Verizon

  • Verizon femtocells AKA Wi-Fi routers coming to a house near you

    Verizon is planning to roll out personal femtocells to users this year, following T-Mobile Wi-Fi UMA and Sprint’s femotcell efforts to offer good reception in areas where it, to put it bluntly, sucks. While I’ve discussed this concept before with some rancor, it’s great for folks in dead zones and, interestingly, great for the carriers. After all, these are basically Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Hands on: Samsung Alias for Verizon

    In case anyone is wondering what the exact difference between the older u740 from Verizon and the new Alias is I decided to snap some photos of the two versions. Like I said before, the keyboard buttons are just different colors, but I really dig the new silver finish. Read More

  • Breaking: Verizon buys AT&T for $25 billion

    The boys are reporting from CTIA that Verizon just announced they’re purchasing AT&T for $25 billion. The news came during the joint Verizon/AT&T luncheon at Piero’s (great pesto) and it means that the flagging CDMA company will now have a GSM presence internationally. The first phone on the new VerizonGSM branded network: the iPhone. More news as we have it. Read More

  • Five new-ish phones for Verizon announced

    Look how big I made this photo of the BlackBerry Curve! It’s one of five sorta new handsets that’ll be available on the Verizon network in the not too distant future. Let’s run through them all one by one, shall we? Read More

  • Verizon announces the updated Samsung u740, Alias

    I’m positive most of you have seen the Verizon commercials for the Samsung u740 that’s now being dubbed the Alias, right? Well, if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that it’s not the original gold and black finish. The u740 not only received a new name, but also a paint job and updated keyboard. All the other great features for the clamshell QWERTY are… Read More

  • Vcast TV turns one year old, gets two new channels as a present

    [photopress:vx9400_official.jpg,full,center] Well what have we here? Just moments — literally moments — after posting about AT&T’s new mobile TV solution I get an email from Verizon about enhancements to their mobile TV solution. Verizon is adding new channels to its Vcast mobile entertainment offerings, including a bilingual version of MTV (Hi, J-Lo!) and ESPN… Read More

  • Verizon pushing FCC to treat all TV suppliers equally

    [photopress:fiostv_multi.jpg,full,center] Verizon’s petitioning the FCC to make it easier for customers locked into cable monopolies to leave in favor of similar services offered by ISPs, such as Verizon itself. Verizon, AT&T, and others offer TV via data, an alternative to cable, and Verizon feels that customers much jump through too many hoops to switch as it is. In essense… Read More

  • Q&A over Verizon Wireless's new open network

    The AP has a Q&A regarding VZW’s new open network, but they fail to mention who is answering the Qs. To be honest this Q&A doesn’t reveal anything. The new network will supposedly take up to 10 years to build. You can’t port any phones from other networks over. Current Verizon Wireless customers will have to wait on VZW to make a decision over whether or not… Read More

  • Moto VU30 spotted at Phone Arena

    [photopress:vu30.jpg,full,center] Phone Arena’s got first pics of a forthcoming Motorola clamshell destined for Verizon this summer called the VU30. We don’t know much about the phone, sadly, though it appears to be a mid-range handset and the design is fairly fresh, at least for Motorola. Let’s hope we never see another phone from the RAZR’s family ever again, and look… Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf The best post of the week? Watch some of CG’s staff get zapped by a ridiculous shocking iPod. Warning: Some NSFW language. The week started out with a “square iPod,” the iRiver E100, and some controversy over Wal-Mart pulling Linux PCs from shelves. We weighed in on the terrifying BigDog… Read More

  • Verizon down in NYC?

    Got a tip from some sad-eyed Verizon customers that the service is down completely in Manhattan. We’re trying a few phones here at the office and will try to figure out if this is a tri-state kind of thing or just a local outage. Read More

  • Welcome to the club Verizon, but you're still CDMA

    Verizon’s Open Development Device Conference started this morning and details of the ‘any device, any applications’ were revealed. I have to applaud Verizon for making such bold moves, but the fact remains, CDMA just isn’t worth it. Both Verizon and Sprint have some amazing devices, but I’ll never switch to either network full-time because I can’t take… Read More

  • Verizon embraces legal P2P sharing, saves money

    Verizon’s getting set to share the results of a recent study it conducted showing that “when an ISP cooperates with a file-sharing software maker they can speed downloads an average of 60 percent.” Oh, and it saves Verizon a bunch of money, too. Verizon created the “P4P Working Group” with file-sharing company Pando Networks and developed a system which more or… Read More

  • Verizon greenlights 100Gbps network; Yes, you read that right

    [photopress:internet2usamap1.jpg,full,center] Verizon is kicking its major network routes up to 100Gbps early next year. It’s looking at upgrading it’s backbone after successful trails last year over a short piece of network (short being 300+ miles) proved it feasible. They’re calling it Internet2. Catchy! It won’t affect your home connection in most ways, but it… Read More

  • Verizon charging for data over 5GB on "unlimited" plan

    [photopress:verizon_wireless_broadband_3.jpg,full,center] Verizon is the latest carrier to become convinced that unlimited doesn’t mean unlimited, as its started charging customers of its $59.99 unlimited mobile broadband plan overages if they exceed 5GB in a billing cycle. So while its going to still call it “unlimited”, customers will get charged a premium of… Read More

  • Verizon to publish open initiative spec sheet in March

    [photopress:verizon_logo.jpg,full,left]We know that Verizon’s been working towards a BYOH (Bring Your Own Handset) model for a little while now, and word is its set to publish the first version of its specs on the service on March 19th at the Open Device Development Conference. No word yet on when it will launch the service itself, though it has promised to light up the open… Read More

  • When will Sprint announce their unlimited voice plan and how much will it be?


    So three of the four major carriers in the US have announced unlimited voice plans for $100 and everyone is waiting to see what Sprint does. Don’t expect them to announce a $100 voice plan though, thinks UBS analyst John Hodulik. It’s going to be much cheaper than that if Sprint really wants to compete with the big dogs and gain some customers. Read More

  • Samsung u550 launches on Verizon


    Is brown the new black? Apparently so. Today, Samsung launched the brown clamshell, SCH-u550, on the Verizon wireless network. It looks boring from the outside, but it doesn’t seem too bad if you’re looking for a phone with a few extras. I typically scoff at camera phones with anything less than 2-megapixels, but this whole Night Shot feature intrigues me even though the u550… Read More

  • Verizon's rumored Samsung U940 appears at FCC

    [photopress:u940.jpg,full,center] Verizon Wireless users, meet the U940. The sliding-QWERTY, EV-DO phone showed up recently on the FCC’s certification site and all signs point to it passing muster, paving the way for a possible late summer release. Coupled with VZN’s new all-you-can-eat voice plan, this text-friendly phone could be a new flagship for the youth marketplace. Samsung… Read More

  • Rumor: Verizon adding $99 unlimited voice

    [photopress:verizonguy.jpg,full,left]Verizon is setting to offer an all-you-can-talk voice plan for $99. Word is it’s to launch on Tuesday, with ads popping up randomly on USA Today’s website, among others. This is hardly surprising as unlimited plans are the next logical step for carriers if they want to stay competitive. If you’re a power-talker, and on Verizon, you might… Read More