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AARP Calls Out Verizon’s NY Landline Elimination Plans

July 1, 2013 2:09 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is voicing its concerns over Verizon’s proposal to replace some of its wireline networks. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the damage that it caused to Verizon’s copper landlines, the service provider plans to turn off those networks in the western portion of Fire Island and some New Jersey Barrier communities, and replace it with wireless Voice Link technology.

Verizon Flips Switch on 500th LTE Market

June 27, 2013 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is communicating its satisfaction today with a job well done on its LTE network. The company has dedicated the newsfeed on its website to all things LTE in recognition of its 500th LTE market. "Today, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network reaches a milestone. With the announcement...

Report: Verizon Offers $700M for Canadian Carrier Wind Mobile

June 26, 2013 10:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is offering $700 million for Wind Mobile, a small Canadian carrier, according to a report from Canadian news outlet The Globe and Mail. The report also states that Verizon has started talks with Mobilicity, another minor player in the Canadian market. Verizon could not be reached for comment on the news...


Privacy Debate Rages as FCC Takes up Mobile CPNI Rules

June 24, 2013 4:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The operators right now are in a bit of a bind when it comes to recent revelations of the NSA's surveillance program. They're bound by law to cooperate with the government and most likely legally bound not to discuss the program. The best they can do is offer up the party line, which to this point has been that their customers' privacy...

Report: Verizon Eyes Canadian Carrier Wind Mobile

June 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon could be looking to grow its reach to Canada, according to a report from Bloomberg. Verizon is reportedly looking to purchase one of the smaller Canadian carriers, Wind Mobile. Verizon began eyeing Wind Mobile after the Canadian Industry Minister Christian Paradis...

Report: VZW, T-MO Not Part of NSA Surveillance Program

June 14, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile may not have been required to particpate in the NSA's phone surveillance program. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal today reported that the NSA may have exempted T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless from the program for their foreign ownership...

AT&T Bumps Upgrade Wait From 20 Months to Two Years

June 10, 2013 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has extended the waiting period for upgrades on phones from 20 months to two years. In a blog post Sunday, the company said the new upgrade policy will apply to new contracts and any existing contracts ending March 2014 and later.

Report: NSA Collects Data From AT&T, Sprint, Google, Apple and More

June 7, 2013 10:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After yesterday’s public reveal of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) demands for Verizon customers’ data, more information is coming out suggesting the NSA’s casting a much bigger net. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the NSA’s operations, reports that the same initiative targeting Verizon data is also collecting similar information from AT&T and Sprint.


Report: Verizon Handing Over All U.S. Call Records to NSA

June 6, 2013 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Guardian has received and published the order which outlines that Verizon is to deliver to the NSA the numbers of both parties, location data, identifiers like IMSI and IMEI numbers, and time and duration of calls. The order has been in place since April and has demanded Verizon give over the requisite information for both international calls originating in the U.S. and calls made within the U.S.

Verizon, NFL Expand and Extend Mobile Agreement

June 4, 2013 11:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The National Football League (NFL) and Verizon have announced a renewed and expanded contract to eventually bring all NFL games to Verizon Wireless customers' mobile devices. Until now, a limited nummber of games were available through the Verizon Wireless' package...

HTC Loses Another Exec but May Sales Pick Up

June 4, 2013 9:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The high-level exodus continues for the flailing HTC as COO Matthew Costello has stepped down. Bloomberg reports that Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations, will have his duties expanded to cover the responsibilities of the departing Costello. This makes four senior executives who have left the company in the past two years.

Verizon Smartphone Sales Grow on Windows Popularity

June 3, 2013 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon took the lion's share of smarpthone sales in the United States, due in part to the growth of Windows Phone, according to new numbers from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. Of the carriers, Verizon grabbed 36.3 percent of smartphones sold, an annual increase of 1.8 percent. Sprint Nextel accounted for 13.1 percent of smartphones sold...

Verizon's Shammo Says T-Mobile, Sprint Not Threats

May 31, 2013 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Fran Shammo, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Verizon, says the strengthening positions of Sprint and T-Mobile will be mitigated by continued growth in connected devices. Speaking yesterday at the Nomura Global Media & Telecom conference...


Americans Talk, Surf More than Europeans on Cells

May 30, 2013 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Americans pay more for their cell service than Europeans, but they're getting a lot more use out of their phones, a global wireless trade group said Wednesday. In releasing the report, GSM Association urged European regulators to take cues from the U.S...

Viva Móvil Could Be a Step in the Right Direction

May 29, 2013 5:13 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

When Jennifer Lopez last week showed up at CTIA to announce the new wireless Latino-targeted retailer Viva Móvil, the first question from the audience was about how this could translate to the retail experience for all Verizon customers. The question seemed to suggest, “It’s great what you’re doing for the Latino population, but what can be done do make the wireless retail experience more tolerable for all humans?”

Galaxy S4 to be First Device on Verizon’s AWS Spectrum

May 29, 2013 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the first handset to take advantage of Verizon’s LTE network upgrade. Speaking with Bloomberg, Verizon vice president of network support Mike Haberman said the device will receive an over-the-air software update that will allow it to use Verizon’s AWS airwaves.

Jennifer Lopez, Verizon Announce Viva Movil

May 22, 2013 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

(LAS VEGAS) — Jennifer Lopez and Verizon Wireless CMO Marni Walden took the stage Wednesday at CTIA to announce Viva Movil, a new wireless retailer that will offer Verizon LTE service and devices that will gear its experience toward the U.S. Latino population.

Stephenson: AT&T's 1Q was Disappointing

May 15, 2013 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says he expects the company's mobility business to improve "markedly" in the coming quarter. Delivering the morning keynote at the J.P. Morgan investor conference that was broadcast online, Stephenson covered a number of topics...

Verizon and VMware Launch Dual Persona Solution for Enterprise

May 15, 2013 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is looking to offer its customers a way to keep business and pleasure separate, at least so far as their devices as concerned. Verizon Enterprise Solutions and VMware today announced availability of VMware Horizon Mobile, a dual persona solution for Verizon's enterprise customers...

Big 4 Cellphone Carriers Unite on Anti-Texting Ads

May 14, 2013 9:54 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will...

VZW Makes $7 Billion Distribution

May 14, 2013 9:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today announced a $7 billion cash distribution to its owners, Vodafone and Verizon. The payment will be made on June 25 and will see Verizon getting $3.85 billion, while Vodafone will take $3.15 billion. The move comes after speculation...

First News Briefs for May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013 10:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint and Time Inc. today announced a mobile content, advertising and retail alliance. As part of the arrangement, Time Inc. will deliver its branded content within a customizable section of the SprintZone application on select Sprint devices. Customers can expect the latest entertainment, lifestyle, sports and business news.

Report: McAdam Hints at Withholding Vodafone Payments

May 3, 2013 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless may be tightening the screws on Vodafone, in an effort to force the European carrier to sell off its 45 percent of the Verizon Wireless joint venture. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam hinted...

Report: Investors Pan Rumored $100B Verizon Bid for Vodafone's Share in VZW

April 29, 2013 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A Reuters report from Wednesday that claimed Verizon had hired advisers to prepare a $100 billion bid for Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless was apparently credible enough to provoke a response from major Vodafone investors... 

Petition Urging Verizon to Drop Contracts Nears 100,000 Signatures

April 19, 2013 10:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A petition on that urges Verizon Wireless to do away with two-year contracts has notched nearly 100,000 signatures in less than two weeks. Mike Beauchamp, Verizon customer and blogger for online tech store Zagg, wrote that he does not anticipate leaving the carrier but that he wants that choice for himself.

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