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Verizon Communications (VZ)

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  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:34 AM
    AT&T (T), Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD), Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY.PK) and Sprint (S) are among the major firms reportedly interested in a Clearwire (CLWR) auction of wireless airwaves. Clearwire is trying to fund the expansion of its high-speed wireless network, and the sale could bring in as much as $5B. CLWR +10.1% premarket.
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  • Oct. 11, 2010, 2:35 PM
    The search for higher yields is driving the biggest rally in seven years for telephone stocks, despite lagging profit forecasts for the sector. Telecoms account for five of the 10 largest dividends in the S&P 500 and yield 5.45% as a group. Among individual companies: FTR, 8.94%; WIN, 8.24%; CTL, 7.3%; T, 5.96%, VZ, 5.94%.
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  • Oct. 9, 2010, 3:20 PM
    A recent survey showed that 23% of AT&T (T) iPhone users would switch to Verizon (VZ) if given the chance. But iPhone (AAPL) owners should think twice before jumping ship: Verizon's CDMA network means customers can't surf online while talking on the phone, won't be able to use their phone as broadly internationally, and will chew through their batteries faster.
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  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:32 PM
    Apple (AAPL -0.1%) plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless (VZ -0.4%) to sell the smartphone early next year, WSJ reports. The new iPhone would be based on CDMA wireless technology used by Verizon. This would spell the end of AT&T's (T -3.7%) exclusive U.S. arrangement with Apple. The new phone will use a chip made by Qualcomm (QCOM +0.5%).
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  • Oct. 5, 2010, 2:46 PM
    AT&T (T +1.5%) adds three new Android-based Mototola (MOT +1.3%) smartphones to its current lineup of six models. AT&T, currently the exclusive U.S. provider for Apple's (AAPL +3.1%) iPhone, has been looking to expand its smartphone line-up amid speculation it will lose iPhone exclusivity next year to Verizon Wireless (VZ +1.4%).
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  • Oct. 4, 2010, 9:07 AM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ) says it will pay millions of dollars in refunds to 15M cell phone customers who were erroneously charged for data sessions or internet use. Customers would receive credits or refund checks typically in the $2-$6 range on their October or November bills.
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  • Sep. 22, 2010, 1:54 PM
    A half-million iPhone (AAPL) owners use AT&T's (T) network to connect to the internet, but they don't seem too happy about it: Nearly half of users surveyed would be "very interested" in dumping AT&T for Verizon (VZ) as a service provider. "If another carrier were to pick up the iPhone, you would probably see a number of defections."
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  • Sep. 20, 2010, 4:41 PM
    Goldman's formula for finding strong yield stocks: When a company's bond yields are falling, investors are confident that it has the cash to meet coupon payments. And if the firm has that kind of cash, it likely has the cash to continue and perhaps raise payouts to stock investors. With that in mind, Goldman's favorites are MO, CTL, VZ, T, PM, EXC, BMY, PFE, COP, AEP.
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  • Sep. 20, 2010, 8:00 AM
    Verizon (VZ) names wireless chief Lowell McAdam as president and COO, clearing up the question of who will succeed CEO Ivan Seidenberg, who turns 64 this year. Verizon has lacked a president and COO since Dennis Strigl retired in 2009.
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  • Sep. 11, 2010, 2:19 PM
    AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ) are teaming up to take on the iPad (AAPL), sources say, and plan to sell a tablet made by Samsung (SSNLF.PK) for less than the wholesale price by bundling it with monthly wireless service contracts. The Galaxy Tab will be announced Sept. 16.
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  • Sep. 8, 2010, 7:25 AM
    Vodafone's (VOD) decision to offload its China Mobile (CHL) holdings could be the first stake sale of many as the company tries to slim down, but the other sales might not go as smoothly. With a limited number of potential buyers, Vodafone will likely find it tough to sell its stakes in firms like France's SFR and Verizon Wireless (VZ).
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  • Sep. 2, 2010, 1:19 PM
    Verizon (VZ) raises its quarterly dividend 2.6%, to $0.4875/share, a sign of "strength of our cash flow, our balance sheet and our company." (PR)
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  • Aug. 27, 2010, 3:44 AM
    Google (GOOG) says users placed more than 1M phone calls during the first 24 hours after Google added telephony capabilities to Gmail. Calls within the U.S. and Canada are free, while rates to other countries are significantly cheaper than other VoIP providers (VZ, T), Google says. (previously)
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  • Aug. 20, 2010, 2:23 PM
    Credit Suisse draws up a roster of dividend-paying stocks to consider, with payouts yielding more than bonds. Verizon (VZ) tops the list with a 6.5% yield, followed by tobacco giants Reynolds (RAI) and Altria (MO), with Eli Lilly (LLY), Duke Energy (DUK) and Southern Co. (SO) in the next tier.
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  • Aug. 18, 2010, 2:35 PM
    Google (GOOG -1%) is working with Verizon (VZ +0.2%) on a tablet that runs Google's Chrome OS, not Android, according to Download Squad. HTC is building the device and Verizon wants to launch it Nov. 26, the busiest shopping day of the year. The report speculates that it could be offered free with a Verizon data contract.
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  • Aug. 18, 2010, 11:47 AM
    Verizon (VZ) says it will allow its FiOS TV customers to watch programs on tablet computers like the iPad (AAPL) and mobile devices like the BlackBerry (RIMM) by the end of the year, at no extra charge. The company has committed $23B to FiOS as its home-phone business declines; the moves are in line with "TV everywhere" strategies followed by rivals AT&T (T), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast (CMCSA).
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Company Description
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.