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T-Mobile fires back at Verizon, will offer HD video and more with unlimited plan

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Verizon’s surprise move to offer an unlimited data plan for smartphones and tablets once again, several years after it stopped offering those plans to customers, is already causing one of its competitors to make some changes. John Legere, the outspoken CEO of T-Mobile, revealed the company’s plans to tweak its ONE unlimited service, starting on Friday, February 17.

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Legere used his Twitter account to reveal those changes. The big ones will allow current and new ONE unlimited subscribers a way to access HD streaming video, along with 10GB of high-speed data for mobile hotspots, at no extra cost. Those changes match what Verizon currently offers in its unlimited plan. It’s also an improvement over T-Mobile’s previous limit of 480p for streaming video and just 3G speeds for mobile hotspots for its normal ONE plan; you could get HD video and high-speed mobile hotspot data by spending $15 a month more for its ONE Plus plan.

Legere also stated that the company will launch a promotion that will price two lines of T-Mobile’s ONE unlimited plan for $100 a month. It’s not yet clear how long this promotion will last. Normally the price for two lines would be $120 a month.

T-Mobile’s changes to its ONE plan will likely be followed by Sprint and, we hope, AT&T sooner rather than later. Sprint still limits video streaming on its unlimited plan to 480p. More importantly, AT&T’s unlimited plan is limited (no pun intended) just to customers who also sign up for the company’s DirecTV satellite TV service or its U-verse fiber internet provider. AT&T is starting to look like a dinosaur compared to its competition, so hopefully we will see the carrier take some action to take with the other big wireless providers ASAP.

What do you think of T-Mobile’s tweaks to its ONE unlimited plan? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Thank Facebook Live, Netflix and Spotify for carriers embracing unlimited plans

A few years ago, the four major wireless carriers in the US began to back away from offering unlimited data plans to customers, or at least some of them were stating they wanted to stop offering those plans at some point.

AT&T and Verizon did away with them completely for new customers in 2010 and 2011, respectively, although older customers that already signed up for those plans could continue to keep them. T-Mobile was hinting as late as March 2016 that the company had “a strategy of pivoting away from unlimited.” Sprint kept up its unlimited plans for customers, but in June 2015 its CEO Marcelo Claure stated “we might eliminate it in the future.”

Fast forward to February 13, 2017. Both Sprint and T-Mobile have stopped talking about getting rid of unlimited plans. Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced its unlimited ONE plan will be the only one it offers customers. Sprint took down Verizon’s recent promotion of $55 a month for 5G of data by offering a limited time promotion of unlimited data for $50 a month. Even AT&T started offering a new unlimited plan in 2016, but with a big catch; you have to also sign up for DirecTV or U-Verse to get it.

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What is Verizon Unlimited? Here’s everything you need to know

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Today, Verizon officially started offering a new unlimited plan for smartphones and tablets for $80 a month, a move that few people thought it would make even just a few weeks ago. While competition to stay ahead of the other wireless carriers was certainly a factor in Verizon’s decision, keep in mind that even Sprint and T-Mobile execs were hinting strongly they might back away from unlimited plans. So what caused this overall change in attitude?

We think the answer is pretty clear: streaming services.

The rise of Netflix and the streaming culture

Thank Facebook Live, Netflix and Spotify for carriers embracing unlimited plans

In 2011, Verizon stopped offering unlimited plans to new customers. Netflix had 23 million subscribers in the US. In its most recent financial statements, for the fourth quarter of 2016, the streaming video service stated it had over double that amount of paid users in the US, up to 49.43 million subscribers.

More and more people are binge watching shows on their smartphones every day

While many of those users likely watch videos on their smart TVs or via set-top boxes, there’s no doubt that more and more people are binge watching shows on Netflix on the road with their smartphones and tablets, along with competitors like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and others. All of them are also offering easy access to streaming 1080p and even 4K videos, which can eat up even more data on your monthly plan. Also keep in mind that back in 2011, the display on the average smartphone was between 4 to 5 inches. Now more and more people own phones that have much bigger displays with higher resolutions, and they are now much better for watching streaming videos on Netflix.

