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May 14, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The country's largest wireless carriers have joined together for a national advertising campaign to discourage mobile users from texting while driving. AT&T announced that competitors Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile and more than 200 other organizations have joined its "It Can Wait" campaign. The effort will focus on the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which have been called the 100 deadliest days on the roads for teen drivers. The campaign kicks off Monday, with the four wireless carriers bringing a multimillion-dollar co-branded advertising blitz to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.
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BUSINESS
March 28, 2013 | David Lazarus
Wen Chao received a text message on her iPhone the other day from something called Ringtunecloud.com. It offered mobile content, such as ring tones, for $9.99 a month. Chao, 43, ignored it. About an hour and a half later, she received a more ambiguous text: "You play the peacemaker for others when two friends go to war. Suggest a new activity to the parties involved, and you will get peace. " Figuring it might have been from a friend, Chao clicked it open and - what do you know?
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon Wireless began taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Z10 on Thursday and announced it will sell the smartphone in stores beginning March 28. The device, BlackBerry's first to run on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, will be available from Verizon for $200 with a two-year service contract. Users who pre-order can expect their BlackBerry Z10 to arrive by March 28. Verizon will sell the phone in black as well as in white, which is exclusive to Verizon. The Z10 is a touch screen phone that has a 4.2-inch display and 16 gigabytes of internal storage.  LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 12 p.m. for a live unboxing of the BlackBerry Z10 Earlier this week, AT&T began taking pre-orders for the upcoming BlackBerry device.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Philip Hsiang and his wife, Mary Ann, used to pay almost $1,000 a year for a pair of cellphones under a family plan contract. But as recession gripped the economy a few years back, the Davis couple opted for low-cost prepaid phone service and never looked back. They shaved $800 off their annual phone bill, even though Hsiang could easily afford the pricier plan on his salary as an electrical engineer. "As a Chinese immigrant to the U.S., it's a virtue to be frugal," Hsiang said.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What better way is there to tell someone you love them than by giving them a hot pink phone? That's what Verizon Wireless thinks you should do. The carrier announced a Valentine's Day edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR M on Friday morning. The device looks just like its black-and-white counterpart, but it has a bright magenta frame. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The New Jersey-based carrier put the device on sale along with a flurry of of other Valentine's Day deals . Besides offering a special version of the Droid RAZR M, Verizon has also discounted the phone by $50 and now offers it for $49.99 with a two-year contract.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T said it has agreed to purchase licenses to high-speed cellular spectrum in 18 states, including California, from Verizon Wireless for $1.9 billion. The spectrum, in the 700 MHz B band, covers 42 million people, and would allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE services "to meet demand for mobile Internet services on a wide array of smartphones, tablets and other devices," the company said. Big carriers have been switching to 4G LTE technology to provide higher-speed data connections for mobile devices.  10 tech companies to watch in 2013 As part of the deal, AT&T said it will also give Verizon licenses to 10 MHz Advanced Wireless Services spectrum in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Fresno and Portland.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon Wireless, joining the Windows Phone 8 parade, will sell two new devices running the Microsoft operating system just in time for Thanksgiving. The New Jersey-based carrier said this week it will sell the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 822. The HTC Windows Phone 8X features a 4.3-inch HD screen and runs on a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. The 8X has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front camera that can shoot 1080p HD video. It also includes Near-Field Communication (or NFC)
BUSINESS
October 4, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
A merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS would create a beefed-up, low-cost carrier that could give consumers another viable choice in a market dominated by Verizon and AT&T. If approved by federal regulators, the deal, announced Wednesday, would bring together two weaker players under the T-Mobile name. T-Mobile USA Inc. is the nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier with 33.2 million mobile customers, while MetroPCS Communications Inc., with 9.3 million subscribers, is the fifth-largest.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2012
MUSIC Country stars Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan head up the Go Fest from Go Country 105. Aldean is riding high on his mega-single "Dirt Road Anthem," which brought some interestingly rap-like cadences to a song about rural troublemaking. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 4 p.m. Sat. $40-$80. ticketmaster.com.
BUSINESS
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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