Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless (officially named Cellco Partnership and commonly shortened to Verizon)[6][7] is an American telecommunications company which offers wireless products and services. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications. Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States.[8]

The company is headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It was founded in 2000 as a joint venture of American telecommunications firm Bell Atlantic, which would soon become Verizon Communications, and British multinational telecommunications company Vodafone.[9] Verizon Communications became the sole owner in 2014 after buying Vodafone's 45-percent stake in the company.[10]

It operates a national 4G LTE network covering about 98 percent of the U.S. population,[11] which in December 2015 won or tied for top honors in each category of the RootMetrics RootScore Reports.[12] Verizon Wireless offers mobile phone services through a variety of devices.[13] Its LTE in Rural America Program, with 21 rural wireless carriers participating, covers 2.7 million potential users in 169 rural counties.[14] Verizon Wireless announced in 2015 that it was developing a 5G, or fifth generation, network.[15]

Cellco Partnership
Verizon Wireless
Subsidiary
IndustryTelecommunications
FoundedApril 4, 2000 in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S.
Headquarters,
Number of locations
2,330 owned retail stores
Area served
United States
Key people
ServicesMobile telephony
Wireless broadband
ParentVerizon Communications
Websiteverizonwireless.com
Footnotes / references
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History

Verizon-Wireless-Logo
Verizon's original logo used from April 4, 2000 to September 1, 2015.

In September 1999, American phone company Bell Atlantic and U.K.-based Vodafone Airtouch PLC proposed they would create a new wireless phone service joint venture valued at $70 billion.[16] The joint venture was being created as Bell Atlantic underwent a merger with GTE Corporation. In April 2000, the companies announced that the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger would take the name Verizon and that the Bell Atlantic-Vodafone wireless unit would be called Verizon Wireless (legally Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless).[17] Verizon Communications owned 55 percent of Verizon Wireless while Vodafone retained 45 percent ownership.[9] Regulators with the Federal Communications Commission approved the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger June 16, 2000,[18] creating the largest wireless company in the U.S.[19] Verizon Wireless held this market position until Cingular acquired AT&T Wireless Services in 2004.[20]

Throughout the 2000s, Verizon acquired several wireless phone companies and assets across the country, including West Virginia Wireless in 2006;[21] Ramcell in 2007;[22] Rural Cellular Corporation[23] and SureWest Communications, both in 2008.[24] Also in 2008, Verizon struck a deal to buy Alltel for $5.9 billion in equity while assuming $22.2 billion worth of debt.[25][26] The deal finalized January 9, 2009, again making Verizon Wireless the country's biggest cellphone network.[25] 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.[27] Verizon's acquisitions continued in the 2010s, including the purchases of some Plateau Wireless markets in 2012[28] and Golden State Cellular's operator in 2014.[29]

Majority owner Verizon Communications became sole owner of its wireless business in 2014, when it bought Vodafone's 45 percent stake. Vodafone received $58.9 billion cash, $60.2 billion in stock and $11 billion in other transactions.[10][30] An article in The New York Times estimated Verizon Wireless' valuation at about $290 billion.[10]

In late 2014, it became known that Verizon Wireless uses deep packet inspection for server-side insertion of a customer-unique ID field ("X-UIDH") into all unencrypted HTTP headers. The mechanism has been referred to as "supercookie" or "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 encrypted HTTPS and VPN connections. Verizon advertises the system to marketing partners. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has 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.[31][32][33][34][35] 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.[36]

In August 2016, Verizon hired Ronan Dunne, the former head of British provider O2, as the new president of its wireless business.[37]

In September 2016, Comcast confirmed that it planned to launch a mobile service, using Verizon's network as an MVNO, in mid-2017.[38][39]

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 announced that it would bring back an "unlimited" data plan (subject to throttling in heavy network areas after 22 GB of usage). Verizon's decision not to restrict the bitrate of video services prompted Sprint and T-Mobile to remove similar restrictions from their own plans.[40]

