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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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Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 to be available from Staples starting Sunday

If you're in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S5 and just couldn't decide where to get it, or you happen to need to pick up some toner at the same time, might we suggest Staples? Starting next week, you'll be able to purchase the latest and greatest from Samsung from the office supplies and more...

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The Motorola Droid Bionic has popped up in the latest Best Buy circular, yet again confirming the 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera and all that jazz. And after the break, we've got that ad that first surfaced last month, in print form this time. Call us crazy, but it looks like Best Buy's planning on selling this thing.

Thanks, anon!

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Well, well. What have we here? We're getting word that at least one Verizon store has gotten a shipment of the mythical (OK, not so much anymore) Motorola Droid Bionic. Let's start with what you can see here. There's the SKU on the left, which points to this being the new Droid Bionic, aka the XT875. That's a good sign. "Motorola Droid Bionic" in the description? Check. That's good, too.

Then there's the unit cost. The $587 you see obviously is before any sort of rebate or contract subsidy, so most of you will be paying less. How much less? That hasn't been officially announced yet, but we're willing to wager $249 or so. (At least let's hope Verizon doesn't flirt with the $299 level, which might well turn people off pretty fast.)

Now, as for a release date. Again, nothing's official, and these things are very much subject to change. But our source says Aug. 26 is a real possibility, and that'd be ahead of the September time frame Motorola's Sanjay Jha dropped during a recent earnings call, and ahead of all of those September dates that have been floating around. But, again. That's unofficial stuff.

Regardless, we're certainly moving quite along. Now, about that Droid HD ...

Thanks, xWiggy18x!
More: Droid Bionic Forums

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We just got slipped a little internal memo, purportedly from Big Red, catching up on some Verizon supply and end-of-life news. Here's the breakdown:

  • Motorola Droid 3: Seeing some backorders. (Not sure if that means non many were ordered by Verizon in the first place, or if it's that popular. We'll hope for the latter.)
  • Samsung Continuum: Good luck finding one. If a store has it, it's likely one of the last few, as "supply is depleted."
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7: In short supply, but not dead yet.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (gray): Supply "expected to be constrained for the next several weeks." Not surprising -- the gray one is hawt.

And devices that are done for, or shall be shortly: Motorola Citus (late August/early September); and the Motorola Droid 2 (August).

Check out the full pic after the break if you wanna see all the dirty details.

Thanks, anon!

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The information for the Motorola Droid Bionic is flowing more heavily as well we move closer and and closer to seeing it finally arrive. The folks over at TechnoBuffalo appear to of have gotten their hands on all the spec information and as such have posted it up for all to see:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • Webtop Apps/Wireless Printing - Just like the Motorola Photon and the Droid 3 MotoPrint is on board. As well, Bedside mode, HDMI-out with mirroring and availability of a laptop dock just like the Motorola Atrix has
  • Zumocast - Is pre-loaded for streaming of content from the Droid Bionic
  • Camera - 8MP with LED flash, Front facing cam for video chat
  • Three Microphones - For enhanced call quality and noise control
  • Mobile Hotspot - Allowing up to 8 devices to be connected simultaneously

The info, looks as though it came from a user-guide or marketing material since it outlines each and every spec while telling you how exactly to work such things. You can find some more pics past the break.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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There's really no other way to put it -- Verizon's LTE rollout is putting other companies' 4G offerings to shame. Some 15 more cities are set to get Verizon's 4G data on Aug. 18, and 10 will see their coverage expanded. Here's the breakdown:

New LTE service:

  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
  • Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Provo, Utah.  

And expanded service is coming to:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

Of course, you'll need an LTE-capable device if you want to get those sweet data speeds. Current LTE smartphones are the Samsung Droid Charge, HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. The upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic will also be able to use LTE data. On the tablet side, Verizon's got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

For a full list of cities with LTE, ease on past the break.

Source: Verizon press release

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Been wondering where the Gingerbread update for the original Droid Incredible is, since it's been "coming soon" for a few days now? We'd originally heard that the update was supposed to push to 10,000 people on Aug. 16, with another 50,000 today, and everybody else on Friday.

Looks like that's been delayed. A post in Verizon's DInc support forums breaks the bad news:

Everyone, I apologize for the inconvenience, but the update has been delayed. Our product team is going through more testing. Once we know for sure when the update is coming, we will post more info.

Whoops. And, so, we wait. Again.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, rompskee
More: How to hack your DInc and put Gingerbread on it today

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What's all this then? Look, we're finally getting used to the idea that we might actually see the Motorola Droid Bionic released sometime in 2011, and now this little slice of sexy has showed up. Engadget was slipped a few pics of the as-yet unannounced device, with a couple of them showing it lounging next to the upcoming Verizon DB.

