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  1. Why T-Mobile And Shakira Might Be Prepping a Jay Z/Samsung Deal

    October 10, 2013 5:33 PM EDT When T-Mobile was prepping the news of its unlimited international data plan, announced Oct. 9 in New York’s Bryant Park, the fourth-largest phone carrier was looking for a global celebrity who could communicate such a compelling new offering. ...

  2. The Bizarre Dance of the Unlimited iPhone Data Plan Gets Even Weirder

    September 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Apple and every cellphone provider that sells the iPhone 5 are over the moon this Monday morning, as the new iPhone set new sales records -- even as its ship date gets pushed back to accommodate the flood of interest from consumers. People simply ...

  3. FCC Plans To Nix National Wireless Network

    February 16, 2012 6:43 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal officials plan to kill a proposal to build a new national high-speed wireless network after concluding it would in some cases jam personal-navigation and other GPS devices. The Federal Communications Commission sought comm ...

  4. Business Matters: How Rhapsody Got to 1 Million Subscribers

    December 22, 2011 4:32 PM EST Rhapsody Continues Rapid Subscription Expansion -- Music subscription service Rhapsody announced Thursday it surpassed 1 million subscribers, just one week after its tenth anniversary. This latest milestone shows the company has increased subscrib ...

  5. AT&T Drops $39 Billion T-Mobile Bid

    December 20, 2011 8:27 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give custome ...

  6. 'X Factor' Adds Twitter Voting

    October 26, 2011 10:39 AM EDT On the heels of Tuesday's reveal of The X Factor's top 12 finalists, Fox announces that in association with production companies, Syco Television and Freemantle Media, and official voting sponsor, Verizon, viewers can now vote for their ...

  7. Sprint to Buy More Than 30 Million iPhones (Report)

    October 04, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. has committed to buying more than 30 million iPhones over the next four years, imposing a heavy burden on an already cash-strapped company, according to a report published Monday. The Wall Street Journal's ...

  8. Rdio Launching Free Service

    September 15, 2011 5:54 PM EDT Rdio, a subscription music service that offers unlimited song plays on mobile devices for a monthly fee, plans to replace its seven-day free trial with one that offers more free listening. Rdio CEO Drew Larner said the system would be "dynami ...

  9. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

  10. Rhapsody Doubles Down on Mobile with MetroPCS Bundling Deal

    August 17, 2011 7:00 AM EDT If subscription music services are going to have any impact on the digital music future, they'll need to be bundled into other more popular services. That's the strategy championed by Rhapsody CEO Jon Irwin -- and it's at the center ...

  11. Verizon Ends Unlimited Data Plans

    July 06, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Add Verizon Wireless to the fraternity of mobile operators no longer offering unlimited data plans. The carrier today said that starting tomorrow (July 7), new customers will only be offered several tiers of usage-based data plans. Those tiers sta ...

  12. Rdio Announces Deal With Verizon Wireless

    May 04, 2011 8:35 AM EDT Streaming music service Rdio has been pretty quiet since it launched to great expectations last year. But this week the company began making some noise. Fresh off the heels of its API integration with the Echo Nest, Rdio today (May 4) unveiled a d ...

  13. Rdio, Amazon Team on Subscription Payments

    April 28, 2011 1:01 PM EDT On-demand streaming music service Rdio is teaming up with Amazon to let new customers pay for the music subscription service via Amazon Payments. This lets anyone with an Amazon account sign up and pay for Rdio via that account, saving them the tr ...

  14. Apple Earnings Nearly Double, Helped By iPhone

    April 20, 2011 8:37 PM EDT Apple Inc. is already the envy of the technology world. On Wednesday, it rubbed it in with quarterly results that had only one blemish: It couldn't make the new iPads fast enough. "We sold every iPad 2 we could make," Chief Financia ...

  15. iPhone Makes Surprisingly Subdued Verizon Debut

    February 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST Apple's iPhone made its debut in Verizon Wireless stores and other retail locations today, officially ending AT&T's exclusive rights to the popular smartphone. But unlike past iPhone unveilings, this didn't spark the kinds of li ...

