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FCC to limit Verizon and AT&T participation in upcoming low-band spectrum auction

AT&T threatens to not participate in the auction if rumored restrictions are put in place An upcoming spectrum auction that will offer up airwaves previously reserved for broadcasters could actually give the most benefit to smaller mobile network providers. The auction, which will have...
Verizon's HTC One M8 getting a software update with new features, fixes

Verizon's HTC One M8 getting a software update with new features, fixes

For those of you rocking a Verizon edition of the HTC One M8, it's software update time! We've been expecting one, as the U.S. models have lagged behind their more worldly counterparts in regards to some last-minute fixes and feature additions that we saw at launch time. Here's what's new in...
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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not...
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Verizon releases Droid Maxx in two new color options, quietly cuts storage to 16GB

$99 on-contract gets you a couple cool color options for a great phone on Verizon. The Motorola Droid Maxx is getting slightly old at this point, and in order to freshen things up a bit Verizon is releasing two new color options of the device. Alongside the previous black model, you'll now have...
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New HTC One packaging, specs revealed as Verizon model apparently sold on eBay

Buyer seemingly nabs 32GB M8 for $499.99, specs on box confirm earlier rumors Just a day after a purported set of new HTC One (M8) specs emerged online, we have further evidence of the phone's high-end internals, along with a cheeky look at its retail packaging. The device pictured above —...
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Verizon Galaxy S5 price: $199.99 on contract, $599.99 outright

Shipping for April 11 global launch Last but by no means least when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S5, Verizon has put its pre-order page live at last. It will ship by the global launch date of April 11, and to pick one up you'll need to part with $199.99 – via a $50 mail in rebate – on a two-...
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Verizon giving 1GB of free data along with new tablet activations

Turns out T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with some tablet data incentives this week, as Verizon has just posted its own promotion for some "free" data. While it doesn't approach T-Mobile's offering of a completely free 200MB for the lifetime of your device, Verizon is giving customers who...
Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

Cincinnati Bell Wireless has entered into an agreement to sell its spectrum holdings and wireless infrastructure to Verizon Wireless. The deal, valued at $210 million will see Cincinnati Bell's customers transferred to Verizon "or other wireless providers" over the next 8-12 months, during which...
LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon

LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon

Verizon’s introducing an entry-level handset today called the LG Lucid 3. For $299.99 off-contract (free if you sign up for one), you get a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The last Lucid handset left us impressed with the bang-for-buck value,...
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Verizon posts Q4 2013 earnings, wireless revenues reach $21.1 billion

1.7 million new customers, significant year-over-year increases in service and retail revenues Verizon has today posted its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2013, showing strong results for its wireless and wireline businesses. Focusing on the wireless side of the equation, Verizon...

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Buyer seemingly nabs 32GB M8 for $499.99, specs on box confirm earlier rumors

Just a day after a purported set of new HTC One (M8) specs emerged online, we have further evidence of the phone's high-end internals, along with a cheeky look at its retail packaging. The device pictured above — apparently a 32GB Verizon version of the still unreleased, unannounced new HTC One — went up for sale on eBay today, where it was snapped up for a relatively low $499.99. And while the phone itself isn't pictured, the images in the listing seem to confirm many of the hardware details coming from the rumor mill.

Here's how this apparently official spec list breaks down...

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It costs less off-contract than the one without LTE. Wait, what?

It's only been a few months since the LG G Pad 8.3 was released, and now US buyers will be able to get their hands on a LTE-enabled version, so long as you're happy with Verizon. When we reviewed the G Pad 8.3 back in November we came away impressed by LG's efforts. It's a thin and sturdy tablet with a fantastic screen, and now all of that is coming to Verizon.

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE (say that five times fast) is launching exclusively on Verizon's LTE network on March 6th — that's two days from now — and will be available for the first five days (until March 10) at a discounted price of $99.99 with a new, two-year contract. Yep, lock-in. After that, it's $199.99, still with a two-year contract. If you want it without a contract, but still on Verizon, you're looking at $299.99.

Yes, that's less than the $349.99 MSRP of the standard non-cellular LG G Pad 8.3 and the Google Play edition. Even if you weren't planning on going cellular with a G Pad 8.3 purchase, it might not be a bad idea to consider buying it from Verizon, just so you've got the radio there in case you change your mind. Unless there's a pending price drop for the non-LTE version coming up. Either way, not a bad deal here, so long as you're okay with the inevitable bloatware.

