31 Facts About Verizon Wireless


Verizon Wireless Communications became the sole owner in 2014 after buying Vodafone's 45-percent stake in the company.

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Verizon Wireless offers mobile phone services through a variety of devices.

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Verizon Wireless announced in 2015 that it was developing a 5G, or fifth-generation, network.

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The majority owner Verizon Communications became sole owner of its wireless business in 2014, when it bought Vodafone's 45 percent stake.

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In late 2014, it became known that Verizon Wireless uses deep packet inspection for server-side insertion of a customer-unique ID field into all unencrypted HTTP headers.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called on Verizon Wireless to terminate the program, calling it a "profound violation of trust", expressing concern over abuse by third parties, and questioning the legality of Verizon Wireless modifying their users' outgoing data without offering them the possibility of a full opt-out.

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In January 2015, Verizon Wireless announced they would give customers the option of opting out, and since April 1,2015, Verizon Wireless has allowed customers to opt-out, either online or by calling a special phone number.

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In February 2017, in the wake of competition from Sprint and T-Mobile, and initiatives to expand the capacity and improve the quality of its network by using macrocells and supporting carrier aggregation, Verizon Wireless announced that it would bring back an "unlimited" data plan.

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In March 2017, Verizon Wireless announced that all their Android phones will have AppFlash, to help users find content and services across different apps.

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On June 8,2018, Verizon Wireless announced that Hans Vestberg had been chosen to become CEO on August 1,2018.

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In 2019, Verizon Wireless services were split between two new divisions: Verizon Consumer and Verizon Business.

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On November 23,2021, Verizon purchased TracFone Wireless which was worth an approximately $6.

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Verizon Wireless began its initial tests for the 4G LTE network in 2008 in order to move from older-generation mobile communications technologies to the emerging global standard.

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In September 2014, Verizon Wireless launched voice over LTE ; this allowed voice calls to transmit via the data-only LTE network.

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In March 2016, Verizon Wireless enabled support for Wi-Fi Calling, which allows calls to be placed over a Wi-Fi network.

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In 2019, Verizon Wireless announced that they plan to shut down their CDMA2000 network by the end of 2020, making VoLTE the only way to make calls on their network.

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In September 2015, Verizon's chief information and technology architect Roger Gurnani stated that Verizon was planning to trial a 5G wireless network within 12 months, with "some level of commercial deployment" by 2017.

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In late August 2016, Verizon Wireless officially announced that it had rolled out LTE Advanced services in 461 markets.

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Verizon Wireless intended to retire its 2G and 3G CDMA network in favor of LTE and 5G on January 1,2021, but made a last-minute decision to “indefinitely” halt the retirement.

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Verizon Wireless customers using a CDMA-only device, or an LTE device that does not support HD Voice, are required to upgrade to a newer device in order to continue using the network once the network is retired.

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Verizon Wireless offers certain applications and services that are exclusive to its subscribers.

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Verizon Wireless has received criticism for this practice, as users and critics have viewed the applications to be "bloatware" that are sometimes redundant to applications already included with the device's operating system.

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My Verizon Wireless app is used for account management, including checking usage statistics and managing the user's service plan and account features.

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Verizon Wireless Messages, otherwise known as Message+, is an alternative text messaging app that additionally allows messages to be synchronized between multiple devices.

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Verizon Wireless Family Locator is a subscription-based service and app can be used to track the locations of family members on a map for up to 10 devices.

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Verizon Wireless offers the GizmoPal, a wristband-worn phone for children that is restricted to only placing or receiving calls from one of two designated caregivers, and has GPS tracking.

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Verizon Wireless offers mobile phone, home telephone, and Internet services through a variety of devices.

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Verizon Wireless offers smartphones powered by Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

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Verizon Wireless offers different voice and data plans for its users.

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Verizon Wireless offered home Internet service through a 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice that can connect up to 10 devices over Wi-Fi as well as home phone service.

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Under this program, partners lease spectrum from Verizon Wireless and connect to the company's network, and Verizon provides technical support and resources to help the rural wireless company build out its own 4G LTE network.

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