Verizon Eying Canada's Wind Mobile and Mobilicity
Verizon Wireless is looking to Canada as one possible avenue through which it can expand its business. The company is speaking to both Wind Mobile and Mobilicity, which are newer, smaller wireless network operators that offer service in Canada. Wind has about 600,000 customers and is valued at approximately $670 million. The number of Mobilicity's customers isn't known, but it is valued at about $476 million. According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon has gone as far as to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Mobilicity, though any talks it has with Mobilicity would depend on separate negotiations Verizon is holding with Wind. A Verizon executive recently said that the company was considering an expansion into Canada, but the company declined to provide specific details about its plans. AT&T has also eyed making investments in or acquisitions of wireless network operators outside the U.S. as a means by which to grow its business.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Verizon Eying December 2019 to Shutter CDMA 1x Network
Verizon Wireless says it is aiming to wind down its 2G CDMA 1x network by the end of December 2019. Approximately 92% of Verizon's wireless traffic travels over LTE now.
Verizon to Resurrect Unlimited Plan for $80 per Month
Verizon Wireless will on Monday offer unlimited data plans to its customers for the first time since 2011. Verizon's new offer costs $80 per month for a single line with unlimited talk, text, and data; mobile hotspot; calling/texting to Mexico and Canada; and 500 MB of 4G LTE data per day when roaming in Mexico and Canada.
Verizon Adds Data to Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless today refreshed its prepaid service plan options and gave them more flexibility with data allotments. For example, Verizon doubled the data available to the entry-level $45 plan, which now includes 1GB of data each month instead of 500MB.
Cricket Adds Calling and Messaging From Canada and Mexico
Cricket Wireless today improved its international offering by adding the ability to make calls and send text messages from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. The change means Cricket customers who travel to Canada and Mexico will be able to stay in touch with family and friends in the U.S.