July

2016

R. Knutson, "Verizon to Raise Monthly Wireless Plans by up to $10 a Month," The Wall Street Journal


Verizon Communications Inc. is raising prices for its wireless service, a sign that aggressive discounting by smaller rivals hasn’t dented the ability of the biggest U.S. players to keep customers and lift monthly bills.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/verizon-to-raise-monthly-wireless-plans-by-up-to-10-a-month-1467824444

H. King, "Verizon overhauls its data plans," CNN Money


By paying an upfront overdraft-like fee, Verizon's users will not be charged for going over their data limits; instead, Verizon will slow down their data speeds after they exceed the cap.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/06/technology/verizon-data-plan/index.html

June

2016

R. Cheng, "Verizon set to offer 'unlimited' option, data rollover," CNET


Verizon is likely to offer a rollover-like feature that allows customers to take unused data with them to the following month. There's also a "safety mode" that removes overage fees, and some customers will get more access to their plans while in Canada and Mexico.

http://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-set-to-offer-unlimited-option-data-rollover/

"More speed and coverage with U.S. Cellular — now part of Project Fi ," Android Official Blog


U.S. Cellular becomes a partner of Google Fi so Google Fi's users are experiencing a better quality by the ability of accessing one more cellular network together with WiFi, T-Mobile's and Sprint's networks.

https://android.googleblog.com/2016/06/more-speed-and-coverage-with-us.html

January

2016

Z. Kleinman, "Three defends mobile tariff 'price hike'," BBC


The networks are seeing huge growth in data consumption as people watch more video content at ever-higher resolutions on their smartphones. Mobile network provider, Three, will eliminate unlimited data plan but charge its customers a new tariff for the data quota. This move somehow leads to customers' anger.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35441452

M. Reardon, "AT&T's new unlimited data plan: Everything you need to know (FAQ)," CNET


AT&T will once again offer unlimited wireless data, though only for customers who also subscribe to its DirecTV or U-Verse TV services. Customers of unlimited data plans won't be able to turn their phones into hotspots to create Internet access for tablets or laptops.

http://www.cnet.com/news/at-ts-new-unlimited-data-plan-everything-you-need-to-know-faq/

S. Martin, "Announcing Reduced Pricing on Storage," Microsoft Azure


Effective on March 13 worldwide, storage pricing for Microsoft's Azure cloud platform will be cut to fulfill its promise to match Amazon Web Services prices.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/storage-price-match/

C. Metz, "Microsoft Hints At Another Anti-Carrier Shift In Wireless," WIRED


Microsoft may offer its own SIM card working with one of the carriers, since a "Cellular Data" app has been added to Windows app store that "allows you to connect to a trusted nationwide mobile data network" using "Microsoft SIM".

http://www.wired.com/2016/01/microsoft-hints-at-another-anti-carrier-shift-in-wireless/

December

2015

I. Fried, "Verizon to Start Testing 'Toll-Free' Data in Coming Days," Re/code


Verizon has announced that it will start testing sponsored data, allowing third parties to sponsor, or pay for, the mobile data usage that users consume when accessing selected content. A larger rollout is planned for Q1 2016.

http://recode.net/2015/12/09/verizon-to-start-testing-toll-free-data-in-coming-days/

C. Velazco, "AT&T to ditch most two-year phone contracts on January 8th," Engadget


After Verizon stopped offering two-year contracts, AT&T will also terminate it. From January 8th, all AT&T's new and existing customers need to pay the full price upfront for their new phone or in installments over time.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/12/30/att-ditch-contracts-jan-8/

November

2015

J. Vincent, "FCC Chief Praises T-Mobile's Binge On, despite Net Neutrality Concerns," The Verge


FCC chief Tom Wheeler called T-Mobile's new Binge On promotion for video traffic "highly innovative and highly competitive," in response to questins whether the service raised any net neutrality concerns.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/20/9768214/t-mobile-binge-on-fcc-tom-wheeler

