Verizon Wireless has confirmed today that as of April 17th, customers will no longer have the option of signing up for 1-year contracts. According to Big Red, the change is being made to simplify choices and because most people choose the 2-year option with larger phone subsidy anyway. Mont-to-month, prepaid, and 2-year contracts are continuing unchanged.
Some sad news from the land of Android tablets today. The Motorola Xoom, often lauded as the first real iPad competitor, isn't doing terribly well with consumers. Estimates from Deutsche Bank indicate that only 100,000 Xooms have been sold thus far. For reference, the first iPad sold 300,000 units on day one.
Sprint had a good long run being the only carrier in the US with a real next generation 4G network. But with the launch of Verizon's LTE network, Sprint's WiMAX waves are looking a lot less wondrous. BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk performed 1000 speed tests using the HTC Evo 4G (Sprint) and HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon) in New York to see which network delivered the best 4G speeds. The result: Verizon destroyed Sprint.
What's that you say, you want faster Internet speeds? No problem, assuming you live in the right area. If you do, good things are coming your way. That's because Verizon plans to upgrade certain sections of its U.S. Internet backbone to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet by the end of the second quarter.
AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile would put the wireless carrier in first place, followed by Verizon in second, and Sprint in a distance third. One way Sprint could go from the biggest loser in this deal to one of the winners is if Verizon Wireless bought the company out. That isn't going to happen, Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead said earlier this week.
In the wake of the surprise AT&T deal to buy T-Mobile USA, many have speculated that Verizon Wireless might want to get hitched to Sprint. Big Red has gotten out ahead of the rumors and shot the idea down pretty handily. "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Verizon CEO Mead at CTIA today.
Verizon has just gotten its very first 4G LTE handset out the door, and the reception for the HTC Thunderbolt has been good so far. Though one major gripe users are complaining about is that that new LTE radio really gulps down power. PC Mag reports that their own testing only resulted in 2.5 hours of LTE streaming. The solution? A big honking battery apparently.
Starting tomorrow, March 17th, you'll be able to pick up HTC's much anticipated ThunderBolt smartphone through Verizon for $250 with a two-year service agreement. The ThunderBolt is the first smartphone able to take full advantage of Verizon's 4G LTE network, and you can expect download speeds of 5-12Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5Mbps, Verizon says.
Consumer Reports today said that Verizon's CDMA iPhone 4 suffers from dropped calls just like AT&T's GSM version. This discovery runs contrary to several previous reports suggesting that Apple managed to fix the iPhone 4's antenna issue by slightly altering the design, but ultimately "shares with its sibling the possibility of compromised performance in low-signal conditions when used without a bumper or case." Should you be concerned?
AT&T lost its exclusivity grip on the on the iPhone 4 when Verizon started carrying the Apple device earlier this month, but if it comes as any consolation, the wireless carrier won Ookla's head-to-head broadband tests, Wired reports. You may recognize Ookla as the team behind Speedtest.net, an online broadband metric. Ookla recently turned its attention to the iPhone 4 by compiling data from iPhone users who downloaded and ran the mobile version of Speedtest. Full results after the jump.