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May 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon announced plans to introduce next month a new Internet service that will double the download speeds of its current top service, which is already the fastest mass-scale service in the country. The company will also more than double the speeds of most of its current plans while also introducing another tier of service. At the new top speed, consumers could download a two-hour HD video in less than two and a half minutes, according to the company, which announced its plans Wednesday.
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April 24, 2014 | David Lazarus
As far as corporate notices go, they don't get much creepier than this recent alert from Verizon Wireless. The company says it's "enhancing" its Relevant Mobile Advertising program, which it uses to collect data on customers' online habits so that marketers can pitch stuff at them with greater precision. "In addition to the customer information that's currently part of the program, we will soon use an anonymous, unique identifier we create when you register on our websites," Verizon Wireless is telling customers.
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October 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon has begun taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, joining three other major U.S. networks now selling the 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid device. The Galaxy Note II is Samsung's largest phone -- bigger than the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III -- and the follow-up to the widely successful Galaxy Note, which made its world debut last year. The phone/tablet hybrid runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, uses a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and has an 8-megapixel rear camera. It also comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
It's not just your imagination. It's getting uglier out there in cybersecurity land.  The latest grim picture comes courtesy of Verizon's 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report. Scheduled to be publicly released Wednesday, the report taps information from more than 50 organizations around the world to analyze more than 63,000 security incidents and 1,300 confirmed breaches. Amid the onslaught of breaches and statistics, the report also tries to offer some hope that organizations such as Verizon are starting to better leverage information about cyberattacks to craft strategies to fight back.
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December 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon has begun operating system upgrades for Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones running on its network. The New Jersey-based carrier is the last of the four major networks to upgrade its customers' Galaxy S III phones from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean -- a more recent version of the Google mobile operating system. Verizon announced the news in a blog post Friday, saying the upgrade will be pushed out to customers in phases, so they may not get it right away.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2008
As a Verizon Wireless customer, I have hourlong monthly conversations with sweet/rude service people who swear that I or my wife and daughters have signed ourselves up for joke messages ("Joke is on cellphone customers," Consumer Confidential, Jan. 23). The story prompted me to peruse my Verizon bills carefully, and guess what? It's not the service providers who are bilking customers, it's Verizon. Jamie Anderson Glendale
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September 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The AT&T version of the iPhone 5 has one feature Verizon and Sprint versions don't: It can make calls and connect to the Internet at the same time. The Verge reported Thursday that Verizon and Sprint versions of the new Apple smartphone are unable to perform both tasks at the same time. A Verizon spokesperson confirmed this to the tech site while Sprint spokeswoman Heather Wong has confirmed the same to the Los Angeles Times. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 Wong said the Sprint version of the iPhone 5 can't make calls and connect to the Internet at the same time over LTE, but she did say people can talk and use the Internet if connected over Wi-Fi.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $21 million to resolve a consumer lawsuit targeting early cancellation fees in mobile phone contracts. The settlement, announced during a trial in Oakland, resolves consumer claims in the U.S. without an admission of wrongdoing by the company. The Verizon agreement doesn't affect current contracts because cancellation fees now decrease over time, a spokeswoman said. The contracts covered by the settlement have a flat-rate cancellation fee and were issued before Verizon Wireless introduced the declining-fee structure in 2006.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon and HTC are bringing 1080p HD to the palm of your hands with the new Droid DNA smartphone. The New Jersey-based mobile carrier says the new device is the first 5-inch smartphone to feature a full 1080p HD display in the U.S. Verizon announced the Droid DNA at an event Tuesday. It is now available for pre-order online for $299 on a new two-year contract. It can also be purchased for $600 without contract. The Droid DNA's display has a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution and has a 440-pixels-per-inch density.
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December 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Galaxy S III AT&T devices got an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, leaving Verizon as the last major network to not release an update for the popular Samsung device. AT&T told its GS3 customers Tuesday that they could get the update by going to this page and connecting their device to their computer. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the second new update for the Google mobile operating system. Two months ago, Sprint became the first major U.S. network to roll out the update for its users, followed by T-Mobile a few weeks ago. QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Juan Pablo Montoya leaned his back against a wall, adjusted his sunglasses and waited for the next reporter to put a camera or voice recorder in front of him. It was media day for drivers in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And though it's been 14 years since Montoya raced in the event, he was the center of attention. Montoya is the prodigal son who has returned with fanfare to the Verizon IndyCar Series after stints in Formula One and, for the last seven years, NASCAR stock car racing.
