Verizon Planning to Use Wi-Fi to Supplement 3G, 4G
Speaking at the TIA conference this week, Verizon Communications CTO Tony Melone said that the company hopes to offload some data traffic from its cellular data networks to W-Fi. Melone said that Verizon is hoping to get users to transition from cellular data services to Wi-Fi data when in their homes, or large public places such as sports arenas. "We won’t use it ubiquitously to cover up flaws and capacity limitations," Melone said. "In my mind it is much more effective to invest in your 3G and 4G environments than rely on Wi-Fi." The strategy is one similar to that taken by AT&T, which has lit up enormous public spaces — such as New York City's Times Square area — with Wi-Fi in the hopes of reducing cellular network congestion. Earlier this year, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new program that will eventually lead to fewer hotspot log-in headaches for users of Wi-Fi equipped devices. The hotspot program will facilitate the seamless handoff of cellular traffic from smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices to Wi-Fi networks. It will let Wi-Fi users more easily find networks and log into those networks securely with WPA2 authentication. Verizon didn't specifically say it would rely on this program for its Wi-Fi offloading plans.
Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data
Google today announced Project Fi, which relies on a combination of cellular and WiFi networks to keep users connected wherever they roam. Google partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to provide the cellular component.
Facebook Expands WiFi Finder Tool
Facebook today made its free Find WiFi service available to more people around the world. Facebook has been testing the tool in select regions since last year.
Verizon Looking to Be First to Deploy 5G
Verizon Wireless wants to stay ahead of the curve and be among the first to launch fifth-generation (or 5G) wireless network technology. The company plans to begin field tests at its Innovation Centers, which are dedicated sandboxes for testing apps and services, located in San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., at some point in 2016.
Verizon to Offer Sponsored Data
Verizon Wireless is prepared to test sponsored data, according to vice president Marni Walden. The program will allow businesses to sponsor apps or content that is accessed by customers on Verizon's network.
Verizon Brings Back 2 GB Data Promo
Verizon Wireless has resurrected its bonus LTE data program for people who subscribe to its XL and XXL plans. For a limited time, customers who upgrade or activate a new phone with a device payment will receive a 2 GB data bonus per month "for life." The 2 GB of bonus data is available to each line on a plan up to 10 lines.
Eating Crow and Choking!!!
I don't think it has anything to do with network problems. I think its the fact that other carriers have gone to tiered data for the simple fact they cant afford the extensive use customers impose on a network. So why not play follow the le...
In the far and distant future
Wi-Fi is almost everywhere right now. Free Wi-Fi availabl...
After years of beating its own chest and badmouthing every other carrier's network (especially recalling Verizon's attack ads o...
I just don't understand all this talk about wifi and tiered data when 700mhz is suppose to have...
Following AT&T's Footsteps
what if this is just a precaution...
(it would be really funny if verizon's network experienced the same troubles att went through after all that crap talkin, talk about pie in your eye!)