In March 2017, Verizon announced that all their Android phones will have AppFlash, to help users find content and services across different apps.[41] Critics spoke harshly against it.[42]

On June 8, 2018, Verizon announced Hans Vestberg has been picked to become CEO on August 1, 2018.[43]

In August 2018, the fire department of Santa Clara County, California filed a evidence in a lawsuit seeking the reinstatement of net neutrality policies, which accused Verizon of throttling an "unlimited" wireless data plan associated with a vehicle that was being used to coordinate responses to the Mendocino Complex Fire. The department reported that a Verizon Wireless customer service representative insisted that they must upgrade to a higher-cost data plan in order to restore their internet speed. In a statement, Verizon acknowledged that they did not properly explain the terms of their contract, and that the representative did not adhere to a company policy to remove these restrictions during emergency situations.[44]

Network

Verizon Wireless operates a 4G LTE network, which, as of January 2016, covers about 98 percent of the U.S.[45] Before their LTE network was launched, they operated an exclusively CDMA2000 network (the other major CDMA2000 carrier in the US being Sprint). Verizon began its initial tests for the 4G LTE network in 2008[15] in order to move from older-generation mobile communications technologies to the emerging global standard.[46] In December 2010, Verizon Wireless launched a fledgling 4G LTE network in 39 markets.[47] By December 2011, only a year after launch, 200 million Americans were covered with 4G LTE, and 190 markets were covered.[48] As of 2016, 98% percent of the U.S. is covered with LTE, and 92% of all data traffic is on LTE.[49]

In 2012, the service provider bought spectrum from the country's biggest cable companies, including Comcast, and Spectrum (Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks at the time) to improve its data network across the U.S.[50] 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.[51]

Because 4G LTE is a data-transmitting network, when it launched, Verizon customers' voice calls were still carried over the company's CDMA2000 network,[52] which was developed for 3G cellphones. In September 2014, Verizon launched voice over LTE (VoLTE);[53] 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 traditional CDMA2000 calls. Along with VoLTE, Verizon also announced support for HD Voice, which provides higher quality audio for VoLTE calls, and native Video Calling for Android phones. 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 Verizon's 103.7 million subscribers used VoLTE.[53]

A report by RootMetrics on carrier performance in the first half of 2015 ranked Verizon's network as the best in overall national performance, network reliability, network speed, data performance and call performance.[54] For the second half of 2015, RootMetrics's RootScore Report ranked Verizon Wireless No. 1 in overall performance, network speed, network reliability, call performance and data performance.[12] Verizon Wireless and AT&T tied for first in text performance.[12]

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.[15] In late-August 2016, Verizon officially announced that it had rolled out LTE Advanced services in 461 markets. The company promoted that the technology would allow at least 50% higher LTE data speeds on supported devices.[55]

Radio frequency summary

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
Frequency Band Band Number Protocol Generation Status Notes
850 MHz CLR 0 1xRTT/EV-DO/eHRPD 2G/3G Active/Refarming to 4G LTE [56] 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.
1900 MHz PCS 1
850 MHz CLR 5 LTE 4G
1900 MHz PCS 2 Third layer of LTE coverage, used to relieve congestion.[57]
700 MHz Upper C Block 13 Active Main LTE band, completed deployment mid-2013.[58]
1700/2100 MHz AWS 4/66 Branded as "XLTE"[59] at launch, this second layer of LTE coverage is used to increased bandwidth in major markets.
A panoramic view within a Verizon Wireless store, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2012.
A panoramic view within a Verizon Wireless store, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2012.

