Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the Editor in Chief for the Telecom Group of FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceCable and other publications. Mike oversees the Fierce editorial team and all editorial content, as well as Fierce live events, ebooks, webinars and other editorial products. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for more than a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
Today, if you want to, you can buy AT&T's DirecTV pay-TV and internet service from Verizon (AT&T's archrival). The DirecTV offer from Verizon is scheduled to end in October, and represents the tail-end of a long-term bundling agreement Verizon inked with DirecTV prior to AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV that closed almost exactly a year ago. Verizon's DirecTV bundle, strange as it is, represents just one of the many bundling attempts Verizon has tested over the years.
Wireless carriers across the globe, including in the United States, are moving more quickly than expected toward 5G network technology, according to the CEO of Ericsson, the world's largest wireless equipment vendor.
Verizon: 95% more customers signed up for new plans than first week of Share Everything availability
Verizon said that its new pricing plans, introduced last week, are more popular among new and existing customers than either the "Verizon Plan" it introduced in 2015 or the "Share Everything" plan Verizon introduced in 2012. Specifically, the carrier said that nearly 95 percent more customers signed up to be on the new Verizon plans during the past week than during the first week of availability of Share Everything in 2012. Verizon added that customers during the past week brought more than double the amount of lines than they did on Share Everything during that plan's first week of availability.
Verizon confirmed to FierceWireless that it is currently planning to shut down its CDMA 1X network by Dec. 31, 2019. However, the carrier said it would work with its current CDMA 1X customers and would consider operating its CDMA 1X network into 2020 if those customers need more time to move onto Verizon's LTE network.
Verizon today largely confirmed reports that surfaced last week, announcing new pricing plans that essentially raise its monthly service fees by $5 to $10 per month while at the same time providing more data per month. The carrier also introduced its "Carryover Data" service that allows customers to keep last month's unused data, and "Safety Mode" that allows customers who travel over their monthly data allotment to stay connected, albeit at 128 Kbps speeds.
Announced earlier this year, Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP) was launched as a way for players to "develop new technologies and rethink approaches to deploying network architecture." And Facebook's Jay Parikh said that the group has made some significant progress during the past few months.
Verizon promises 'fireworks' next week amid rumors of carryover data, 'safety mode' unlimited service
A Verizon spokeswoman said the carrier expects to make a major announcement next week – and based on some internet rumors that announcement may well be the introduction of "carryover" data alongside a "safety mode" that would provide users with slow-speed unlimited data service.
The U.S. mobile internet access market will grow from $85 billion this year to $122 billion in 2020, according to PwC's new "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020" report.
The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) said it is ending its test of its CurrentC mobile payments product, and it's unclear what MCX's next steps will be. "We will be concluding our Beta on June 28, 2016. Please stay tuned for new information on CurrentC as our future plans evolve."
Sprint's efforts to deploy up to 70,000 small cells in cities across the country -- largely through vendor Mobilitie -- have stalled somewhat due to troubles obtaining permits for the transmitters. Separately, some Wall Street analysts are raising concerns about the hundreds of millions of dollars the carrier is writing off due in part to customers who sign up for Sprint's handset-leasing offer and then walk away with the devices without paying for them.