AT&T Embroiled in Patent War and 4 Telecom Titans Attracting Interest

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AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) are three of the largest U.S. incumbent telcos, and they are sitting in the middle of of a patent war with Brandywine Communications Technologies, a patent holding company. There are various U.S. court complaints in which Brandywine claims that numerous telcos and CLECs infringed upon seven different DSL-related patents that it says it owns.

Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S) fully intends to release its very own prepaid service beginning January 25, and this will initially offer two smartphones and two basic phones, Android Police reports, citing pre-release materials.

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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) expanded its Hawaii network over the past year by adding over two dozen new cell sites on Oahu, along with several others on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. Furthermore, Verizon added its 4G long-term evolution cell sites on Oahu in Kaneohe, Pearl City, Sand Island, Mapunapuna, downtown Honolulu, Iwilei, Makiki, Aiea, Mililani, Ewa Beach, Makaha, the Enchanted Lake and Luana Hills sections of Kalua, Schofield Barracks, the University of Hawaii area in Manoa, Kualoa, Turtle Bay, and Barbers Point. Also, the company added 3G cell sites in Mililani, Ewa Beach, Schofield Barracks, Manoa and Kualoa, according to the company’s statement.

Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD) intends to sell refurbished smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 (SSNLF) and the iPhone 4 at a discounted price to customers of its monthly contract and pay-as-you-go plans, according to the Daily Mail.

Alcatel-Lucent, S.A. (NYSE:ALU): Today, MMRGlobal, Inc. made the announcement that its patented MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record and telehealth portal are to be showcased as a part of 12 new Alcatel-Lucent cloud-based ng Connect services in the Alcatel-Lucent ng Connect Booth 31412 at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, from January 8-11, in Las Vegas.

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