Verizon Communications has announced its second quarter results and among the most anticipated details in the report is the performance of Verizon Wireless – the joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone.
The results have been positive. Revenues for Verizon Wireless increased by 3.4% YoY and now stands at $16 billion. The operating margin corresponding to these revenues is 30.3% which is a growth of 2.5% from the earlier quarter. Verizon has announced an addition of 1.4 million net customers – 665,000 post-paid – in this quarter which takes the total number of subscribers with the carrier to 92.1 million.
There are speculations about the iPhone reaching Verizon in a couple of quarters from now. I wonder if the changed market dynamics could make a significant impact on the company’s subscriber growth. The Verizon stocks (NYSE:VZ) has risen by 2.96% in intra-day trading up till now.
You may have heard about Entourage eReader before. This is a dual-display device that packs an e-ink panel with an active digitizer on one end with a touchscreen LCD display on the other. The device runs on the Android operating system and is tipped to launch in September of this year. The 9.7-inches screen tablet eReader with an 1.2GHz processor is now back in the news.
According to reports on the Engadget, the Entourage eReader could be launching on the Verizon network. The website has caught hold of information from sources who claim that the carrier could be launching two ereaders in September and that they are labelled “Entourage“.
This is no confirmation of Verizon’s plans since it is not clear if this is the same Entourage eDGe eReader. Nevertheless, we will keep the hopes live. For the moment.
Strictly consider this to be a rumor at this point. Blackberry Bold 9650 may be coming to Verizon starting June 3rd. According to a leaked internal memo from Verizon, the much anticipated new Blackberry phone will launch online on June 3rd with a store launch expected by June 10.
The document also briefs upon some of the technical specifications and features of the phone
Global Ready for use in over 220 Destinations with pre-installed SIM card
QWERTY Keyboad with Trackpad Navigation
2.4 inches TFT LCD Display 480 x 360 resolution
3.2 MP Camera with LED Flash (non-camera version also available)
Onboard 512MB Flash Memory
2GB microSD card
[via Berry Reporter]
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Motorola is working with Verizon to launch two new Android handsets in July. One of them is going to be the Motorola Droid and we are not sure what the other phone is going to be called.
As the report notes, the “Droid” brand is owned, rather licensed to Verizon, and not Motorola. Consequently, it is entirely Verizon’s prerogative to decide which of the two devices will get to be the next Droid. Technically, it is also possible for a third handset from the likes of HTC to get hold of that slot, though it appears unlikely at the moment, particularly considering the success of the earlier Motorola Droid.
Verizon is noted to be banking on a $100 million marketing campaign in July to sell its new launches. Expect a lot of attacks on the AT&T and its “tiara wearing princess” in this period.
LG’s Fathom, a phone with smart specs, but one of the last Windows 6.5 devices to make it is expected to launch on May 27th. According to sources close to MobileCrunch, the Verizon-tied handset should be available at a price of $99.99 with a two year contract.
[via Mobile Crunch]
Folks at a tech forum have been claiming to have gained access to a Motorola Shadow user manual. Well, that could as well be fake considering the level of Photoshopping talent available today. But nevertheless, we are hearing at least some specs that are rumored to be available on Verizon Motorola Shadow. Here are some
Display : 4″ touchscreen
Processor : 720-800MHz
Camera : 8 megapixel and 720p video capture
HDMI : 1080p video capture
Well, that sounds like too little information as of now. But hold on, we will get you more when they arrive.
[via Howard Forums]
Verizon is in the process of working on an IPTV service that will bring its popular FiOS brand to the web, Technologizer has reported. According to an insider source, the company is looking well beyond PCs and is also targeting the gaming console segment in this regard.
There is no information as yet on when the proposed service would launch. But according to the source, the company is working with a sense of urgency considering that they are “late to the game“.
The IPTV segment is seeing a lot of activity of late. Recently, Google announced its foray into the segment with the launch of IPTV. It will be interesting to see how competition builds up moving forward.
Verizon has announced the launch of the new Hewlett Packard netbook, the HP Mini 210-1076NR or HP Mini 210 for short. The netbook comes with a lot of impressive features and specs at an affordable $149 and a 2 year contract with Verizon Wireless.
Here is what you shall get
Platform : Windows 7 Starter
Display : 10.1 inches LED Widescreen Display (1024×600)
Processor : 1.66 GHz Intel Atom Processor N450
Memory : 1GB RAM
Storage : 250GB
Camera : 0.3 megapixel
Networking : Bluetooth and Wi-Fi b/g
Folks at BGR have revealed from a close Verizon source that the imminent launch of iPhone shall come with simultaneous voice and data transmission. As you may know, that is currently not possible on Verizon networks.
According to the sources, the Verizon iPhone, if it launches before the carrier moves to LTE will be incorporated on VoRA (Voice over Rev. A). Rev. A is a technology upgraded from EV-DO Rev 0 which allows slightly faster downlink speeds and with VoRA, voice is layered over data enabling simulataneous transmission.
There is widespread speculation that the Verizon iPhone may indeed launch this summer – much before Verizon is moved to LTE. Also, with simultaneous voice and data possible on AT&T, this might be a right bait to AT&T subscribers who may be contemplating a move to Verizon when the iPhone launches in the carrier.
In a conversation with the Wall Street Journal, McAdam has said that his company will look at all things Google has “in its archives” to bring the new tablet. McAdam said,
“What do we think the next big wave of opportunities are? We’re working on tablets together, for example. We’re looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.”
From what we know of the device, it shall be Android based (not Chrome OS). More information is likely to be revealed later this week.