Verizon Wireless finalized the purchase of Mohave Wireless from Frontier Communications and Rio Virgin Telephone, which had been running the carrier. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
AT&T reaffirmed its plans to launch HD Voice service on its LTE network this year, but other Tier 1 carriers are not rushing to embrace the technology. Verizon Wireless, for example, will not push HD Voice through its Voice over LTE technology until late in 2013 or early 2014.
The Vodafone rumor mill keeps turning, with Verizon Communications and AT&T considering a joint bid for most of Vodafone's assets in a deal valued at $245 billion, according to a Financial Times report.
Google's Android mobile operating system led U.S. smartphone sales during the three-month period ending in February 2013, buoyed by gains made by partners Samsung Electronics and Sprint Nextel, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.
T-Mobile USA will finally start selling Apple's iPhone on April 12, and according to a report from industry analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco, T-Mobile will sell around 3.4 million iPhone units this year.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom were among the top five mobile operators worldwide in terms of patent filings, according to a report from industry analyst Chetan Sharma.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel seemed unfazed by T-Mobile USA's decision to do away with wireless contracts and CEO John Legere's vow to shake up the status quo.
Google revealed how much Verizon Wireless' LTE connections will cost on its new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop. The gadget stands as another mechanism for Verizon to sell data services, and highlights carriers' continuing efforts to encourage users to try wireless data on devices beyond smartphones.
As LTE network buildouts accelerate, many operators are now turning their attention to VoLTE. I recently talked with Nicola Palmer, CTO of Verizon Wireless, and she was adamant that the company will deploy VoLTE later this year or early in 2014. Although she didn't provide a lot of details, she said that the company's VoLTE service would incorporate Rich Communications Services, or RCS, and customers would be able to access VoLTE when they travel.
Verizon and PlayPhone unveiled Game Portal, a new social gaming platform that will be preloaded onto all new Verizon Android smartphones starting in the second quarter.