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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 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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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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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-...
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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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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You can toss this one onto your Google calendar -- Verizon will sunset its 2G and 3G CDMA networks nearly a decade from now. After recently announcing at CTIA MobileCON that it will launch its 400th LTE market 2 months ahead schedule, Verizon is talking about when CDMA will finally go the way of the dinosaurs.

The network report from FierceWireless expresses that this decade-early heads up on the CDMA sunset is important mostly for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, and not necessarily for consumers. Verizon has been pushing LTE harder than any other carrier lately -- and already plans to start rolling out VoLTE as soon as possible -- so we'd expect most customers to move to LTE well before 2021.

Source: FierceWireless

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Verizon Wireless held a briefing today here in San Diego as part of MobileCON's day one festivities, citing the inroads it has made with its extensive LTE network. According to VZW CTO Nicola Palmer, Verizon's LTE footprint currently covers 75-percent Americans, and is scheduled to duplicate the 3G footprint by the end of 2013. At the end of September 2012, 35-percent of all of Verizon's data traffic was over its LTE network.

Speaking on the future of LTE, Palmer said that Verizon will now focus on capacity, using an "entire toolbox of tools", including LTE Advanced and the carrier's recently-acquired AWS spectrum. "We are looking forward to [LTE Advanced] and we will likely pick and choose features when they become available." Palmer said that customers can expect AWS-compatible devices to hit the market sometime in 2013.

Also on the horizon for 2013 is the much-awaited arrival of Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which Palmer said she has tested personally. "Putting voice on our LTE network is something we are pretty excited about. We are testing it, we have deployed all necessary infrastructure." According to Palmer, VoLTE will arrive on Big Red by the end of 2013.

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At a CTIA MobileCON press conference in San Diego, Verizon Wireless CTO Nicola Palmer announced that the company plans to launch its 400th LTE market just 9 days from now, two months earlier than previously expected. The 400th. market will be the city of Marquette, Michigan, and will join 20 more LTE markets that are also going live on October 18th. These 21 new markets will push Verizon's nationwide total to a staggering 417.

The full press release can be found after the break, and remember to keep a browser tab pointed at our continuing CTIA MobileCON coverage.

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Long time Windows Mobile hacker and HTC insider Football has trickled out some details of the HTC DLX on Twitter today, bringing us a new rumor for a new week.

According to Football, the HTC DLX will be a 5-inch "full HD" device, with a Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5GHz and 2500mAh battery under the hood, come with a 12MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, and run Android 4.1.2. This may or may not be the rumored 5-inch HTC device headed to Verizon for the holidays, hopefully with a world version released at the same time.

We can't confirm or deny this one, but considering the source it's worth some discussion.

Source: @Football4PDA

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It's been a little while now since we first heard all about the additional colors the Samsung Galaxy S3 was to become available in. Indeed, some of those colors we saw first hand at IFA 2012 in Berlin, but news of their availability globally has been a little thin on the ground. News from Verizon today is that the black and brown versions of Samsung's hit handset will be coming soon to Big Red. 

A sign up page over on the Verizon website is live now, and while there's a distinct lack of pricing information, it would be hard to see a color change warrant a change in price. If you've been holding out for either of these, be sure to keep an eye out for release information that will no doubts follow soon. 

Source: Verizon

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Samsung isn't the only one upgrading their tablets to ICS today. Motorola has begun rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 (also known as the Xoom 2 in Europe), as expected. Motorola has provided a nice little walkthrough video showing all of the latest updates. The new quick access lock screen, and the usual ICS goodies. The Wi-Fi-only models got their upgrade over the summer.

If you're looking to pick one up from Verizon, the 10.1-inch model starts at $549.99 and the 8.2-inch model goes for $429.99, but be sure to check out our pre-ICS review before taking the plunge. What do you guys think - do the new Motorola customizations in ice Cream Sandwich add some freshness to the XYBOARD family, or are they still too samey compared to alternative Android tablets out there?

