After many users complained about throttling on YouTube and Netflix, Verizon Wireless confirmed service had been altered by a "video optimization" system test. Without going into detail, it appears that test throttled download speeds, capping them at 10 Mbps.
Three is working with Netflix, TVPlayer, Deezer, and SoundCloud to offer an unlimited streaming offer for select services. In a move that'll upset some net neutrality advocates, the carrier's "Go Binge" plan lets people use those services as much as they like.
Talks between Sprint and T-Mobile have reportedly been put on hold in favor of acquisition and investment discussions between Sprint and Charter/Comcast. It's possible the combined cable company could end up acquiring the wireless carrier or heavily investing in it.
AT&T is quickly expanding the reach of its wireless internet service, which began in Georgia in April. It has arrived in eight additional southeastern states, bringing acceptable internet coverage to more than 70,000 locations that'd either have poor or absent coverage.
After years of negotiation and planning, European Union has finally dropped roaming charges. This means that EU residents will be able to use their mobile devices abroad without paying extremely high prices their calls, text messages and data. Still, there are some things you
More data is now included with Verizon's prepaid plans. Starting June 6, the plans will either come with a higher monthly data use allowance for the same price or they'll even see their price drop. The most expensive plan now costs $60 rather than $70.
For only $10 more than the usual AT&T Unlimited Choice plan, you can get over 60 channels from DirecTV. The carrier's new $70 bundle is available for current Unlimited Choice customers who are interested in adding television to their plan. Video streams are limited however.
T-Mobile is working hard to attract consumers way from Verizon. Its latest campaign, called "Get Out of the Red," will help people switch without incurring any fees or losing their device purchased from Verizon. T-Mobile is offering to cover people's early termination fees.
Comcast's wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, has launched. It only costs $65 per month for unlimited data and those who are already using Xfinity Internet can now sign up for the plan. Early subscribers can get it for $45. The roll out will take months.
A 5G network from Sprint will be up and running by the end of 2019, the carrier has announced. It's not releasing much information about its planned 5G upgrade, though Sprint is known to be partnering with Qualcomm and SoftBank on the wireless technology.
T-Mobile is no longer offering 200 MB of free data with new iPads on the network. As of May 7, new iPad activations don't come with free LTE data per month. T-Mobile first offered its Free Data for Life plan in 2013. You'll no longer have the data upon upgrading.
T-Mobile intends to launch a nationwide 5G network by 2020, with a roll out starting in 2019. Major carriers are still just testing 5G technology and no official 5G standard even exists, but the major players are aiming to offer 5G by the early 2020s.
Grandfathered unlimited data plans for tablets are going to be throttled on AT&T's network. The carrier has contacted grandfathered customers to let them know their plans will sometimes be throttled upon reaching 22 GB of data usage in a given month.
AT&T has reported a loss of nearly 200,000 subscribers for the first quarter of the year. It also failed to meet its revenue estimates due to lower hardware sales and some competition from other carriers offering unlimited data plans. Those other carriers are to blame.
The European Union has been moving towards an abolishment of roaming fees for years and it's finally getting close to realizing that goal. As of this week, the European Council has adopted a legal act that'll limit what mobile operators can charge each other for roaming.
Unlimited data is now available with an $80 prepaid wireless plan from Verizon. The plan comes with unlimited data, talk, and text in the US. It also offers unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada. Customers don't have to worry about a long-term contract or credit check.
AT&T is growing its LTE network to include rural locations and that expansion is first showing up in some parts of Georgia. The company has already finished an initial rollout, giving Georgia residents "at least" 10 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up with a $60 plan.
T-Mobile has announced a nearly $8 billion investment in its network infrastructure. The carrier is acquiring over 1,500 wireless licenses throughout the United States in an attempt to bring its network on par with Verizon and AT&T. The licenses are for 600 Mhz spectrum.
Vodafone has dropped wireless roaming charges in dozens of countries. Beginning today, customers will be able to use their minutes, texts, and data in 40 extra countries without paying extra. Most of the locations on the list are in Europe along with French territories.
Straight Path Communications, a wireless spectrum holding company, is being acquired by AT&T for $1.6 billion. The deal will give AT&T important licenses across the 39 GHz, 28 GHz, and 620 MHz bands, all of which can be used for next-gen wireless capabilities.