Verizon has been trying to coax users away from unlimited data plans for quite some time. As users upgrade, Verizon has prodded them onto capped and shared data plans, trying to divorce them from unlimited data. The latest method the nation’s largest carrier is using might be their boldest yet, as Verizon has started throttling heavy data users on unlimited plans.
AT&T’s scheme for sponsored data is taking shape. The carrier has teamed up with Syntonic Wireless, which will serve as a conduit for free roaming. What began as a trial run and a few partners is quickly blooming into a new platform.
Recently, Comcast made news by opening up home WiFi routers for use publicly. By partitioning your WiFi signal, the company hopes to blanket an area with a signal. This has become a polarizing issue, but shouldn’t be for the reason of coverage alone. WiFi everywhere isn’t a new concept — in fact, it was the original concept for the phone you might be reading this on.
Apple Stores in the US may let you walk out with a prepaid plan, soon. According to sources, the Cupertino firm will not only sell you a device at full price, they’ll also offer up a low-cost prepaid plan. This move is believed to be starting the last week of June.
If your T-Mobile phone has gone silent, it’s not you. You’re not suddenly unpopular with the Uncarrier. It seems the carrier is seeing an outage that spans several major metropolitan areas, including their backyard of Seattle. T-Mobile has yet to address the issue.
Comcast, who are in discussions to acquire Time Warner Cable, have redefined capped data. David Cohen, an executive with Comcast says he expects they’ll begin offering “usage-based billing”, which translates to “we’ll give you a data allotment and charge you if you go over it”.
AT&T GoPhone customers are going to get the advantage of more data at no additional cost, thanks to the changes of the smartphone plans, which will come into effect from April 25, 2014. Features like access to 4G LTE network with no annual contract and Wi-Fi hotspot sweeten the deal. Truth be told, the value of a smartphone is only complete when it supported with the right data plan.
UK wireless carrier Three has made a significant change to its data plans for new users. The carrier will begin placing a 2GB data limit on tethering for all new users, no matter what plan they are on. That means that even subscribers that are on an unlimited data plan will still have a 2GB monthly data limit for tethering.