Super Bowl Spectators Were Super Connected

Data usage was through the roof during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, proving fans no longer want to merely watch the game, but share the experience as well. Verizon reports customers in attendance at Super Bowl XLVIII used a record 1.9 terabytes of data in MetLife Stadium, tweeting, texting and talking to friends and family. AT&T reported its customers used 624GB, the equivalent to 1.8 million social media posts with photos. Over 55,000 phone calls were made. Sprint also experienced an increase in 4G LTE traffic, with 83 percent increases in download and 150 percent increases in upload speeds. T-Mobile saw

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Orange Eyes Canadian Market

Tongues started wagging when Verizon expressed interest in entering the Canadian market a few months ago. Now the spotlight has turned to French telecom giant Orange SA, after the company confirmed it has met with government officials in the Great White North. However, in a statement to media this week, a spokesperson said that while attractive, there are no immediate plans to launch Orange services in Canada at this time. “Given the migratory flow of tourists and professionals between France and Canada, the Canadian market could be of interest to our subsidiary Orange Horizons,” said spokesperson Tom Wright. While Orange

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Verizon to Lobby Canadian Government

Apparently Verizon isn’t quite finished with the Canadian market after all. News broke this morning the U.S. telco has retained a lobbyist to meeting with government officials in the Great White North to discuss policy changes Lobbyist Peter Dent is expected to meet with the Prime Minister’s Office and Industry Canada. On the agenda is telecom policy framework, more specially Section 7 of the Telecommunications Act. While we can’t confirm Verizon’s intent, it’s clear the company hasn’t given up on entry in the Canadian market.

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Maryland Residents Will Pay for Verizon 411 Calls

If you live in Maryland and you often call 411, you may want to keep an eye on how many times you do it each month. As of Oct. 1, Verizon customers now receive just two free calls to 411 per month, compared to the four free calls they were able to make in the past. Any calls after the first two will cost $1.99 each. The Office of People’s Counsel was unsuccessful in its fight to maintain the free four-call limit. Verizon sees the new fees differently, suggesting customers have alternate ways of looking up information rather than calling

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Verizon Challenges FCC Internet Regulation

Verizon is gearing up for a fight, preparing to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules in a Washington, D.C. courtroom. Here’s the back story: In 2010, the FCC issued an order to ensure open access to the Internet. It prevented ISPs from controlling which websites are viewed, and which are not. Otherwise, a company like Verizon might only allow websites that pay to be accessed through its Internet service. Today, Verizon, the biggest U.S. carrier, is arguing Internet businesses are taking up too much bandwidth, relying on Verizon to create a more complex infrastructure to handle the

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Roaming Rate Drop for Canadians

Last week the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced its intent to launch an investigation into data roaming rates charged to Canadians travelling in the United States. Specifically, it asked carriers for details on the rates and any existing contracts signed with American companies related to network sharing. Faster than you can say knee jerk, Bell made an announcement of its own – that it has cut U.S. roaming fees for Canadian subscribers by a whopping 50 percent. In a press release, Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility, said the decision to axe costs comes down to customer demand.

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Verizon Says Au Revoir to Canada

After weeks of speculation and an outcry by Canadian providers, Verizon has announced it won’t be breaking into the wireless telecom industry north of the border. In fact, Verizon execs say its interest in moving into the Canadian market was “way overblown.” Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed the news to Bloomberg, saying, “Verizon is not going to Canada.” Instead, it is preparing for its next big business move, shelling out $130 billion for the 45 percent stake in its wireless business currently held by Vodafone. While customers may be disappointed, the big Canadian providers – which had launched an aggressive

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Unions Rally Against Verizon

Two major Canadian unions will take their fight against Verizon to the streets on Friday, with a rally in downtown Toronto. It’s their latest move in a growing battle to keep Verizon – which has been considering the purchase of a small Canadian carrier – out of the country. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers have organized the march. “Opposition to allowing Verizon to take over our Telco industry is growing every day,” says CEP President Dave Coles, in a press release. “The deal will give Verizon the green light to piggyback on technology

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Telus speaks out against Verizon

Canadian wireless competition is heating up thanks to rumors that Verizon is looking to enter the market. Today, Telus CEO Darren Entwistle made a public appeal via the Globe and Mail’s editorial board to the government regarding the U.S giant. “All I am asking for is parity in the way Verizon is treated,” he was quoted as saying. Verizon has expressed interest in purchasing one of the small, ailing Canadian providers. Regulations permit such a transaction but prohibit the country’s major wireless players from doing the same. There are also concerns that Verizon may have an advantage in future spectrum

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New wireless upgrade programs launched

Wireless providers are working hard to retain customers and foster loyalty. Those who constantly crave the newest technology may find the new offers launched by AT&T and T-Mobile appealing. This week, AT&T has rolled out its Next offering, which allows customers to upgrade to a new device once per year without paying any activation, upgrade or financing fees. Meanwhile, T-Mobile’s JUMP! offers device upgrades every six months for an additional monthly fee of $10. Those who must have the next big thing may find it worth the money. “At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that

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