Verizon Acquires Portland’s Skyward to Expand Its Horizons in Telecommunications

Verizon Skyward Acquisition

With its plan to acquire Yahoo, Verizon has been in the headlines for quite a while now.

The telecommunication giant has turned out to be well-read about the technological changes being introduced in the telecommunications industry. Therefore, the spectrum of Verizon Communications Inc. is bound to be broadened beyond wireless and home telephone service.

This has been proven with another acquisition by Verizon, of a Portland-based drone company – Skyward.

This is one of the many steps that Verizon is taking towards transforming the landscape of telecommunications.

With the acquisition of Skyward, Verizon has quantified that it is looking forward to expanding its horizons in telecommunications. This would be done by including Skyward’s drone and IoT expertise with Verizon’s wireless, home phone, and prepaid phone service.

Though the company has been involved in the provision of such services before, this acquisition can be a complete game changer!

A Little About Skyward

Skyward, based in Portland, Oregon, is a leading private drone companies. The company was founded in 2012 and is known to provide commercial drone management software solutions to construction and film production businesses.

With their software programs, Skyward helps businesses in operations and project management. With these programs, companies can connect all project-related people and equipment together, to enable a smooth workflow.

“Drones are becoming an essential tool for improving business processes for large companies, but scalability has been a challenge”, said MR. Jonathan Evans, the founder and CEO of Skyward.

For a fact, a lot of businesses have been adopting revolutionary drone management solutions for carrying out a smoother work pattern. And for telecommunication services who already have a huge business-class customer base, it would be a gold mine to include these services within its spectrum.

“Skyward’s drone operations management platform combined with Verizon’s network, reliability, scalability and expertise in delivering enterprise solutions will allow organizations to efficiently and safely scale drones across multiple divisions and hundreds of use cases”, Jonathan said, referring to the acquisition.

Verizon’s Vision

The vision of Verizon behind this acquisition is to expand its services beyond its home phone, wireless, and prepaid phone service. The telecommunication behemoth is looking forward to spreading its wings in telecommunications sector, with drone management and IoT.

“Last quarter we announced our strategy to drive innovation and widespread adoption for in-flight wireless connectivity through our Airborne LTE Operations (ALO) initiative, a new service to simplify certification and connectivity of wireless drones”, stated Mike Lanman, the senior vice president of Enterprise Products and IoT at Verizon, in a press release.

“This acquisition is a natural progression of our core focus on operating in innovative, high-growth markets, leveraging our network, scalability, fleet management, device management, data analytics and security enablement capabilities and services to simplify the drone industry and help support the adoption of IoT”, he added.

Therefore, with Skywards drone management services, Verizon is going to provide top-notch drone management solutions that can handle various activities in various business industries. Thus, broadening its area of service in telecommunications.

Not only this, Verizon has been consistently making headlines with its continuous efforts towards expansion and future-proofing.

By providing various new offers for its prepaid phone service and home telephone service, Verizon is also giving a tough time to its telecommunication competitors.

A recent example is the unlimited data plan that Verizon introduced as an answer to it’s competitors.

The Bottom Line

With this acquisition, Verizon can have a better space in the IoT sector. Skyward’s services in the domain of drone management has been marvelous. Therefore, the company’s products are best suited to Verizon’s huge name in telecommunications industry.

With this smart blend of high-quality products, cutting-edge technology, and competent personnel, Verizon is going to strike it rich in the domain of drone management and IoT sector, while still being one of the best prepaid phone service providers in the United States.

T-Mobile Improves Unlimited Data Plans after Competition from Verizon Wireless Unlimited Data Plan

Market competition seems to be getting too tough for T-Mobile. Market researchers, analysts, investors and executives have seen this through the constantly growing impact of unlimited data plans. This is certainly making consumers the predictable winners.

Thanks to Fierce Competition by Verizon Wireless to T-Mobile:

That is right! Verizon Wireless is mainly responsible for the change in the wireless landscape with regard to unlimited data plans. Verizon Wireless, one of the premiere local phone service providers in United States, has decided to make the hunt for high data users more competitive with T-Mobile in this category.

T-Mobile had started its unlimited data plans in 2016. T-Mobile declared the enhancement of its data plans immediately after Verizon Wireless launched its very first unlimited data plans in the span of five years. T-Mobile also announced a huge cut in prices.

What Else?

The company had introduced T-Mobile One during the month of August. The local phone service provider downgraded all streaming videos to phones from HD to pure DVD quality. As for HD quality videos, they were only available for users paying for higher plans like $3 on a daily basis or $15 monthly.

Competition from Verizon Wireless Forced T-Mobile to Stop This Practice:

All T-Mobile Local phone subscribers must be thankful to the stiff competition given by Verizon Wireless in this category. As a result, Mr. John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile has informed customers through his twitter account that the company is soon going to stop downgrading videos to DVD quality to let customers enjoy High Definition videos for no extra charges.

T-Mobile Plans to Compete Against Verizon Wireless’s 10 GB Monthly Deal:

Now T-Mobile is getting ready to return the favor to Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile was offering its local phone service subscribers limited data to share for its local phone service subscribers from their phones as well as tablets through Wi-Fi tethering using extremely slow speeds of around 512 Kbps.

T-Mobile had been offering its high speed plan that cost customers at least $25 extra every month. Now Mr. John Legere, the Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile has clarified that the company is now planning to match Verizon Wireless’ plan of 10GB per month of LTE speed tethered data.

