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It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define...
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Verizon's cutting its data plans across the board up to $10/month

Verizon Wireless will cut prices on most of its existing More Everything plans by up to $10 a month while also adding some new options starting on Thursday. The new plans will also allow some customers to add smartphones on Verizon Edge for $15 a month. Read up on our favorite Verizon prepaid...
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S5 is getting Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop update now rolling out for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5

Owners of the Verizon Wireless version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 now have an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop available for their downloading pleasure. Well, technically it's two updates, the first paving the way for the main Lollipop update. Verizon's Galaxy S5 is actually the first S5 in the US to...
Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city has reached a deal with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to bring 4G LTE from all four carriers to the Chicago Transit Authority's subway system. The network, which will replace the decade-old system currently in Chicago's subways,...
Verizon Prepaid Phones

Verizon expands data options for prepaid users

Verizon prepaid users are getting a bump in data to start the year. Those who are on the $45 plan and previously allotted just 500MB, now receive double the data at a full 1GB. As if that's not enough, enrolling in Verizon's Auto Pay will net you another 500MB of data. The plan also includes...
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Verizon LG G2 update includes handful of improvements

An update is rolling our for one of our favorite Verizon prepaid phones. The update, VS98027A, is hitting the LG G2 with an improved visual voicemail interface, and additional connectivity when roaming internationally. It's no Lollipop update, unfortunately. Here's a quick look at the...
Verizon's holiday deal takes 50 percent off select Android phones

Verizon's holiday deal takes 50 percent off select Android phones

Verizon is running a holiday promotion for those who are willing to sign a two-year contract with the carrier. Through the deal, Android smartphones priced at $199 or higher with a contract will be discounted by 50 percent, meaning the new, expensive Android flagship you've been eyeing could...
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Verizon now lets you text Starbucks to your friends

Verizon is helping users give the gift of Starbucks this holiday season. Through the Verizon Messages app, users can send an Starbucks eGift card of $5, $10, or $15 to virtually anyone on any U.S. carrier. The cost of the card is billed to the senders account, and the recipient simply needs to...
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Verizon XLTE hits 10 new markets including Charleston, Watertown and Eureka

Verizon has today expanded their XLTE service to 10 new markets, making the total number of XLTE markets over 400 across the country. The service, which offers double the speed of standard 4G LTE, is available on various Verizon devices including the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG G3. The...
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Check out our brand new best phones guides!

You guys may have noticed a flurry of carrier-themed guides for best phones crossing the front page of Android Central lately. We wanted to round them all up for you here and give a bit of insight to our thinking when putting them together. Each one of our guides runs through the best phones on...
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Verizon signs a patent license agreement with Google to help fight 'frivolous' lawsuits

Verizon Wireless has announced that it has signed a patent licence agreement with Google. Specific details about the agreement were not revealed, but Verizon did say it was designed "to lower the risk of frivolous patent litigation." The company added: Verizon has long championed patent...
The Best Verizon Phones of 2015

The Best Verizon Phones of 2015

We’re compiling the very best Verizon phones across all platforms, so you can take a quick look at a glance, and find more information easily. Whether you’re a long-time Verizon subscriber, or you’re switching and want to find out what’s available at a glance, this should help you out.
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LG G3 update brings Advanced Calling to Verizon customers

Verizon is rolling out an update to the LG G3 with Advanced Calling included. The new software, version VS98512B, also squashes a few bugs and updates My Verizon Mobile, Software Wallet, GMS R5, and LG apps. Advanced Calling is basically a fancy way of saying HD voice thanks to voice over LTE...
Verizon shares plans for LTE in 2015

Verizon shares plans for LTE Advanced in 2015

Verizon's Mike Haberman today detailed a number of improvements coming to the carrier's LTE network next year. In short, the carrier in red will be rolling out carrier aggregation, adding more coverage for VoLTE, and continuing to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Perhaps the most notable...
Verizon reportedly begins testing 4G LTE on 3G spectrum

Verizon begins testing 4G LTE on 3G spectrum

After having announced that it would repurpose portions of its 3G spectrum to operate the faster 4G LTE protocol sometime in 2015, it looks like the Verizon has begun the conversion process and is testing these plans in select markets. Verizon would not give specifics about the test markets right...
The Best Verizon Prepaid phones of 2015

The Best Verizon Prepaid phones of 2015

We’re taking a good hard look at the selection of Verizon prepaid phones available, and are rounding them all up here for your reference.
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Sprint offers to cut AT&T and Verizon customers' bills in half

Sprint has fired its latest salvo against AT&T and Verizon Wireless. It is offering to chop the bill prices for customers of both carriers by half in a new promotion that begins on Friday, December 5. On that day, current AT&T and Verizon customers can go to Sprint's website to upload...
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Get apps, movies and more for free via Verizon's Connection Day promotion

Verizon is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by giving away a host of digital content today, which the carrier is calling Connection Day. Starting today, all users, regardless of wireless carrier, will be able to access free content from iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Conde Nast, Boingo and...
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Soak test invites going out for the 2014 Moto X on Verizon

Owners of the 2014 Moto X on Verizon are beginning to receive soak test invites. We've gotten tips from several Android Central readers users that the invites are starting to roll out, and although there is no mention of what the soak test is intended for, it is possible that a Lollipop update is...
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Verizon is now selling the 7-inch and 10-inch LG G Pad LTE tablets

Verizon Wireless is now offering the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and LG G Pad 10.1 LTE tablets on sale. The 7-inch model is priced at $249.99 without a contract, or for $49.99 with a two-year contract, while the 10.1-inch tablet is being sold for $299.99 without a contract or for $199.99 with a two-year...