Verizon Caught Throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it was “Video Optimization”

“Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix’s speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network,” Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica. “When contacted by Ars this morning, Verizon acknowledged using a new video optimization system but said it is part of a temporary test and that it did not affect the actual quality of video. The video optimization appears to apply both to unlimited and limited mobile plans.” “But some YouTube users are reporting degraded video, saying that using a VPN service can bypass the Click Here to Read more

It’s official: Verizon owns Yahoo! Marissa Mayer resigns

Verizon Communications Inc. today completed its acquisition of the operating business of Yahoo! Inc. Verizon has combined these assets with its existing AOL business to create a new subsidiary, Oath, a diverse house of more than 50 media and technology brands that engages more than a billion people around the world. The Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, MAKERS, Tumblr, BUILD Studios, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more, with a mission to build brands people love. Marni Walden, Verizon president of Media and Telematics, said in a statement, “The close of this transaction represents a critical step in growing Click Here to Read more

Verizon is kicking the Yahoo! and AOL names to the curb

Well, it seems that Verizon is sick of both AOL and Yahoo! as it finalizes the purchase of Yahoo! Thanks to security breachs of gargantuan proportions, Yahoo has lost a ton of value — and the company was struggling even when Verizon announced its intentions to buy the former internet juggernaut. Part of the value lost is in the Yahoo brand, which Verizon apparently considers toxic at this point. To that end, Verizon is changing the name of the combined Yahoo and AOL company. Business Insider first reoprted that”Oath” will be the new name of the company. Minutes after we Click Here to Read more

Verizon announces “Verizon Unlimited” plan with 4G, talk, text, for $80.00 per month

On Sunday, Verizon announced that it has listened to customers and is announcing “Verizon Unlimited”. The announced plan includes unlimited Internet, 4G, talk and text for $80.00 per month.  Any additional lines will run someone $45.00 per month. The plan includes a “Mobile Hotspot” feature with 10GB of 4G LTE data. After the 10GB is consumed, speeds drop to 3G equivalent rates. Calling and texting to Mexico and Canada are included in the plan, as is up to 500MB per day of 4G LTE roaming in either country as well. Additionally, video streams are transcoded to 720p resolution. Audio streams Click Here to Read more

Verizon plans to purge 200GB+ bandwidth hogging data users

(AppleInsider.com): Verizon Wireless will force unlimited data subscribers who use over 200 gigabytes of bandwidth per month to change their plan to one with a data cap, or face having their wireless service disconnected. Employees were recently advised of the policy change, which targets customers managing to average more than 200 gigabytes of usage on a single line “over several months.” Affected customers are being sent notices of their excessive usage, with a deadline of Feb. 16 to change their plan. If a line is disconnected under the new policy, customers will have a 50-day window to resubscribe, though only to Click Here to Read more

After Yahoo’s Mega Hack, why haven’t we heard from Marissa Mayer?

(CNBC.com): This would be a busy week for any tech CEO: One billion user accounts hacked, and a $4.83 billion deal on the line. Yet we haven’t heard a peep from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Yahoo has been the internet’s troubled child for the past few years — but things seemed to be looking up after Verizon agreed in July to acquire the company. And then came a double whammy of data breaches. Marissa Mayer, who has been at the helm as CEO of Yahoo for the past four years, has largely kept a low profile since the company announced the buyout. Fast Click Here to Read more

Verizon Customers: Do you have an iPhone 7? You maybe being “Throttled”

“It turns out not all iPhone 7 [units] are created equal,” Ian King and Scott Moritz report for Bloomberg. “The latest Apple Inc. smartphones that run on Verizon Communications Inc.’s network are technically capable of downloading data faster than those from AT&T Inc. Yet in testing, the two phones perform about the same, according to researchers at Twin Prime Inc. and Cellular Insights.” “Neither firm is clear on the reason, but Twin Prime says it may be because Apple isn’t using all the potential of a crucial component in the Verizon version,” King and Moritz report. “‘The data indicates that Click Here to Read more

