Verizon launches its own sponsored data service called FreeBee

verizon new logoVerizon is joining all of the other carriers that are trying to test the boundaries of net neutrality with their own new free data program, called FreeBee. It’s more similar to AT&T’s Sponsored Data and less similar to T-Mobile’s chaotic Binge On, but still gives companies a way to drive traffic to their sites and apps without it dinging a customer’s data allotment.  Read more

Sprint to cut costs by $1 billion with new towers, severing ties with Verizon, AT&T

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As part of a network overhaul dubbed “Next Generation Network” by Sprint insiders, the company hopes to also overhaul its business in an effort to end six years of financial losses. Reports from sources familiar with the effort indicate Sprint hopes to save $1 billion per year through a combination of moves directly tied to the performance of the network. These moves include the relocation of radio antennas to new towers and cutting ties to the AT&T and Verizon “backhaul.” Read more