Verizon now offers unlimited data plans for pre-paid subscribers

Verizon announced today that effective immediately, it will offer an unlimited data plan for its pre-paid customers. The price of the service is $80 a month and includes unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited text to over 200 international locations. The pre-paid unlimited plan streams video at up to 480p (DVD quality). Mobile hotspot and tethering usage is not included as part of the plan, and during times of heavy traffic your data could be prioritized behind other customers.

Verizon has now simplified its pre-paid offerings, and all of them include unlimited talk, text and …


T-Mobile reports another strong quarter with 798K new postpaid phone subscribers

T-Mobile this afternoon released its quarterly earnings report for the first three month period of 2017. Covering January through March, the nation’s third largest carrier added 798,000 postpaid phone subscribers. Considering that Verizon lost 289,000 customers in this category for its first quarter, T-Mobile seems to be running on all cylinders. The company says that it alone will be responsible for 250% of the industry’s growth in the quarter. The postpaid phone churn for the three months was a record low 1.18%, down 15 basis points from last year, and 10 basis points from the fourth …

Verizon reports a drop in postpaid phone subscribers for the first quarter of 2017

Verizon released its first quarter earnings report today. The nation’s largest carrier had revenue from January through March of $20.9 billion, which was 5.1% lower than what Big Red grossed a year earlier. Verizon blamed the decline on a drop in revenue received from overages, the cost of promoting the business, and a decline in the number of postpaid customers. Of the 307,000 postpaid customers that left the carrier during the three month period, 289,000 were phone-related customers which is the holy grail of the industry. Still, postpaid phone churn came in under .90% for the eighth consecutive …

Netflix eliminated the 5-star rating system because most subscribers didn't understand it

Netflix has announced today that it is no longer using its 5-star rating system that was supposed to show viewers how much they would enjoy watching a particular movie or television shows. The stars are being replaced by a percentage that is supposed to show the same thing. Netflix was forced to make this change because the 5-star system was misunderstood by most Netflix subscribers. It was never intended to be a rating that all potential viewers would use to determine whether or not to watch certain content.

To put it another way, the star ratings on Netflix were not designed to …

T-Mobile to start warning subscribers when an incoming call is a scam

Don’t you hate picking up a call just to discover that the person on the other end is trying hard to separate you from your hard earned money by tossing out lies and improbable claims? Now, T-Mobile is about to start a new feature that will warn you when an incoming call is most likely a scam. If a call comes into your line that sets off  the carrier’s BS detector, caller ID will read “Scam likely.”  You can decide to answer the call for a hoot, or just ignore it completely.

If you are particularly allergic to scam, you can arrange to have such calls blocked before the notification …

T-Mobile subscribers will score discounted sporting event/theater tickets on T-Mobile Tuesday

This is an exciting time for sports fans. The 2017 MLB season is about to begin, and in the
NBA and NHL, teams are jockeying for playoff position. T-Mobile is
working with iOS and Android app Gametime to give subscribers $20 off tickets to
a sporting event. For those not familiar with Gametime, the app finds users the 50 best values for the events that they want to attend, which can
include the theater besides sporting events. Tickets are sent to purchasers via text.

Getting to the ballpark or theater requires gasoline. This Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers will receive a .25 cent a gallon …

$23 billion deal spells the creation of an Indian telecom giant with 400 million subscribers

Have you ever contemplated just how big of a number is 100,000,000 (one hundred million)? How about four times that amount? Well, as it turns out, this is roughly the volume of subscribers that a new Indian carrier is going to have, following today’s announcement of a $23 billion merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.

The combined entity will effectively become India’s largest telecommunication company, enjoying about 40% of the country’s mobile revenue. While colossal mergers of this kind are nothing too unfamiliar in today’s world, the circumstances …

AT&T is offering HBO for free or at a discount to DirecTV Now subscribers

DirecTV Now has been out in the wild since November 30, and things have been far from smooth sailing since its launch. Just a day after the service went live, subscribers were faced with heaps of sign-in errors, content that was being blocked for no discernible reason, and a lot more. AT&T (DirecTV Now’s owner) seems to have ironed out most of these issues, and announced today that customers who have stuck it out through these growing pains would be getting rewarded with free HBO.

If you’ve been a subscriber to DirecTV Now since March 6 or earlier, you’re eligible to receive …

Latest update on Spotify: 50 million paid subscribers for the music streamer

We finally have some new numbers for Spotify. The streaming music service, which is forecast to turn a profit this year for the first time ever, now has 50 million paid subscribers. Back in September, the streamer had 40 million users. That means that the number of paid subscribers has soared 25% in the last six months. Spotify has extended its lead over Apple Music, which has 20 million paid subscribers. Overall, 431 billion songs were streamed last year by “on-demand” subscribers like Spotify and Apple Music,  according to Nielsen.

Spotify did not reveal the total number of users …