Verizon set for “very positive” H2 following AOL deal

Verizon Communications announced solid financials for the second quarter of 2015, a period which saw it complete its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL. “We’re now poised to offer customers exciting new over-the-top mobile video services, and we look forward to …

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HTC targets US market with latest Desire smartphones

Troubled smartphone maker HTC is targeting the US market with four new mid-tier devices, which it said are “designed to make premium smartphones affordable and accessible to all”. It said that devices will be “broadly available at prepaid and postpaid …

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FCC chair opposes further auction restrictions for AT&T, Verizon Wireless

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler, wants the regulator to reject a request made by T-Mobile US for low-band spectrum to be set aside for smaller carriers in the next spectrum auction, while the Justice Department argues …

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Sony flagship finds US home with Verizon

Struggling smartphone maker Sony picked up support from US number one operator Verizon Wireless, which is set to offer a version of the vendor’s Z4 smartphone – albeit with a slightly different specification from its other incarnations. In Verizon guise, …

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US court denies block on net neutrality ahead of the main event

The Federal Communications Commision’s (FCC) net neutrality rules came into effect today (12 June) as the US regulator fought off one legal challenge, but with more to come. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit failed to grant a …

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Verizon is an investor in HCE pioneer SimplyTapp

Verizon Ventures took an undisclosed stake in SimplyTapp, an early developer of host card emulation (HCE) technology which supports NFC-based payments without needing access to the secure element in a smartphone. The US mobile operator’s venture arm participated in a mysterious …

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Google unveils updated payments push

Google unveiled Android Pay, stating that the new payment service is “bringing together mobile carriers, payment networks, banks and retailers to deliver you choice and flexibility”. “We believe the same partnership model that fuelled Android’s growth from a single device …

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Verizon intros low-cost LG Windows Phone

Verizon Wireless is to offer an LG-made Windows Phone device, which has been described as “affordable and simple to use”. LG Lancet is said to be “the first Windows smartphone on Verizon with Advanced Calling 1.0”, offering HD voice calls …

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European operators plan mobile ad blocking – report

Several European mobile operators plan to block advertising on their networks, a move which would set up a fight with internet firms such as Google, according to the Financial Times (FT). An executive at one unnamed operator said it and …

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