RootMetrics RootScore awards

Verizon has historically done well on RootMetrics RootScore Reports.[60]

RootMetrics US national RootScore reports[61]
Report Date Overall Performance rank Call Performance rank Text Performance rank Data Performance rank Network Speed rank Network Reliability rank
2nd Half

2013

1st Place 1st Place 1st Place 1st Place 2nd Place

(#1: AT&T)

1st Place
1st Half

2014

2nd Place

(#1: AT&T)

1st Place
2nd Half

2014

3rd Place

(#1: AT&T, #2: Sprint)

1st Half

2015

2nd Place

(#1: AT&T)

2nd Half

2015

1st Place

(Tied #1: AT&T)

1st Half

2016

1st Place
2nd Half

2016

1st Half

2017

1st Place

(Tied #1: AT&T, Sprint)

Apps

Verizon Wireless offers certain applications and services that are exclusive to its subscribers. Many of these apps are pre-loaded on Verizon devices—primarily Android smartphones. The company 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.[62][63][64]

The NFL Mobile app allows Verizon Wireless subscribers to stream National Football League games and NFL Network on their devices. While previously a subscription-based service, NFL Mobile was made free to all subscribers beginning in the 2015 NFL season. As part of an exclusivity agreement with the NFL, only Verizon Wireless subscribers could stream NFL telecasts to devices with screens 7 inches (18 cm) or less in size. This contract ended after the 2017 NFL season;[65] [66][67][68] Verizon agreed to a new five-year, non-exclusive digital rights agreement, which removes the device class exclusivity, and focuses more upon distributing its streams and other enhanced digital content via its portfolio of internet media brands, rather than being exclusive to Verizon Wireless subscribers.[69][70]

As part of a deal that also granted the carrier title sponsorship of the series, Verizon subscribers also have access to exclusive streaming content within the official IndyCar Series app.[71]

The My Verizon app is used for account management, including checking usage statistics and managing the user's service plan and account features.[72][73][74] Verizon Cloud, which allows photos, videos, contacts, messages and call logs to be synchronized online, was released in April 2013 initially for Android phones,[75] followed the next month by a launch for iOS.[75][76][76] Verizon Messages, otherwise known as Message+, is an alternative text messaging app that additionally allows messages to be synchronized between multiple devices.[77] VZ Navigator is a subscription-based maps and navigation service which provides turn-by-turn navigation, crowdsourced traffic data, weather, events and entertainment listings, gas prices, roadside assistance, 2D and 3D views.[78] The Verizon Support & Protection app provides technical support services, lost device location, and on Android, antivirus functionality.[79]

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.[80][81] Verizon Family Base allows parents to restrict when and how their children use their phones, view their children's contacts and lock the devices.[81][82] 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 has GPS tracking.[83][84]

Other Verizon Wireless apps include Field Force Manager, which allows employers to manage employees with GPS, management timesheets and oversee travel,[85] Visual Voice Mail[86] and Roadside Assistance.[87][88]

Products and services

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

Wireless phone services

Verizon Wireless offers smartphones powered by Apple's iOS, Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS.[13] Its basic phones use Verizon's 3G network, while the smartphones use their 4G LTE network.[13] The company offers different voice and data plans for its users.[89][90]

Wireless home phone

Introduced in February 2015 as Verizon Wireless Home Phone Connect, Wireless Home Phone uses Verizon's cellular network rather than using traditional landline wires to provide home phone service.[91]

Mobile Wi-Fi and broadband

Verizon Wireless sells Wi-Fi hotspot devices, including Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L and Jetpack MiFi 6620L.[92] Verizon Wireless' home Internet services includes 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice that can power a home's wireless network and connect up to 10 devices and a home phone.[93]

LTE in Rural America

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.[14] 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. The program extends the footprint of 4G LTE coverage for both the rural carrier and Verizon, as customers can take advantage of both networks.[94] As of 2015, all LRA members have fully rolled out their 4G LTE networks.

Participants:

  • Appalachian Wireless
  • Bluegrass Cellular
  • Carolina West Wireless
  • Cellcom
  • Chariton Valley
  • Chat Mobility
  • Copper Valley Telecom
  • Bravado Wireless (former Sprocket Wireless by Cross Telephone)
  • Custer Telephone
  • Ketchikan Public Utilities
  • Matanuska Telephone Association
  • Mid-Rivers Wireless
  • Nemont
  • Northwest Missouri
  • Pioneer Cellular
  • Strata Networks
  • Southwestern Wireless (former Key Communications)
  • S & R Communications
  • Thumb Cellular
  • Triangle Communications
  • Wireless Partners