While they don’t use up as much data as Netflix, the rise of popularity of streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and others do contribute to eating up a smartphone owners’ data plans as well. Most recently, we have seen a rise in people broadcasting their own streaming videos on their mobile devices via services like Facebook Live and Twitter. Popular gaming streaming Twitch also has plans to launch its own mobile streaming service later this year.

Facebook Live, Spotify, Google Play Music and more have been eating up users' data plans

There’s no doubt we now live in a streaming culture, and because of that, people will be using more and more data on the Big Four wireless networks. Carrier executives who have tried to claim that most of their customers don’t really use their monthly data amounts are starting to sound hollow now, and we think that unlimited plans will now become the norm, rather than the exception, going forward.

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Indeed, the only carrier among the Big Four that doesn’t currently offer an unlimited standalone plan is AT&T. With Verizon now breaking down and joining T-Mobile and Sprint, we think AT&T will do the same, and sooner rather than later.

The upcoming promise of 5G networks

Thank Facebook Live, Netflix and Spotify for carriers embracing unlimited plans

The mobile streaming trend will only continue into the future, especially as carriers prepare for even faster download speeds. AT&T says it has already started testing its 5G networks in the field, and other carriers will soon follow suit. While widespread access to 5G networks is still several years away in the US, it’s clear that preparations are being made for its arrival. 3GPP, the group that approves the cellular wireless standards, recently revealed the official branding for its 5G specifications well ahead of time.

The mobile streaming trend will only continue into the future, especially as carriers prepare for even faster download speeds

T-Mobile recently stated it had recorded speeds on its 5G test beds that were as fast as 12 gigabits per second. If wireless networks come even close to those kinds of speeds when 5G becomes operational out in the wild, it will certainly help to launch a whole new net of mobile phones and apps that will use that speed to offer services like full mobile VR and AR services, and perhaps applications that have not even been thought of yet.

That also means offering unlimited data to those future customers will continue to be important. People don’t want to be told that their super-fast mobile connection could be stopped because of a data cap, and they certainly don’t want to pay extra to go over that cap every month. Therefore, we don’t think wireless carriers will be backing away from offering unlimited data down the road.

Data for everyone, but at what cost?

There are already quite a few restrictions in the current crop of unlimited data offerings

Of course, offering unlimited data and upgrading networks to 5G won’t be free. Carriers do have to make money, and that could cause them to boost prices on unlimited plans in the future. It’s way too early to predict if or when that might happen, but we will have to see if getting access to all that data will come at a cost. Indeed, T-Mobile and Sprint already throttle video streams down to 480p on their “unlimited” plans, and Verizon says it “may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion” if you go over 22GB a month on its new plan.

However, even with these restrictions, having an unlimited plan will be better for a lot of mobile customers in the long run, and we are very happy to see Verizon make that switch, even with its fairly high price tag. This is ultimately a win-win, and we think it will continue in the future, again thanks to the increasing popularity of streaming services.

What do you think of Verizon making this decision to offer an unlimited plan? Will you be signing up? How long do you think it will take before AT&T offers its own standalone unlimited plan that doesn’t need a DirecTV or U-Verse subscription? Let us know what you think in the comments!

What is Verizon Unlimited? Here’s everything you need to know

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Over the weekend, Verizon announced an all-new unlimited mobile plan in a message on its website. It’s exciting news in the mobile industry but picking through the details can be an arduous task (I’ve just done it and it took four cups of coffee and a twenty-minute phone call with my therapist).

Below, I’ve tried to outline the most pertinent information about the new service, including prices, restrictions and how it stacks up against the competition. Here’s everything you need to know about Verizon Unlimited.

What the heck is Verizon Unlimited, anyway?

Verizon Unlimited is a new network plan which provides unlimited talk, text, and mobile data in the US, Canada and Mexico — with some limitations.

Why is Verizon Unlimited a big deal?

