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October 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. are in "advanced talks" with Google Inc. about carrying a cellphone powered by the Web company's software, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal's online edition cited unnamed sources in reporting the talks Tuesday. The paper said Google was expected to announce within two weeks a set of software and services that cellphone makers could use.
October 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Apple Inc. said Thursday that it would no longer accept cash for iPhone purchases and would now limit sales of the cellphone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them. Before the policy started Thursday, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person.
October 24, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. said Tuesday that almost one of every six iPhones sold may have been unlocked to run on unauthorized wireless networks, surprising analysts who had estimated the problem wasn't as widespread. Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook said 250,000 of the nearly 1.4 million iPhones sold might have been bought by users with the intention of unlocking them to work on a network other than AT&T's. Customers who aren't signing up with AT&T, Apple's approved service provider in the U.S.
October 24, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
The Southern California fires wreaked havoc on cellphone service, destroying dozens of antenna towers, causing power outages in other areas and leaving many residents with no other means of communication. Even where coverage was available, the surging call volume as tens of thousands of evacuees went wireless overwhelmed circuits and blocked calls from getting through.
October 22, 2007 | DAVID LAZARUS
Lawndale resident Julian Torres' cellphone experience will be familiar to many wireless customers. Dissatisfied with the frequency of dropped calls and roaming charges, Torres, 40, recently decided to switch service providers. Of course, that meant a big, fat fee for early termination of his contract -- in this case, $150. Then came the added insult: The fancy cellphone Torres had purchased from his former wireless provider couldn't be used with his new one.
October 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
A unit of AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. telephone company, will pay $500,000 and credit customers' bills to settle claims that it charged cellphone users for calls made after their phones were lost or stolen. The settlement, filed by California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown in state court in San Francisco, requires AT&T Mobility to credit customers' bills for unauthorized calls. AT&T must investigate the calls, and it agreed to pay $500,000 for the cost of the investigation, according to Brown.
October 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Complaints over Apple Inc.'s use restrictions and recent software update for the iPhone have erupted into two lawsuits alleging that Apple and its carrier partner, AT&T Inc., engaged in illegal monopolistic behavior. The lawsuits were filed Friday in San Jose -- one in federal court and the other in state court. Both are seeking class- action status. The federal case accuses the companies of unfair business practices and violations of antitrust, telecommunications and warranty laws.
October 8, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
San Francisco Why can't apple inc. stop ticking off the people who love it? Some of the loyalists who have made Apple so successful lately have turned on the tech star. Even as Apple posts record financial results, they complain that the revolutionary company they supported has changed, showing signs of being wrong-headed, shortsighted, even greedy. One week there's hue and cry over Apple's decision to slash the iPhone's price only two months after it went on sale.
October 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
In time for the holidays, Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it was launching a cellphone that looks a lot like the hottest phone so far this year: Apple Inc.'s iPhone. Like the iPhone, the LG Voyager features a large touch screen, a camera and extensive multimedia, Web browsing and e-mail capabilities. However, it one-ups the iPhone by folding open lengthwise to reveal a QWERTY keyboard and a second, non-touch sensitive screen.
October 3, 2007 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
The resignation of a Ventura County high school baseball coach for what he said were health reasons came after he allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to one of his players, according to public records and interviews. Seven games into last season, Mike Lee stepped down as coach at Westlake High, while remaining a teacher at Newbury Park High, both in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.
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