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.
Wireless carriers are betting heavily on their high-speed 3G networks, but it remains to be seen whether average consumers will pay extra to receive the high-tech applications 3G can provide. Two of the biggest hurdles for 3G are high prices to buy phones and to use data services, but another obstacle could be convincing customers they actually need to upgrade.
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.