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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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I was able to get my hands on a Droid RAZR and duck out long enough to get a video walk-through, and I'm really glad I did. Photos can only do this device so much justice, but when you get to hold it in your hands, you'll really be able to see what Motorola and Verizon are bragging about. 

While it may not be clear in the video above, the screen and size are the real stars here. The  4.3-inch Super AMOLED display is vivid, rich, and super vibrant, and the phone itself is mind-blowingly thin and light. It's unlike any other LTE device on the market today, and is a true gamechanger in 4G technology. 

Check out all of my initial impressions here, and let's all bide our time wisely until the Droid RAZR's "early November" lauch. 

Droid RAZR hands-on | Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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Here's a bit of news that a few of you aren't going to like hearing -- the Motorola Droid RAZR will ship with a locked bootloader.  According to the official Motorola Mobility Twitter account:

The bootloader was locked per the carrier, in addition to meeting security, safety and regulatory guidelines.

We're not quite sure where regulatory guidelines come into play here, but we understand the carrier wants it locked as well as the safety aspect (even if we don't agree).  Luckily, it looks like Verizon will be offering another phone for those of you who want to unlock and fool around with the inner workings of your Android phone's software, and we should see it in about eight hours.  Android -- something for everyone.

Source: @Motorola

Droid RAZR hands-on | Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

 

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Motorola is being stingy with hands-on time but we were just lucky enough to find a representative willing to let us get our grubby paws on the new Droid RAZR. You know all the specs by heart now-- Super AMOLED display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and blazing fast Verizon 4G LTE-- but until you get your hands on this device, you only know half the story.

The RAZR is one of the thinnest, lightest smartphones on the market, and I can say with confidence that it will completely shake up VZW's 4G market. It's unlike any other device on Verizon today. Compared with my HTC Thunderbolt, the RAZR is paper thin. And in my hands, I barely felt any weight. It's impossibly light. 

The Kevlar back is a nice touch, and is certainly lightweight enough to justify itself. And did I mention that screen? Moto haters, you have met your match. It's gorgeous, and certainly leaps and bounds better than the previous PenTile technology they have been using. At first glance, I thought Motorola had Best Buy-esque demo units on hand, you know the ones with the sticker for the display? Thankfully they did not, but that's the first impression you'll get with the screen.

Looking for a removable battery? You're not going to find one here, though you do have a 1780mAh power supply, so it could be worse. If the RAZR's battery life lives up to what Motorola is hyping, this shouldn't be an issue. But until we can put it through its paces, it's a valid concern.

Kudos to Motorola and Verizon for working closely together to finally get 4G LTE onto a competitive device. And if the battery life lives up to the hype, we're all in for a treat. Enjoy some more photos below, with a video available after the dreaded YouTube upload.

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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Sanjay Jha just officailly breathed new life into an old brand with the Motorola Droid RAZR at its event in New York City. Thin. Light. Fast. It'll be available in early November for $299 on contract.

Let's just get to the specs.

  • 7.1 mm thin.
  • 127 grams
  • Kevlar
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Splash Guard
  • 1.2GHZ processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display
  • 8MP camrea with 1080p video
  • MotoCast
  • 12.5 hours talk time/8.9 hours video playback
  • Webtop
  • 1780 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0

New software called Smart Actions is supposed to take care of some certain tasks in the background, like turning off Bluetooth and GPS when you're at home. Or if you're at 20 percent battery, it'll dim the display automatically, or slow the processor. Moto claims you can get up to 30 percent more battery life because of this.

It's also got MotoCast, which gives you your own personal cloud -- aka one more place to sync your stuff.

Full presser's after the break.

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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Samsung's not the only OEM releasing source code today, as Motorola has released the kernel and other GPL source code for the Motorola Droid Bionic.  Developers can use this, and will use this, but more important is that it shows that Motorola is serious about its commitment to open-source software.  We ride them because of their bootloader policies, but in reality all they are required to do is provide source code for the software they distribute that calls for it in the license.  They do a good job with this, and we're glad to see it.  Anyhoo, if you're curious, or actively developing for the Bionic, hit the source link and grab the files.

Source: Motorola's Sourceforge page; More: Droid Bionic hacking forums

Thanks, Conner!

