Netflix AT&T Verizon Video Throttling

Netflix’s throttling was wrong, but don’t let AT&T and Verizon off the hook

By on March 25, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Netflix’s throttling was wrong, but don’t let AT&T and Verizon off the hook

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 →

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Netflix Throttling Video AT&T Verizon

It’s Netflix that’s throttling your video, not AT&T or Verizon

By on March 25, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

It’s Netflix that’s throttling your video, not AT&T or Verizon

It turns out that neither AT&T nor Verizon are throttling Netflix videos, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere suggested last week. If you’re an AT&T or Verizon subscriber, you will indeed get worse Netflix streaming than others, but that’s because Netflix applies the throttling, not the carriers. More →

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Verizon FiOS Double Data Promotion

Live in the Northeast? Verizon will double your mobile data if you sign up for FiOS

By on March 15, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

Live in the Northeast? Verizon will double your mobile data if you sign up for FiOS

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 →

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Verizon Vs ATT Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon is desperate to convince us that unlimited data plans are dead

By on March 9, 2016 at 11:15 PM.

Verizon is desperate to convince us that unlimited data plans are dead

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 →

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Verizon Supercookie Fine

Verizon gets tiny FCC fine for secretly tracking subscribers with no way to opt out

By on March 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM.

Verizon gets tiny FCC fine for secretly tracking subscribers with no way to opt out

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 →

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Verizon Best Carrier Performance Test

Verizon snags the top spot in yet another national network performance test

By on February 18, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Verizon snags the top spot in yet another national network performance test

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 →

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Verizon 24GB Free Yearly Data Deal

Verizon is offering you a free extra 2GB per month for the rest of your life

By on February 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM.

Verizon is offering you a free extra 2GB per month for the rest of your life

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 →

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TV
FiOS TV Free Premium Channel Preview

FiOS TV subscribers can now preview premium channels for free anytime they want

By on February 2, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

FiOS TV subscribers can now preview premium channels for free anytime they want

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 →

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Fastest LTE Network America

Which carrier has the fastest LTE network in America?

By on February 2, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Which carrier has the fastest LTE network in America?

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 →

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Verizon 5G

Verizon says it will be the first U.S. carrier to deliver 5G speeds

By on January 22, 2016 at 10:22 PM.

Verizon says it will be the first U.S. carrier to deliver 5G speeds

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.

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Verizon Net Neutrality

Verizon, one of net neutrality’s biggest foes, says it’s ready to test sponsored data

By on January 19, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Verizon, one of net neutrality’s biggest foes, says it’s ready to test sponsored data

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 →

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Verizon Vs. T-Mobile No Regrets Promotion

Verizon makes a bold new move to win you back from T-Mobile

By on December 28, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

Verizon makes a bold new move to win you back from T-Mobile

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 →

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Verizon Sprint Cramming Charges Refund Deadline

You only have one week left to claim ‘cramming’ refunds from Verizon and Sprint

By on December 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM.

You only have one week left to claim ‘cramming’ refunds from Verizon and Sprint

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 →

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