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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 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 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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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-...
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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...
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...
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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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...

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Verizon's trickling out press releases all day, so we're updating as we get them.

Verizon this morning dropped a few more details on the markets that are scheduled to see the LTE switch flipped on Thursday. (We say "scheduled," because it definitely looks like some of you are seeing those sweet, sweet 4G speeds.) Following are the communities that will see new coverage:

Raleigh-Durham, N.C.: Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gorman, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Smithfield, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Charleston, S.C.: Charleston, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Hickory Hill Plantation, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Ladson, Lincolnville, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Riverland Terrace, Seabrook Island, Sullivan's Island, Summerville, and Wildwood.

Knoxville, Tenn.: Athens, Etowah, Greenway, Jefferson City, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Louden, Marbledale, Maryville, Morristown, Niota, Oak Ridge, Oakland, Pigeon Forge, Pleasant View, Powell, Rockford, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Talbot, and White Pine. 

Augusta, Ga.: Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken. Coverage includes the I-20 corridor, Aiken Mall, Augusta Mall, Augusta National Golf Club, Fort Gordon, Augusta Regional Airport, Medical College of Georgia and the E-Z-Go manufacturing plant.

Maui, Hawaii: Kaanapali, Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, Napili, Wailea, Wailuku.

The Big Island, Hawaii: Hilo, Keaau, Mountain View, Pahoa

Oahu, Hawaii: Aiea, Ewa Beach, Haleiwa, Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Mililani, Pearl City, Waialua, Waikiki, Waipahu, Waipio

Toledo, Ohio: Toledo, within the Interstate 75/475 beltway north to the Michian state line; Bowling Green; Oregon; Waterville

Verizon did manage to slip a bunch of cities into one press release. Here's the list of markets going live this week.

Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va.  The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Northern New Jersey;  Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.

To take advantage of Verizon's 4G speeds, you'll need either an HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution Android smartphone.

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We're getting a few more details in on the Verizon Samsung slider we brought you new pictures of yesterday. Good news and bad news, depending on which way you were hoping: This feller -- it's indeed the SCH-i405 -- has a single-core processor running at 1GHz. Not exactly anything to sniff at, but neither is it the dual-core monster found in the Galaxy S II. RAM's at 512MB, with 300MB or so available for running apps.

Other specs of note: The display is 480x800, so none of that newfangled qHD goodness. And it looks like Samsung's crammed an 1800mAh battery into this thing. Other specs we already knew: Android 2.3.4, and that five-row sliding keyboard, and a 4G LTE radio.

So, it's a mid-level slider, which certainly has its own merits. Anybody have a hankering?

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It's been a couple weeks now since we got a very slight peek at what appeared to be a Samsung slider on Verizon. Let's get a little closer look, shall we? The pic you see above (and a couple more after the break) just hit our inbox. And, sure enough, the as-yet unannounced device looks a whole lot like Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G.

We'd imagine that if indeed this unnamed piece of Android goodness ends up seeing release on Verizon, it'll be of the Galaxy S II variety. And while it's nearly a dead ringer for the Epic 4G, the keyboard's been tweaked every so slightly. The shift and fn buttons have been moved, and what appears to be an Internet shortcut key has been added, and the emoticon key -- which ridiculously found itself as a dedicated key on the Epic 4G -- has been relegated to secondary status on the space bar.

What else do we know? It looks like it's running Android 2.3.4, which any release at this point of the year should definitely have.

Also note the 4G LTE icon in the status bar. We've all been wondering why the Motorola Droid 3 got such a low-key launch on Verizon. Jerry's suspected that it was because the D3 is 3G only. And if this Samsung slider indeed sees release as a 4G device, it looks like he'll be able to chalk that one in the win column.

Update: Got a few more details. The screen is described as "awesome." (Never mind these blurrycam pics.) Better than the Fascinate, we're told, and our tipster is thinking it could well be a Super AMOLED Plus screen, which packs in more subpixels than a mere Super AMOLED screen. It's also said to run faster than the Fascinate. Internal storage is 2.17GB after hard reset. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Couple more pics after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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Here she be, folks. The Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon. We're knee deep into this sucker right now. But our initial thoughts are that this is a pretty worth upgrade to the Droid 2, even if nobody seems to be making a big deal out of it. Fast with a dual-core 1GHz processor. A larger, 4-inch display at qHD (960x540) resolution. And Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread -- egads, the most recent version of Android! -- on there to boot.

