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.
So far the deal hasn't really amounted to much of anything -- be it anti-competitive or even particularly interesting. Comcast's currently just offering users a $200 prepaid Visa gift card in a handful of markets if they add Verizon Wireless services.
As expected, Time Warner Cable has now joined the party, today launching a website alerting customers that they too can now join the quadruple-play-gift-card fun. Users can check out the full FAQ here for qualifications.
Right now, the bundles are only available in Kansas City, Raleigh, North Carolina., and Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Comcast has made a few statements noting that integrating fused billing and retail support has been a bit of a challenge. Several of these companies have struggled to bill their own customers correctly over the years, so there's no doubt going to be some growing pains as the partnership unfolds.
As it stands a gift card and unified billing doesn't really scream "excitement," though Verizon and the cable industry say that ultimately they'll expand the deals to include video services that work across both wireless and cable services.
This is just so bad how we get so screwed by these corporations. Why bother pretending anymore? We are no longer a democracy. We have been taken over, a quiet but effective coup of corporations. This Verizon/TWC is hookup 100% bad for consumers.
You might also be interested to know that the kansas city market is among verizon wirelesses weakest in terms of percentage of marketshare, and the ohio markets are among verizons strongest with almsot 50% of the cellphone marketshare there.
I am a FIOS customer and awhile ago was considering switching my cellphone service to Verizon. I thought I might get a bundled deal. Well, I couldn't find anyone at Verizon with a definitive answer as to what financial benefit I might get.
The cellphone department told me to talk to the bundle department (or something with a like name). The bundle department offered various answers of either $5/month or $10/month credits. Some also referred me back to the cellphone department, where someone told me that there is no such thing as a bundle department.
Verizon can't even get their act together to provide bundled service to their own customers. How are they going to provide it to Time Warner customers?