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Verizon, the "Can you hear me now?" company (to quote an older marketing slogan), has major aspirations of makings its go90 streaming video service a big time money maker. To help accelerate those plans, Verizon is looking into making a purchase offer for Yahoo, provided the price is right and everything checks out.There's no offer in place at the moment, though Verizon is pretty serious about its interest in Yahoo. So serious, in fact, that it's tasked Tim Armstrong, CEO of its AOL subsidiary, in leading the charge on this one. Armstrong is one of Verizon's prized employees who's helped close... Read more...
Since net neutrality rules went into effect last summer, some telecom companies have skirted the line of what's legal, but Verizon becomes the first to outright defy the rules, and now the world wonders whether this will be the straw that breaks the camel's (FCC's) back. When T-Mobile launched its Binge On service this past fall, some net neutrality backers claimed that it went against the spirit of the rules, given that select consumers would be given select content to be "zero-rated" - that is, data not counted towards the monthly limit. Where T-Mobile seems to be safe, though, is that this... Read more...
T-Mobile might be the third largest carrier in the US, but looking at things through different angles can make it #1. We can see this with the help of the latest results out of OpenSignal, a firm that collects data through real users (who opt-in to use its mobile app). For overall coverage, Verizon reigns supreme. It also does well in overall download speeds, tying with T-Mobile. Beyond that, T-Mobile shows the best latency and download speeds over 3G, which gives it enough of an edge to beat out Verizon, and AT&T and Sprint, for that matter. In LTE speeds, T-Mobile also topped Verizon with... Read more...
There are tech CEOs, and then there's T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Whereas most wireless CEOs (and tech CEOs in general) are very professional and try to stick to the corporate line when giving interviews or interacting with the public, Legere breaks the mold with his brash commentary and propensity to pepper the airwaves with f-bombs. Legere also has a knack for constantly trolling competing wireless companies, and even calling out their respective CEOs on a regular basis. Some of his recent antics involved mocking the competition with the profanity-laced “The Scarriers” video series and asking the... Read more...
AT&T raised a few eyebrows when it launched its Sponsored Data program two years ago. Sponsored Data allows companies to deliver content (free of charge to you) without cutting into your mobile data allowance. AT&T was spooked by net neutrality concerns over Sponsored Data and has pretty much kept a low-profile since it was initially announced. The nation’s wireless carrier, Verizon, however, has no such concerns about net neutrality and is going forward with its own nearly identical “zero-rating” program. Verizon’s program is called FreeBee Data and is available in two different variants.... Read more...
AOL has a reputation that precedes it, and that's not necessarily a good thing. When most people think of AOL, they remember the dial-up service from years ago. Heck, some of you reading this might even still have those trial CDs that AOL flooded the market with. But there's more to AOL than that -- much more -- and for that reason, a brand change could be in AOL's future.Verizon owns AOL these days, having acquired the company last year in a deal worth about $4.4 billion. The sum takes into account AOL's various media properties, such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Autoblog, Moviefone, Engadget,... Read more...
As vast and widespread as the Internet is, the old adage "it's a small world" still seems to apply. It has had been widely reported that IP addresses are fast becoming a precious commodity, with IPV4 addresses completely allocated now and the future of Internet address identification and location reliant on IPV6 for continued expansion. Interestingly enough, the Internet’s growing pains pose an increasing challenge for spammers and cybercriminals looking to gain access to new IP addresses to operate, as existing and old addresses are terminated for spamming and other malicious practices. As a result,... Read more...
Somebody must have spiked Verizon's non-alcoholic eggnog with a bit of rum over the holiday, as the wireless carrier now finds itself in semi-snark mode. Verizon's also feeling generous. So generous, in fact, that it's dangling up to $650 in front of anyone who "didn't get the right network" and is willing to switch. "Everyone has that one gift they’d like to exchange for something better: maybe that not-so-cool holiday sweater…or the wrong network. This holiday season, Verizon is giving wireless users a chance to have no regrets," Verizon says. The level of smack talk isn't quite the same as what... Read more...
If you have FiOS service from Verizon, things just got a bit more interesting when it comes to your DVR content. Customers that have both Quantum TV and FiOS Internet service will have the capability to watch all of their received content outside of their home (as long as you have an active Internet connection). This is made possible thanks to recent updates to the FiOS Mobile App for Android and iOS. Verizon says that “nearly all” of your DVR content is available to stream outside the home, so we don’t know exactly in what circumstances that the company would forbid you you accessing certain reordered... Read more...
AT&T started rolling out Wi-Fi Calling to iPhones in early October after it pitched a fit to the FCC about T-Mobile “bending the rules” to enable the feature. And it now looks as though the nation’s largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, is flipping the switch for Wi-Fi Calling starting this week. That would make it the last major wireless carrier to enable the functionality. Verizon announced in a blog post that Wi-Fi Calling will first be opened up to Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge customers starting this week. The updates will be rolled out in phases, so don’t be alarmed if your... Read more...
Let’s face it, buyers aren’t exactly flocking to Microsoft’s smartphone operating systems. According to IDC, Windows Phone is currently sitting at 2.6 percent worldwide smartphone market share compared to 15.6 percent and 81.1 percent for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android respectively. Even though Microsoft is expected to grow its share slightly to 3.3 percent by 2019, IDC says that its “view that Microsoft/Windows Phone will remain a marginal challenger at best has not changed.” With all of this in mind, we’re starting to get a little better picture of why Verizon Wireless was reticent to offer... Read more...
Trying to figure out the best wireless carrier and plan for your budget involves wading through a bunch of smoke and mirrors. All of the major carriers talk a big game with fancy sounding plans and special promotions, but you have to be on the lookout for hidden costs. One of the most annoying fees is the cost of activation. Verizon customers have been able to duck an activation fee when signing up with a device payment plan, but that might be changing..New customers who sign up with Verizon on a device payment plan will have to pony up an additional $20 for a one-time activation fee. That's on... Read more...
Not long ago, we kicked the tires on Motorola’s well-received Moto X Pure Edition. The smartphone impressed us with its Quad HD display and overall build quality, as well as its $399 price tag, which places it more reasonably below the lofty prices of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6S lines. Today, we’re taking a look at two new smartphones from the Lenovo-owned Motorola - the Droid Turbo 2 and the Droid Maxx 2, which bring their own unique value proposition. Whereas the Moto X Pure Edition isn’t carrier-specific, the Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 are part of the Verizon Droid line. The Turbo 2, which... Read more...
Less than a year after it made an arrangement with the Huntsville City, AL school district to provide affordable Internet access to local residents, Verizon has decided to renege on the deal. Sometimes, a deal is too good to be true, but other times, it could simply have a time limit. The program, called OmniLynx, was one orchestrated by the school district and approved by Verizon. In the beginning, Verizon was very happy with the details, but today, its tune has changed. In an official statement, Verizon has said that it's gone "beyond the terms of the agreement". Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardnyski... Read more...
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