Verizon axed its last unlimited subscription service in 2011 and in September 2016, the company reaffirmed its stance on the subject when CFO Fran Shammo said: “At the end of the day, people don’t need unlimited plans.”

Such plans, however, have become an increasingly attractive prospect in recent years, particularly with the rise of music and video streaming apps.

Verizon clearly now sees the appeal, and as one of the biggest carriers in the US — with what many experts believe to be the best LTE infrastructure — its service could be highly sought-after.

What is included in Verizon Unlimited?

  • Unlimited voice, text and data in the US
  • Unlimited text/calls to and from Canada and Mexico
  • Unlimited voice, text and data in Canada and Mexico
  • Mobile hotspot/tethering
  • Unlimited HD video (it’s not capped at 480p like T-Mobile and Sprint)

How much does Verizon Unlimited cost?

Single-line

The single-line Verizon Unlimited plan costs $80, as long as you sign up for Auto Pay and paperless billing (otherwise you’ll pay an extra five bucks). This includes line access but does not include phone repayments — should you take out the plan with a new device, or still be in the process of paying off a previous one.

Single-line access also includes the option to add a second or third connected device which could be a tablet/internet device (+$20 per month), or a smartwatch (+$5 per month).

Multi-line

You can use up to 10 lines and 20 connected devices with Verizon Unlimited Multi-Line. This package starts at $100 and costs an additional $20 per line: so with two devices, the bill would be $140, with three, $160, with four, $180, and so on. Without Auto Pay and paperless billing, you’ll have to add another $10 to the $100 base fee.

As with the single line plan, this price excludes monthly repayments for smartphones connected on the line and includes the same rates for connected devices.

Can I get a Verizon Unlimited discount?

Reportedly, “ELEU and CLEU discounts will not apply” to the Verizon Unlimited plan, but customers will “be eligible for the equipment discount.” Military and veteran discounts still apply.

Note that the more lines you have connected on multi-line, the less you would pay individually if you split the bill between all parties (with four smartphones on multi-line, for example, the cost is $45 per device instead of $80 per device as with single line).

Are there any limitations to the Verizon Unlimited service?

Yes. Like any such plan, Verizon’s Unlimited service also includes a number of restrictions — the biggest among these are:

  • Full LTE speeds for the first 22 GB of data usage only, reduced data speeds and de-prioritization thereafter (carriers tend to say this throttling only occurs under unusually high network activity).
  • 4G LTE data in Canada and Mexico applies to the first 500 MB per day only, after which it drops to 2G.
  • The first 10 GB of tethered internet per month, per line runs at 4G LTE speeds and drops to 3G thereafter.
  • If more than half of your talk, text or data usage comes from Mexico or Canada over a sixty-day period, use of those services may be “removed or limited.”

Who is eligible for Verizon Unlimited?

Both new and existing customers are eligible for Verizon Unlimited.

What is the Verizon Unlimited competition like?

T-Mobile has an unlimited plan for $70 per month, with $50 to add a second line and an extra $20 for each line after that. Video streaming is capped at 480p unless you pay an extra $25 per month, but its 4G LTE threshold stands at 26 GB (compared to Verizon’s 23 GB) with 3G connectivity thereafter.

Sprint‘s unlimited plan starts at $50 per month, or a five line data plan for $90 per month, with a 23 GB 4G data threshold. Video streaming there is also capped at 480p resolution unless you pay an additional $20 per month.

AT&T also has an unlimited offer, but it’s available only to customers who use its satellite TV services too.

Does this mean Verizon’s “limited” plans are no longer available?

No, the Verizon S, M and L packages for those who don’t require unlimited data are still available.

When is Verizon Unlimited available?

Verizon Unlimited is available from today, February 13.

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Hopefully, this has addressed the main questions regarding this service, but if you need to know anything else, get in touch in the comments or hit me up on Twitter (@scottadamgordon).

Check out the plan for yourself at the Verizon Wireless website.

