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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Is Verizon Wireless pricing 4G data services lower than legacy 3G plans?

Posted on by Ben Fox

The following is a guest post by TC2 managing director Ben Fox, who is based in London. Verizon Wireless’ recently announced standard pricing for 4G mobile broadband plans (i.e. for 4G USB modems) is as follows: $50 monthly access fee … Continue reading


Verizon lets AT&T hold the undisputed crown of surcharges

Posted on by David Rohde

Apparently Verizon really, really does not want to be known as the King of Surcharges. As part of our regular analysis of wireline surcharges, which now reflects a record USF contribution factor for the upcoming first quarter of 2011, we … Continue reading


Dreaded surcharge goes to 15.5% … or is it 22.1%? Depends how you look at it

Posted on by David Rohde

Halfway through December, in the teeth of the holiday season, we always get the news about the USF surcharge for the first three months of the new year. This year it turns out that the reprieve users got with a … Continue reading


AT&T probes support for SIP over AVPN … but watch the details carefully

Posted on by David Rohde

In any new telecom technology, certain business customers simply will not consider it until it’s absolutely mainstream. The same goes for SIP Trunking. And up until now there’s been one glaring way in which it’s not been mainsteam: AT&T won’t … Continue reading


Nextel phaseout fits into near-term and long-term Sprint patterns

Posted on by David Rohde

You could argue that the current wave of headlines about 4G networks suffers from the chronic malady of technology news — obsessive coverage of the new and barely used at the expense of any mention of the tried and true. … Continue reading


Complicated Clearwire financing moves reflect mixed incentives for Sprint

Posted on by David Rohde

Right as Verizon was launching 4G, Sprint’s WiMax network provider, Clearwire, announced new financing plans to cover the pending shortfall that threatens its survival past the middle of 2011. Those plans are a little strange, and they immediately generated negative … Continue reading


The 4G battle is joined with Verizon’s LTE launch

Posted on by David Rohde

You have to hand it to Verizon. In a PR masterstroke, Verizon got all of the consumer, business and technology media buzzing with its 4G LTE network launch on Sunday in 38 markets. Verizon’s preferred message that it wasn’t piddling … Continue reading


Money for telecom investment and the cash hordes in the IT industry

Posted on by David Rohde

The following is not a trick question. Which of these three companies has the highest credit rating? 1. AT&T, which has been around since 1876. 2. Verizon, which has also been around since the 19th century (don’t believe me? the … Continue reading