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For AT&T, the iPhone bonanza continues

AT&T says it saw 4.7 million iPhone activations for the three months ending September 30, 2012. Eighteen percent were new to AT&T. Due to supply constraints a “vast majority of third-quarter iPhone sales going to existing customers to satisfy pent-up demand.” Verizon activated 3.1 million iPhones.

Both Verizon, AT&T see iPhone activations slip

AT&T confirmed it’s seeing the same trend we saw with the iPhone and Verizon last week: iPhone activations lost momentum. In a note to clients, Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um noted that it’s the second quarter in a row that AT&T’s iPhone activations have dropped.

At AT&T, iPhone continues to boom

Apple’s iPhone stayed in high demand at AT&T during the first quarter of 2012. The company sold 5.5 million smartphones of which 4.3 million were iPhone activations. In comparison, Verizon activated about 3.2 million iPhones during the first quarter of 2012.

iPhone Still Hot for AT&T, Verizon Looms Large

AT&T activated 3.6 million iPhones during the quarter. However, one can see the Verizon iPhone is starting to impact its business. Furthermore, its services revenues were essentially flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 and new subscriber additions have taken a dip as well.

Guess Who’s in Love Again?

Through a series of coincidences I ended up using the iPhone as my primary phone after a two-year gap. Thanks to Verizon’s wireless network, there were no dropped calls and the Internet worked fine. It’s time to switch back.

It’s Official: Voice Is Worthless

With AT&T announcing its free mobile to mobile calls to help fend off customers defecting for the iPhone on Verizon’s network, it’s time to recognize that voice is now worthless, but operators will turn to data and M2M to make up for the loss of voice.

Europe Shows Why Verizon iPhone May Help AT&T Fortunes

Critics have waited for years for someone to challenge AT&T’s stranglehold over the iPhone, but despite predictions that millions could defect to Verizon next month now that it can sell the iconic handset, history actually suggests that losing exclusivity could help AT&T rather than hurt it.

Verizon Goes Up & Down at 10 Gbps in Tests

Verizon said today it had conducted a successful trial of 10-gigabit-per-second-connections on both the download and on the upload side. The broadband provider has successfully tested 10 Gigabits per second down last December but was limited to 2.5 Gbps on the upload side.

What’s a CDMA iPhone Worth to Apple?

With so much talk about Apple’s iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless, it’s easy to overlook the rest of the CDMA market, which has half-a-billion subscribers worldwide. CDMA iPhone sales of just 10 percent of the addressable market would boost Apple’s revenues by more than $32 billion.

Verizon Opens Up the Network with Developer Toolkit

Verizon opened the Verizon Developers Conference (VDC) in Las Vegas today by announcing tools for developers to produce apps for the carrier’s VCAST store. Over 5,000 developers have signed on to create apps for the Verizon store, and the NavBuilder Inside SDK will help create them.

How the Cloud Can Help Carriers Sell Content

Mobile carriers have seen their role as content distributors diminish as app stores from Apple, Google and others gain traction. But the emergence of cloud-based content sales could help carriers like Verizon Wireless and others regain their importance in the world of mobile content distribution.

Verizon’s Android App Store is Late, Not New

Over a year ago, Verizon told us they were going to open an app store for Android, BlackBerry, Palm and Windows Mobile handsets. This store was to open by the end of last year, so news appearing today about the VCAST store is no surprise.

Verizon Trading in Google for Younger, Prettier Bing?

Verizon is firmly on the Android train with a full line of handsets, but it may be detouring that train through Redmond to replace Google search with Microsoft’s Bing on Android phones. Customers can’t change the default to other search providers, which won’t be popular.

Smartphones & The Importance of Retail Stores

We’re in middle of a smartphone boom. Dozens of new devices are coming to the market, and that means customers need help buying these complex handsets. This is why where and how you buy a device is now as important as hardware and software.

