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Cincinnati Bell agrees to sell wireless spectrum to Verizon for $210M

04/09, 1:56pm

Subscribers of Cincinnati Bell will continue to have service for up to 12 months

Verizon Wireless has made an agreement with Cincinnati Bell to acquire its wireless spectrum, an act that will effectively shutter the wireless service in the future. The deal, valued at approximately $210 million, will see Verizon receive the spectrum licenses and related assets in exchange for $194 million in cash and an "assumption of certain Cincinnati Bell liabilities."

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Verizon launches Samsung ATIV SE with Windows Phone 8

04/04, 2:51pm

Verizon-exclusive Windows Phone pre-orders begin, ships April 12

Verizon has quietly launched the Samsung ATIV SE on its network, and has started to accept pre-orders of the device. Just as previously rumored, the Verizon-exclusive smartphone will be shipping with Windows Phone 8 onboard instead of Windows Phone 8.1, though it is likely that Samsung will be providing an update to the newer operating system shortly after release.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon, HTC One M8 price increases

04/04, 5:56am

Verizon starts pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S5, adds second device offer

Verizon is making the Samsung Galaxy S5 available to pre-order, ahead of the smartphone's April 11th global release. Priced at $200 up-front on a two-year contract, or alternatively for $25.55 per month under Verizon Edge or $600 off-contract, Phone Arena reports it can be bought as a "Buy One, Get One" offer, with a second Galaxy S5, an Ativ SE, or the HTC One M8 being offered free, also on a two-year contract.

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Analyst: iPhones still top dog among US carriers

04/04, 1:30am

Revamped HTC One M8 knocks Galaxy S4 from second at Verizon

The iPhone -- specifically, the iPhone 5s -- has been the top seller at all four major US carriers since its introduction, a trend that continued in March according to figures compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. The year-old Samsung Galaxy S4 took second place among three of the four carriers, though it was knocked out of second at Verizon by the new HTC One M8. The S4 took third at Verizon, with the company's Note 3 phablet taking third at AT&T and Sprint, while the LG G2 took third at T-Mobile.

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Verizon cuts prices on select group of smartphone plans

04/02, 2:45pm

Plans must include 10GB of data, Edge upgrades

Verizon has discounted its smartphone plans for a select group of customers, reports say. For people on a plan with 10GB of data or more, and who are subscribed to the carrier's Edge upgrade scheme, the cost per smartphone has been reduced a further $5 to $15. Plans below the 8GB threshold are unchanged at $30 each; people with subsidized phones must still pay $40 per line.

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Samsung ATIV SE rumored to launch in April without Windows Phone 8.1

04/01, 2:36pm

Software update after Samsung ATIV SE launch will reportedly occur

Samsung's next Windows Phone device will not come with Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed, according to leaked specifications. The Verizon-bound ATIV SE, pictured in another leak last month with a Windows Phone 8.1 interface, will apparently launch with Windows Phone 8, instead receiving the newer mobile operating system as an update after its launch.

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Verizon allegedly forcing CA customers from copper to FiOS, VoiceLink

03/24, 2:14pm

Emergency filing made to CPUC, preventing more expensive migration

California-based Utility Reform Network (TURN) has filed a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission, alleging that Verizon is refusing to repair legacy copper-wire landline telephones. The public advocacy group says that Verizon is "neglecting the repair and maintenance of its copper network" and aims to forcibly migrate clients to IP-based services and fiber-optic connections.

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Updated HTC One leaks in second video before launch events

03/24, 12:34pm

Verizon exclusivity, price of new HTC One rumored

A second leaking video has appeared on YouTube, claiming to show the updated HTC One, the day before it is set to launch. The 14-minute video of the codenamed-M8 device surfaces at the same time as rumors of its availability, including a period of exclusivity on Verizon in the United States, exclusive color options, and a possible price tag for the smartphone.

