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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 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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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...
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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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 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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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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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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Xoom 4G LTE starts shipping Oct. 13 for $499

We're starting to get word that the Motorola Xoom is finally getting ready for its upgrade to 4G LTE on Verizon. If you'll recall, the Xoom was the first Honeycomb tablet, announced at CES in January. At the time, we knew it was going to launch as a 3G-only device, with a hardware upgrade to come sometime later. And later. And later.

Many moons came and went. Scores of other excellent Honeycomb tablets have been released. Samsung released a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Verizon. And there still sat the Xoom, with its promise of an upgrade looking more and more tarnished. Add to that the fact that you'll still have to actually relenquish your Xoom and send it in for the upgrade, and the whole thing was looking even sillier than it did at first blush.

But that brings us back to now. Starting Thursday, you can go to Verizon's website for complete instructions on how to get your upgrade. You'll have to part with your Xoom for six days. The upgrade is free, and you don't have to change your data plan.

Also of note: Motorola Xooms with 4G LTE baked in -- aptly named the Xoom 4G LTE -- will start shipping Oct. 13 for $499.

Full press release is after the break.

More: Motorola Xoom forums

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The word is spreading like wildfire in our ThunderBolt forums -- the Android 2.3.4 update for HTC ThunderBolt is finally pushing out. Go to Settings>Software update>Check new to start the download. Then sit back, open a cool tall one, and let the Gingerbread flow. You've waited long enough.

More: HTC ThunderBolt forums

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Here she be, folks. Verizon's posted the changelog for the ThunderBolt Gingerbread update. It'll be build 2.11.605.3, and includes:

  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • New desktop UI, including widgets, icons and screens
  • New customizable dock icons

Plus all the other fixes and updates in Gingerbread, and more you can see in the screen above.

Source: Verizon (pdf)
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Droid X owners are going to want to check their device for an OTA update, as Verizon says that software version 4.5.605.MB810 will be rolling out "soon." The 113 MB update is said to resolve keyboard stability and usability to "optimize performance during text entry." The OTA appears to be already arriving for some, but as always, if you haven't received it yet, sit back and relax, there's no need to panic. Shout out below when they keyboard fix finally hits, and check out the source link for detailed installation instructions.

Source: Verizon Wireless; Thanks imstillalive
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We've been seeing and hearing plenty about the HTC Vigor these days, even the guided video tours have now leaked out. Before those, the media files, live wallpaper and boot animation were all dumped for everyone to enjoy and now some new images have popped up. Aside from the front and back of the device, there is finally some confirmation for the oft rumored specs and the Vigor is running a 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.3.4, a 8MP rear camera with a 2MP shooter on the front and of course that oh so beautiful 4.3-inch HD display and LTE. More pics can be found past the break for you all.

Source: TeamBAMF

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Just when you finally think you may have decided which device is right for you, we throw another one into the mix. The guys over at This is my Next have been sent some images of an unannounced Motorola device that is apparently named the Motorola Spyder. What makes this device any different than any of the others you are probably wondering, so let's take a look at the specs.

The Motorola Spyder is said to have a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, this would be the first time we have ever seen this, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. In addition it will rock an 8MP camera on the back, a "HD" front facing camera, and 1GB of RAM. Which carrier this device is destined to launch for is still unknown, could this be the first big AT&T 4G LTE device, or yet another in the Verizon selection?

Update - They have received another tip from a trusted source who has had hands-on time with the device and the About screen of the device reveals it to be the Droid RAZR. With the "Droid" branding that pretty much leaves us knowing that it will be heading Verizon's way, but the question now is when?

Source: This is my Next

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The wallpapers, ringtones, boot animation and the new Beats live wallpaper from the HTC Vigor have popped up, and are available for download.  No source is given, but we're assuming they are from the Vigor RUU that's been mentioned (but not released) by a few HTC Sensation developers.  It appears that most of the media is the typical HTC Sense fare, but there are two new Vigor specific wallpapers and the boot animation, and a, let's call it busy, live wallpaper based on the Beats static wallpaper.  The folks at Android Police have them packaged up and ready to roll, hit the source link for the downloads.

Source: Android Police

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We've been talking about the Samsung Stratosphere since July, and today an image popped up at the Wirefly site for the Pantech Breakout that looks like it might just be the final press shots of the phone itself.  To refresh your memory, the Stratosphere is rumored to be a Verizon LTE device, with a full sliding horizontal qwerty keyboard.  Other rumored specs include a Super AMOLED screen and front facing camera, making this one an Epic 4G clone for Verizon LTE users -- and we know there's a lot of intrest out there in that.

