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.

HTC Rezound now on sale at Verizon

HTC Rezound now on sale at Verizon

HTC Rezound with incorporated Beats Audio is available for purchase starting today.

Verizon offers the latest HTC handset with Beats Audio integrated for $299 which involves a two-year contract. Your money would go on a smartphone offering a dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor, 1GB DDR2 of RAM, 16GB of internal memory with the possibility of extension using a 16GB microSD.

Also, running the Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.5 feature, the Rezound brings a 4.3 – inch super LCD WVGA with 1280×720 resolution, an 8MP camera with auto-focus, /2.2, 28mm wide angle lens, LED flash, a 2MP front-facing camera and 1080p video recorder. However, Verizon and HTC promised us an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

It has 5.1”x2.6”x.54”, a 1620mAh Lilon battery, Bluetooth 3.0+Headset, HDMI, Wi-Fi connectivity, G-sensor, light sensor, compass, proximity sensor, microUSB, audio jack and Wireless Charging. Beats Audio digital processing mode, which is designed to work with included Beats Audio headphones, gives us an incredible bass and crisp highs. Enjoy, my friends!

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Amazon offers Motorola DROID RAZR for $111

Amazon offers Motorola DROID RAZR for $111

The Motorola DROID RAZR is finally available starting today.

Verizon offers the new handset for $299.99 on contract but AmazonWireless has a special offer for the DROID RAZR fans: $111.11 on contract for a limited time. However, those who are attracted by the offer will have to wait around 8-9 days before it ships, as DROID RAZR is already back-ordered on Amazon.

So guys, let me bring you up to speed. The 7.1 mm thin DROID RAZR, with 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with the possibility of extension with a microSD card slot, brings a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touchscreen with 540×960 resolution, multi-touch input and Gorilla Glass. Also there’s an 8MP auto-focus camera with face detection and geotagging, full HD video recording, LED flash and a 1.3MP front facing camera.

Other features the phone has to offer are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, standard microUSB port, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a 1.780 mAh battery. Last but not least, the new smartphone is running the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Operating System.

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Verizon’s BlackBerry Torch 9850 release date is September 8th

Verizon’s BlackBerry Torch 9850 release date is September 8th

Latest rumors say that RIM and Verizon Wireless are preparing to launch the BlackBerry Torch 9850 in stores starting next week, probably on September 8th.

The wireless carrier plans on making the new device available via Direct Fulfillment (Web and phone sales) on September 8th and for purchase via its stores on September 15th. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 should hit other retail channels as well on this day, it seems.

BlackBerry Torch 9850 features a 3.7-inches touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 768 MB of RAM, 1.2GHz processor. Other specs include a 5 megapixels camera capable to record HD videos at 720p resolution.

No words about price, but Verizon it might announce it soon, so stay tuned.

Find out the price of the first LTE phone, HTC ThunderBolt

HTC Thunderbolt VerizonThe release date of HTC ThunderBolt was initially set for February 24th, but due to a series of issues related to its terrible battery life and reception problems, the release was canceled, and it seems to be a problem with firmware that is causing the battery life problems.

The phone was pushed back a few days and the next release date and probably the good one was rescheduled to arrive on shelves 10 days from now, on March 10th. The main problem of this delay seems to be the fact that the device was unable to offer more than a few hours of usage/ standby time, with the battery going low in no time, which would be impossible for customers to use it in real life.

Leaving behind the delay, the good news are that we found out the price for HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon, which seems that it will have a $699 price without a contract, but it’s important to keep in mind this may change eventually. This price will make the HTC ThunderBolt to be one of the most expensive smartphones, which also explains its expected high price with a contract, rumoured to be $249.99.

Samsung Fascinate and Continuum to receive Android 2.2 very soon

Samsung Fascinate VerizonSome good news appeared for Samsung Fascinate and Continuum owners. Verizon will  very soon release a new software update for both of these smartphones, but not so sure it’s the Android 2.2 you have all expected.

It might probably be a maintenance release in order to allow Fascinate and Continuum owners to use samsungs kies to download 2.2 when it will be released. Also, it seems Samsung hit the final stage with preparations for its deployment and the Android 2.2 update for Fascinate and Continuum will arrive pretty soon.

A few days ago SamsungMobileUS tweeted these two messages:

We are working to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available to all U.S. Galaxy S owners as soon as possible.

We want Galaxy S owners to have simple/reliable upgrade. We r running tests due to complexity/unique functionality.

This new software update will arrive on Samsung Fascinate starting January 10th and is also expected to arrive on Samsung Continuum on January 18th. Even though you may have to wait a little more for the 2.2 update, this new upgrade will bring a nice range of enhancements, including Adobe Flash 10.1 support,better Internet browsing and a faster performance.