Other specs to note:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 5-row keyboard with dedicated number row
  • Display: 4-inch qHD (960x540)
  • Processor: Dual core TI OMAP at 1 GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 16GB internal, support for up to 32GB microSD card
  • Front camera: VGA
  • Rear camera: 8MP with LED flash
  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.49 ounces
  • Cellular data: CDMA/Quadband GSM/Triband UMTS
  • Battery: 1540 mAh (up to 550 minutes talk time, 300 hours standby time)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB 2.0, HDMI, DLNA
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • FM radio
  • Video: 1080p video capture (up to 30 fps), 1080p output via HDMI

We've got lots more on the way. For now, feast your eyes on the quick hands-on video above.

Update: And now with plenty of pics below!

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Just last week Verizon made the Motorola Droid 3 official, and a few days after that we started to see some devices arriving at the homes of people who placed their orders early, and today it is available for anyone who wants to walk in and grab one. If you have been waiting for this 4inch, Gingerbread running, 1GHz powered big brother to the Droid 2, your time has finally arrived. Be sure to head into your local Verizon store today, and pick one up for yourself. And hey, if you do, be sure to let us know what you think about it in our forums, will ya?

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Chances are when there's news regarding the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon, you'll hear it here first. But we'll play along. Verizon's offering up an e-mail sign-up form to "receive details and launch dates so you can be one of the first to get the Droid Bionic." Which is nice, but it doesn't really give any more insight into when the darn thing will finally be available.

Sign up: Verizon Droid Bionic

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Now is the time to start checking for updates if you're sitting there with Droid Incredible 2 in your hands. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now rolling out to some -- the update dubbed 2.18.605.4 weighs in at 116.306MB and of course brings plenty of performance enhancements with it.

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

Plus, you get support for that fancy wireless charging battery cover Verizon has made available. We're looking to grab you all a manual download link but in the meantime -- go ahead, check for updates. You may just be among the lucky who are having it arrive on their devices right now.

Discuss more in the Droid Incredible 2 Forums

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Here's an unexpected little treat that's come out of the latest update to the HTC ThunderBolt. Somebody (not sure if it was Verizon or HTC) finally decided it'd be a good idea to give us a way to turn off LTE if we so feel like it. All you have to do is go to Settings>Wireless and Networks>Mobile networks>Network mode, you'll get the option to set your preferred network to LTE/CDMA (ie 3G/4G, which is on by default), or CDMA (1xRTT/3G) only.

OK, so that's not quite as simple as a toggle widget like Sprint's put on its Wimax-capable devices. But it's easier and safer than diving into your modem settings (even if we do have those market shortcuts), and we'll take what we can get.

So if you find yourself in a spotty LTE area, or just want to save on battery, give this one a shot.

More: HTC ThunderBolt forums

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Just a quick reminder that you can now snag the latest update for the HTC ThunderBolt that addresses the reboots, as well as:

  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Call History view.
  • Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
  • Improved Bluetooth Discovery Mode pop-up window.
  • View App Menu in tabbed layout.
  • People search function enabled.
  • Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
  • Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
  • Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape m
  • NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.

If it hasn't pushed out, go to Setting>About phone and have it check for updates. And be sure to hit for the forums to see how the update's affecting everybody else.

More: ThunderBolt forums; Thanks, Nick, for the pic!

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Might it finally be happening? Might the HTC ThunderBolt finally be getting that long-awaited update to squash the reboots and bring a host of fixes be dropping ... soon? Tonight, according to a leaked screen and confirmed by Verizon's own support site. Build 1.70.605.0 brings:

  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Call History view.
  • Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
  • Improved Bluetooth Discovery Mode pop-up window.
  • View App Menu in tabbed layout.
  • People search function enabled.
  • Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
  • Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
  • Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape m
  • NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.

Note that this is not the supposed Gingerbread/Skype update that surfaced last month. So we'll all have to bang our fists a little longer.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via @TLKoontz
More: ThunderBolt Forums; XDA, Droid-Life

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There it is, folks. The Motorola Droid 3. It's still not available in stores, of course, but Android Central Forums member wnflyer (sup!) already has his, declaring the following:

This phone has a great look and feel. Four inches is the "sweet spot."

And wnflyer's not alone. Member mfreeman73 has his, saying:

Just received mine. I've only just unboxed it and it's on the charger right now. Very nice looking phone. I'm using a Droid 1 right now and this is definitely a nicer phone. It says my batter was 60% when I first plugged it in. I'm going to let it charge a little and then turn it on.

Anybody else get their Droid 3 yet? Hit up the thread below and see what everyone's saying.

