framework — but mobile carriers are already rushing to be the first players in the next big thing.
As reported earlier this week, Verizon has confirmed that it will be raising prices for its wireless customers by $5 to $10 per month, depending on the size of the plan.
It’s not all bad news though, as the carrier has also announced that customers will be able to carry unused data over to the following month and will have to option to pay $5 for a Safety Mode feature which will slow data speeds in order to help customers stay under their monthly limits.
Verizon has long been the nation’s most expensive wireless carrier. Why is Verizon so expensive? Because people are willing to pay. The networking giant pulled in $7.9 billion in operating income during the first quarter this year, and it did so on revenue that totaled $32.2 billion. But even as ridiculous as those numbers are, it’s apparently not enough. It’s never enough, is it?
According to a new report, Verizon is getting ready to increase the cost of its wireless plans across the board. More →
On Sunday night, the unthinkable happened.
No, it wasn’t when the Golden State Warriors dismantled the Cleveland Cavaliers to the tune of 110-77. And it wasn’t when that crazy thing happened on Game of Thrones (no spoilers). It was when a commercial aired featuring Paul Marcarelli, best known as the “Can you hear me now?” Test Man for Verizon.
But the commercial was for Sprint.
Would you like to pay less for your monthly phone and internet bills? Of course you would — but you shouldn’t assume the same tactics for negotiating lower bills will work across all different carriers and ISPs. Expert shopper Kyle James has written a post over at WiseBread that gives you the lowdown on different strategies to use at some of the major ISPs out there including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon. More →
If you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber, there is a new promotion available until the middle of next month that you’ll definitely want to take advantage of. There’s a whole bunch of great new content hitting Netflix over the next 30 days, and it began this morning when season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was made available in its entirety. Binge watching eats up a whole lot of data though, so you’ll want to do everything you can to stretch your data plan as far as it will go.
As it turns out, there’s a simple way to earn an extra 2GB of data that will only take you a few seconds all together. More →
HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones is set to return with new episodes in less than two weeks. Can you believe it? The first episode of season 6 premieres on April 24th at 9:00 p.m. EDT, and it’s set to be one of the most widely watched premieres in history — which is fairly impressive when you consider the fact that HBO is a premium channel. Of course, you can still watch the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season 6 for free by signing up for a free trial of HBO Now, the network’s online-only streaming service that doesn’t even require a pay TV subscription. Everyone knows that.
What you might not know, however, is that there’s a perfectly legal way to stream each and every episode of Game of Thrones season 6 as soon as they air. More →
Verizon is about to make its customers very unhappy.
MacRumors obtained a memo on Thursday that outlines plans for a new $20 upgrade fee the carrier is expected to introduce next week. According to the memo, Verizon will add a new $20 flat rate fee for any smartphone upgrade on a device payment plan or purchased at full retail price. More →
If there’s one thing T-Mobile loves to do, it’s trolling rivals. Whether this trolling comes in the form of Twitter feuds with rival CEOs or silly skywriting stunts, T-Mobile just can’t help ridiculing its rivals in ways that are equal parts amusing and juvenile. The “Un-carrier” is at it again this week and is pledging bombard AT&T and Verizon with graffiti of customer complaints that will be written outside their stores with magenta chalk. More →
Let’s get this out of the way: Netflix should not intentionally degrade the quality of its videos for subscribers who use Verizon and AT&T, especially if Netflix is not being transparent about what it’s really doing.
In case you haven’t heard, Netflix has been limiting video streams over AT&T and Verizon’s mobile networks to just 600 kilobits per second, which is the kind of speed you expect from a 3G connection and not a 4G connection. This slow delivery rate ensures that the picture quality on the video is far below what you’re used to getting when you watch Netflix over your home Internet connection, and Netflix should have at least told its customers up front about how it slowed down their streaming rates on purpose.
That said, let’s not let AT&T and Verizon off the hook. More →
If there were ever a time to consider dumping your ISP in favor of Verizon’s FiOS service, this might be it. According to FierceWireless, Verizon is running a limited-time promotion in the Northeastern United States that will give customers a chance to double their mobile data allotment when they sign up for FiOS. More →