September 2, 2013 |
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.
August 17, 2012 |
The Department of Justice says Verizon can go ahead with its $3.6-billion purchase of wireless spectrum from the cable industry, but not without some tweaks to help protect consumers from telecom behemoths becoming too cozy. Specifically, the DOJ said Thursday that it's placing limits on sales of cable services at Verizon Wireless stores - a move that had appeared to relegate Verizon's own TV and Internet offerings to the back burner and make the market less competitive. I'm not a told-you-so kind of guy, but this is exactly what I warned of in a column last month questioning how this deal worked in consumers' best interest, not to mention how downplaying the company's own services was good for Verizon shareholders.
June 21, 2003 |
Verizon Wireless Inc., the largest U.S. mobile telephone carrier, will begin selling a walkie-talkie phone as early as next month, marking the first such challenge to Nextel Communications Inc., said people familiar with the matter. Verizon Wireless will sell Motorola Inc.'s V60p phone and one model from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. From Bloomberg News
June 29, 2005 |
Verizon Wireless will unveil a music-playing phone and online music service to compete with Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store and phone to be launched with Motorola Inc. A Verizon Wireless-branded LG Electronics Inc. handset will be available by August, as much as a month before Motorola and Apple are due to unveil an iTunes phone. Verizon Wireless' music service is expected to be up and running in six to eight months, Chief Executive Dennis Strigl said.
December 2, 2011 |
A joint venture including the nation's two largest cable companies took the biggest step yet to pull the industry out of its once ambitious plans to build a wireless network and compete with mobile carriers for cellphone customers. The venture, which consists mainly of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., said Friday that it agreed to sell all of its licenses for broadband airwaves to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion. The deal, which must be approved by federal regulators, will better position Verizon to compete with rival AT&T, which is trying to salvage its $39-billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA. The Justice Department has filed an antitrust suit to block the AT&T deal.
December 2, 2005 |
Verizon Wireless has signed on to be the first cellular service provider to offer a broadcast TV network for mobile phones that San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. plans to launch in late 2006. The companies declined to say what programming might be featured over the MediaFLO system, which will be broadcast to mobile phones over a portion of the wireless spectrum different from that of cellular calls and data services.
August 30, 2005 |
Verizon Wireless cut the price of high-speed wireless service for laptop computer users by 25% in a promotion aimed at winning more customers. Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group, said it would offer a price of $59.99 a month through 2005. It had been charging $79.99 a month for the service, which delivers the Internet to laptops at speeds comparable to some home computers.
September 21, 2002 |
TELECOM * Qwest Communications International Inc., seeking to reduce $26.3 billion in debt, may sell its mobile-phone business to Verizon Wireless Inc. for as much as $1 billion, people familiar with the talks said. Qwest, the biggest local-phone company in 14 Western U.S. states, is selling assets after reporting nine straight quarterly losses. Alltel Corp., a rural-service provider in the Southeast and Midwest, also has considered buying the business.
September 22, 2004 |
Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Dennis Strigl told U.S. lawmakers that a planned mobile-phone directory was a "terrible idea" and that he wouldn't participate because it would jeopardize the privacy of his 40 million customers. "There is no groundswell of customer demand for a directory that would justify putting privacy in jeopardy," Strigl said at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, which today may vote on a bill to govern how such a registry would operate.