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Most Loved and Hated Telecom Companies in US

Sorry, Mediacom

(Newser) - Believe it or not, Comcast is not the most hated telecommunications company in the country. The American Customer Satisfaction Index, out Tuesday, ranks America's most loved and hated companies offering pay-TV, phone, and internet service, and though Comcast finds itself among the least loved companies, it's not the... More »

T-Mobile Launching Net Phone Price War

New plan follows hard on news of wireless price war

(Newser) - T-Mobile is giving an extra push to the millions contemplating ditching their landlines. The low-cost wireless carrier is launching a new dirt-cheap VoIP service, which lets T-Mobile customers hook up traditional phones to an Internet router and make unlimited local and long distance calls for $10 a month, the Wall ... More »

Vonage Settles Patent Dispute, Sees Shares Rise

Longer-term troubles still loom for vexed Internet phone provider

(Newser) - Troubled Internet telephone company Vonage gained a "new lease on life" yesterday when it settled a longstanding patent infringement dispute with rival Verizon. Vonage share prices shot up 70% in after-hours trading on the heels of a settlement that observers see as a "big win for Vonage,"... More »

Vonage Shares Soar 76% on Sprint Deal

$80M patent settlement licenses tech, curtails rising legal costs

(Newser) - Vonage shares saw their biggest-ever bump today, after the company announced it has settled its patent lawsuit with Sprint for $80 million. In addition to cutting its legal losses, Vonage gains a license to use the disputed tech. “It's good in that things could have gotten worse,” one... More »

eBay's $1.4 Billion Phone Bill

Takes huge write down on overpriced Skype

(Newser) - eBay's $2.6 billion acquisition of phone service Skype looks like a wrong number, with profits on hold indefinitely. The Wall Street Journal reports eBay will take a $1.4 billion write down on Skype, which  accounts for $90 million of eBay's $1.83 billion in revenue in the third... More »

Vonage Guilty in Sprint Patent Suit

Net phone company faces second huge judgment against it this year

(Newser) - Vonage was found guilty of illegally using Sprint’s Internet phone patents, and now owes the carrier $69.5 million in damages, according to Dow Jones Newswires. More worrisome for Vonage is that an injunction could soon bar it from offering Net-based phone service altogether. More »

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