  16. Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Sell out

    February 04, 2011 7:05 AM EST Verizon sold out of iPhones pre-orders less than a day after it began allowing current customers to order the Apple smartphone, according to Mashasble.com A note on the telecommunication's website confirmed that Verizon is "no longer tak ...

  17. Verizon Vs. AT&T iPhone: a Side-by-Side Comparison

    February 03, 2011 7:26 AM EST Ever since Apple's iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T's grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon's iPhone goes o ...

  18. Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST Apple says that its app store has hit the 10 billion downloads mark. The milestone, announced on Apple Inc.'s website Saturday, arrives as the company's hugely popular smart phone is likely to become even more popular with the addition n ...

  19. Verizon to Begin Selling iPhone Next Month

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST The rumors were true: Verizon Wireless today announced it will begin selling Apple's iPhone, ending rival AT&T's three-year exclusive on the iconic device. Verizon will carry the existing iPhone 4, not some new iPhone model. Pre-orde ...

  20. Verizon's Plans With Apple

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With rumors still swirling that Verizon will at some point begin carrying the iPhone, Apple and Verizon today revealed that the wireless operator will start selling the iPad as of Oct. 28. While some iPads come with wireless connections to the AT& ...

  21. @Advertising Week: Nielsen Unveils Online Campaign Ratings System

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a bid to help marketers measure audiences for ads across TV, online and (eventually) mobile platforms by a common metric, Nielsen unveiled a new system Monday—to be launched commercially next year—that will provide, for the first time, TV-type ...

  22. Questions For The Coming Verizon App Store

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless seems poised to go beyond merely dabbling its toes in the app store waters and finally fully jump into the pool with its VCast Apps store. VCast Apps to date has operated as a sort of sub-store in the Android Market, listing apps ...

  23. Google, Verizon Deny Mobile Pay Tiers Plan

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google and Verizon Wireless on Thursday denied that they are looking to create pay tiers for websites on mobile phones. "(NY Times) is wrong," Google said on its public policy Twitter feed. "We've not had any convos with VZN (V ...

  24. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  25. Tr3s Launches Talent Contest With Verizon Wireless, Yahoo! En Español

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bilingual entertainment channel Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas has launched a talent discovery contest, "Dame Un Break," with Verizon Wireless and Yahoo! en Español. Artists can submit their demos at the Yahoo!-hosted dameunbreak.com until Aug. ...

  26. Will Verizon Soon Be Selling The iPhone?

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The will-they-or-won’t-they dance between Apple and Verizon Wireless continues with renewed speculation that the mobile operator will soon begin selling the popular iPhone. This time, the reports come from Bloomberg , which cites unnamed sources & ...

  27. Apple Boasts 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Sales

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc had sold 1.7 million units of the iPhone 4 worldwide by Saturday, June 26, its most successful product launch yet, the company said. Sales of the touchscreen smartphone, which competes with devices from Nokia, Research In Motion, and Mot ...

  28. Report: Apple May Be Working On iPhone For Verizon

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc appears to be working on a new iPhone model for No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Wireless, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Apple, which currently has an exclusive agreement with AT&T Inc to sell iPhones in the United Sta ...

  29. AT&T Revamps Mobile Music Services

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator AT&T is revamping its entire mobile music offerings by merging several new and existing services into a single application called AT&T Music. The move combines applications like Music ID, streaming radio services, lyrics ...

  30. Mobile World Congress: Smartphones A Problem For Networks

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc, the world's largest mobile network operator, expressed the fears of many when he said Google Inc should not be allowed to dominate the mobile space. Vittorio Colao, speaking ahead of a keynote speech ...

  31. RealNetworks, Sprint Forge Mobile Music Deal

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks may have unloaded the struggling Rhapsody streaming music service, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the music business. RealNetworks just struck a deal with wireless operator Sprint to provide a variety of music servic ...

  32. Billboard.biz Q&A: Verizon Biz Dev Director Ed Ruth

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last year, Verizon Wireless shook up the mobile industry by revealing plans to open its network to developers with the intention of launching an application storefront similar to iPhone’s App Store. That effort will soon come to fruition with the ...

