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Verizon Communications (VZ)

  • Dec. 8, 2010, 9:36 AM
    Android (GOOG) smartphone owners are bigger bandwidth hogs than users of rival devices, as they run lots of video over the networks. Smartphones overall are burdening wireless carrier capacity, and the problem will only increase until the carriers start rationing their services or build out the networks.
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  • Dec. 7, 2010, 3:23 PM
    More details emerge about the Chrome OS (GOOG) notebook. Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) will provide the WiFi and 3G connectivity, and the initial manufacturers will be Acer, Samsung (SSNLF.PK), and Intel (INTC). It can be set up quickly, has a super-fast booting capability, and ships by mid-2011.
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  • Dec. 7, 2010, 11:54 AM
    AT&T (T) will weather its upcoming loss of iPhone (AAPL) exclusivity in 2011 just fine, says Piper Jaffray. Piper also expects AT&T to offer a dividend hike, and to repurchase up to 400M shares this month. AT&T is +0.7 % to $28.51.
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  • Dec. 7, 2010, 11:12 AM
    Without Clearwire (CLWR -0.6%), Sprint (S +1%) would have to pay out $5B to upgrade its own towers to be 4G compatible. Clearwire is still raising money to complete its 4G network. This leaves Sprint's current $5B infrastructure improvement project facing uncertainty, and Sprint's still on the hook if Clearwire defaults.
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  • Dec. 7, 2010, 10:35 AM
    Research in Motion (RIMM) is -1.9% to $62.03 after Gleacher & Co. cut its rating to Neutral from Buy, and CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets lowered its rating to Underperform from Buy. Gleacher doubts the new QNX OS will be a 'game changer,' or the PlayBook will stand out among competitors. CLSA notes the 44% share rally since September has reduced the upside potential.
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  • Dec. 7, 2010, 9:11 AM
    Struggling Research in Motion (RIMM) will recover momentum in 2011, after a sluggish 2010 that saw its innovation lag, says Barclays. A "steadily improving" product line, including the PlayBook tablet computer, should grab market share, and there are signs carriers will more aggressively back the BlackBerry. Premarket, RIM is -0.4% to $63.07.
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  • Dec. 6, 2010, 4:24 PM
    Apple (AAPL) hit a new 52-week high of $322.33, up from $321.30, leaving it with a market cap of more than $294B. Potential causes for the uptick include a report Apple may receive favorable terms on iPhone sales next year. Apple closed +0.8% at $320.15.
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  • Dec. 6, 2010, 11:59 AM
    Verizon (VZ) might pay extra to Apple (AAPL) to keep the iPhone in its and AT&T's (T) exclusive hands, suggests Kaufman Bros. Verizon is due to ship the phone next year and might offer special terms so Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (DTEGY.PK) don't get it. If so, Apple will enjoy better margins and still move enough units to fend off a surging Android (GOOG).
  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:04 AM
    'Usage-based pricing' that allows broadband providers to charge extra to web bandwidth hogs running video and other content makes sense, says FCC chair Julius Genachowski. However, in its proposed net regulations, the FCC also wants to bar carriers from deliberately slowing web traffic.
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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:53 PM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) launches its 4G 'Long Term Evolution' mobile broadband network on Sunday. With speeds of up to 12 megabits per second, the network is 10 times faster than Verizon's existing 3G infrastructure. The network will debut initially in 38 cities, 60 airports, and comes with new data plans. (PR)
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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:42 AM
    U.S. regulators want to free broadcast airwaves to meet the expanding demand for handheld wireless traffic. "The explosive growth of mobile communications threatens to outpace the infrastructure on which it relies," says FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:32 AM
    The iPad (AAPL) and other Apple gadgets should do especially well this holiday season, with a boost from partners Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD). A survey shows 9% of holiday shoppers will pick up an iPad in the next 90 days, locking it in as the touchscreen computer leader. Apple is -0.5% to $313.25.
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  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:36 PM
    Nokia (NOK) must be praying its new CMO Jerri DeVard can revitalize the flagging brand. DeVard's experience at Verizon (VZ) may give her an edge against Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG). However, it won't be easy taking a "Finnish brand that hasn't been big in the U.S. for a decade, and making it cool again."
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  • Nov. 23, 2010, 3:51 PM
    AT&T (T -0.9%) and Verizon (VZ -0.3%) may not have enough cash to fund their pension funds because they overestimated returns while underestimating cash expenses. AT&T paid $868M in the first 9 months of the year, and Verizon $1.8B in the same period. “The wireless business has to run very fast to outpace these enormous legacy obligations," says an analyst.
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  • Nov. 23, 2010, 3:28 PM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) will extend Skype support to some of its prepaid phones. Since becoming partners in February, Verizon has added Skype support for 20 devices on its network.
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  • Nov. 19, 2010, 4:16 PM
    Amazon (AMZN) is selling Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) high-end Android (GOOG) handsets for 1 cent through November 22. The deal requires buying a new Verizon contract, but nevertheless offers a huge discount. Amazon closed at +0.5% % to $164.99.
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Verizon Communications Incis a provider of communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. Its two segments are Wireless and Wireline.