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Verizon is rolling out real-world gigabit LTE in the coming months, report says

Verizon the fastest 4G network of 2017

Yesterday, we reported on a real-world trial that Verizon conducted in Florida, which used a mix of licensed and unlicensed spectrum to achieve gigabit speeds over existing LTE technology.

Thanks to an RCR Wireless interview with Mike Haberman, Verizon's VP of network support,  we now know that the same gigabit technology is going to be popping up on cell sites "all across the country." Haberman said that hardware upgrades would be happening over the next couple of months, although it's likely going to be a little longer than that until you see a difference on your smartphone.

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August 4th

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Forget 5G: Verizon just tested an absurdly fast 4G connection that works right now

Verizon best wireless network, fastest 4G in new test

In a real-world test in Boca Raton, Florida, Verizon and technical partners have managed to pull gigabit speeds down to a smartphone. That's impressive all by its lonesome, but the real detail here is how those speeds were pulled off. Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm combined hardware and technology that's already in use to achieve the crazy speeds -- which means it's a solution you could see coming to a cell tower near you in the very forseeable future.

The test was the first time that a carrier has tried aggregating licensed cell spectrum -- the airwaves your sweet LTE already comes over -- with unlicensed spectrum that anyone can already use (in this case, the same spectrum that's used for your home Wi-Fi network).

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Chris Mills

August 3rd

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If Comcast buys Verizon, we should all give up and go home

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The market for home internet in the US is already absurdly non-competitive. Barely 80 percent of Americans have a choice of providers for high-speed internet at home, a figure that means that you're likely living in a regional internet monopoly.

But hey, maybe you should count yourself lucky. An industry analyst, Jason Bazinet from Citigroup, has penned an opinion saying that Comcast should pull a blockbuster deal and buy Verizon for around $215 billion.

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Chris Mills

July 27th

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Every single wireless network is better this year

Best wireless network 2017: Verizon vs T-Mobile

RootMetrics, one of the larger annual network tests, has come out with its latest report. Normally, speed and reliability tests have good and bad news, depending on what color your wireless loyalty is. But in 2017, anyone paying for a plan is a winner.

For the first time in a long time, all four carriers saw improvements in their networks over the last year. Regardless of what you think about RootMetrics' testing and scoring methodology, this is good news, and more evidence that the fierce competition in the wireless industry is actually working.

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July 26th

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Sprint is just straight-up trolling Verizon now

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In absence of actually having a good network, Sprint is relying on some top-notch PR to bother Verizon. Sprint already stole away Verizon's signature spokesperson -- Mr "Can You Hear Me Now?" -- and it's now hitting on Verizon's pricing with a savage stunt.

For one day only, Sprint has opened up a "Twice the Price" shop next to a Verizon store in Queens, NY. The concept is a store filled with regular things that are twice the price, just like Verizon's plans are twice the price of Sprint.

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Chris Mills

July 21st

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Verizon wasn’t hacked, but change your PIN right now

Verizon Hack Data Breach

Verizon wasn’t hacked, but customers who used the company’s customer support service in the past six months should take action to protect their accounts, as personal data may have been accessed by hackers.

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Chris Smith

July 13th

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Yet another wireless carrier has launched a good unlimited plan

Best unlimited plan 2017: Verizon

"Unlimited" data plans are all the rage this year. After T-Mobile debuted its mostly-unlimited One plan to a ton of splash last year, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T all followed suit, and we're now at the point where every major network has some kind of unlimited plan available.

But if you're a shrewd little shopper, you will  hopefully have realized by now that there's far more than four places to buy your wireless service. Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are third-party companies that resell the Big Four's service, often for cheaper. Credo Wireless, one of the more intriguing MVNOs, has just rolled out an unlimited plan that's worth a look.

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July 7th

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FIOS wants to save you from your cable company

Verizon Fios Internet Only Deals 2017

This is a sponsored article and all content and opinions expressed within are independent of editorial.

How many years have you been with your cable company? It might seem like a lifetime considering all the headaches you’ve undoubtedly had to endure. From data speeds that never quite seem to live up to your cable company’s claims, to poor customer service, to TV channel bundles you don’t want and everything in between. You’ve undoubtedly been at your wit’s end for years.

Imagine there was a way to escape the monopolistic clutches of your current cable company. Imagine there was another option that didn’t just offer better service, but service that was also faster and more reliable. Now, imagine you could escape your current cable company’s contract and switch to a new service without getting hit with a huge early termination fee.

It might sound too good to be true, but there’s a simple way to fix almost everything wrong with your current cable service: Stop using cable.

Verizon FIOS isn’t cable. Instead, it’s a cutting-edge fiber optic network that offers blistering data speeds up to 940Mbps down / 880Mbps up, custom TV bundles that won’t charge you for many of the channels you don’t watch, and service reliability that other service providers can only dream of. And the best part is FIOS has a special offer running right now that doesn’t just get you all that and more for $79.99 per month, it also gives you a credit of up to $500 to pay the termination fee your current cable company may charge you to break your contract.

You read that correctly — you’ll get service that’s better in practically every way, and FIOS will pay your contract cancellation fee up to $500.

Let’s break down Verizon FIOS’s current offer. With a two-year agreement, you’ll get the following for $79.99 per month:

  • Download speeds up to 940Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 880Mbps
  • Custom TV
  • Phone service
  • HBO for one year
  • Multi-room DVR service free for two years
  • Credit of up to $500 to get out of your contract

This is a limited-time offer based on availability, so definitely head over to the Verizon FIOS website to learn more and sign up.

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July 5th

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Verizon is charging extra for anti-spam features everyone else gives away for free

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It's not just you: spam calls to your cellphone are on the rise. The number of complaints to the FCC about unwanted calls has nearly tripled since 2010, to the point that around 2.4 billion robocalls are placed every month.

The FCC is working on a framework to help curb the problem, but for now, phone providers are on the front line of the fight-back. AT&T and T-Mobile have already rolled out a feature to users that helps identify incoming spam calls, and now Verizon is following suit.

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July 4th

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There’s a great Pixel deal you should check out… if you’re still into phones from 2016

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The Google Pixel phone is probably one of the best Android phones out there. But it’s also an aging phone, by 2017 standards, when it comes to both design and hardware. So if you haven’t bought your Pixel flavor yet, you might be better off waiting for a few more months for the Pixel 2 series to launch — not to mention that the Galaxy Note 8 that's just around the corner. But if you were to buy a new Pixel, you really should do it today. It’s not just a lot cheaper than before, but it also ships with a free Google Home speaker.

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July 4th

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