New Clips: Verizon Airfone Reverses Course
Responding to customer input, Verizon Airfone said it will continue providing MagnaStar phone users with air-to-ground communications “through at least Dec. 31, 2007.” This action reverses a Verizon decision this summer to exit the air-to-ground phone business on December 4, an action that would have left some 4,100 Teledyne Control MagnaStar users without service. On its Web site, Verizon said it is accepting new customer service agreements “with the understanding that service will be available through at least” the end of next year. During a recent FCC auction, AirCell bought the spectrum that includes Airfone’s 800-MHz operating frequency. JetBlue Airways’ LiveTV also won part of the available spectrum up for bid. Under terms of the sale, Airfone could operate for two more years using a portion of the AirCell spectrum, and then two more on LiveTV’s spectrum.