January 14, 2005 |
Cingular Wireless said Thursday that it would pay $5.11 million in back wages to 25,351 customer service employees to settle government charges that it violated federal overtime laws. Cingular, which didn't admit liability, agreed to the settlement after a Labor Department probe at a call center in Springfield, Ill., found that the company failed to keep track when employees started work before their scheduled shifts or continued to work after the shifts ended.
February 16, 2004 |
AT&T Wireless asked rival bidders Vodafone Group and Cingular Wireless on Sunday to sweeten offers worth about $35 billion, sources familiar with the talks said. Vodafone had been expected to submit an offer of about $35 billion, or about $12.50 a share, that would trump an informal $30-billion bid from Cingular, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the U.S. controlled by SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp.
October 24, 2005 |
Cingular Wireless is introducing a service for nonbusiness users to get BlackBerry-like mobile access to their personal e-mail accounts from AOL, Yahoo and MSN Hotmail on a cellphone. The new service, powered by Oz Communications Inc., is designed to adapt the look and capabilities of a Web portal or e-mail program such as Outlook to the limited screen size, keyboard and processing power of a garden-variety handset.
February 18, 2004 |
After a four-week courtship and a whirlwind weekend, AT&T Wireless Services Inc. agreed Tuesday to join Cingular Wireless in a $41-billion cash deal that would create the nation's largest mobile phone company. Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless would reduce to five the number of major players in the cutthroat industry, a consolidation analysts said could lead to more stable profits, possibly at the expense of customers.
April 21, 2004 |
AT&T Wireless Services Inc. had its first-ever loss of subscribers last quarter because of computer glitches, while its future parent, Cingular Wireless, added 554,000 customers after improving network quality. AT&T Wireless, which agreed to sell itself for $41 billion in February, said it lost a net 367,000 users in the first quarter. Cingular's parents, SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp.
May 28, 2003 |
Cingular Wireless, the second-largest U.S. mobile phone company, may buy some wireless spectrum from NextWave Telecom Inc. for as much as $1.5 billion, said people familiar with the potential deal. An agreement may be at least a month away, one person said. Cingular, based in Atlanta, is seeking to bolster service in markets such as Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, where it lacks coverage. NextWave has been offering to sell some of its 90 wireless licenses, valued at about $6.
March 8, 2006 |
This probably isn't what Cingular Wireless had in mind with its advertising boasts about "raising the bar": Nearly 2 million Cingular customers were barred from using their cellphones Tuesday. The database glitch that knocked out service came at an awkward time for Cingular -- just two days after its parent companies, AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., agreed to merge amid concerns that a consolidating telecommunications industry might be bad for service.
November 3, 2000 |
Cingular Wireless, the new company that includes Pacific Bell Wireless, said it will give up-and-coming rival VoiceStream one-third of its mobile phone capacity in California and Nevada in return for additional wireless capacity covering Detroit, St. Louis and the New York City region. The moves will not affect customers of either wireless provider.
July 7, 2006 |
Former AT&T Wireless customers accused Cingular Wireless in a lawsuit Thursday of misleading them about the benefits of combining the two companies and overcharging them for upgrading service. Despite a "massive marketing campaign" that promised the transition to Cingular's system would be seamless, the customers alleged that Cingular had been dismantling the AT&T network since the two united 21 months ago.