Vodafone plans to sell the shares it holds in Verizon Wireless for 88 billion euros

verizon-wireless-logoBritish telecommunications group Vodafone, plans to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile operator in the U.S. to receive 115 billion dollars (about 88 billion euros) from Verizon Communications, American telecommunications company that holds 55% of Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg. Vodafone owns 45% stake of American operator.

Following this transaction Verizon Communications will wholly owns the most profitable division of the company. In the last quarter of 2012, Verizon Wireless has made a record 2.1 million customers, surpassing the rival operator AT&T and other competitors.

Verizon wants to control the world’s best asset“, said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at research firm New Street Research in New York.

In December last year, the two companies, Vodafone and Verizon Communications discussed a possible merger, said sources close to the situation. However, negotiations were intrerupte because of disagreements about the appointment of new management companies and headquarters location. Vodafone stake sale to Verizon Wireless became more likely. Talks will resume this year, said the immediate situation.

Verizon’s share price rose yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange for the 12 consecutive day by 1.2% to $47.69 (36.58 euros) per unit. Vodafone share price rose by 5.2% to $ 26.68 (20.46 euros), according to Bloomberg.

Motorola Droid RAZR receives update

Motorola Droid RAZR receives update

Verizon Wireless has announced that Motorola Droid RAZR receives a new software update!

It seems this new update brings bugfixes and improvements to your smartphone, if you happen to own this particular handset. So, here it is:

  • SIM Error notification has been fixed
  • Improved camera features and quality
  • Improved stability of menu access, Browser, Phone Dialer, video playback and music player to prevent Force Close errors and lockups
  • Updated group message notification
  • Improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity
  • Maintain network connection upon completion of a voice call
  • Background color has been adjusted to improve readability in Lapdock connection UI menu items

If you want to see if it is available, go to Settings -> About phone -> System updates and check it out.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 heading to Verizon Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 heading to Verizon Wireless

Word on the street is that Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is heading to Verizon Wireless in US.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 carries a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Display with 1280×800 resolution, a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. There are 3 versions as it concerns the internal memory and that is 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

Also, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a microSD card slot, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, a 3MP camera on the back with LED flash and auto-focus and 2MP camera for video chat on the front. In addition, the Android 3.2 Honeycomb is running the place.

There is no official detail regarding the release date or the price, but we’ll keep you posted if anything gets out.

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Android 2.3 for HTC Thunderbolt coming soon on Verizon Wireless

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3 Gingerbread UpdateGood news for all owners of HTC Thunderbolt smartphone from Verizon Wireless carrier, the Gingerbread update for your device “coming soon”.

The carrier has put the release notes for the new OS upgrade on its support forums, and some lucky users have already managed to download and have a look at it.

Enhancements:

  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Call History view.
  • Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
  • Improved Bluetooth® Discovery Mode pop-up window.
  • Improvements in overall battery consumption.
  • Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape mode.
  • NY Times website has been added into the browser bookmarks.
  • The following features now come preloaded:
  • My Verizon: Data Usage Widget, V CAST Music, V CAST Video

The OS upgrade for HTC Thunderbolt would include:

  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • New desktop UI, including widgets, icons and screens
  • New customizable dock icons.

Also, you can read the software update instructions (PDF) to upload your Thunderbolt device to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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$50 discount for Smartphones and Tablets on Verizon Wireless

verizon-wireless-logoHurry up if you want to get $50 off the purchase for a tablet or any Smartphone from Verizon Wireless store. This great discount ends on 8/31/11.

These offer is available if you chose to buy a new Smartphone or a new Tablet with a 2-year contract on Verizon Wireless. Smartphones require a data pack and the tablet requires Mobile Broadband plan.

For more information about this offer check out the Verizon Wireless website.


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DROID Incredible 2 release date April 28 on Verizon Wireless carrier

droid-incredible2-verizonTomorrow HTC and Verizon Wireless carrier will launch the successor of HTC DROID Incredible named DROID Incredible 2.

