Verizon Eying Canada's Wind Mobile and Mobilicity
Verizon Wireless is looking to Canada as one possible avenue through which it can expand its business. The company is speaking to both Wind Mobile and Mobilicity, which are newer, smaller wireless network operators that offer service in Canada. Wind has about 600,000 customers and is valued at approximately $670 million. The number of Mobilicity's customers isn't known, but it is valued at about $476 million. According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon has gone as far as to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Mobilicity, though any talks it has with Mobilicity would depend on separate negotiations Verizon is holding with Wind. A Verizon executive recently said that the company was considering an expansion into Canada, but the company declined to provide specific details about its plans. AT&T has also eyed making investments in or acquisitions of wireless network operators outside the U.S. as a means by which to grow its business.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Verizon Eying December 2019 to Shutter CDMA 1x Network
Verizon Wireless says it is aiming to wind down its 2G CDMA 1x network by the end of December 2019. Approximately 92% of Verizon's wireless traffic travels over LTE now.
Broadcom Looking to Get Out Of the Baseband Business
Broadcom today indicated that it is looking to exit the cellular baseband radio-making business. The company is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale or wind-down of its baseband business unit.
Verizon to Resurrect Unlimited Plan for $80 per Month
Verizon Wireless will on Monday offer unlimited data plans to its customers for the first time since 2011. Verizon's new offer costs $80 per month for a single line with unlimited talk, text, and data; mobile hotspot; calling/texting to Mexico and Canada; and 500 MB of 4G LTE data per day when roaming in Mexico and Canada.