When the Chromebook Pixel went on sale in mid-2013, it came with two years of free 100MB/month data from Verizon, but owners are now finding out that Verizon pulled the plug on the free data after only 12 months.

Google Makes Up For Verizon’s Bad Math, Offers $150 To Screwed-Over Chromebook Owners

Earlier this week, the mathletes at Verizon were caught once again making up their own rules about the meaning of the quantity “2 years.” People who had bought Chromebook Pixel laptops under the illusion that the promised two years of free 100MB/month of wireless data were suddenly finding out that Verizon was only giving them one year. So far, Verizon hasn’t explained its idiocy, leaving the Chromebook’s maker, Google, to do damage control. [More]

Verizon Decides “2 Years Of Free Data” Actually Means 1 Year

This is a screengrab of how the Chromebook Pixel was sold on the Google Play store in 2013. As you can see, it clearly states the price includes 2 free years of 100/MB of LTE data from Verizon.

When Google released its LTE-enabled Chromebook Pixel in the spring of 2013, it was advertised as coming with two years of 100MB/month in data from Verizon. But as Pixel owners cross the one-year threshold, they are suddenly finding out that this relatively meager amount of gratis data is no longer free. [More]

This Tissue Coupon Can’t Possibly Be Verizon Math

This Tissue Coupon Can’t Possibly Be Verizon Math

Verizon math, as you may recall, is what happens when copywriters or customer service drones aren’t quite clear on how decimal points or cents signs work. Using Verizon math, $.01 and .01¢ are the same number. Is this item from the Redplum coupon book an example of a silly typo, or of Verizon math? [More]

One of writer Jeff Jarvis's many fruitless interactions with Verizon support.

Verizon Doesn’t Know The Difference Between “Can’t” And “Won’t”

I can jump off my third-floor balcony, but I won’t because it would just make an absolute mess. The fact that I won’t do it doesn’t negate my ability to do it. This is a distinction that apparently eludes the folks at Verizon Wireless. [More]

Verizon Math Returns, Songs Shrink In Size When Uploaded – Or Do They?

Verizon Math Returns, Songs Shrink In Size When Uploaded – Or Do They?

Reader Rod noticed something interesting as he shopped around to compare Internet service providers. Verizon provided a helpful chart that explains to customers how long they could expect an upload or download to take for many mundane things: movies, songs, and photos. He points out that the problem is, the songs magically become half as large when they’re uploaded. Or do they? [More]

Math is hard

Subway Applies Verizon Math To Sandwiches, Confusion And Tastiness Ensue

“It seems Subway picked up Verizon math!” tipster Brad wrote when he submitted this message using one of our mobile apps. Yes, again someone has mistaken .99 cents for 99 cents. You know that some pedant somewhere is going to try to pay for that second sandwich with a penny and make a sandwich artist’s day really crappy. [More]

Verizon's Bad Math Extends To Its Online Product Ratings

Verizon's Bad Math Extends To Its Online Product Ratings

For years, we’ve been poking fun at Verizon’s apparent inability to use a calculator on its customers’ bills. Now we’re finding out that the wireless wonder also has no idea how to figure out an average rating for the products on its own website. [More]

Verizon Math At T-Mobile: 1¢ Is The Same As Free

Verizon Math At T-Mobile: 1¬¢ Is The Same As Free

I don’t really want to sit here writing painfully obvious sentences, but here’s the thing. A penny isn’t very much money. It is, however, more than zero, so an item that costs one cent is not free. In practical terms, it might as well be free, but it still isn’t. Which is why Mark found this bit of math confusion on a Verizon T-Mobile phone purchase page through Costco so amusing. “Even though the difference between .01 and .00 is quite small,” he writes, “it’s still not infinitesimal enough to be considered ‘free,’ right?” No, not yet. [More]

No One Said Verizon FiOS Pricing Schemes Had To Make Sense

No One Said Verizon FiOS Pricing Schemes Had To Make Sense

James would like some fast Internet tubes running to his house. Faster than the regular access that Verizon sells to consumers. He’s willing to pay more for the privilege, but frustrated that it would actually cost less to have two separate lines run into his house and use a load-balancing router than to have a single line that’s twice as fast. [More]

Verizon's FiOS "One Bill" Service Is More Like "Six Bills, None Of Which Make Any Sense"

Verizon's FiOS "One Bill" Service Is More Like "Six Bills, None Of Which Make Any Sense"

MIke writes that he’s having some catastrophic billing issues with Verizon. He’s never had good luck with their customer service, which was fine with him because he never really had issues with his account. The simple act of choosing a new home service bundle set off a chain reaction ended up with Mike receiving multiple bills with different charges for different things, totaling about $1,100 for a 45-day period.

When he threw up his hands and asked Verizon to just cancel his service, waiving the early termination fees for his trouble, they couldn’t handle that, either. Update: Verizon has fixed the accounts and given Mike a full refund.

Yogurt Shop Sells Frozen Treats Using Verizon Math

Yogurt Shop Sells Frozen Treats Using Verizon Math

“Maybe I’m being picky,” tipster David writes. “But it says what it says.” [More]

Data Roaming: Don't Try This On The AT&T Network

Data Roaming: Don't Try This On The AT&T Network

For as long as there’s been mobile Internet, there have been outrageous roaming charges for using mobile Internet abroad. Now, people affected by this issue have a celebrity spokesman: Adam Savage of “Mythbusters” fame.