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Throttling streaming video will save Verizon $2.5 billion a year

Verizon unlimited plans throttling

Verizon recently pulled an unpopular U-turn over streaming video, introducing new restrictions to its unlimited plans that limit streaming video to 480p standard definition. Analysts pointed the finger at reports of congestion on Verizon's network, with the working assumption being that Verzion introduced video throttling to keep its network running with no problems.

But the real answer might be something much simpler: Money.

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New Fios deal gets you Gigabit internet, TV, phone and more for less than you pay for cable internet alone

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Why are so many people cutting the cord these days? It’s not a trick question, the answer is obvious: they want to save money. Cable companies’ quest for profits got completely out of hand over the years, and service costs skyrocketed as a result. For a while, there was nothing anyone could do — if you wanted internet and TV service, you had to pay the price. Now that there are alternatives, however, people are seeking them out and taking advantage of them.

Of course, using any of the lower-cost streaming services out there means you still have to pay for internet, and standalone cable internet is quite expensive if you want decent data speeds. Or heaven forbid you want the fastest option your cable company offers… get ready to spend an arm and a leg each month.

What if we told you that there’s a way to get internet service that’s probably three or four times faster than your current service along with a live TV and home phone bundle, all for less than you’re paying now? What if we told you that you can also get 2 years of HBO or 2 years of multi-room DVR service as well at no extra charge. Well, it just so happens that there’s a new Fios deal that just went live, and it’s exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.

For $79.99 per month — which is less than you’ll pay for internet alone for your cable company’s fastest plan — you get Fios Gigabit service (data speeds up to 940/880 Mbps) as well as a custom TV package and home phone service. On top of that, you can choose either 2 years of free HBO or 2 years of free multi-room DVR service, and you get up to $500 to pay off your current cable contract if you have one!

Here’s a breakdown, just to ensure that you didn’t miss anything:

  • Download speeds up to 940Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 880Mbps
  • Custom TV package (choose from seven channel bundles)
  • Phone service
  • HBO free for 2 years or multi-room DVR service free for 2 years
  • Credit of up to $500 to get out of your contract

This new deal went live on Sunday, September 17th, and it’s only available for a limited time. Head over to the Fios website to learn more and sign up.

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Verizon is disconnecting 8,500 customers who need its service the most

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Back in June, reports first started surfacing of Verizon disconnecting customers in rural areas who were using too much data on Verizon partner networks. At the time, Verizon downplayed the changes as only affecting a "small group" of customers whose contracts were up, but as the summer wore on, the disgruntled noises have only intensified.

Verizon has confirmed that it's disconnecting 8,500 customers in rural areas, thanks to excessive domestic data roaming on Verizon partner networks.

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T-Mobile’s iPhone 8 trade-in deal is complicated, but still worth it

iPhone 8 preorder T-Mobile

The iPhone 8 is here, and with it are more pre-order offers than you can wrap your head around. Order your phone on our network, and get a free iPhone! (with new line of service, seven-year contract, and the trade-in of a qualifying unicorn horn.)

T-Mobile has a handful of new offers attached to the new iPhones, and they're not simple to understand. But once you wrap your head around it, T-Mobile's deal is worth considering, especially if you're a frequent upgrader.

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Apple Watch Series 3: LTE Plan Prices on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell, EE, and Deutsche Telekom

Apple Watch Series 3 is available with built-in cellular capabilities, allowing you to make phone calls, send and receive text messages, stream music, get directions with Apple Maps, use Siri, and more without a paired iPhone.


The freedom comes at a cost, however, as Apple Watch Series 3 models with cellular are priced $70 higher than those with Wi-Fi and GPS only. Also, to access LTE, the watch must be added to your phone bill as an additional monthly charge.

Here's a breakdown of how much participating carriers plan to charge. Some carriers have yet to announce their plans.



Verizon


Verizon said it allow customers to add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $10 per month. Verizon will reportedly waive its $30 activation fee, and is offering the first three months of service for free. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via Verizon's NumberShare feature.

AT&T


AT&T has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $10 per month. AT&T is offering a $25 activation fee credit, and a $30 service credit for adding an Apple Watch, within three bills. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via AT&T's NumberSync feature.

T-Mobile


T-Mobile has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to a plan for $10 per month with AutoPay. T-Mobile will reportedly waive its $25 new SIM card kit fee, and is offering the first three months of service for free. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via T-Mobile's DIGITS feature.

Sprint


Sprint has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $10 per month. Sprint will also offer a special introductory three-month cellular plan trial. The carrier has yet to specify whether its activation fee of up to $30 per line will be waived as well, but it would seem likely.

Bell (Canada)


Bell has announced that customers will be able to add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for $5 per month. There is a one-time $10 activation fee. Bell will also offer a special introductory three-month cellular plan trial. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via Bell's NumberShare feature.

Bell will not support the Apple Watch's cellular capabilities in Manitoba or Saskatchewan due to the carrier's lack of VoLTE in those provinces.

EE (UK)


EE has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible SIM only or pay monthly plan for £5 per month, with the watch and iPhone sharing the same phone number. The carrier hasn't confirmed if it will be offering an introductory three-month trial, or if there will be an activation fee.

Deutsche Telekom (Germany)


Deutsche Telekom has announced that customers can add an Apple Watch to an eligible plan for up to €4.95 per month, with the first six months free of charge. The watch and iPhone share the same phone number via Deutsche Telekom's MultiSIM feature. The carrier didn't specify if there is an activation fee.



Apple Watch Series 3 models will be available to order starting tomorrow, September 15, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. In-store availability begins September 22. LTE-enabled models start at $399 in the United States.


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