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First News Briefs for February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, today announced two of its M2M modules have received certification to work with the Verizon Wireless network. Now Telit customers can employ the DE910-DUAL and the CE910-DUAL modules to deploy a range of M2M applications.

Verizon Launches New 3G Prepaid Plans

February 1, 2013 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today launched prepaid plans that provide unlimited talk, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data for $60 a month, or for $70 a month, a prepaid customer receives 2 GB of data in addition to unlimited talk and texts. According to a press release, the plans are...

Largent Slams NYT Op-Ed Piece

January 31, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent slammed an opinion piece, "How to Get America Online", which was published by New York Times. In the piece, Times contributor Susan Crawford argues that access to Internet services...


Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Announce Availability of BlackBerry Z10, Q10

January 30, 2013 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the wake of today's official unveiling of the new BlackBerry 10 platform and the first two devices to operate it, the full touch screen Z10 and the QWERTY keyboard and touch screen Q10, U.S. carriers are beginning to announce their plans for the new gadgets.

Verizon Wants FCC's Spectrum Screen Applied to Sprint, Clearwire Deal

January 29, 2013 2:40 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has filed with the FCC comments on Sprint's potential acquisition of Clearwire, stating that the Commission should apply its spectrum screen to the swath of 2.5 GHz airwaves in question to determine if the potential deal poses spectrum aggregation concerns.

Verizon, AT&T Agree to Spectrum Deal

January 25, 2013 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said Friday that it will sell 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses to AT&T in exchange for a payment of $1.9 billion and the transfer by AT&T to Verizon Wireless of AWS (10 MHz) licenses in certain western markets, including...

VZW Hits Record $30B in 4Q Revenue, Losses Double on Charges

January 22, 2013 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Tuesday reported record fourth-quarter revenues of over $30 billion, up 5.7 percent annually, but still managed to swing to a quarterly loss that was double what it was in the same quarter last year. Losses that were largely due to charges related to the annuitization of $7.5 billion...

Lowell McAdam Addresses CES 2013

January 14, 2013 1:45 pm | Videos | Comments

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam addresses an audience at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. McAdam talked on a range of topics, including his company's tie up with the National Football League, as well as advancements in the connected car, among other topics. 


Carriers Spat Over Spectrum Weighting

January 10, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It seems everyone agrees that the FCC needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed with the FCC this past week. AT&T and Verizon Wireless come down on the "light touch" side of things...

VZW Q4: $9 Billion in Charges, 2.1 Million Net Adds

January 7, 2013 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speaking at an investor conference ahead of his opening keynote tomorrow at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam disclosed some good and some bad pertaining to his company's fourth quarter. McAdam said that while the company had a record fourth quarter...

Report: Verizon Buyout of Vodafone Possible

January 7, 2013 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon could own all of its Wireless business soon, if CEO Lowell McAdam has anything to say about it. McAdam told the Wall Street Journal Monday that Verizon is strong enough to buy Vodafone out of its stake in Verizon Wireless. Verizon entered into a joint venture with Vodafone...

Can MVNOs Help Peel the Cap off Big Data?

January 4, 2013 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Caps have been placed the amount of data mobile customers can use under the impression it helps to alleviate network congestion, according to a new study released by the Open Technology Institute. Can any of the unique data service models used by MVNOs solve the problem and help to convince big carriers to cease the restrictive practice?

Verizon Launches LTE in 29 New Markets, Expands Service in 36

December 20, 2012 9:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in 29 new markets, as well as the expansion of service in 36 of its existing markets. Verizon's LTE deployment has been consistently ahead schedule. The carrier says it plans to have its rollout completed by the middle of 2013.


Review: Droid DNA by HTC

December 18, 2012 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Once you get your hands on the new HTC Droid DNA, Verizon’s new flagship Android phone, you’ll fall in love with this sleek beast’s flat-out gorgeous five-inch, 1080p display and the breathtaking 1.5 GHz quad-core processor it has rumbling under the hood. You’ll spend more time than you thought possible polishing the screen.

McAdam: Everyone Else is Playing Catch Up

December 4, 2012 11:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

During a presentation at the UBS Investor conference that was broadcast online this morning, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam wasn't shy about where he feels his company's network is in relation to competitors, saying that other tier one carriers are playing "catch up" in the LTE race. 

Verizon Hosts a Google+ Hangout for the Droid DNA Unboxing

December 3, 2012 4:13 pm | Videos | Comments

Verizon takes time out with a Google+ Hangout to feature an unboxing of the Droid DNA. With a customer support representative online to help with any questions, this video offers everything you need to know about this top-of-the-line Android smartphone. 

VZW to Support Google Play Direct Carrier Billing

October 22, 2012 7:41 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to start charging purchases from Google Play to their monthly bill.

Verizon iPhone 5 Comes Partially Unlocked

September 24, 2012 7:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Reports that Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 5 comes unlocked may have been at least partially overblown.

iPhone 5 Side Effect: Profit Margin Pressure

September 14, 2012 7:58 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Fitch Ratings is reminding investors that the new version of Apple's iPhone won't be all upside for AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

Verizon, Sprint Declare FaceTime over Cellular for All

September 13, 2012 7:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it will enable Apple's FaceTime over cellular on all of its data plans.

Report: LTE Performance Tops All Other Network Technologies

August 23, 2012 7:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mobile customers on LTE devices see fewer data-related issues than do customers on 3G and HSPA+ or WiMAX devices, according to the a new study released today by J.D. Power and Associates.

A Look at Unlimited Data Plans at Top 5 Carriers

August 23, 2012 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two smaller wireless companies, T-Mobile and MetroPCS, announced unlimited-data offerings this week as they try to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Here’s how data plans offered by the five largest U.S. carriers compare.

T-Mo Goes Unlimited, Nixes Throttling and Tethering

August 22, 2012 7:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile can finally claim that it offers truly unlimited plans without the caveat of throttling.

Cash Isn’t King in the Mobile Wallet

July 31, 2012 11:32 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

Cash might not be the reigning monarch in the mobile wallet, but it’s not clear who is as operators fight to create the winning solution.

Reimagining Data and Content in an All-IP World

July 31, 2012 11:23 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The move to an all-IP world is changing the way everyone, from carriers to consumers to content providers, thinks about data.

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