News tagged: Verizon Wireless Broadband
Earlier this year Verizon made serious moves toward entering the Canadian Wireless market, potentially by buying a smaller competitor like Wind Mobile. The effort caused a great amount of hysteria (and disinformation campaigns) among Canadian incumbents before Verizon announced they wouldn't be making any such moves
, a decision thought largely to be due to the high cost of buying out Vodafone's ownership stake in Verizon Wireless
Despite an endless series of leaks stating the company had made numerous, serious inquiries about Canadian deals, Verizon tried hard to downplay their Canadian ambitions insisting their interest in Canada had been overblown. Now new reports suggest Verizon still has lobbyists working in Canada
to "reform" Canadian telecom policy:
Verizon has hired Peter Burn, a consultant with law firm Dentons Canada LLP, to lobby Ottawa on section 7 of the Telecommunications Act, which says that one objective of telecom policy is to “promote the ownership and control of Canadian carriers by Canadians. "The company is also apparently interested in discussing the extent of the Industry Minister’s powers to control the issuing of telecom licences."
Under current Canadian regulations, while Verizon can own 100% of a Canadian wireless company, the company at the time of purchase can't have more than a 10% market share. It also can only grow naturally, and can't engage in further mergers or acquisitions, rules Verizon would surely love to see changed before heading north of the border.
Opinion story continues..
: Whether it's their treatment of Google Wallet
, the Nexus 7
or the Nexus 5
, Verizon Wireless is increasingly making it clear that they're using their position as gatekeeper to engage in anti-competitive behavior -- with few properly calling them out for it. In all of the above instances, Verizon is using network safety and faux-technical explanations to justify why they can't offer a pure Google product -- but can instead offer you one of their own, usually inferior, bloatware-riddled products and services.
While Google's Nexus 7 tablet will work on other carriers and has for some time, Nexus 7 remains stuck in some kind of approval purgatory at Verizon. Users who have taken the tablet to Verizon expecting it to work have been rejected
, even though you can take a SIM from another Verizon approved tablet (like an iPad), plug it into the Nexus 7, and use it on Verizon's network with no problem.
Verizon today unveiled their new 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice
, which as the name creatively implies provides users with a home router for voice and data powered by Verizon's LTE network. The Novatel-made device features a backup battery, one jack for a home phone and three Ethernet ports, with the ability to connect up to ten devices simultaneously.
Late last year T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T launched Isis
, their NFC-based mobile payment platform that turns your smartphone into a debit card. Isis has seen mixed reviews, with many of the vendors supposedly participating in the limited trial never having heard of the service
Speaking on their earnings conference call today, Verizon confirmed leaks suggesting
that they will be following on the heels of AT&T and T-Mobile and launching their own frequent handset upgrade program in short order. Speaking to press and analysts, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo confirmed the program, and a subsequent company blog post
confirmed that Edge will launch everywhere on August 25.
Carriers like AT&T and Verizon have a long history of offering "me too" software and service products, even if they've shown repeatedly and painfully that they're not particularly good at developing them. The hope is that these services can be marketed to a captive audience, but often these "me too" products are so immensely lackluster, they wind up being shelved early. story continues..
Speaking at an investor conference this week Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo insisted the company's shared data plans are being well received, and despite T-Mobile's recent return to unlimited wireless data
, insisted that the option is going the way of the dinosaur. Verizon launched their shared data plans back in June
to mixed reviews, its steep $15 per GB overage and per device fees countering most of the savings provided by offering unlimited voice and text.
Last December Verizon announced
that in addition to buying $3.6 billion in spectrum from the cable industry, they'd soon be partnering with them as well -- Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox and Bright House all agreeing to bundled Verizon Wireless services with their triple plays. The deal has taken significant heat from consumer advocates
for its potential erosion of competition; particularly of the landline variety in smaller markets where competition barely exists as it is.
In December Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Bright House announced a massive deal
that not only involved the sale of $3.6 billion in cable industry spectrum to Verizon, but also gave the telco the right to bundle their wireless service with the cable triple play. Comcast is wasting no time moving ahead with the offers, last month bundling Verizon LTE service with cable TV, broadband and VoIP service in Seattle and Portland
Verizon today announced
that the company will be pushing their shiny new LTE network into five additional markets tomorrow. According to big red, the company will be turning on LTE in the smaller markets of Glens Falls and Utica, N.Y.; Lawton, Okla.; and Brownsville and McAllen, Texas.
Last summer Verizon followed AT&T and eliminated unlimited data
, replacing the offer with low caps and overages up to $10 per gigabyte. Fortunately many unlimited users were grandfathered -- and if they weren't there has long been a loophole allowing users to get unlimited data if they were willing to use a little elbow grease.
Not too surprisingly, a Comcast insider tells Broadband Reports that the company will be phasing out their Comcast "Internet2Go" wireless broadband service over the next six months. The move comes on the heel of a new Comcast deal with Verizon to bundle Verizon LTE services, with Comcast saying they'll start offering the service in four markets early next year. story continues..
Verizon Wireless has been suffering a string of significant, nationwide LTE outages over the last year -- with three this month alone. In a statement
the company explains that each outage has had a slightly different technical trigger -- though the largely empty statement fails to actually detail what those reasons were.
Several users have written in to note that Verizon Wireless is once again suffering through another wireless data outage impacting a massive number of customers. A quick look at the Verizon support forums
shows outages are impacting a large number of states, with users from California to Maryland noting they're unable to get LTE service. Users with 3G only handsets say they're able to access Verizon's EVDO 3G network, but a number of users with dual-mode handsets say they're unable to access either the 3G or 4G (LTE) network. While Verizon's been deploying LTE at breakneck speed, this would be at least the fourth major nationwide outage this year.
In 2008's 700 MHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction, Cox Communications won 14 Block A and 8 Block B licenses for bids totaling $304 million. Unlike Time Warner Cable and Comcast, Cox wasn't content with piggybacking on Clearwire's network to offer the "quadruple play," and originally planned to build their own network. story continues..
Under the name SpectrumCo, a coalition of the nation's largest cable companies managed to snag a large swath of spectrum during the FCC AWS auction a few years back -- technically enough to make them the nation's fifth largest wireless provider. Speculation raged for several years about what the companies planned to do with the spectrum, and while there was talk about them building their own wireless network, the majority (with the exception of Cox, who tried and failed to build a network) of them just sat on it. story continues..
To coincide with Verizon Wireless's launch of the new LTE Droid Razr on 11/11/11 at 11:11 AM (clever!), Verizon is running a new promotion allowing LTE users to double their tier's usage cap -- for the same price. According to Verizon, starting tomorrow users who buy a new LTE phone and agree to a two-year contract will get double the LTE data. For example(s), users on the $30 for 2GB plan get 4GB, the 5GB on the $50 plan gets bumped to 10GB, and those paying $80 for 10GB users get 20GB. While it doesn't quite take the sting out of Verizon's decision to kill unlimited data -- it's a promotion heavy users will probably want to jump on, especially if they were considering a new LTE phone on Verizon anyway. Verizon hasn't yet announced an end date for the promotion, but we'll keep you posted.
Verizon continues to deploy LTE markets at breakneck speed -- and is well on the way to exceeding their goal of 175 deployed LTE markets by the end of the year. There's a slew of LTE markets slated for launch October 20
, including Bloomington, Indiana, Sioux City, Iowa and Santa Fe New Mexico.
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