Source: Verizon

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Pre-paid plans are becoming a more-and-more viable option these days, especially if carriers continue to make improvements like Verizon has just done with the introduction of their new "ALLSET PLANS" (no more all-caps from here on out, mkay). These new plans start at $35-a-month for basic phones, but if you're smart and opt for a smartphone, it starts at a mere $45-a-month.

That low Allset plan price includes unlimited 'Anytime Minutes' calls and unlimited messaging (including international messaging to Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico). The base plan offers a measly 500MB data allotment each month, though thanks to the magic of pre-pay you can get more as you need it. An extra 500MB is $5, and that's good for 30 days, while you can get 1GB for $10 and 3GB for $20 — both with a 90-day expiration.

Verizon has a handful of smartphones available for purchase for use on the Allset plans, including the iPhone 4 for $99.99, iPhone 4s at $199.99, the Moto G for $99.99, and a few other low-end Android phones. If you have your own off-contract Verizon phone, you can bring it onto an Allset plan as well.

Source: Verizon

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It's the all new HTC One in silver with an AT&T logo

So far the all new HTC One (brand new for 2014!) has leaked out in gold, black, and gray. We've seen that it's going to have two cameras, a refined HTC Sense 6, and even HTC has implied that we should expect even better speakers when it's announced on March 25th.

Add one more color to the mix: silver with white trim. So far all the other leaks have had a black trim, but the latest render leaked by @evleaks shows the HTC One in a lighter silver-and-white scheme. It's the same coloring as the original HTC One, though with broader curves and what looks like a full wrap-around unibody instead of the injected polycarbonate sides of the original.

Oh, and there's AT&T branding in the form of a little AT&T globe slapped onto the back.. That's little surprise, considering that AT&T was a launch partner for the last HTC One. Either way, it's our first hint at where we'll expect to be able to see the all new HTC One. Mark your calendar, people, we're less than a month out.

Update: You want a render of the all-new HTC One for Verizon in dark gray? Okay, here it is. Nice subtle branding for Big Red. Seriously.

Source: @evleaks

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Just use coupon code VZWDEAL at checkout

Verizon just kicked off a promotion where any online checkout made until March 2 using the code VZWDEAL will get you the Moto X for no money down. Well, okay, a penny, if that counts. Normally the Moto X costs $49.99 on a two-year term, or $329.99 with financing. There are also all of the wonderful customization options available, plus the Verizon Moto X was just recently graced with an updated to Android 4.4.2.

Motorola was hinting earlier this week that we'd see a refresh on this device over the summer, so it may be worth your while to wait and see what they'll be offering. Anybody interested in getting in on this deal can snag the Moto X from the online store here. Takers?

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Yesterday's soak test be damned, Verizon's pushing out Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Moto X today. This brings the Verizon Moto X right up to date with the latest version of Android, inline with the rest of the Moto X family, the HTC One (for some carriers), Google Play Edition devices , and Nexus devices. This is also ahead of Samsung, who has committed to updating an array of devices from the past two years to 4.4.2, but provided no timeframe for those updates.

The update to Android 4.4.2 brings relatively minor improvements to the Moto X, including improved 3G and 4G data stability and bug fixes related to call volume and MMS. The camera software has also been improved with better sky detection and auto-HDR.

Got Android 4.4.2 on your Moto X? Let us know how it's treating you.

Source: Verizon (pdf)

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And that, folks, says it all. E-mails are going out inviting folks to a soak test for Verizon's Moto X, with an update to Android 4.4.2 on the way. Not in the soak test? You shouldn't have to wait too terribly long for an official update.

More in our Moto X forums.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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No price or availability just yet, but it's only a matter of time at this point

Evidence is mounting that Verizon customers will have a chance to pick up an LTE-enabled LG G Pad 8.3 in the near future. Following up on the device making its way through the FCC with Verizon-compatible LTE support, we now have renders of the tablet looking spiffy with a big Verizon logo on the front, another on the back and 4G LTE logos on the back and in the status bar.

Together with the announcement that it is now carrying a fully-certified Nexus 7 in its own stores, adding the G Pad 8.3 to Verizon's tablet lineup will go a long way to making the large-screen options a bit more enticing on the carrier. No pricing or release date on this one, but when these sorts of leaks come out there official announcement usually isn't far behind.

Source: @evleaks

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Discounted prices also available for folks on Edge plans

Sure enough after yesterday's report, Verizon has today pulled the wraps off its MORE Everything plans. The promise is of raising data allowances, throwing in unlimited global texting and more, all without raising the prices. So, 500MB now becomes 1GB, 1GB becomes 2GB and 2GB becomes 3GB without having to hand over any extra cash. Existing Share Everything customers will just transition across to the new allowances, no questions asked. 

