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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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Camera improvements and more are rolling out to Verizon Moto X users

It started as a soak test, but it was either very successful in a very short time or Big Red just decided to let her fly, because the "camera" update for the Verizon Moto X is now pushing out.

We have the full change log right here, but the parts everyone seems interested in are the camera improvements. They turned a mediocre and unreliable performing camera into something acceptable, which has pleased most users. It's still not the quality you would see from the LG G2 for example, but it can turn out some good pictures in the right hands now. Other equally important things that come with the update are improvements to Touchless Control and a bug fix for Motorola Assist. 

You will eventually be prompted to update with no action of your own, but if you want to try to hurry things you can manually check in the device settings. Discuss the good and bad of this one in the forums.

Source: Android Central forums

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Motorola, as it's done for the other carriers, has released the full changelog for the most recent update to Verizon's Moto X. The camera improvements are the big strokes, of course, but there's a good bit more to the update.

Here's what's new in version 139.15.1:

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Widespread release of the official update can't be too far off now

Following up on soak test invites for the Verizon Moto X that hit inboxes a week ago, members of the Motorola feedback network are receiving notification that the update is set to roll out tomorrow morning.

Thanks for signing up for the  Verizon Moto X software test. The software should be pushed to your phone tomorrow morning.

Your input is very important to us. To ensure we hear you, please follow these guidelines:

  • Please post all your feedback in our private community (link below). This also where you'll find help during the soak. Don't email feedback or questions to this address. (Other than log-in issues -- see below.)
  • Please do not call or contact Motorola or Verizon support for help during the soak. Those teams are not yet ready to support this software.
  • I'm not able to check private messages on the forums during soaks, so if you need immediate help that's not a good route to take.
  • If you have any problems accessing the private community, please reply back to this email with details, like what error message you see.
  • NOTE: you must log in using the email address of the account where you are receiving this email
  • If you log in and find yourself in your account profile, it means you have not completed your profile. Complete it to proceed. Thanks!

All pretty run-of-the-mill stuff for a soak test, but it's good to know that those who are participating should see the update hitting in the morning. For those who didn't get a chance to get in on the test, we at least know that the process of getting the update ready to go to everyone is moving along.

Thanks, Anon!

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Revenues, ARPA, operating income and customers all increase notably

Verizon has just posted its earnings for the third quarter of 2013, with strong results for both its wireless and wireline businesses. Naturally we're most interested in the Verizon Wireless side of things, and will be focusing on those results. The quarter was strong overall, with revenues, earnings, revenues per account and subscribers all increasing. Here's the breakdown:

  • Revenues of $20.4 billion, up 7.2 percent year-over-year
  • ARPA (avg. revenue per account) of $155.74 per month, up 7.1 percent y-o-y
  • Operating income up 2 percentage points to 33.8 percent
  • 1.1 million net retail connections added
  • Total customers reached 101.2 million

Strong revenues and earnings are great, but Verizon is seeing improvements in all areas of its business. The carrier says that it now has 35 million postpaid accounts, with an average of 2.7 connections per account. Nearly 42 percent of its postpaid accounts are now using Share Everything plans as well. As of Q3 2013, Verizon claims smart phones account for 67 percent of its customer base, up from 64 percent in Q2. Postpaid churn (how many people leave the carrier quarterly) was just 0.97 percent, but up very slightly from last year.

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Savings of $50 or $100 both on and off contract at the online store

Coming around on three months since their release, Verizon has just cut the prices of its latest lineup of Droid devices from Motorola. If you head over to the Verizon online store today you'll find that Droid Maxx on sale for $199, Droid Ultra for $99 and Droid Mini for $49 — that's a cut of $100 for the Maxx and Ultra, and $50 for the Mini. It looks as though the off-contract prices have dropped as well, hitting $499, $449 and $399, respectively.

We're not entirely sure what the reasoning is behind a price drop just three months after going on sale, but if you've been holding off on picking up one of the new Droid devices now may be the time. We're seeing the price drops on the web without any special actions, but we can't say whether or not you'll find these deals in retail stores.

More: Motorola Droid Ultra review

Source: Verizon (Maxx); (Ultra); (Mini); Thanks, Saumil!

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150MB update for Verizon's GS4 now rolling out

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 has a new update pushing out for it right now, bringing a couple of new features, tweaks and bug fixes. The 150MB update to software version VRUDMI1 is rolling out over the air and through Samsung's Kies software, though as always it may take a little time before it filters through to everyone.

The main new addition for Verizon GS4 owners is Samsung's Optical Reader app, which can create contacts from business cards using the rear camera and optical character recognition, in addition to translating printed text between languages. Other major changes and tweaks include improved Wifi connectivity, S Memo bug fixes, support for three-way calling when roaming on the Bluegrass network, and roaming support for TELUS in Canada.

If you're upgrading your Verizon Galaxy S4 to the new firmware today, hit the comments and tell us how you're getting on.

