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Verizon Gets Aggressive with Customers

Verizon has sent out a letter to thousands of customers telling them that they are being cut off, and that they have a month to find another carrier. Apparently, those customers spend too much time off the Verizon Wireless network….

Verizon’s Unlimited Service

Verizon is aggressively pushing its new unlimited data service. I am a verizon customer and they call me about once a month offering to move me up to their unlimited service. I haven’t bitten. Verizon’s unlimited service would mean a…

Verizon in Trouble

Verizon is being cannibalized by T-Mobile. A better word would be “gored”. They are losing hundreds of thousands of subscribers every quarter. Let’s put this into perspective: A loss of a hundred thousand subscribers is a loss of revenue of…

How UC mobile apps could vanish from smartphone screens

About 10 years ago, unified communications was young, smartphones were new and the mobile knowledge worker was revolutionary. The UC mobile app was inevitable and promised to make and receive work calls outside the office. The potential was brilliant, except…

Yahoo and Ringling Come to an End

There was so much excitement when Marissa Mayer became the CEO of Yahoo! Marissa had a great run at Google, but it was unclear how much of Google’s success could be attributed to her. In hindsight, probably not much. Her term at…

Verizon’s Reasonable International Plan

I have been doing a lot of international traveling lately. And, I am a couple of days in one country and a couple of days in another country. This makes it a nuisance to constantly be changing SIM chips and…

Screwed by Verizon’s International Plan

Colin Here. I’m a Verizon customer. Mostly because in my home area I find T-Mobile coverage too spotty. (My wife is now getting 4 dots of coverage and the “E” has been replaced with “LTE” so it may be worth…

Sad that Apple Intentionally Cripples its Products

There have been quite a few articles talking about how Apple has been crippling their Verizon/Sprint iPhone 7 phones to force them to go slower than the hardware allows. The story you will hear is a bit different from the…

Achoo! Yahoo and AOL Together at Last

I’ve taken a moment to pause and think about Verizon’s recent acquisition of Yahoo!. It would be easy to give a knee-jerk reaction of “Are they crazy?” So I wanted to ponder. To recap, Verizon sold off all of the…

Why Companies Like Verizon Buy Companies Like AOL

Ever since Verizon sold off most of their towers and then used the money to buy AOL (yes, really!) I have been trying to understand why. I was talking with the CFO in a large company that is a friend…

A Tip for Using Verizon Wireless

I don’t know what’s happened to Verizon’s network, but it has really declined in quality in the past year or so. I get a lot of “dots” of signal, but the throughput is frequently very minimal. I used to complain…

Recommended Cellular Rates

Let me throw out how I would price service if I was the Wireless Product manager: Charges would have two parts: A charge for every connected device. A charge for data usage. The charge to connect a device would be…

Simplified Pricing from Verizon Wireless

Tomorrow (August 13/2015), Verizon institutes new simplified pricing. You start by paying $20 if your device can make phone calls, or $10 if your device is data only, unless it is a smaller device like a watch in which case…

Verizon: You Expect Too Much

I have had a lot of problems with Verizon lately. Callers hear my phone ringing even though my phone isn’t ringing. After spending a few hours on the phone with them we got to the bottom of things. Verizon claims…

Verizon Sold its Towers

Verizon is a $120 Billion a year company. They are, more than anything else, a cellular telephone company. So it is forgivable that they sold off their landline business in California, Florida, and Texas. They previously sold off substantial landline…

Verizon Can’t Hear Me now

I spend a lot of time in Asia. Increasingly our operations and growth is in Asia. Plus, it’s an interesting place. So coming home to the US is always refreshing. Instantly noticeable are the empty roads (even in rush hour)…

The Bankers Should not be Allowed to run Verizon

The bankers should not be allowed to run Verizon…or even banks for that matter. Verizon has for most of its existence had a great cellular network. It’s been reliable, drop-call free, and fast. But recently this has all changed. Verizon…

Verizon: Can you VoIP Me Now?

Colin Here. I often write that Cell phone companies are models of bad management, greed, and technical ineptitude. Verizon’s new VoLTE is a perfect example.If you are using VOIP and a SIP phone app on your smartphone you know that…

Verizon Buys AOL

Verizon is acquiring AOL. Yes, THE AOL that is famous for still having over a million $20 a month accounts that use dial-up Internet access. It’s the perfect strategic fit for them, and the moment I heard about this merger…

Bad for US: AT&T And Verizon

Colin here. I know I harp on this topic a lot, but I really believe that AT&T and Verizon are causing America great harm. They’re causing our country to be non-competitive, they’re dragging our industries and companies down like a…