Can Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint network claims be believed?

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In an attempt to gain an advantage over rivals, domestic wireless carriers have turned more aggressively to claims of superior network performance based on various testing methodologies performed by a growing number of companies. These results can be seen in just about any commercial or advertisement, with every carrier claiming their network has some sort of coverage or performance advantage.

Whether its Verizon WirelessT-Mobile US,Sprint or AT&T Mobility, it’s not hard to find at least one “independent” network performance test claiming an advantage.

Verizon Wireless Updates Plans

Beginning July 7, Verizon Wireless’ current data buckets will have their sizes and prices altered to reflect what the carrier said is the new reality of consumers using more data. According to the carrier, average customer data usage has spiked from about 1 GB per month in April 2013, to 2.7 GB per month this past April.

As such, data buckets will indeed swell to previously reported sizes and costs, with the carrier’s “small” data bucket set to double to 2 GB for an extra $5 per month; the “medium” plan will grow from 3 GB to 4 GB and from $45 to $50; the “large” plan increases from 6 GB to 8 GB and in price from $60 to $70; the “extra large” plan from 12 GB to 16 GB and a $10 price increase to $90; and the “extra, extra large” plan from 18 GB to 24 GB with a price surge from $100 to $110.

The data buckets will continue to have a separate per-device charge for lines accessing the shared data, which is currently at $20 for smartphones, $10 for tablets or mobile hot spots and $5 for “connected devices.”

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Verizon Wireless explains why their new plans are better.

Verizon Wireless is attempting to alter the message around its move earlier this week to alter pricing and data allotment on its My Verizon rate plans.

In a follow-up to the rate plan changes announced July 6, Verizon Wireless released a statement on July 7 attempting to clarify what it deemed news reports “incorrectly reporting this as a ‘price hike,’ which couldn’t be further from the truth.”

The carrier laid out a half-dozen “myths” it claims have misrepresented the price adjustments, with its own “reality,” which also look to tackle social media-based barbs thrown at the carrier from its rivals.

The first myth tackled involved claims of a price increase, with the carrier noting the reduction on per-gigabyte pricing to back its reality of the move not being a price increase. Customers are still paying more per month on the new plans than the old plans even if they are getting more data.

Verizon Wireless then goes on to tackle the myth that it was copying rivals with its “Carryover” feature that allows customers to keep unused data for up to one month and its “Safety Mode” feature that looks to curb overage charges. To this, the carrier seems to dodge the tenants of the myth by deftly claiming: “No other wireless company can offer the entire package. We bring together options customers tell us they want, in a new plan with incredible value – and a new My Verizon app that puts you in control – all on the best network.”

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