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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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LG Optimus Zone 2 brings KitKat to Verizon prepaid for $49.99

LG has added a new phone to its Android lineup on Verizon Wireless, the Optimous Zone 2. Definitely an entry-level device, the Optimus Zone 2 runs Android 4.4.2 features a 3.5-inch 480x320 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. LG's software on the Optimus Zone 2...
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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...
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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 —...
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...
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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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HTC One M8 might turn up in red on Verizon

A quick snippet of information has been delivered by @evleaks this morning regarding a new color variant of the HTC One M8 and a possible destination. No images, just the message that a red version is headed the way of Verizon. It's not the first time we've heard reports of a red – and indeed a...
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The new HTC One M8 is buy-one-get-one-free on Verizon

A quick heads up that if you're in the market for a new HTC One M8 on Verizon, you can get in on a buy-one-get-one-free deal. That'd be two M8s (is in dos, not some new version of the M8 — because someone always asks) for the price of one. As for that price, it's $199 with a two-year contract, $...
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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...
Verizon HTC One Max users can get Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 starting Monday

Verizon HTC One Max users can get Android 4.4.2 starting Monday

Verizon's HTC One Max has a treat soon, says HTC executive director of product management Mo Versi. Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 have received approval, and will be making their way to users as early as Monday afternoon. HTC Verizon One Max Owners! We have received technical approval for Sense 5....

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Consumer Reports has published its annual customer satisfaction rankings for U.S. mobile networks. The rankings reveal that Verizon customers are happiest, while once again AT&T scored lowest out of the four major carriers.

The rankings are based upon consumer surveys, based upon categories including data network, call quality and customer service. Of course, your mileage will likely vary depending on the networks available where you live, so don't let today's stats dissuade you if you're a happy AT&T customer or a miserable Verizon subscriber.

Are you happy with your mobile carrier? Let us know down in the comments.

Source: Consumer Reports

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Hey, how about that -- it's Nov. 29, and that means Verizon Wireless' Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now available to buy online and in stores. Verizon's Note 2 sells for $299 with a two-year service plan, and comes with a rather ridiculous home button bearing the carrier's logo.

Besides the cosmetic differences, this is the same Galaxy Note 2 we've been seeing since its debut at IFA -- it rocks a massive 5.5-inch non-PenTile HD SuperAMOLED screen, a Wacom-powered S Pen, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU and 2GB of RAM. And it's running on Verizon's 4G LTE network, of course.

If you're buying today, you may want to think about a sticker to cover up that unsightly home button. If you're still on the fence, check out our review of the international Galaxy Note 2.

Anyone picking up a Note 2 on Big Red today? Shout out in the comments!

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After a month of preorders, Verizon just dropped word that its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 -- differentiated by that not-at-all gaudy Verizon logo on the home button -- will be available online and in stores tomorrow, Nov. 29.  The 5.5-inch oversized phone with its excellent Wacom S Pen will run $299 on contract. But you also get that Verizon-branded home button for free, so it's really a bargain if you stop and think about it. 

The Note 2 is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a quad-core Exynos processor at 1.6 GHz, with 2 GB of RAM. It's also got an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP shooter out front, plus all the usual Samsung software bells and whistles. Plus, Verizon has put its logo on the home button. You won't get that anywhere else.

Source: Verizon
Also: The first Galaxy Note 2 accessory you'll want -- a home button sticker

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What's a guy got to do to fling some birds in high-definition on the Verizon Droid DNA? As has been the case since its release on Nov. 16, Angry Birds Star Wars HD (see our review) continues to crash and burn on the DNA. No option to report an error, no asking if we'd like to wait or force close the app. Just tap the first level, and the whole game disappears quicker than you can say "Hey, wasn't Alderaan around here somewhere?" 

User reviews are echoing what we've seen. Crashes on the first level on the Droid DNA. We've reached out to the developer through its support channels and will update if we ever hear back.

Help us, Rovio. You're our only hope.

