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February 03 2014

AT&T Drops Price of Shared Plans to $130 a Month for 10GB

AT&T may have just started a new price war among wireless carriers by cutting the cost of its shared plans. The plans now start at $130 for two people to share 10GB of data along with unlimited talk and text, with extra lines costing another $15 each.

By comparison, the same two-person plan on Verizon Wireless costs $180, or $50 more. The difference grows as you add more lines, since Verizon charges $40 for each additional smartphone, so a four-line plan with 10GB of shared data costs $260 a month; on AT&T, it would cost $160.

Sprint offers a similar package with its "Framily" plans, although the comparison isn't perfect, since Sprint limits each line to 1GB of data. A four-line shared plan on Sprint, however, would include unlimited talk and text and costs $160 a month. Read more...

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January 29 2014

It Just Got Much Easier to Make Phone Calls in NYC Subways

Huge news for Verizon customers in New York City: You can now make and receive calls, texts and access the Internet at 35 subway stations throughout the city.

Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will bring its voice, 3G and 4G LTE data services underground to various New York City subway stations

The initiative to enable subway systems with Wi-Fi rolled out last year, and AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon signed on. But AT&T and T-Mobile were the only two providers that were available for access until now. Tuesday marked Verizon's official subway debut; Sprint, it's your move next. Read more...

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January 22 2014

Verizon's First-Ever Transparency Report Reveals 320K Data Requests

Verizon received a grand total of 321,545 requests for customers' data from American law enforcement in 2013, according to the company's first-ever transparency report, published on Wednesday.

Verizon is the first major U.S. telephone provider to release this kind of data, roughly two weeks after CREDO Mobile, a small California cellphone carrier, disclosed that it had received 16 data requests from the U.S. government in its own transparency report

Previously, the major cellphone companies had only disclosed a limited amount of information on the subject, in answering a series of questions from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in December 2013 Read more...

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January 21 2014

Hyundai, Kia to Offer In-Car Wireless Service

Hyundai and Kia models will begin sporting 3G wireless service this year as part of a deal with Verizon, according to a report.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan, which hits showrooms in May, will be the first vehicle to include the service, Mark Bartolomeo, a vice president at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, told Bloomberg. Eventually, the carmaker will offer the faster 4G. Hyundai corporate sibling Kia will also offer Verizon service in the near future. Verizon has deals with Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, Bartolomeo told Bloomberg.

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Verizon to Buy Intel's TV Business and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world.

Microsoft went guerrilla in its latest advertising tactics. The company partnered with gaming and streaming website Machinima to promote the Xbox One on YouTube

Verizon announced it will scoop up Intel’s Internet media project. In a press release about the deal, Verizon describes Intel’s project as Cloud TV products and services. "The transaction will accelerate the availability of next-generation video services, both integrated with Verizon FiOS fiber-optic networks and delivered "over the top" to any device," according to the release. Read more...

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January 16 2014

If You Understand Bridgegate, You Get Net Neutrality

Ever since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stuck down the Federal Communication Commission’s Net Neutrality rules, I can’t stop thinking about how much this reminds me of Governor Chris Christie's New Jersey Bridge Scandal

That mess is proof about how one relatively small body’s actions can make a world of difference on the steady flow of people through one of the nation’s busiest thoroughfares. The Internet has often been referred to as a many-laned highway (or super highway). There are no cars, just billions and billions of bits. They cruise along this digital highway largely unfettered, just as, when things are going very smoothly, thousands of cars can make it to and through the Washington Bridge tolls without much trouble or incident Read more...

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January 14 2014

D.C. Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules

The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Verizon in a net neutrality case, striking down portions of the FCC Open Internet rules that required telecom companies to treat all Internet traffic equally.

The court ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to compel Verizon — and thus, other telecoms — to treat all traffic equally. In other words, the FCC can't ensure that telecoms won't discriminate among Internet traffic.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reads: "Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order." The ruling was published on Tuesday. Read more...

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January 09 2014

CREDO Mobile Publishes Industry's First Transparency Report

CREDO Mobile, a small California cellphone carrier with around 125,000 subscribers, became the first U.S. telephone company to release a transparency report on Thursday, ahead of AT&T, and Verizon, which have promised they'd publish their own at the end of last month

After the first revelations of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs stared coming out at the beginning of the summer of 2013, Internet giants began to deny their involvement, and push for more transparency. Some companies, like Facebook, Apple and Yahoo, published their first transparency reports.

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January 07 2014

T-Mobile and Verizon Announce $2.4 Billion Wireless Spectrum Swap

T-Mobile is buying airwaves from Verizon Wireless for about $2.4 billion in cash as part of a spectrum swap. The deal should improve service in areas for both companies, according to Bloomberg.

The deal calls for T-Mobile, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., to receive 700-megahertz A-block spectrum licenses. In exchange, Verizon, the largest carrier in the U.S., will get AWS and PCS licenses.

The transaction will give T-Mobile low-band spectrum in nine of the top 10 markets. Verizon gains spectrum in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, and Detroit.

According to Walt Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG LLC, "This is a big transaction for T-Mobile, but there are still additional pieces of low-band spectrum it can buy to complete the portfolio." Read more...

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December 25 2013

Verizon, AT&T to Issue Government Transparency Reports

All it took was six months and some of the worst press any corporation could possibly have. Verizon and AT&T will finally begin issuing transparency reports of government requests for their data.