Verizon offers same-day screen repair on a few Android phones

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No one likes seeing their smartphone display shatter after an unfortunate fall to the pavement. This week, Verizon Wireless announced improvements to its Total Mobile Protection plan that include offering same-day display repairs for a very few Android phones.

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The Total Mobile Protection plan is an option that costs Verizon customers $11 a month for a smartphone. Under the new improvements, Verizon will offer same-day display repair in 34 states and the District of Columbia for the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 phones, along with the company’s Note 4 and Note 5 devices. Same-day display repairs are also available for the Motorola DROID Turbo and DROID Maxx. The cost for each repair will be $79. If you live in one of those areas, you can travel to a repair location or Verizon will sent a technician to come to you.

If you are wondering why your smartphone is not on the screen repair list, it might be one day. Verizon stated that the devices on the same-day repair list will change over time, based upon “device popularity and technician and parts availability.”

Verizon is also including three repair claims per year under the new Total Mobile Protection plan, rather that just two claims under the previous version. If you have more than one smartphone on your Verizon plan (and many people do), you can sign up for the Total Mobile Protection Multi-Device plan. This allows users to cover three lines under the same account for $33 a month. They can also share nine repair claims per year.

While this is certainly a nice option, it’s too bad that Verizon’s same-day screen repair is not available on more phones, especially with the popularity of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and especially the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Hopefully they will be added in the near future.

Verizon gets defensive in its response to OpenSignal’s network comparison

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Two days ago, we reported that according to OpenSignal’s network comparison, Verizon and T-Mobile are tied for the best network in the US. Well, clearly Verizon doesn’t want to share the title with T-Mobile and since has posted a response explaining why it alone is numero uno.

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OpenSignal reports have been around for quite some time now. Not only do they cover all major carriers in the US, but they also cover state of mobile networks in other countries like Canada, Brazil, and Italy. In fact, they released a brand-new report just a few days ago, comparing the 4G and 3G data speed, latency, and coverage of the Big Four carriers in the US: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. It concluded that T-Mobile has actually come a long way since last year and is tied with Verizon for the top spot.

Well, Verizon saw that report and took to Twitter to give its two cents, and let’s just say that Big Red isn’t too happy to be associated with T-Mobile:

As you can see, Verizon thinks that OpenSignal’s data are inherently flawed because crowdsourcing favors major metropolitan areas, and this may not necessarily reflect how each carrier does overall throughout the country. It then lists other “better” studies that have ranked Verizon as the sole winner. Getting a little defensive, are we?

Verizon may be onto something when it says OpenSingal’s methodology does not take into consideration when users are simply unable to get a signal and that crowdsourced data are usually congregated in urban areas. However, pure geographical coverage poses some serious problems. For instance, one carrier might have the best overall coverage in the country, but the strong ones tend to be from rural areas where the population is lacking. After all, more than 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas, and that means the state of urban networks is what affects people in reality.

However, pure geographical coverage poses some serious problems. For instance, one carrier might have the best overall coverage in the country, but the strong ones tend to be from rural areas where the population is lacking.

Not only that, with a sample size of almost 170,000 users and data sample size of more than 4 billion usage reports, it’s hard to say that this is non-scientific. The truth is, there is no real argument for or against OpenSignal’s reports; it’s simply among the many comparison tests out there. And although Verizon may have the highest customer loyalty, the fact of the matter is T-Mobile has indeed come a long way. It pioneered the Un-carrier movement in the US and brought some much-needed changes to how much we pay for phone bills and for data. There’s certainly a few things that Big Red could learn from the magenta carrier.

Verizon has another Android Wear 2.0 watch with LTE: the Wear24

Verizon Wear24 (left), LG Watch Sport (right)

By now you’ve already heard the big news – Android Wear 2.0 is now officially official, and Google and LG have finally unveiled the new LG Watch Sport and Watch Style. The former device is certainly the beefier of the two models, featuring LTE connectivity, a heart rate sensor, a built-in GPS and an NFC chip for mobile payments. And because the Watch Sport comes with cellular connectivity, you’ll be able to buy it directly from Verizon and AT&T.