J. Brodkin, "T-Mobile Exempts Video from Data Caps, but Lowers Resolution to 480p," Ars Technica


T-Mobile introduced a new service called Binge On, which exempts several popular video apps, such as Netflix and Hulu, from data caps. However, the service, which customers can choose to opt out of, also compresses all videos to a lower resolution, generally around 480p.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/11/t-mobile-exempts-video-from-data-caps-but-lowers-resolution-to-480p/

October

2015

K. Collins, "Apple Faces Lawsuit over Data Bills Tied to Wi-Fi Assist," CNet


Apple's iOS 9 introduced a new feature, Wi-Fi Assist, to automatically turn off WiFi and transfer data over cellular if the WiFi signal is weak. However, customers are now suing Apple over claims that Wi-Fi Assist unexpectedly increased their cellular data bills.

http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-faces-lawsuit-over-data-bills-tied-to-wi-fi-assist/

C. Metz, "How Auctions Will Make Cell Service Better for Everyone," Wired


A new startup, Rivada, is attempting to create an open market where providers can bid on wireless infrastructure in real time. The idea builds on Google's Project Fi, which runs on both Sprint's and T-Mobile's networks, and would allow consumers to freely switch between providers and data prices to adjust to real-time user demand.

http://www.wired.com/2015/10/google-apple-bid-best-cell-service/

B. Fung, "Verizon's Unlimited Data Plans Are Getting 66 Percent More Expensive," The Washington Post


Verizon has increased the price of its unlimited data plans, in its latest attempt to push its few remaining unlimited users to more profitable metered data plans. Other U.S. providers have made similar moves recently.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/10/08/verizons-unlimited-data-plans-are-getting-66-percent-more-expensive/

B. Fung, "Verizon's Giving AOL All the Data It Will Soon Collect on You," The Washington Post


Verizon is sharing data about its users with AOL, which it recently acquired. The data could help AOL's advertising platform offer better-targeted ads to users, potentially giving Verizon a bigger role in the mobile advertisement market.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/10/07/verizons-giving-aol-all-the-data-it-will-soon-collect-on-you/

S. Mitroff, "Everything you need to know about YouTube Red," CNET


Google created YouTube Red, a new paid monthly subscription service with several perks that make your viewing experience better.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/youtube-red-details/

September

2015

T. Gryta, "The AppleCare+ Wrinkle: Apple's iPhone Upgrade Plan vs. the Carrier Plans," Wall Street Journal


Apple launches an iPhone upgrade program to compete with the iPhone purchase plans offered by U.S. carriers.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/09/11/apples-iphone-upgrade-plan-vs-the-carrier-plans/

S. Perez, "Verizon's Mobile Video Service Go90 Launches into Beta," TechCrunch


Verizon has launched a free, ad-supported mobile video service that includes access to television, programming live events, and video from web series. The service is available to all mobile users, including other carriers' customers.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/08/verizons-mobile-video-service-go90-prepares-to-launch/

B. X. Chen, "Choosing the Best Smartphone Plan for You," The New York Times


An analysis of the increasingly complicated smartphone plans offered by major U.S. wireless carriers found that AT&T generally has the best deals for individuals and families, with some caveats.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/03/technology/personaltech/choosing-the-best-smartphone-plan-for-you.html

August

2015

D. Pierce, "Verizon gives up and makes cell phone plans simple," Wired


Verizon eliminates new two-year cell phone contracts, instead requiring users to pay the full price for their mobile devices and a recurring (usage-based) monthly charge for mobile data usage.

http://www.wired.com/2015/08/verizon-simple-cell-phone-plan/

B. Fung, "Comcast is doubling the speed of its low-cost Internet plans," Washington Post


Comcast expands access to its Internet Essentials program for low-income consumers and doubles their speeds from 5 Mbps to 10 Mbps.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/08/04/comcast-is-doubling-the-speed-of-its-low-cost-internet-plans/

E. C. Baig, "Opening salvo from AT&T and DirecTV," USA Today


Upon completion of its DirecTV acquisition, AT&T introduces a $200/month plan that includes both a 10GB wireless data plan and high definition DVR service for up to four television receivers.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2015/08/03/opening-salvo-att-directv-200-promo/31017117/