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The HTC Thunderbolt has had a rough patch when it comes to Gingerbread.  Combine lots of rumors, even more leaks, and a pretty poor OTA that ended up getting yanked back and you'll have a mix that's bound to have Android power users up in arms.  We're not going to judge anyone here, heck we can't judge  -- releasing software isn't easy.  Verizon and HTC want you to be happy, because they want you to be a return customer.  To quote a great philosopher, "Shit Happens".

Hopefully, the happenings have finished, and according to the official @HTC Twitter account, the powers that be "anticipate the update being available soon."  By most accounts, the previous build of Gingerbread was about 90 percent, and the few bugs remaining have hopefully been squashed.  We've got Phil's battle-scarred Thunderbolt primed and ready, and as soon as we catch wind of any updates you'll be the first to know.

Source: @HTC; More: HTC Thunderbolt forums

Thanks, Ryan!

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Yep, there it is. The Motorola Droid RAZR. Cause when you tease something, chances are it's not lurking too far behind. And such was the case with that Droid RAZR teaser site, as many an Android snooper is now discovering. Thin. Presumably light. With that carbon-fiber/Kevlar-esque back. We'll get a better look at Tuesday's event.

More: Reveal.Motorola.com

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Chomping at the bit for Motorola and Verizon's big reveal tomorrow afternoon? You're not the only one. Until we finally get to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out Motorola's teaser site at the source link below, which features a countdown to the big news, a nice little mural dedicated to "Faster, Thinner, Stronger, and Smarter", and an all-too-brief promo video. If you're the type to look too deep into things, you'll notice a razor, a bulletproof vest, and the number 42 flash on the screen: RAZR, Kevlar coating, and 4G LTE, perhaps? Or maybe not. We'll all find out together tomorrow at noon, where we'll be reporting live from New York City.

Source: Motorola

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Yep, looks like Verizon's in the midst of a pretty widespread data issue tonight, if you folks on Twitter are any indication. Could be worse, we suppose, but any outage is a bad outage, even if it is Sunday evening. Hope Verizon's IT folks didn't have anything planned.

Anyhoo, voice your displeasure in the comments.

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It is always nice to see the minimum advertised price leak out for a device so we know about where we could expect it to be on contract pricing. The folks at Engadget received a tip about MAP pricing on the HTC Rezound (aka the HTC Vigor) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus device and both of them show as $299. Interesting note about it is that the pricing is effective as of November 10, 2011, which is just shy of a month away from the upcoming announcement. What is that we hear? Excitement in the air?

Source: Engadget

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Make sense?

This happens a lot, folks, so let's explain it again: A website that sells phones -- a third-party retailer, if you will -- knows just as well as you or I that the Galaxy Nexus (aka the Nexus Prime, aka the Samsung GT-i9250) is going to be announced next week. So it takes a leaked picture and slaps it up on its site, and gets us all to write about it. It's an SEO play. Oh, and that $749 asking price and $949 retail price? We'd be shocked if that's really what an unlocked Galaxy Nexus costs.

In fact, we're not even going to list the website that's listed the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus is coming. It'll be announced Wednesday in Hong Kong. (That's Tuesday evening in the States.) We'd wait until then before plopping down any money.

But in the meantime, you can visit our Galaxy Nexus forums, which we absolutlely have had live long before the phone is announced in hopes that you'll click on it and give us better SEO. But then again, we're not selling it to you for $749.

(And in other news, yes, the phone we first told you will be coming to Verizon is showing up in Verizon's inventory systems. Whodathunkit?)

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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You'd think by now people would have learned to stop comparing other smartphones, spec-by-spec, to the iPhone. It's apples and oranges. But that hasn't stopped the latest unsourced rumor from BGR, which claims to have the lowdown on the upcoing Motorola Droid RAZR, which we fully expect to see unveiled on Tuesday in New York.

So what are the specs? Let's break it down:

  • 4.3-inch display. OK.
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Par for the course these days, right?
  • 1GB of RAM, which BGR (as well as anyone else who can count) notes is twice as much as the iPhone. And so what? The iPhone also multitasks very differently than Android phones. The OS runs differently. It's less graphically intensive. It's not like the iPhone is slow because it only has 512MB of RAM. And, as we find ourselves repeating a lot lately, what exactly does "faster" mean? Faster at doing what?

No, the only thing rumored here we're really interested in is the claim that it's thinner than the iPhone 4/4S -- and that it's an LTE device. We've seen Samsung slim up the 4G Wimax-enabled Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, and we're also expecting to soon see thinner (and hopefully lighter) Xoom tablets.

