Tag Archive: Provider

What you need to know about the ‘other’ network provider, U.S. Cellular

What you need to know about America’s fifth largest network provider.

When people talk about postpaid nationwide cell phone networks in the U.S. they usually mean the Big Four: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But there is a fifth company who offers full-service nationwide contract plans that are as good or better than the bigger corporations: U.S. Cellular.

Even though U.S. Cellular is a smaller company, it partners with other providers to offer great coverage nationwide. If  [Read More…]

Verizon will launch 5G in Houston this year, looking to Google as live TV provider

5G is getting really real. The spec is complete, the phones are coming, and Verizon, the largest mobile provider in the U.S., has announced that in addition to Los Angeles and Sacramento, it will launch 5G residential broadband service in Houston by the end of 2018.

Verizon made the announcement as part of its second-quarter earnings, where it said it amassed 531,000 new subscribers, including 199,000 mobile phone users, and said that growth, profitability, and revenue were all solid and  [Read More…]

Google Fiber is acquiring gigabit internet provider Webpass

Google Fiber is acquiring San Francisco-based gigabit internet provider Webpass for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2003, Webpass is focused on providing businesses — along with select residential markets — with gigabit internet connectivity, and its acquisition will aid Google Fiber’s expansion. The acquisition is expected to close this summer following regulatory approvals.

Webpass currently lists over 20,000 customers, and is active in five cities: San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, and Miami. In a blog  [Read More…]

Samsung to acquire U.S. cloud service provider Joyent

Samsung has announced that it will acquire U.S.-based cloud service provider Joyent. The South Korean vendor will leverage Joyent’s cloud platform for the Internet of Things, and powering its cloud-based services and software for mobile.

On Joyent’s blog, CEO Scott Hammond wrote:

As a result of this acquisition, Samsung will become an anchor tenant for Joyent’s Triton and Manta solutions, and will help fuel the growth of our team and the expansion of our worldwide data  [Read More…]

T-Mobile is now the largest provider of prepaid phone service in the U.S.

T-Mobile has announced today that it has overtaken Sprint to be the largest prepaid service provider in the U.S., with a total of 15.64 million prepaid subscribers on the network. That’s dramatically past the other big rivals AT&T and Verizon also, who have 11.34 and 6.04 million prepaid customers, respectively — and T-Mobile shows no signs of slowing down.

While prepaid offerings are often pared-down and limited on other carriers, T-Mobile’s pretty directly mirror its postpaid  [Read More…]

Amazon acquires digital comic provider comiXology

Amazon has announced that it is acquiring digital comics platform comiXology for an undisclosed amount of money. Rising as a leader in digital comic distribution, comiXology is well known as one of the go-to places for comics across a variety of platforms.

Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

A growing national Wifi network would provide the backbone for another competitor in mobile service

Comcast may branch out from cable and landline internet, moving into the wireless service arena in the future. According to a report out of The Information, Comcast has been looking into the idea of creating a nationwide wireless phone network that relies primarily on Wifi with back-up service leased from already-established cellular carriers.

Instead of having to pursue purchasing large blocks  [Read More…]

Peel Smart Remote knows TV better than your cable provider

Peel Smart Remote

Do you hate your cable or satellite TV channel guide? I have a feeling the guys at Peel do because they built the ultimate remote application that just destroys the boring-old-school listings. Peel Smart Remote is a free application in the Android Market that helps you find what to watch and controls your home entertainment devices (if you have the Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0).

Today we got some hands-on  [Read More…]