What seeing these images on a site like wirefly that sells phones indirectly for Verizon means is still up for grabs.  There's rumors that the Stratosphere may be hitting the shelves as early as Oct. 6, but then again there were rumours that it would debut on Sept. 8 as well -- which of course didn't happen.  What we can be pretty sure of is that it's real, and it's coming eventually to Verizon, and hopefully bringing a nice full keyboard along for people who have been wanting LTE and qwerty.

We've got one more pic after the break.

Source: Wirefly; via Owen Johnston

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Whether you have been in the market for a new 4G phone but weren't satisfied with previous pricing, or you are looking for a new gadget that doesn't break the bank you will want to check out the Pantech Breakout. Available today from Verizon Wireless the Pantech Breakout is a 4G LTE device that will run you only $99 on contract. The device is powered by a 1GHz processor with a four inch 480x800 display, along with a 5MP camera rear facing camera and a VGA front facing camera. Sure, it may not be Verizon's next flagship device, but it does pack quite a punch for the price, and for those looking to buy off contract this thing will only run you $359.

Thinking about picking one of these up? Be sure to hop in our forums and let us know your thoughts on it!

Source: Verizon

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Verizon Wireless this morning announced the LG Enlighten, an entry-level Android smartphone. Specs include:

  •     Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  •     3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)
  •     800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking
  •     Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing
  •     Adobe® Flash® 10
  •     3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  •     Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and widgets
  •     Customizable apps menu
  •     3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder

The LG Enlighten will be available Sept. 29 for $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year contract.

Source: Verizon

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Verizon has unleashed a bevy of press releases -- 16 in all, if you count one market getting two  releases -- announcing expansion of its 4G LTE network to some 22 markets, and the expansion of two others. That means if you have the HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, Motorola Droid Bionic, Samsung Droid Charge or Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you'll be able to take advantage of the faster data speeds.

Starting Oct. 20 (or maybe even a day or so sooner if tradition continues), the following markets will see 4G LTE:

  • Fort Myers, Fla. (LTE currently is available in the airport)
  • Buffalo/Niagara, N.Y.
  • Sioux City, Iowa
  • Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Birmingham, Ala. (The footprint will also extend out I-65 North to Cullman, I-59 North to Springville, I-20 East to Moody, Highway 280 East to Harpersville, I-65 South to Calera, I-59 West to Bessemer and Highway 78 West to Jasper.)
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Evansville, Ind.
  • Bloomington, Bedford and Mitchcell, Ind.
  • South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, and Goshen, Ind.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • Stockton, Calif.
  • Hagerstown and Western Maryland
  • Expansion in Los Angeles and San Diego

If you're in or around any of those areas, get ready for some seriously fast data speeds. And maybe consider a spare battery -- that LTE likes the juice.

Source: Verizon

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Still trying to figure out exactly who the HTC Rhyme is for? Here's the thought process, in HTC's own words.

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And here it is, folks: the HTC Rhyme (aka the Bliss). Coming to Verizon on Sept. 22, the 3.7-inch smartphone has Android 2.3, a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display and a 5MP camera, along with the latest version of HTC Sense, seen only in leaks until now. It's also got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM.

The real story, of course, are the accessories. There's the plugless dock (the trio of gold contacts is a telltale that you just place the phone in it), a glowing "charm cable" that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, a sports armband and a Bluetooth headset. Note that the tangle-free earbuds are NOT of the Beats Audio variety.

The Rhyme -- which will cost $199 for all that purple goodness -- will be hitting Europe and Asia next month as well.

We're at HTC's event now -- hands-on impressions coming up.

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If there was ever much doubt that the HTC Bliss is the HTC Rhyme (there wasn't) and that it's coming to Verizon (again, none) and that we might well see it Tuesday morning at an HTC event in New York City (we'll be there, by the way), well, that ends tonight.

A tipster just hit us up with Target Mobile's plans for the charming device (see what we did there?), and they are as follows: Presales start Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the phone being available Sept. 22. Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) has the exclusive on a Plum-colored version, it seems, and it looks like it'll be available a week or so later -- at least preorders apparently will continue through next week.

As for specs? They're looking fairly official now as a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display, Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera and a light-up charm that will alert you to incoming or missed calls, or text messages. Judging from the picture, it looks like it plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, and so it might or might not be Bluetooth-enabled. If it's the latter, it's a decidedly low-tech solution to a problem most people don't really have -- it's why all these Bluetooth watches and the like are still a niche product.

