More LiMo Handsets Coming, Possibly to Verizon Wireless
The Linux Mobile (LiMo) consortium has told Reuters to expect more new LiMo-based phones this year from three major operators, and Verizon Wireless may be one. In an interview, Executive Director Morgan Gillis told Reuters that Verizon wireless is among a group of possible new carriers that includes SK Telecom in Korea, France Telecom and Telefonica. Specifically, Gillis said he expects LiMo will be available on three new carriers this year. Vodafone, which owns half of Verizon Wireless with Verizon Communications, recently began selling LiMo handsets in Europe.
Verizon Names New Wireless Exec
Verizon Communications today said it has put former O2 UK executive Ronan Dunne in charge of its wireless business. Dunne will serve as executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless, effective in September.
Verizon Recommits to VoLTE Rollout This Year
Verizon Wireless today said it will officially rollout VoLTE services "later this year." Verizon originally committed to launching VoLTE by the end of 2013, but then delayed the launch for reasons unknown. Though Verizon Wireless did not say exactly when VoLTE will finally get off the ground, it did share a few more details about what consumers can expect.
Verizon Exploring Tower Sale
Verizon Wireless is weighing whether or not to sell its cell towers to a third party, reports Reuters. Earlier this month Verizon's Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo indicated the company is interested in such an idea.
Samsung to Push RCS Messaging On Its Own Handsets
Samsung today said it intends to adopt Rich Communications Services messaging on its smartphones. RCS is a more advanced messaging standard that supports group chats, video messaging, and more.
Verizon Picks Up XO's Fiber Network to Beef Up Backhaul
Verizon Communications today said it has agreed to acquire XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion. The deal, says Verizon, will help it serve its enterprise and wholesale customers, as well as allow Verizon to further densify its cellular network.