Posts Tagged ‘Verizon Wireless’
Unlimited Data Plans And The IPhone 5
Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 01:16 Written by Laddie13 Friday, 14 September 2012 04:00
If you are a Verizon subscriber thinking about upgrading to an iPhone 5 and would like to keep your unlimited data plan it’s going to cost you. Cheers everywhere were heard when Verizon confirmed that if you were grandfathered into an unlimited data plan that FaceTime would be free over cellular connections without having to upgrade to a new shared data plan. That also applies to the new iPhone 5 that is if you are willing to pay full price or $649 or more for Apple’s next smartphone.
No explanation has been offered on this madness but here’s Verizon’s official statement:
If you are an existing customer and want to keep your Nationwide Usage Based plan, you can keep your plan, purchase the iPhone at the discounted price with a 2 yr customer agreement. If you have a Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan, you can pay full price for your iPhone 5 and keep your unlimited data plan.
Only customers who are new to Verizon Wireless will select from Share Everything Plans. Read more: Unlimited Data Plans And The IPhone 5
AT&T Points Finger at Feds
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:23 Written by StrifeJester Tuesday, 20 December 2011 03:00
So AT&T no longer wants T-Mobile, but it’s because the government was as meddlesome as a certain dog and some teenagers according to them. The Department of Justice chimed in not too long ago and took a look at the at the deal and of course the Federal Communications Commission has been looking at it since day-one. With the deal going belly up this I think is a good thing for the mobile world. Read on to find out why.
I feel that there are only 4 major carriers in the US mobile market today. Between AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless some might think that is too few, others think too many. I think it is just right, and here’s why. Think of any major market, let’s use kitchen appliances, there are usually a few big players in the market and a few smaller ones too. In the case of mobile operators this is also true. With companies like US Cellular and Cellcom, to name a few that are in my area, these smaller companies are the off-brand appliances if you will. GTE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire are major players in the major appliances market. Some people are all about cost and will shop around and pick whoever gives them the best price and not worry about features and little extra perks that come with the major brands. Others take long looks at the perks and choose according to what is the coolest perk that they never knew they needed but now suddenly can’t live without. You always want enough players in the market to drive innovation. Innovation is a little harder to get out of a wireless company though. The carriers usually pick someone else’s product and go with it. With less carriers there is less chances for a new technology to see the light of day. Less carriers also means more subscribers per carrier though and this should relate to more money for them but I feel it leads to less worrying about trying to sway customers from the other guys. A lot of industries that have very few players, the products get more expensive and the quality seems to diminish over time. Microsoft hit it big with XP but only after ME was a flop. Now Windows 7 is turning into the new XP and Vista reminds too many people of ME. Microsoft stopped the real innovations for a while and the product suffered. Then they noticed that they were losing market share and had to get it back. A lot of people complain about too many phones being released too often; they can’t keep up and they constantly feel like their phone will be outdated by the time they get it home. To people who complain about this I ask a simple question. Does the phone still do what you wanted it to do when you bought it? The answer is almost always yes the phone will still do exactly what they purchased it for but maybe it doesn’t do the next big thing.
Verizon Wireless scoops up $3.6 Billion of wireless spectrum.
Last Updated on Monday, 5 December 2011 05:33 Written by LoganDX Monday, 5 December 2011 07:00
Verizon keeps chugging along! The wireless section of the telecommunications giant struck a deal to swallow down 122 licenses from SpectrumCo to the tune of $3.6 billion! The deal would give Verizon plenty of advanced wireless spectrum to push their LTE network rollout even further. Verizon’s President and CEO, Dan Mead, had this to say on the matter:
Spectrum is the raw material on which wireless networks are built, and buying the AWS spectrum now solidifies our network leadership into the future, and will enable us to bring even better 4G LTE products and services to our customers
SpectrumCo is a love affair between Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. If the deal passes FCC approval, the three companies stand to split the pie a little unevenly. Comcast holds the biggest piece at 63.6% which would equate to around $2.3 billion to screw up cable customers with. Time Warner’s slice sits at 31.2%, an amount that should send them $1.1 billion. Bright House squeaks in to eat the remaining 5.2% of the deal, something that leaves them roughly $189 million. All three companies are also going to be able to hawk Verizon products and services in the future. Now we know why the “Can You Hear Me Now” guy got booted, they needed to scrounge up some cash! Hit the jump to check out the full press release.
Galaxy Nexus Training and Extended Return Policy for VZW
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 01:20 Written by StrifeJester Wednesday, 16 November 2011 01:20
What day is it releasing? That seems to be a pretty popular question these days. A lot of people are holding their breath waiting for the Galaxy Nexus to release from Verizon Wireless. The screenshot is from a Verizon system showing the training available for three of the biggest phones out there this season.
With dates ranging from the 18th of November all the way to the early December when the Galaxy Nexus will hit the streets is anyone’s guess. Some people say the phone has a few bugs others say it’s fine. I wonder if Vegas is taking bets on the release? I am one of the many that is waiting patiently, but there is hope. Verizon has made a change to its return policy this holiday season, as many retailers do. With all of the rumors swirling around the Nexus release people are starting to talk about “renting” a device. There are a few posts flying around twitter and other forums of people that are going to go get a RAZR or a Rezound and then just return it when the Nexus does drop. I recently picked up a RAZR for my wife and must say it is a great device. Knowing you have almost 2 full months to play with a new device are you going to run over to a store and grab a RAZR, Rezound or other phone? Would you be willing to take it back even if the Nexus didn’t launch by the 9th?