AT&T recently revealed that they are planning to shut down their 2G wireless network by 2017. The majority of carriers including AT&T have been pushing their customers to make the switch to a 3G or 4G phone. AT&T stated that they did not expect any problems having customers transition to 3G or 4G, but with the switch comes the requirement of using a smartphone.
For some this may not be a problem, they will finally be able to experience the glory that comes with owning a smartphone. But for others, using a smartphone presents a problem. I know my grandmom still uses an old flip phone and could care less to about buying a smartphone. She said to learn how to use a smartphone, she needs to attend a special university. Is there no work around for this group of people? Only time will tell.
With only days remaining until CES 2012, an ad has been spotted on CNET showing the newly released Samsung Galaxy Nexus playing nicely with Sprint, the Now Network. The ad points out that the Nexus will have a 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor and will also run on Sprint’s LTE network, making it the first phone to do so.
For users of the currently released Galaxy Nexus, you can let out a sob or two as you have read correctly, 1.5 GHz compared to the 1.2 GHz your phone sports. The big question is when will Sprint officially roll out the Galaxy Nexus, seeing that their LTE network will not be fully running until later this year. If we are reading into the future correctly, Sprint will most likely make an announcement either at CES 2012 or the Mobile World Congress a few weeks later.
Over the last few years, smartphones have been introduced to us and have become an important aspect of our daily lives. From checking emails to playing games, smartphones possess great power that can be used by children from age 8-to seniors age 88. During the month of December, Verizon Wireless has hampered many smartphones around the country with numerous 4G outages. With a majority of Verizon’s high end smartphones running on Verizon’s LTE 4G network, these outages obviously did not sit well with their 4G users.
On the release day of the much anticipated, Samsung Galaxy Nexus , Verizon’s 4G network was also down. Not only has Verizon stumbled recently with their 4G network, they completely blotched the release of Google’s brainchild, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. From spotty marketing to a lack of communication with potential customers, the Galaxy Nexus stumbled out of the blocks.
The last event that has customers shaking their hands at Verizon, was the planned service charges for the upcoming year. Verizon had plans starting on January 15th, 2012 to introduce a new $2 fee whenever customers paid their bill over the phone or online. The only way to be spared the fee would be to enroll in auto bill pay. Thankfully the FCC and a petition composed by Verizon users caused Verizon to forgo the fees.
With the new year literally knocking on the door, what can we expect from Verizon, the largest wireless service provider in the US in the coming year. Will Verizon continue to “Rule the Air” or will their lack of connection with their customers cause them to lose customers similar to Netflix in 2011.