Verizon Stories October 14

Opensignal is out with its quarterly report on 5G in the US. For the October study, the findings include T-Mobile having the fastest average 5G download speeds for the fourth time in a row – now more than doubling its competitors. Meanwhile, Verizon came in on top for 5G video, games, and voice apps.

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Verizon Stories October 13

Update: Statement from Visible added below

Multiple reports of an apparent Verizon Visible hack, with attackers changing shipping addresses, then ordering phones that are charged to payment details held for customers. Visible is a Verizon sub-brand that operates entirely online, meaning that customers cannot seek assistance in-store.

“My account got hacked and they shipped out an iPhone 13 worth $1k that was taken from my PayPal,” wrote one customer …

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Verizon Stories October 7

Verizon expands 5G UWB and 5G Home Internet to more US cities [Update: Here are the latest 7]

On the heels of announcing a new 10-year partnership with the NFL, Verizon has also unveiled the latest US cities to gain the high-speed 5G ultrawide band and 5G Home Internet coverage. The expansion brings the former to 82 cities with the latter now available in 57.

Update 10/7: Verizon’s 5G Home Internet and 5G UWB is now available in 7 more US cities.

Verizon Stories September 13

Competition between carriers will drive iPhone 13 sales with aggressive deals, say industry commentators, but iPhone subsidies will end at some point.

Carriers have played a significant role in driving demand for iPhones, thanks to fighting each other for market share …

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Verizon Stories September 9

Verizon and the NFL team up to bring 5G UWB to 25 stadiums and more

Verizon and the NFL have announced a deal that extends their long-running partnership for 10 more years. The move will bring Verizon’s high-speed 5G ultra wideband coverage to 25 stadiums this season, power its 5G Multi-View, “Next Gen Stats,” and look to enhance the experience for fans, coaches, players, staff, and more. And along with the announcement, the carrier and the NFL are giving away tickets to the next 10 years of Super Bowl games.

Verizon Stories August 5

Verizon expands 5G Business Internet, now available in 42 cities with speeds up to 400 Mbps [U: 5 new cities]

Verizon is continuing a consistent rollout of its 5G Business Internet to more cities. The high-speed service is now available in 18 more markets bringing the total to 42. Speeds go up to 400 Mbps with no data caps and Verizon is also offering businesses up to $1,500 to cover early termination fees for new customers.

Update 8/5: Five more cities now have access to Verizon’s 5G Business Internet bringing the total to 47.

Verizon Stories July 14

While Apple entered the 5G phone market after Samsung, the iPhone 12 line has been a major splash for 5G adoption. Competition between US carriers to win over iPhone customers with the best 5G experience is real, so we’re curious how the next generation of wireless service has been so far for readers.

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Verizon Stories July 13

Verizon and Mastercard have announced a new partnership that hopes to advance contactless payment solutions with 5G cellular service. The collaboration is aiming to help small and medium-sized businesses and one of the most interesting possibilities is making iPhone and other smartphones contactless payment terminals without needing any external hardware.

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Opensignal is out with an updated quarterly report on the state of 5G in the US. This time around, the findings include T-Mobile winning again for 5G availability, download/upload speeds, and more. And the carrier also saw a solid average download speed increase putting it close to 100 Mbps.

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Verizon Stories June 30

Tips and tricks to test carrier coverage with iPhone before switching networks

Making the jump to a new carrier can often sound appealing, whether it’s the incentives, the hopes of better coverage, pricing, or all of the above. However, the reality is that switching can be a commitment (even without contracts) and it’s no fun to make the move only to realize you’ve made a mistake. Let’s look at some tips and tricks to test carrier coverage with iPhone before committing to switching.

Verizon Stories June 2

Verizon is rolling out its 5G Home Internet service to more US cities this month, bringing the total 40. Along with average 300 Mbps speeds and self setup, the carrier is hoping to entice new customers by paying up to $500 for early termination fees.

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Verizon Stories May 24

Free year of Apple Arcade lands as latest Verizon unlimited plan perk

Verizon has included Apple Music at no cost with its unlimited plans for some time and today the carrier is adding Apple’s gaming service as the latest free perk. Depending on the plan, Apple Arcade will be free for 6-12 months.

Verizon Stories April 28

Opensignal is out with its latest studies on 5G coverage and performance in the US. Through the first part of 2021, T-Mobile is still leading the 5G race when it comes to availability and average speeds. But AT&T and Verizon were able to outperform the Uncarrier with their 5G games and video experiences. And a fascinating finding is how rarely users are actually connected to mmWave 5G.

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Verizon Stories April 20

Verizon expanding Ultra Wideband 5G and 5G Home Internet to these new cities

Verizon has announced today that its super-fast Ultra Wideband 5G coverage is coming to four more US cities. And just after announcing its 5G Home Internet is available in 30 cities, three new ones are getting access.

Verizon Stories April 15

On the heels of Verizon making its 5G Home Internet for consumers available in 30 cities with average speeds of 300 Mbps, the carrier is expanding the same service for businesses. Verizon’s 5G Business Internet is now available in 21 more US cities and includes up to 400 Mbps plans with no data caps and a 10-year price lock.

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Verizon Stories April 8

PSA: Verizon recalls 2.5M hotspots due to fire concerns, including ones distributed by schools

Verizon has issued a recall for 2.5 million of its Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots today. The models were sold between 2017 and 2021 and have a battery defect that can create a fire hazard. Notably, the hotspots were distributed to students by some school districts in addition to being sold at Verizon stores.

Verizon has expanded its 5G Home Internet service today with the latest cities being Milwaukee and Tampa. The service is now available across 30 US cities, has no data cap, and the carrier says users can expect average speeds of 300 Mbps.

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Verizon Stories March 31

Verizon has shared a new aggressive trade-in program today that it says will let new and existing customers trade in broken iPhones for up to $1000 in credit when buying a new iPhone. The company says it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke and that the limited-time promotion starts on – yep – April 1.

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Verizon Stories March 30

Verizon is saying goodbye to its 3G network at the end of 2022

Verizon’s 3G network is coming to an official end, with the carrier announcing today that it’s shutting down its 3G network at the end of 2022.

Verizon Stories March 12

As carriers gradually move beyond LTE, we’re starting to see 5G home broadband services compete with cable and fiber as your primary internet service provider.

Verizon has announced an expansion of its existing 5G Home service to 10 more cities, and T-Mobile has said that its own version will launch before the end of this month …

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Verizon Stories March 11

If you want full-speed Verizon 5G when it comes online around the end of the year, you’re going to have to splash out on one of the company’s premium plans.

The company made the admission about its 5G plans during a Virtual Investor Day presentation …

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Verizon Stories January 27

Verizon mmWave 5G coverage will almost double this year, says carrier

Verizon mmWave 5G coverage is set to almost double this year, according to a statement in the company’s latest earnings report. The carrier says that it will add 14,000 mmWave 5G locations to the 16,000 it already has.

The announcement does, however, need to be understood in context …

Verizon Stories January 26

An apparent widespread Verizon Fios outage is affecting users up and down the east coast of the United States this afternoon. This outage is preventing Fios users from accessing popular services such as Slack, Zoom, and Google Meet, and there is no timetable for when the issues might be resolved.

Update: The issues appear to have been resolved.

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Verizon Stories January 25

Verizon launches new $75/month prepaid plan with mmWave 5G for iPhone 12 users

Verizon has expanded its 5G Ultra Wideband network to prepaid users today, unveiling a new unlimited plan that starts at $75 per month. This means that iPhone 12 users can bring their own device to Verizon’s network and access the faster, yet hard to find, mmWave 5G network.

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