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Cablevision is taking exception to Verizon's claims that its Wi-Fi service is the fastest available, claims the wireless telecom has made in television, radio, and Internet ads. The way Cablevision sees it, Verizon is making "deceptive" claims intended to "mislead consumers," so it went and filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Central Islip, New York. "Verizon's claim that it has faster Wi-Fi than Cablevision is false, deceptive, and designed to mislead consumers," Cablevision said. "Verizon has no public Wi-Fi network. In addition, Verizon’s in-home routers are not... Read more...
In what's been described as "by far the highest-earning spectrum auction the United States has ever seen" by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, AT&T led the way by spending a whopping $18.2 billion on wireless licenses. Combined with its acquisition of DirecTV last year, some are wondering if AT&T is being a bit careless. AT&T spent nearly $49 billion last year buying DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider in the U.S. with 20 million customers. Along with a pair of smaller acquisitions and the wireless spectrum licenses it just bought, AT&T will see... Read more...
AT&T and Verizon Wireless received a lot of backlash from privacy advocates back in October when it was discovered both carriers were using a Unique Identifier Header (UIDH) to track its customers. Unlike regular cookies, which can be deleted by users, a UIDH cannot be deleted and is used primarily for targeted advertising purposes. Since there was no option to disable the UIDH by the customers, they have been dubbed “supercookies” by critics. Feeling the heat from a growing chorus of critics, AT&T decided to bail on supercookies in November. "It has been phased off our network," said AT&T... Read more...
T-Mobile shocked the tech community when it announced its Data Stash program that not only allows customers to rollover unused data month-to-month for up to a year, but also starts you off with 10GB “just because.” Not one to be left in the dust, AT&T countered with its own, inferior program that allows Mobile Share Value customers to rollover data for up to one month. When AT&T jumped onboard with rollover data, we assumed that Verizon Wireless wouldn’t be too far behind. Well, we couldn’t have been more wrong — Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo confirmed today in an interview... Read more...
Transportation has evolved by leaps and bounds over the days of horseback riding, and so too has roadside assistance. Looking to take things a step further, Verizon announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit a connected vehicle service that will modernize roadside assistance in a similar fashion to OnStar. It's called Verizon Vehicle and it will be available commercially in the second quarter of 2015 (expected in April). Verizon Vehicle consists of an OBD II reader device that you plug into your vehicle's under-dash diagnostic port (the same port that mechanics plug OBD... Read more...
Over the past few years, Google has been somewhat of an advocate in ridding the tech industry of so-called patent trolls as it looks to foster innovation rather than stifle inventions because of legalities. That mentality continues today with the announcement that Google and Verizon Communications have entered into a long-term patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of products and technologies. "This cross license allows both companies to focus on delivering great products and services to consumers around the world," said Kirk Dailey, Head of Patent Transactions at Google. "We're... Read more...
Verizon is putting its brave face on and remaining positive about future growth opportunities as it deals with increasingly aggressive competitors in the wireless space. Without feeding the media and analysts too much real data to chew on, Verizon spoke in vague terms, saying that it sees "strong momentum for wireless customer growth" heading into the fourth quarter of 2014, along with "very strong customer demand" for 4G devices on its More Everything shared data plans. According to Verizon, retail postpaid gross additions are higher both sequentially and year-over-year. In addition, new device... Read more...
Recently, Sprint went on the offensive with its data plan by offering families 1GB of shared data for $20 per month and introducing a double data plan that offers 20GB for $100. In response, Verizon and AT&T have fired back with their own updated data plans to entice consumers over to their services. On Friday, Verizon announced a price reduction for its $100  and $110 per month plans. Effective November 1, new and existing customers who go with the company’s new "More Everything" plan will receive 10GB for $80 and 15GB for $100. In addition, Verizon is also offering a $150 port-in credit... Read more...
We've covered the battles between ISPs and various large-scale content providers multiple times before. From deliberately throttling Netflix users to older spats that prevented Time Warner customers from watching cable channels they'd legally paid for, these kinds of disagreements are common in America these days. A new report from M-Lab, however, illustrates the degree to which these battles can impact all of an ISPs customers, including those who don't use video on demand services like Netflix. Details on how M-Lab configured its tests are available in this PDF, but the company ran its benchmarks... Read more...
Easy come, easy go, as they say. Such would be a fitting banner on Redbox Instant's website because in just two days, the service will disappear just as quickly as it arrived. News of Redbox Instant's impending closure has been making the rounds all over the web, and Verizon confirmed the validity of those reports with a goodbye message on its website. "Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time," Verizon said in a statement. "Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to... Read more...
Here's a PSA from your favorite tech website (HotHardware, of course!): Verizon Wireless is now offering Advanced Calling 1.0 across its nationwide network on select smartphones. Advanced Calling is more commonly known as Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, with Verizon's offering a first-generation service suite available on just a handful of devices so far, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, LG G2, and Samsung Galaxy S5. One of the neat things about VoLTE is that it allows for simultaneous voice and data. That means you can chat with Aunt Mabel about what to buy Uncle Lou for his 85th birthday while at... Read more...
When was the last time a wireless carrier announced a new service feature without heavy marketing fanfare? Verizon Communications’ executive vice president and CFO Fran Shammo announced Wi-Fi calling for the service this week, but seemed to play down the importance of the feature. Wi-Fi calling will let customers use their mobile phones to make calls over their home wireless networks – a boon to people who are frustrated with spotty cell phone reception in parts of their homes. XLTE-Ready Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Wi-Fi calling isn’t a new concept – T-Mobile and others already offer it – and, at least... Read more...
Could it be that a TV service provider finally 'gets it'? If you're like most people who subscribe to cable or satellite television, you have dozens if not hundreds of channels that you'll never watch, yet you pay for that tier of service because it's the only way to get the handful of channels you're interested in. Why not let consumers build their own programming package instead? Well, that's what Verizon is planning to do. Verizon chief Lowell McAdam let it be known his company is looking to offer a TV-like service over the Internet by the middle of 2015, but unlike traditional TV service, it... Read more...
Verizon will pay a hefty $7.4 million fine as part of a settlement agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to end an investigation into the wireless carrier's use of personal consumer information for marketing purposes without their consent, the FCC announced today. In addition to the fine, Verizon agreed to notify customers of their opt-out rights on every bill for the next three years. The FCC has been taking a hardline approach to the way wireless carriers do business, though most of the ire has been directed at data caps and related business practices. For example, FCC Chairman... Read more...
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