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Cable industry losing video subscribers to Verizon, AT&T, cord cutting

03/18, 11:46am

Report notes six percentage point drop on cable company market share

According to data collated by the Leichtman Research Group, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are suffering under the weight of the economy and the "cord-cutting" movement. In 2013, Comcast lost 305,000 subscribers, with Time Warner Cable shedding 825,000. Combined, the pair will have 33.1 million customers, approximately two-thirds of the US cable company market.

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Samsung ATIV SE with Verizon branding leaks on Twitter

03/17, 8:42am

Codename Huron shows Windows Phone 8.1, front and rear

New images of the Samsung ATIV SE, previously codenamed the Huron, have surfaced. The leaked images show the Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone as barely changing from its previous appearance, though the addition of carrier branding on the front shows it will be heading to Verizon, and is the second device exclusive to the carrier to leak in the last few days, after the LG Lucid 3.

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Leak claims to show LG Lucid 3 with Verizon branding, 4G LTE

03/15, 9:30pm

Update to LG Lucid device range spotted on Twitter

Another member of the LG Lucid device family could be on the way, according to a new leaked image. The LG Lucid 3, thought to have the model number VS876, is pictured in the leak with branding for Verizon Wireless, leaving little doubt as to where it is destined, with the device seemingly starting to incorporate more modern aspects into its design compared to its predecessors.

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Sprint CEO confirms desire to buy T-Mobile in television interview

03/11, 9:34am

Deal likely to be halted by US regulators, but effort will be made anyhow

In a television interview with PBS's Charlie Rose, Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son declared that he was interested in buying T-Mobile. Citing "steps and details" that have yet to be negotiated, the executive claimed that he "would like to have the real fight, OK? Not the pseudo fight, the real fight" with competitors AT&T and Verizon.

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Verizon CFO advises against abandoning smartphone subsidies

03/11, 7:38am

Installment plans, recent price plan changes not worrying Verizon

Offering customers smartphone subsidies should not be abandoned by carriers, the Chief Financial Officer of Verizon has advised, with other aggressive promotional strategies apparently being viewed in a similar way. Speaking at a Deutsche Bank technology conference, Fran Shammo suggests carriers should not keep attempting to undercut their opponents in an effort to gain more subscribers, claiming "We're not going to buy customers. You have to earn customers."

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Verizon launches Allset prepaid plans with rollover Bridge Data add-on

03/04, 2:04pm

Bridge Data bundles added to Verizon Allset plans, carries over to following month

Verizon has updated its prepaid mobile phone offerings, by launching a set of new plans with upgradeable data options. The Allset plans provide basic set services depending on the device, with customers able to pay for an extra allocation of data called "Bridge Data" that adds to the existing amount and can carry over from month to month.

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Verizon CEO: We're working on a funding deal with Netflix too

02/24, 5:28pm

CEO calls deals necessary for survival of streaming services like Netflix

In an interview with CNBC, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam noted that he was fairly certain that he would strike a similar deal as Comcast's with Netflix, making the streaming video purveyor pay for bandwidth, at least in part. McAdam called the Netflix deal with Comcast a "good thing," which allows for funding necessary infrastructure maintenance and build-outs.

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FCC outlines plan for new net neutrality rules following court ruling

02/19, 3:57pm

Will not appeal ruling voiding key net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will not appeal a court ruling that declared key parts of its net neutrality rules invalid. As part of its attempt to rectify the situation left by the Verizon court case, the FCC is working on rewriting the rules, so that they can "meet the court's test for preventing improper blocking of and discrimination among Internet traffic."

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Verizon launches More Everything plans with data increases, discounts

02/13, 3:19pm

Extra pressure from competing carriers compels Verizon to offer more

Verizon has launched its More Everything plans today, providing customers with more data on a number of plans. Just as leaked yesterday, the data allowances for the 500MB and 1Gb Share Everything plans will be doubled at no extra cost, the 2GB plan will offer 3GB of data, as well as some pricing changes to plans that take advantage of the Verizon Edge upgrade offers.

