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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.
September 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Verizon Wireless, the second-largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will offer month-to-month contracts that don't have cancellation fees, a bid to attract customers wary of long-term commitments. Monthly subscribers will pay the same rates as those with long-term contracts, though they won't get discounts on new handsets, a Verizon spokeswoman said. Verizon and larger rival AT&T Inc. faced criticism from lawmakers and consumers who said fees for canceling contracts early were too high.
November 5, 2008 | Times Wire Services
The Federal Communications Commission, kicking off a new round of telephone-industry consolidation, approved Verizon Wireless's $28.1-billion purchase of Alltel Corp. and a deal between Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. The commission voted 5 to 0 to give conditional clearance to the Alltel acquisition, requiring Verizon to sell network operations in 105 markets where its service overlaps with Alltel's. The FCC also voted unanimously to support Sprint's plan to merge a high-speed wireless network with Clearwire.
December 11, 2008 | from times wire services
The Federal Trade Commission has removed the last regulatory hurdle for Verizon Wireless' purchase of Alltel Corp., which will create the country's largest wireless carrier, the agency said. The FTC's antitrust regulators approved an early termination of their antitrust review, indicating that they had no objections. The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have signed off on the deal, with conditions that included the sale of some service areas. Verizon Wireless is paying $5.9 billion and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel's debt.
May 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Verizon Wireless is backing a free operating system that competes with programs from Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. and expects it to become the "preferred" software on its network. It's the first U.S. cellphone company to join the LiMo Foundation, which aims to unite handset makers, software companies and carriers on a software platform that will make it easier and cheaper to create a wide variety of phones. Verizon's endorsement is an important boost to the stature of LiMo, or Linux Mobile, in the U.S. LiMo already has the backing of large Asian and European carriers, as well as such handset makers as Motorola Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.
August 23, 2011 | David Lazarus
Rising prices, lower quality, less convenience — consumers can put up with a lot. But one thing I've consistently heard from people is that they won't stand for lousy service. And I can understand why. There's just no excuse for businesses treating customers like unwanted dinner guests, tapping their corporate feet until the annoyance goes away. It's a symbiotic relationship. We need businesses to provide the stuff we want. But they need us just as much to buy their stuff.
February 15, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Verizon Wireless has started selling a device that boosts cellphone signals in a home for $250, making it easier for people to rely solely on wireless. The Verizon Wireless Network Extender is a device known as a femtocell and needs to be connected to a broadband Internet line. It then acts like a miniature cellular tower, listening for signals from a subscriber's cellphone. It covers up to 5,000 square feet. Verizon, the nation's largest carrier, is following in the footsteps of Sprint Nextel Corp.
June 11, 2013 | By Morgan Little
The American Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against key members of President Obama's national security team over the National Security Agency's telephone surveillance, the first legal challenge to the newly disclosed intelligence gathering system. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, argues that the NSA's ongoing, daily collection of virtually all Verizon telephone records is unconstitutional and should be stopped. "This dragnet program is surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens," Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director, said in a statement.
June 15, 2008
The argument advanced in David Lazarus' June 8 column ("A telecom line we've already heard," Consumer Confidential) is flawed in its attempt to illustrate a parallel between the not very competitive cable business with that of the hyper-competitive wireless business. You would have been more accurate to compare Verizon Wireless' proposed merger with Alltel to Verizon's previous wireless mergers. After all, Verizon would not be Verizon if not for many successful combinations. The merger of Bell Atlantic's wireless business with that of AirTouch and GTE in 2000 created Verizon and, soon after, many benefits for consumers, including nationwide coverage.
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