Verizon refocuses its consumer business on the Yahoo brand – brilliant

Some bright spark at US telco group Verizon has decided all its media products should be aligned with the iconic Yahoo brand.

Verizon isn’t so excited about the move that it has issued a formal press release about it, however, preferring instead to grant an exclusive interview to Axios. “Yahoo is the future of our consumer facing brand,” said Joanna Lambert, Head of Consumer at Verizon Media. “Over time, we will be moving non-Yahoo brands and centralizing them around Yahoo.”

Why neither of the tech sites it owns were considered worthy of the exclusive is presumably a question they’re asking internally. TechCrunch, meanwhile, was reduced to publishing a clarification that the rebranding won’t go so far as it being renamed YahooCrunch, or something like that. Yahoogadget doesn’t seem to have spoken publicly on the matter.

On the surface this seems like a ridiculous strategy. Nobody thinks Verizon’s strategy of picking through internet fossils for cut-price brands in its bid for content relevance was a good one, surely. Nonetheless, the oldest of the lot is where it now wants to hang its flag.

While the Yahoo brand has very little value on this side of the pond, maybe the Americans – for whom this rebrand is designed – feel differently. While hardly conclusive evidence, this tweet suggests Verizon still has some convincing to do.

The collective brand for Verizon media properties will now be Yahoo+ which, as you can see above, somehow has to be reconciled with the exclamation mark we can’t be bothered to use. Verizon has a rich history of misguided rebrands and, while we wish this one all the best, it’s hard to imagine it bucking that trend.


  1. Avatar Robert John Hebert 25/03/2021 @ 7:49 pm

    Yahoo has been a discrace! Verizon is doing “Smoke & Mirrors” again, just like millimeter 5G and throttling data. I’ve been a Verizon business customer for over 25 years, spending over a thousand dollars a month with them. Verizon always finds a way to let me down. Not customer oriented. DELAY! DELAY! DELAY! DISGRACEFUL! COUNTERPRODUCTIVE!

    • Avatar Robert John Hebert 25/03/2021 @ 7:54 pm

      Verizon also reneged on “Grandfathered Unlimited Data” by tieing their unilateral contractual removal to new phone purchases. SIMPLY FRAUD!

      • Avatar Doesn't Matter 26/03/2021 @ 10:40 am

        That isn’t fraud to tell you that your “grandfathered” unlimited plan goes away when you upgrade your phone through Verizon. You are changing something about your plan, i.e. getting a new phone. If you kept the same one you’d have kept the same old unlimited plan. With that said, Verizon does not throttle data, to suggest it does is disingenuous. The network slows down in times of network extreme congestion, and speeds back up when it isn’t, or you aren’t on that same tower. I don’t disagree with you on Yahoo and AOL, etc. Verizon made some dumb moves, but they are still the best network overall.

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