Verizon Wireless

Sprint chief makes a break for it

Last week’s rumours about Sprint Nextel’s Gary Forsee rang true on Monday night, as the chief executive and chairman stepped down from his post. Forsee’s departure is effective immediately and comes in the wake of shareholder discord as Sprint failed to keep up with rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T in terms of subscriber growth, following […]

US 700MHz spectrum auction under threat

US cellco Verizon Wireless this week threw a spanner into the works of the 700MHz US spectrum auction due in January. The carrier is taking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to court over the recently added open access amendments to the licensing conditions. In August, the FCC bowed to pressure from a number of open […]

Verizon gets email, now

US carrier Verizon Wireless has launched Mobile E-mail. The service is available on the operator’s Get It Now-enabled handsets. Mobile E-mail provides Verizon customers with access to email services, including – among others – Yahoo, AOL, AIM, Hotmail and Verizon.net. The service runs on solutions provided by Canadian messaging specialist OZ Communication. Verizon customers with […]

ESPN mobile rises again

US operator Verizon Wireless relaunched the ESPN brand on the mobile on Wednesday morning for its V Cast subscribers. ESPN VPN gives subscribers access to video highlights, alerts for scoring updates, breaking news and ESPN Gamecast, which has scoreboards and play-by-play detail, as well as news on players, teams and leagues. ESPN bailed out of […]

Alcatel trawls up huge IMS-like beast in US waters

Monster equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has secured a giant contract to supply US telco Verizon Wireless with kit for a substantial network upgrade. In a deal that strongly bears out the trend towards more consulting, support services and hosting content in vendors’ products, Verizon will spend $6bn over three years with the Franco-American megavendor. Specifically, the […]

Verizon unveils TV offerings

As expected, US operator Verizon Wireless announced the launch of its mobile TV service based on the Qualcomm MediaFLO platform on Monday. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Verizon’s new president and chief operating officer, Denny Strigl, unveiled the V CAST Mobile TV offering, which will launch within the next couple of months. […]

YouTube comes to the mobile

The video service YouTube is to arrive on mobile phones for the first time under a deal with Verizon Wireless in the US. The deal will be announced later today and is believed to include an upload service for films shot with video phones. YouTube was bought earlier this month by Google for $1.76bn. The […]

Verizon drops music charge lauches chocolate

After a clobbering in the press, Verizon Wireless has decided to do away with its monthly $15 fee for its music download service. Instead the firm is launching a new mobile with a 2Gb storage card, capable of storing 1,000 tunes. Earlier this year, Verizon became a target of much abuse when it launched the […]

Vendors look to future of IMS

A handful of equipment vendors and US CDMA operator Verizon Wireless have banded together to take IP Multi-media Subsystem (IMS) technology to the next level. Verizon, together with Cisco, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel and Qualcomm, is working to develop enhancements to the emerging IMS architecture. The next generation architecture has been termed A-IMS (Advances to […]