Enforcing net neutrality rules in Europe may boost customer bills as the region's Internet service providers seek ways to pay for network investment and limit further pressure on cash flows, according to Fitch Ratings.
Apple is not throttling the speeds of iPhone users on Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an analysis by technology publication AnandTech. The analysis sharply disputes allegations from iOS developer Joseph Brown, operator of the website iTweakiOS, who claimed that Apple was doing so via code in its iOS operating system.
Apple has inserted code into its iOS operating system that limits the maximum data speeds iPhone and iPad customers can achieve on the networks of Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an iOS developer. It does not appear that the code is affecting iPhones that work on T-Mobile US, which just started offering the iPhone in April.
Operators would not be allowed to block or throttle VoIP and messaging services such as Skype if planned net neutrality rules are adopted across the European Union by next Easter.
According to our research, in 10 major Western European mobile markets just over one in five operators (22 per cent) offer at least one truly unlimited mobile data plan, either for handset data or mobile broadband, to target heavy mobile data users.
Straight Talk, a prepaid wireless service from América Móvil's MVNO TracFone Wireless, took to its corporate blog to deny claims that it only offers users 1.5 GB of data per month.
Deutsche Telekom is going to start throttling DSL speeds on users who go over a set bandwidth limit, according to rumors reported on a telecom blog.
TracFone's Straight Talk service provided a few more details on its newly launched Apple iPhone service. The company said that it does not limit subscribers' data usage at a specific threshold; instead, it evaluates customers' data intake on a case-by-case basis and will throttle the speeds of those users who the company deems to be consuming too much data.
Starting in January, Sprint Nextel's Boost Mobile prepaid brand will begin throttling customers' data speeds if they use more than 2.5 GB per month. The change mirrors one that Sprint put in place this year for its Virgin Mobile prepaid unit.
Yogi Berra might have been talking about the ongoing sage of Clearwire and Sprint when he uttered his infamous line, "This is like déjà vu all over again." Taking a digital stroll through Fierce 's article archives reminded me of how the same issues and prognostications regarding these two companies keep cropping up again and again.