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Small chunks of change can add up to a lot. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile know just how true this is. Recently, the carriers banned together and agreed to raise a monthly fee that’s tacked on to your monthly wireless bill. This higher fee is suppose to help carriers recoup business costs and will add up to millions of dollars. Since the beginning of this year, the four leading wireless carriers have quietly raised a monthly fee that each carrier charges in order to help recoup some of their business costs. Taken individually, the fee doesn’t sound like a lot—AT&T’s fee in California, for example, has increased by 40 cents per month. Sprint’s fee is only 24 cents higher. When multiplied... Read more...
Large wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless often lock in exclusive deals with phone manufacturers so that they are the only carrier who offers a phone for a predefined amount of time, such as six months or a year. In AT&T’s case, the exclusivity deal with Apple regarding the iPhone has lasted for multiple years. Now, Verizon Wireless is giving some of the small carriers a chance to compete when they might not otherwise be able to do so. While Verizon Wireless still plans to lock up new mobile phones in exclusive contracts, the company is making an exception and letting small carriers get the phones in six months or less. With this agreement, “small carriers” are defined... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Sprint both launched the BlackBerry Tour today. This smartphone from RIM offers support for both CDMA and GSM networks, making the phone compatible with various networks around the world. The Tour operates on Verizon’s and Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A mobile broadband networks and can also roam on other high speed HDSPA networks. When roaming, the phone offers 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as support for 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks. The Tour offers a variety of business and personal features that take advantage of these high-speed capabilities. Personal features include access to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. Users can also share pictures... Read more...
We’re accustomed to hearing reasons why one cellular carrier is better than another, but now, Sprint has even more of a reason to brag. According to a 3G comparison test conducted by PC World, Sprint has the most reliable network, beating out Verizon and AT&T in 13 cities examined by the magazine. This test is good news for Sprint and backs up the company’s claim of having the “most dependable 3G network.” PC World conducted the tests in March and April in 13 major markets around the country. Cities included in the test were Boston, Baltimore, New York, Orlando, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and San Jose. Testers measured download speeds,... Read more...
If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a subsidized netbook, but would prefer Verizon Wireless over AT&T, you won’t have to wait any longer. Today, Verizon Wireless began offering the HP mini 1151NR for $199.99 with a 2-year mobile broadband agreement. The $199.99 price tag is after a $50 mail in rebate. We’ve known Verizon Wireless had plans to offer a subsidized netbook, but now the plans have become reality. In the mobile phone industry, it’s common for U.S. wireless carriers to sell mobile phones at a discounted price. In exchange for a discounted phone, users must sign a service agreement that typically ranges from one to two years. The idea of subsidizing netbooks in a similar... Read more...
Verizon Wireless may have completed its purchase of Alltel, but that doesn’t mean the two companies are completely operating as one yet. In fact, as you’ll recall, Verizon had to agree to sell assets in 91 overlapping markets in order to gain federal approval for its acquisition. Customers in these 91 areas will continue to receive Alltel branded service until another carrier buys the assets. In the meantime, the Alltel brand is alive and kicking in 22 states. In fact, Alltel is continuing to compete against Verizon in the 91 overlapping markets. To this end, Alltel announced an upgrade to its My Circle feature that will give customers up to five additional numbers for unlimited calling. My Circle... Read more...
TheStreet.com reports that Nokia and Verizon are setting aside their differences and have come together to create a touchscreen device for the upcoming 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. While AT&T and Apple may enjoy success today with the iPhone, the two companies are looking towards the future and are determined to lead the next generation of wireless technology by putting their talents together. People familiar with the companies say the partnership is likely to be exclusive. Although a Nokia spokesperson denied that the company had entered into an exclusive deal with Verizon, he didn’t deny that the companies were working together. If these reports are true, the pact between the companies... Read more...
Verizon Wireless announced the LG Versa, a modular touchscreen phone with different attachments that let you customize the phone to your liking. One attachment of note is a QWERTY keyboard for easier texting. Of course, the phone can also be used without the keyboard, thanks to the phone’s 3-inch touchscreen display. The Versa boasts of a 3D interface with customizable home screens. The phone offers a full HTML Web browser with support for Flash and RSS feeds. You can have up to three browser windows open at a time. For high-speed connectivity, the phone supports EVDO Rev A. For browsing on your laptop, you can tether the Versa and use it as a modem. To do so, however, you’ll have to pay the... Read more...