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If you’re buying from Verizon, the Watch Sport can be yours for $379.99 outright, or $329.99 on a two-year contract. But what if you want a new LTE-capable Android Wear device that’s not as big and bulky as the Watch Sport?

Alongside the new LG device, Verizon is also selling its own Android Wear 2.0-powered smartwatch, the Wear24.

The Wear24 sports a smaller chassis than the Watch Sport, so this may be a better option if you prefer form over functionality

Details are pretty scarce so far, but we do know that the Wear24 will run Android Wear 2.0, and will come with a water resistant design that can be submerged in up to 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Of course, the Wear24 will also come with LTE connectivity, so you can activate it on a Verizon plan and use it to make and receive phone calls, texts, etc. We’ve reached out to Verizon for more details on the specifications, so we’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

As you can see from the image attached above, the Wear24 features a slightly smaller chassis than the Watch Sport, so this may be a better option if you prefer form over functionality.

You’ll still have to pay a pretty penny if you want this LTE-connected device, though. The Wear24 will be available online and in Verizon stores in March for $299.99 with a two-year activation.

As far as pricing plans are concerned, you can add a connected smartwatch to a Verizon plan for $5 per month, plus taxes and fees, of course. And if you’re not on Verizon but still want a smartwatch, you can opt for a Single Device Plan, which will get you 1GB of data, plus unlimited talk and text, for as low as $10 per month.

So, are you interested in this new Android Wear device? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

OpenSignal is back with another yearly investigation into the state of the major mobile networks in the US. The data looks at the 3G and 4G data speeds offed by the big four – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon – along with latency data and network availability. If you’re keen to know which is the best and most reliable network to pick for your next contract, here’s the information you need to see.

Data speeds

According to the research, it’s a tie between Verizon and T-Mobile for the fastest 4G LTE network in the US, with 16.89Mbps and 16.65Mbps average speeds respectively (as seen by users). AT&T is not far behind on 13.68Mbps, but Sprint is considerably slower on average at just 9Mbps.

It's a tie between Verizon and T-Mobile for the fastest 4G LTE network in the US, with 16.89Mbps and 16.65Mbps average speeds respectively

Although it’s a closely-run race for 4G, T-Mobile retains its title as the fastest 3G network in the US, with 4Mbps typical, followed by AT&T on 3Mbps. Verizon and Sprint both clock in below 1Mbps, meaning a much slower experience on average when roaming out of 4G range. Although we should note that 3G speeds are becoming increasingly irrelevant, as the time spent on these connections is barely registering anymore in OpenSignal‘s research.

The graph below compares the average download speeds achieved by customers on their 4G LTE connections, 3G connections, and a typical usage result that shows the average speed seen by users when moving between 4G and 3G across a carrier’s network.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

T-Mobile and Verizon offer the best 4G and typical download speeds, but T-Mobile has the country’s fastest 3G network.

OpenSignal

This situation tells a different story to just a few months ago. Back in August, OpenSignal‘s look at the US carrier market revealed that T-Mobile was edging ahead with 4G LTE data speeds. At the time, T-Mobile’s LTE speeds were clocked at 16.3 Mbps, just ahead of Verizon’s 15.9 Mbps. While both are a little faster today, it appears that Verizon has managed to successfully close the gap.

Looking back even further to March 2016, US customers will probably have noticed an improvement to their 4G LTE and 3G speeds, regardless of which carrier they are on. Back in 2016, T-Mobile led the way with 12.26Mbps, followed by Verizon on 11.98Mbps, AT&T on 7.93Mbps, and Sprint on 6.56Mbps.

While all carriers have improved their 4G LTE speeds, its AT&T that has seen the biggest boost, up a whopping 75 percent compared with last year.

While all carriers have improved their 4G LTE speeds, its AT&T that has seen the biggest boost, up a whopping 75 percent compared with last year. The other three major carriers have all improved their 4G LTE speeds by between 35 and 41 percent. AT&T has also seen the biggest improvements in its 3G speeds, showing almost a 50 percent improvement from 2.22Mbps to around 3Mbps.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

All carriers have improved their 4G LTE data speeds over the past year, and it’s AT&T that has boosted speeds the most.