See also

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Alltel

Alltel Wireless was a wireless service provider, primarily based in the United States. Before acquisitions by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, it served 34 states and had approximately 13 million subscribers. As a regulatory condition of the acquisition by Verizon, a small portion of Alltel was spun off and continued to operate under the same name in six states, mostly in rural areas. Following the merger, Alltel remained the ninth largest wireless telecommunications company in the United States, with approximately 800,000 customers. On January 22, 2013, AT&T announced they were acquiring what remained of Alltel from Atlantic Tele-Network for $780 million in cash.At its peak, Alltel operated a network in 34 states, with a wireless coverage footprint comprising the largest network in the United States by area. The company focused on small to medium size cities providing wireless services to residential and business customers in all 50 states through roaming agreements with Verizon and Sprint. These agreements gave Alltel customers access to nationwide service, while providing those carriers coverage in rural areas.

On June 5, 2008, Verizon Wireless announced it would acquire the majority of Alltel Wireless in a deal valued at $28.1 billion. The merger was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on the condition that Verizon divest 105 Alltel markets. On May 8, 2009, AT&T announced it would acquire 79 of the divested wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, and 1.5 million current subscribers, primarily in rural areas across 18 states.On April 26, 2010, Atlantic Tele-Network acquired the remaining 26 divested Alltel markets, including licenses, network assets and 800,000 subscribers. These remaining markets continue to be operated by Allied Wireless, a subsidiary of ATN, under the Alltel name. On September 20, 2013, AT&T announced they had completed the acquisition of Alltel from Atlantic Tele-Network. AT&T immediately began plans to upgrade the former Alltel network and to move customers to the AT&T network by midyear 2014. The transition completed in February 2015 with all Alltel customers becoming a part of the AT&T network. In early 2016, AT&T dissolved Alltel Wireless.

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The HTC Droid Incredible (ADR6300) (also known as the HTC Incredible) was a smartphone manufactured by HTC Corporation using the Android operating system. It was released on April 29, 2010, and is available through Verizon Wireless only. The device is similar to the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. The device has been succeeded by the HTC Incredible S and the HTC ThunderBolt. The device's "end of life" was March 30, 2011.

Droid MAXX

The Droid Maxx is a high end smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility. It is the first Droid to be a high end smartphone exclusively developed by Motorola for Verizon Wireless. It is part of the Verizon Droid line, and was announced on 23 July 2013 along with the Droid Ultra and Droid Mini at a joint Motorola and Verizon Wireless press conference.

The Droid Maxx maintains a similar design shape to its predecessor, the Droid Razr HD, including the Dupont Kevlar unibody form. It included Motorola's proprietary X8 Mobile Computing System, which consists of 8 cores: 2-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro applications processor, 4-core Adreno 320 graphics processor, 1 low-power core for natural language processing, and 1 low-power core for contextual awareness processing to enable the new Touchless control feature. The internal battery was increased in size to 3,500 mAh. The on-screen buttons for back, home, and multitask functions were moved to off-screen capacitive soft-keys below the screen. The Droid Maxx also includes Motorola's Active Notification feature.

Reception towards the device was mostly positive, with the caveat that the device is only available on the US carrier, Verizon Wireless. Some reviewing outlets called the device "the best Android device available on Verizon Wireless". Many others praised Motorola's Active Notification system, which turns on part of the AMOLED screen to "blink" notifications to the user, in lieu of a traditional LED notification light. The soft touch kevlar unibody as well as the overall physical design was praised as well. Reviewers were mixed to the device's continued use of a 720p HD resolution at a 5 in (130 mm) screen size, though complimented the AMOLED display's brightness, deep blacks, and its benefits to battery conservation.

Droid X

The Droid X is a smartphone released by Motorola on July 15, 2010. The smartphone was rebranded as Motoroi X for its release in Mexico on November 9, 2010. The Droid X runs on the Android operating system, and the latest version supported was 2.3 Gingerbread. It was distributed by Verizon Wireless in the United States and Iusacell in Mexico.

