Just last week, this site discussed how AT&T and Comcast were basically threatening the FCC and general public that if their companies were to be reclassified under Title II, suddenly their investments and deployment would slow down if not stop! In fact, there is little if any truth to these statements by the cable/broadband giants. In fact, as Matthew Yglesias of Vox.com points out, these companies are actually DECREASING how much they spend on infrastructure investment over the last five years.
Now, Verizon is telling people that its soon-to-be released voice-over-LTE service will immediately offer features such as video calling. Recently, AT&T’s VoLTE service went live only in Chicago and Minneapolis for just the Galaxy S4 mini. Although HD voice calling is included, other features will be released in the future.
T-Mobile has been issuing a press release claiming that with the purchase of a cellular-enabled tablet at a select Walmart store, you can receive data for life! Sounds great! Except, in reality, it is barely enough 4G data for anyone looking to possibly stream a movie, stream any music and/or email attachments multiple times.
Verizon has now formally taken the veil of XLTE, utilizing both the 700MHz and AWS spectrum to relieve traffic congestion and provide faster LTE.
After already arriving on all other major U.S. carriers, KitKat has finally arrived to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon’s network. The catch? You’ll currently need a PC to grab the update.
On Thursday, California and Minnesota took steps toward becoming the first states in the country to pass laws requiring smartphones to feature stronger anti-theft technology. The California Senate approved a measure that would require every smartphone sold in California to include a so-called kill switch that allows victims of theft to disable a stolen device. The bill fines retailers between $500 and $2,500 for selling smartphones without a kill switch. Apple and Microsoft dropped their opposition to the bill once tablets were excluded from the requirement and extending the deadline to July 2015.
If allowed to merge, Comcast would therefore controls nearly 40 percent of the U.S. broadband market and provide cable to almost a third of American homes. But of course, Comcast and Time Warner Cable say that this is not anti-competitive and is in the public interest. Time Warner Cable CEO Robert Marcus One listed so-called competitors of Comcast and Time Warner Cable and put mobile networks high on the list
Sprint’s unlimited data won’t be so ‘unlimited’ after all, plans to start throttling speeds for heavy users
Sprint is soon going to be throttling their heaviest users in the company’s most congested areas. Customers of both Sprint’s postpaid and prepaid services, as well as their Boost Mobile and Virgin Moobile prepaid brands, are receiving notifications from the company informing them they’ll soon face a new prioritization management scheme.
A total of 145 companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, DropBox, and Yahoo issued a joint statement to FCC boss Tom Wheeler for his proposal to protect network neutrality by destroying it. The letter is not only signed by more than 100 Internet companies but also by two of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. In the letter, the companies take issue with Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to regulate broadband providers
Consumer Reports routinely shows that cell phone service providers are one of, if not the, worst in terms of customer satisfaction rankings. While Sprint now occupies last place in the latest Consumer Reports survey, AT&T has consistently been dead last in recent years. In fact, Consumer Reports has found that the cell phone provider with the highest marks was prepaid operator Consumer Cellular.