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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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Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition headed to Verizon

Today you can head out and buy yourself a Samsung Galaxy S5 all around the globe, but what if you want a developer edition? Well, that might be coming soon as well. As Samsung did for the Galaxy S4, it appears as if an early listing for a developer edition Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up...
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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No clear indication of what the software update will bring

We've already seen Motorola roll out a rather quick Android 4.4 update for the Moto X, and now Droid 4 owners are receiving a soak test invitation. Shortly after rolling out the soak tests on the Moto X, Droid Ultra and various other devices the update starting hitting officially, and we hope for the same here. While this update is likely to keep the phone on a lower version of Android — Motorola's support page still claims the Droid 4 won't go past Android 4.1.2 — we'll never turn down an official software update on an older device.

Invites are going out now, so we can expect to wait a few more days for software to start hitting devices. Hopefully if all goes smooth they will be able to roll the update to everyone rather quickly. Keep your eyes on your update screen and be sure to let us know if you start receiving the update!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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U.S. carrier undercuts Motorola's own purchase price by $80

Verizon today officially announced that the Moto G will be available online on Jan. 9. It'll be available in-stores thereafter, but you might already be able to pick one up at Best Buy.

The U.S. carrier is going as far as undercutting Motorola's own purchase price, selling the LTE-less smartphone for a mere $99. Prepaid plans start at $60 a month for unlimited talk and text, with 2 gigabytes of data. Upgrading to 4GB of data costs another $10 a month. 

Be sure to check out our full review of the Moto G.

Source: Verizon

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Motorola's mid-range smartphone may be landing on Verizon sooner than expected

While we thought that Motorola's $179 price tag for the Moto G was quite impressive it looks as though Verizon may be releasing it for an even lower price point. Some images have surfaced from Best Buy locations showing that they will be carrying the Moto G at only $99 off contract, which is an amazing price. Motorola had announced that the Moto G would be releasing on Verizon in Q1 of 2014 and an internal screen shot from Best Buy shows that it may be closer than expected.

While the pricing may not be confirmed it appears as though the device is set to release on January 9, 2014 which is just over a week away. If Verizon is able to bring the device at only $99 it would easily be the best value purchase on Verizon's network for anyone looking for a mid range device. 

Because the Moto G does not offer LTE on Verizon, it will likely be locked to pre-paid contracts only — which could be disappointing for some. If you are looking to save some cash while eliminating a contract and still want to have a good device the Moto G is definitely what you want to be looking at. Will you be picking up a Moto G on January 9 if it is available?

Update: The $99 price has been confirmed as has availability. The LA Times relays the following from Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler:

The phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives

Source: Droid Life; Via Android Police

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Update rolling out 'in phases' starting today

Verizon has taken to Twitter to announce that the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini will start receiving their over-the-air updates to Android 4.4 KitKat from today. The update is rolling out "in phases" according to the carrier, following a short soak test over the weekend. In addition to the new Android OS features, today's Droid update includes a new version of the Droid Zap sharing utility with a revamped interface, according to the official changelog.

It's a remarkably quick turnaround for the Verizon-branded handsets, coming a month to the day after the Moto X KitKat updates started, and less than two months after the Android 4.4 open-source code drop.

If you're seeing KitKat on any of the 2013 Droid phones today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: @VZWNews; More: Verizon Changelog (PDF)

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Galaxy Gear support, Multi Window and more all included

It's been a long time coming, but the Verizon Galaxy S3 is starting to receive its Android 4.3 update over-the-air today. Not only has Verizon updated its support documentation to indicate that the update is ready, dozens of members in our forums have also started to pull down the update on their own devices. It's coming a handful of weeks after other models, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

This update of course brings the bump to Android 4.3, along with support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, better support for moving apps to the SDcard, Multi Window enhancements and a whole lot more. Are you seeing the update on your own Galaxy S3 yet? Hop into the forums and let others know how it's going.

Source: Verizon Support

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469MB update brings the HTC One to Android 4.3 and fixes a few bugs

Folks with an HTC One on Verizon should start checking for a software update, as the OTA to Android 4.3 is pushing out now. The update to 4.3 also carries a few other minor changes:

  • OS Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.3
  • VZ Cloud application can back up contacts, photos and more
  • Ability to add your music to video highlights

Check your device through the settings menu, then head into the forums to discuss.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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App only compatible with Kindle Fire tablets

Coming up on exactly one year after its release on Google Play, Verizon's Redbox Instant streaming app is now available for the Kindle Fire. If you're not quite familiar with Redbox Instant, it falls in line with many other video on-demand offerings, with thousands of movies available for instant streaming and download on your device. Further, the app doubles as a way to reserve movies at Redbox kiosks, which can fill in the gaps left by streaming.

