AT&T's claim to be the nation's "most reliable network" is misleading and par for the course for the company, according to a key Verizon Wireless networking executive.
"They have misled the public in the past," said Mike Haberman, head of network solutions for Verizon Wireless, when asked about his initial reaction to AT&T's ad. "I thought, 'Here we go again.'"
AT&T on Thursday put out an ad touting its network as the nation's most reliable, a claim long held by Verizon Wireless. Verizon initially … Read more
These are the Droids Verizon's been looking for -- but does anyone care?
The devices feature fancy specifications and the bells and whistles of a flagship smartphone, but that may not be enough to ensure success. As the market has gravitated toward universally available franchises such as the iPhone and Galaxy S line-up, carrier-exclusive families such as Droid have seemingly lost their cachet.
"Samsung has totally overrun the Droid brand," said Maribel … Read more
Verizon Wireless and Motorola are getting exclusive with their relationship.
Starting with the Droid Ultra lineup, Motorola will be the only smartphone manufacturer to build Droid smartphones, Verizon marketing executive Jeff Dietel told CNET on Tuesday.
The partnership locks up a prime flagship slot for Motorola, which is badly in need of hit smartphones to turn itself around. While many vendors are opting to release their phones on multiple carriers, exclusives are seen as valuable because … Read more
In the latest wireless war of words, T-Mobile appears to be having the most fun.
In an advertisement debuting on Tuesday, T-Mobile takes a juicy quote from technology news site The Verge and runs with it. The quote, "AT&T's reaction to T-Mobile's transparency is to be more deceptive than ever," touches off a cheeky follow-up line from the company.
"We wouldn't call it deceptive, exactly. Calculating, sneaky, underhanded, maybe, but not deceptive," reads the ad (see below).
The advertisement is the most direct response yet to the early upgrade programs unveiled … Read more
Verizon Wireless returned fire against an ad posted by AT&T claiming to be "America's most reliable network."
AT&T on Thursday showed off the ad, which aimed to supplant Verizon as the superior network.
In a response posted in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Verizon called out the ad without using AT&T's name. Rather than take a direct shot at its competitor, the company opted to take a higher road, touting its own attributes and track record for reliability.
"Others have tried to claim reliability. But to us it'… Read more
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have each introduced new "early upgrade" programs that allow wireless customers to trade in their smartphones as often as every six months. Are these plans really worth the cost? And which one offers the most value?
I try to answer these questions in this Ask Maggie.
As T-Mobile CEO John Legere said when he introduced his company's new Jump program, "Two years is too long to be locked into a phone. You should decide when you upgrade, not your wireless company."
Wireless consumers hungry for the latest and … Read more
Google's experiment with the smartphone business continues to be a costly one.
Motorola Mobility, which Google acquired a little more than a year ago, posted a loss of $342 million -- 75 percent wider than its year-earlier hit. Revenue, meanwhile, rose 18 percent year over year to $998 million.
The loss, of course, is a drop in the bucket for a company that posted a second-quarter profit of $3.23 billion.
Motorola is in the midst of changing its direction and turning itself around. The company is widely expected to debut a new family of Droid Ultra smartphones at … Read more
Verizon is not interested in bidding on prepaid wireless service provider Leap Wireless. But the company may be looking to buy a carrier in Canada, according to Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo.
Speaking on the company's quarterly conference call on Thursday, Shammo responded to an analyst's question about AT&T's proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless. Shammo said he wouldn't make specific comments regarding the proposed acquisition, but emphatically said that he wanted to put to rest any rumors that Verizon may be interested in the Leap network.
"We are not … Read more