AWS-3 spectrum auction yields $45 billion in bids, AT&T at top of heap

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The FCC recently completed an auction of AWS-3 spectrum raising almost $45 billion in bids in the process. The amount raised was quite a bit more than the FCC’s last big spectrum auction held in 2008 when they raised $19.1 billion selling 700MHz spectrum. The big player in this round turned out to be AT&T which bid nearly $18.2 billion for 251 licenses. The biggest chunk of those were in the New York City metro area. AT&T says the new spectrum helps them cover 96 percent of the U.S. population with AWS-3 spectrum.

In a bit of surprise, the second largest bidder was DISH which grabbed $13.3 billion worth of spectrum. DISH has been hoping to start up a terrestrial LTE network to augment their satellite offerings, so this latest purchase may help them with that goal. The other large bidders included Verizon and T-Mobile who also hope to strengthen their networks in anticipation of expanding their advanced network offerings in the coming years. Sprint did not participate in this auction as they prepare to invest in 600MHz spectrum in an auction scheduled for next year.

source: The Verge

Sprint will apologize to AT&T and Verizon during the Super Bowl

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A couple of months ago, Sprint released a commercial about their family plan and kind of referred to AT&T and Verizon as sheep. Well apparently they have decided to issue an apology during the third quarter of some sort of big football game this weekend. Yup, it will be in the form of a commercial. Something tells me they really won’t be all that apologetic. And is AT&T and Verizon really wait for an apology?

Hit the break for the teaser they released earlier today along with the commercial from November that started it all.


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Verizon increasing upgrade and activation fees to $40 in February

2000px-Verizon_logoBad news, Verizon folks. The carrier is upping their activation and upgrade fees to $40 starting February 5th. The current activation fee is $35, while the upgrade fee is $30. If you’ve been considering upgrading your device and want to save a few bucks, you may want to go ahead and knock that out in the next week.

Verizon isn’t the only carrier that charges upgrade fees, and AT&T’s have been sitting at $40 for a few months. You can avoid these activation fees if you go onto an installment plan like Verizon Edge or AT&T Next, anyway, so if you’re on one of those programs, this news may not affect you at all.
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New Verizon video explains their Antenna Chamber

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While T-Mobile and Sprint have been engaged in a heated battle to change the market for cellular service in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon have been slower to adopt any of the changes their smaller rivals are pushing. In particular, Verizon appears to be content for now to rely on a strategy of offering quality for the additional expense and trouble their subscribers deal with to stay with them. To help justify their value, Verizon is back with a new video this month, following up a video released in December showing the Verizon device testing lab at work, that shows a little bit about how they test the connectivity of their devices.
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Could a next-gen LG G Pad 8.3 be on the way for Verizon?

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A leaked document from Verizon shows a device codenamed “LG-VK815″ listed next to other Verizon Wireless tablets: LG-VK410 and LGV700.

The 815 seems to be a step up of sorts from the original LG G Pad 8.3′s codename, 810. This could be suggesting the 815 is a new G pad tablet coming from Verizon — of course this is all very speculative, but it’s something to keep an eye out for nonetheless.

Source: MyLGPhones.com

 

 

Verizon announces new Verizon Vehicle service

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Last week tech companies were having a big time at CES 2015 showing off new technology, some of which involves automobiles. This week the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, where automobile manufacturers show off their new vehicles, parts and services, some of which involves technology. The cross over between our cars and our mobile devices should be no surprise given the popularity of both in this country. At the NAIAS, Verizon has announced their latest foray into the world of the automobile industry, Verizon Vehicle.
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Verizon adjusts T-Mobile’s 4G LTE coverage in new promo

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Near the end of 2014, Verizon was faced with some criticism regarding one of its advertisements that featured a map of a competitor’s 4G LTE coverage. The ad compared its network to that of T-Mobile; however, it was greatly skewed in favor of Verizon. The map portrayed T-Mobile’s 4G LTE coverage as extremely scarce by removing the HSPA/HSPA+ coverage. Yesterday, Big Red uploaded an updated version of the ad which shows a much more purple map of the United States (above). The coverage is still dwarfed by Verizon’s but T-Mobile has committed heavily to its growth.

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