This initial release supports just Kindle Fire devices, including all models except for the very first Fire. Second-generation Kindle Fire, Fire HD and current HDX models are all compatible. You can snag the app for free from the Amazon Appstore at the link below.

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Attention, owners of the Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx: Motorola has just sent out invites for a software "soak test" for the trio of devices. Nothing definite, but that could well mean Android 4.4 KitKat is on its way. (Or it could be a lesser version. We've got our fingers crossed.)

It generally takes a few days for the soak test update to push — and it's entirely possible the update will push to everyone — soak test or not — at the same time. It's happened before.

Stay tuned.

More: Verizon Droid forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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In return, Verizon to receive cash and AWS spectrum in certain markets

T-Mobile could potentially be ready to wrap up a big deal for some of Verizon's spectrum. According to a report from Bloomberg, the carriers are nearing a deal to transfer 700MHz "A block" spectrum from Verizon to T-Mobile for somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion. Verizon initially purchased the 700MHz spectrum in 2008 for $2.6 billion. Further, the deal may also see T-Mobile transferring some AWS (that's 1700/2100MHz) spectrum to Verizon for certain markets. 

If approved by the FCC, the 700MHz spectrum transfer would be applicable to about 150 million people, indicating that this would be quite a large pickup for T-Mobile. The nation's fourth-place carrier currently holds spectrum in the 1900MHz and AWS bands, which is less expensive and fully functional, but can't always penetrate buildings in dense cities properly.

Adding 700MHz could be just what T-Mobile needs to round out its network offerings, so long as it plans to have the spectrum for a good amount of time and starts to deploy devices that support the frequencies. Sources claim the deal could be finalized as soon as next week.

Source: Bloomberg

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Customers to be notified proactively of unlocked status, get devices unlocked for free

The CTIA has announced today it has come to an agreement with the FCC regarding cellphone unlocking. The five largest carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular — have signed-on with a deal that increases the transparency and improves the process of unlocking phones in the country.

The full list of six steps towards more consumer-friendly unlocking, which is quite extensive and can be found after the break, will be adopted by each of the five largest carriers and begin to be implemented within three months. The basic idea behind the guidelines follows right in line with what the FCC proposed the CTIA consider just one month ago, including clear policies posted on the carrier's unlocking process, responding to unlock requests within two days and unlocking devices without a fee.

The big sticking point between the wireless group and governing body was the proactive notification of customers that their devices are ready to be unlocked at the end of their contracts, which seems to now be included in the guidelines.

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Third-party charger issue purportedly fixed

A small follow-up update to the original jump to Android 4.3 back in October is hitting Verizon Galaxy S4's today with a few small fixes and improvements. According to the Verizon support document for the update, email connectivity has been improved, as has data roaming across Canada and Mexico. Further, data speeds when using enterprise proxy servers have improved, and a notable issue of third-party chargers not charging the phone should be resolved as well.

The new software version after the update will be I545VRUEMK2 — if you've received the update and are noticing any big changes, be sure to hit the forums and let other members know how it's going.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Jeremy!

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If you're waiting on the wood, know that it's still coming

We know they are coming. Motorola has even said as much. So tonights' latest from @evleaks doesn't surprise us much. Pictured are those same Moto X phones everyone knows and loves, but with the highly desired hardwood backs

I'm a bit partial to the walnut look on the left, but the bamboo on the right is very nice as well. Hopefully, that white Verizon logo on the bottom is just a sticker and not etched into the wood itself. 

We've a feeling that these will be coming very, very soon.

Source: @evleaks

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600MB update already landing on devices

Both HTC and Verizon have confirmed that an update bringing Android 4.2.2 along with Sense 5 is on its way to Droid DNA owners today. It's certainly been a long time coming (as other HTC devices start to hit Android 4.4), but we'll never turn down such a huge update. While bringing all of the modern features of 4.2 and Sense 5, the DNA will now be up to speed software-wise with the HTC One on Verizon, which is important.

Members in our own forums are starting to see the updates on their own Droid DNAs, first in the form of a small update to prepare the system and again in a larger — about 600MB — update to make the jump to 4.2.2. Are you seeing the update on your own device? Sing out in the forums and let everyone else know how you're getting along with it.

More: Verizon Droid DNA forums

Source: Verizon; @moversi

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Network expands to 40MHz, double the largest available previously

Following up on the admission that its network isn't up to par in major cities, Verizon has just quietly flipped the switch on massive LTE network enhancements across the country. Just one month ago Verizon CFO Fran Shammo confirmed many people's suspicions that the carrier's network performance has dipped in recent months, but that money was being spent to have the issues resolved by the end of the year. It seemed like a lofty statement at the time, but Verizon has just made those improvements live today.