Let's start with what you can actually see in the pictures. There's no carrier branding on this thing, and note the different style of menu button. That could mean it's a prototype, or it could mean it's not intended for Verizon, never mind the Droid name. But we've seen EVO make the leap from Sprint in the U.S. to the GSM networks in Europe and in Canada, so there's that to consider.

The power button appears to have been moved to the right-hand bezel, a la every Samsung phone of the past year or so. It's sitting above the volume rocker. There's a front-facing camera, natch, and an "HD" camera with flash that will record video in 1080p. Been there, done that. HDMI and microUSB ports round things out. On that front.

More intriguing are the pictures of what appear to be a humungous removable battery. No doubt it's larger because it's also thinner, and the entire device is shown as being thinner than the Droid Bionic. And there's also the side-loaded (as in on the outside of the phone, on the left-hand bezel) SIM and microSD card slots. External SD card slots are few and far between, never mind SIM card slots.

Anyhoo. Place your bets as to where this puppy will end up. But if it's a sign of Motorola design to come, the next crop could be very interesting.

Source: Engadget

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Anybody up for a little Gingerbread on your HTC ThunderBolt? The Android 2.3 update that we're all oh so patiently waiting on hasn't yet been pushed, but a new leak -- and this is about the 16th ThunderBolt ROM leak, for those of you playing at home -- has emerged.

Build 2.07.605.0 is said to be an "official" build -- as in not a janky test build -- but it's not yet the "final" one that will be pushed. And you know how that goes -- ain't nothin' officially final until it's officially final.

Anyhoo, ol' Chingy's got the virgin RUU worked up alongside a few rooted builds. So if you're the brave type, give it a shot.

Source: ThunderBolt Gingerbread leak; via Rootzwiki

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Remember the Vphone? Revealed way back in 2009, Saygus promised that the Vphone would be the first consumer phone to pass Verizon's Open Device Initiative (ODI) certification, promising revolutionary features such as video calling over 3G, Remote backup and restore for data, and up to a three year warranty.  The phone won several design awards at CES, and the company promised that the device would be out sometime during 2010.  Then, it disappeared.  That is, until today.

Sascha Segan, over at PC Magazine, broke the news to day that the Saygus Vphone finally received certification through Verizon's Open Network Initiative and would start selling the handset "soon." The phone's specifications include:

  • 3.5" 800x480 screen
  • 'Best in class' slide-out keyboard
  • 806Mhz processor
  • 256MB SDRAM
  • 512MB Flash
  • "Android OS" - Though the version number isn't listed in this release, the last known version it ran was 2.2 aka Froyo.
  • 5MP rear camera with VGA front-facing camera
  • USB host port
  • USB modem capable

In a market dominated by 4"+ black slabs and dual-core processors, the Vphone won't win any awards in the spec race.  It's important to note that this is the first (and currently only) android device to receive Verizon's ODI certification.  What this means is that while the device itself will run on Verizon's network, it won't be officially "supported" by them, meaning it should ship without CityID, Vcast, and the other applications Verizon puts on their other devices. This isn't a Nexus device, but it's the closest thing Verizon users have seen to a stock Android device since the original Droid.

On Monday, we wake up to see that Google is buying Motorola, and on Tuesday we discover that the Vphone will actually see the light of day.  What will we wake up to tomorrow?

Source: PC Mag.  More: Verizon, Saygus

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Verizon has announced that they will begin offering a new $20/300MB data plan option for subscribers in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for any 3G or LTE smartphones.  The plan is promotional, and will only be offered from Aug. 18 through Sep. 30.  Nobody likes the idea of tiered data plans, but for many the biggest issue was that there was no option that saved money, even though the new plans were described as such.  It appears that Verizon is considering a low cost, low use option for those that need one.  Personally, I think it was held off just long enough to make me eat my own words, but I've been known to wear a tinfoil hat from time to time.  Well played, Verizon!

In all seriousness, it's a great idea to offer a cheaper plan for those transitioning from a feature phone to a smartphone, or those that use Wifi all day.  With this plan, users will have 300MB a month, and if they go over they automatically are billed for another 300MB at the same $20 rate.  While not for everybody, it's great to see another option.  The full press release is after the break.

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If you've been suffering from a buggy Motorola Droid X after getting last month's Gingerbread update, let's see if today's bugfix update doesn't clear things up for you. The update brings you to Version 4.5.602. Chatter in our Droid X forums indeed point to some minor fixes, including hardware button lights, a slightly faster UI, and a new radio.

Source: Droid X forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Hey, look at that. An actual Motorola Droid Bionic, in actual hands, in an actual Verizon store, apparently. The picture above is just the latest in the seven-month (and counting) saga that's been the Droid Bionic.

You do get a pretty good look at the screen here, and there's the non-Blur UX we've starting to love a little more each day.

One more pic's after the break.

