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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... 

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Petition Urging Verizon to Drop Contracts Nears 100,000 Signatures

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

A petition on Change.org 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.

Verizon Reports Strong 1Q, Looks to Maintain Record Margins

April 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon today reported a strong first quarter that was once again driven by wireless, with 677,000 retail postpaid net additions, up 35 percent annually. Margins were especially impressive. The company reported 32.9 percent operating income margin and 50.4 percent segment EBITDA margin...

Report: Clearwire Might Default if Sprint Bid Not Approved Soon

April 16, 2013 9:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Clearwire is considering defaulting on a $255 million interest payment due in June, which is based on nearly $4.5 billion in debt. Reuters dug into the company’s proxy filing from last week and saw that the company might consider bankruptcy if Sprint’s proposed acquisition is not approved by shareholders.

Verizon to Extend Phone-Upgrade Waiting Period

April 15, 2013 9:03 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Friday said that it is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months. The move will save Verizon money, since it subsidizes each new smartphone...

Verizon Denies Vodafone Buyout Rumors

April 3, 2013 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon today denied a Financial Times report that surfaced yesterday claiming the carrier is teaming up with AT&T on a possible buyout of Vodafone. A post on the Financial Times' Alaphaville blog yesterday cited "usually reliable people"...

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Verizon Acquires Mohave Wireless

April 2, 2013 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon now owns 100 percent of Mohave Wireless, having completed its purchase of the regional wireless provider from Frontier Communications and Rio Virgin Telephone. Verizon announced in a statement that it plans to integrate Mohave’s EV-DO 3G network, covering approximately 203,000 customers, and deploy LTE on the spectrum in the future.

Report: VZW, AT&T Crafting Bid to Buy Vodafone

April 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Talk of a joint Verizon, AT&T buyout of Vodafone today bumped shares of the European carrier 6 percent in early trading. According to a post from the Financial Times' Alaphaville blog that cites "usually reliable people," Verizon Communications and AT&T are mulling a breakup bid...

HD Voice Coming to AT&T Later This Year

April 2, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T will be switching over to HD Voice later this year as it begins to migrate is voice calling over to its LTE network. The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital blog reports that AT&T senior vice president Kris Rinne, speaking at Venture Beat’s Mobile Summit, said that HD Voice is part of the company’s LTE strategy.

Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.

T-Mobile USA's New Plans Compared to Competition

March 27, 2013 8:56 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA has revamped its pricing plans, the latest move in an industry that's still experimenting feverishly with various ways of luring customers and getting current ones to pay as much as possible. Here's how T-Mobile's gambit compares.

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PlayPhone, Verizon Partner on Social Gaming Storefront

March 26, 2013 8:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Social gaming provider PlayPhone today announced that it's partnering with Verizon Wireless on a social-optimized game-centric storefront that will come preloaded on Verizon's Android phones. Scott Prather, senior director of business development at PlayPhone...

The "Un-Carrier" Cometh

March 19, 2013 3:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

I have to admit that I'm excited to hear what T-Mobile has on its mind tomorrow. I want to know more about what's behind John Legere's devious, trouble-making smile. Basically, I want the specifics on what it means to be the "un-carrier"?

AT&T Announces New 30, 40 and 50GB Shared Data Plans

March 19, 2013 10:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is beefing up its shared data plan offerings for the enterprise, introducing huge 30, 40 and 50GB iterations of the service. The plans start at $300 per month—plus a $10-$30 per device fee, depending on the type of device—and go up to $500. Current mobile share plans offer buckets of 1 to 20GB.

First News Briefs for March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T is introducing pdvConnect, a set of cloud-based mobile apps that gives businesses and organizations of all sizes a way to document events in near real-time by simply speaking, taking photos and sharing location information at the point of service.

All Major U.S. Operators Will Carry Galaxy S4

March 15, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

All four major U.S. carriers have put their support behind Samsung's new Galaxy S4, which was unveiled yesterday at an evening event in New York City. Immediately following the announcement, all four major U.S. carriers, as well as Leap Wireless and U.S. Cellular...

Report: AT&T Closing Gap in LTE War with VZW

March 12, 2013 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and AT&T are battling it out in the LTE wars, with both carriers receiving impressive scores in RootMetrics' latest 77-market study. According to the study, which is offered in a consumer-friendly format, AT&T’s LTE network...

VZW: International LTE Roaming Partnerships Coming Soon

February 26, 2013 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless customers could be in luck when it comes to overseas roaming. According to a report from Reuters out of Mobile World Congress, Verizon expects to sign its first international LTE roaming agreement later this year. Verizon Wireless Chief Technology Officer...

Verizon CFO Talks Vodafone Buyout, Growth in 2013

February 25, 2013 4:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo reiterated comments previously made by CEO Lowell McAdam that the carrier is open to buying out the 45 percent of the Verizon Wireless joint venture that is currently owned by Vodafone. "I think we've been very open saying we'd love to own the other 45...

AT&T Snags GM Contract from VZW

February 25, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has managed to snag a contract to provide connectivity for General Motors' OnStar service beginning in 2014. Competitor Verizon Wireless is the current provider for OnStar. While financial details of the deal were not announced, AT&T said in a statement that...

Vodafone CEO Open-Minded About VZW Options

February 22, 2013 9:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao says he's unsure about the future ownership of Verizon Wireless, according to an interview published in the Wall Street Journal Friday. Colao said he has an "open mind" when it comes to the joint venture that is Verizon Wireless. Verizon Communications currently...

Hesse: Sprint Looking for More Spectrum

February 20, 2013 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said his company is seeking to acquire more wireless spectrum in order to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. In an interview with Bloomberg, Hesse said Sprint hopes to scoop up more of the precious commodity by either buying it from other companies or from the government.

Verizon Finalizes Three Spectrum Deals to Rural Telecoms

February 15, 2013 2:14 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless completed three sales of its 700 MHz A and B Block spectrum licenses to rural telecoms based in Texas and Oklahoma; Nortex Communications, based in Muenster, Texas; Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc., based in Guymon, Okla.; and Colorado Valley Communications, based in La Grange, Texas.

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