Source: Droid 3 Forums

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Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible 2 on Verizon is about to get its long-awaited Gingerbread update. And the bump to Android 2.3 isn't all that's coming. Included in build 2.18.605.4 will be support for Verizon's new wireless charging, for which you'll a wireless charging battery cover. Also, you get:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

No word yet on when we'll see the update. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via Android Central Forums

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For those of you who managed to wrangle up a Motorola Droid 3 from telesales, when it arrives and your fire it up for the first time you'll find that Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix Receiver are both pre-loaded on the device out of the box. If you're familiar with the web conferencing solution then you'll no doubt know that the Citrix GoToMeeting application is not yet available in the Android Market making the Droid 3 one of the first devices to have readily available access to it. You can jump on past the break for the full press release if you're interested in learning more.

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Getting started with the new Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon couldn't be any easier, thanks to a series of help and how-to videos Moto's put together on its Youtube channel.

From using your Droid 3 for the first time, to tips and tricks, to the very cool mirror app, Moto holds your hands and walks you through using its latest offering. Check 'em all out after the break.

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The cat's been out of the bag on this one for quite some time now, but Verizon has just officially announced the Motorola Droid 3. Specs are as we've been telling you for a while -- 4-inch screen with qHD resolution, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and so on and so forth.

It's available now online for $199 with a two-year plan, and will be in stores on July 14.

Note that Verizon's new data plans are now in effect as well. So if you're a new customer you'll have to go for one of the tiered packages -- see our complete breakdown here.

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There's still be little more fanfare than the odd Twitter reply and Facebook post, but the Motorola Droid 3 is now live on Verizon's Droid Does website. Fire it up and you'll be taken through the litany of new specs, including five-row keyboard, dual-core processor and 4-inch qHD display.

You've still got a week to go before you can buy the Droid 3 in stores, but it's available now through telesales, and other indirect methods.

Source: Droid Does

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From rumor to being quietly released, all without an official announcement, the Motorola Droid 3 is now being served up to customers through Verizon's telesales department. As we were notified earlier:

Calling *611 will get you the option to buy the Droid 3 tonight! If the rep
has any problem finding it here are the part numbers..

Droid 3 MOTXT862 $199.99
Car Mount $29.99 MOTDRD3MNT
Extended Bat $49.99
Dock $59.99 MOTDRD3DTC

The verdict is still out on how well exactly the Droid 3 will sell but if you were a fan of the OG Droid you could consider this a nice upgrade to a device that you already love. Dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1Ghz processor with an 8MP camera with flash on the back and front facing camera for video chat, qHD display (540x960) and 1080p video capture capability so you can fill up the included 16GB of internal storage and finally, Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-loaded.

More: Droid 3 Forums; Thanks, Jim!

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It's no secret that the Verizon Droid Bionic was sent off for a refreshing in the design department before it's launch, which could be coming on August 4. The extent of that refreshing wasn't really known but some new Best Buy promo materials have now turned up and while it's nothing like going hands-on with one, it does show us that device has now taken on a more squared off shape. Nothing insanely drastic but it's still a change, and a change that some may not prefer. You all can sound off in the comments and let us know if you love or hate the new look.

Source: This is my Next
More: Droid Bionic Forums

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Dummy units of the Motorola Droid 3 have begun to arrive in stores, hopefully signaling an imminent release. Last we heard, July 14 is the supposed launch date for the newest addition to the Droid family. That day is soon approaching and whether or not it is the correct date, the arrival of dummy units is a positive sign.

The Droid 3 is going to boast:

  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with 1080p recording
  • Front-facing camera
  • Five row sliding keyboard

As we continue the recent trend of touchscreen-only phones, the original Droid line stands as a solid option if you still need a physical keyboard. The five-row sliding keyboard is one feature Verizon is highly touting. For all of those who have been waiting for the Droid 3, rest assured, it should be launching soon.

Thanks to you know who!

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Might we finally have a launch date for the Verizon Droid Bionic? It just went through the FCC. And according to this screen shot we just received, it looks like Aug. 4 might finally be the day (which would match a third-quarter window noted previously). That would be just about seven months since the Bionic was announced by Motorola at CES. (See our hands-on.) And since that time, it's gone back underground for a hardware overhaul, and we'll likely see updated software, too. Neither the new hardware nor new software has been confirmed by Motorola or Verizon, however.

And all that said, here comes our usual "Launch dates are subject to change" speech. There's still nothing official, but this is as good as we've seen so far.

BTW: Note the confirmation of the Droid 3 launch date, too.

More: Droid Bionic forums; Thanks, Anon!

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