Verizon signs deal with Broadcom, allows banned Qualcomm 3G phones into U.S.

“Broadcom bagged Verizon in the latest twist to the ongoing patent tug-o-war with Qualcomm,” Scott Moritz reports for TheStreet.com.

“The Irvine, Calif., communications-chip maker says it has signed a licensing deal with Verizon Wireless — co-owned by Verizon and Vodafone — to allow previously banned 3G phones into the U.S.,” Moritz reports.

Moritz reports, “The deal calls for Verizon to give Broadcom $6 for every phone and wireless data card that has the disputed wireless technology that federal trade regulators banned. ‘We are pleased to have worked out an agreement with Broadcom to ensure continued delivery of new and innovative products to our customers,’ Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell C. McAdam said in a press release.”

Moritz reports, “The licensing deal is also good news for Motorola. Among the phones affected by the ban was the Razr 2, the new flagship phone that is expected to help Motorola win back sales it has lost to rivals like Nokia, Samsung, Research in Motion and Apple.

Full article here.

Desperate much, Verizon? That’s one (expensive) way around the ban, but the fact remains that Apple’s iPhone has no real competition. AT&T could cut the speed of EDGE in half tomorrow and we’d still never give up our iPhones! RAZR 2, pffft. The bloodbath is underway.

33 Comments

  1. “Among the phones affected by the ban was the Razr 2, the new flagship phone that is expected to help Motorola win back sales it has lost to rivals like Nokia, Samsung, Research in Motion and Apple.”

    Good luck with that. Might as well throw the titanic a pair of water-wings for all the good it’ll do.

  2. AT&T phones don’t ring here. They don’t ring a lot of places. Verizon’s do. As long as that’s the case, Verizon isn’t losing too much sleep.

    Magic Word: perform As in, “AT&T’s network does not perform here.”

  3. Bloodbath? Meh… not really. People shopping for a regular phone could care less about the iPhone. I’ll take a free RAZR v2 with a contract over a $500 iPhone with a contract any day since I don’t need the smartphone features.

    You guys… really…. the iPhone is great, and I’m happy that it’s selling well because that can only mean good things from Apple in the future. But that doesn’t mean that the rest of the US cell companies are just going to be destroyed by it. The vast majority of people are buying normal cell phones and Apple doesn’t have a competing product (yet).

  4. AT&T could cut the speed of EDGE in half tomorrow and we’d still never give up our iPhones!

    This may be true, but AT&T’s EDGE network still sucks bigtime. It’s pathetic that the technology that can send rockets to the edge of the solar system can’t come up with a high-speed mobile network that doesn’t drain your phone in three seconds flat.

  5. When people speak of bloodbaths concerning the iPhone, Chris, they don’t mean to imply that the $600 iPhone will take over the world all by itself.

    You should think of “iPhone” in the same way you do “iPod,” as it will certainly be expanded into a family of devices that pose various new threats to phone makers across the globe.

    People that speak of this impending bloodbath simply have a vision of the future. It’s what iPhone will spawn that matters most.

    This is only the beginning. And oh yes, there will be blood.

  6. “AT&T phones don’t ring here. They don’t ring a lot of places. Verizon’s do. As long as that’s the case, Verizon isn’t losing too much sleep. “

    There’s also lots of places where VZ does not work. I would call it a push in most cases.

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