Although we’re not quite there yet, 60Mbps wireless high speed Internet isn’t too far from reality. This week at the Mobile World Congress show, Verizon Wireless confirmed details of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) roll out, which is set to begin later this year as trials in two yet-to-be-named cities. Through these trials, Verizon Wireless will get a better feel for the actual data rates commercial users can expect. Based on Verizon’s and Vodafone 's trials in Minneapolis, Columbus, Ohio, northern New Jersey, and several European locations, the peak rate for LTE is 60Mbps. Verizon Wireless’ LTE network will use gear from Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson along with the 700MHz spectrum Verizon won at... Read more...
Touchscreen smartphones are certainly a big hit right now. If you consider Apple’s ever-popular iPhone, HTC’s well-received Touch lineup, and many others, touch is a high-demand feature. Manufacturers are certainly taking note of this fact. Traditionally speaking, the BlackBerry line of smartphones share a common layout with a QWERTY keyboard located beneath a standard (i.e. non-touchscreen) display. Considering the popularity of touch, you can imagine that Research in Motion wasn’t going to hold out on creating a touchscreen device forever. As to be expected, the company received a lot of hype when it announced the first ever touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone in October of last year. But as... Read more...
After Verizon Wireless formally completed its purchase of Alltel last month, many users were wondering what would happen to Alltel’s beloved My Circle calling plans in the long term. Today, Verizon Wireless announced its own version of My Circle, called Friends & Family. Starting Sunday, February 15th, Verizon Wireless customers will be allowed to choose five or 10 numbers that will become their Friends & Family calling group. Like My Circle, minutes used when placing or receiving calls from the numbers in your Friends & Family calling group will not count against your allotted number of plan minutes. Landline numbers and wireless numbers associated with other cellular carriers are... Read more...
It’s finally official: Verizon Wireless is now the largest carrier in the U.S., with more than 83.7 million total customers. As expected from the terms of the transaction, Verizon Wireless paid approximately $5.9 billion for the equity of Alltel and took on approximately $22.2 billion of debt. Before approving the deal, the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission required that Verizon divest overlapping properties in 105 markets across 24 states to preserve competition. A full listing of the areas that will be sold is available here. The licenses and assets for the markets to be divested are currently in a management trust, which will continue to operate the... Read more...
As the first ever BlackBerry smartphone with a touchscreen, the BlackBerry Storm has generated a lot of buzz. Unfortunately for RIM, the press hasn’t been 100% positive, with headlines stating things claiming the BlackBerry Storm sucks. Not only did Wired and David Pogue from New York Times have less than favorable things to say, but Pogue’s readers also expressed negative views. Many of the complaints seem to be about sluggish performance, more so than the touch screen and actual features of the phone. As we reported, a firmware update for the BlackBerry Strom was leaked in late November, which led to much hope for a fix to resolve some of the complaints users had of the phone. Now, Verizon... Read more...
The good news is that one of the two rumored firmware updates for Verizon Wireless’ BlackBerry Storm has materialized; the bad news is that it’s not available to the masses quite yet. BlackBerry Enterprise Server users will be the first to receive the newly released firmware update for the Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Storm. BlackBerry Enterprise Server admins should find OS 4.7.0.107 (Application Version .75) through the Desktop Manager. For users, you should receive the update soon, assuming your BlackBerry Enterprise Server admin is on the ball. As for the rest of us common folk, word has it the update will be coming soon, hopefully within a week or two.   This update is said to address... Read more...
It’s been rumored for a while, but Verizon Wireless just made the official announcement that the BlackBerry Storm (model 9530) from Research In Motion will be available beginning November 21 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online. The first ever BlackBerry smartphone with a “clickable” touch screen will run $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement. The Storm has a SurePress touch screen with tactile feedback so the soft buttons feel more like hardware keys when pressed. Since the BlackBerry Storm is a touch screen device, many people have pegged it as a competitor for the iPhone. In fact, if you watch any of the commercials or demos of the Storm,... Read more...
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