Verizon Open to Parting with A Block Spectrum
Verizon would consider selling its unused 700MHz A Block spectrum at the right price, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo. "The A spectrum is out there, and if someone walks up to me with an offer, we will entertain it," said Shammo in response to inquiries. "This is not a fire sale though, so if we don't get the right offer, we'll deploy the spectrum in our own network." T-Mobile has already approached Verizon about buying its A Block spectrum, reports Reuters, but talks are still in the early stages.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
Verizon Reschedules VoLTE-Only Phones for 2016
Verizon Wireless has moved back the timeframe for deploying handsets without CDMA chipsets by two years. The company plans to debut VoLTE service by the end of 2014, but will continue to use its CDMA network for the bulk of voice calls for another two years.
Verizon Not Interested In Buying Dish
Verizon does not plan to purchase Dish Networks, according to CFO Fran Shammo. When asked by the Wall Street Journal, Shammo responded, "My answer is going to be one word: No." AT&T is near to closing its acquisition of Dish competitor DirecTV.