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Cellco Partnership,d/b/aVerizon Wireless(commonly shortened toVerizon, and stylized asverizon), is an American telecommunications company which offerswirelessproducts and services. It is awholly owned subsidiaryofVerizon Communications. With 149 million subscribers as of October 2017, Verizon Wireless is the largestwireless telecommunications providerin theUnited States.[6]

The company is headquartered inBasking Ridge, New Jersey. It was founded in 2000 as ajoint ventureof American telecommunications firmBell Atlantic, which would soon becomeVerizon Communications, andtelecommunications companyVodafone.[7]Verizon Communications became the sole owner in 2014 after buying Vodafones 45-percent stake in the company.[8]

It operates a nationalnetwork covering about 98 percent of the U.S. population,[9]which in December 2015 won or tied for top honors in each category of theRootMetricsRootScore Reports.[10]Verizon Wireless offersmobile phoneservices through a variety of devices.[11]Its LTE in Rural America Program, with 21 rural wireless carriers participating, covers 2.7 million potential users in 169 rural counties.[12]Verizon Wireless announced in 2015 that it was developing a5G, or fifth generation, network.[13]

In September 1999,andU.K.-basedVodafone Airtouch PLCproposed they would create a newvalued at $70 billion.[14]The joint venture was being created as Bell Atlantic underwent amergerwithGTE Corporation. In April 2000, the companies announced that the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger would take the nameVerizonand that the Bell Atlantic-Vodafonewirelessunit would be called Verizon Wireless (legally Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless).[15]Verizon Communicationsowned 55 percent of Verizon Wireless while Vodafone retained 45 percent ownership.[7]Regulators with theFederal Communications Commissionapproved the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger June 16, 2000,[16]creating the largest wireless company in the U.S.[17]Verizon Wireless held this market position untilCingularacquiredAT&T Wireless Servicesin 2004.[18]

Throughout the 2000s, Verizon acquired several wireless phone companies and assets across the country, including West Virginia Wireless in 2006;[19]Ramcell in 2007;[20]Rural Cellular Corporation[21]andSureWest Communications, both in 2008.[22]Also in 2008, Verizon struck a deal to buyAlltelfor $5.9 billion in equity while assuming $22.2 billion worth of debt.[23][24]The deal finalized January 9, 2009, again making Verizon Wireless the countrys biggest cellphone network.[23]As per the agreement, Verizon sold rural wireless properties across 18 states to AT&T. Those properties were in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.[25]Verizons acquisitions continued in the 2010s, including the purchases of some Plateau Wireless markets in 2012[26]and Golden State Cellulars operator in 2014.[27]

Majority owner Verizon Communications became sole owner of its wireless business in 2014, when it bought Vodafones 45 percent stake. Vodafone received $58.9 billion cash, $60.2 billion in stock and $11 billion in other transactions.[8][28]An article inThe New York Timesestimated Verizon Wireless valuation at about $290 billion.[8]

In late 2014, it became known that Verizon Wireless usesdeep packet inspectionfor server-side insertion of a customer-unique ID field (X-UIDH) into all unencrypted HTTP headers. The mechanism has been referred to assupercookieor perma-cookie, although it is not technically a cookie in that it does not store information on the customers device and is transparent to the user. It can not be averted with common mechanisms like ad-blockers; however it can not be inserted into encryptedHTTPSandVPNconnections. Verizon advertises the system to marketing partners. TheElectronic Frontier Foundationhas called on Verizon to terminate the program, calling it a profound violation of trust, expressing concern over abuse by third parties, and questioning the legality of Verizon modifying their users outgoing data without offering them the possibility of a full opt-out.[29][30][31][32][33]In January 2015, Verizon announced they would give customers the option of opting out, and as of April 1, 2015, Verizon now allows customers to opt-out either online or calling a special phone number.[34]

In August 2016, Verizon hiredRonan Dunne, the former head of British providerO2, as the new president of its wireless business.[35]

In September 2016,Comcastconfirmed that it planned to launch a mobile service, using Verizons network as anMVNO, in mid-2017.[36][37]

In February 2017, in the wake of competition fromSprintandT-Mobile, and initiatives to expand the capacity and improve the quality of its network by usingmacrocellsand supporting carrier aggregation, Verizon announced that it would bring back an unlimited data plan (subject to throttling in heavy network areas after 22GB of usage). Verizons decision not to restrict the bitrate of video services prompted Sprint and T-Mobile to remove similar restrictions from their own plans.[38]

In March 2017, Verizon announced that all their Android phones will have AppFlash, to help users find content and services across different apps.[39]Critics spoke harshly against it.[40]

Verizon Wireless operates anetwork, which, as of January 2016, covers about 98 percent of the U.S.[41]Before their LTE network was launched, they operated an exclusivelyCDMA2000network (the other major CDMA2000 carrier in the US beingSprint). Verizon began its initial tests for the 4G LTE network in 2008[13]in order to move from older-generation mobile communications technologies to the emerging global standard.[42]In December 2010, Verizon Wireless launched a fledgling 4G LTE network in 39 markets.[43]By December 2011, only a year after launch, 200 million Americans were covered with 4G LTE, and 190 markets were covered.[44]As of 2016, 98% percent of the U.S. is covered with LTE, and 92% of all data traffic is on LTE.[45]

In 2012, the service provider bought spectrum from the countrys biggest cable companies, includingComcast, andSpectrumTime Warner CableandBright House Networksat the time) to improve its data network across the U.S.[46]The new capacity allowed Verizon to launch what it calls XLTE (LTE on Band 4) in 2013, providing more capacity in congested and well-populated markets.[47]

