The Harris Poll has released the results of their annual poll of corporate reputation and Samsung has moved all the way up to number 3 in the rankings, surpassing Apple along the way for the first time. Samsung moved from seventh in the prior year while Apple fell from third down to ninth. Some other notable tech companies also made the top ten including Amazon at number two and Google slid in to the tenth place. Read more
RootMetrics, a consumer focused, independent mobile network tester, has released its latest United States report discussing where mobile carriers are leading and where they’re falling behind.
For 2014, RootMetrics has taken the crown away from AT&T and given it to Verizon, who took first place in all of the categorical breakdowns RootMetrics tested. Read more
A few days ago, we saw the Verizon site listing the Motorola Nexus 6 as ‘coming soon’. This left much to our imagination and didn’t provide enough clarity on when to expect the handset. But now, a new leak has revealed it all, along with the alleged release date of Samsung’s midrange Galaxy Core Prime smartphone. Read more
Branding is very important for carriers in the United States. They feel that putting their name and logo everywhere and anywhere will help sell the device. Among the nation’s four largest carriers, Verizon has been the worst with branding. So people are worried that the Nexus 6, when released through Verizon, will have excessive branding that takes away from the Nexus experience. Well, we have good news. Big Red will only place its logo at the bottom of the back panel on the Nexus 6.
An announcement for the LG G4 is right around the corner, so it makes sense that models of the device will start showing up in databases online. Not too long ago we saw an LG device with a 3k display and the model number LG VS999 that we haven’t seen an equivalent for on other carriers. Verizon’s G3 model was the VS985, so it lined up. Today, though, another device with a different model has popped up that muddies things up a bit.
A new device with the model VS986 has appeared online, which is extremely close to the model of the G3. The G2’s model was the VS980, so this new model seems to fall closer in line with what LG and Verizon typically go with, but anything’s possible. Read more
Verizon has confirmed that they will be making several changes to the pricing on their More Everything plans starting this Thursday. In addition to cutting the price for most plans, Verizon is getting a little more aggressive with their discounts for the Edge program and they are making some new data tiers available as options for customers. Read more
Samsung’s current favorite child is the Galaxy Note 4. With a 2K 5.7″ screen, 3 GB RAM, and a Snapdragon 805 2.7 GHz processor, the phablet is a premium device with a premium price. Read more
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
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.
Bad 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. Read more