Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to face consequences for alleged deceptive billing practices. The carrier will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its Family Share Plan, which let subscribers share minutes and call each other for free.
The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&T said the lawsuit does not have any merit.
Over the past four years we have seen little investment in Wi-Fi networks by American mobile operators. It's different internationally, with millions of APs at China Mobile, KDDI, SKT, Telefonica, and others, but a close examination of Verizon Wireless and AT&T reveals that they have deployed very few Wi-Fi access points.
Verizon Wireless today announced the latest addition to its Droid lineup, the Droid Turbo from Motorola. The phone helps reinforce Verizon's long-standing Droid phone line and will compete directly with Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and other new phones from the likes of HTC, LG and others.
Offering an opportunity to quickly scale as traffic demands rise, fiber-based Ethernet has become the preferred method in the still developing small cell backhaul market, a new Infonetics report reveals.
Postpaid competition has been dominating mainstream and industry press headlines. Postpaid device and double data promotional moves by all rivals set the competitive tone as we enter the all-important fourth quarter. On Verizon's third-quarter 2014 earnings call, CFO Fran Shammo noted that the prepaid sector growth has slowed relative to previous years, and given entry price points are so close to postpaid, some of those subscribers are moving to postpaid.
Although the new Apple SIM card for its new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 promises to let customers switch between different carriers' service plans on the tablets, there are a number of caveats to the service that have recently come to light. Most notably, AT&T Mobility confirmed that if customers purchase an iPad with the new Apple SIM card and activate cellular service via AT&T, the Apple SIM card will be locked to AT&T's network and customers will need to purchase a new SIM to activate the device on another carrier.
Millenicom, a mobile Internet provider that has resold Verizon Wireless service, is ceasing its relationship with Verizon and its operations as a service provider. Verizon is proactively looking to keep serving Millenicom customers but is not acquiring them directly. Meanwhile, Millenicom's owner said that the company has invented an "energy coil" and wants to use it to deliver services to the energy and telecoms sectors.
Verizon Communications lead a $9.4 million investment round in Flint Mobile, a mobile payments service that uses software to process transactions instead of hardware, giving the company a boost from a major carrier.
Trumpeting its new offering as providing a significant value over rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, Sprint announced it will offer 1 GB of shared data for $20. The carrier previously offered 600 MB of shared data at that price.