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 →
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 →