Comcast, Verizon Partnership Arrives in San Francisco
Companies Offer Prepaid Gift Cards For Wireless Bundles
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
. They've now extended the quadruple play offer to the San Francisco area
, where customers who sign up for wireless bundles can get prepaid Visa cards:
Bay Area consumers who sign up for a bundled service plan from Comcast and for new service from Verizon Wireless are eligible to receive a prepaid Visa card worth up to $300 under a marketing plan the companies plan to launch Wednesday. The amount of the discount depends on the number of Comcast services consumers subscribe to.
Right now the gift card offer isn't particularly thrilling, but Verizon and the cable companies say the deal will expand in time to offer new video and other services that work across both cable landline and the Verizon wireless network.
Competitors and consumer advocates continue to worry the new deal could spell competitive trouble
, given that it brings the budgets and power of two of the nation's largest telecom companies to bear on smaller competitors. The deal must be particularly unnerving to a company like Frontier Communications, who gobbled up billions in Verizon debt and old landline networks, only to have Verizon return to their territory arm-in-arm with Comcast offering LTE services that are faster than many Frontier DSL offerings.
Don't see how this is as bad as people are making it out to be. Cellco already does their bundles with others, CentLink/Qwest. VZ has been doing it for a LONG time with Qwest and before then it was with Sprint and before then it was with Qwest Wireless.
And some smaller companies bundle ATT Mobility for their customers. Customer "advocates" just haven't been paid off or are better known to be from the "Free" Press and only out to make a few bucks and say we "tried to stop the deal but we didn't have enough donations from the public to keep going".
Re: Don't see You don't see a problem with Comcast telling Verizon "Don't install new FIOS or Home LTE service in our Comcast areas and in exchange we will sell your mobile service"?
Re: Don't see well FiOS is a moot topic anyway. VZ already said they were done installing in any new areas.
and Home LTE? This isn't even out.
| |said by 25139889:For now, you don't think when the economy picks up, fiber gear continues to get cheaper and population growth results in higher customer density that they will not start new installs?
well FiOS is a moot topic anyway. VZ already said they were done installing in any new areas.
Re: Don't see they do compete- on the wireless side with data cards. but still no problem that they teamed up. It's no worse than Comcast going to Cellco to become an MVNO.
Santa Monica, CA
What's not to like? If customers want to buy quad-pay or even quint-pay from Comcast or Verizon, let them.
If this means VZ/VZW has a competitive marketing push, via LTE, into non-franchise territories, how can that be bad?
Why is anyone crying over Frontier? They knew what they were buying.
Re: What's not to like? LTE is NOT a wireline service; there for no franchise agreements are going to be needed.
A alot of this has to come from the Unions that don't want VZ to sell off their wire line networks and move completely to wireless. But the fact is; it is coming!
Re: What's not to like? So let them go completely wireless , WHO CARES, then the situation will be more acceptable. Verizon can go bed with the cable companies, and the wireline side of Vz will hook up with AT&T.
Verizon partnering with the cable companies is just not right.
Verizon Wireless The deal is with Verizon Wireless, is it not?
Verizon and Verizon Wireless are 2 different companies.
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