Verizon Wireless crunches numbers for you — or tries to

July 6, 2011

Verizon Wireless customers getting stressed out about whether they’d charge past their 2-gigabyte download limit? The company is here to help, at least in theory. 

AT&T’s ad spending outpaces Verizon’s — by a long stretch

June 10, 2011

Anybody who wondered how AT&T managed to stand up against the Verizon Wireless  February iPhone launch wasn’t paying much attention to their TV set.

Tech Summit Q&A, final day: Verizon, Foursquare, LivingSocial

May 19, 2011

Being social,  going local, and paying for the privilege were hot topics on the last day of the Reuters 2011 Global Technology Summit.

Verizon’s iPhone antenna ‘death grip’ proof?

January 11, 2011

vzapplOn the face of it, the iPhone 4 unveiled by Verizon Wireless on Tuesday is pretty much the same device that AT&T has been selling. It costs the same, and features essentially the same bells and whistles — with the nice addition of a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, that allows up to five other devices to share its wireless signal.

MetroPCS boasts first U.S. LTE service, phone

September 21, 2010
Ninety percent of MetroPCS customers have been using its handsets for data services. More than half of them rely on MetroPCS handsets as their primary means to accessing the Internet. On Tuesday, the pay-as-you-go company become the first carrier to launch commercial high-speed wireless long term evolution services in the United States. LTE is a fourth-generation technology that Verizon Wireless and AT&T plan to support. “We think this is going to serve the sweet spot for consumers who want more, who want the next best thing and who are willing to pay a little more for the handset,” Chief Operating Officer Tom Keys said. MetroPCS launched the world’s first commercially available LTE handset, the Samsung Craft. The service is first available in Las Vegas and is expected to most markets it serves by the first quarter of 2011, Keys said. The company is offering 4G LTE services under two service plans – $55 or $60. Under its plans, customers pay a monthly fee in advance for unlimited phone calls without committing to a long-term contract. MetroPCS is offering the Samsung Craft for $299, after $50 instant rebate, plus tax. MetroPCS plans to launch another 3-5 handsets in the next 12 months, Keys said. “2012 will probably have a larger roadmap in terms of handsets for the entire LTE ecosystem,” Keys said. The company is also considering offering tablet-like devices, he added.

MetroPCS LTE PhoneOn Tuesday, MetroPCS  said it has become the first US carrier to launch commercial high-speed wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) services and and an handset, beating its biggest rival Verizon Wireless to the post.  LTE is a next-generation technology Verizon Wireless and AT&T plan to support.

Telcos are winning the cable TV battle but are they losing the broadband war?

July 23, 2010

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The latest quarterly numbers from AT&T and Verizon Communications points to steady addition of TV customers which they are very likely winning from the cable companies as well as satellite players. AT&T said it posted its first ever billion-dollar revenue quarter for its U-Verse services (which includes Internet).  It added 209,000 U-Verse TV subscribers and now has 2.5 million in total. Meanwhile Verizon said it added 174,000 FiOS TV subscribers and now has 3.2 million in total.

Analyst sees T-Mobile USA as iPhone contender

June 10, 2010

Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu threw his hat in the ring on Thursday with an answer to one of the mobile industry’s favorite questions of the season: Which US carrier will be next to get their hands on Apple’s popular iPhone?

Verizon’s Seidenberg on broadband, China and Cheney

April 6, 2010

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Verizon’s Chief Executive on Tuesday tackled subjects ranging from US healthcare reform,  iPhone, China, his lack of interest in a merger with Vodafone and his feelings about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Verizon grows prepaid but sticking to “bread and butter”

January 26, 2010

verizonwirelesslogoVerizon Wireless brought in almost half of its customers from its wholesale prepaid business in the fourth quarter, seemingly confirming analyst predictions that this market segment is becoming the biggest driver of mobile.

Verizon CEO gearing up for retirement, or not?

December 11, 2009

seidenbergCEOs are always pretty coy when asked about their retirement plans.  Verizon Communications Ivan Seidenberg, 63, definitely falls into that category as evidenced by his request that the Wall Street Journal’s Joann Lublin keep his reply off the record when she asked him about succession at a conference on Friday.