Sleazy astroturf campaigns are nothing new in the corporate world but Verizon may have just taken things to a whole new level. Ars Technica reports that New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently received hundreds of identically worded emails from different people that all supported Verizon’s demands that it be let off the hook for building out broadband infrastructure that it had agreed to build as part of an agreement with the state that dates back to two decades ago. There’s a problem, however: Some of the people who supposedly sent emails to the board say they did no such thing.
It pays to be an executive in one of the hottest industries on the planet. Very well, in fact. Fierce Wireless has compiled a list of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireless industry in 2013, featuring many familiar faces, but leaving out some of the biggest names in the wireless world. As for notable omissions, Tim Cook didn’t rank among the top 10 for the first time in several years, and Stephen Elop disappeared as well. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also absent from the list, but T-Mobile has yet to announce executive compensation for last year. More →
Ahead of the holidays last year, AT&T unveiled new smartphone plans that finally offered subscribers what many people have been seeking for years: a discount on phone service once the device subsidy is paid for. Traditional cell phone service plans include an additional fee built in to help carriers recoup the cost of the phones they sell, which are made available to customers at a discounted price up front. The rest of the phone’s value is worked into the monthly cost of service.
According to data from the Federal Communications Commission, about one-third of households in the United States have no choice when it comes to home broadband service. In other words, if they want reasonably fast home Internet service and they live in an area with access to wireline broadband, there is only one company they can pay. Another 37% of American households have a choice between just two Internet service providers for home broadband, which is defined by the FCC as Internet service with download speeds of just 4Mbps or more.
Why is the current state of home Internet service such a mess for consumers? One of the biggest reasons is so obvious that you might not have even considered it. More →
The only thing better than owning one of the latest and great smartphones on the planet is owning one of the latest and greatest smartphones on the planet without paying a dime for it. With one week to go until Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 flagship phone finally debuts, Verizon Wireless is running a “buy one get one free” promotion that will give customers a free on-contract Galaxy S5 with the purchase of an on-contract Galaxy S5. The offer is great for families in the market for multiple new phones, and subscribers can choose a Samsung ATIV SE or an HTC One (M8) as their free phone if a second S5 isn’t their speed. More →
Call Google “evil” all you want — I personally love how “evil” Google is — but there is no other company on the planet that can shake things up and disrupt the status quo like Google. Armed with a massive advertising business and an uncanny ability to collect and utilize data in amazing ways, Google has time and time again shown us that it’s not afraid to roll the dice and bet big when it comes to breaking into new categories.
Google Fiber subscribers are extra lucky: Not only do they have access to the fastest Internet service in the United States but they could also be the first to have access to Google’s yet-to-be-announced wireless service. The Information has a new scoop that gives us some fresh insight into how Google is planning to enter the wireless space as a carrier in the future and it won’t involve Google building its own network from the ground up as it’s done with Fiber. More →
Verizon Wireless on Wednesday made a key strategic change to its service plan pricing that shows the nation’s biggest wireless carrier isn’t quite big enough to ignore the ongoing price war taking place in the U.S. mobile market. AT&T has been actively promoting its new Mobile Share price plans with a series of commercials explaining that with these new plans, a family can have four smartphones with unlimited voice minutes, unlimited messaging and 10GB of shared data for $160 per month. Well guess what — Verizon Wireless just slashed its pricing and matched AT&T’s offer to the penny. More →
What began as a curious and expensive Google experiment is fast becoming a much-needed catalyst for change in an industry that has long been considered among the most anti-consumer businesses in America. Often characterized by poor customer service and regional monopolies, pay TV and Internet service providers have continuously raised service prices while also helping to ensure that broadband and TV competition is kept at a minimum. But despite the current state of the industry and its long history, Google Fiber is quickly becoming a disruption that can’t be ignored. More →
Customers that intend to purchase the HTC One (M8) with a new two-year agreement should check out Verizon’s current deals, as the carrier has some interesting promotions available to customers, Droid-Life reports. For starters, Verizon lets interested buyers get two new HTC One models for the price of one as long as each device is tied to its own two-year contract. More →
T-Mobile has done a lot to shake up the American wireless industry over the last year but it still faces a sizable gap in network quality compared to Verizon and AT&T, America’s twin wireless titans that both have access to the best spectrum money can buy. And now The Center for Public Integrity has put together a lengthy report detailing how Verizon and AT&T are ramping up their lobbying operations ahead of another low-frequency spectrum auction that has the potential to give them a killer advantage over T-Mobile and Sprint for years to come. More →
A series of sightings and official teasers suggest that some U.S. carriers may be getting ready to launch the All New HTC One a lot sooner than buyers expect, possibly on March 25th, which is the very same day when HTC will unveil the new device. Android Central has posted an image showing an HTC promotional box that was spotted in a Verizon store with a clear message on it: “Get ready to hit refresh,” the box says, revealing that the phone may be launched on March 25th at 1 p.m. EDT. More →