Data Hungry Droids Grow Verizon Revenues

Thanks to several Droid handsets, Verizon is doing just fine without the coveted iPhone. Droid devices are sold out and those in use are helping to drive wireless data revenues up for the largest U.S. carrier, which added 665,000 net postpaid subscribers in the past quarter.

Verizon Still Eying Energy Management, Slowly

Last year Verizon said it wanted to launch energy management services by the end of 2009 or the beginning of 2010. The ball dropped on 2009 and nada. But now there’s reports that Verizon wants to launch energy management services later this year. Will it?

The Cellular Smart Grid: Can You Hear Me Now?

As the cellular smart grid grows up and proves there’s good money to be made, naturally the cell phone companies want in. Verizon Wireless today is touting its smart grid network product for utilities — which compete with those offered by AT&T.

AT&T Raises ETF: Getting Ready for iPhone Defection?

AT&T has raised its Early Termination Fee to $350 from the $175 it is now charging. AT&T could be anticipating that some customers who love the iPhone but hate the network will jump ship, lending credence to rumors that the iPhone may hit other carriers soon.

Verizon/Google Tablet: What It Means

While the word that Verizon and Google are collaborating on a tablet to compete with the iPad came out of left field, I can’t say I am surprised. This partnership can produce a killer tablet, but certain criteria must be met to be competitive.

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Verizon Wireless To Support Java

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Regional Carrier MetroPCS To Stay Independent

The downturn has been good to prepay carriers such as MetroPCS. Following a note sale that raised half a billion dollars in cash, pay-as-you…

Verizon’s New Content Offerings

Data is becoming an increasingly important part of the carriers’ business, as evidenced by Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) seeing its data reven…

CES Attendance Dropped 22 Percent This Year

The big question being asked by everyone last week was: is the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as busy as it has been i…

Google Seeks Open-Access Pledge From Verizon

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is still not confident that Verizon (NYSE: VZ) will honor the open access rules on the C block of the recent US spectrum…

Verizon Raises Post-Paid SMS Rate To 20c

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has raised its post-paid SMS rate from 15c a message to 20c a message, following Sprint’s move three months ago, reports…

AT&T, Verizon…We Are All Open

What does OPEN really mean? Open handsets, open networks, open applications, open operating systems — some combination of those, or all of them? Or is it “We’re Scared of Google”?

Largent’s Lame Comment, Again

Steve Largent should just shut up, instead of reacting to every major mobile industry move and trying to prove a point: that CTIA matters, A…

NHL Game Alerts On Verizon For $2.99 A Month

Verizon Wireless has teamed up with the National Hockey League (NHL) to launch NHL game video alerts — 15 second video of game highlights s…

Verizon Boosts FiOS Speeds

[qi:114] Verizon is rolling out major speed boosts for its FiOS broadband subscribers across its entire service area. These new tiers offer…

Reactions To Android: Nokia, LiMo, Carriers

Reactions to Google’s announcement have been varied, and they tend to go to one of two extremes. These are epitomised in these two articles,…

CTIA: AOL Launches Revamped Mobile Services

AOL (NYSE: TWX) is using CTIA to launch a new range of mobile services (new for AOL, I mean). It has revamped its WAP site with new mobile v…

Google Attacks Verizon Over Secret FCC Lobbying

The dispute over the rules for the FCC auction of 700 MHz spectrum rolls on… Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has been accused of behind-the-scenes lobb…

Verizon Answers IPhone With Voyager

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has announced its answer to the iPhone — the LG (SEO: 066570) Voyager. It has a large touch-screen (although smaller tha…

Verizon Allows Easy Video Upload To YouTube

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is allowing subscribers to record video with their phones and upload the clips directly to YouTube via a shortcode once th…

Verizon Launches Non-Branded Video Channel

Verizon Wireless had added a new channel to its V Cast video-on-demand service, the first one that doesn’t have an established brand. Zapper…

Verizon Launches Local News Service On V Cast

Verizon Wireless has signed a deal with Local Solutions Network to offer local news, weather and sports video over the V Cast network. The c…

