Back in September of 2011, Verizon introduced a new initiative called Network Optimization that only affected unlimited data customers. What is Network Optimization? Well, it’s a little bit like throttling in that Verizon can slow down your data connection if you meet a list of factors, because they don’t want you to ruin the data experience for the rest of their customers.
The thing is, up until now, Network Optimization only affected the 3G connection of those with unlimited data plans. Since most of you are all on 4G LTE now, it really didn’t matter much. But according to sources of ours, along with at least one reader who has been notified of the change, LTE will become a part of the “optimization” starting October 1. Like before, this only affects unlimited data customers.
This is what we know. (more…)
According to sources of ours, Verizon has a handful of announcements prepared that involve happenings on July 10 and July 17. Outside of their plans to make 4G LTE a part of their ALLSET prepaid plan, which we first reported last week, we should also expect a big 50% off phone deal that will run for a couple of weeks, along with pre-orders and launch dates for the Xperia Z2 Tablet, LG G3, and G Watch. (more…)
According to sources of ours, Verizon prepaid is finally getting access to the carrier’s massive 4G LTE network come July 17. As those of you in the prepaid game know, Verizon has lagged behind others in terms of prepaid data speeds, leaving their customers on 3G-only, which is painful on Big Red’s incredibly slow CDMA network. That is about to change, but you now have to decide if their plan is worth considering. (more…)
According to sources of ours, Verizon is planning to launch an “XLTE” network in markets that are covered by their AWS spectrum. As you may recall, Verizon announced that they expected to have AWS spectrum deployed in up to 50 markets by mid-2014, nationwide over the next 14-18 months, so the timing of a re-branded launch makes a lot of sense. (more…)
We already know that the “All New HTC One” will arrive March 25 through events in New York City and London. But outside of Carphone Warehouse announcing that they will have it available for purchase shortly after HTC unveils it, we have yet to hear from a U.S. carrier. With that said, sources of ours have been led to believe that Verizon may be your option next week. (more…)
Verizon quietly introduced a new $75 single line plan today that gives customers 2GB of monthly data, along with unlimited talk and text. According to sources of ours, this new plan is a “limited time promotion,” though we have no word on when it will end.
If that plan doesn’t sound like the deal for you, know that Verizon also has a semi-secret option called the “SAVE” plan that is $60 for 2GB of data, plus unlimited talk and text. You need to qualify for it, but it’s worth knowing about should you be in the market for discounted service and a new phone. (more…)
According to sources, US Cellular is jumping on the “better bang for your current buck” trend that almost all of the major U.S. wireless carriers have fallen under over the last couple of weeks. It’s a competitive world out there, so carriers are now offering you more data for the same price. Verizon did it with MORE Everything, AT&T did it with family and individual plans (Aio Wireless too), and so did T-Mobile (sort of).
Come March 13, US Cellular will make their new shared data plans official and permanent. Their $40 plan with 300MB of data will now be 1GB, the $50 plan jumps from 1GB to 2GB, and the $60 plan rises from 2GB to 3GB. There will also be a new $15/300MB plan and a $60 single line plan with 1GB of data.
If you are a current US Cellular customer, your account will automatically upgrade to the new data amount. (more…)
Yesterday, a report out of The Information surfaced suggesting that Google was interested in entering the smart thermostat arena, a space currently with few players, though one could argue that Nest has done a great job at dominating it. The report claims that Google is currently trial testing a service dubbed EnergySense, using Ecobee Smart Si thermostats through “Trusted Testers.” We can confirm through sources that the program is indeed live, is called EnergySense, utilizes both a web interface and Android app, and looks a hell of a lot like Nest. (more…)