Source: Motorola

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Following a few scattered releases in Europe, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is landing in the U.S. by way of Verizon. All of the stuff you'd expect is there, including a new tab for handling home screen widgets, a data usage monitor, revamped settings menu structure, and a few other odds and ends. The full feature list can be found in this PDF

If you've been thinking of picking one up, you can check out some of our hands-on time with the device back at CES when it was still running Honeycomb. Here are the specs. 

  • 7.7-inch 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • Full 1080p HD playback
  • 5,100 mAh battery
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • Supports LTE and HSPA+
  • Samsung Game Hub
  • Voice call support

There's still no word on specific dates, but don't be surprised if ICS becomes available sooner than later. Any Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 users in the house?  Anyone tempted to pick one up for $400 now that the software is reasonably current, or is it not worth a second glance without Jelly Bean? 

Via: TalkAndroid

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A few days back Verizon finally got the LTE Galaxy Nexus updated to Jelly Bean, and that means new factory images to play with. Google has updated the Nexus factory image page to include build JRO03O, which is unadulterated, pure Android and frankly sexy as hell. Ask anyone who just got the update -- Jelly Bean brings the Galaxy Nexus right up to the front of the smartphone pack, even with the "dated" hardware of the year-old Galaxy Nexus.

So, what does all this factory image stuff mean? Don't worry, it's nothing you have to fool with if you don't want to. It's a set of disk images that are flashable directly to the Galaxy Nexus hardware, to bring the phone back to a fully updated factory state. Think of it as a fail safe incase things get so screwed up that the path back is gone. It's great for hackers and flashers, but it's also a good thing to have on hand for regular folks as well. If you ever need them, there's people in the Verizon Nexus forums who enjoy nothing better than flashing phones, and they're ready to guide you. Hit the source link for the download.

Source: Google

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The unlockable developer version of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3, which just went on sale yesterday, already is on backorder. That means it either was popular as hell, or there weren't all that many available in the first place.

Both the 16- and 32-gigabyte versions are no longer available. There's no telling for how long, but the good news is if you just can't wait, the retail version can be hacked open pretty easily.

More: Verizon Galaxy S3 forums

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Look who showed up late for the party! It's the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 3 (Galaxy S III) "developer edition", and it's available for sale to the last few people who still care. It's in Pebble Blue, and the 16GB version will set you back $600, while the 32GB version is $650. The rest of the details -- specs like a Qualcomm S4 Krait and 2GB of RAM under a 4.8 Super AMOLED screen -- are identical to the retail version, but the bootloader on the dev model is easily unlocked.

Hey, that's just like the retail version, too.

OK, I'll stop sounding so bitter. Verizon releasing an unlockable developer edition of this one is a really good thing. They just took way too long, and with the retail model getting cracked nobody really cares anymore. I really wanted to get behind this idea and support Verizon (who has been less-than-hacker-friendly on occasion), and hope the next time they get 'er done in a more timely manner.

If you're interested, hit the source link below and get out your credit card.

Source: Samsung; via Android Task Force, Phandroid

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You've been waiting since July for some Jelly Bean on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and you just can't wait any longer. It's pushing out as we speak, but who knows when it will make it to your device. There's no way in hell you're going to sit one more day and read about everyone enjoying Jelly Bean while you mash the button to check for updates. We got ya.

The good news is you don't have to wait. The easy to unlock bootloader on the Nexus means it's relatively easy to flash the update yourself, and you too can join in the Jelly-fest. (I'm trade marking Jelly-fest, BTW). You'll need to be running a stock build, and have all the right tools, but thankfully the fellows in the Verizon Nexus forums have you covered.

They'll have you up and running in no time with clear and simple directions, and they're there to answer any and all questions should something go haywire. Click the link, grab your cable, and don't forgot to thank the dedicated folks who took the time to put this one together.

