It appears that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an antitrust investigation into the Big Four carriers in America, reportedly about possible eSIM tech collusion. Although the DOJ’s investigation covers all of the major mobile operators, the focus seems to be on the industry leader -- Verizon Wireless and AT&T -- as well as on the GSMA (Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association).
Wirefly has released its most recent Cell Phone Carrier Internet Speed Rankings for the final quarter of 2017 through the first three months of this year, and it appears that the two biggest mobile operators are not only leading the industry in terms of the size of their subscriber base, but also in terms of how fast their average overall web connection speeds are:
The number one wireless carrier in America is launching a new plan in the state of Florida that offers one line of service with unlimited data for $60 a month, or a couple of lines for $80 a month. The said plan is only made available to mobile users are who 55 years old or older. While it is true that the Verizon Wireless is only offering the plan in the Sunshine State as of the moment, the carrier, however, is open to the idea of expanding the deal to other states some time in the future.
Black Friday mania might get exaggerated at times (and we get the feeling that sellers like it that way), but this annual event does serve up some really interesting and worthwhile deals, if one only knows where to look. With regards to that, we can offer some assistance through our official Black Friday smartphone sales guide.
In the last 24 hours or so, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approve several Special Temporary Authority (STA) applications from various mobile operators who want to immediately push through with efforts to restore wireless connection services in Puerto Rico. As of now, the country is still without much power or mobile connectivity about three weeks since Hurricane Maria had hit.
According to a report recently released by research firm JD Power, consumers who are subscribers of unlimited data plans are likely to report less network problems as compared to customers under tiered wireless plans. In its report, JD Power is showing that those unlimited data users encounter an average of 11 total network quality issues for every 100 connections.
There was much rejoicing when Verizon Wireless had decided to resurrect its unlimited data plan back in February early this year. After all, subscribers of the plan get to enjoy unlimited data without any major caveats. But then again, the Big Red has now opted to introduce some changes to its offering (albeit quietly), and they may not be welcome news for mobile users.
Why open a store called Twice the Price? For Sprint, it serves as a rather weird (and even hilarious) way to tell people about how its rival’s pricing is off the charts (okay, that is a bit of an exaggeration). So which rival are we talking about here? It is none other than the biggest mobile operator in America itself -- Verizon Wireless.
No matter how hard we wish it so, 5G is still not commercially available. But the good news is that the Big Four carriers in America (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) are also busy beginning to transition to this wireless technology over the course of the next couple of years.
Almost a week ago, Straight Path had announced that it had struck a merger deal with Verizon Wireless that will effectively have the biggest wireless carrier in the United States pay about $3.1 billion (by way of an all stock transaction) in order to acquire Straight Path. The Big Red was in a hotly contested bidding war with AT&T (the number two mobile operator in America) for the spectrum holder’s airwaves.