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    by Published on 10-22-2010 10:04 AM
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    This morning Verizon Communications released their third quarter results.

    Wireless highlights:

    • 997,000 total net customer additions, excluding acquisitions and adjustments, in 3Q 2010; 584,000 retail postpaid net customer additions in the quarter; continued low retail postpaid churn of 1.07 percent.
    • 93.2 million customers; 101.1 million total connections.
    • 6.0 percent increase in total revenues from 3Q 2009; 7.7 percent increase in service revenues; data revenues up 26.3 percent; 29.9 percent operating income margin and 47.2 percent Segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP).
    • At the end of the third quarter, the company had 86.7 million retail customers, which represented 93 percent of the company's wireless customers, the largest number of retail customers of any U.S. wireless provider.
    • In addition, the company had 7.9 million other connections at the end of the quarter -- such as machine-to-machine and telematics -- adding 251,000 net other connections in the quarter. This brings the number of total wireless connections to 101.1 million at the end of the third quarter.
    • Retail service ARPU (average monthly service revenue per user) grew 1.8 percent over third-quarter 2009, to $51.99. Retail data ARPU increased to $18.61, up 19.0 percent year over year.
    • Verizon Wireless announced the first tablets to be available to its customers: the Apple iPad Wi-Fi will go on sale on Oct. 28 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab will launch on Nov. 11. In addition, the company continued to expand its smartphone lineup during the third quarter with the launch of the DROID X, DROID 2 and limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola; the Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S smartphone; and a new model of the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone.
    • The company hosted its second annual Verizon Developers Conference in September, reaffirming its commitment to an open network and helping developers deliver applications to market quickly. Since the VDC was established in 2009, more than 5,000 developers have joined to create applications to be distributed to Verizon Wireless customers.


    The full press release can be viewed here.
    by Published on 10-21-2010 03:17 PM
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    Droid-Life has posted a couple screenshots of a Verizon 4G "Reference Guide" that compares and contrasts LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+.

    Some quick notes:

    LTE: Downlink: 5 - 12 Mbps | Uplink: 2 - 5 Mbps

    WiMAX: Downlink: 3 - 6 Mbps | Uplink: 500 Kbps

    HSPA+: Downlink: 1.5 - 7 Mbps | Uplink: 1 - 4 Mbps

    In the Reference Guide, Verizon also touts other advantages of LTE over the competing technologies such as: global adoption, lower latency, and speed to market for device and app development.

    Verizon plans to first intro USB modems over 4G followed by smartphones and mobile hotspots.

    Visit Droid-Life at the link above for the screenshots and more details. And go here to learn more about Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE network.

    That all being said, we know that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. What do you think about Verizon's 4G claims?
    by Published on 10-21-2010 11:26 AM
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    AT&T released its third quarter results today.

    Record Wireless Sales, Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth Highlight AT&T’s Third-Quarter Results

    Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2010


    $2.08 diluted EPS compared to $0.54 diluted EPS in the third quarter of 2009; EPS of $0.55, excluding $1.53 in one-time gains from a previously disclosed tax settlement and the sale of Sterling Commerce

    Consolidated revenues from continuing operations of $31.6 billion in the third quarter, up $847 million, or 2.8 percent, versus the year-earlier period

    11.4 percent growth in wireless revenues, with a 10.5 percent increase in wireless service revenues

    Record wireless volumes, with more than 8 million postpaid integrated device sales

    2.6 million increase in total wireless subscribers — the highest third-quarter net gain in the company's history — to reach 92.8 million subscribers in service

    Postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 2.0 percent to $62.84, the seventh consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase

    1.32 percent total wireless churn, best-ever third-quarter

    30.5 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $1.1 billion versus the year-earlier quarter

    First year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues in more than two years

    30.0 percent growth in consumer IP data revenues, driven by AT&T U-verse® expansion

    236,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach 2.7 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates

    148,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections

    15.4 percent growth in revenues from strategic business services such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting and application services
    Read more at: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pi...code=financial
    by Published on 10-20-2010 06:55 PM
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    Some details below on Verizon's new data tiers for the various types of devices. Also included are some details on their 4G roll-out. ...
    by Published on 10-20-2010 04:24 PM
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    At the 4G World trade show Clearwire says it has recorded peak LTE download speeds of 90 Mbps during testing in Phoenix.

    CHICAGO--Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) Chief Commercial Officer Mike Sievert said the operator has recorded peak download speeds of 90 Mbps in its initial testing of LTE technology in Phoenix. The results are notable in that the carrier currently advertises that its WiMAX network provides download speeds of 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of 10 Mbps. For its part, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has said it will provide real-world LTE download speeds on its forthcoming network of 5-12 Mbps.

