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June 6, 2013 | David Lazarus
Verizon customers have every reason to be outraged that the federal government is spying on them. But they shouldn't be surprised. The bottom line is this: Consumers in the digital age have no reason to believe their electronic communications are off-limits to government and private-sector entities. That's a lousy deal - I'll be the first to say it. But it's also a factor of the gee-whiz, small-world technology that enables wireless communications, smartphones and anything-goes social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
June 6, 2013 | By David Lauter
The government has secretly amassed an enormous database of telephone call records. Here are the answers to some questions about the program: Q: What information does the government have? A: It has collected the equivalent of phone logs showing basic information on hundreds of millions of calls, including which number the call originated from, what number was dialed, when the call took place, how long it lasted, how it was routed and any telephone calling cards that may have been used.
June 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The HTC One will be available on all four major U.S. networks later this summer after Verizon Wireless announced it too will carry the popular Android smartphone. The device has been available for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers since launching in late April. Verizon customers, meanwhile, had been left out, but that will soon change, according to a tweet sent out Monday morning by the carrier. It's coming - the HTC One will be available on the #Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network later this summer #HTCOne @ htcusa - Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews)
May 23, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Lopez: actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, and now, mobile phone mogul. The entertainer announced Wednesday that she had teamed up with Verizon Wireless to launch a new mobile brand, including retail stores, aimed at the fast-growing Latino population. Viva Movil by Jennifer Lopez has already begun to sell smartphones, tablets and Verizon wireless plans on its own website. More than a dozen stores in cities with large Latino populations including Los Angeles and Miami are expected to be announced in the next few weeks, with the first to open June 15 in New York.
May 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon Wireless and Jennifer Lopez teamed up Wednesday to launch Viva Movil, a new brand of cellphone retail store that will target Latino customers. The brand launched its website and a Facebook shopping app Wednesday and will roll out physical retail stores in the next few weeks. The first few stores will launch in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. The stores will be staffed with biligual employees, but the phones and plans sold by Viva Movil are the same as Verizon's.
May 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Going to a large sporting event usually means you won't have Internet connection until you leave the stadium, but Los Angeles' Staples Center will no longer have that problem. The arena, which is home to the Lakers, Clippers and the Kings, has been outfitted to provide attendees with free Wi-Fi courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Thursday night's NHL playoff game between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks will be the first time users can try out the building's new wireless network. That means the next time you want to check in on Facebook or Foursquare, send out a tweet about Blake Griffin's monster jam, or publish an Instagram of Kobe Bryant, you won't have to wait until your data network gets unclogged.
May 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to tech, users normally only hear about delays, but this week, Verizon announced it will be moving up the release of its version of the Galaxy S 4 smartphone by one week. The highly anticipated Samsung device was set to go on sale in stores for Verizon on May 30, but the New Jersey-based carrier announced it will now launch the phone next week on May 23. Verizon is the last major U.S. carrier to launch the GS4, which has become available for customers of Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T over the last few weeks.
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.
May 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia and Verizon Wireless are teaming up to launch the Lumia 928, a variation of the Finnish phone maker's flagship smartphone. After a few days of teasing users with vague ads like one that ran in a recent issue of Vanity Fair , the company officially announced the expected device Friday morning through a blog post. And as many expected, the Lumia 928 appears to be very similar to the Lumia 920, a phone that launched last year exclusively for AT&T. Nokia said the Lumia 928 features a 4.5-inch OLED HD screen.
May 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia is set to announce a new smartphone next week, but it's already begun teasing the device in magazine and alleged billboard advertisements. Last month, the Finnish phone maker sent out invitations for a May 14 event in London where it promised to reveal "what's next" for the company. That set off speculation about what the company might reveal, and many guessed it could be the Lumia 928, a version of its flagship smartphone built for Verizon that could feature one of the most advanced cameras available on smartphones.
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