Chris Velazco

Chris Velazco
Chris Velazco is a mobile enthusiast and writer who studied English and Marketing at Rutgers University. Once upon a time, he was the news intern for MobileCrunch, and in between posts, he worked in wireless sales at Best Buy. After graduating, he returned to the new TechCrunch to as a full-time mobile writer. He counts advertising, running, musical theater, and soup among his myriad interests. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Carriers To Obama: Give Us More Spectrum Access!

    Carriers To Obama: Give Us More Spectrum Access!

    President Obama announced back in February his support for a Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative, which he believed would (among other things) “benefit all Americans, bolster public safety, and spur innovation in wireless services, equipment, and applications.” Under his plan, 500 MHz of spectrum would be freed up over the course of the next ten years in order spur… Read More

  • Verizon Takes J.D. Power Customer Care Crown From T-Mobile

    Verizon Takes J.D. Power Customer Care Crown From T-Mobile

    In recent years, Verizon and T-Mobile have been neck and neck when it comes to customer care performance, a race that I (and surely many other customers) have seen the benefits of firsthand. T-Mobile held on to the top spot a few months back in the first installment of J.D. Power and Associates’ Wireless Customer Care Performance Study, but Verizon has managed to take the lead for volume 2. Read More

  • Nielsen: Android Takes Top OS Spot, Apple Tops Manufacturers

    Nielsen: Android Takes Top OS Spot, Apple Tops Manufacturers

    Nielsen comes bearing good news today for devotees of the little green robot: as of this past June, Android has claimed the top spot in the U.S. smartphone OS market. Figures have it as comprising a full 39% of the market, with its closest competitor Apple a distant second at 28%. Oh, and let’s not forget the BlackBerry OS, which is currently dragging its feet at 20%. Bringing up the… Read More

  • Vodafone Blue 555: The Facebook Phone That Came Too Late

    Vodafone Blue 555: The Facebook Phone That Came Too Late

    Here’s a classic case of a missed opportunity if there ever was one: the Vodafone 555 Blue is, if you’ll pardon the term, a dumbphone with a Facebook button. It’s simple (no fancypants OS here), has a decent-looking keyboard, and it’s got just enough connectivity to keep your average FB junkie from getting the shakes. But is such a phone practical in today’s market? Read More

  • Xperia Arc Comes To US Without Carrier Support

    Xperia Arc Comes To US Without Carrier Support

    Ever since it was first spotted this past winter, we’ve wondered how long it would be before we’d have an Xperia Arc of our own to not notice in our pockets. For months rumors flew about which U.S. carrier would be lucky enough to nab the svelte smartphone, with AT&T emerging as the fan favorite. Well, summer has come, and so has the answer — the Xperia Arc is… Read More

  • Rdio To Offer Family Unlimited Plan, Broke Music Fans Rejoice

    Rdio To Offer Family Unlimited Plan, Broke Music Fans Rejoice

    It was just last week that Greg brought us a first look at Rdio’s forthcoming iPad app, and now the streaming music contender has dropped another bombshell on us. Last night, Rdio CEO Drew Lerner let slip that in addition to their current line up of plans, they will launch an “Unlimited Family” plan that lets users “share an account with multiple people at a… Read More

  • T-Mobile Buys Good Will With Gift Cards For Customers

    T-Mobile Buys Good Will With Gift Cards For Customers

    How does that old phrase go? “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch?” Intellectual heavyweights like Milton Friedman and Robert Heinlein got a fair bit of mileage out of the quote, and it seems at least one person over at T-Mobile HQ has heard it. The result? According to TmoNews, T-Mobile has begun to send out free $25 gift cards for use on anything (short of bill… Read More

  • Toshiba Thrive Tablet (Almost) Completely Rooted

    Toshiba Thrive Tablet (Almost) Completely Rooted

    Great news for anyone who fell for the Toshiba Thrive’s chunky, full-featured charms! A team from TabletRoms.com (who created the hack) and ThriveForums.org (who tested it) has managed to gain root access on the Thrive’s stock ROM, which is the jumping-off point for countless ambitious development projects to come. Well, more or less anyway. Understandably Toshiba didn’t want… Read More

  • Radio Shack Boots T-Mobile, Welcomes Verizon With Open Arms

    Radio Shack Boots T-Mobile, Welcomes Verizon With Open Arms

    The T-Mobile/Radio Shack affair isn’t exactly new news at this point — Radio Shack alleged that T-Mobile “materially breached” the terms of their agreement way back in February. No one short of legal counsel knows exactly what grievances Radio Shack has with their magenta-hued carrier partner beyond lackluster sales performance, but it looks as though things are… Read More

  • Boot To Gecko: Mozilla’s Open-Source, Mobile Answer To ChromeOS

    Boot To Gecko: Mozilla’s Open-Source, Mobile Answer To ChromeOS

    Straight from the heart of the Mozilla’s developer newsgroup comes news of an ambitious new project: a standalone, web-based operating system. If that concept sounds familiar, I’ve also just described the core of Google’s Chrome OS which we’re beginning to see pop up on netbooks. The big twist? It’s currently being developed for mobile devices. And it’s… Read More

  • Hello! I’m Chris Velazco, and I’m TechCrunch’s New Mobile Writer

    Hello! I’m Chris Velazco, and I’m TechCrunch’s New Mobile Writer

    Man, this place looks different. Before I get too lost poking around the new digs, I’d like to introduce myself — my name is Chris Velazco, and I’m joining the TechCrunch staff as your new mobile writer. Longtime readers may remember me as a hapless MobileCrunch intern from the days of yore, a position I only really landed because Greg happened to see me on television right… Read More

  • Sprint Intros First Phones With New CDMA Push-To-Talk Support

    Sprint Intros First Phones With New CDMA Push-To-Talk Support

    For Sprint, maintaining their aging iDEN network is proving to be more of a headache than it’s worth. Even though their Nextel Direct Connect service still has footholds in certain markets (construction immediately comes to mind), their financial statements report a loss of 367,000 iDEN subscribers this past quarter. In spite of otherwise strong figures, it seems clear that iDEN is… Read More

  • Verizon starts off the summer with 3 new LGs

    With handsets like the Storm 2 and the Blackberry Tour coming down Verizon’s pipeline, it’s sort of hard to get excited about anything else they’ve got. That’s not about to stop LG though – they’re poised to launch three new handsets on Big Red within the next few days. Let’s take a look: Read More