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FCC orders ‘reasonable’ data roaming rates

U.S. regulators on Thursday adopted data roaming rules that would allow smartphones to access the Internet in areas across the country not covered by their wireless carrier. The rules set by the Federal Communications Commission in a 3-2 vote would force wireless carriers like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless to offer “reasonable” roaming rates. Get the full story »

Consumer Reports: AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS tops

A new Consumer Reports survey rates AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS as the top choices for customers looking to buy bundled telecom services. Get the full story »

Court dismisses challenges to ‘open’ Net rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed on Monday challenges to an “open” Internet order adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last year.

The court said the challenges filed by Verizon Communications Inc. and MetroPCS Communications Inc. were premature, knocking down the companies’ claims that the rules would modify wireless licenses they hold. Get the full story »

Verizon finishes $1.1B offer for ‘cloud’ provider

Verizon Communications Inc. said it has completed a $1.1 billion tender offer for Terremark Worldwide Inc., a provider of “cloud computing” services. Get the full story »

Verizon rolls out 4G HTC Thunderbolt phone

Verizon displays the HTC Thunderbolt during the Consumer Electronics Showin January. (AP/Isaac Brekken)

Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday the first mobile phone for its 4G network, unveiling a handset by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC that will be available  March 17.

Verizon lit up its 4G network in Chicago and 37 other cities in early December. The inaugural 4G devices were USB modems that enable connectivity for a laptop. The carrier’s first 4G phone is the ThunderBolt by HTC, which will cost $249.99 with a two-year contract. Get the full story »

Antenna problem fixed on Verizon iPhones

Gadget analysis group AnandTech, which was the first to diagnose the iPhone 4 antenna issue, ran a thorough test of the new Verizon iPhone 4 and found that the “death grip“ problem has been mitigated.

“Apple fixed the problem,“ said Brian Klug, author of AnandTech’s report. “You can use the Verizon Wireless iPhone with no case without any concern for losing signal because of how it’s held.“ Get the full story »

Thin crowds greet Verizon iPhone

Thin crowds greeted Verizon Wireless’ launch of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, falling short of what some had expected.

Verizon Wireless began selling the iPhone on Thursday, ending AT&T Inc.’s more than three-year stranglehold on the device in the United States.

The lines in front of Verizon and Apple retail stores were noticeably shorter than mobs of customers that snaked around Apple stores during the summer launch of iPhone 4. Get the full story »

Verizon sells out of 1st batch of iPhones

Signs in a Verizon store promoting iPhone sales. (Reuters)

Verizon Wireless ended online sales of Apple Inc.’s iPhone Thursday evening after what it said was “the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.”

The No. 1 U.S. mobile operator said it ceased pre-orders at 7:10 p.m. after opening limited pre-orders for the device to its existing customers at 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Get the full story »

FCC asks court to dismiss net neutrality suits

The Federal Communications Commission filed Friday to dismiss challenges to its new Internet traffic rules, an agency official said. Get the full story »

Verizon challenges FCC’s ‘network neutrality’ rules

Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday filed a legal challenge to new federal regulations that prohibit broadband providers from interfering with Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

In a filing in federal appeals court in the District of Columbia, Verizon argues that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in adopting the  “network neutrality” rules last month. Get the full story »

Sprint hiking data fee on smart phones by $10

Sprint is applying an additional $10 per month data fee on new smart phones, starting Jan. 30. Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint Nextel Corp. says it needs to apply the fee to maintain its network while offering unlimited data consumption. Get the full story »

Verizon to end New Every Two, early upgrades

From The Wall Street Journal | One day after announcing it will start selling an iPhone, Verizon confirms that it is ending its program that allows subscribers to upgrade their phones every two years.  The carrier also is ending its early upgrade policy, starting next week.

Verizon iPhone announcement expected today

Verizon Wireless is expected to announce Tuesday that it will start selling a version of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, ending AT&T Inc.’s exclusive relationship with Apple.

A version of the iPhone for Verizon’s network has been long expected, and Verizon Wireless has invited the press to an event at 10 a.m. Get the full story »

Verizon beefs up network to prepare for iPhone

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Verizon Wireless has been beefing up its network and believes it will have no problem handling iPhone-type loads, a claim that could be put to the test this year if the carrier signs up millions of subscribers using the Apple Inc. device.

Verizon Wireless, the country’s largest wireless carrier, is confident enough in its network that it will offer unlimited data-use plans when it starts selling the iPhone around the end of this month, a person familiar with the matter said. Such plans would provide a key means of distinguishing its service from rival AT&T Inc., which limits how much Internet data such as videos and photos its customers may use each month. Get the full story »

Verizon to sell Motorola 4G phone

Verizon Wireless will distribute a smartphone made by Motorola Inc. to run on its new 4G network, the carrier’s chief operating officer, John Stratton, said in an interview Tuesday. The comments mark the first time the carrier has identified a handset maker for the closely watched launch and represent an important vote of confidence in Motorola. Get the full story »