Verizon will finally take the covers off its "One Verizon" initiative, a combination of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless, later this month. But what exactly will One Verizon do that Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications cannot? Mike Dano, executive editor for FierceMarkets' Telecom Group, examines that question in his latest Editor's Corner.
On Feb. 21, Verizon Communications expects to close the world's biggest financial transaction in more than a decade: The $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has said "One Verizon" will arise out of the combination of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless. But what exactly will One Verizon do that Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications cannot?
Verizon Wireless confirmed it is offering "loyalty" plans to customers in good standing in an attempt to ensure they remain with the carrier. Although Verizon declined to provide details on the exact offers it is making, evidence indicates the plans generally provide unlimited talking and texting and 2 GB of data for around $60 per month.
Verizon Wireless customers will get a $100 service credit if they activate a new smartphone with a two-year contract between now and the end of February, according to a post from the blog Android Central.
Verizon Wireless took Sprint ato task over the fact that the vast trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum Sprint acquired from Clearwire last year is not currently included in the FCC's "spectrum screen." If the spectrum were included, Verizon agues, Sprint would be counted as having more spectrum than any other carrier.
Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile is launching a promotion for LTE customers that cuts the price of service down to $35 per month for the first six months. The price cut and promotion are the latest example of price cutting both at the Tier 1 carriers and their prepaid brands.
Verizon Wireless is striking back at a Super Bowl wireless data traffic study that ranked AT&T Mobility No. 1 among wireless carriers. Verizon is arguing that--according to Verizon's own traffic studies--Verizon provided average wireless data speeds that were fully four times faster than AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile US.
According to detailed research from Nexgen Wireless, AT&T Mobility's network provided the fastest upload and download speeds, and the lowest latency rates, during this weekend's Super Bowl XLVIII. Special Report
Super Bowl XLVIII just wrapped on Sunday, with the Seattle Seahawks demolishing the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Now that the game is over, wireless carriers are boasting about the traffic they saw at the venue and how their networks held up at the game, which more than 85,000 people attended.
AT&T Mobility's announcement over the weekend that it is cutting prices on its higher-end Mobile Share shared data plans is both a way to retain current customers and respond to aggression by T-Mobile US, according to analysts. AT&T's new prices, which went into effect Sunday, could also target rival Verizon Wireless and its family plan customers, analysts said.