The war between Netflix and Verizon wages on as the movie and TV streaming service has begun to notify users that Verizon’s crowded networks might be affecting the speed and quality of their streams. Vox Media’s Yuri Victor was one of the first Netflix users to share an image of the notification on Twitter, eliciting a response from Netflix spokesperson Jonathan Friedland, who says that the company is “always testing new ways to keep members informed.” More →
One of the biggest stories of 2014 so far has been the death of net neutrality. After the FCC voted last week to move forward with Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality plan, several tech companies released statements in which they reaffirmed their long-held positions opposing the proposed changes. Netflix especially has stood out as a figurehead for the net neutrality movement in recent weeks and on Tuesday, BTIG Research reported that Netflix CFO David Wells was asked about “the FCC’s view that peering and interconnection are not the same issue as net neutrality and are more like cousins or siblings.” More →
Most independent studies have shown that Verizon has the strongest overall mobile voice and data network and now the carrier is poised to make it better than ever. Verizon on Monday announced that it’s started rolling out its XLTE network upgrade that promises to deliver not only faster peak download speeds but also twice the available bandwidth for users. This means that you’ll be much more likely to get a decent mobile data connection even in crowded areas where lots of people are trying to upload and download data at the same time. More →
Most smartphone accessories are pretty forgettable but Nokia’s Treasure Tags are designed to make things memorable. Treasure Tags, a new accessory that Nokia first unveiled this past February, are matchbox-sized tags that you can attach to your keys, wallet and other important items to make sure they never get lost. The tags, which are now technically Microsoft products after Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, are now on sale at Verizon Wireless for $29.99 each. More →
In what must be music to T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s ears, Verizon has once again told us that it won’t be lowering our wireless bills just to better compete with T-Mobile. FierceWireless reports that Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said during the Jefferies Technology, Media and Telecom Conference this week that it won’t be overly reactive to T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves even though its subscriber growth rate actually dropped year-over-year in its last quarterly earnings report.
With all the fantastic smartphones that have launched in recent months, finding a great phone is becoming easier than ever. Finding the right wireless provider and the right service plan, however, can be a much more daunting task. More →
Nothing provokes ridiculous whining from major carriers more than being told that they can’t completely buy up every last piece of valuable spectrum. Re/code points out that Verizon has decided to follow in AT&T’s footsteps and stamp its feet about the restrictions that the Federal Communications Commission has put in place to reserve some chunks of spectrum for smaller operators. More →
Sony is still struggling when it comes to establishing a fruitful relationship with U.S. carriers, but it looks like the Japanese giant has scored a major deal with Verizon, which will apparently soon launch Sony’s newest flagship Android handset. While Verizon has yet to officially announce the Xperia Z2, Sony jumped the gun and mistakenly published a press image of the device, complete with a Verizon logo, on its Sony Xperia Google+ page. The picture was quickly deleted, but not before being picked up by Droid Life. More →
If you’re looking for a sweet Mother’s Day gift or if you just want to get some of the hottest smartphones released in the last year on the cheap, then Verizon has a proposition for you. Droid Life notices that between now and May 12th, you’ll be able to buy an iPhone 5s, a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an HTC One (M8) for only $99 with a two-year contract, or half off the regular price. You’ll also be able to pick up a Galaxy Note 3 for $199 on contract, which is down from its regular price of $299. All things told, this is a pretty sweet deal for four of the best smartphones in the world, even if it does mean being tied down to a two-year contract on Verizon.
T-Mobile may be shaking up the wireless industry, but it hasn’t stopped Verizon from chugging along. In its first-quarter earnings report released Thursday, Verizon posted a profit of $0.84 per share, which was below the consensus estimate of $0.87 per share. On the plus side, the company’s revenue in Q1 2014 was $31.8 billion, which was over $1 billion higher than the consensus estimate of $30.7 billion. What’s more, Verizon added 539,000 postpaid subscribers on the quarter, which is a solid number slightly below the 625,000 postpaid subscriber gains that AT&T reported over the same quarter. Even more importantly, Verizon’s postpaid churn, or the rate at which customers come and go, remained at a very low 1.07%.
Broadband Internet service is still painfully expensive in the United States and to make matters worse, a new study shows that most American households aren’t getting the fast data speeds they are paying for. More →
Many eager Samsung fans who finally got their hands on the company’s latest and greatest after months of leaks and rumors have been greeted with an unpleasant surprise: A huge bug in Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S5 is rendering the device’s camera completely unusable, and it has no known fix. More →