Because 4G LTE is adata-transmittingnetwork, when it launched, Verizon customers voice calls were still carried over the companysCDMA2000network,[48]which was developed for 3G cellphones. In September 2014, Verizon launchedvoice over LTE (VoLTE);[49]this allowed voice calls to transmit via the data-only LTE network. This also allows for simultaneous voice and data services, something that is unavailable on traditionalCDMA2000calls. Along with VoLTE, Verizon also announced support forHD Voice, which provides higher quality audio for VoLTE calls, and native Video Calling forAndroidphones. In March 2016, Verizon enabled support for Wi-Fi Calling, which allows calls to be placed over a Wi-Fi Network. As of August 2015, nearly 4 million of Verizons 103.7 million subscribers used VoLTE.[49]

A report byRootMetricson carrier performance in the first half of 2015 ranked Verizons network as the best in overall national performance, network reliability, network speed, data performance and call performance.[50]For the second half of 2015, RootMetricss RootScore Report ranked Verizon Wireless No. 1 in overall performance, network speed, network reliability, call performance and data performance.[10]Verizon Wireless and AT&T tied for first in text performance.[10]

In September 2015, Verizons chief information and technology architect Roger Gurnani stated that Verizon was planning to trial a5Gwireless network within 12 months, with some level of commercial deployment by 2017.[13]In late-August 2016, Verizon officially announced that it had rolled outLTE Advancedservices in 461 markets. The company promoted that the technology would allow at least 50% higher LTE data speeds on supported devices.[51]

The following is a list of known 2G, 3G, and LTE frequency bands which Verizon employs in the United States:

Frequency bands used on the Verizon Network

Verizon is currently refarming spectrum used for its 2G/3G CDMA networks to 4G LTE in markets where additional LTE capacity is needed; refarming will be completed by the end of 2019.

Main LTE band, completed deployment mid-2013.

additional band for increased bandwidth in major markets. Rolling out to new markets as needed. Rolled out to over 461 markets as of mid-2016.

A panoramic view within a Verizon Wireless store,Norwalk, Connecticut, 2012.

Verizon has historically done well onRootMetricsRootScore Reports.[55]

Verizon Wireless offers certain applications and services that are exclusive to its subscribers. Many of theseappsare pre-loaded on Verizon devicesprimarilyAndroidsmartphones. The company has received criticism for this practice, as users and critics have viewed the applications to bebloatwarethat are sometimes redundant to applications already included with the devices operating system.[57][58][59]

The NFL Mobile app allows Verizon Wireless subscribers to streamNational Football Leaguegames andNFL Networkon their devices. While previously a subscription-based service, NFL Mobile was made free to all subscribers beginning in the2015 NFL season. As part of an exclusivity agreement with the NFL, only Verizon Wireless subscribers may stream NFL telecasts to smartphones. This contract ends after the2017 NFL season.[60][61][62][63]As part of a similar deal that also granted the carriertitle sponsorshipof the series, Verizon also has exclusivity on phone streaming ofVerizon IndyCar Seriesraces via its official app.[64]

The My Verizon app is used for account management, including checking usage statistics and managing the users service plan and account features.[65][66][67]Verizon Cloud, which allows photos, videos, contacts, messages and call logs to be synchronized online, was released in April 2013 initially forAndroidphones,[68]followed the next month by a launch foriOS.[68][69][69]Verizon Messages, otherwise known asMessage+, is an alternatetext messagingapp that additionally allows messages to be synchronized between multiple devices.[70]VZ Navigator is a subscription-basedmapsandnavigationservice which providesturn-by-turn navigation, weather, events and entertainment listings, gas prices, roadside assistance, 2D and 3D views.[71]The Verizon Support & Protection app provides technical support services, lost device location, and on Android, antivirus functionality.[72]

Verizon 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.[73][74]Verizon Family Base allows parents to restrict when and how their children use their phones, view their childrens contacts and lock the devices.[74][75]Verizon also 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 hasGPS tracking.[76][77]

Other Verizon Wireless apps include Field Force Manager, which allows employers to manage employees with GPS, management timesheets and oversee travel,[78]Visual Voice Mail[79]and Roadside Assistance.[80][81]

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

Verizon Wireless offers smartphones powered byAppleiOSGoogleAndroidMicrosoftWindows PhoneandBlackBerry OS.[11]Its basic phones use Verizons 3G network, while the smartphones use their 4G LTE network.[11]The company offers different voice and data plans for its users.[82][83]

Introduced in February 2011 as Verizon Wireless Home Phone Connect, Wireless Home Phone uses Verizons cellular network rather than using traditional landline wires to provide home phone service.[84]

Verizon Wireless sells Wi-Fi hotspot devices, including Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L and Jetpack MiFi 6620L.[85]Verizon Wireless home Internet services includes 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice that can power a homes wireless network and connect up to 10 devices and a home phone.[86]

The LTE in Rural America Program (or LRA program), introduced in May 2010, covers 2.7 million potential users over 225,000 miles in 169 rural counties.[12]Under this program, partners lease spectrum from Verizon Wireless and connect to the companys network, and Verizon provides technical support and resources to help the rural wireless company build out its own 4G LTE network. The program extends the footprint of 4G LTE coverage for both the rural carrier and Verizon, as customers can take advantage of both networks.[87]As of 2015, all LRA members have fully rolled out their 4G LTE networks.

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