How To: Official Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon GNex

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A fresh batch of upcoming release windows for Android devices on Verizon has been leaked, giving us a rough idea of what to expect all the way to the new year. The supposed source document identifies the HTC Droid Incredible X as the ADR6435LVW, and is due to launch in November with LTE connectivity. The LG Spectrum 2 should be available in early October. The Samsung Stratosphere 2 is expected by the end of the month, while something called the Pantech Perception, a follow-up to the Breakout, didn't get a solid release date or specs. There are also two ZTE tablets on the roadmap, though the 10-inch one may have been canceled. Finally, the Motorola Droid RAZR HD should be landing in the middle of Q4, with the Droid RAZR MAXX HD dropping sometime in the middle of November. 

As with any rumor provided without any kind of documentation to back it up, take this information with a grain of salt. That said, how likely do you guys think it is that this roadmap will pan out?

Source: PhoneArena

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Finally, some users are reportedly receiving the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for their Verizon Galaxy Nexus. As OEMs such as HTC announced their Jelly Bean update schedules, a owners of this key device have been anxiously and impatiently awaiting the update.

Verizon's official support page for the update has also gone live, suggesting that they may be gearing up for a mass rollout. The update will be 146.6MB in size and appears to only be available via Wi-Fi. The build number, JR003O, appears to be official as it is the same one referenced in the support document.

If you have a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and have seen the same update, we'd love to hear from you in our Verizon Galaxy Nexus Forum! Sing out, send a screenshot, enjoy the Jelly Beans!

Source: VerizonAndroid Central Forums

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At today's Goldman Sachs investor conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo had a bit to say about unlimited data plans, and what he (and presumably Verizon) thought about them. There's a link to the full transcript below, but here's a direct quote.

So what customers are understanding and through our good sales routine is once you explain to a customer their usage on a monthly basis, unlimited is just a word, it doesn't really mean anything and that people don't really -- I think a lot of consumers think they consume a lot more data than they really do. So that whole unlimited thing I think is going by the wayside and they see the benefit of going to the shared.

Shammo is probably right. Most people don't need unlimited data plans. But for those that do need them, it's not very good news to see that there's little chance of them ever returning. Should Sprint get their LTE network in a more usable state, or T-Mobile expand their high-speed HSPA+ beyond highways and metro areas, there could be a shift among power users away from Big Red. Both carriers now have data-friendly full unlimited plans at reasonable pricing.

I've no dog in this fight. I'm one of the lucky few (very few) with good T-Mobile service, and my ancient Android data plan gives me all I can eat. I'm curious to hear from the rest of you guys. Agree with Mr. Shammo? Hit the break and answer the poll, then fill the comments with blind rage your thoughts.

Source: Verizon (pdf transcript); via CNET

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Verizon has announced the launch of a bunch of brand new LTE markets today, in addition to some expansions planned for tomorrow. The newly-launched Verizon LTE markets include:

  • American Falls, Idaho
  • Americus, Georgia
  • Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado
  • Billing and Helena, Montana
  • Bremerton, Colorado
  • Coffeyvilley, Kansas
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Ellijay, Georgia
  • Emporia, Kansas
  • Greely Colorado
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Marion County, Ohio
  • Moultry, Georgia
  • Merced, California
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Richmond, Indiana
  • Silverdale, Colorado
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Tifton, Georgia

A few more expansions on existing LTE zones are planned to go live tomorrow, some of which we had heard about last week. They are...

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Update: Ausdroid has pointed out that this is nothing more than a fan-inspired render. See the original at Danny Tu's Flikr stream. Maybe HTC should hire Mr. Tu, as everyone seems to love his design!

HTC’s mysterious Verizon-bound 5-inch smartphone has been the subject of numerous rumors over the past several months, and we’ve seen purported blurry-cam shots of the device in the past. However, today, we might have our first clear look at the large-screened device, as the image above has surfaced on Chinese social network Sina Weibo. In the top left corner it's labeled as the 'HTC One X 5,' which is the first time we've heard this name associated with the rumored device.