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When the HTC Droid DNA finally hit store shelves, Verizon had pulled the plug on the official bootloader unlock method via HTC's dev tools. Since then, the folks over at Android Police and RootzWiki have of course come up with a method to unlock it. The basic idea is that you modify the device so that it appears as an unbranded one, and it can then be unlocked via the official tools from HTC.

You'll need a computer, ADB and some patience but if you're willing to spend the time you'll have an unlocked bootloader on your Droid DNA.

Source: Android Police

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We've taken a look at the Energizer Qi charging pad back with the HTC ThunderBolt, and it's working great with the new Droid DNA, as well as the Nexus 4. But it's not exactly a looker.

Another option out there is Nokia's DT910 wireless charging stand. It's also fairly expensive at $69, but it looks and acts more like a traditional dock, leaving your phone standing up, so you can still see what's going on while it charges. 

Here's a quick video from HankSC in our Droid DNA forums showing how Verizon's latest looks on it. 

You might also have to search around a little bit to find out. It's currently sold out on Amazon, and AT&T's showing a week to ship it.

More: Droid DNA forums

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When Verizon and Samsung announced the Stratosphere II (full annoying name is Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2) a couple weeks ago, the only clue we got as to availability was the ever-ambiguous "coming soon." Turns out, it's available now. In addition to being listed on Verizon's website ($129 on contract, $449 outright), Android Central reader Steve picked one up at his local Radio Shack for his wife, who "loves it," he writes. "She has to have a keyboard phone so she's thrilled to finally have a new phone."

Steve brings us a pretty good look at the QWERTY smartphone, with its five-row silder keyboard hidden behind the display when not in use.

Note that it's running Android 4.0.4 out of the box, is sporting a 4-inch Super AMOLED display powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and has NFC and is ISIS-ready, plus a microSD card.

We've got more pics of the Stratosphere 2 after the break.

Thanks, Steve!

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Verizon has now made available their LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, just in case you're not satisfied with the available WiFi versions out there. We've already taken the WiFi version for a spin so be sure to check out our review Reminder of specs? Here you go:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean coming "soon")
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT 1280 x 800 display
  • 7,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM and microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB memory card
  • Personal and business email, as well as IM through Google Talk
  • 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Verizon has set their pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 at $500. That's on par with the likes of AT&T but a little bit less than Sprint which sells their version for $550. If you're looking to pick one up, you can head on over to the Verizon site.

Source: Verizon

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The HTC Droid DNA debuted on Verizon today, and I know a lot of people are saying goodbye to their current phone and have pre-ordered this beauty. There's a lot to love with its amazing screen (and I'm not talking pixels here) and speedy innards, and that transitions well to the smooth lines and quality materials used on the outside. It should be one heck of a phone. 

Of course, the way things work on Verizon is that plenty of people who did pre-order get their phone on release day, and the DNA is no exception. The forums are filling with excited people posting thoughts and opinion of their new baby, and that's always worth checking out. And you'll definitely want to read what Phil thinks of the DNA in his review (spoiler alert -- I can tell he likes it) as well.

If you're waiting to grab this one, or just curious, the Droid DNA forum is the place to be. Jump in and join the fray, or just lurk and read -- either way you'll be glad you did.

Anyone get theirs  [DNA] yet?

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Once upon a time there was a leaked memo regarding Verizon beginning to load "a suite of Amazon apps preloaded on one dedicated home screen for all newly launched Android devices." Wit the launch of the HTC Droid DNA, we now now exactly what that entails. And the results are not nearly as scary as some had feared.

First off, the sentence in and of itself should have made things pretty clear. Apps. On one home screen. Nothing about replacing Google Play. Nothing about going solely with the Amazon Appstore. But we can't blame folks' ears from perking up a little bit. Verizon, after all, is the carrier that once swapped out Google's maps and search for Microsoft's Bing. That ended poorly.