Verizon warns Yahoo! it may back out of the $4.8 Billion Deal

(CNN/Money): Yahoo (YHOO) said there’s “no assurance” that Verizon will actually go through with the deal, according to its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing also revealed that it’s “facing investigations by a number of federal, state, and foreign governmental officials and agencies” over the hack — and these could result in “potential fines.” Verizon defended the deal in late October at a Wall Street Journal Digital Conference, arguing that it “absolutely” still makes sense. Verizon offered to buy Yahoo’s core internet assets in July. But two months later, Yahoo shocked its potential buyer with news that “at least 500 million” Yahoo user accounts had Click Here to Read more

Verizon adds new 5GB and 10GB Prepaid Data Plans

Early Tuesday, Verizon (VZ) introduced two new data plans to its offerings. The new 5-gigabyte plan costs $50 per month, while 10 gigabytes is $70. The older options include 3 gigabytes for $45, 6 gigabytes for $60, or a Wi-Fi-only connection for $30. Both of the new tiers offer unlimited talking and texting in the U.S., plus perks like LTE tethering, Carryover Data, and Always-On Data. Carryover means that unused data will roll over for one month, while Always-On just means that Verizon will throttle speeds to 128 kilobits if a person hits their data cap, instead of charging extra. The 10 Click Here to Read more

Verizon’s “Can you hear me now?” Guy joins Sprint

Those famous “Can you hear me now?” commercials are back. But this time, they’re pitches for Sprint, not Verizon. Paul Marcarelli, the character known as “Test Man” in the Verizon commercials that ran between 2002 and 2011, has defected. In a new ad campaign beginning during Sunday night’s NBA Finals game, Marcarelli will explain why he switched to Sprint.  “I used to ask if you ‘can hear me now’ with Verizon. Not anymore,” Marcarelli says in his first Sprint commercial. “I’m with Sprint now, because guess what? It’s 2016 and every network is great. In fact Sprint’s reliability is now Click Here to Read more

AT&T Pushing Required Emergency Alert System to some iPhones

Sometime ago, the United States FCC mandated that all wireless carriers supply a means to get emergency information to its citizens in the event of a national emergency. AT&T and others will be ‘pushing’ out this update to all cell phones starting today, June 15th.  Customers do not have to do anything for the update.

Verizon making customers wait longer for upgrades

Official statement from Verizon: As the wireless business has evolved, Verizon Wireless has continued to expand its device portfolio, providing customers with more options than ever before. It is not uncommon for customers to have multiple devices such as a smartphone, tablet and Jetpack. In that context, Verizon Wireless is making the following changes to its upgrade practices: In alignment with the terms of the contract, customers on a two-year agreement will be eligible for an upgrade at 24 months vs. today’s early upgrade eligibility at 20 months. This change aligns the upgrade date with the contract end date and is consistent with Click Here to Read more

Verizon CEO: "We can go contract free if customers want it"

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says it would be “pretty easy” for the nation’s largest carrier to switch to a no-contract structure like T-Mobile recently did. Speaking at a New York event this week, McAdam said he was happy to see T-Mobile trying out other pricing structures, and that he would be paying attention to how well T-Mobile’s bid goes. McAdam said that it was possible Verizon could put forward such a structure if consumers started asking for it. Read more at http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/04/06/verizon.ceo.says.it.would.be.pretty.easy.to.switch.to.no.contract/#uyqs2Jt9Zvi2rDE1.99

Where to buy "The New iPad" Friday

If you have not pre-ordered an iPad online, and if the reports are accurate, the Apple Retail stores will be out of the latest iPad model even before you can start your car on Friday morning. Fear not!  As we have put together some other retail outlets that will be opening at their regular times (10am at most locations) so your chances may get better at these alternate retail outlets (in the United States): – AT&T Retail Stores. – Best Buy. – Radio Shack. – Sam’s Club. – Target. – WalMart. – Verizon Retail Stores. If you’re going to be Click Here to Read more

Press Release: Verizon to offer iPad on launch day

Verizon Wireless To Offer New iPad On March 16 Customers can Enjoy The New iPad on the Nation’s Largest 4G LTE Network Customer Inquiries For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to Contact Us Media Contact Info Brenda Boyd Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-559-7518 03/13/2012 BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced it will offer the new iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G nationwide on Friday, March 16. Verizon Wireless will offer all models of iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with speeds Click Here to Read more