[Via androidcentral]

HTC Incredible HD in a partial photo [update]

HTC Incredible 4G LTEThe latest rumors with the Incredible HD (HTC Mecha on Verizon) brings a partial photo with the front-end of the phone.

The hardware specifications of Incredible HD are unknown for the moment, but is expected to bring a 4 or 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 5 megapixels camera, and the most important feature: the 4G LTE network support. In the photo you can see the Incredible HD running on Google Android OS with HTC Sense user interface.

Not so many details for the moment as we would like to have about HTC Incredible HD, but we’ll keep an eye on the rumors and wait until it will be presented next month at the CES 2011 with all of its features and goodies.

[Via pocketnow]

Update: HTC Thunderbolt (aka the HTC Incredible HD and/or Mecha) officialy announced by HTC, on January 6, 2011.

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LG brings Tegra 2, LTE and Android 3.0 on its future handset

LG Tegra 2 with Android 3.0 and LTEA new LG with Android OS was leaked out today by Engadget. It is a 4G LTE handset that packs a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from NVIDIA and can record 1080p video.

LG is the first company that announced a Tegra 2 handset, this announcement was made about a month ago via press release. The plan was that LG will launch both a Tegra 2 handset and tablet before Q4, but because the Gingerbread will arrive later this year, a delay was made in order that both of these two LG tablet and smartphone to have Android 3.0 on board. The LG Tegra 2 handset will launch on Verizon.

So, we’ll have to wait a little more, until January 5th exactly, when LG will unveil at CES this Android 3.0 smartphone with Tegra 2 processor.

It’s going to be a tough competition because Motorola is also launching a Tegra 2 smartphone named Motorola Olympus (MB860). The Tegra 2 processor is expected to offer “up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance”.

I’m waiting for a battle between those two LG and Motorola Tegra 2 handsets to see which is better and wins, but i’ll just have to wait.

[Via Engadget]

HP brings Palm Pre 2 with webOS 2.0 (release date and features)

HP Palm Pre 2After a few leaks, HP finally announced today the Palm Pre 2 with webOS 2.0.

Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch HVGA multitouch display, 5 megapixels camera, 16 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and is the first Palm handset to have a GHz processor. Other specs include an Exchange support, proximity sensors, ambient light and accelerometer.

In the below press release you can find everything you want to know about Palm Pre 2 with webOS 2.0 features, including: True multitasking, Just Type, HP Synergy, Exhibition and a lot more.

The Palm Pre 2 smartphone will be available this Friday, October 22 in France and is also scheduled to be available in the next months in US via Verizon and Canada.

Press release


        HP Introduces webOS 2.0, the Next Generation of Mobile Innovation

Coming first on new Palm Pre 2 in France, the United States and Canada

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 19, 2010


HP today announced HP webOS 2.0, the most significant update to the platform since its launch in 2009 and a substantial step in HP’s vision to transform how people think, feel and connect.

The first device to run webOS 2.0, HP’s new Palm Pre 2 smartphone, will be available Friday in France from SFR and is scheduled to be available in the coming months in the United States from Verizon Wireless and in Canada.

“With webOS 2.0, we’re advancing the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers,” said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “We’ve made tremendous strides since the platform launched, and now we’re taking our biggest leap forward with powerful new features that make it easier to get more things done with your webOS device.”

webOS 2.0 offers consumers compelling application experiences not available on any other platform, while providing developers an unparalleled level of openness to integrate their applications and services. The next generation of webOS makes it easier to get more done:

  • True Multitasking – Pause a game, tap an email notification, check your calendar, read a restaurant review, send an email reply, then switch back to the game without closing anything.(1,2) webOS lets you easily manage multiple open applications and notifications using natural touch gestures. New in webOS 2.0, Stacks logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Whether you’re reading email or planning a night on the town, Stacks keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is even easier.
  • Just Type – Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites – all before you’ve even opened an app.(1) With webOS 2.0, whenever you want to do something on your phone – whether it’s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything – just type. And Just Type is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.
  • HP Synergy – webOS was the first mobile OS to connect you seamlessly to multiple web services. With the Synergy feature, you just have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and your information automatically populates your phone.(3) webOS 2.0 will extend the support for Synergy so developers can easily plug new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources directly into the core webOS experiences.(4)
  • Exhibition – A new way to use your webOS phone, Exhibition lets you run apps designed specifically for the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock, turning charge time into useful time.(4,5) Set your phone on the dock and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today’s agenda to a slideshow of your Facebook photos. Exhibition will enable developers to display aspects of their existing app experience or create specialized apps for use when users have their webOS device in charge mode on the charging dock.
  • Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 Beta – With version 2.0, webOS now supports a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser, which provides access to rich, Flash-based web content.(6)

webOS 2.0 also includes many more new features, including the following:

