Because your cell phone bill wasn’t outrageous enough already — Verizon’s Q3 revenue totaled $33.2 billion and net income rose nearly 10% to $4.2 billion — Verizon has decided to tack something else on and start charging its customers a $20 activation fee to add a new line to their service when signing up for a contract-free plan starting on November 15th. More →
At an event in New York City today, Motorola and Verizon debuted two new devices: the flagship Droid Turbo 2 and the budget-minded Droid Maxx 2. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our hands-on preview of the Turbo 2, but although Motorola’s flagship is sure to steal the spotlight, the Maxx 2 is a solid midrange device in a market full of subpar offerings. More →
Around this time of year, when users are swamped with countless new smartphones to choose from, vendors have to find some way to distinguish themselves. This can be especially difficult for an Android device released at the end of October, but Verizon and Motorola found a way to pique my interest with the unveiling of the Droid Turbo 2 on Tuesday. More →
We’re in the midst of one of the most crowded holiday seasons for smartphones in recent memory, but we’re still not out of the woods yet. Today at 11 a.m. ET, Motorola and Verizon will be hosting a live event in New York City to unveil its latest slate of Droid smartphones, which many expect to be the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2. More →
Verizon has millions of loyal subscribers who love its network but are nonetheless not pleased with its policy of charging you extra money if you go over your allotted monthly data limit. T-Mobile, which never misses an opportunity to troll rivals, sent out a plane to skywrite this particular grievance over Verizon’s headquarters on Monday, although Verizon had some first-rate comebacks of its own. More →
Verizon on Thursday took a bold new step in its never-ending quest to make life less enjoyable for subscribers with grandfathered unlimited data plans. Per The Verge, Verizon is raising the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20 a month so they’ll now cost $49.99 starting in November. While $49.99 for unlimited data doesn’t sound too awful, remember that your data plan is only part of what you’re paying for every month. More →
Competition can be a beautiful thing. Verizon this week announced a new iPhone upgrade program that will allow users to pay off their new iPhone in monthly installments. Under the new program, Verizon subscribers will be able to upgrade to a completely new iPhone model after just 12 monthly payments, provided that they trade-in their existing iPhone. The only overarching requirement is that half of the device’s full asking price must be paid off before a new phone will be handed out.
While Verizon previously allowed consumers to make month to month payments, that financing option was only available over the course of a two-year period, with no opportunity for users to upgrade early.
Google Fiber is hardly the only threat to ISP mainstays like Comcast and Time Warner Cable these days. There are three times as many wireless accounts as there are cable broadband accounts in the United States, and wireless growth is seen continuing at a much more rapid pace than land-based broadband growth. What’s more, usage patterns are continuing to shift toward mobile devices and away from traditional computers.
The nation’s top cable companies have spent quite a bit of money of late building out large Wi-Fi networks across the country, and they have spent even more money marketing their networks of Wi-Fi hotspots. Some ISPs are even launching their own Wi-Fi only mobile phone services. Why? Because mobile is the battleground of the future and ISPs need to do everything they can to keep customers connected while they’re on the go.
But a new technology is emerging that may threaten to weaken the quality of ISPs’ Wi-Fi networks while strengthening their competitors’ cellular services, and Big Cable has no plans to take things lying down. More →
The future of wireless networks is coming even sooner than we expected. In a recent interview with CNET, Roger Gurnani, chief information and technology architect for Verizon, said that the wireless company plans to begin field tests for its 5G technology within the next 12 months, and “some level of commercial deployment” will begin by 2017. More →
Any telecom executive who says T-Mobile hasn’t had a huge influence on the wireless industry is either lying or delusional. If you still need more proof, look no further than the new data plans Verizon unveiled on Friday that bear a resemblance to the Simple Choice plans T-Mobile debuted a couple of years ago. More →
Remember back in late May when we told you about the Internet Health Test? The simple test analyzed users’ Internet connections from end to end, and it aimed to determine whether or not Internet service providers might be violating the Federal Communication Commission’s new net neutrality rules by intentionally slowing data connections.
This week, the group behind the Internet Health Test has released the results of a study that analyzed tests performed by more than 300,000 Internet users, and it appears as though the test has served its purpose: Five major ISPs in the United States have been accused of deliberately slowing data from popular websites in dozens of cities across the country. More →
In a mammoth study comparing mobile data speeds of U.S.-based carriers across various cities, Verizon emerged victorious more often than not. But the study, conducted by PC Mag across 30 U.S. cities, revealed that competition amongst carriers is closer than it’s been in quite some time.
In putting together its report, PC Mag said that it ran “more test cycles than ever before: 131,000 cycles over 30 cities and thousands of miles of driving.” In addition to measuring 3G and 4G speeds across different carriers, the study also looked at which carriers tend to perform better on a region by region basis.