Motorola ceased production of the Droid X on March 31, 2011. Less than two months later on May 26, 2011, Motorola released its successor, the Droid X2, which featured an upgraded dual-core processor called the Nvidia Tegra 2. These were the only products from Motorola with the Droid X branding. The product line was succeeded by the Droid Bionic and the Droid Razr.

HTC Rezound

The HTC Rezound (previously codenamed HTC Vigor) is a smartphone by HTC and sold through Verizon. Along with the Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR, it was expected to be a major competitor to the iPhone 4S. It was released on November 14, 2011. It is also the first phone to use Beats Audio technology, and comes with a special pair of the Beats by Dr. Dre's iBeats earphones with black earpieces and red wiring.

Before its initial release, the phone was rumored to be the replacement for the ThunderBolt, and even nicknamed the "Thunderbolt 2" in the enthusiast community. The HTC Rezound is the second Verizon Wireless phone available that allows simultaneous surf and talk on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. This capability is due to the duplication of some functions between the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660 SoC (System on Chip) and the Qualcomm MSM9600 modem chip. The Snapdragon SoC provides all CDMA2000 functionality, including voice, while the MSM9600 duplicates CDMA2000 data functionality with the addition of GSM-derived LTE (Long Term Evolution) functionality.This also gave the HTC Rezound the ability to simultaneous surf and talk in 3G environments.This arrangement also calls for radio antenna redundancy. The phone has a 4.3 inch 1280x720 display and was tied with the Sony Xperia S for the highest pixel density in any smartphone released (342 PPI) until the arrival of HTC Butterfly/Droid DNA with a 5-inch 1920x1080 resolution screen (440 PPI).

On August 2, 2012, Verizon Wireless officially announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Rezound. The update became available to customers on that day, updating users to Android 4.0.3 with Sense 3.6.

On November 13, 2012, Verizon Wireless announced the Droid DNA, a variant of the HTC Butterfly with a 5-inch 1920x1080 display. While not a direct replacement for the Rezound, this device was similarly styled and took its place as HTC's flagship offering for Verizon. The Rezound was discontinued shortly thereafter.

HTC Touch

The HTC Touch, also known as the HTC P3450 or its codename the HTC Elf or the HTC Vogue for the CDMA variant, is a Windows Mobile 6-powered Pocket PC designed and manufactured by HTC. Its main, unique feature is a user interface named TouchFLO that detects a sweeping motion and can distinguish between a finger and a stylus. TouchFLO incorporates stylus-free access to a music player, a photo album, a video player and a picture-based contact book.

The global launch of the Touch was in Leicester Square, London, on 5 June 2007 (2007-06-05), and the phone was initially available in two colours: black and green. The carrier bound names for this phone include Verizon Wireless XV6900, T-Mobile MDA Touch, O2 XDA Nova, Okta Touch and Vodafone VPA Touch.In November 2007, HTC started to sell an "Enhanced" Touch, also known as the HTC P3452 or its codename the HTC Elfin, with double the RAM and ROM of the original version (128 MB and 256 MB respectively). The newer version is also available in two new colors: white and burgundy.

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Maryland Heights, Missouri)

The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (originally Riverport Amphitheatre and formerly UMB Bank Pavilion and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis) is a 7,000-seat outdoor concert venue, with lawn seating for another 13,000, making it a 20,000 person capacity venue. It is located at 14141 Riverport Drive in Maryland Heights, Missouri, near St. Louis, one mile west of the I-270/I-70 interchange, at I-70 and Earth City Expressway South (exit 231A).

Venue owner Live Nation announced Dec 17, 2014 that they had signed a multiyear agreement with Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, which is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming, to be the amphitheater's title sponsor. The length of the agreement was not disclosed.The venue was built for approximately $12 million, and opened on June 14, 1991, with a performance by Steve Winwood.Shortly after opening, the amphitheater became the site of the infamous Riverport Riot, July 2, 1991, during a Guns N' Roses concert, during their Use Your Illusion Tour.In 1998, local promoter Contemporary Group, who built the amphitheater, was acquired by SFX. SFX corporate successor Live Nation Entertainment continues to own and operate the venue.

