Earlier this week, Verizon hosted a media event at its Innovation Center in San Francisco to highlight some of its recent business ventures and tech projects. There were glass-paneled tables, a huge interactive mural, and a handful of promo videos explaining how the Center partners up with other companies, big and small, to solve problems in health care, environmental, and consumer industries using technology. Oh, and there was hummus. It was nice.
T-Mobile now has a nationwide LTE network of its own.
The carrier said Wednesday that its LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in 233 metropolitan areas, exceeding its year-end target a few months early.
T-Mobile is in a neck-and-neck race with Sprint over their respective LTE coverage, with Verizon Wireless and AT&T still well ahead. But T-Mobile has been quick to address the major cities and covers 91 of the top 100 markets, something Sprint has struggled with.
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Verizon Wireless on Monday blamed a software glitch for allowing customers to upgrade to a subsidized handset while keeping their grandfathered unlimited data plans, despite a year-old policy change prohibiting that arrangement.
Verizon last year killed off its unlimited data offering, instead opting for a tiered pricing model and family data plans that offer customers a bucket of data. Customers already on the plan could keep it unless they upgraded to a new phone and chose the subsidized price, at which time they would be forced to give up their unlimited data for a capped plan.
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Nokia's upcoming Lumia 929 smartphone could reach Verizon subscribers in early November.
Citing "sources familiar with the matter," blog site Windows Phone Central said Monday that an inventory date of November 6 is listed for the Lumia 929. The device will reportedly sell for $500 off contract.
Little is known about the 929 so far. A couple of alleged photos of the phone leaked last week by @evleaks display the Verizon logo and the 4G LTE designation. Based on FCC documents, the 929 could sport a 5-inch display. The phone will also offer a color choice of black or white, … Read more
T-Mobile downplayed the importance of unlimited data, even as it reiterated its intent to stick with the offering.
During an investor conference on Wednesday, Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert said the offering was "part of a larger value proposition."
"We have an unlimited offering, but it's not the reason for our being," he said.
Sievert compared T-Mobile's pitch to consumers -- which encompasses its "Uncarrier" strategy of no contracts, early upgrades, and unlimited data -- to Sprint's strategy of tying itself to unlimited data.
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Verizon Wireless on Wednesday introduced a 4G LTE-powered router for the home, which could potentially replace your ground phone and Internet connection -- as long as you're not a heavy user and an existing wireless customer.
The company's Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice is nothing if not straightforward, and does exactly what its name implies. Rather than a home cable or DSL connection, customers can use the LTE device to power their home Wi-Fi network, which can connect 10 devices simultaneously. It also includes a jack for a home phone and three Ethernet ports.
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Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam believes there's a shelf life on unlimited data plans.
As the wireless world moves toward delivering more video and becomes the center of communication, unlimited offerings aren't sustainable, McAdam said on Tuesday during an investor conference.
"With unlimited, it's the physics that breaks it," he said. "If you allow unlimited usage, you just run out of gas."
Verizon last year shed its unlimited data offering, instead opting for a tiered pricing model and family data plans that offer customers a bucket of data. The plans stand in contrast to … Read more
Just a few weeks ago, we got a peek at Nokia's rumored new Windows phone, the Lumia 1520. Now we're getting a first glimpse of another addition to the Lumia line, the Lumia 929, thanks to a leaked press photo.
Two photos from @evleaks, who frequently leaks out images on his Twitter account of gadgets before they're real, show the front and back of the Lumia 929. The photos show the Verizon logo, hinting that the phone will launch with that carrier and support LTE.
With every new waterproof Hydro device, Kyocera adds incremental, but necessary improvements. But with the $49.99 on-contract Hydro Elite from Verizon, I'm glad to see Kyocera made even bigger strikes.
True, Verizon offers plenty of great, if not better, non-waterproof phones as well, and the handset's still hampered by some of the same problems often seen in Kyocera smartphones--a slow processor and average call quality, for example. But its notable spec improvements make it the best Hydro phone Kyocera yet.
Living up to its "elite" name, the device sports a more stylish design and an … Read more
Verizon subscribers unable to activate the LTE version of the Google Nexus 7 may just have to be patient a while longer.
Owners of the new tablet who tried to activate it on Verizon this week ran into a roadblock. The carrier doesn't support the device for activation even though the Nexus 7 is technically compatible with its 4G LTE network.
Verizon also managed to fan the flames by telling disgruntled Nexus 7 owner and tech blogger Jeff Jarvis via Twitter: "I'm excited you got your Nexus 7 but not all LTE tablets are created equal. It'… Read more