Here's what we want from any manufacturer of an LTE device: Thinner and lighter, with better battery life. "Faster" is always going to come. Moore's Law and all, right?

Anyhoo, we'll be there Tuesday to find out. Stay tuned.

Source: BGR

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Back in September, the Droid 2 Global was busy getting its Gingerbread on when it was disccovered there was some issues with the actual update where in the Exchange encryption was broken. Now, a new update has been reeased to the masses and will be showing up as build 4.5.608.

The key enhancements as listed by Verizon:

  • Download Manager App: New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
  • App and Power Management Details: Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording: New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality: New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Dock Icons: Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within acustomizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • App Groups: New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
  • Security: Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference code directly from your Calendar.

The change log remains pretty much the same as before, just this time around everything will work as noted. Just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to get it loaded up.

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We have heard about the Samsung Stratosphere for a while now, and we have anxiously been awaiting it's official release on Verizon Wireless, and the day has come. If our hands-on got you excited, and you are in need of a new device will you be looking into this one? This 4G LTE 1GHz powered, 4-inch sliding QWERTY is priced at $199 on a two year agreement, and for those looking to avoid contracts this will set you back $409. Picking one of these up? Be sure to share your thoughts on it in our forums!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Verizon has focused heavily on connecting Enterprise-ready software with your smartphone at this year's CTIA conference, and yesterday it announced its next step. The Mobile Unified Communicaitons Client (Mobile UC), availble on the Droids X, X2, 2 and 2 Global, and the Pro. Verizon says that more manufacturers and models will be compatable soon.

Mobile UC is designed to connect your personal and business numbers and make both simultanesouly available on your personal smartphone. Business calls will direct to your device when it is in business profile, and personal calls will be available when the business profile is turned off. Everything is Enterprise ready, with business calls (inward and outward) routing through your existing IP PBX system. And yes, when placing calls from your business line, caller IDs on the receiving end will display your business number. 

When you're not on the move, Verizon is offering a Mobile UC docking station for your office: plug your smartphone in and calls you place will be routed through your business number and ethernet, without using personal minutes or data. Mobile UC is compatable with most Cisco and Avaya telephone systems, and set up must be done through your IT department. Once configured,  you can download the app through Verizon's VCast. The service will cost $7/month, and the docking station will set you back $125. Hit the source link for Verizon's Mobile UC page.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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We're still rocking and rolling as we've now reached the middle of the week. If you missed any news from today make sure you skip a page or two back to get caught up, or jump on into the Android Central forums for more Android discussion.

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Priacy policies. A touchy subject for some and if you're a Verizon customer who is concerned with such things you'll want to make sure you're up-to-date on some new privacy policy changes happening.

Verizon has updated some of their terms this week and those updates, now state that Verizon will use your info for "certain business and marketing reports" and for "making mobile ads you see more relevant."  In other words, Verizon will be tracking URLs of websites you visit and also your device's location data while sharing it with outside companies. Doesn't sound all that great does it?

Verizon does however offer you the option to opt out if you visit their privacy policy page and make some changes. The page has two different places where you can check "Don't use my information" for any or all of your Verizon cell numbers.

Having the option to opt out is great! Having been opted in by default -- not so great. If you're not down with Verizon doing this, then make sure you opt out as soon as possible.

Source: Computer World

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If you sent your Motorola Xoom off to get its 4G upgrade, you no doubt noticed the OTA update that was waiting for you when you got it back. You did get it back, right? What that update contained was never really mentioned but Verizon has now posted the changelog:

Device Features

  • Android™ Market has been updated.
  • When toggling between Airplane Mode, you will no longer receive the following error message: “Wrong Operator: SIM card is from an unknown source.”
  • After performing an over-the-air (OTA) update, the Android Market shortcut on the homescreen works correctly.
  • Android Books app has been upgraded.
  • Android Market Terms and Condition text is now easier to read against background color.
  • Android Market app now updates on its own.

Web Browsing

  • Improvements in browser security help to block rogue certificates.
  • Enhancements to the 3G/4G data connection help prevent data stalls.

Nice update overall. I can't speak for how well the web browser is working now but plenty of folks in the forums have been discussing the update so feel free to jump on in there and discuss it further.

Motorola Xoom Forums; Thanks, bigguy_132!

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