Verizon doubles amount of downloadable data: weak sales?

With news leaking out today about Verizon Wireless’s apparent decision to double the amount of downloadable data it allows customers on its 4G LTE network, the question of why is one of two choices: Either Verizon’s confident that its network is strong, or it’s panicking a bit because of slow 4G sales. The answer? Your guess is […]

Verizon lags Sprint in 4G race but both still eclipsed by iPhone

The scorecard for the U.S. 4G wireless marketplace got an update Friday, with Verizon reporting 1.4 million new 4G LTE devices were activated during the third fiscal quarter. Though Sprint’s Q3 numbers are not yet official (the company is scheduled to report next week) we can likely extrapolate the 4G numbers for Q3 recently released by WiMAX […]

How will Verizon, AT&T and Sprint position 4G vs. iPhone 5?

Lost a little bit in the heated run-up to next week’s highly anticipated introduction of (maybe!) the next model iPhone from Apple is the big question: How exactly are the three major cellular carriers in the U.S., Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint, going to balance their “4G” network promotions with a phone that will probably be called […]

Wednesday afternoon reads: largest smart grid projects, Verizon unleashed

For your reading pleasure this Wednesday 7 September 2011: How carriers hamstring your smartphone: team at the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research has uncovered, for the first time, the frequently suboptimal network practices of more than 100 cellular carriers. Here’s the paper entitled An Untold Story of Middle Boxes in Cellular Networks. Ten largest US […]

Is WiFi a threat to mobile operators?

As more people buy iPhones and iPads, and become disenchanted with the decreasing quality of mobile networks (especially with speed) and the increasing cost of data plans (no more “unlimited” plans), more people are using WiFi networks in cafes, hotels, restaurants and other establishments. Paul Rasmussen of FierceWireless Europe asks: The threat to mobile operators […]

Don’t waste your money: 4G with data caps is worthless

Public Knowledge has published a white paper written by Michael Weinberg entitled 4G + Data Caps = Magic Beans (PDF format) which asserts that 4G data subscriptions from US carriers (except Sprint) are a complete waste of money: “Simply put, data caps make the advantages of 4G irrelevant. The caps prevent anyone from making habitual […]

Verizon’s Q2 LTE Sales: 1.2 Million New Subs, Still Behind Sprint in 4G Race

The numbers are in for Verizon’s second fiscal quarter of 2011, and from a 4G wireless provider standpoint the market leader is still Sprint by a pretty big margin, since Verizon only added 1.2 million new LTE subscribers during the most-recent fiscal reporting period. Now 1.2 million devices ain’t shabby — by our unaudited account when added […]

Confusion about LTE roaming? Read Sidecut Reports

Pardon us for a little horn-tooting here but I find it patently ridiculous that the wireless media today seems to think that the Verizon’s LTE phones won’t roam on AT&T’s LTE network meme is news. Readers of Sidecut Reports knew about this limitation way back in April, and in our May 2011 Verizon LTE Business Report this was part of […]

Thousands of 3G tablets unsold, users not willing to pay for 2nd data plan

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According to this article on Computerworld, hundreds of thousands of 3G tablets are lying unsold because customers don’t want to sign up for yet another expensive data plan. Why am I not surprised about this? Most people who have an iPhone or other smartphone already have a data plan. Having another data plan for a […]

Verizon 4G LTE Business Report: May 2011

The Sidecut Reports VERIZON 4G LTE BUSINESS REPORT for May, 2011, takes a deep-dive look into the recent market launches, the new devices and overall business dealings of the provider of the nation’s first Long Term Evolution, or LTE, 4G wireless broadband network. This report examines the details of Verizon Wireless’s operations since the company […]