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Mobile networks are not all created equal, despite the fact that if you look at coverage maps they often boast nearly identical coverage in many areas. Each year OpenSignal issues a report that looks at all the mobile carriers in the U.S. and compares the speed and performance offered to help consumers look through all the hype and marketing and see which carrier really is the fastest. According to the latest report, both Verizon and AT&T have stopped the declining performance on their networks that were attributed to the return of unlimited data plans. Both networks have returned to their... Read more...
Verizon has announced that it will begin its rollout of 5G services to customers in certain U.S. markets next year. However, this isn't lightning fast 5G wireless for your smartphone to connect to while you are out and about. Verizon plans to use this 5G wireless service to provide faster internet access to homes and business using technology it purchased earlier this year.   Verizon wants to light up wireless residential broadband service in three to five markets during 2018. The first, and only confirmed market for its 5G launch will be Sacramento, California during the second half of 2018.... Read more...
Many Verizon Wireless customers weren't very happy with the carrier back in August when word first surfaced that it would be throttling video streaming on its Unlimited data plans. That throttling meant no matter what sort of device you were using, you only had streaming capability at up to 720p with most plans offering DVD quality only. Verizon is now rethinking its stance on video throttling, but it will naturally cost you more. To get your unthrottled streaming back, it will cost you another $10 per month. That extra monthly cost will sting some users, after all, the original reason given... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported that Verizon Wireless had taken the rather unfortunate step of informing 8,500 of its rural subscribers that they would no longer be eligible to receive wireless service. According to Verizon, these customers were using an excessive amount of data. These customers reside in underserved areas of the country that are part of Verizon's LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, which allows rural carriers to tap into resources and access technical support provided by the nation's largest wireless carrier. However, Verizon's costs associated with helping to provide service to... Read more...
Verizon Wireless has announced to 8,500 customers in rural parts of the country that it will no longer service them and all of their phones on their accounts as of October 17. The reason that Verizon Wireless is ditching these 8,500 rural customers, that have a total of 19,000 lines, is excessive data usage on networks owned by Verizon Wireless's roaming partners. In rural parts of the country where Verizon lacks its own wireless network, the carrier has partnered with smaller regional wireless carriers and allows its customers to roam on those networks free of charge. With the return of "unlimited"... Read more...
Most of us don't put much stock into the claims of mobile carriers that unlimited data users slow down the network for everyone. We tend to think that the carriers are just using excuses to throttle our connections and charge us more money. But according to recent tests from OpenSignal, speeds at AT&T and Verizon are indeed slowing down thanks to unlimited data users. OpenSignal writes, "Six months after reintroducing unlimited plans, Verizon and AT&T experienced a marked decline in 4G speeds in our tests. The impact appears to have hit Verizon the most. Its average LTE download test fell... Read more...
Motorola announced the new Moto Z2 Play four weeks ago, and the new mid-range Android smartphone is now available to purchase. However, we hope that you like Verizon Wireless’ service, because that’s the only place where you’ll be able to find the smartphone… for now. Verizon customers can grab the phone for $0 down and pay $17 per month for 24 months, or they can just pay $408 upfront. This is a bit less than the $449 price that was tossed around when the smartphone was first announced. To sweeten the deal even further, Verizon will include the JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod (MSRP $79.99) for free... Read more...
Verizon this week released its $80 prepaid unlimited wireless plan. The price tag and promise of “unlimited data, talk, and text” may seem tempting, however, the plan is rife with pitfalls. First, what is Verizon’s latest plan? The telecommunications company guarantees unlimited data, talk, and text across the United States without any contracts or credit checks. This plan also includes unlimited texting to over two hundred countries and unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada. According to Tami Erwin, executive vice president of operations for Verizon, “In just months, Verizon has transformed... Read more...
Comcast has just announced its new unlimited wireless service, Xfinity Mobile. The service supposedly provides “America’s largest, most reliable 4G LTE network along with Comcast’s 16 million WiFi hotspots to provide consumers with a better wireless experience, for less money, on today’s most popular devices.” Xfinity Mobile customers will be able to take advantage of Comcast’s WiFi hotspots when available, and Verizon Wireless’ cellular network coverage when needed. Greg Butz, president of Comcast Mobile, remarked, “We’re doing mobile differently by bringing our customers the best networks... Read more...
The last time we visited Verizon Wireless’ efforts to bring 5G connectivity to Americans, the company had completed its 5G radio specification. This crucial step allowed the company to form guidelines for hardware that will be validated for use on its future 5G network. Verizon began its own internal 5G wireless trials in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Texas last year, and today announced that those trials will extend to customers starting in mid-2017. The U.S. metropolitan areas that will be the first to gain access to the 5G pilot program include Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton... Read more...
There is a new wireless war taking place, and three of the four major U.S. carriers are actively engaged in fighting. It all started when Verizon Wireless announced that it was bringing back a new and reinvigorated unlimited data plan with included HD video streaming and 10GB of mobile hotspot data. T-Mobile countered by matching Verizon’s plan specifics and offering a lower monthly out-of-pocket cost. Now it’s Sprint’s turn to bring up arms against the competition. The company has announced that it will offer customers unlimited talk, text and data for $50 per month if you sign up for Sprint AutoPay.... Read more...
Earlier today, we reported that Samsung will be issuing an update to all remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will effectively brick them. We assumed that all U.S. carriers would be taking part in order to get as many of these fire-prone devices as possible off the street. Well, we were definitely wrong, because Verizon Wireless has just issued a statement saying that it will not send the death ROM update to Galaxy Note 7 devices. Interestingly enough, the company says that it is taking this precaution in order to ensure the safety of its customers in the case of an emergency. The statement... Read more...
Wireless carriers don’t exactly have a glowing reputation with Americans. Between hidden and overage fees, sometimes inadequate customer service, and shady billing practices, customers have every right to be suspicious of carriers. In fact, just yesterday we reported that AT&T and Verizon Wireless have raked in over $600 million in overage fees alone so far this year. Today, we’re learning that Verizon has drawn the ire of customers for its billing practices. No matter which wireless carrier you subscribe to, there are bound to be billing issues that pop up from time to time — it’s to be expected.... Read more...
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...
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