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Verizon 'More is coming' tease could be launch of updated price plans

02/12, 4:03pm

Some plans could receive extra data allowance, Edge price cuts

Verizon is planning to launch a promotion which consist of changes to its price plans, the company has teased via Twitter. The claim that "More is coming" tomorrow could potentially be related to recently-leaked images claiming to show upgraded data allowances for some of its plans under a "More Everything" promotion, as well as changes to its Edge pricing, as the company continues to fight similar plans from AT&T and Sprint.

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Nokia launches Lumia Icon as Verizon-exclusive with 20MP camera

02/12, 2:38pm

Five-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor in Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia has launched its Lumia Icon, a Windows Phone 8 device that is exclusive to Verizon. Surfacing in earlier rumors, the Lumia Icon takes most of the specifications of the Lumia 1520 and squeezes it down into a much smaller device, and is fronted by a 5-inch Full HD display with Nokia ClearBlack technology for viewing the screen in direct sunlight.

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Verizon will allow Google Nexus 7 on LTE network from February 13

02/11, 6:44am

Slow Verizon certification process completes six months after launch

Verizon is finally preparing to offer the Google Nexus 7 on its LTE network, with the tablet going on sale through the carrier from February 13th. Taking place half a year after its launch, the tablet has received LTE certification on the carrier after a prolonged process, with both the Nexus 7 sold through Verizon itself as well as already-owned versions able to use the Verizon's LTE cellular network.

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Verizon offers $100 smartphone trade-in credit, waives activation fees

02/10, 12:57pm

Verizon promotions to compete with similar T-Mobile offer

Verizon has introduced a pair of promotions that it hopes will attract customers away from AT&T and T-Mobile, by offering a number of incentives that are relatively similar to those of its competitors. Line activation fees have been eliminated for a short period of time, while customers trading in devices will apparently receive a Verizon gift card worth at least $100.

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Nokia teases Windows Phone device launch before Mobile World Congress

02/07, 3:36pm

Video hints at Windows Phone release, offers few clues

Nokia has started to tease what it could be showing at Mobile World Congress this month, with the release of a short but mysterious video clip. The YouTube video arrives alongside some claimed specifications for the rumored Android-powered Nokia X, a device which is also set to be revealed at the conference by the company, and suggestions the video could relate to the Lumia 929 or the Treasure Tag accessory.

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Briefly: Path adds Video to Android, Verizon Moto X KitKat rolls out

02/05, 6:07am

Path adds Instagram-style video clip sharing, filters

Path has finally added video to the Android version of its app, bringing it in line with the iOS version. The official Path blog writes that users of Android 4.0 or later can use the video function in the app, which takes after Vine and Instagram in offering up to 30-second clips, with the option to add a variety of camera filters to the video before sharing with others. Path 3.4 is available to download via Google Play.

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Apple, MS, others pledge to help get more US students on Internet

02/04, 11:16am

Obama initiative valued at about $750 million

US President Barack Obama is today announcing commitments from several US corporations towards connecting more students to high-speed Internet, says the Associated Press. In all, about $750 million has been pledged; Apple is offering $100 million in iPads, computers, and other tools, while Verizon is providing the same amount in straight cash and in-kind contributions. AT&T and Sprint are offering free Internet access; Microsoft is promising copies of Windows at discounted rates, and 12 million free copies of Microsoft Office.

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Samsung 'Huron' Windows Phone leaks with Verizon branding

02/04, 6:42am

Windows Phone 8.1 device from Samsung could launch this month

The Samsung SM-W750V, codenamed "Huron," will be heading to Verizon in the future, according to a leak. A new image of the rumored Windows Phone 8.1 device has surfaced along with the Verizon Wireless claim, with the timing of the leak at the same time as media invitations were sent out to the Samsung Unpacked event suggesting a launch at Mobile World Congress later this month.