On June 9, 2000, the bands REO Speedwagon and Styx

performed at the venue together and released Arch Allies Live at Riverport and releasing 2 single-disc versions for Styx and one for REO.

In 2002, UMB Bank acquired the naming rights to the venue for five years. Verizon Wireless then purchased the naming rights in November 2006.Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on June 23, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

On July 23, 2010, Kings of Leon abruptly ended their set, after only three songs, allegedly being pelted with feces by pigeons while onstage. The band gave fans their money back and later announced a makeup show. The new date was scheduled to be on September 25, 2010. Tickets were free for those who attended their last show and were $10.00 for other fans planning on attending.The amphitheatre has played host to many music festivals, including 60's Summer Spectacular, All That! Music and More Festival, Anger Management Tour, Crüe Fest, Crüe Fest 2, Family Values Tour, Farm Aid, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Honda Civic Tour, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, Pointfest, Projekt Revolution, Uproar Festival and Vans Warped Tour.

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (formerly known as Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) was an amphitheatre located in Irvine, California. The establishment was built in 1980 by Irvine Meadows Partnership (with 4 local investors) and it opened in 1981. It was the largest amphitheatre in Orange County, with 10,418 reserved seats and 5,667 on the lawn. The architect was Gin Wong Associates of Los Angeles. The unique design of this venue is that it's built on a hillside so the seats have a steep slope toward the stage.

Motorola Devour

The Motorola Devour is an Internet and multimedia enabled smartphone designed by Motorola, which runs Google's Android operating system. In the United States, the handset is distributed exclusively by Verizon Wireless. The Devour has a Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) rating of M4/T4. Although it runs Android, the Devour was not branded or marketed as part of Verizon's "DROID" series of Android smartphones.

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, formerly known as the Verizon Wireless Music Center, is an outdoor amphitheater, owned by Live Nation, located in Pelham, Alabama, USA, a few miles south of Birmingham. It is the largest outdoor music venue in Alabama.It is unusual in that it features three tiers of reserved seating, with no general admission seating area.

John Mayer performed and recorded his show here, on September 12, 2002, which was later released as a CD/DVD, titled Any Given Thursday.

PNC Music Pavilion

PNC Music Pavilion (originally Blockbuster Pavilion and formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) is an outdoor amphitheater in Charlotte, North Carolina, that specializes in hosting large concerts. The venue largely replaced the Paladium Amphitheater at Carowinds as the premier outdoor venue in the Metrolina region. It was renamed under a new naming-rights deal with PNC Bank. It has a capacity of 19,500 (7,232 seats under pavilion, 2,221 reserved seats on lawn and 10,000 general admission seats ).

The amphitheater is located on Pavilion Boulevard in the University City neighborhood near the US 29/I-485 (Outerbelt) interchange. The venue is operated by Live Nation, a concert company.

The amphitheater hosts many different varieties of acts, including rock, alternative, pop, country, jazz, and rhythm and blues, along with special events and festivals of all kinds.

The venue gained some notoriety in 2005, when Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran referred to the city of Charlotte as "Charlotte, Virginia".

Paul McCartney's final North American concert of The New World Tour was held at the amphitheater on June 15, 1993. The show was nationally broadcast on Fox, who aired commercials in place of some live songs.

The venue is a popular stop for summer tours, usually sandwiched between shows at Raleigh's Coastal Credit Union Music Park and Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre, both of which are similarly sized venues. The Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest and other traveling festivals generally always make an appearance here.

Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Providence Medical Center Amphitheater is an open-air amphitheater located in Bonner Springs, Kansas. It has undergone numerous name changes, opening in 1984 as the Sandstone Center for the Performing Arts, followed by Sandstone Amphitheater, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone, and most recently, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. It is owned by the unified government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, shares its grounds with the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame and is located adjacent to the Wyandotte County Park.