July

2015

J. Brodkin, "Canada orders large ISPs to make fiber availabile to competitors," Ars Technica


In an effort to increase broadband competition in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission orders incumbents to share their infrastructure with competitors.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/07/canada-orders-large-isps-to-make-fiber-available-to-competitors/

N. Olivarez-Giles, "Project Fi review: Google masters Wi-Fi calling, but needs better phones," Wall Street Journal


Google's new Project Fi allows its users to automatically connect to open WiFi, T-Mobile, or Sprint networks depending on which has the best performance at any given time. However, it is only available on Nexus 6 phones.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/project-fi-review-google-masters-wi-fi-calling-but-needs-better-phones-1436285959

June

2015

T. Gryta, "Five things to know about the FCC’s fine against AT&T," Wall Street Journal


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fines AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about "unlimited" mobile data plans.

http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2015/06/17/5-things-to-know-about-the-fccs-fine-against-att/

K. Fitchard, "The real reason Verizon bought AOL," Fortune


Verizon completes a $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, allowing it to assume a bigger role in the digital content market.

http://fortune.com/2015/06/24/verizon-gains-aol/

V. Tavor, "Google Preemptible VM, AWS Spot Instances and SLA Based (Cloud) Computing," Cloudyn


Six years after Amazon EC2 offered Spot Instances, Google also introduced Preemptible Virtual Machines (VMs) in May. Different from Amazon EC2's spot instances that users need to bid for spare capacity, Google's Peemptible VMs come with a largly-discounted fixed price but no availability guarantee.

https://www.cloudyn.com/blog/google-preemptible-vm-aws-spot-instances-and-sla-based-cloud-computing/

March

2015

Federal Communications Commission, "FCC order in the matter of protecting and promoting the open Internet"


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassifies Internet service providers (ISPs) as telecommuncations providers, thus subjecting them to Title II of the Communications Act. In particular, ISPs are prohibited from blocking traffic, throttling traffic, or creating "fast lanes" paid for by content providers except in cases of "reasonable network management."

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-15-24A1.pdf

January

2015

D. Graziano, "Comparing T-Mobile and AT&T's rollover data plans", CNET


Both T-Mobile and AT&T have announced the rollover data that allows their customers to carry any unused data to the next month. AT&T's rollover data is only eligible for its Mobile Share Value customers, and will expire after one month. T-Mobile's rollover data is separated from other family members, and won't expire for a year.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/comparing-t-mobile-and-at-ts-rollover-data-plans/

August

2014

A. Wilhelm, "The FCC to host net neutrality round tables," TechCrunch


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces plans to host open forums on net neutrality in advance of planned changes to net neutrality regulations in the U.S.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/11/the-fcc-to-host-net-neutrality-round-tables/

A. Wilhelm and C. Zakrzewski, "Inside the FCC’s 1.1 million net neutrality comments," TechCrunch


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to overhaul its net neutrality rules, igniting a firestorm of public debate.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/05/inside-the-fccs-1-1-million-net-neutrality-comments/

M. Reardon, “President signs cell phone unlocking bill into law,” CNet


The U.S. government makes unlocking cell phones legal again, making it easier for users to switch carriers while keeping their cell phones.

http://www.cnet.com/news/president-signs-cell-phone-unlocking-bill-into-law/

July

2014

Lapowsky, "Virgin Mobile’s new wireless plan is like Netflix for your phone," Wired


Virgin Mobile un-bundles usage of different mobile apps with a data plan that offers unlimited usage for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/virgin-mobiles-new-wireless-plan-is-like-netflix-for-your-phone/

E. Alvarez, “Verizon to start throttling unlimited LTE plans,” EnGadget


Verizon announces plans to throttle unlimited LTE data plans.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/25/verizon-unlimited-lte-data-plans-throttling/

D. Bean, “I spent a week with the Republic Wireless WiFi phone network,” Yahoo Tech


Republic Wireless offers a cheaper data plan that uses open WiFi hotspots whenever possible.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/i-spent-a-week-with-the-republic-wireless-wifi-phone-92437040379.html