More: Read our complete Droid DNA review

Fact of the matter here is that there's a nicely designed widget on one of the home screens that pushes to Amazon storefront, as well as apps such as Amazon MP3 and Kindle. No surprise there, and it's not like those apps had never been preloaded on any other devices before.

The really interesting thing is how it handles the suite of apps. Instead of pushing links to the Amazon Appstore, you're directed to Google Play. We're willing to put good money on that being a requirement from Google in order to pass compatibility testing -- and there's no reason why you can't install the Amazon Appstore later, if you so desire.

We've got a little video of the whole thing after the break.

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As was promised at the launch event a week ago today, Verizon has released the latest handset in its Droid series, the Droid DNA by HTC. The phone is available to order right now on VerizonWireless.com, where it'll run you $199 on a two-year contact, or $599 if you want to buy the device outright.

We'll have a full review coming up soon, but we don't think we're spoiling much when we say the DNA is one of the most impressive phones in Big Red's line-up. Packing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP ImageSense camera and Retina-beating 1080p SuperLCD3 display, it certainly trounces just about everything else in terms of hardware specs. And on the software side, you're running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so you're not missing out on newer Android features like Google Now and "Project Butter" performance enhancements.

Anyone planning on picking up a launch day Droid DNA? Shout out in the comments!

More: Verizon Wireless

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Verizon continues its expansive 4G LTE rollout today with improvements to its network in several markets in New York. Users in these areas may or may not already have LTE coverage, but Verizon is promising that it is expanding the network in these areas. The markets receiving updates are below:

  • Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Greene County, New York
  • Utica-Rome, New York
  • Binghamton, New York

The Verizon LTE train keeps chugging along, covering more and more markets. At this point we're not surprised that they're focusing on enhancing current markets, given that nearly all major areas already have some kind of LTE coverage.

Source: Verizon; (2); (3); (4)

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The Verizon 4G LTE rollout continues again today with several new markets going live across the country. Customers in  the following markets should be seeing LTE go live today:

  • Ironwood, Michigan
  • Galesburg, Illinois
  • Wheeling, West Virginia
  • St. Clairesville, Ohio
  • Louisa, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George and Charles City counties in Virginia

At this point it's surprising that Verizon is still finding places that don't yet have LTE, given how many markets we see go live every single week.

Source: Verizon (2) (3) (4)

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OK, let's face it. For a lot of folks, the launch of a smartphone like the Verizon Droid DNA just isn't complete without an official unboxing. Ceremoniously peeling back layer after layer. Decorative packaging. Then box itself. All those legal and quick-start booklets that you never, ever read. A charger. A cable. If you're lucky, a set of earbuds. If you're really lucky, a set of earbuds that won't leave you wincing in pain, either from discomfort or horrible sound quality.

And then, finally, the phone. You know, that thing you actually paid good money for. 

More: Check out our Droid DNA forums

This Droid DNA unboxing should feel pretty familiar. Verizon's retail packaging hasn't changed. Same Droid eye staring at you, mercilessly, throughout the ritual.

And so with that warning in hand, hit the break for our official Verizon Droid DNA unboxing video. Huzzah.

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What a difference a year and a half makes, eh? OK, call it 20 months, maybe. Regardless, here's the brand-new Verizon Droid DNA, and the aging ThunderBolt. HTC phones, both. One represents the manufacturer's first go at an LTE device, back when the technology was new, and design (and battery life) suffered for it.  A 4.3-inch display. Mere 1400 mAh battery. And, damn, was that thing ever thick.

Now we have the Droid DNA. A 5-inch Super LCD3 display that's got 1,080 freakin' pixels on the short end. A 2020 mAh battery. And a svelte design. Basically you're looking at the difference between me and a Victoria's Secret model. (Yeah. Enjoy that image.)

Anyway. Video and pics after the break, so you get a better idea of the difference between these guys.

Have Droid DNA questions? Ask 'em in our Droid DNA forums!