Source: Howard Forums; via Android Central Forums

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And here's yet another pic of the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic (suffice it to say it's deep in the throes of testing among average Joes at this point). So you see some speed test action going on here, and that's some fine LTE data speed. But what's got us interested is YodaDroid's follow-up, where he declares "battery life improved once again," and that he's seeing more than 15 hours of use, with push e-mail and widgets running full-bore.

Let's certainly hope so. Battery life has been the Achilles' heel of LTE devices. And if Verizon puts out one that can last past lunchtime, it'll make all this hype (and that Pentile screen) worth it.

Source: Android Forums; via Phandroid

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If you're the sort who actually reads user manuals (and we know there are a few of you out there), a draft version of the Motorola Droid Bionic user guide has been publicly revealed by the FCC. Flipping through it, we don't see too much we didn't expect -- note the microHDMI port along with confirmation of a 4.3-inch qHD display.

Curious, though, is the inclusion of a section on the World Phone GSM capabilities. Last time we checked, the Droid Bionic was to be an LTE data smartphone. And while both use SIM cards, we've yet to see a dual LTE/GSM device. And that would be different from the specs Motorola briefly outed and later pulled, and from the FCC's own testing here. And it definitely looks like other pages in this draft guide are borrowed from other devices.

So is it really a CDMA/LTE/GSM smartphone with a dual-core processor and qHD display? We're skeptical at this point. But, damn, that'd be one sweet -- and power-hungry -- device.

Source: FCC; via Droid Bionic Forums

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Not that we haven't seen the long-overdue revamped Motorola Droid Bionic about 16 different ways now, but a handful of documents at the FCC unsealed today give us yet another look at the upcoming Verizon smartphone.

In addition to more exterior shots, we get a look at the internals of the phone we've come to know by its Targa codename. And, surprise, surprise, it looks like a smartphone on the inside.

And if you're really looking for the nerdy details, the FCC's also unsealed its testing photos for the Droid Bionic. Interesting stuff, actually. Now if only we had an official release date.

Source: FCC; via Droid Bionic Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Verizon Motorola Xoom owners, now is your moment of glory. Well, insofar as the first Honeycomb tablet that was supposed to have LTE by now but still doesn't can bask in glory.

But we digress.

Software update HTJ85 for your Motorola Xoom is now pushing out and while I'm sure you all are fully aware of the changelog it brings, here is a rundown anyway:

Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode:

  • Ability to switch to double pixel mode for selected applications.
  • When selected, application subwindows and drop down menus are also doubled. In addition, pixel doubling settings are saved for each application.

SD Card Support:

  • New microSD card support allows you to use a file manager to view all the important files, pictures, music, videos and more stored on your SD card, as well as write content to your SD card via connection to a PC or Mac.

Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies:

  • Adjusts the bit rate based on client bandwidth, providing an improved user experience.

Movie Rental Improvements:

  • Stability improvements to the overall experience.
  • When viewing with HDMI connection, the screen will accurately resize.

New EAS policy:

  • “Allow Password Recovery”
  • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security

That's it -- now go check for system updates if you've not done so already and by all means, feel free to open up some discussion in the Motorola Xoom forums or drop us some comments on how the update went for you.

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Get the feeling that the Motorola Droid Bionic -- which is hitting stores sometime next month -- is in the hands of a few few testers? Yeah, us, too. Here's a new pic that was dropped into our forums. (Full disclosure: We've cropped out the beyond-spammy watermark on this pic; you can see the whole thing at the source links below.)

Anyhoo, not a whole lot to see here. Big battery (but will it be big enough?), the 4G LTE SIM card, and a spot for the microSD card.

Source: MyEGarageSale via Droid Bionic Forums

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By the time the Droid Bionic finally hits Verizon shelves in September it’ll seem like an old familiar friend. Above is a shot from yet another impromptu photoshoot of the Bionic showing off its sexy physique. Unfortunately we don’t get a great look at the UI, but hey, we hopefully have only a month left ‘til we’re all able to feel one up ourselves. Until then, hit the source link for a few more shots, and try not to drool on your keyboard.

Source: Droid-Life

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If you are on Verizon and have had a hard time deciding which device to get, it seems like things are not getting any easier as yet another device has leaked out along with some specs. The LG Enlighten, a mid ranged QWERTY slider has appeared, and apparently it is set to release on August 25. The device will be running Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and will be powered by a 800MHz processor, not the fastest we have seen, and all of this will be displayed on a 3.2" HVGA display. While it may not compete spec for spec with some of the other upcoming Verizon device, is the LG Enlighten something that you could consider owning? Full spec sheet after the break.

Source: Droid Life

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We're gearing up for the Android Central podcast -- be there or be square. While you're waiting, make sure you hit up the blog posts from today that you may have missed out on or jump on into the Android Central forums and fire up some discussion.

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