Verizon & Vodafone
Verizon and Vodafone say the new organization will allow large business customers to have a single point of contact the world over as well as offering consistent product pricing and services for international accounts.
Given that Verizon Wireless is a long-standing joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone, one might wonder why this global services team is just being created now. One reason might be because it was near-impossible to roam between Vodafone's GSM networks and Verizon's CDMA infrastructure until recently.
So-called "worldphones" -- mobile handsets that move between CDMA and GSM networks -- have tended to be rare and expensive in the past. Not a good combination for multinationals looking to roll out a fleet of standardized phones to its workers.
Things have started to open up for Verizon recently, however. Most notably with the launch of the $199 BlackBerry BlackBerry worldphone, which gives business users a familar voice and email device that can be used in many parts of the globe.
This is why a focus on global services starts to make sense for the carriers right about now.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung