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June 25, 2012

T-Mobile, still smarting from failure of AT&T deal, plays catch-up

  • cause Last year, T-Mobile spent a big chunk of its time focusing on getting acquired by AT&T, but federal regulators blocked it, putting the company in a position where they hadn’t done anything to seriously improve their service in ages, making them even bigger also-rans in the market.
  • effect Now T-Mobile is switching gears, attempting to improve its service for customers the quick way — buying and trading for 4G spectrum from Verizon in a deal which will allow them to expand their reach to 60 million people. It’s part of a $4 billion plan to upgrade their infrastructure to 4G. source

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11:02 // 2 years ago
February 18, 2012

Mike D gets respect, opportunity to vote on AT&T’s net neutrality policy

They didn’t say anything about cash or jewelry, but the SEC did side with three AT&T investors — including the Beastie Boys’ Michael “Mike D” Diamond — who believed that shareholders should have a vote in the company’s net neutrality policy, because it has become part of the national debate. AT&T argued that the vote would “directly interfere with its network management practices”, but ultimately the SEC ruled that wireless providers must now allow for shareholder votes on net neutrality proposals. Should such proposals pass, providers would be required to “operate a neutral network with neutral routing along the company’s wireless infrastructure.” source

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13:08 // 2 years ago
February 12, 2012

thisistheverge:

‘Saturday Night Live’ accurately skewers Verizon 4G advertising | The Verge

This is amazing, but surprisingly, it’s only Bill Hader’s second-best performance of the night. The one that takes the cake is his parody of Clint Eastwood’s excellent “It’s Halftime In America" Super Bowl ad. Bill Hader basically was on a roll last night.

11:25 // 2 years ago
December 30, 2011
15:55 // 2 years ago
thisistheverge:

Just a day after it confirmed that it would be adding a $2 ‘convenience fee’ for the privilege of paying bills online or over the phone, Verizon’s cancelled the charge, citing negative customer feedback as the reason for the shift. (via Verizon drops $2 ‘convenience fee’ due to customer feedback | The Verge)

Fastest. Turnaround. Ever. Qwikster has nothing on these guys.

thisistheverge:

Just a day after it confirmed that it would be adding a $2 ‘convenience fee’ for the privilege of paying bills online or over the phone, Verizon’s cancelled the charge, citing negative customer feedback as the reason for the shift. (via Verizon drops $2 ‘convenience fee’ due to customer feedback | The Verge)

Fastest. Turnaround. Ever. Qwikster has nothing on these guys.

15:25 // 2 years ago
On behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter.
The FCC, in a statement saying they’ll look into Verizon’s controversial new $2 bill-pay convenience fee. 2011 has not been a good year for nickel-and-dimers — between Bank of America and Ticketmaster, “convenience charges” are starting to look like something consumers will not stand for, and will complain about loudly on the internet. On a side note, Change.org has had a bit of a banner year.
14:42 // 2 years ago
December 29, 2011

Verizon plans to add fee for non-automatic online payments

  • $2 fee to pay your bill online, as planned by Verizon Wireless source

» Nickel and diming, redux: To be clear, this fee wouldn’t be instituted in every case — people using automatic bill-pay wouldn’t be subject to it, nor would people paying by electronic check (at least according to the initial source of this news, a leaked memo obtained by Engadget). That said, if you’re looking to make a one-off payment, or aren’t scheduled for automatic payments, you can expect  a tidy little $2 charge starting January 15th. What reaction consumers will have is yet unclear; it has, however, been a bad year for companies trying to slip extra fees onto customers.

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15:06 // 2 years ago
December 21, 2011
11:23 // 2 years ago
December 12, 2011

Rumors fly on possible Verizon/Netflix acquisition

If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em: That would seem to be the principle behind an effort by Verizon to purchase the DVD-shipping and movie streaming giant, though it bears noting that this is reported as little more than rumor at present. It would, however, be fitting with Verizon’s general posture of late; they’ve been open about their desire to enter the streaming movie business, with their CEO last week admitting they’d looked into purchasing Hulu. This would be an advantageous time for somebody to acquire Netflix, as their stock has plummeted in recent months following announced price increases, and the utterly disastrous Qwikster plan; conversely, though, these rumors have sent their stock upwards by 6%. source

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15:19 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011
Verizon blocks Google Wallet on “security” concerns
Read: Google’s product is competing with our product. Google Wallet has drawn a lot of attention in recent months for its end-to-end reinvention of the paying experience — one that, if it takes off, could make carrying around credit cards a thing of the past. However… the first phone on Verizon’s network that could support the technology behind Google Wallet, the Galaxy Nexus, has the software disabled. The company says they’ve blocked it in an effort to provide “the best security and user experience.” However… Verizon is working with AT&T and T-Mobile on a competing service, Isis, which has yet to launch. Perhaps that’s it? Yeah, we think so. source
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Read: Google’s product is competing with our product. Google Wallet has drawn a lot of attention in recent months for its end-to-end reinvention of the paying experience — one that, if it takes off, could make carrying around credit cards a thing of the past. However… the first phone on Verizon’s network that could support the technology behind Google Wallet, the Galaxy Nexus, has the software disabled. The company says they’ve blocked it in an effort to provide “the best security and user experience.” However… Verizon is working with AT&T and T-Mobile on a competing service, Isis, which has yet to launch. Perhaps that’s it? Yeah, we think so. source

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11:23 // 2 years ago