In comparison with first DROID Incredible, the new DROID Incredible 2 will have a bigger touchscreen, 4.0 inch with 480 x 800 pixels resolution (3.7 inch for DROID Incredible), 768 MB of RAM (512 MB RAM for first DROID), 1.3 megapixels front-facing camera for video calls, a new battery with higher capacity. Also, the dimensions of Incredible 2 are slightly smaller 120.7 x 64 x 12.2 mm and 135.5 grams weight. For complete specs list of Incredible 2 check the specification page of Incredible 2.

HTC Incredible 2 comes with Android 2.2 Froyo OS with HTC Sense UI, SRS WOW HD Surround sound avaiable, access to unlimited songs through V CAST Music with Rhapsody or tune in to the expert DJs on Slacker Internet Radio.

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Motorola Droid Pro is the most expensive Android handset in US ($299 on Verizon)

Motorola Droid Pro VerizonVerizon Carrier announced the availability of Motorola Droid Pro in its stores starting next month.

Motorola Droid Pro comes as a business device with dual-mode CDMA/ GSM capabilities with full QWERTY keyboard. Droid Pro features a 3.1 capacitive touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixels display resolution, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB ROM and 8 GB storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. Other specifications include a 5 megapixels camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and 1 GHz processor.

The release date is rumored to be on November 11. The price with contract for Droid Pro will be around $300 and this will make Motorola Droid Pro to be the most expensive Android handset available in the US.

Software update for Droid X: Android 2.2 is ready

Motorola Droid XMotorola Droid X is ready to receive the latest Android OS, the Froyo version, tomorrow.

Verizon Wireless has just release a PDF which contains improvements of the Droid X update.

Enhancements:

– Improved Web browsing with pre-installed Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Android.
– Easily switch between the eight most recent applications.
– Enhanced browser performance for faster loading of JavaScript heavy pages.
– A screen that works for you and your apps.
–  With Android 2.2, you can rotate your screen 270 degrees—either to the left or to the right when moving from portrait to landscape mode—to work with apps in more directions.
– Automatic app updates.
–  Always have the latest versions of the applications you’ve downloaded with automatically updated Android Market apps. And you can choose to store applications in your device’s memory or on a storage card for more capacity.
– Take advantage of the preloaded VZ Navigator® application.
–  Get visual and audible directions to a destination, locate businesses and other places in an area, get a map of a location, bookmark favorites and recent searches, and even share locations with others.
– Overall improvements for Google Maps performance on the Droid X.
– Improved connectivity to Exchange server and Exchange ActiveSync email notifications.
– Easily edit MMS messages after attaching video files.
– Manage message history from Contact application.
– Transition from Wi-Fi and 3G without losing data connection.
– Improved 3G Mobile Hotspot application.
– Visual Voice Mail updates include simplified setup, improved notifications, and updated display features.
– Easily listen to voice mail via Bluetooth® when using the Visual Voice Mail application.
– Manage contacts with updated Backup Assistant.

For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, visit verizonwireless.com/DroidXsupport or check this PDF.

Update: Verizon confirmed the Droid x update and announced via Twitter that Android 2.2 will  begin to roll out today (Wednesday) at noon. You don’t have to wait for the Over the Air push, you can simply follow these steps : Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates.

Verizon will launch a HTC smartphone with Gingerbread or Froyo

HTC smartphone Android Froyo GingerbreadA new HTC Android smartphone is gonna be launch in 2011 by Verizon Wireless.

This new smartphone doesn’t have a name yet but we found out some of its features, like a 4 inch display, 1.2 GHz processor, CDMA/GSM connectivity and QWERTY keyboard.

Due to its release date it will probably run Android 2.2 or maybe Android 3.0 Gingerbread at launch.

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HTC DROID Incredible is coming to Verizon Wireless

HTC Droid IncredibleVerizon Wireless carrier announced the availability of DROID Incredible in its store. Customers can purchase the HTC DROID Incredible starting August 9.

The high-end Android device, DROID incredible features a 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, multi-touch, accelerometer, and proximity sensor for auto turn-off, 8 megapixels camera with autofocus and LED flash, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.1 OS with HTC Sense user interface and 8 GB internal storage up to 32 GB with microSD memory card.

The price for HTC DROID Incredible on Verizon Wireless starts from $529.99 retail price, $269.99 for 1-year contract with $100 online discount and $199.99 for 2-year contract with $100 online discount.