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The absurdity of global data roaming charges is back

Pretty soon, all our online and real-world purchases could be paid through our carrier bills. Bill shock, anyone?
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For years, carriers have been charging consumers with massive global data roaming fees.

Adam Savage, former co-host of Mythbusters, was given a $10,000 bill by AT&T for his trip to Canada. A Chicago Bears fan watched his team play while on a cruise ship on the AT&T network and it cost him nearly $28,000. A Portland family got a $20,000 bill from AT&T after he used an AirCard while traveling into Canada.

After Sprint CEO made $43 million last year, Sprint to lose 900k subs this quarter

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KansasCity Last week, it was reported by FierceWireless that Sprint is likely going to report significant subscriber losses for the second quarter. In fact, Sprint is expected to report close to 900,000 handset subscriber losses for the second quarter. The losses of Sprint are mostly due to terrible service from questionable coverage, call quality and network speeds. Now, an adviser service is signaling their opposition to Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse’s $49 million pay package for 2013. “Institutional Shareholder Services said it is challenging the pay package because Hesse’s special equity award of $18.7 million was “entirely time-based, lacking connection to any performance criteria.” Institutional Shareholder Services also said that Sprint…

Verizon to throttle 4G LTE users with unlimited plans starting October 1

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  According to droid-life, Verizon will begin throttling 4G LTE customers on unlimited data plans starting on October 1, 2014. Before this change, Verizon only throttled 3G connections of those with unlimited data plans. Verizon likes to dress up this as “Network Optimization” which according to them means that a customer will only be throttled if: Top 5% of data users (you use 4.7GB of data per month or more) Enrolled on an unlimited data plan or feature Have fulfilled their minimum contract term Are attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand As droid-life…

Amazon apparently feels that they own the word “Fire”

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KomoNews This site has discussed patent trolls a number of times. Now, it is time to give some love to trademark trolls. In the last few months, we have seen a company trademark “candy” and then sue others who used the word “candy” on their sites/products. Now, we have Amazon suing those with the word “fire” on their site. Over the last few months, Amazon has released a Fire Phone, Fire tablet and Fire TV. So, it makes perfect business sense for Amazon to file for an “Amazon Fire” trademark. Amazon also filed and received the trademark for the word “Fire” by itself….

Verizon sends $3,000 bill to business that doesn’t use Verizon

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Talking Points Memo recently received a bill from Verizon for $3,019.95. Considering TPM doesn’t use Verizon for any service (and hasn’t since 2012), they were a bit shocked to be receiving anything from Verizon. So, just call up Verizon and set things straight? “So after a little internal due diligence, someone on staff contacted Verizon basically to ask WTF was going on. Only they couldn’t tell us because for security reasons we need to confirm our identity with a number on a recent phone bill? But we can’t do that because … right we’re not a Verizon customer.” - TPM TPM wasn’t…

Verizon Multicast LTE video coming in 2015

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hotdigitalnews Recently, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo mentioned that their upgraded multicast wireless video capabilities will be commercially available in 2015. According to Light Reading, Shammo is quoted as stating that Verizon will start to embed multicast chips in handsets by the end of 2014 while the LTE network will be ready in 2015. Shammo went on to explain the difference between 4G wireless streaming video and multicast video as: “If everybody in this room was to watch the same video today we would probably bring down the cell site, because there wouldn’t be enough channels in that cell site to deliver…

Startup wants to build national Wi-Fi and cellular networks

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Los Angeles has become rather desperate to find new broadband competition in their area. Back in April, the city of Los Angeles put a significant amount of effort into finding a telecommunications company that would provide free wireless broadband service anywhere in the city and provide residences of speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second. The problem with the proposal was that the city was not really giving telecommunication companies a significant incentive to work on the project as the companies would need to fund the project at an estimated cost of $3 billion to $5 billion. At the moment, the providers can…