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President Obama thanks tech firms for ConnectED involvement [u]

01/29, 12:43am

Four firms singled out for supporting educational high-speed Internet deployment

[Updated with Apple statement] As part of his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama thanked four tech firms -- including Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and Sprint -- for their involvement and support of his and the FCC's ConnectED high-tech initiative, which aims to level the playing field for poorer districts by providing high-speed Internet access to all of America's schools and students. Obama described the participation as a "down payment" on connecting schools and students over the next three years.

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FCC filing suggests LTE-equipped LG G Pad 8.3 is heading to Verizon

01/24, 11:47am

Dimensions of mystery LG tablet match size of LG G Pad 8.3

A tablet believed to be the LG G Pad 8.3 could be heading on to Verizon in the near future, if a rumor over a recent FCC filing is proved correct. Yesterday's filing shows a tablet from LG with a model number VK810 as having been approved for sale in the United States with support for LTE bands 4 and 13, the same bands used to access Verizon's LTE network.

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Verizon transparency report shows 320K data requests, 1.5K phone taps

01/22, 12:58pm

Carrier receives over 1K national security letters

Amid increased scrutiny over privacy regulations, Verizon has released its first transparency report detailing the number and type of government requests for customer data. The carrier was asked to respond to over 320,000 requests from federal, state or local law-enforcement agencies in the US during 2013. Notably, nearly 1,500 of the requests resulted in wiretaps and between 1,000 and 2,000 National Security Letters were included in the numbers.

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Verizon offers unlimited international text messages under $5 add-on

01/22, 8:09am

World Messaging Unlimited includes global text messaging, reduced calls to Central America

Verizon has made yet another change to its plans, following its recent changes to the Edge upgrade program and adding another Share Everything tier. The carrier's World Messaging Unlimited plan costs $5 per line per month as an add-on to an existing plan, with customers able to send unlimited texts from the United States to other countries, as well as reducing the rates of calls to a number of locations.

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Verizon Wireless adds 1.7M subscribers in Q4

01/21, 10:30am

Over 4M new customers in 2013

Verizon Wireless has announced its fourth-quarter earnings, which have been bolstered by 1.7 million new subscribers. The company also reports significant progress in its LTE deployment, spreading 4G service across 99 percent of its existing 3G footprint and reaching approximately 97 percent of the US population.

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Verizon confirms acquisition of Intel's Internet television business

01/21, 5:55am

OnCue Cloud TV platform could be rolled into Verizon FiOS

Verizon has agreed to buy Intel's Internet television business, the two companies have confirmed. Intel Media, which is working on Intel's OnCue Cloud TV platform, will remain in Santa Clara and continue to use its existing management team, with Verizon hoping to retain the 350 employees in the unit once the acquisition is completed sometime in the first quarter of this year.

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Verizon adds $20 tier to Share Everything plans with 250MB of data

01/20, 3:59pm

Cheaper shared plan to appeal to groups that do not require data

Verizon is increasing the range of its Share Everything group plan tomorrow, by offering a new additional lower tier. The new $20 option provides the same unlimited voice and unlimited SMS that the rest of the plans offer, except that the basic cost of the plan has been trimmed down from the $40 of the 500MB tier to $20 for a shared data allowance of 250MB.

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Verizon reduces Edge upgrade wait time to 30 days from 6 months

01/20, 8:02am

Change in promotional terms an attempt to retain subscribers

Verizon has updated its early upgrade program to allow subscribers to upgrade earlier than before, as the carrier attempts to compete with similar offers from other mobile phone networks. Verizon Edge will now permit customers to upgrade to a new device just 30 days after starting a contract or upgrading, rather than the six-month wait it originally launched with.

