Verizon: Everything you need to know!

Verizon: Everything you need to know!

Verizon — NYSE: VZ / NASDAQ: VZ — is headquartered in New York City, New York, is one of the largest cellular networks, and iPhone and iPad carriers, in the United States. The result of a merger of Bell Atlantic — one of the post-breakup AT&T companies — and GTE, Verizon was the first U.S. carrier to roll out LTE. While rumor has it Verizon passed on the original iPhone and a partnership deal with Apple and Steve Jobs in 2007, by January 2011 they became the second U.S. carrier to get the iPhone.

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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/month), while those with data allotments of 10GB or higher will see their fee sliced from $40 down to $25 per smartphone.

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Verizon giving 1GB of free data along with new LTE iPad activations

Turns out T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with some tablet data incentives this week, as Verizon has just posted its own promotion for some "free" data. While it doesn't approach T-Mobile's offering of a completely free 200MB for the lifetime of your device, Verizon is giving customers who activate a tablet on one of its "More Everything" plans an additional 1GB of data.

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Best iPhone carrier in 2014

There was a time when major U.S. carrier — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — plans and rates were constant. We'd constantly pay too much and they'd constantly give us okay to terrible service in return. But now the constant is changing. Whether it's a reflection of the maturing smartphone market or simply the results of one carrier going rogue is arguable. What's not arguably is that a lot has happened changed from when we last compared carriers back when the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launched in September of 2013. That means we have to take another look at what the Big Four offer, and help you figure out how to get the best bang for your buck.

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Verizon's new ALLSET pre-paid plans offer unlimited calls, texts, and 500MB data for $45/month

Pre-paid plans are becoming a more-and-more viable option these days, especially if carriers continue to make improvements like Verizon has just done with the introduction of their new "ALLSET PLANS" (no more all-caps from here on out, mkay). These new plans start at $35-a-month for basic phones, but if you're smart and opt for a smartphone, it starts at a mere $45-a-month.

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Comcast/Netflix: Fearing the end to net-neutrality... or just a price hike?

Over the weekend Comcast announced a "mutually beneficial interconnection arrangement" with Netflix that should improve the quality of Netflix streaming for Comcast customers. While it's raised alarms, it's also provoked a few article writers to declare this another nail in the coffin for net neutrality. As usual, the truth is much more complicated.

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Why your Netflix streaming stinks, and who's going to pay to fix it

Wondering why you've had increasing problems with Netflix movies buffering or failing to load? There's little question anymore than your ISP is to blame. Are they justified in holding back that network traffic? Getting the problem fixed is a question of who's going to foot the bill.

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Verizon buckles to pricing pressure with new MORE Everything plan

On Thursday Verizon announced its new MORE Everything program. It's another shared data family plan that replaces Verizon's Share Everything program. With more competitive pricing, it's a rare capitulation for the nation's biggest carrier, which up to now has resisted pricing pressure from the competition because of the strength of its network.

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Verizon iPhone users can now get in on the NFC payment action

iPhone users on Verizon Wireless can now use the Incipio Cashwrap NFC case for iPhone that allows them to make payments with the ISIS Mobile Wallet app for Verizon. The case was launched for AT&T iPhone users two weeks ago, and like the AT&T app, using the Verizon ISIS app requires use of the case, according to Verizon.

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T-Mobile to buy $3.3 billion in spectrum from Verizon

T-Mobile US is acquiring $3.3 billion in unused spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless. The spectrum consists of certain 700MHz A-block, and in addition to paying $2.365 billion in cash, T-Mobile will also be trading Verizon some of its own AWS and PCS spectrum, worth about $950 million.

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Verizon triples 4G LTE capacity in big cities

Of the four major wireless companies in the US, Verizon has the broadest coverage for 4G LTE - check out their coverage map if you need proof. Now the company is dramatically increasing capacity in key urban markets, according to a report in GigaOM.

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