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Verizon Offers New "FreeBee" Data Program

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A month ago, Verizon announced that they were offering a new "sponsored data" program and that they were accepting beta users. At the time of announcement, the Big Red kept mum about what the program was and what was included. Today, they have finally announced the program and gave an insight on what it will provide.

The new program offering by Verizon called "FreeBee" enables brands to send out content to Verizon subscribers without going against the user's data plans. It can be compared to both Music Freedom and Binge On programs offered by T-Mobile. However, Verizon's FreeBee program has more net neutrality implications. Compared to T-Mobile's "sponsored data" programs, Verizon takes money from businesses who want their content to be highlighted. T-Mobile's programs, meanwhile, don't take money from streaming services.


Supporters of net neutrality aren't too keen on "sponsored data" programs as these are more advantageous to brands and businesses that have the money to pay for content. With the FreeBee program, on the other hand, users can prefer the content they like as long as it has been highlighted with the icon.  This means that anything you access with a FreeBee icon (such as on the photo above), will be streamed to you for free.

Source: PHAndroid

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  1. I have a real problem with this. It is a clear violation of net neutrality whereas Binge On is not.

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    1. Of course Binge On breaks this law. Either include all data in Binge On or none at all.

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  2. well in reality they're just finding a way to get more revenue for big red oligopoly as it sounds like advertisers are going to be pre paying for the data that your phone is going to use for what is in effect their advertising which likely will be on screen even if they're giving you more than just a commercial with a streaming or music service

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  3. Thanks to monopoly control over networks and a corrupt FCC, telecoms can now charge both customers AND content providers for just a single transmission of data.

    I guess double dipping is the new norm.

    Gotta love cartel capitalism.



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    1. False premise. There is no "monopoly control". Words have meanings.

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    2. Verizon it's not forcing the customer or the advertisers to pay anything. What is wrong with what they are doing? Advertisers sign up to pay and you essentially get free data. Sounds like a win to me

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    3. It's a lose lose lose situation, because it amounts to censoring the data of those who don't pay by having it behind a stiff toll.

      Provide the free data without any regard to content or provider, then we win and there's no lawbreaking.

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    4. Provide free data without regard? So who win when verizon goes out of business from giving away data for free? Not the customers who want verizon service.

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    5. So now, TQ, maybe you understand that Verizon should obey the law and sell data by the GB to custoners without any regard to what is done with it.

      Neutrality.

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    6. Yes, thanks net neutrality, now no one gets free data. We lose because of net neutrality

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    7. We win. Without it, the careers charge us for using data they don't want us to use. That's not free. You are missing the obvious.

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    8. We got off track somehow. The question was what is wrong with an advertiser paying for some of my data...I'm not questioning ALL aspects of the law, I am sure some good came out of it. How is what verizon is doing any different than Ring Plus subsidizing their plans with money from advertisers?

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    9. It's hugely different. The RingPlus plan is entirely data neutral. They don't care what you use your 1GB or 500MB or 2GB or whatever for.

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    10. But still, what is WRONG with someone else(the advertiser) paying for some of my data, to use in a way that I might like. Since some companies have more money than others makes it wrong for them to advertise in a way that gives me something?

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  4. It's no less a violation of net neutrality than Binge On is.

    The only way to do this sort of thing that does not violate net neutrality is to offer ALL data for free, paid for with business model based on heavily loaded adverts. Then you don't have the problem of Binge On and this where the carrier is censoring data from those that don't pay.

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  5. Oh,how nice of you, Verizon!

    Love to say I'm coming back, but that's far from the case...

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    1. Not very "nice" that they want to charge more for data that doesn't "buy in". Let's hope for a stiff fine and money paid back to customers if they go through with this dubious scheme.

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  6. After seven years of post paid contact with Verizon and getting burned many times, I'm done with anything Verizon related. With them, nothing is really free or " freebee" as they put it.
    I'm not interested on anything they have to say...

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    1. Verizon should continue to provide the best cell service, period. And not get into illegal data-censorship schemes, which is what this is.

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