Verizon Wireless Services on Tap From CenturyLink

CenturyLink is now offering consumers and businesses a host of Verizon devices and services, including access to its LTE network.

CenturyLink says that customers will soon be able to get Verizon Wireless services bundled up with the company's Internet, landline voice and television services on one bill. For now, however, customers can still get access to Verizon Wireless while being billed separately for it.

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The Verizon service package offers all the bells and whistles other Verizon customers have, including access to Verizon's LTE network, access to its CDMA-based 3G EV-DO Rev. A network and its mobile-to-mobile calling plans with other Verizon customers. CenturyLink will also offer its customers a whole array of Verizon smartphones, including the iPhone, BlackBerry devices and devices based on Google's Android mobile operating system.

CenturyLink, a broadband and voice services provider that is also known for popular video services such as CenturyLink Prism TV and DirecTV, has made itself a major player in the enterprise broadband market this year after it paid $12.2 billion to acquire Qwest while also spending $2.5 billion to acquire Savvis, a company that specializes in offering managed services, hosting and infrastructure as a service, among other enterprise-centered services.

Together, CenturyLink and Qwest have a combined 145,000 miles of local fiber, or more than double the 70,000 miles of fiber that CenturyLink had before the merger. Denver-based Qwest has made its name as a voice and data carrier with a significant presence in the Rocky Mountain region and in the northern Midwest United States, as well as in Southwest states such as Arizona and New Mexico. CenturyLink, which is based in Louisiana, has specialized in offering services in the South, the eastern half of the Midwest region and in West Coast states Washington and Oregon.

With a large broadband footprint and a popular television service, the only piece that CenturyLink lacks to go toe-to-toe with AT&T and Verizon is its own native wireless network. Some analysts have speculated that CenturyLink may look into buying Sprint if the AT&T-T-Mobile merger gets approved, as Sprint will be at a big competitive disadvantage with Verizon and AT&T dominating the wireless market.

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