According to statements given to Gigaom, Verizon has just tripled its network capacity in some of the biggest markets in the U.S. — New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C. In other markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles, the network improvements are in the 150 percent range.

Verizon is accomplishing these amazing network improvements by tapping its holdings of AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum, which has bolstered its network to operating on a full 40MHz of spectrum, up from a maximum of 20MHz in any given market previously. The carrier claims 5,000 cell cites will be updated to support AWS by the end of the year, with another 5,000 in process of coming online thereafter.

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Valuable block of spectrum could net Verizon a big profit on the sale

Verizon may be considering a sale of its 700MHz "A block" spectrum, and its no surprise that T-Mobile and AT&T are both in line to make a bid for it. Although Verizon continues to actively use the 700MHz spectrum, it has indicated previously that it would part with the valuable piece of airwaves for the right price, naturally. It purchased the rights to the A block for $2.4 billion, and has indicated that it won't part with it for less than $2.75 billion.

Reportedly both AT&T and T-Mobile are poised to bid for the spectrum. AT&T already holds the rights to adjacent 700MHz spectrum, and certainly has the cash to buy it if necessary. T-Mobile on the other hand operates its network primarily in the 1900MHz and AWS (1700/2100MHz) frequencies, and the 700MHz spectrum is undeniably more valuable than what they hold now.

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Following some recent (and not-so-recent) leakage, the Motorola Droid Ultra and Droid Mini have appeared in white on Verizon's online store. Nothing has changed besides the color of the phones' exterior — you're still basically looking at a Moto X-class device in a different form factor with added "Droid" branding from Verizon. The phones' prices are also unchanged — the Ultra is $99.99 on a two-year plan, $449.99 outright or $18.97 on Verizon Edge, while the Mini remains $49.99 on-contract, $399.99 outright or $16.81 on Edge.

Hit the source links below for more details.

Source: Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini; via: Droid-Life

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It's the Droid Mini you know and love, now with a new color option

Frequent device revealer @evleaks has posted a press render today of a Motorola Droid Mini in white, headed to Verizon. Details on an exact price and availability aren't known, but there isn't much to the imagination here. Verizon often releases new colors of devices to help bump sales, especially around the holidays.

If you've ever wanted a Droid Mini but just can't make yourself pull the trigger on the plain 'ol black or saucy red model, wait it out for this white one to arrive. New colors of phones usually aren't too far behind leaked renders like this.

Source: @evleaks

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Listed as an online-only accessory for now

The days of constrained Chromecast supply are long gone, as Verizon is yet another retailer selling the $35 TV dongle. Coming in right behind Motorola which just started selling Google's accessory and long after both Amazon and Google Play have offered it, Verizon is prominently displaying the Chromecast as a great accessory on its main page.

It seems as though the Chromecast from Verizon is an online-only deal, at least for now, and with a free shipping offer this is certainly the "great gift idea!" that Verizon is touting it as. We can imagine more than a few people will be impulse-buying this accessory when they do their holiday shopping on the Verizon website this year.

Source: Verizon

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New plan targeted at infrequent mobile data users

Verizon is hoping to get more people hooked on mobile data for their tablets with a new $5 "Daily Plan." The new plan slots in below the previous low offering of $20 for 1GB of data each month, and gives you 24 hours of access to 300MB of data, with the plan running out at whichever limit you reach first.

The new Daily Plan is applicable to any of Verizon's tablets or connected devices, like a Samsung Galaxy Camera, and can be used as many times as you please. For example you could simply string together three Daily Plans for 900MB over those three days for $15, but anywhere past that and you'd likely prefer to just sign up for a monthly plan or pay the $10 to add the tablet to a Share Everything plan.

It isn't exactly the best deal in the world considering T-Mobile is offering any tablet (whether they sell it or not) 200MB of data per month for free, but if you're already a Verizon customer you may want to take a look on your next trip with a data-enabled tablet.

Source: Verizon

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New Verizon home buttons now available

If you want a pint-sized Samsung phone with a full-sized carrier logo on the home key, Verizon Wireless has launched two new devices that may pique your interest. As foretold, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini are available today from Verizon, both packing Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's latest software tricks. The S3 Mini, originally released in the UK over a year ago, is a tough sell in late 2013, particularly at Verizon's asking price of $49.99 on a two-year plan, $10.56 per month on Verizon Edge or $249.99 outright. The more up-to-date S4 Mini will set you back $99.99 on a two-year agreement, $16.81 per month on Edge or $399.99 in full.

Even then you've got some fairly obnoxious carrier branding to deal with, though maybe some enterprising individuals will offer stickers to mask the logo, as they did for the Verizon Galaxy Note 2.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

Source: Verizon (S3 Mini), (S4 Mini); via: Phonescoop

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