With even AT&T bringing back unlimited data plans on a limited basis, does this mean Verizon will soon cave and bring back unlimited data plans in some form? Sadly, you shouldn’t count on it. Via DSLReports, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told attendees at an investor conference this week that there is no way his company will ever offer unlimited plans again because the economics of unlimited data just don’t work. More →
How much is your privacy worth to the Federal Communications Commission? Not quite as much as it is undoubtedly worth to you. Back in 2014, it was discovered that Verizon Wireless was found to be using a technology called “supercookies” to secretly track customers and then use the data collected to enhance its offering to advertisers. These special cookies tracked every single unencrypted website a user visited on his or her mobile device, and here’s the best part: It was initially impossible to opt out of this invasive tracking technique.
Once uncovered, Verizon took plenty of heat in the press. But like all things on the Internet, people eventually forgot all about it. Now, however, we just got a brief reminder because the FCC just slapped Verizon with a little fine and put in place a few rules for the use of supercookies. More →
T-Mobile customers might have the best customer care in the industry, but it’s Verizon that provides the most consistent network. In the latest report from RootMetrics, Verizon took home its fifth consecutive title for overall network performance among the top four wireless carriers in the U.S., ranking first in five of the six categories. More →
If you find yourself constantly running up against your monthly data cap, you can get an extra 2GB per month for free for the rest of your life thanks to a new offer from Verizon. All you have to do is upgrade or activate a new phone with device payment on XL or larger Verizon Plans, and you’ll get an extra 24GB of data every year to use for as long as you’re a Verizon subscriber. More →
Every pay TV provider offers free previews of premium channels from time to time. After all, they’re a great way to give subscribers a taste of the channel bundles they’re missing if they don’t already subscribe to packages like HBO, Showtime and Cinemax. But it seems like the free preview periods are almost always over by the time you realize they’re available. Great, so now you’ve seen three episodes in the middle of the last season of Game of Thrones… now what?
It turns out there’s a better way to preview premium channel bundles and Verizon just made it available to its FiOS TV subscribers. More →
Verizon has long been thought of as the nation’s broadest network, with coverage that always seems to stretch to areas where other networks don’t. AT&T is no stranger to vast network coverage either, and T-Mobile constantly touts the improvements made recently to its always-expanding 4G LTE network in TV commercials. Meanwhile Sprint continues to build out its network as well, still recovering from the WiMax mistake it made early on.
With all of this 4G coverage all over the country, one question still remains: Which carrier has the fastest 4G LTE network? More →
If you thought the leap from 3G to 4G LTE was a nice bump, just wait until 5G rolls out in just a few years. When that happens, imagine a mobile world where you can download data at a blistering 20 gigabits per second, fast enough to download HD movies in a span of seconds.
With 5G networks not slated to roll out until 2020, we still have a ways to go before we can enjoy futuristic transfer speeds on our mobile devices. Nonetheless, Verizon is already trying to stake its claim as the 5G mobile king, recently proclaiming that they’re going to be the first U.S.-based carrier to support the standard.
Of all the companies that have opposed net neutrality over the years, Verizon is likely the most outspoken and shameless among them. As consumers fought to support guidelines that would ensure a level playing field on the web, Verizon spent big money lobbying against net neutrality for fear that it might eat into the company’s bottom line. Then, in an ironic twist, the Federal Communications Commission ended up green-lighting net neutrality rules that were even more consumer friendly than the ones Verizon spent the most time and energy lobbying against.
We all knew that the new rules wouldn’t stop Verizon from finding and taking advantage of loopholes in the new net neutrality laws though, and now the company has confirmed that it’s ready to give net neutrality a nice big slap in the face. More →
T-Mobile has been absolutely torching wireless rivals over the last couple of years but Verizon isn’t about to take it laying down anymore. Verizon on Monday unveiled a new “no regrets” promotion where it will give you up to $650 so you can pay off either the rest of your wireless contract or the remaining device payments you owe to your current carrier. More →
Did you get overcharged by Sprint or Verizon for subscription services that you never signed up for and never used? If so then you should know that you have only a week left to reclaim the money that’s rightfully yours. If you’ve been hit with “cramming” fees by Verizon and Sprint, the deadline to get your money back is coming up on December 31st. After that, you’ll lose the opportunity to make a claim for refunds. More →
Verizon has spent a tremendous amount of money and other resources over the years lobbying against net neutrality. It should be no surprise then that the carrier will reportedly soon follow the lead of rivals T-Mobile and Comcast, which have recently begun casting the spirit and letter of net neutrality laws aside in launching programs that give preferential treatment to some Web services by allowing them to stream music and videos that do not count against users’ data caps.
T-Mobile does it with “Binge On,” Comcast does it with its own video service “Stream TV,” and now it looks like Verizon will soon do it with its Go90 video app and any other service partners willing to cough up some cash. More →
If you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber, you clearly don’t mind paying a premium for the comfort of knowing your carrier offers coverage just about everywhere in the country you could possibly want to go. After all, Verizon customers’ average cell phone bills are higher than they are at any other carrier in the United States. But in the back of your mind, you know that rival carriers have much better coverage than they did a few years ago, and every now and then you wonder if you should switch and save some money.
One thing that’s traditionally been great about the Internet is the way anyone with a great idea and good business sense can launch an app or a service that can disrupt incumbent businesses practically overnight. This model has served us well over the years but Verizon doesn’t think it’s good enough anymore since it’s not making Verizon enough money. As Re/code reports, Verizon is going to start rolling out its own “sponsored data” program next year in which companies can pay money to have their data not count against customers’ monthly data limits. More →