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I'm getting a bit of a tingle down my spine. If you look at the specs for the HTC Droid DNA, you'll notice something that looks a little out of place. but only a little. Specifically, that there's a listing for UTMS/HSPA radio frequencies. Now that's not all that out of the ordinary -- Verizon's had world phones with GSM capability for some time now, and LTE's an offshoot of GSM. But generally such frequencies aren't listed out in the open like that.

That means it's time to experiment. And as you can see from the picture above, we've had success.

More: Check out our Droid DNA forums!

The Verizon Droid DNA is completely GSM unlocked. Pop in your SIM card, change your APN settings, and it'll work on any GSM network with 850/900/1900/2100 MHz. Here in the United States, that means AT&T, and T-Mobile as well, though you won't get 3G/4G speeds on the latter because the phone doesn't run on 1700 MHz. And, of course, it means you can use it outside the United States, whether you're using a roaming plan with Verizon, AT&T -- or use a foreign carrier's SIM card. Just change the APN settings and you're golden.

Of course, you'll also lose Verizon's excellent LTE network if you do this. But, still, a nice little trick. So how'd it do? We've got video and some speed tests after the break.

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It's time for another round of "What the hell is that?!?!" Ever since we brought you the first pictures of the Droid DNA weeks ago, we've been trying to explain the faint little circle to the left of the camera housing. In casual use, there's a good chance you'd never even notice it. But it's there. Actually, they're there. Sixty-one tiny pinholes in concentric circles.

So what are they? A speaker? A noise-canceling microphone?

Neither, actually.

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And, finally, Verizon's gotten some top-shelf HTC hardware in 2012. And what a device it's gotten in the Droid DNA

I spent some quality time with the DNA early this morning, and again at Verizon's launch event, and there's no denying that HTC's Android phones are starting to follow in the footsteps of its Windows Phones, in terms of design. The DNA is large, with that gorgeous 5-inch display. But it doesn't feel overly huge. A little bigger than the HTC One X, but thinner. Slimmer, especially as the edges taper off 4 mm at their thinnest. So think One X, but more svelte. 

The mix of polycarbonate (with its soft-touch coating) and aluminum edging is to die for. It's got just enough grip, but it doesn't look as industrial as other phones in Verizon's Droid line. Do note, however, that the red grilles on either side of the DNA are for design purposes only. The speaker is on the back of the phone.

And that screen. Oh, that screen. Have you ever seen so many pixels?

Check out our hands-on report and video after the break.

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We're here in New York City, where Verizon and HTC have just taken the wraps off the highly anticipated Droid DNA. And this one's a looker. Let's break down the Droid DNA specs:

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 display at 1080p resolution (440ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, quad-core at 1.5 GHz.
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (11GB usable)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+.
  • 8MP rear camera with ImageSense and a new "Sightseeing mode"
  • 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with auto portrait mode.
  • Beats Audio
  • 2.5v headset and speaker amplifier.
  • 4G LTE data.

So, yeah. This thing's a bit of a beast. The Droid DNA builds off the HTC One line (remember that Verizon never picked up any of those phones earlier this year) as well as the new crop of Windows 8 phones, with a soft-touch finish that tapers down to just a mere 4mm at the edges. The sides are done up in a cool-looking speaker-grill sort of motif, though the usual rear speaker with its numerous pinholes remains on the back of the phone. The power button's up top, though it's been moved to the center of the device. 

The Droid DNA goes up for pre-order today, priced at $199 with a service agreement from Verizon. The device will be released next Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Keep watching Android Central for more Droid DNA coverage throughout the day.

More: Droid DNA event liveblog, Droid DNA gallery, Droid DNA specs, Droid DNA forum

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It's a bit of a gloomy morning here in New York City, but Verizon and HTC are about to brighten it with the launch of the Droid DNA, the anticipated oversized Android smartphone. And that means it's time for ye olde liveblog. 

The event gets going at 11 a.m. EST, 4 p.m. in London, and all points in between. So have some breakfast, get a little work one, and check back in with us, won'tcha?

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