Verizon Signs Infospace For Mobile Web

Verizon Wireless has extended its relationship with Infospace so the mobile platform provider will now power the telco’s Mobile Web 2.0SM se…

Verizon Sponsors Reality TV Show, Gets Content

Verizon Wireless has joined Ford in sponsoring a reality film-making competition, On the Lot, produced by Fox Interactive Media. As well as…

Prada To Be Verizon’s Answer To IPhone

Yesterday Verizon COO Denny Strigl was reported as saying that the telco was working on a “very good response” to the iPhone, and now The St…

Verizon Launches Song ID Service

Verizon Wireless has launched V Cast Song ID, which lets people hold their phone towards music and have the software identify the music. Cus…

Verizon Halves Agencies To Create Uniformity

Verizon has culled the number of agencies it uses in a bid to get a common look and feel across its line of businesses. The number of agenci…

Verizon Goes All Out For Fergie Tour

Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas is doing a solo tour with Verizon, which has the most mobile related stuff I’ve seen of any tour team-up, indi…

Verizon Offers Unlimited Messaging

Verizon Wireless has started offering unlimited messaging plans which include text, picture, video and instant messaging to users on any net…

Is Verizon Keen To Buy Alltel?

Take-over rumors are in the works that Alltel may be up for sale, and Verizon might be a bidder. CNet looks at both sides, with one analyst…

IGN Launches Video Channel On V Cast

IGN Entertainment (a unit of Fox Interactive Media) has signed a deal to put a video channel on Verizon’s V cast service. The channel will b…

TV Guide To Launch On V Cast

Verizon Wireless and the TV Guide have signed a deal that will see TV Guide content appearing on V Cast and the V Cast program listing appea…

Pretty Poor Reaction To Verizon’s Video Deals

Having a look around the web, there isn’t much positive about the recent Verizon deals with YouTube and Revver…
Ovum has given the deals a…

Verizon Touts Sideloading Music

Verizon Wireless is hyping up the sideloading aspect of its music offering, according to RCR Wireless, as a bit of a response to Cingular’s…

Verizon Q3 Earnings — Wireless Up 18.2%

Verizon has released its Q3 earnings… it “posted net income of $1.92 billion, or 66 cents a share, compared with $1.87 billion, or 67 cent…

Verizon Boosts GoTV

Verizon Wireless has tapped GoTV for a sports video service, including “The Front Page, Today in College Sports, Sporting News and College G…

Skyzone Also Launches Flash Games On Verizon

Skyzone Mobile has two Flash Lite games on Verizon…”Jungle Jim” and “Extreme Hangman”. Jungle Jim is available for $1.99 for monthly acces…

Shockwave Minis Launched On Verizon

Shockwave (associated with Atom Entertainment and MTV) has launched a bunch of games on Verizon Wireless, created with Adobe Flash Lite. Ado…

Verizon Gets Content Search

When I asked the question “why do carriers only have browsing options on their portals, why not a search box?” I never really got a satisfac…

Chocolate Challenges But Fails

CIBC World Markets analyst Ittai Kidron has written that LG Electronics’ Chocolate phone has “challenged” the dominance of Motorola’s Razr b…

VCast To Run World Series Poker Video

VCast will publish exclusive video content from the 2006 World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold’em World Championship. The video will include “…

Mossberg: Chocolate Isn’t It

Wal Mossberg does a review of the Chocolate phone from LG, and launched in U.S. by Verizon, mainly as a music phone. And the review ain’t pr…

Pirates Moves To Verizon

The Pirates of the Caribbean Multiplayer game has reportedly gone live on Verizon Wireless. The multiplayer online real-time game was produc…

Carriers Try To Wring Cash From Text Games

Since sending text messages is so much more popular than downloading mobile content (the US figures are almost half of users sending SMS, bu…

Verizon’s Ringback Efforts

Verizon is “looking to punch up its Ringback Tone offering by rolling out new options for the service”…services that I think should have a…

