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Court Dismisses Challenges to Net Neutrality Rules, Leaves Door Open for Future Suits

Challenges to the FCC's new Net neutrality rules filed by Verizon and MetroPCS have been dismissed by a federal appeals court judge. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia tossed out the cases on a technicality. Since the rules had not yet been published in the federal register, it was too early to file challenges to them. The decision does not prevent either company from filing...

Thunderbolt Outselling iPhone 4 in Verizon Stores?

There were some who speculated that the arrival of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon network would spell not just certain death for AT&T, but put an end to Android's reign atop the smartphone heap at Big Red. So far, though, neither of those predictions has come to pass. AT&T has not suffered a mass exodus and, according to at least one analyst, the HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon's first LTE phone) is...

AT&T Buys T-Mobile: What Does It Mean for Consumers?

In the largest deal the wireless industry has seen since 2004, AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. In acquiring T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom, AT&T will pick up an extra 34 million wireless customers, and will provide service to about 43-percent of all U.S. cell phones, making it the country's largest network operator. At the end of...

Republican-Controlled Panel Repeals FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Yesterday, the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology voted to repeal the FCC's net neutrality rules, just a few weeks after House Republicans passed a resolution to defund the commission's controversial initiative. The Republican-controlled panel voted to overturn the FCC's regulations by a 15-8 vote, split along party lines. The FCC passed the rules in December, when the...

Verizon Has Best Call Quality Across Nation, Says J.D. Power Survey

In a recent survery released by J.D. Power, customers named Verizon Wireless the service provider with the best call quality in four of six regions across America. Verizon tied with AT&T for best customer satisfaction in another region, and U.S. Cellular was named the best carrier in the other. The survey, which canvassed 26,000 cell phone owners between July and December 2010, used seven...

House Republicans Vote to Overturn FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

The House of Representatives has voted to overturn a controversial FCC ruling on net neutrality, though it's not clear whether or not the resolution will advance much further. In December, the FCC voted to prohibit Internet service providers from blocking legal content on their networks, while allowing them to restrict access according to bandwidth use. The 3-2 ruling elicited uproars from free...

Verizon Customers Finally Get Their Hands on Apple's iPhone

After years of rumors, and one long month of waiting since it was officially announced, Verizon Wireless began selling the iPhone early Thursday morning to groups of anxious customers. Those who snapped up the device were either long-suffering Verizon customers, who have been locked out from owning the formerly exclusive device, or AT&T customers, who are fed up with spotty service and have...

Verizon iPhone: Slower Data, Better Coverage

The long wait for the iPhone on Verizon's network is almost over, as consumers will finally be able to get their greedy mitts on the CDMA-enabled iPhone 4 on February 10th. But reviewers have already put the phone through its paces -- and they're saying just what you'd expect: that It's the same exact device as the iPhone 4 on AT&T, but on a much better network. Reviewer after reviewer found...

4G Decoded: WiMAX, LTE and the Next Generation Cell Phone Networks

Part of being a smart consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what that barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all, and to give you a better appreciation of how those transistors, pixels, and antennae come together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to you. If you thought our guide to 3G tech was...

The Daily Show Gets a Little (Over) Excited for Verizon iPhone

Many people have been thrilled by the announcement that the iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon, but perhaps no one is more excited than Jon Stewart, who took more than seven minutes on last night's episode of 'The Daily Show' to celebrate the revolutionary ability to make phone calls that don't suddenly drop. Referring to the iPhone on AT&T as "the world's most popular almost phone" Stewart and...

Verizon Launches iPhone 4, Available February 10th

Today marks the end of a very, very, very long march towards the Verizon iPhone. Years of fruitless rumors can now be put to rest as the iPhone 4 will soon be available in a CDMA flavor on Big Red's 3G network "early next month." At New York's Lincoln Center, Verizon announced that it began negotiating with Apple to bring the device to the network back in 2008, and that it has been internally...

Verizon Ready for iPhone, AT&T Fires Feeble Criticisms From Sidelines

Tomorrow Verizon is expected to announce the long rumored CDMA iPhone for its 3G network, ending years of AT&T exclusivity for the Apple handset. And, while AT&T has struggled to keep its network from buckling under the load of millions of iPhones, Verizon believes it can succeed in delivering a superior data experience. An insider told the Wall Street Journal that the company has, over...

Wall Street Journal: Verizon iPhone Coming Tuesday

We know you've been promised this before, so we don't blame you if you don't believe us this time, but we have it on good authority that the long-awaited Verizon, CDMA version of the iPhone will be announced Tuesday at an event back in our wonderful hometown of New York City. Word came in earlier today that Verizon would be holding an event at Lincoln Center, just days after the end of CES. Why...

Verizon Goes LTE Crazy, Launching New Tablets and Android Phones

Verizon got on its 4G high horse today at CES, expounding its plans for LTE, particularly on the consumer device front. There wasn't a ton of news that will really blow your mind, but there were a few interesting tidbits worth noting. First is the company's rather ambitious pledge to blanket about two-thirds of the country with its speedy 4G network by 2012. And, while we're sure you're all...

AT&T to Offer iPhone 3GS for $49, Plus Unfortunate AT&T Contract

With Verizon poised to take a big bite of its smartphone market share, AT&T has decided to slash the price of the iPhone 3GS. The company is currently selling the smartphone for $99, but, beginning Friday, both new and existing customers will be able to purchase it for just $49. (The iPhone 4 is still selling for $299.) The obvious downside, however, is that buyers will be locked into a...