The numbers, data, and overall results are in, and according to PCMag.com, one of the leading consumer opinion magazines (both in print and online), has named Verizon Wireless’ LTE the fastest smartphone data network in the US. While Verizon won the speed test, AT&T LTE also won awards in the 30-city test.
PCMag.com used software designed by “network testing firm”, Sensorly, and collected 240,000 lines of data on smartphone downloads, uploads, and internet streaming. They were also able to obtain access to Sprint’s LTE network which will be launching later this summer.
Yet, that is not all the news concerning Verizon. Verizon Communications, who offers landline, cable, and other business communication services, is also raising prices for some of their FiOS customers as it offers these higher speeds, which is a move that many say can possibly raise prices for rivals to the cable provider.
The business communication services company said that it expects the majority of its FiOS Internet consumers to have to pay around $10 to $15 more per month to receive all of the new offerings from Verizon. However, they are allowing customers to change their television packages if they wish to keep their fees unchanged.
Verizon competes with cable operators for television and telephone customers as well as Internet users with various bundle service options to both business and consumer customers. Integral Choice does work with business customers on Verizon Mobility and Landline services.
Vijay Jayant, an ISI Group analyst, has described the new pricing structure as aggressive, citing that this is designed especially for customers who have instead seen price freezes or even promotions from rivals like Cablevision. He said that it may lead other cable companies to charge more.
“The glass half full is that Verizon’s pricing posture is a sign of increased price rationality,” said Jayant adding that this “could perhaps foreshadow renewed price increases for the incumbent, Cablevision.”
Verizon will stop selling its 25 megabits per second (mbps) and 35 mbps service plans and will instead offer 50 mbps and 75 mbps plans to new customers or existing customers at the end of their contracts.
It will keep its entry level 15 mbps service available but Arturo Picicci, Verizon’s director of product management, said he expects most customers to move away from this service as they are craving more bandwidth to connect more devices, tablets and smartphones on top of traditional computers inside their homes.
“We’re expecting that 80 percent of customers will want more than 15 megabits per second,” said Picicci referring to Verizon’s slowest FiOS service speed.
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