T-Mobile has been locked in a heated battle with AT&T for years, but now that the once-struggling carrier finally has a foothold in the market, it might be time to take on No. 1. CNET reports that T-Mobile will be adding 4G LTE to its 2G network this year as it prepares to increase its coverage even further with the recently purchased wireless spectrum from Verizon. More →
It seems like there’s a different headline every week covering new cell phone service plans that offer subscribers more value for less money. AT&T and T-Mobile have been particularly aggressive in this regard, with each carrier having recently lowered the cost of various service plans several times in the past few months. But are subscribers actually benefiting from all these price cuts? More →
If you were hoping for some radical changes to Verizon’s business model in the near future, you’re probably out of luck. In the same conference call that we covered yesterday, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo not only explained how his company can get away with charging more for its services, but why those services have remained fundamentally unchanged in a rapidly evolving market. More →
The two leading wireless carriers in the United States built up huge smartphone user bases while luring customers in with unlimited data plans. The writing was on the wall years ago, however, and as mobile data usage exploded, Verizon Wireless and AT&T both dumped their unlimited plans in favor of tiered data offerings that slam users with overage charges if they use too much data in a billing period. Sprint and T-Mobile continue to use unlimited data plans as a point of differentiation with their larger rivals but as one analysis pointed out this week, the days of unlimited data at Sprint and T-Mobile are numbered. More →
T-Mobile and AT&T may be crawling over one another trying to offer better deals these days but Verizon has been mostly content to sit back and watch while offering the occasional price cut to keep its customers happy. Re/code reports that Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said at a Deutsche Bank technology conference Monday that he wasn’t at all worried about the price wars going on between AT&T and T-Mobile because he’s learned from experience that aggressively undercutting your competition’s prices is self-destructive in the long run. More →
Verizon has been the one carrier that’s most resisted the T-Mobile-led wireless pricing wars of the past few months and now we can see why. RootMetrics has posted the results of its massive study of wireless voice, SMS and data quality and has found that Verizon is besting its rivals for overall quality in 35 of 50 states and its tied for first place with AT&T in 10 more. This means that Verizon came in either first place or was tied for first place for overall performance in 45 out of 50 states in the U.S. More →
New scams looking to swindle people out of their hard-earned money are devised every day, and one particularly devious scheme targeting Verizon Wireless subscribers is now gaining notoriety. Droid Life recently posted about the new scam, which lures Verizon customers in by offering “a special reward” of $54 to subscribers who visit a new website set up for the promotion. More →
Are you constantly streaming high-definition video, downloading tons of Xbox One games and sending massive files to friends and family? You should pay more for Internet access than your neighbor, who only uses a 10-year-old PC in his living room to read email and occasionally browse the Internet for cat GIFs. This is the position of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who said this week that heavy broadband users should have to pay more for home Internet access than those who don’t take full advantage of the service for which they already pay top dollar. More →
The die has been cast and now every single ISP in the United States will want a payout from Netflix in exchange for ensuring that its video streaming services are delivered efficiently to its subscribers. Once Netflix struck a deal to pay Comcast an unspecified amount of money as part of a new peering arrangement, that set the precedent for every other ISP in the country to strike similar bargains. And sure enough, Multichannel reports that both AT&T and Verizon have said that they’re now working with Netflix on their own peering arrangements to ensure that Netflix users aren’t subjected to laggy videos. While this is good short-term news for Netflix subscribers it remains to be seen how these deals cumulatively affect Netflix’s bottom line, especially if ISPs decide they want to jack up the rates in the coming years.
Who runs the Internet? Is it Google, the global search leader that trades fantastic free services for borderline frightening insights into user behavior? Is it Apple, whose iPhones and iPads are reportedly used to connect people to the Internet more than any other mobile devices on the planet by a massive margin? Is it the Illuminati? According to a new feature from the team that taught us how to disappear online, there are actually six organizations that secretly run the Internet and you might not have considered any of them. More →
It’s been a long time coming, but the latest version of the Nexus 7 is finally available for Verizon Wireless customers as of February 13th. Verizon’s Nexus 7 unsurprisingly features the same specs as the tablet has in previous releases: 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution 7-inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 5-megapixel rear camera. Interestingly, Verizon refers to the Nexus 7 as an Android KitKat tablet, although it ships with Jelly Bean on the Google Play Store. If you’d like to purchase a Verizon Nexus 7, you can pay $349.99 for an unlocked tablet, but if you’re willing to sign on for a two-year contract, the price drops to $249.99.
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 →
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 →