The FCC has granted Verizon Communications approval to acquire the remainder of Verizon Wireless from UK wireless provider Vodafone. The approval comes two months after announcements from both companies that the deal is expected to close in early 2014 for $130 billion. Currently Verizon Communications owns 55% of Verizon Wireless, while Vodafone owns 45%.
Back in January of this year, Delphi unveiled a new vehicle diagnostics and connectivity service designed to plug into the OBD II port in your vehicle to keep an eye on engine health and lots more. At the time it launched we knew the device would be available on Verizon Wireless, and the original version has been available for a while. An updated version of the device, called the Delphi Connect with 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot is now available at Verizon Wireless in the US.
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, has filed a request for investigation and complaint for injunctive relief against the 4 major carriers in the United States. In the 16-page document submitted, it complained that the Android phones these carriers sell will rarely, if ever, receive any major updates. While many of us are just annoyed that we don't get the latest Android updates, the ACLU's main issue with the infrequent updates is that non-updated devices are more prone to hacks and malware.
Two years ago, Time Warner Cable released a live TV streaming app for the iPad, however, one caveat was that you could only stream live TV while inside of your home, and while connected to Time Warner's internet. Now Time Warner is looking to change that up, tomorrow, by updating its live TV streaming app for iOS devices that will let its customers stream live TV even if they're not at home.
The Department of Justice told the Federal Communications Commission that the upcoming wireless spectrum auction should give smaller carriers, like T-Mobile, a fighting chance to obtain spectrum in the low-frequency band. The wireless spectrum up for sale is being offered voluntarily by TV broadcasters so that wireless carriers can take advantage of them. However, with big-timers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless looming around, smaller carriers are unable to compete.
Verizon Wireless is teaming up with PlayPhone, a social gaming network, to preload all of its future Android smartphones with Games Portal. Games Portal (like PlayPhone's current iOS/Android app) will be a social gaming platform that allows you to easily connect to your online friends in order to play mobile games together. There will also be many social aspects such as leaderboards, message boards, and achievements included with the service.
A couple of weeks ago, Blackberry announced that a mystery partner had purchased 1 million of its Blackberry Z10 devices. It wouldn't say who the partner was, but that it was a huge confidence boost for both the company and consumers alike. The announcement was enough to boost its shares up 8.2%. While it was speculated that the mysterious partner had to be a major carrier like AT&T or Verizon Wireless, it turns out that the partner was actually a wireless distributor by the name of Brightstar.
It's been a long time coming, but Verizon Wireless may be finally cracking down on fake employee discounts. These are the discounts used by people who no longer work at a job that qualifies for Verizon Wireless's discounts. Verizon's employee discounts offer up to 15%-25% off its mobile phone service and up to 25% off of accessories. Verizon isn't the first company to crack down on employee discounts. Companies like Sprint began a similar process last year.
We've supposedly got a lot of big reveals coming up this month, and at least one of those is coming from Motorola. At a Verizon event later this week, Motorola is expected to reveal a new handset, and Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that this new handset will feature an edge-to-edge screen. If it does, it will be one of the first phones in the United States to boast such a feature.