This notable boost to 4G LTE data speeds has come following a number of LTE-Advanced activations up and down the country. In August last year, Verizon announced it was implementing its LTE-A upgrade across its 4G network, T-Mobile has been upgrading its network with similar technologies for a while already and is planning further boosts, and Sprint has just switched on its three-carrier aggregation technology too.

These 4G-LTE rollouts have seen major speed boosts in certain cities, with Verizon’s New York coverage hopping from 17.4Mbps to 22Mbps last summer. Speaking of cities, Verizon ranked highest in speed in 14 of the 36 cities analyzed, compared to four cities for T-Mobile, and one for AT&T. Seven other metro areas results in a speed tie for Verizon and T-Mobile.

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Latency

Before we leave data speeds behind, we should take a little look at latency. Latency is an important factor in the overall experience, as fast data speeds don’t provide a snappy website response if there’s a large delay between data transfer points. The is particularly important for things like online gaming, video calls, and voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Sprint led the way with latency last year, but it’s now virtually a neck and neck affair across all networks. Verizon edges out ahead with a 59.8ms typical 4G latency, followed by Sprint on 61.3, T-Mobile on 61.6, and AT&T on 65.6, which are all pretty indistinguishable from each other.

3G shows a wider variety of results, with T-Mobile leading on 115.8ms, followed by AT&T’s 129.5, Sprint on 153.5, and Verizon with 173.3ms. T-Mobile and AT&T are notablly ahead here, but, as we said before, 3G is becoming less important as 4G LTE network coverage continues to strengthen.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

Network Coverage

Network coverage is just as important as speed, and the report suggests further improvements in 4G network coverage for many consumers over the past year. Verizon is still narrowly out in front, with customers able to connect to a 4G network 88.2 percent of the time on average.

Verizon customers are able to connect to a 4G network 88.2 percent of the time on average.

T-Mobile is right behind on 86.6 percent, followed by AT&T with 82.2 while Sprint is in last place with 76.8. Based on figures from last year, it seems that T-Mobile has been able to close its few percentage points gap with Verizon, bringing it essentially neck and neck.

Although still offering the least regular access to 4G overall, Sprint has done a considerable job of improving access over the past year and is finally starting to close the gap with the competition. Sprint customers are now seeing 4G LTE data an extra 6.8 percent of the time. T-Mobile has shown similar improvements with a 5.4 percent boost to time with a 4G connection, and has now surpassed AT&T for coverage time.

State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

Sprint and T-Mobile have improve their access to 4G data the most over the past year.

It’s worth pointing out that this data doesn’t actually tell us about area covered across the US. Instead, it simply tells us how regularly customers were able to connect to 4G on their respective networks, and contains no information about 3G availability. Therefore, this make it more of an indication of population coverage rather than overall area, but this is arguably what counts the most.

Wrap Up

Overall, OpenSignal finds that there’s a tie between T-Mobile and Verizon for the best network in the US, both in terms of coverage offered to consumers and their average 4G data speeds. While T-Mobile held speeds steady in the past 6 months, Verizon has closed a 1Mbps gap, and over the past year both have seen a major boost to data speeds. Just as Verizon has been expanding its LTE capacity, T-Mobile has been closing its coverage gap on its biggest competitor, making the two both very compelling options.

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On a global scale, the US is still quite far behind other countries. All four of the major operators are still slightly behind the 17.4 Mbps global average speed offered by 4G networks, although this gap is narrowing. That said, a number of carriers are able to beat these speeds in a number of cities and continued investments into LTE-A rollouts should see speeds continue to increase over the coming year.

Be sure to check out OpenSignal’s full report for a breakdown of the numbers and the researchers’ take on the state of US networks.

