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Time Warner Cable Bundles Verizon Wireless
Only in Kansas City, Raleigh Cincinnati, and Columbus
by Karl Bode 02:29PM Thursday Apr 12 2012
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.

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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.

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rit56

join:2000-12-01
New York, NY

United States of Corporations

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.
openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
Germany
kudos:2

Re: United States of Corporations

said by rit56:

This is just so bad how we get so screwed by these corporations.

You're right. It's disgusting how a company wants to offer a value-added service for its customers.

Bill Neilson
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join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

Re: United States of Corporations

said by openbox9:

said by rit56:

This is just so bad how we get so screwed by these corporations.

You're right. It's disgusting how a company wants to offer a value-added service for its customers.

Value-added....right

Next thing, you will be telling us that the 10 different fees attached to this 10-year contract are "enhancing our experience" with the services
openbox9
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Germany
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Re: United States of Corporations

What fees and what contract are you referring to? Or is that sarcasm? Assuming sarcasm, what's so horrible with TWC offering its customers a wireless option in some of its markets?
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
There is nothing bad about this "hookup".

No one is forcing anyone to take the bundle deal.

Some consumers want the "convenience" of one bill, even if they're paying more. Let them be.

ITALIAN926

join:2003-08-16
kudos:2
Id like to know if any of the areas are in the Verizon Wireline footprint. Completely ridiculous if they are selling Comcast, Time Warner internet/phone instead of their own products.
Os

join:2011-01-26
US

Re: United States of Corporations

No, these are all AT&T areas except for Cincinnati, which has Cincinnati Bell. Some perimeter areas of Columbus in Delaware County have CenturyLink.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: United States of Corporations

Not all. The Columbus area consists of ATT and Frontier (formally VZ). Ohio was/is powered by ATT and Frontier now with very very little being Cincinnati Bell and CentLink (formally Embarq).

delusion ftl

@qwest.net
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.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: United States of Corporations

That is due to Airtouch and Dobson's Cellular One and Alltel.
daake07

join:2011-06-28
Kearney, NE

Charter?

When did Charter get included on this deal? For some reason I don't remember them being part of the spectrum companies.

I'm all for unified billing, at least Charter's autopay works correctly, I can't say that I've been so fortunate with Verizon.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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it all comes full circle: 1996.... 2016

back to creepy cats on youtube...

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=id9t9fHbhXw

CptGemini
Inside your computer
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join:2004-11-29
Corpus Christi, TX
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Re: it all comes full circle: 1996.... 2016

lmao
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Columbus

Columbus' market is HUGE! It's the entire Mid-Ohio market just not Columbus.- which goes up to Toledo and half way to Cleveland.

odreian615

join:2006-01-18
Chicago, IL

Damnit I was wrong

About three years ago I thought it would be At&t and Verizon vs Comcast, Sprint, Clear, and TWC.
T-mobile was to join the two Sat providers
nycityny
Premium
join:2005-08-09
New York, NY

Verizon barely bundles for FIOS customers

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?