  • Favorites – With webOS 2.0, you can tag your favorite contacts so they appear as favorites in Phone and Contacts views. When you search for them by name, they instantly show up at the top of the Contacts, Email, Messaging and Phone apps. Favorites make it simple to get in touch fast.
  • Skype Mobile™ (Verizon Wireless only) – For Verizon Wireless customers, webOS 2.0 supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging while in the United States to anywhere in the world, and low-rate calls to international landlines and cell phones.
  • Text Assist – webOS 2.0 offers greatly expanded capabilities to spell check, auto correct, set up macros and customize the dictionary.
  • Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite – An all-new document viewer from the leading provider of mobile document viewers offers support for Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and provides integration with a variety of services, including Google Docs and Dropbox.
  • Facebook 2.0 – Available via the Palm App Catalog, Facebook 2.0 will support Facebook IM via Synergy in the Messaging application,(4) as well as Stacks, status updates via Quick Action and the Exhibition feature.
  • Browser – The browser adds support for more HTML5 features, including geolocation support. OpenSearch plug-in support makes it easy to add your favorite websites to Just Type web search.
  • Messaging – The unified Messaging app in webOS 2.0 adds Yahoo! IM and buddy management. Customers can now connect to their buddies through SMS, MMS, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo! IM.
  • VPN – webOS 2.0 supports the most popular ways to connect to a corporate network, including IPsec and Cisco AnyConnect mobile-optimized VPN, which supports SSL (TLS and DTLS).
  • App Catalog – The redesigned Palm App Catalog makes finding and discovering great apps even easier.(7) And the new Software Manager helps you keep your apps up-to-date.
  • Launcher – A redesigned app launcher lets you add, label and reorder launcher pages.
  • Phone – The webOS 2.0 Phone app lets you easily dial your favorites and offers reverse area code lookup and Skype Mobile integration (Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless only). Accounts – The new Accounts app provides a single place to manage all your Synergy accounts.
  • Bluetooth® keyboards – webOS now supports Bluetooth keyboards and Bluetooth SPP peripherals, enabling applications such as barcode readers and realty lock boxes.
  • A host of developer features – In addition to Exhibition, Just Type and Synergy APIs, webOS 2.0 adds Node.JS, enabling developers to create services in JavaScript. They also can now use the webOS Plug-In Development Kit (PDK) to combine C/C++ with web technologies in a single app.

More information about the features of webOS 2.0 is available at www.palm.com/softwareupdate.

Introducing Palm Pre 2

HP also introduced the Palm Pre 2 smartphone, the latest evolution to the Palm Pre lineup. Pre 2 is the first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor and features a 5-megapixel camera, a glass screen and a sleeker, streamlined design that still gives users the ideal combination of a vivid touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.

More information about Palm Pre 2, including features and specifications, is available at www.palm.com/Pre2.

Availability

Palm Pre 2 featuring webOS 2.0 will be available Friday in France from SFR and is scheduled to be available in the coming months in the United States from Verizon Wireless and in Canada. The webOS 2.0 update will be delivered to existing customers in the coming months, with exact timing to be announced at a later date.

Developers will be able to purchase unlocked UMTS versions of Pre 2 in the United States to use as a canvas to build the next generation of webOS applications and services. More information about the purchase program will be available at http://developer.palm.com/devdevices.html.

[Via BGR]

iPad to hit Verzion on October 28 (price revealed)

iPad on VerizonVerizon Wireless confirmed that it will start selling Apple’s iPad on October 28, but only for the Wi-Fi version, because for the moment there are no 3G iPads to support CDMA.

This iPad Wi-Fi version it will be bundled with a MiFi 2200 and it will cost you $20/ month for 1 GB of data usage.

Here are the prices for iPad on Verizon:
– iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi = $629.99
– iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi = $729.99
– iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi = $829.99

Press release:

Verizon Wireless Offers iPad at Stores Nationwide on October 28 – BASKING RIDGE, N.J. & CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide beginning Thursday, October 28. Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for just $20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.

“iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before, and together with Verizon Wireless we’re offering an easy way to stay connected wherever you go.”
“This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels,” said John Stratton, chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless. “iPad together with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Verizon Wireless to get iPad into the hands of even more customers this holiday season,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before, and together with Verizon Wireless we’re offering an easy way to stay connected wherever you go.”

iPad allows users to browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad Wi-Fi models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life.*

Apple’s App Store? offers iPad users access to the world’s largest catalog of apps with over 280,000 apps and more than 30,000 iPad specific apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. With Apple’s iBookstore?, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device, iPad users have access to more than 100,000 books from major and independent publishers.

MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a pocket and allows customers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The MiFi 2200’s rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a single charge.

Customers can sign up for more information on Apple’s iPad together with Verizon Wireless’ MiFi 2200 at www.verizonwireless.com/iPad, at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store or by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

[Via SlashGear]