T-Mobile’s Steps in This Direction:

As for T-Mobile’s plan, it still begins at the cost of $70. It is almost $10 less than what Verizon Wireless charges to its customers. However, T-Mobile’s decision to eliminate added fees as well taxes could inspire Verizon Wireless’s customers to join T-Mobile’s network. They can enjoy a few percent more discount. Moreover, T-Mobile has also reduced the cost of its two-line plan from $120 to the amount of $100. On the other hand, Verizon Wireless charges the $140 excluding taxes and fees for two lines to its local phone service users.

Now, it is not the right time to predict the impact of this decision on T-Mobile’s growth. The company needs to be careful in this process. We can only wait and see the result of these plan changes.

Reports Say Verizon Is Interested In a Merger with Charter Communications

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There is a buzz going on in the world of telecommunications and we’re yet to see if it’s true or not! According to a report given out by the Wall Street Journal, the telecom giant Verizon is looking forward to a merger with Charter Communications.  While there is a great speculation made in this regard, another report from Reuters stated that nothing of that sort has been mentioned by both the companies.

No official announcements have been made, by the way and so, the benefit that both the companies can attain with this merger can only be assumed!

Let’s Have a Peek at the History

Over many years, Verizon and its subsidiary, Verizon Wireless have expanded their services by way of a number of mergers and their exclusive services. Verizon is known to be one of the best local phone service providers in the US. With its lifeline and cheap home phone service, this telecom behemoth has gained a huge customer base and is still expanding!

While on the other hand, Charter Communications is a cable telecommunications company that has been serving over 25 million household and business consumers. The huge company is known to be the second-largest cable operator and fifth-largest telephone and local phone service provider.

For over years, both these giants have endeavoured to achieve a high point at being one of the best cheap home phone service providers.

What’s To Gain?

“Buying Charter would take Verizon down a different path from rivals Comcast Corp. and AT&T, who have bet big on combining content and distribution — Comcast, through its ownership of NBCUniversal, and AT&T with its pending acquisition of Time Warner Inc.,” says the report from the Wall Street Journal.

With this merger, Verizon is going to double its extensive user base as its powerful network of distribution is going to get much better and stronger.

Through a merger with Verizon, Charter Communications can explore new opportunities of expansion by joining the former company’s superior low income and lifeline phone service.

Also, with this merger, both these telecom titans can share a huge user base!

What they’re up to

As of now, Verizon is in the process of taking over Yahoo’s digital media arm for a worth of $4.83 billion. Although the news has included a little bit of guesswork, but with this deal, Verizon is going to expand its boundaries to a great extent! So, along with being a marvel in the low income phone service, the company will get better in the mobile network.

In May 2016, Charter Communication has expanded its horizons more through the merger with Time Warner Cable and also gave its final touches to acquiring Bright House Networks during the same time.

The Final Stamp

The Verizon-Charter merger is still in the rumor mill as both parties have not made any official announcements in this regard!

If there is any official statement out about this merger, both the companies will first have to seek the approval of the U.S. regulators.

AT&T International Pass Limits Phone Costs Abroad to $10 Per Day

AT&T International Pass

Now, vacations can go just a little less expensive for AT&T customers. They will certainly not get any major shock after returning to home and seeing their wireless bill. AT&T, a renowned phone service provider, has offered great relaxation to the pockets of their appreciated customers. Take advantage of this benefit, and save your hard earned money.  

A little information about AT&T

AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications corporation, headquartered at Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas. It is the third-largest corporation in Texas. AT&T is the second largest mobile telephone services provider and the topmost fixed telephone services provider in US. You can even receive the benefits of its broadband subscription television services through DirecTV.

Several statistics highlight that, as of 2017, AT&T is also the 18th-largest mobile telecom operator globally, with 135 million mobile customers. AT&T Inc. started working as Southwestern Bell Corporation, which is one of seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) formed in 1983 in the divestiture of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. Southwestern Bell changed its name to SBC Communications Inc. in 1995.

AT&T International pass limits phone costs abroad to $10 per day

AT&T International Day Pass allows users to talk, text, and surf the Web in over 100 countries. But, instead of being charged per minute, message, or megabyte, customers pay just $10 per day per device for each complete 24 hours.

David Christopher’s AT&T chief marketing officer statement

“Traveling has its own challenges,” David Christopher, AT&T, the mobile and home telephone service provider’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “It’s great being able to use the domestic plan you’re familiar with while abroad.” It implies more opportunities to upload filtered photos, translate street signs, video chat, and navigate transportation networks, and less time stressing over exactly what additional charges you are going to be paying.

You just have to add your smartphone or tablet to the plan to access data in diverse destinations, including Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Also, get unlimited calls to the USA, and other International Day Pass countries. Plus, you can enjoy the benefits of unlimited texts anywhere in the world without paying anything extra. AT&T is a well-known phone service provider, having a myriad of attractive phone plans.  

Christopher’s viewpoint

“AT&T International Day Pass simplifies travelers’ lives so they can enjoy more of their favorite mobile apps when on-the-go overseas,” Christopher said. “This helps with booking lodging, catching a ride … using social media, and more.”

So, if you are planning a trans-Atlantic trip, choose an unlocked smartphone or international SIM card instead. AT&T, mobile and home telephone service provider, reserves the right to withdraw access to the new feature if voice, text, or data usage reaches above 50 percent of the consumers’ total use for two consecutive months. The carrier in August extended its worldwide roaming coverage to take in Cuba, becoming the last main US wireless provider to deliver service on the island. AT&T has maintained a good reputation by delivering the best services to its customers.