In addition, anyone taking advantage of the EDGE financing plan for their devices will start seeing a discount. Monthly cuts will be $10 or $20 depending on your particular plan. MORE Everything will also provide 25GB of free cloud storage per device, for up to 10 devices with VZCloud if you should wish to use it. 

So it's kind of like the existing Share Everything plans, but with MORE. And more is good, usually. As ever, if you're considering switching to one of these plans you should spend a little time crunching the numbers to make sure it works out best for your situation. For the full press release, head on past the break.

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Additional $79 accessory bundle includes Chromecast, screen protectors and car charger

Right on schedule, Verizon has listed the Nexus 7 (2013) on its online store. $249.99 and two years of your life gets you the 32GB LTE-enabled and fully Verizon-certified Nexus 7, which can be added to your Share Everything plan for just $10 or set up on its own account. If you choose to pass up the contract (we advise that for a tablet) you'll be paying $349.99 — the same price as you'd pay from Google Play.

Buying direct from Verizon gives you a simpler setup (coming with the SIM in the device and all), though, and the carrier is even offering free shipping from its store to save you a few bucks. If you're looking for some accessories, there's a bundle for an additional $79 that nabs you a Chromecast, some screen protectors and a car charger (Verizon claims that's a $11 savings as well).

If this is the day you've eagerly been awaiting and you haven't yet pulled the trigger on an LTE model from Google Play, hit the source link and buy yours from Verizon now.

Source: Verizon

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37MB file enables full compatibility with Verizon's LTE network, still Android 4.4.2

Your LTE-equipped Nexus 7 should be seeing an update today that adds "Full compatibility with Verizon's 4G LTE network" — though plenty of people are using it with no issues and no update. Build KVT49L is just 37MB, and doesn't show us anything new or exciting, but we'll take any update we can get, right?

It's worth noting that this is the same compatibility certification that Verizon told us was coming "soon" back in September of last year. We're not going to pretend that we know all the details, but we do know plenty of folks who found work-arounds and have been using their LTE Nexus 7 on Verizon for quite a while.

And don't get me started on the C-block auction agreement.

Anyhoo, if you have an LTE Nexus 7, expect an update for it shortly if you haven't already received it. And for folks wanting to buy the Verizon Nexus 7, it should be available starting tomorrow.

Via: Droid Life

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Early upgrades will be available for anyone switching to Verizon Edge until the end of March

It seems as though a Verizon-compatbile Nexus 7 isn't the only big news coming out of the carrier tomorrow, as leaked documents show a generous overhaul of its plan offerings. As part of a horribly-named "MORE Everything" initiative, Verizon is set to boost data allowances, reduce prices and restructure its Edge financing discounts.

First up are quick changes to the current Share Everything offerings — 500MB, 1GB and 2GB data tiers are being upped to 1GB, 2GB and 3GB at no additional cost. Better yet, existing Share Everything users will be automatically migrated to the higher data tiers.

For those who are taking advantage of Verizon's Edge financing plans, the smartphone access fee for data tiers less than 8GB per month is being dropped by $10, and the fee if you have over 10GB is being dropped by $20 per month. To incentivize more people over to device financing plans, Verizon will also be offering early upgrades to anyone switching to Edge until the end of March.

Source: AndroidPolice; Verizon

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The Wifi-only Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has been around since late last year in a number of countries, but so far sightings of the LTE-capable, Snapdragon 800-powered version have been comparatively rare. However there's good news for those on Verizon in the U.S. today, as a new render uncovered by serial leaker @evleaks seems to show the Note 10.1 with a (rather sizeable) Verizon logo on the back.

There's no indication of any release date for the 10-inch, stylus-equipped slate, but it should sport all the features of its Wifi-only counterpart — specifically a 2560x1600-resolution display, 3GB of RAM and all the S Pen features of the Galaxy Note 3, only on a much larger screen.

You'll find more on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in our full review of the tablet.

Source: @evleaks

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Previously purchased tablets can be activated after a software update.

Finally, Verizon is getting the Nexus 7 tablet. It'll be available Feb. 13 — that's this Thursday — in stores and online. It's the same price as on Google Play — $349.99 off contract. But if you sign up for two years of service, you can shave $100 off that. If you want to add it to a Share Everything Plan, it'll cost $10 a month.

And what's more — those who already have a cellular-enabled Nexus 7 — which Google from the start said would work on Verizon — will be able to activate on Verizon as well (as you should have all along) after receiving a software update.

