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Last week, many people were taken aback when it was announced that Verizon Wireless would be taking control of Android OS updates for Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Given that carriers are notoriously slow when it comes to providing major OS updates for smartphones, news that a Google-branded phone could be at the mercy of Verizon for updates was met with utter shock. While those initial fears were definitely warranted giving past performance, it appears that everyone was getting worked up over nothing. Verizon confirmed in a statement today to Ars Technica that Verizon-branded Google Pixel... Read more...
The security breach that rocked Yahoo two years ago could end up costing the company and its shareholders a lot of money—$1 billion, to be exact. That's the amount Verizon wants discounted from its pending acquisition of the search and media giant after agreeing to the buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion. The deal has yet to be finalized. Verizon's plan was to mesh Yahoo with AOL, the latter of it purchased a year ago for $4.4 billion. However, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong may be looking at ways to back out of the deal after it came to light that Yahoo failed to disclose the extent of its security breach in a... Read more...
Google just can't seem to get out of its own way when it comes to fragmentation among its Android platform. We're not saying there's an easy solution, but in giving Verizon exclusive rights among wireless carriers in the United States to offer its new Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, it also agreed to let Verizon be in charge of Android system updates.That was the biggest question on everyone's minds when Google announced the arrangement with Verizon, and the Mountain View firm confirmed to 9To5Google what most people hoped wouldn't be the case."Monthly security updates will come from Google (for all... Read more...
Unlimited data plans have seen a slight resurgence among some of America’s wireless companies. AT&T resurrected unlimited data for customers that bundle in its DirecTV or U-Verse TV packages. T-Mobile and Sprint also offer unlimited plans for its customers. However, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint all have numerous restrictions in place, including throttling customers after 22GB, 26GB, and 23GB respectively have been consumed during a billing cycle. Even with the caveats, these “unlimited” plans are likely welcome to customers that use large amounts of data per month. However, if you’re... Read more...
It turns out the rumors you might have heard about Comcast getting into the wireless phone space were true. Comcast boss Brian Roberts confirmed as much today by announcing plans to partner up with Verizon to launch its own brand wireless service by the middle of next year, effectively making it an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). There are several hundred MVNOs operating in the United States. The most popular ones tend to be owned by major wireless carriers, such as Boost Mobile (Sprint), Cricket Wireless (AT&T), and MetroPCS (T-Mobile), but that won't be of much concern to Comcast—both... Read more...
Verizon just launched LTE Advanced technology to bring 50% faster peak wireless data speeds. This launch includes 288 million people in 461 cities across the United States. Customers will be able to experience faster music, video, gaming, and VR streaming. How does Verizon’s LTE Advanced work? Verizon utilizes software that combines two or three bandwidth channels into one larger channel. This channel then sends out data sessions through the most efficient “route”. The technology is often referred to as “carrier aggregation” and it employs a combination of 700 MHz, AWS, and PCS spectrum. Two-channel... Read more...
One of the first things many people do when buying and activating a new smartphone is see which of the pre-installed apps can be uninstalled. Some are useful, of course, and those end up staying, but wireless carriers are notorious for shoving a bunch of unwanted third-party applications onto smartphones. That's not likely to change, and if Verizon gets its way, Android device owners will see even more bloatware. Verizon's courting potential clients with an offer to install branded apps on its customers' Android homescreens. The cost for doing so would be somewhere between $1 and $2 per affected... Read more...
If you’re the kind of person that loves streaming movies and televisions shows and doesn’t mind putting up with ads in order to keep the service completely free, then we’ve got some interesting news for you. Hulu announced today that it is killing off its free, ad-supported streaming service in favor of a subscription-only model. Hulu is no doubt making this move to better compete with paid subscription services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, both of which offer a wealth of original content that has garnered critical praise. Eliminating the free tier leaves behind two paid subscription options.... Read more...
Business is good over at Verizon. So good, in fact, that the nation's largest wireless carrier announced that it's entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Yahoo for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, the company confirmed this morning. Around this time a year ago, Verizon was closing its acquisition of AOL for $4.4 billion. "Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate... Read more...
It looks as though Verizon is following in Microsoft's footsteps by preparing to boot people off of their unlimited data plans. Microsoft did it when it announced an end to unlimited cloud storage via OneDrive for subscribers to its Office 365 suite and replaced it with 1TB, and now Verizon is getting ready to pull the rug out from under unlimited data users who consume "an extraordinary amount of data," which translates to over 100GB per month. Like Microsoft, Verizon is upset that consumers have the gall to think that unlimited means unlimited. When taking the term at face value, there's bound... Read more...
Last month, the partnership between Motorola and Lenovo seemed to crystalize when the combined company stepped out with its first co-branded smartphone products that will ship here in the United States. Lenovo acquired Motorola's Mobility division from Google a couple of years back, but has rightfully lead with the iconic Moto brand for new smartphone (and smartwatch) product introductions since the acquisition. It wasn't until we saw Lenovo's Product Engineer/Spokesman, Ashton Kutcher take the stage last month at Lenovo Tech World to launch the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force, that it became apparent... Read more...
Verizon raised more than a few eyebrows last week when it announced that it was raising data caps for all plans and adding unlimited overage data, albeit at snail-like speeds for its XL and XXL data plans. While giving customers added perks is nothing new, actually raising prices in the process is uncommon — customers will in effect see a $5 to $10 increase in their monthly bills with these newest changes. Not surprisingly, T-Mobile has come out swinging against Verizon by “giving families a break from industry rate hikes and restrictions right when customers need it most.” Beginning July... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday we were introduced to 4G LTE wireless connectivity, but technology marches forward and a rapid pace and its successor is waiting in the wings. Verizon Wireless, the United States’ largest wireless carrier, says that it has completed a “key milestone” in the development of 5G wireless technologies.Verizon claims that it is the first U.S. wireless carrier to compete its 5G radio specification, which gives the company firm guidelines for how to validate hardware that is incorporated into the next generation wireless standard. This allows everyone involved in the industry... Read more...
Verizon has some new plans in store for its customers. A promo surfaced on Verizon’s Testman site that hinted about several upcoming changes to their data plans. Verizon initially commented that customers should expect “fireworks” in the next week, however, its finally revealed what updates will be part of the Verizon Plan on July 7th. The line-up will include data packages labelled as S, M, L, XL, and XXL. These packages are as follows:S: 2GB for $35 (previously 1GB for $30)M: 4GB for $50 (previously 3GB for $45)L: 8GB for $70 (previously 6GB for $60)XL: 16GB for $90 (previously 12GB for $80)XXL:... Read more...
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