Verizon sending free Daydream View headsets to some Pixel owners

We have been reporting for some time that demand for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones continues to exceed supply, especially for the larger Pixel XL. Now it looks like Verizon Wireless, the exclusive US carrier for the phone, is trying to make up for these shipping delays by offering some of those buyers a free Daydream View VR headset.

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Many users on Reddit who have ordered a Pixel phone have posted word online that they have received calls from Verizon telling them they will be getting a free Daydream View headset. Some of the users have already received their Pixel phone, but only after a number of delays, while others who have gotten these calls have yet to get their phones.

It would appear that Verizon is trying its best to apologize for the shipment delays that have hit the Pixel with this free offer. Normally the Daydream View headset costs $79, although a current promotion from Google has lowered the price down to just $49 until February 25.

A quick check of the Verizon site shows that the black 32GB Pixel is the only model that’s available for immediate shipment. The white 32GB model will ship on February 14 if ordered today, and the blue version will ship on February 28. The black 128GB Pixel will ship on February 14, and the white version will ship out on March 10. It’s even worse for the Pixel XL. The 32GB version will ship on February 21, but all of the other colors and models have shipment dates in March. That includes a date as late as March 31 for people who want to get the white 128GB model.

Google recently said that it is “working with our partners to restock inventory across our retail channels” in reference to an incorrect report that claimed the company was stopping production of the Pixel phones. While Google is clearly trying to make as many Pixel devices as it can, we suspect that it will be making more apologies, and possibly offering more freebies, to frustrated customers.

Sprint’s four-day promo offers unlimited talk, text and data for $50 a month

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Sprint’s latest promotion may be one of its best yet, but it’s only going to last for a short while. From now until Monday, Jan. 30, the wireless carrier will be offering a plan that will cost just $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and data on its network for one line.

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This new move is a direct response by Sprint to an earlier offer made by Verizon Wireless. It recently began a promotion that gave customers 5GB of data for $55 a month. In Verizon’s ads for this deal, the carrier seemed to suggest that having an “unlimited” plan was a waste of money, claiming that the vast majority of its customers don’t use more than 5GB of data every month.

In today’s press release announcing this move, Sprint said that 5GB of data a month simply is not enough in today’s world where streaming video can take up a lot of bandwidth. It claims that users could take 5GB of data just by watching seven episodes of House of Cards on Netflix at its standard resolution, and if it switches to HD, Netflix can use up to 3GB of data per hour. Even doing normal things like browsing on the web can take up 50Mb of data in just one hour.

In addition to the $50 unlimited plan, Sprint is also offering people a way to get two lines with the same plan for $90 a month, with each additional line costing $30 a month. There are some caveats to this deal. Video streaming is limited to 480p resolution, and music streaming is also limited to 500kbps. Playing streaming games is limited to 2Mbps. Finally, if you sign up for this plan, the price will go up to $60 a month after March 31, 2018.

Sprint certainly wants to stick it to Verizon, which does not offer any unlimited plans for new customers, and this may be an effective promotion for doing just that. What do you think of Sprint’s latest offer and its response to Verizon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Verizon offers unlimited international call plan for $15 per month

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Verizon has launched a new plan for those making frequent international calls within the US. For an extra $15 added to your existing Verizon bill, you can get the Unlimited Together – World plan which includes unlimited calls to mobile devices in almost 40 countries, unlimited calls to landlines in more than 70 countries, and discounted rates in more than 160 countries.

“Talking with family and friends abroad should not be limited by distance or a cut-rate network,” said Verizon vice president of marketing Rob Miller in a press release. “With the introduction of Unlimited TogetherSM, it is easier and more affordable than ever for our customers to call their loved ones and talk as long as they want.”

As for messaging, if you have the New Verizon Plan, The Verizon Plan or The MORE Everything Plan then unlimited international texts and multimedia messages are included as standard.

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With regards to the competition, AT&T recently announced a plan which would provide international calls and texts at a cost of $10 per day. Verizon’s service clearly offers the better value.

If you want to know more about Verizon’s offer, including the countries included in the plan, hit the link.