Revention Music Center

The Revention Music Center (originally known as the Aerial Theater) is an indoor theater owned by Live Nation and located in Houston, Texas, United States. The theater is located at the Bayou Place entertainment complex in Downtown Houston.

On August 11, 2015, it was announced that venue would be renamed as the Revention Music Center, after the naming rights were sold to Houston-based point-of-sale technology company Revention.

Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

The Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center (originally Deer Creek Music Center and formerly Verizon Wireless Music Center and Klipsch Music Center) is an outdoor amphitheatre located in Noblesville, Indiana. It is the largest outdoor music venue in the Indianapolis metropolitan area of central Indiana, with 6,147 seats, under a pavilion and 18,000 general admission lawn seats. It is used mainly for large concerts, but is also frequently a host for high school graduations and political rallies. It is still called "Deer Creek" by locals and concert going fans.

It opened in 1989, at a site along Sand Creek, just north of exit 210 on Interstate 69, near the junction of former State Road 238 (at the time also known as Greenfield Avenue; now rebuilt and renamed as Southeastern Parkway), 146th Street and Boden Road.

In 1997, Sunshine Promotions, which built the amphitheater, was acquired by SFX; corporate successor Live Nation Entertainment continues to own it.

Verizon Center (Mankato, Minnesota)

The Verizon Center is a 5,280-seat (8,200 for concerts) multi-purpose arena, in Mankato, Minnesota built in 1995. It is home to the Minnesota State Mavericks men's ice hockey team and hosts musical performances, conventions and other events. Prior to the building of the arena, Minnesota State Mankato played their home games at All Seasons Arena, built in 1974, which is now their main practice facility.

The arena's naming sponsor is Verizon Communications, one of America's major telecommunications companies.

Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications Inc. (listen ) ( və-RY-zən) is an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate and a corporate component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is based at 1095 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but is incorporated in Delaware.

In 1984, the Justice Department of the United States mandated AT&T Corporation to break up the Bell System and split into seven companies, called "Baby Bells". One of the baby bells, Bell Atlantic, came into existence in 1984 consisting of the separate operating companies New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone, and C&P Telephone, with a footprint from New Jersey to Virginia. This company would later become Verizon.

As part of a rebranding of the Baby Bells in the mid-1990s, all of Bell Atlantic's operating companies assumed the holding company's name. In 1997, Bell Atlantic expanded into New York and the New England states by merging with fellow Baby Bell NYNEX. Although Bell Atlantic was the surviving company name, the merged company moved its headquarters from Philadelphia to NYNEX's old headquarters in New York City. In 2000, Bell Atlantic acquired GTE, which operated telecommunications companies across most of the rest of the country that was not already in Bell Atlantic's footprint. Bell Atlantic, the surviving entity, changed its name to "Verizon", a portmanteau of veritas (Latin for "truth") and horizon.In 2015, Verizon expanded its business into content ownership by acquiring AOL, and two years later it acquired Yahoo!. AOL and Yahoo were amalgamated into a new division named Oath Inc. (currently known as Verizon Media).

As of 2016, Verizon is one of three remaining companies that had their roots in the former Baby Bells. The other two, like Verizon, exist as a result of mergers among fellow former Baby Bell members. SBC Communications, bought out the Bells' former parent AT&T Corporation, and assumed the AT&T name. CenturyLink was formed initially in 2011 by the acquisition of Qwest (formerly named US West).

Verizon's subsidiary Verizon Wireless is the largest U.S. wireless communications service provider as of September 2014, with 147 million mobile customers. And as of 2017, Verizon is the only publicly-traded telecommunications company to have two stock listings in its home country, both the NYSE (principal) and NASDAQ (secondary). As of 2017, it is also the second largest telecommunications company by revenue after AT&T.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Selma, Texas)

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was an open-air amphitheater, located in Selma, Texas.

Its overall capacity was 20,000, with 6,000 seated and approximately 14,000 on the lawn, and has more than 4,200 parking spaces.

The facility was purchased by River City Community Church in 2011.

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach is a 20,000-seat outdoor concert venue, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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