It’s been a tough morning for the big four carriers in the country!
Customers from the big four carriers have reported experiencing network outages on DownDetector. According to the map on the website, it seems like the areas most affected by the outage include the East Coast, particularly the Carolinas.
Verizon and Google have just partnered to make Stadia more available to consumers.
Beginning January 29th, new internet customers of Verizon Fios Gigabit will get a Google Stadia Premiere Edition package for free. This package, priced at $129, comes with a Chromecast Ultra, a controller, and a Stadia Pro subscription. The package also includes discounts on other game titles and support for 5.1 surround sound and 4K resolution.
The regular pricing for Verizon’s Fios Gigabit rate plan starts at $79.99/month with autopay. The Stadia deal also stacks with Verizon’s free Disney+ offer for its Fios customers.
Even though 2020 just started, many are already looking forward to seeing the different smartphone models that manufacturers will unveil this year. One of the devices that many are excited about is OnePlus’ next smartphone, the OnePlus 8.
According to reports, the device will launch in the US under Verizon’s network. Aside from being the first OnePlus device on Verizon, it will also launch with 5G capability.
Earlier this week, the four major carriers in the U.S. have set their rivalry aside to pave way for something beneficial for its customers.
The big four carriers, namely Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, have formed an alliance called the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI). This group aims to make Rich Communications Service (RCS) messaging available to a wider scale across the United States.
As of this writing, the group is working on creating a messaging service that uses the RCS standard. When it is ready to deploy, the service will be available first to Android users. Together with “other companies in the RCS ecosystem”, the group is working hard to launch this deliverable by 2020.
Verizon has a special treat to its customers. After launching its 5G service in a number of NFL stadiums last month, other sports fans can enjoy Verizon’s 5G coverage in other arenas.
Namely, Verizon has expanded coverage on three major sports arenas just in time for the start of NBA and NHL seasons. If you are getting ready to watch an upcoming game, you can expect 5G speeds at these arenas:
Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Big Red also promised that they will be launching 5G at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In addition to this arena, Verizon has plans to launch coverage in 10 other arenas throughout the 2019-2020 season.
After launching its 5G network in New York City, Verizon has expanded its 5G service to two more cities and access throughout NYC.
Beginning today, Verizon’s 5G network is now supported by New York City, Panama City, Florida, and Boise, Idaho. These cities join the likes of Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, St. Paul, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapaolis, Providence, and Washington, DC. This count makes it up to 13 US cities, which now support Verizon’s 5G network.
Verizon is getting ready to launch its 5G Ultra Wideband network in areas of New York City. The announcement was made earlier this week by Verizon. According to Big Red, they will be rolling out 5G on September 26th.
New York will be the 11th US city that Verizon covers with its 5G millimeter wave technology. It will join the list of other areas where 5G signal is available, such as Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C, St. Paul, Phoenix, and Providence. The specific areas in New York where users can experience Verizon’s 5G network include Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Verizon is doing its part to give its customers a better experience against robocalls.
Earlier today, the company revealed that it is enrolling its Android customers into its automatic Call Filter robocall-blocking service. Through the service, customers can avoid receiving calls from numbers that have been reported as fraudulent. Instead of the call going through, it will be forwarded to voicemail. Any other call that is suspected to be spam or a nuisance call will also be labeled as “Potential Spam”.
Now that wireless carriers have started to launch their own 5G network, the next logical step for them is to relaunch their plans. Just recently, Verizon expanded its unlimited plans to include 5G service.
With the recent update, Verizon’s Unlimited plans now look like this:
Start Unlimited - starts at $70 per line and includes unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data, 480p DVD quality streaming, and free Apple Music for six months
Play More Unlimited - starts at $80 per line and includes unlimited talk, text, 4G LTE data, and mobile hotspot, 25GB premium data, 720p HD quality streaming, and Apple Music
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