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Sunday with one overarching question: Who can put the brakes on Will Power? The 33-year-old Australian has won the last three Verizon IndyCar Series races, and four of the last six, going back to last season. Power's latest victory in his No. 12 Team Penske car was a dominant one at IndyCar's season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Course Map Power also knows his way around the seaside streets that make up the 11-turn, 1.97-mile Long Beach course.
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April 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last but not least, Verizon Wireless has joined the other major U.S. mobile phone carriers in taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Customers can now head to Verizon's website to place an order for the upcoming Samsung device. The gadget can be purchased for $600 off contract or for $249.99 with a two-year contract. Users who buy the device with a two-year contract can get a $50 mail-in rebate, dropping the final price of the phone to $199.99. Additionally, customers who preorder and agree a two-year contract can get a second GS5 free if they activate another two-year contract.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Two years ago, California's two giant telecom companies and their Silicon Valley allies won passage of a law freeing phone-over-the-Internet calls from government regulation. The 2012 law was essential to the creation of high-tech products and services, the industry argued. Its proposal bowled over opposition from consumer advocates. But this deregulation was never supposed to affect phone customers who didn't want to give up their traditional copper-wire land lines, the bill's author, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima)
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
IndyCar said Friday that telecommunications giant Verizon signed a multiyear deal to be the racing series' title sponsor, rebranding the sport as the Verizon IndyCar Series. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. "Verizon is the perfect partner for us to showcase the high level of innovation and technology that is inherent in our sport," Mark Miles, chief executive of Hulman & Co., IndyCar's parent company, said in a statement. The Verizon IndyCar Series' 18-race schedule opens March 30 with a street race in St. Petersburg, Fla., followed by another street race, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, on April 13. IndyCar's marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, is May 25 and the series' season finale takes place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Aug. 30. Verizon already is the primary sponsor of the No. 12 car driven by Will Power of Team Penske.
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February 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Verizon Wireless is closing five of its customer-service call centers in the U.S. and consolidating seven others in a move that will affect about 5,200 workers. "The company is closing a few call centers, and we are relocating those jobs to make best use of these open seats that we have," said Ken Muche, a spokesman for the New Jersey company. It has open seats and desks at many of its call centers, he said. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy In California, Verizon Wireless will close its call center in Irvine in May, a move that will affect 1,075 employees.
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October 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon will offer the Samsung Galaxy S III in four different colors as the carrier looks for ways to give consumers another reason to keep buying the smartphone.  The New Jersey carrier this week announced on its website that it will begin selling sapphire black and amber brown versions of the Galaxy S III. It did not specify when they would be available. The carrier currently sells the phone in marble white and pebble blue. The Galaxy S III was the highest selling phone in the U.S. in August, outselling the iPhone 4S, but the recently released iPhone 5 could retake that title from Samsung.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
With Verizon Wireless expected to start offering the iPhone, a key issue for consumers is: Will the popular device cause the network the same kind of problems it did at AT&T? Although more than 73 million iPhones have been sold worldwide since Apple Inc. introduced the smart phone in mid-2007, in the U.S. its sole carrier ? AT&T ? has weathered complaints from users about slow performance and dropped calls. The phone, expected to be added to the Verizon roster Tuesday, has data-intensive features such as the online game-playing and streaming that have been blamed for AT&T's woes.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
AT&T announced big savings on family plans over the weekend, the latest wireless company to slash prices amid a brutal carrier war. The No. 2 carrier said a family of four could now get unlimited talk and text and share 10 gigabytes of data for $160 a month.  Each additional line is $15 more; so for example, a family of three would pay $145 a month and a family of five would pay $175 a month. For current customers, the household savings amount to $40 to $100 a month, depending on their existing plan.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Advocates of a free and open Internet could see this coming, but today's ruling from a Washington appeals court striking down the FCC's rules protecting the open net was worse than the most dire forecasts. It was " even more emphatic and disastrous than anyone expected," in the words of one veteran advocate for network neutrality. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit thoroughly eviscerated the Federal Communications Commission's latest lame attempt to prevent Internet service providers from playing favorites among websites--awarding faster speeds to sites that pay a special fee, for example, or slowing or blocking sites and services that compete with favored affiliates.
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