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February 16, 2004 | From Reuters
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.
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BUSINESS
October 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2004 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2006 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2000 | Elizabeth Douglass
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.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2006 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2002 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless Services Inc. reportedly are in merger talks to form what would become the nation's largest cell-phone carrier and the first deal in a wave of consolidation that is expected to reshape one of technology's key industries. Although a deal between the country's No. 2 and No. 3 wireless service providers does not appear to be imminent, analysts said the combination is one of several merger scenarios that could develop this year in wireless.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Verizon Wireless Inc. and Cingular Wireless, the two largest U.S. mobile-phone companies, plan new fast Internet and phone-personalization services, aimed at attracting more customers and boosting sales to current subscribers. Verizon, starting today in San Diego, will begin letting customers install games, ring tones and other programs using software from Qualcomm Inc. The service will be offered nationwide starting in May.
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