A new “mockumentary” called The Internet Must Go launched today, in conjunction with the latest court hearing in the Verizon case against the FCC over the FCC’s net neutrality rules. I got to see a “preview” showing of the film last week with the filmmaker. You can see the whole thing below, or at the… Continue reading ‘The Internet Must Go’ – a mockumentary
With Verizon vans rolling down the road being called “NSA Surveillance Vehicles” and every tech and political blog on the internet complaining about the US government’s collection of personal data from the citizens, innocent or not, it is impossible to visit a social media site without hearing something about the controversy. The people are mad… Continue reading The Joy of Tech takes an unpopular but sadly realistic take on the NSA Verizon controversy
Knowing your data plan can mean the difference between a normal cell phone bill and a heart attack. 1 in 6 mobile phone customers have experienced some degree of bill shock. 50% of those were hit with charges of $50 or more. This infographic, provided by Xigo, explores the most insane cases of bill shock… Continue reading Tips to avoid international mobile expenses
In the competitive world of telecommunications, it’s often a matter of name recognition and trust that help people determine which service to use and which product to buy. The mobile arena is particularly top-heavy with Verizon and AT&T ranking #2 and #3 amongst the top US ad spenders behind Proctor & Gamble Co. At nearly… Continue reading Telecom companies spend billions on advertising
Verizon has had its share of foibles over the last few months over how their customers interact with their cellular plans. On June 28th, they debut their “Share Everything” plans which will allow up to 10 devices within a family to pull from a common pool of data coverage while enjoying unlimited minutes and messages.… Continue reading Verizon’s “Share Everything” plans make everything unlimited for up to 10 devices
Celebrities are often called on by companies to promote their products by inserting their use into their “real” lives, demonstrating to their fans that they use this product or that one. Apple has never really had to do that. Verizon has, and they are doing so again on behalf of Apple’s Siri personal assistant product.… Continue reading Samuel J Jackson and Zooey Deschanel promote Siri for Verizon
Speed is relative. Internet speed is extremely relative, which is why Verizon has been touting the impressive speeds that their network is providing to users. The problem is that they may not be spreading the message as well as they would if they simply came out and gave us real numbers. That’s been the complaint… Continue reading Confused by what Verizon’s 4G LTE really means? Saturday Night Live is, too.
The unraveling of the AT&T merger with T-Mobile was not entirely bad for the fourth largest mobile carrier in the US. They get $3 billion. It isn’t enough to keep them afloat for more than a year or two, but it does buy them time to find someone else. It gives them time to formulate… Continue reading Who will buy T-Mobile now?
Verizon customers who have land line phones, internet, and FiOS television services will be affected by the strike of 45,000 phone technicians, customer service representatives, and cable installation representatives. Verizon Wireless customers will not be affected. The strike, which began this morning, centers around failed contract negotiations between the tech firm and the two unions… Continue reading Verizon Strike: 45,000 union workers take battle to the streets
In what could be one of the largest shakeups in America’s mobile industry for years, AT&T is seeking to acquire T-Mobile for a sum of $39 billion. It would make AT&T the largest mobile carrier in the U.S. But Verizon CEO Dan Mead isn’t worried. “We have a tremendous amount of competition in the industry,”… Continue reading Verizon CEO “Not Concerned” About T-Mobile Merger