At a nondescript office building here, Verizon Wireless puts devices through a torture test. The carrier's Device Lab, its main device testing facility, is located here, about an hour's drive southwest of New York City. In fact, the complex is Verizon's original headquarters, before it moved a short drive away to Basking Ridge in 2005. The device testing lab still plays a critical role in Verizon's operations, and has likely grown in importance over time as smartphones have grown more complex and integral to the lives of the carrier's customers. Here is a photo tour of that facility.
The FCC is forcing bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction to place new bids on 95 percent of the licenses for which they are eligible or face the prospect of not being able to make any more bids. The shift to "stage two" of the auction process, with the attendant change in bidding rules, is another indication that bidding is starting to wind down in the auction, which has gone on nearly a month.
A top Verizon Communications executive said the carrier doesn't plan to reduce spending on its wireless network, despite the fact that it has largely completed its nationwide macro LTE buildout. At the same time, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the carrier plans to increase its margins in its wireless business over time.
While Verizon Wireless did not provide specific subscriber growth figures for the fourth quarter, the carrier indicated it will report strong momentum in the quarter. Verizon's confidence in its fourth-quarter performance, with more than three weeks left in the year and with the holiday shopping season in full swing, speaks to the challenges Sprint and T-Mobile US face in eating into Verizon's subscriber base.
With bidding in the AWS-3 spectrum auction winding down, financial analysts think Dish Network is likely going to walk away as a major winner, especially if it can secure paired spectrum licenses in major markets. According to a research note from analysts at New Street Research, that would give Dish leverage over Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, which have likely spent big at the auction.
In the LTE downlink speed race, Verizon Wireless is the top carrier, taking a lead over competitors T-Mobile US, AT&T and Sprint.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is expecting strong December sales thanks to a new promotion Sprint launched on Friday to cut customers' service bill prices in half if they switch from Verizon Wireless or AT&T Mobility and buy a new Sprint phone.
Thanks to an exclusive partnership between FierceWireless and network testing firm RootMetrics, readers will be able to see the maximum recorded downlink and uplink speeds the firm observed for the four Tier 1 carriers across eight different regions in the U.S. The data also lets readers see which regions of the country in general let wireless customers access the highest peak downlink and uplink speeds. RootMetrics conducted extensive testing across the country both in the first half of 2014 and in the third quarter to gauge how the four Tier 1 carriers fared in terms of maximum downlink and uplink speeds.
Sprint is still committed to supporting Microsoft's Windows Phone platform despite the fact that its website does not show any Windows Phones for sale.
AT&T Mobility plans to make its data throttling policy more uniform next year for customers on legacy unlimited data plans, regardless of what kind of smartphone they are using, according to an Ars Technica report.