Source: Verizon (PDF), via: Android Central forums

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New spectrum along with carrier aggregation to improve Verizon's LTE offerings soon

Following its nearly $4 billion purchase of AWS spectrum last year, Verizon is ready to start putting it to work for its LTE network in major markets across the U.S. The spectrum, which is also used by T-Mobile for its own network, will give Verizon more real estate to roll out its network to capable handsets. While Verizon isn't disclosing which markets are receiving the upgrades at this time, users have already pegged New York City as one of the markets.

When Verizon does get around to using up its AWS holding in the largest markets, the carrier will be able to offer 20x20MHz LTE — essentially more lanes on a highway for cars to drive on. The number of devices actually capable of using LTE on AWS spectrum is limited, but Verizon says that those with the appropriate hardware will receive software updates to take advantage soon.

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Big Red's Moto X may be preparing for the big camera update

Verizon looks to be joining the Moto X update party, if today's soak test invites mean what everyone thinks they mean. T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have updated their Moto X devices to a newer build that fixes a few bugs, enhances a few things, and most importantly makes the camera about a million times better and we've all been waiting to hear when it would hit Verizon.

With soak tests starting shortly, it shouldn't be too long — provided the testing goes well. Of course, there's always a chance that this is a different update, that may be better or more minor (we hate to call any update "worse") than what the other carriers have, but we seriously doubt it.

If you're a member of the Moto feedback network and are using a Verizon Moto X, be on the look out for an invitation of your own. If you're not a member, but have always wanted to be, click here to get the party started and join.

Thanks, anonymous folks who sent this in!

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No Verizon logo on its HTC One Max? Could this be? We wouldn't put any money on it. Especially because — and we'll spoil this here and show you again after the break — what Verizon's got on its website is different than what HTC's showing us.

Anyhoo. It's coming to Verizon — we just don't know when or for how much. (Read whatever you want into that Nov. 1 date on the home screen there.)

More: Verizon; HTC One Max forums

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Could a bootloader-unlocked Verizon Note 3 be on the cards?

Back in June Verizon and Samsung teamed up to offer a special "Developer Edition" Galaxy S4, with an unlocked bootloader, for those who like to tinker with their devices. Today it seems a second such handset might be on the cards, as a listing on Samsung's U.S. site makes reference to a "Developer Edition Galaxy Note 3."

Enter the start of the Note's model number on the Samsung support site and one of the predicted options is:

"Coming Soon! Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 (Verizon) Developer Edition | SM-N900VMKEVZW"

No such device has been officially announced just yet, so we'd take this leak -- potentially revealing as it may be -- with a pinch of salt until we get word from Verizon or Samsung.

Are you in the market for a hackable, unlocked Verizon Galaxy Note 3, or are you happy with the regular retail version? Make yourself known in the comments!

Source: Samsung US Support; Thanks, Johnny!

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Just in case you forget where to send the money each month

OK, so this is a leak from @evleaks and might not really be the Galaxy S4 Mini for Verizon. But if it's real, we can't help but think Verizon is just trolling the crap out of everyone here. If that's the case, we say well played Verizon, well played. In any case, it appears that the S4 Mini, which we already saw leaked today for AT&T and Sprint, will be going to Big Red sooner or later. 

Comments are open. 

Source: @evleaks

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$299.99 on-contract for the Note 3, $299.99 outright for the Gear

Verizon Wireless subscribers, today's the day you can pick up Samsung's latest handset on your carrier of choice. The Galaxy Note 3 goes on sale today on Verizon, along with the Galaxy Gear companion smartwatch. The Verizon Note 3 is available in black and white colors for $299.99 on a standard two-year contract, and the carrier is also offering the Note and Gear at the same price point. If you're looking to buy a Verizon Galaxy Note 3 outright, you'll pay $699.99.

Verizon is the last major U.S. operator to get the Note 3 — T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T launched the big-screened phone last week, while the device arrived on U.S. Cellular yesterday. If you're picking up a Verizon Note 3 (or Galaxy Gear) today, hit the comments and make yourself known!

More: Galaxy Note 3 review; Galaxy Gear initial review

Source: Verizon (Note 3), (Galaxy Gear)

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A seemingly reliable one-click S-Off method now available for those who need it

A little over a month after its release, the Verizon HTC One now has a working S-Off method for willing tinkerers to give a try. The method, which was put together by a couple of users over at XDA, takes a bit of setting up and checking for prerequisites but is otherwise generally a one-click affair. You'll need to be running a 32-bit Linux or Windows install and have the proper drivers installed, as well as a 100 percent stock device that hasn't been tampered with at all.

Once you've checked all the boxes, it seems as though this S-Off method is providing the desired result for folks who have replied to the forum thread. If you're not sure why you'd want S-Off, it opens up the door for future hacking on the device, such as custom recoveries, RUUs from different models and all sorts of good frustration fun.

If you're willing to give it a run, be sure to do all of the required reading before diving into achieving S-Off on your device. We want fewer bricked devices out there if at all possible.

More: Verizon HTC One Forums

Source: XDA

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The Big One looks destined for Big Red

We're all pretty sure HTC will eventually tell us more about the One Max soon. It's a given — we know it exists. They know that we know it exists but this is how the game is played. Here in the states, because we have a wonderful system built around carrier lock-downs and subsidies, we all want to know who will be getting it, and when.

