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.
In 2008, Verizon promised the city of New York that everyone who wanted fiber optic Internet and television service from FiOS would have it by 2014. We’re now almost halfway through 2015, and a new report reveals just how spectacular Verizon’s failure was when it came to delivering on that promise. More →
Like their rivals AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have also agreed pay back their customers who got hit with bogus cramming charges. The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday that Sprint and Verizon would fork over a combined total of $158 million to settle the matter and most of that money will be going directly back to consumers. More →
Lyft this week announced a new strategic partnership with Verizon that it hopes will give it some added firepower in its ongoing battle against Uber for ridesharing supremacy.
Under the newly formed partnership, Lyft’s mobile app will come pre-installed on select Android smartphones on Verizon. This type of strategy is of course nothing new as carriers have, for years now, gladly littered cellphone homescreens with apps from anyone willing to pay for that level of placement.
The idea that an Internet service provider might lie to subscribers in an effort to get them to upgrade to a more expensive broadband plan will shock no one. These companies are notorious for pulling the wool over subscribers’ eyes and maintaining close relationships with regulators, who often turn a blind eye. For example, can you believe that some ISPs are still getting away with charging customers an additional monthly fee to use Wi-Fi in their homes? We’ve even heard cases of customers being charged for Wi-Fi while using their own wireless equipment.
But the latest example of an ISP trying to pull the wool over a customer’s eyes has a hilarious twist: Verizon tried to convince a subscriber that he needed a pricy 75Mbps plan instead of a 50Mbps plan in order to make Netflix smoother. That subscriber, however, turned out to be one of the most widely respected streaming media experts in the country.
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If you’ve been waiting for the right time to sign up for one of Verizon’s shared data plans, the time to act is now. FierceWireless confirmed with Verizon on Friday that the More Everything shared data plan is available at a cheaper promotional pricing for a limited time — 10GB for $80 per month and 15GB for $100 per month.
Verizon isn’t a company that we normally think of as a champion for consumers. However, it deserves a good deal of credit recently for its bold decision to start offering its FiOS customers slimmer bundles of channels that may or may not include ESPN on them. As Re/code reports, ESPN has now sued Verizon for allegedly violating its agreements to not break up its channels into smaller bundles. While ESPN may very well be in the right legally, I still can’t help but root for Verizon here. More →
Are you worried about the increasing chunk that your monthly wireless bill is taking out of your budget? Too bad, says Verizon. Per Bloomberg, Verizon CFO Francis Shammo said during Verizon’s quarterly earnings call this week that the company didn’t mind losing customers who want to have lower prices for their mobile voice and data services. In fact, Shammo said Verizon basically wasn’t going to put any effort into keeping them. More →