Carrier Wars

Carrier Wars

Speed Test: AT&T 3G Outruns Verizon, But Verizon 4G Murders

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Verizon’s LTE has the power to amaze; see Chris Dixon’s video of employees at the Hunch office browsing around–“faster than high speed wired broadband,” he wrote. Hat tip to PC Mag for putting some context to the meaningless buzzwords “3G” and “4G” with their ranking of the fastest mobile networks in the country, and confirming what we already knew about AT&T. Read More

Carrier Wars

Verizon Fully Recovered from iPhone Inferiority Complex, It Would Seem


Remember when AT&T and Apple had the cool kids table? The carrier had the exclusive on the iPhone for five years, casting aspersions on the other companies which apparently were not good enough for Steve. Verizon endured years of bleeding customers to AT&T, during which time Verizon made all kinds of concessions to customers. For example, I remember getting a call offering me an extra 100 free minutes every month if I renewed my contract for a year. The biggest concession was the unlimited data plan.

Publicly, Verizon did not handle the rivalry very gracefully. We’re thinking of the tonally-challenged ad campaign for Android phones that resembled trailers for a Michael Bay movie alongside an unbecoming campaign that took digs at AT&T’s network.

But after slinging iPhones for about six months now, the giant’s confidence is back. How can we tell? Price hikes! Read More