  33. Downloads Drop Again At Verizon Wireless

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST In another sign of shifting mobile music consumption, over-the-air downloads at Verizon Wireless were flat last quarter even though wireless subscribers grew. Tucked away in Verizon’s earnings report on Tuesday was a mention that audio and video d ...

  34. Verizon Turns To Artist Apps To Recharge Mobile Music Offerings

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Record labels disappointed with the low adoption of music services on mobile phones often say wireless operators need to get more aggressive with their music services if the mobile music market is to escape its current rut. Careful what you ask fo ...

  35. Briefs: The Orchard, Verizon Wireless, Google

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Distributor the Orchard has announced a pan-European marketing and physical distribution deal with German CD distributor Intergroove. Under the deal, Intergroove will handle the physical distribution of select Orchard European front line and ca ...

  36. Billboard MEL Keynote Q&A: AT&T's Rob Hyatt

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The iPhone has sparked a number of changes in how the mobile industry approaches music and other entertainment content, and few operators are as intimately aware of the affect that device has had as AT&T--the exclusive provider of the iPhone i ...

  37. Verizon's Ed Ruth Talks Mobile Strategy Ahead Of MEL

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In July, Verizon Wireless launched an initiative designed to partner with application developers to jointly create new services, a huge step for a company with a reputation among developers as very difficult to work with. As director of strategic ...

  38. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  39. Pete Wentz Onboard For Mobile Entertainment Live Keynote

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard has added Fall Out Boy founder, bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz as a keynote speaker at the Mobile Entertainment Live conference in October. In an on-stage interview with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Wentz will discuss how to ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Mams Taylor, Verizon Wireless

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- UK artist Mams Taylor is promoting his new album tHe R-eVoLuTiOn oF rUnK" by making it available as a free download exclusively on P2P service Mininova . The BitTorrent tracking service has emerged as one of the leading replacements to the ...

  41. Business Briefs: Best Buy, Verizon, Twitter, iLike

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Best Buy is reported to be considering allotting eight square feet per store (or about 200 titles) to vinyl albums in all of its 1,000-plus stores. A first test of 100 titles per store, according to the article, was successful enough for a bump ...

  42. Update: Apple, Verizon In iPhone Talks

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is discussing the possibility of bringing the iPhone to the nation's largest wireless operator, Verizon Wireless, according to USA Today . Negotiations are underway and if fruitful will lead to the device being available to Verizon user ...

  43. Los Tigres del Norte Onboard With Verizon

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Verizon announced its first national partnership with a regional Mexican band, Los Tigres del Norte, at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Flanked by Jorge and Hernan Hernández, founding members of the iconic norteño group, Ed Ruth, director of ...

  44. Rhapsody Revenue Up 14%

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks released fourth quarter 2008 earnings that show music revenues for the company increased 8% from the same period last year, to $43.9 million. The company does not break down specific revenues for the Rhapsody subscription service, but ...

  45. Pearl Jam Rolls Out 'Ten' With Verizon

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam is rolling out tracks from the remastered version of its 1991 debut album, "Ten," exclusively through Verizon Wireless. A different song from the new edition, due March 24 from Epic, will go live through V Cast Music with Rhaps ...

  46. Execs Offer Digital Strategies To Bolster Tours

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST When it comes to fusing the digital industry with the live entertainment business, the process needs to be done "before, during and after" concerts, according to Verizon Wireless director of digital music Ed Ruth, who spoke today (Nov. 1 ...

  47. Beyonce To Take Over VCAST

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Is support of the Nov. 18 street date for her new release "I Am... Sasha Fierce," Beyonce is making several tracks from the album available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Starting Nov. 14, Verizon users will have access to se ...

  48. RealNetworks' Q3 Music Revenues Up

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks released its third-quarter earnings report today, boasting a 10% year-over-year growth in music revenues to $41.6 million for the period. The company does not break down subscriber figures for Rhapsody versus its other music services, ...

  49. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  50. Verizon Unveils New Applications

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless kicked off the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference with a series of music-related announcements. First, Verizon created a Facebook application called Ringback Buddies, which lets Verizon subscribers invite their frie ...

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