The image is low resolution, but it’s detailed enough to reveal a few key points -- a black design with red accents, Beats Audio branding, and both rear and front-facing cameras. The simulated image on the screen seems to have been taken from earlier HTC One X renders, as it displays Barcelona and Feb. 26 in the clock widget, as well as the old Android Market icon on the home screen. We’ve seen fake (and prototype) press renders leak out before, so there’s certainly no guarantee that this image is legitimate. The low resolution alone means it’d have been relatively easy to forge.

HTC has a big event lined up in New York City this Wednesday, so it’s possible the One X 5 -- or Droid Incredible X, as the Verizon version’s rumored to be called -- will make its debut there. It’s equally likely, however, that Big Red will want to save such a flagship device for CTIA, or some standalone event. We’ll have to wait and see. Whatever happens, we’ll be live from NYC this Wedneday to bring you all of the day’s HTC news.

Source: Engadget

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus users have had a long and shaky history with using Google Wallet on their devices. Now it seems that some entity -- be it Verizon or Google -- may have finally pulled the plug on this one. Users in our forums are reporting that the Google Wallet app is no longer working on their devices and is unable to be updated or installed in the Google Play Store. We're not sure at this point why the app is pulled or whether it will be coming back, but hopefully we'll hear something more definitive soon.

We recommend you go check out the thread in our forums where users are reporting their findings. There's a good chance some ingenious hackers will find a way around this soon enough: Verizon Galaxy Nexus Forums: Google wallet problem.

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Following up on a significant LTE expansion last week, Verizon has announced plans to expand in a whole bunch of markets this week. The switch will be flipped on in many of them on September 20, just in time for the iPhone 5 launch, though Android users will see plenty of benefit from the expansion too. Here's the list.

  • Jefferson City, Missouri (now live)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (planned expansion)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (planned expansion)
  • The Hays, Kansas (planned expansion)
  • Rolla, Missouri (planned launch)
  • Lawrence, Kansas (planned launch)
  • Bremerton, Washington (planned launch)
  • Silverdale, Washington (planned launch)
  • Emporia, Kansas (planned launch)
  • Coffeyville, Kansas (planned launch)
  • Buffalo, New York (expansion live)
  • Tallahassee, Florida (planned launch)
  • Fort Myers, Florida (planned launch)
  • Tampa Bay, Florida (planned launch)

Anyone in these markets hooting and hollaring for the upcoming LTE coverage? How is it comparing to, say, AT&T? You can get a closer look at Verizon's LTE coverage over here

Source: Verizon

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The Verizon Galaxy S3 is slated to get s software update that will bring bug fixes along with Verizon "remote diagnostics" application that will let the carrier fix your phone from afar should you break something. (Not that any of our readers would ever do that.) No, it's not Jelly Bean, yet. You'll still have to wait a little while for that one, and, no, we don't know how long. (But being that we're talking about Verizon here ...)

Anyhoo. Here's the full changelog for version IMM76D:

  • Improved stability and connectivity with Back Up Assistant.
  • Added support for viewing the Guided Tour video’s over the Cellular Network.
  • Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics.
  • Improved Data Connectivity when using SBeam.
  • NFC (TecTile) tagging issue resolved to ensure pre-programmed text messages are accurate
  • “No SIM” pop up issue has been resolved.

No word on when it'll start rolling out, but you can assume it will be "imminent," "soon," or any other nondescript term.

Source: Verizon (pdf); thanks to everyone who sent this in

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Verizon has just launched a mobile security service powered by McAfee with a whole bunch of useful security tools. The free version provides protection against spyware keyloggers, and potentially harmful sites that are visited in the native Android browser. For $1.99/month (or $1/month if you have Total Equipment Coverage already) you gets you remote tracking, audible alarm sounding, locking, and wiping, along with App Alert, which flags apps that are accessing personal data. 

While I'm not personally concerned about viruses in the traditional PC sense, there's plenty of malware out there that's worth protecting against in some form or another. How do you guys make sure your personal data is safe from malicious apps? Is it worth paying a monthly fee for protection?

Head on over to Verizon for more information or to sign up for Verizon Mobile Security.

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