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August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The HTC One smartphone will be sold by the nation's largest carrier beginning next week, four months after it launched on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Verizon Wireless said in a tweet early Friday that HTC's top phone of 2013 would cost $199 with a two-year contract and be available Aug. 22 in stores and online.  PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 The device comes with a 4.7-inch screen, a fast processor, a solid battery and at least 16 gigabytes of internal storage.  Reviews have praised its sleek aluminum design, Beats-powered audio and neat photo-capture features.
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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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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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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.
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August 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After the coffee. Before the Associated Press Stylebook adds a "twerk" entry. The Skinny: Grantland occasionally creates recurring features that send me into black hole of binge reading. Their " Escape from Pop Purgatory " series is no exception. Thursday's headlines include the MPAA's copyright victory and Vodafone potentially selling its stake in Verizon Wireless. Daily Dose: This seems appropriate, given the entertainment news cycle this week. The Washington Post has a chart that perfectly illustrates how news breaks on Twitter, starting with everyone feeling the need to "weigh in" and ending with cat pictures.
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December 31, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Verizon Wireless, under fire from consumers and federal regulators, scrapped plans to charge a $2 "convenience fee" for those who pay their phone bills online or by phone with their credit or debit cards. The decision to cancel the fee was made "in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions," Verizon said in a statement. "At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers," said Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless' president and chief executive.
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April 18, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Verizon Wireless plans to sell billions of dollars' worth of prime airwaves if regulators approve its planned purchases of new chunks of spectrum primarily from large cable companies. Verizon, which paid about $4.4 billion in 2008 in a government auction of coveted airwaves in the 700-megahertz band, said it no longer would need that spectrum to deploy its fourth-generation LTE network if the cable deals are approved. Among the spectrum Verizon plans to sell are swaths covering Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other major metropolitan areas.
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August 24, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Verizon Wireless won final federal approval for its $3.6-billion purchase of airwave licenses primarily from large cable companies, but regulators slapped additional conditions onto the deal. The approval by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday followed the go-ahead last week from the Justice Department, which also placed conditions on the deal to ease concerns that it would decrease competition in the telecommunications market. The FCC voted unanimously to allow Verizon to obtain airwave licenses from a consortium of cable companies — Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks — that once had hoped to launch its own mobile services.
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September 2, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
In one of the largest deals in global corporate history, Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless and take full control of the nation's top wireless carrier. In an era of ubiquitous cellular service and fast-rising use of smartphones, Verizon was eager to take hold of a business with big challenges but equally significant potential. Despite heavy competition and slowing subscriber growth, the wireless business is expected to be paced in coming years by growing demand for video and other premium services.
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June 27, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Verizon Wireless proclaimed its roll-out of 4G LTE is "substantially complete" two and half years after it began, announcing Thursday the high-speed mobile data network is available in 500 U.S. markets. The New Jersey-based mobile carrier has led the way in providing widespread 4G coverage. But it is struggling to consistently provide data speeds as fast as on AT&T's younger and less congested network. Verizon now is turning to improving its 4G service to handle consumers' growing appetite for mobile data.
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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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December 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Beatles and the National Security Agency? There may be stranger bedfellows, but it's difficult at the moment to come up with a good example. Nevertheless, Federal District Court Judge Richard J. Leon turned to the Fab Four in the course of his ruling in Klayman vs. Obama , a suit brought by a consortium of citizens led by conservative public-interest lawyer Larry Klayman. Leon ruled that the NSA's collection of information on U.S. citizens through their cellphone providers “surely” infringes on the rights of privacy established under the 4th Amendment and is, therefore, unconstitutional.
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December 13, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Sprint Nextel Corp. is reportedly working on a bid for T-Mobile in a deal that could combine the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers. Sprint could make a bid for its rival in the first half of next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The paper said a deal could be worth more than $20 billion. A bid probably would face regulatory hurdles, as a merger would further consolidate an industry ruled by a small handful of wireless giants.
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October 17, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Verizon Wireless reported third-quarter earnings Thursday that generally met expectations, but did come with one surprise for Apple-watchers.  During a conference call with analysts, Verizon executives said the company had 3.9 million iPhone activations in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That's the same number it had in the second quarter that ended in June, and down a bit from the 4 million activations it had in the first quarter ending in March. WATCH: 5 videos to introduce new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts   The number is still up 26% from the 3.1 million iPhone activations it had a year ago.  Activations count new phones as well as phones purchased on the resale market or handed down to other friends and family members.  The number was a bit surprising considering Apple launched the iPhone 5s and 5c at the end of the quarter.
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September 6, 2013 | Bloomberg News
American Tower is buying the parent company of Global Tower Partners, which owns about 5,400 cellular towers in the U.S., for about $3.3 billion. American Tower is acquiring MIP Tower Holdings, a closely held real estate investment trust that owns Global Tower Partners and related companies, the companies said Friday. The deal also brings to American Tower the management rights to more than 9,000 additional sites. Including debt, the purchase price is about $4.8 billion. The tower industry is consolidating, with fewer companies controlling bigger swaths of equipment amid booming demand for mobile communications and the gear needed to transmit signals, said James Moorman, an analyst at S&P Capital IQ Inc. This is the second major acquisition by American Tower in the last two months.
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September 2, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
In one of the largest deals in global corporate history, Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless and take full control of the nation's top wireless carrier. The deal would put to an end a joint venture launched by the two telecom giants in 2000 after a string of mergers that had altered the contours of the mobile-phone industry. Verizon had made repeated attempts during that time to acquire Vodafone's stake, but the two could not agree on price.
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August 15, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Mobile phone company Verizon Wireless Inc. will start selling a walkie-talkie service Monday called "Push to Talk," a phrase to which Nextel Communications Inc. claims it has exclusive rights. The nationwide service will be available through Motorola Inc.'s V60p phone, said a spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless, based in Bedminster, N.J. The move marks the first challenge in a decade to Nextel's Direct Connect service, which allows users to connect by pressing a button instead of dialing a number.
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June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Targeting a top gripe by cellphone users and breaking ranks with its industry, Verizon Wireless plans to prorate the fee it charges subscribers who break a contract so they only pay an amount proportional to the time left on their agreements. The change in the early termination fee will be implemented this fall for new customers and Verizon Wireless subscribers who sign a new contract, the company said Wednesday. The company, owned jointly by New York-based Verizon Communications Inc.
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September 2, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
In one of the largest deals in global corporate history, Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless and take full control of the nation's top wireless carrier. In an era of ubiquitous cellular service and fast-rising use of smartphones, Verizon was eager to take hold of a business with big challenges but equally significant potential. Despite heavy competition and slowing subscriber growth, the wireless business is expected to be paced in coming years by growing demand for video and other premium services.
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