Denny Strigl, Verizon Wireless CEO

The Seattle Times has an interview with Denny Strigl, CEO of Verizon Wireless. There’s nothing spectacularly new here, but it does give an i…

Music Acts Eager To Get Some Game

Reuters: Why hasn’t the music industry entered the branded game market with all the vim and vigor of the movie industry? Possibly because it…

Calling All Bands Winner Announced

The winner of the Calling All Bands competition put on by Verizon and MySpace has been announced. The band which beat more than 4,000 compet…

Verizon VCast Downloads in 2005: 11.8 Million

So says Verizon’s annual report: “During 2005, we launched V CAST, our consumer broadband wireless service offering, which provides customer…

Musicians Vie For Mobile Success

MySpace is running a competition for a band to have a song released as a music video on the Verizon Vcast service, and also made into a ring…

Rabbles Moves Onto Cingular

Mobile social networking service Rabble has managed to get its service onto Cingular (it is already on Verizon) and so now reaches half of t…

Q&A: Verizon’s Music Guy

This is an interview with Ted Casey, head of mobile music for Verizon, an experienced interviewee who doesn’t say anything you wouldn’t expe…

The Men Behind Vcast Mobile Music Service

This is an interview with Vern Poyner and Jonathan Kim, executives at Wider Than, which is the company which supplies the music service for…

Verizon Wireless Adds O.C. Content

Again, WSJ is pretty clueless when it covers mobile content….hyping things beyond proportion. Anyway, Verizon Wireless will offer mobile c…

Dump Verizon, Vodafone told

“Several of Vodafone’s 10 largest shareholders have called for the mobile-phone group to sell its American business â

V Cast Music Reviewed

LAPTOP Magazine has reviewed Verizon’s Vcast music service, with the results fairly mixed. “Overall, Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Music service…

Bill Stone Leaving Verizon For Amp’d

One more senior content exec is leaving Verizon Wireless: Bill Stone, the VP of marketing at VZW, has left the company to join Amp’d Mobile,…

Games Becoming a Mobile Play

The top-selling game on V-cast is/was The Incredibles 3D, followed by EA Sports Madden ’06 3D and Duke Nukem Mobile 3D. Overall, six out of…

Vcast Gets Warner Bros Content

Verizon has signed a deal with Warner Bros to put some video content on its Vcast service. Scenes and trailers from the shows “Everwood”, “G…

And Tonight — Jay Leno On Vcast

NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is now available on the VCast service… at least, clip of it are. “From the streets of L.A. in “Jayw…

CBS Moves Shows To Vcast

Verizon has signed a deal with CBS to put some hit shows from the network onto the operators V cast service. Starting this month, VCast will…

Content Over Network

Oliver Starr has a bit of a rant about Verizons new advertising campaign based on its network. As he points out, people don’t care about the…

Verizon Launches Music Phone

Verizon Wireless unveiled its first consumer phone that doubles as a digital music player on Tuesday. Manufactured by Samsung, the SCH-a950…

Verizon Wireless: Content Defections

Verizon Wireless has seen about five of its senior level executives in its content-data division leave over the last few months…it started…

TV-For-Phone Content Seen As Having Big Future

This article is aimed at the general reader, but it’s got quotes from a large number of industry players and analysts, which makes it intere…

Some Mobile Music Tidbits

For those particularly interested in music and mobiles…VCast will show segments of “Juntos en Concierto” — a latin music concert tour. Th…

Verizon Wireless To Sell Electronic Arts Games

Verizon Wireless will start selling mobile games by Electronic Arts…the games will include Madden NFL 06, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and NBA Li…

Verizon Enters Music Promotion Biz

Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to “bring top tier music artists and interactive wireless technolo…

Verizon Promotes Different Mobile Content

This is a press release showcasing some of Verizon’s content. There’s nothing new, but it’s a nice roundup (and reminder) of mobile content…

CC, Verizon Offer Cell Phone Concerts

Verizon Wireless and Clear Channel have teamed to bring live concert video, via a newly launched channel, exclusively to Verizon’s video cas…