Verizon Wireless said on Friday that it has acquired the assets of Cal-One Cellular, which sells mobile phone service under the name Cal North Wireless. The assets include 49 cell sites and about 18,000 customers. Separately, Verizon said it invested $740 million in its California business last year.
The recent Bluetooth boom has been a huge boost for CSR, which sells more than half of all Bluetooth chips. However, CSR's success also could spell trouble for the company as big name competitors like Texas Instruments and Broadcom target the market.
Some travelers say they are willing to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi access, and airlines are eager to offer it. In May, the FCC will auction spectrum that will allow wireless broadband connections on aircraft flying over North America. Boeing Co., Verizon Communications and private aircraft telecommunications firm AirCell plan to bid.
Microsoft reportedly plans to launch a VoIP service for mobile phones as part of its Microsoft Office Communicator rollout later this year. The service would run on Wi-Fi enabled phones equipped with Windows Mobile software.