We can't help much with the when, other than a few secret Internet rumblings from people who oftentimes know these things. But AC forums member Jeremy Kessous has some good news on the who side of things — he has pictures of the One Max sporting (tastefully done) Verizon branding.

It appears just like the rest of the One Max leaks we've seen, except between those capacitive buttons it says Verizon instead of HTC. That means it's big — 6-inches to be exact — with BoomSound dual stereo front facing speakers. And get this — Mr. Kessous said his source has confirmed a removable back cover and a fingerprint sensor.

We all want to know more, and if things are this close — the phone pictured is in a Verizon location — we should know more soon enough. There's another picture after the break, and I imagine the forum thread would be a great place for further discussion.

Source: Android Central forums

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You may soon be able to build a red Moto X on Big Red

Motorola has said time and time again that the Moto X Moto Maker customization options would not be an AT&T exclusive forever, and long-time leaker of things @evleaks says that will come true November 11, when the service debuts for Verizon. 

There's no word on other carriers, or more customization options like wooden or unicorn-hide backs. Of course, Verizon and Motorola have made no announcements. 

What say you? Have you been waiting for Moto Maker on Verizon, or has the wait ruined it and your eyes are on another prize?

Source: @evleaks

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Keep your subsidized handset and your unlimited data ... at least this time

Following a weekend system glitch that let customers with unlimited data plans receive upgrade pricing on handsets, Verizon has released a statement indicating that it will honor those purchases. Although we suspect Verizon had the power to revoke the upgrades and put those who took advantage onto a tiered data plan, the official statement we received confirms that the unlimited data plans will stand:

Over the past weekend, there was a software issue involving some orders for customers seeking to upgrade their devices.  A number of customers who were upgrading devices were able to maintain an unlimited monthly data feature while paying a subsidized price. 

Verizon Wireless will honor those orders that were approved this past weekend, allowing those customers to retain their unlimited plans for the duration of their contract and receive their new device.

Verizon Wireless corrected this software issue today (9/30).  The company no longer offers unlimited data plans and customers who want to retain existing unlimited data plans, must pay full retail price for a replacement phone.

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Enhancements in stability and accessibility included

Verizon's variant of the HTC One may have launched with a newer version of software than the other US carriers, but it is still in need of some improvements and is receiving an OTA update starting today. The update to software version 1.10.605.10 has three main changelog components:

  • Device lock-ups have been reduced
  • Internet accessibility for the visually impaired is now supported
  • Update to ISIS Mobile Wallet

The update to ISIS Mobile Wallet probably isn't valuable to just about anyone, but improvements in accessibility and overall system stability are always welcomed. Keep on the lookout for the OTA prompt on your own Verizon HTC One, and chime in in the forums once you've received the update to let other members know how things go.

More: Verizon HTC One Forums

Source: Verizon

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Things are back to normal at Verizon, unlimited data plan bug has been fixed

We've received some information that the loophole everyone jumped on last night, where users were able to use a subsidized upgrade without losing their unlimited data, has been officially closed by Verizon HQ.

If you don't keep up-to-date with this sort of thing, users on Verizon that wanted to keep the old unlimited data plan are unable to sign an new agreement and get their new phone at the subsidized rate. Last night, folks started taking advantage of a recent "glitch" in the system that allowed you to get the contract price, sign a new two year agreement, but still keep the unlimited data.

Now that the issue has been "fixed" by Verizon, there's no telling how they are going to deal with the users who took advantage of the bug this weekend. If you grabbed a phone this way, you'll want to pay very close attention to any and all communication from Big Red.

Thanks, Anon!

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Now may be the time to get a cheaper handset and keep unlimited data

A curious thing is happening over at Verizon's online store right now that is letting customers buy subsidized phones on-contract and keep their unlimited data plans. Folks that have headed over to the Verizon website are buying and pre-ordering devices on-contract at subsidized prices and not being nagged asked to drop their unlimited data plans to a new tiered option. Numerous reports are showing the error in their favor, of which we have a few to show after the break.

If you've been holding onto an upgrade for fear of losing your unlimited plan and have your heart set on picking up a subsidized phone — say, a Galaxy Note 3 — now may be your chance. We certainly can't guarantee that this situation will stand for much longer nor can we say what Verizon will do when it finally fixes the error, so go ahead with it at your own risk.

More: Verizon Carrier Forums; Thanks, Derek!

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Intentions behind joining the WPC still unclear at this point

The Wireless Power Consortium, the collective of companies behind the Qi wireless charging standard, have added Qualcomm as its latest member. The WPC has over 170 companies backing the standard, but Qualcomm joining the group is most interesting as it was a founding member of the A4WP (Alliance for Wireless Power) — a competing wireless charging standard with just over 60 members.

Being that Qualcomm is heavily involved in the A4WP and is now a member of the WPC, hopes are high that there may be some collaboration between the two groups. There is a long history of competition between the two, and up until this point Qi seems to have grabbed more market share and mind share in the public space. Big names like HTC, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Sony and now Qualcomm are all members — the WPC also announced today that Verizon Wireless has signed on.

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