The screen also tells of two other "exclusive in-box accessories that are designe to enhance user experience." We gather one are the headphones you see here, which could well be of Beats Audio nature, though camps have been divided on that one. The other may be that dock, which showed up in one of the earlierst leaks. Or there could be something else.

Anyhoo, we should find out more in just a few short hours.

Thanks, R!

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Ladies and gentlemen, we've got a new horse in Verizon's 4G LTE stables. Welcome the Pantech Breakout (which we first told you about nearly a month ago) -- a 4-inch candybar smartphone that bosts Android 2.3, a 1GHz processor, 5MP camera (VGA front-facing camera), Wifi b/g/n, the aforementioned 4G LTE data -- and an affordable price tag. Available in stores and online starting Sept. 22, the Breakout is going for just $99.99 after two-year contract and $50 rebate. Voice and data plans start at $39.99 and $30 (for 2GB), respectively.

Source: Verizon

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Although the Samsung Illusion name has been tossed around before on some road maps there was never an official announcement made for the device. Now, thanks to a little slip up from Samsung on Flickr, we're getting a good look at a 3G-only device, but not much else. Specs seem to still be missing for the information but those will come eventually. What we do know though, is that the device is eco-friendly (which we've also seen in the Samsung Replenish):

Samsung mobile phones have been awarded a "green" certificate by one of the most reliable establishment in the US. Samsung announced on September 15 that its two mobile phone models including Ever Green phone (SGH-A667) and Illusion phone (SCH-I110) won a certificate of SPC (Sustainable Product Certification) by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, an independent product safety certification organization, expanding its "green" phone line-up into three which also include Replenish (SPH-M580).

Yeah, we know -- not much to go on, but it's interesting that's for sure. What do you all think? A low powered budget device running an 800MHz processor or does it have something a little more beefier under the hood?

Source: Flickr; via: Electronista

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Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is getting a nice little update. Here's what's new:

  • Enhanced data connectivity
  • Notified if roaming
  • Reply/reply all fixed in Exchange.
  • Fixed Exchange syncing
  • Fixed characters in Exchange mail
  • Updating Exchange password also updates security settings
  • Not detectable on Mac OS.
  • SIM ID now in About screen
  • IMEI added to About screen.

Head into the software update section to pull it down.

Source: Verizon (pdf); Thanks, G!

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Verizon has just announced that they have partnered with FuzeBox, and will be featuring Fuze Meeting as part of the BSA (Business Solutions Alliance) program.  If you're unfamiliar with Fuze Meeting, it's an online collaboration tool that provides virtual meetings via computers, tablets, and smartphones.  As Michael Toto, director, Enterprise and Government Partnerships at Verizon Wireless says:

As tablets and mobile devices continue to advance their capabilities and get adopted as de facto tools in the business environment, video collaboration is becoming mainstream for diagnostics, analysis, transactions and many other drivers that companies rely on. FuzeBox is delivering a perfect meeting place for the two technologies, offering high-quality, user-friendly solutions to a wide range of industries and customers, and the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network ties them all together.

And he's right.  With new high-speed cellular data networks come great ways to be even more productive on connected devices.  With rising fuel and travel costs, many businesses have turned to online meetings instead of flying folks cross-country to work together.  Here at Android Central, we conduct most of our internal business this way, and it's high time that mobile gets in on the action.

Be aware though, this isn't a tool for the average consumer.  A quick look at the Fuze Meeting pricing page shows that this tech doesn't come cheaply.  But it's still far more cost effective than the alternative, and should be a heavy hitter for Verizon's BSA.  We have the full press release after the break, and you can learn more at the link below.

Fuze Meeting

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Verizon has announced that they will be turning on the LTE switch in 26 new areas come Sep 15 (that's tomorrow!), as well as expanding the footprint in three metro areas.  The new markets are:

  • Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.
  • San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Daytona, Fla.
  • Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.
  • Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Shreveport, La.
  • Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio
  • Dyersburg, Tenn.
  • Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
  • Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas.

The existing LTE footprint in San Francisco, Calif., Indianapolis Ind., and Cleveland/Akron Ohio is also slated to see a "major expansion".  As you can see in our Droid Bionic review, LTE is fast data re-defined.  The footprint keeps expanding, and each new LTE device brings a little better performance than the last, and everyone is loving it.  Keep it up Big Red!  We've got the (very long) full press release after the break.

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Sometimes the FCC gives you juicy nuggets, and other times it just confirms what you already know. This is the latter, with the HTC PH98100 -- otherwise known as the HTC Vigor, which is headed to Verizon in all likelihood -- getting its testing on for the feds. Not much else to glean here, other than an LTE radio is confirmed, but have at it.

Source: FCC

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