FTC: Unlimited Data With Throttling is Not Truly Unlimited

Today, news is breaking from the FTC’s order for TracFone, a prepaid service provider, to pay $40 million for slowing the speeds of customers who have paid for ‘unlimited’ data plans. While the act of throttling data speeds is not exactly frowned upon, the way in which TracFone implemented it was the issue.

While advertising ‘unlimited’ plans, users on TracFone saw throttled speeds after only 1-3GB of usage, then a complete suspension in service after 4-5GB of data. The FTC wants it to be known that they will not stand for false advertising, but as long as the terms of a plan are fully disclosed, carriers need not worry.  (more…)

Verizon is Raising Upgrade and Activations Fees to $40

Yesterday evening, a source of ours tipped us to a potential increase in Verizon’s activation and upgrade fees that would go into effect February 5. The rates would increase from $35 and $30 up to $40, respectively. While we were unable to verify with a second source, the folks at PhoneScoop received confirmation directly from Verizon this morning. The fees are indeed increasing to the numbers we were tipped to.  (more…)

WSJ: Google’s Wireless Service Might Let You Switch Between the Best Network Available From Different Carriers

Last week, headlines were dominated by talk of Google creating its own wireless service through network deals inked with T-Mobile and Sprint. Unfortunately, those were really the only details that surfaced through a number of stories all claiming to have “sources” close to the matter. We still don’t know pricing or plan details, where or when the service will be available, and why any of us would consider switching to it from our current carrier options. We talked on the DL Show about Google potentially having something special in mind that would attempt to change the way wireless service plans work in order for them to even consider entering the market, but didn’t necessarily have any suggestions as to what that “special” something might be. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, we may now know.  (more…)

FYI: Verizon Open Enrollment is Live, Your 2nd Chance for Protection

When you buy a new phone from Verizon and activate it, you have up to 30 days to decide if you want additional coverage for it outside of the phone’s manufacturer warranty. If you do not add on the extra protection within those first 30 days, but decide later on that you want the coverage, you are out of luck until this time each year, when Verizon kicks off open enrollment for protection plans. Think of it like a 2nd chance to cover your phone for accidental damage, loss, or theft.  (more…)

Verizon’s Q4 2014 Numbers Show They Don’t Need to Cave in to the Uncarrier

Verizon dropped its Q4 2014 numbers this morning, numbers that show the company is still doing very well even without reacting to every single move that T-Mobile makes through its “Uncarrier” movement. While Big Red’s competitors are buying out contracts or slashing bills in half to try and convince customers to make switches, Verizon has maintained that it will adjust as needed, but doesn’t need to make drastic reactionary changes or follow in anyone’s footsteps(more…)

Verizon is a “Leader,” Won’t Follow T-Mobile and AT&T With Rollover Data

Don’t act like you are surprised, but no, Verizon isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile with a rollover data plan. According to Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, his company is “a leader, not a follower” and will instead stick to their current, traditional data plans that gobble up your data if you don’t use it by the end of your billing cycle. Shammo made these comments in an interview with CNET following the carrier’s Q4 earnings release, even noting that back in 2007, when AT&T first introduced rollover for voice minutes, they didn’t follow then either.  (more…)

Verizon Confirms ALLSET Prepaid Bump to 1GB at $45

Update:  Verizon confirmed today that their ALLSET prepaid plan now includes 1GB of data, up from 500MB. The 1GB comes as a part of the $45 base plan, which includes full 4G LTE and XLTE speeds – there isn’t a speed difference, even though this is prepaid.


Back in July, Verizon added 4G LTE connectivity to its newish ALLSET prepaid plan. The much-anticipated move gave customers access to Big Red’s high-speed 4G LTE network for as little as $45 per month without a contract. At $45, customers were given a base data package of 500MB along with unlimited talk and text. At some point within the last week the deal got sweeter, with Verizon quietly bumping that base data package up to a full 1GB.  (more…)

Deal: Refurbished Verizon Galaxy Note 3 for Just $289

Verizon heads, the Galaxy Note 3 (in “manufacturer refurbished” condition) can be had through eBay today for $289.99 without a contract. For a phone that originally retailed for $699 off-contract and $299 on-contract, that’s a heck of a deal. Sure, it’s not brand new and the device is over a year old, but a sub-$300 price on a phone this good is always worth a look.

Like the One (M7) deal earlier through Best Buy, this is a great option for someone in search of their first smartphone or as a temporary replacement while you wait for something that really grabs your attention.

The deal includes free shipping.

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