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HP Chromebook 11 rejoins Google Play, LTE model hits Best Buy

01/16, 5:55am

Chromebook 11 goes back on sale through Google Play after charger issues

The HP Chromebook 11 has gone back on sale through Google Play in the United States, following its charger-related issues. At the same time, a new version has gone on sale through Best Buy, with an Altair 4G chip allowing it to offer support for 4G LTE connections over Verizon's network, giving customers the option of using just Wi-Fi or to have a cellular-connected model.

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Federal court rules key parts of FCC net neutrality rules invalid

01/14, 12:58pm

FCC traffic management rules voided, transparency sections remain

A number of rules set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for "net neutrality" have been ruled invalid by an appeals court in Washington. The ruling, a 2-1 decision in a suit between the FCC and Verizon, effectively prevents the FCC from requiring all Internet service providers (ISPs) treat traffic equally, and could lead to providers requesting payments from content providers in order to give better service to subscribers.

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Motorola offers free Chromecast with Moto X, Moto G reaches Verizon

01/10, 6:37am

Streaming player accompanies unlocked Moto X orders until January 14th

Motorola has started to offer off-contract purchasers of its Moto X flagship smartphone a free Google Chromecast. The offer comes at the same time as the company's budget-oriented Moto G goes on sale in the US through Verizon, and a week before the phone manufacturer is expected to launch the Moto X in Europe at a special event in London.

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Liquid Image brings out Ego LS cam with LTE streaming add-on

01/07, 8:26pm

Liquid Image Ego LS is the first action cam capable of streaming over 4G

Liquid Image used its CES spotlight to announce the Ego LS sports camera with 4G LTE connectivity. Electronista had a chance to check out the device, which will use the Verizon Wireless network to stream or upload its feed to the web. It can double as a security camera as well, thanks to its motion sensor. It's not possible to stream at the camera's full, 1080p resolution over the LTE network, however, as users are limited to just 800x480 videos. Other options for recording to the microSDHC/microSDXC memory card include 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps.

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Motorola cuts Moto X price to $399, Moto G heads to Best Buy for $100

01/02, 6:40am

Price cut follows earlier discounts, Moto X flash sales

Motorola is making a bigger push for sales of its flagship Moto X in the United States, by giving it a permanent price cut. The change, coming after a number of similar discounts on the smartphone, comes at the same time as reports that its cheaper stablemate, the Moto G, is being sold at Best Buy for $100 on Verizon with no contract.

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Verizon: 'End of Year Savings' on Moto X, Droids, Samsung tablets

12/29, 5:50pm

Moto X, Droids on promotion, Droid Mini free

Verizon is discounting Motorola's customizable Moto X handset to just $50 on contract as part of its End of Year Savings promo. The carrier is also offering discounts on a range of other Android handsets, with savings available for Samsung smartphones and tablets, HTC's 2013 flagship, and Verizon's own line of Motorola-produced Droid devices. The promo runs through December 31, and customers can save up to $200 for certain electronics.

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Briefly: Motorola Droid range gains KitKat, AT&T updates Lumia 1020

12/19, 2:58pm

Verizon upgrades Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini to Android KitKat

Verizon is rolling out Android KitKat to its current range of Droid smartphones. Owners of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will receive the update from today onwards, with version 4.4 of the operating system bringing a full-screen mode, camera improvements, an updated Droid Zap app, an update for Motorola Assist, and support for the Fitbit, among other items.

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Verizon said close to closing Intel TV service buy

12/13, 6:12pm

Verizon may announce Intel TV buy next week

Verizon Communications could announce a deal to buy Intel's unreleased Internet television startup as early as next week. This according to Bloomberg, which cites sources close to negotiations between the two tech giants as saying that Verizon is quite close to closing a deal for Intel's OnCue service. The communications giant's thinking is that it has the clout to succeed where the chipmaker has so far failed.