It's a striking move for both companies and privacy advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation said they were "pleasantly surprised" by the move. Verizon was the centerpiece of the very first of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's revelations: that the NSA regularly got the call records of all Verizon's customers via secret court order.

When American tech companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook were soon similarly indicted with documents proving they were tapped in a program called PRISM, they sprung into action. Each issued carefully worded denials that they were willing participants in such a scheme, and already published transparency reports — fuzzed on the specifics, per government demand — of how much information that governments around the world, including the U.S., demanded of them. Read more...

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December 20 2013

Verizon's Transparency Report and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. The demand for the new Mac Pro is apparently outpacing Apple's supply; although the device went on sale on Thursday, it will not start shipping until February. In other Apple news, a patent published this week details Apple’s plans for interactive maps with multiple layers of content and context. And Verizon announced intentions to publish its first transparency report

Check out the video above for more on these stories. Read more...

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December 10 2013

Edward Norton Sings Karaoke, Crashes Plane in Bizarre Verizon Droid Ad

If there's one takeaway from Verizon's newest phone ad, it's probably that Edward Norton needs to do more karaoke

The actor stars in the Droid Maxx commercial that is a mini-movie about Norton's adventure-packed 48 hours. He sings karaoke, meets a girl, crashes a plane and almost dies at the hands of a really creepy dude

But thanks to his trusty phone, he remains unscathed — unless you count waking up in a morgue

The commercial ends with the tagline "Whatever you do in 48 hours, Droid does," referencing the phone's impressive battery life. The ad also showcases Google's hands-free commands in several scenes, most notably when Norton is tied up and hanging upside (a situation Verizon probably assumed we could all relate to?) Read more...

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December 09 2013

Police Made 1.1 Million Data Requests to Cellphone Carriers in 2012

After the summer's string of revelations about NSA surveillance, companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft have united in protest, published transparency reports and asked for permission to reveal even more information.

Cellphone companies like Verizon or AT&T have thus far remained silent when it comes to NSA. Major carriers are, however, now revealing that they received 1.1 million data requests from local law enforcement agencies in 2012, including requests for location data, text messages, browsing history and call logs.

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November 21 2013

Verizon Charges $5 Daily for New Tablet Data Plan

Verizon is now offering a $5 daily data plan for tablets for those who want faster speeds and don't want to pay for a monthly plan

The company announced the prepaid daily plan for tablets and other connected devices on Thursday for up to 300MB of data — more than enough for casual web browsing and checking email; however, if you're looking to download HD videos, you'll run out of data quickly. The plan lasts for 24 hours or until you hit 300MB.

It's a smart move for the Verizon to offer tablet users bite-size chunks of data at low cost. Think: waiting at the airport, long train rides or anytime when you're away from reliable Wi-Fi for an extended period of time. Read more...

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November 20 2013

Verizon Transforms Retail Stores Into Rec Rooms for Tech Geeks

Few people look forward to their visits to retail stores run by their wireless carrier. Every two years, they stop in to get a discounted phone in exchange for a contract, and unless the screen cracks a year in, that’s about it. The stores generally don’t encourage hanging out; most don’t offer seating unless you’re next to a sales terminal. Now Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. carrier, is trying to remake its retailers as rec  rooms for tech geeks, giving them a place to spend idle hours playing with RC cars or digital DJ equipment.

On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless opened a 9,715-square-foot “destination store” at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. The company says it plans to open several similar outlets and is also starting to remodel more than 1,700 existing stores across the country, replacing cash registers with tablets and grouping products into departments, such as fitness gadgets and music accessories. Dead center in the new layouts are common spaces where employees offer tutorials. The one thing that’s harder to find in the redesigned Verizon store is a phone. At a remodeled outlet in Bridgewater, N.J., they’re relegated to a wall in the back. Read more...

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October 17 2013

Nearly 50% Of Verizon's Smartphone Activations Were iPhones in Q3

In case you forget that the cellular carriers in the United States are mind-boggling large and powerful, Verizon would like to remind you that its getting bigger by the quarter.

Verizon announced its third quarter 2013 earnings today with revenue at $30.3 billion, while adding 1.1 million wireless subscriptions (which Verizon calls “connections”) to bring its total subscriptions to 101.2 million.

About 67% of Verizon’s wireless subscribers are using smartphones. Verizon activated 7.6 million smartphones in the quarter, up about 12% year-over-year. Verizon said that nearly 50% of its smartphone activations for the quarter were Apple iPhones.

Verizon also said on its earnings call that it experienced iPhone supply shortages at the end of the third quarter and expects strong iPhone sales heading into the fourth quarter and the holiday shopping season.

Lest you need a reminder, Verizon also tells us that American consumers give substantial portions of their paychecks to their wireless carriers, with wireless subscribers sending an average of $155.74 per account per month into the company’s coffers. Verizon’s wireless division accounts for 67.32% of its total revenue at $20.4 billion.

Verizon 4G LTE now covers 303 million people in the United States, near 99% of its 3G footprint. 

The amazing thing about Verizon is that it grew 4.4% from the second quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013. That is the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth of more than 4%. 

In the last quarter, Verizon released a litany of new smartphones to its network, including the HTC One (months after the other carriers), iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, the bevy of Motorola Droid devices (Mini, Ultra, Maxx). Verizon also followed T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint by introducing a monthly installment plan for new smartphones called Verizon EDGE where consumers can pay for a new smartphone with no contract over a period of 24 monthly installments. 

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