Google at the Nexus 7 launch event in July 2013 said the cellular-enabled version would work on Verizon. But the carrier never officially certified the tablet. Verizon gave an update in September, saying they were working on it. And in November, Verizon released its own $250 tablet, the Ellipsis 7

Source: Verizon

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Activation fees also waived until Feb. 17th

Looking to activate a new line with a smartphone or mobile data device on Verizon? Well you'll be able to receive a $100 bill credit if you do so in the next three weeks. Reading from internal training document given to Android Central, it looks as though Verizon is ready to offer a $100 discount for any new line of service started from February 7th to February 28th, so long as it comes with a two-year agreement.

The $100 credit will be applied to your third billing cycle, so in order to receive it you'll at least have to stay with the carrier a full 60 days (there's always fine print somewhere.)

The document also makes reference to an activation fee exemption that will be going on until February 17th — that's another $35 savings when activating a new line. We're not sure if this is something big enough to be switching carriers over, but it could be a reason to activate in this window and save a bit of money if you were planning on starting a new line. Hard to say "no" to $135 in savings, even if it is a small portion of your bill over two years.

Thanks, Anon!

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Apparently 'shortly' was more like 'immediately' for this update

Coming just hours after HTC announced that the KitKat update for Verizon HTC Ones was on the way "shortly," folks have already started seeing the update notification on their phones. The whopping 617MB update brings the HTC One up to Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5, which brings a nice set of tweaks and improvements.

After the update you'll notice small visual changes to the way BlinkFeed works, as well as redesigns in the settings, Gallery, Music app and lockscreen. You'll also receive the improvements in KitKat, including Immersive Mode and other behind-the-scenes features. There are also a few Verizon device-specific changes here, including improvements to low light photography and power management.

If you weren't already hitting "check now" in the settings on your Verizon HTC One, you really should now.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, iLLusive!

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Andorid 4.4 + Sense 5.5 update receives technical approval, OTA expected soon

Mo Versi, HTC's Executive Director of Product Management, sends word that the Verizon HTC One should start receiving its Android 4.4 KitKat and HTC Sense 5.5 update "shortly." In a tweet, Versi reveals that the update has passed technical approval, the final hurdle before over-the-air updates can begin being pushed out.

Verizon's HTC One should be the second U.S. carrier variant to get KitKat after Sprint launched the update late last week. Elsewhere, the update is live in Canada and Europe, as well as U.S. Developer Editions.

So, Verizon HTC One owners, now's the time to start checking for updates!

Source: @moversi

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All Moto Gs are now up-to-date with the latest software

Following up roughly three weeks after the European Moto G started receiving its KitKat update, the Verizon model is having its day of update glory. Several people, including one of our readers @JoshuaWorth, have started pulling down the update to Android 4.4.2.

Aside from the general improvements that come along with Android 4.4, the Moto G will now be able to take advantage of the latest Motorola apps that have been pulled out into the Play Store for easy updating, such as the recently-refreshed gallery. Seeing the update on your own Verizon Moto G? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: @JoshuaWorth

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Improved LTE performance, camera quality and battery life

Remember the Ellipsis 7? That's the Verizon self-branded tablet the carrier released back in November for $250. Well for those half-dozen people who bought one, there's a pretty sizeable update waiting for you. Verizon has posted to its support pages that update MV7A_31D26_422 is on the way with a whole load of features for the Ellipsis 7.

You'll be getting improved LTE connectivity, better mobile hotspot, a camera image quality boost, longer battery life and several other small features. The latest update also lets the Ellipsis 7 be used with Verizon's prepaid plans, as well as better manage where pictures and apps are stored between the internal memory and SDcard expansion.

Even with the latest update, we're thinking that the Ellipsis 7 is a pretty tough sell for any Android enthusiast unless you're simply looking for a functional and cheap device that supports Verizon LTE.

Source: Verizon

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LG's G Pad 8.3 tablet could be headed to Verizon in the U.S., based on info from a recent FCC filing. Details of the LG-VK810, described in the official documents as a "portable tablet," show it as a device with LTE support on Bands 4 + 13 — the freqs used by Verizon — and with dimensions matching those of LG's existing G Pads.

These latest details corroborate info posted by Twitter leaker @evleaks last week, stating that the G Pad was indeed Verizon-bound.

If the G Pad 8.3 does show up on Verizon in the near future, customers would be getting a compelling mid-sized tablet with a Snapdragon 600 processor, a 1920x1200-resolution display and a metal-based chassis — though they'd also have to deal with LG's polarizing, brightly-colored Android UI. Check out our review, linked below, for the full picture.

More: LG G Pad 8.3 review

Source: FCC via PhoneArena, @evleaks

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