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Bloomington, Ill. — Verizon Wireless will open its first Verizon Destination Store on Wednesday and plans to open more Destination Stores over the next few years in iconic high-traffic locations across the country, the carrier announced.
The first Destination Store, which covers 9,715 square feet, opens 7 p.m. Wednesday here at the Mall of America. The next Destination Stores open next year in Chicago and Houston.
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Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless’ first Verizon-brand tablet, the $249 7-inch Ellipsis 7, will be available Nov. 7 through Verizon’s direct and indirect channels.
The carrier positioned the LTE-equipped Android 4.2.2 tablet as “a fully featured tablet at an affordable price.”
The device, exclusive to Verizon, is the first product from Verizon in the Ellipsis family. “The Ellipsis family will not be limited to only tablets,” a spokesman told TWICE.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless became the first national carrier to commit to selling the BlackBerry Z30 with 5-inch HD display, but only through its online store beginning in November.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless accelerated operating income growth subscriber additions fell.
Verizon reported in the third quarter and first nine months of its fiscal year and posted operating-revenue gains in both periods even though net new retail subscriber additions fell at double-digit percentage rates in both periods.
Operating income margins rose during the quarter and nine-month periods, though churn rates also ticked up, and average revenue per account continued to rise.
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer same-day delivery of cellphones and other products ordered on a carrier website.
The carrier has begun a pilot program in Philadelphia and, “in the near future,” plans to offer same-day delivery in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. For the service, the carrier is shipping from Verizon-owned stores near the purchaser.
New York — Verizon Wireless has introduced a 4G LTE broadband router with voice, which is said to combine voice and data connectivity over the carrier’s networks in one package.
There are three monthly plans to choose from: voice only ($20), data only ($20), or voice and data ($30), when added to a Share Everything Plan. Customers have the flexibility to move among the three different plans at any time, the carrier said.
Basking Ridge, N.J. – Verizon Wireless joined T-Mobile and AT&T in announcing a price and availability date for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet.
The carrier also announced a price and availability date for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Verizon is taking Note 3 preorders on its web site for Oct. 10 shipping of the white and black versions at a price of $299 with two-year contract. A bundle consisting of the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear Smart watch retails for $599 and also ships Oct. 10.
Westlake Village, Ill. — Consumer satisfaction with their cellular purchase experience through carrier-direct channels rose among all four national contract carriers in the first half compared with the second half of 2012, a J.D. Power survey found.
AT&T’s customer satisfaction rose the most, putting the carrier in the top spot for the first time in the survey’s 10-year history.
New York —Verizon Wireless maintained Motorola as the supplier of its Droid brand of smartphones and launched a trio of models that include what they claim is the industry’s thinnest LTE smartphone.
It also introduced an LTE smartphone, which is claimed to be the industry’s longest battery life, at 48 hours of normal use.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo, sounding off on a variety of wireless issues during a conference call with financial analysts, said the company plans to offer some sort of financing option to smartphone purchasers who want to buy an unsubsidized smartphone without a contract.