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Verizon updates 4G LTE network in major cities, delays VoLTE launch

12/06, 7:58am

Wireless spectrum purchase put to use by Verizon in cities

Even though the carrier is undergoing a restructuring of ownership, Verizon Wireless has managed to improve its LTE network in a number of cities. The carrier has reportedly increased the amount of bandwidth available to customers, with some markets seeing Verizon tripling its LTE capacity, thanks to its earlier $3.9 billion wireless spectrum purchase.

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FCC approves Verizon buyout of Vodaphone's Verizon Wireless share

12/04, 6:21pm

$130 million in cash and stock shares to exchange hands

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Verizon's $130 billion buyout of Vodaphone's share of Verizon Wireless. The ruling paves the way for Verizon's complete ownership of the wireless business when all aspects of the transaction are concluded in the first half of 2014.

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Verizon-branded Lumia 929 shows up in white

11/30, 7:21pm

Leaked photo shows Verizon-branded Lumia 929

Nokia apparently will soon release its Lumia 929 smartphone on Verizon, as images of the device have shown up on the Internet. Windows Phone Central published leaked images of the device on Saturday, seemingly confirming that Verizon will get a special White colorway of the handset. Serial leaker @evleaks also published photos of the deviceThe release date for the device is as yet unknown, but a number of leaks have shown off what will likely be its specifications.

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CTIA, US carriers complete work on stolen smartphone database

11/28, 8:09am

Cross-carrier stolen phone database will connect with international versions

Work on a national stolen phone database covering AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless handsets has been completed, according to an announcement from CTIA. The wireless association revealed that the multi-carrier database has been implemented before its November 30th deadline, one which it hopes to connect to overseas carriers to protect against thefts worldwide.

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90 percent of iPhone 5s models now available at US Apple Stores

11/26, 11:36am

Supplies finally catching up to demand

Roughly 90 percent of iPhone 5s models are back in stock at US Apple Stores, according to data collected by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Breaking figures down by carrier, the two biggest US providers -- AT&T and Verizon -- are showing 99 and 98 percent availability, respectively. The ratio shrinks to 72 percent for Sprint; unmentioned are figures for T-Mobile or SIM-free models.

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Sprint takes last place in Consumer Reports carrier ratings

11/21, 3:37pm

Sprint now lowest rated carrier for satisfaction

Sprint, the United States' third-largest wireless carrier, came in last among the major carriers in the newest Consumer Reports survey of customer satisfaction. The Consumer Reports National Research Center polled 58,399 subscribers, and their responses indicated a precipitous drop for Sprint from last year, when it placed second among the major carriers. The overall leader among the major carriers was Verizon, which saw high marks for both data service and some aspects of customer support.

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HTC confirms, Android 4.4 for One, Droid DNA by end of January

11/20, 3:12pm

Android 4.4 update remains on schedule

In a tweet from its corporate Twitter account, HTC confirmed that Verizon-based HTC One owners would still receive their updates to Android 4.4 by the end of January. The announcement came by way of an assurance that the company's current delay in delivering Android 4.3 to those customers would not affect the next update to 4.4 The Verizon One is supposed to see an update to Android 4.3 some time in December.

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Android 4.4 KitKat update rolling out to Verizon Moto X today

11/19, 12:32pm

Phased rollout of new Android hits Moto X

Moto X owners with Verizon as a carrier should see access to Android 4.4 KitKat starting today. Motorola announced today that Verizon would begin rolling out an Android 4.4 update in phases, and the notification should begin appearing on the devices of Moto X users. The new update comes just over two weeks after Motorola promised a rapid update cycle for its new flagship device.

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Nokia's Lumia 2520 hits Verizon for $500, contract-free on Nov. 21

11/18, 5:36pm

New Lumia tablet comes to Verizon on no-contract price

Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet will land on Verizon on November 21, according to a post from the United States' largest carrier. The Windows RT-powered tablet, Nokia's first entry in the segment, will be available to Verizon customers for $500, and the carrier will not require a wireless contract for that price. Verizon is also getting a special red edition of the device for customers buying it online. Customers buying it in stores will only have access to a black version.

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