    Sievert, speaking here at the 4G World trade show, noted that the speeds were recorded in a real-world driving scenario, though clearly in a test network unburdened by actual customers. Test results are often much different than speeds obtained in real-world wireless networks.

    Clearwire announced earlier this year it would test LTE technology, and Sievert said the carrier hasn't yet made any decisions about its technological future.

    "This is not something we have decided about, but that we're actively testing," he said.
    Read more at: FierceBroadbandWireless - Clearwire details results of initial LTE testing
    by Published on 10-19-2010 12:37 AM
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    During Apple's financial earnings call today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't mince words, offering a scathing opinion of Android vs. iOS.

    Watch the video below to hear what he has to say:



    Thoughts? Opinions? Is he right or wrong? Both? Sort of?

    Source: Neowin.net - Steve Jobs tears into Android on Apple's earnings call

    UPDATE - RIM, Google, and TweetDeck responses are below:

    "For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple's attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 - 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple's preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM's August-ending quarter doesn't tell the whole story because it doesn't take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple's Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story."

    - Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)
    From CrackBerry.com.

    the definition of open: "mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make"

    - Andy Rubin via Twitter
    Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't. It wasn't.
    ______
    We only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is

    - TweetDeck CEO
    Sources: AndroidCentral.com | MacRumors.com
    by Published on 10-14-2010 09:39 AM
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    Beginning October 28th Verizon Wireless will be selling Apple's iPad. Service will be month-to-month with no termination fee. It won't run directly on Verizon's network, but will connect to it via Wi-Fi and the MiFi Mobile Hotspot.

    Verizon will also sell the iPad as a standalone product without the MiFi bundle.

    More: Verizon Wireless - iPad | FAQ's
    by Published on 10-13-2010 09:56 PM
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    The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is making its way to Canada in the coming weeks and will be launching on Rogers, Bell, and Virgin Mobile. Aside from shipping with BlackBerry 6 and 512MB of added RAM there are only minor changes from the 9700 which was released last year.





    Mark October 28th on your calendar as the launch date, but a source tells us the Bell and Virgin might start the party off early with a Oct. 21 launch. Look for the refresh BlackBerry Bold to set you back $150 on a 3 year term with voice and data.

    Thanks BerryReview!

    ©TechBuzz
    by Published on 10-13-2010 04:44 PM
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    Condensed version:

    T-Mobile Jet Prepaid USB stick coming Oct 18th online and 20th in store

    prepaid data plans:

    $10 week pass (100MB)
    $30 month pass (300MB)
    $50 month pass (1GB)

    prepaid voice and data plans:

    $70/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 2 GB of Data
    $50/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 100 MB of Data
    $30/month 1,500 Talk and Text (mix and match voice and text messages) with 30 MB of Data
    Unlimited Text and $0.10/minute
    $1.49/day Web DayPass ...
    by Published on 10-12-2010 04:49 PM
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    The image says it all...
    Head over to your local WIND Mobile location to score yourself an awesome deal!

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    by Published on 10-09-2010 03:49 AM
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    BGR is reporting that Verizon Wireless is planning an "interactive" BlackBerry 6 launch on October 14th. This is good news for Verizon Wireless's BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Curve 9330 users.

    Source: BGR - Verizon Wireless will have ‘interactive launch’ of BlackBerry 6 on October 14
    by Published on 10-06-2010 03:27 PM
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    Verizon Wireless plans to cover 110 million people in 38 major metro areas with its LTE network by the end of this year; Verizon president and chief operating officer Lowell McAdam announced today.

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Verizon underscored its rapid deployment of the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network today from the CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010 conference. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year. In addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – both the airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities.

    McAdam said, “We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike. With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area.”
    See the planned areas and read more at: Verizon Wireless
    by Published on 10-06-2010 02:41 PM
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    It is official! Two unlimited prepaid carriers that were once competitors have now officially been aligned. Pocket Communication’s assets have are now part of Cricket, a Leap Wireless company. The new venture will target markets in McAllen, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and Harlingen. Pocket customers will now have access to data services and the coverage area of Cricket according to Leap representatives. They will also be able to buy phones currently offered by Cricket.

    “Obviously, there’s going to be a big increase in our network,” said Frank Vos, Cricket’s director for Upper Valley operations. “Pocket customers will have nationwide talk and text, which they didn’t have before.”

    Cricket currently holds 76% stakes in the joint venture with Pocket holding the other 24. The pocket brand will be phased out in the next 6 to eight months. Customers will start noticing changes by the end of the year but should not see any increase in price.
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