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Verizon Wireless's Q1 2014 results see $21 billion in revenue and 539,000 postpaid subscribers

Verizon's first quarter results are in, and mirroring rival AT&T, they saw some rather impressive growth. Verizon as a whole saw $30 billion in revenue, but even with their substantial non-cellular businesses, Verizon Wireless accounted for a whopping $20.9 billion of that income. That's an...
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Rugged (and ugly) Kyocera Brigadier tipped for Verizon release

Verizon always seems to have a wide range of phones available for customers of all types, and that means having at least one good rugged and waterproof phone on the roster. The latest rumored to be coming to the carrier is the Kyocera Brigadier, a device that looks like its ready for whatever you...
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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...

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You've got to be careful when you see unannounced devices in promo videos. It's as likely as not that what you see may just be some sort of mock-up, rather than some upcoming production device. But in the case of the new tablet video Verizon's popped up on YouTube, it's both.

We're told that the Honeycomb tablet you see above -- which looks a bit like the current Motorola Xoom -- is in fact the Motorola Xoom. Actually, it's the "Motorola Xoom 4G," and it's currently in testing with Verizon.

Exactly what's been tweaked on the Xoom 4G? Tough to say at this point. We're told it has working 4G LTE build in. And if we had to guess, we'll see something a tad slimmer and lighter -- and maybe with even a microSD card, though it wouldn't surprise us to see external storage on tablets go the way of the dinosaurs.

We've also been told that the Xoom 4G isn't a done deal yet. Perhaps tweaks aren't enough for Verizon? But apparently it was done enough for someone to slip it in a video, so there's that.

And what about the current Motorola Xoom, which is still waiting on the promised hardware upgrade to 4G LTE? We're told that's still in the books. But it's now about six months since the launch of the Xoom, and it's still looking stout compared to the new tablets from ASUS, Samsung, Acer and others.

Check out the video for yourself after the break, and thanks to everyone who sent it in.

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Although Verizon is good to go on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global, Motorola isn't. They now have stepped in to say that the update is certainly not rolling out at this point despite what Verizon has to say on the matter. We're not exactly sure where the break in communication came from but one thing is for certain -- it puts Droid 2 Global owners to the back of the line in the Gingerbread waiting process and that's just simply not cool at all.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Anguish, for sending this in!

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Verizon today has officially thrown the LTE switch today on 19 more markets, bringing high-speed mobile data to 74 metro areas. Verizon currently has the only LTE-capable Android devices in the United States -- the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge and LG Revolution. The Motorola Xoom is still expected to receive an update to LTE at some point.

The new LTE locations are:

  • Fresno and Sacramento, Calif.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Erie, Harrisburg and State College, Pa.
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.

Additionally, LTE coverage has been expanded in San Francisco and Detroit. Verizon says its entire 3G coverage area will have LTE data by the end of 2013.

Source: Verizon

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We've said it before, and apparently we need to say it again: Updates happen when they happen. We know you've been sitting at home, hitting the "Check new" button on your HTC ThunderBolt's Software Update menu, waiting for that upgrade that's hopefully going to end the blasted reboots (and fix a few other things, too). We're waiting for it, too. But despite what you might have heard, Verizon in its community forums says that there's no specific date set for the update to be pushed. Specifically, we're told:

I know that you are eager to take advantage of a software update to resolve the reboot issue. At this time we do not have a specific date an update will be available. Please rest assure we will communicate with our customers as soon as an update is available.

It's coming, folks. Might not be today, but it's certainly coming. And Verizon's actually been pretty good of giving us a heads up when updates are on the way.

Source: Verizon Community Forums; via Android Central Forums

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So you bit the OTA bait and downloaded the EE4 update for your Samsung Droid Charge released late last week. You were promised a slew of bug fixes and overall improvements, but let’s get real: is your Charge better off post-update? Owners are commiserating in the forums, citing issues such as slower LTE speeds, data connection issues, and app incompatibility, just to name a few. Every rose has its thorns, am I right? So what have everyone else’s experiences been like-- happy with the update or having issues of your own? Sound off below on the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

More: Droid Charge Forums

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It looks like owners of the Fascinate will start seeing a minor update pushed out to their devices soon.  The update seems to be rather small and the only two changes listed are:

  • Improved incoming call connectivity
  • Improvements to how OTA's are delivered to the device.

Several members in our forums apparently already have the update, so if you haven't received it yet, you should.  In the mean time, you can look at the official change log after the break. 

Source: Verizon; via Android Central Forums Thanks, Cort! 

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Although everyone hopes to never have to use them -- teardown and repair videos are a great resource of information for those who may need to repair a busted device. Having relied on a few in the past due to purchasing some grey market devices that were not covered under warranty, I know this all too well. The folks from DirectFix know this as well, and their latest teardown and repair aims to help HTC Thunderbolt owners should such a situation arise. Whether you need to repair some broken glass or something more internal, you can head on past the break for the video to see just how it's done.

Source: DirectFix

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With the Motorola Droid X and the Motorola Droid Pro having already got their Gingerbread love, it's now time for the Droid 2 Global to get the same attention. If you head on over to the Verizon website, you'll see the updated software update info page is now available for viewing and as we know from the past -- that typically indicates a soak-test is coming and then a full roll-out to the masses. Needless to say, it's coming soon and we'll be sure to let you all know as soon as it happens.

Source: Verizon; Via: Droid-Life

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It's something Motorola Droid X owners have been teased with before. But this time around, it could turn out quite well. Although it remains unreleased as of now, it looks like Motorola Droid X owners may soon be getting a chance to load up CyanogenMod 7 on their devices courtesy of @cvpcs. No, the bootloader hasn't been unlocked but thanks to some handy work making use of 2nd.init CyanogenMod 7 will now run on top of the Motorola kernels in the Droid X.

As with anything of this nature, some bugs are still present but it's surely only a matter of time before they get worked out. Some of the things that may or may not work currently are: GPS, 3G/data, camera, camcorder and bluetooth audio while radio, WiFi, USB, charging, sensors, lights, vibration, standard bluetooth are listed as working. The next few days will provide some more details but until then, jump into the Android Central forums to discuss it some more.

Source: Android Central Forums

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Read our Samsung Droid Charge Review!

The Samsung Droid Charge is getting itself a nice little slew of bugfixes, courtesy of an update slugged EE4. And it's a pretty good list of fixes:

  • Improved battery life when placing a voice call
  • Easily return calls within the call log entry by pressing the phone icon
  • outgoing calls from visual voicemail will be placed propely
  • Pressing and holding the 1 key will automatically route the user to the voicemail service
  • Audio has been adjusted to avoid "No audio" or "screeching sounds"
  • Accurately detect and connect to LTE
  • Enhanced browser performance
  • New email folder struction
  • Exchange password change fixes
  • Email and calendar sync fixes
  • Mobile hotspot capability restored
  • USB mass storage mode now automatically recognized
  • Phone recognizes ringtones purchased from Verizon
  • GPS improvements

Pretty good for a maintenance release. Now let's see some Gingerbread on it.

Oh, and if you're looking for a manual download, or pal DroidXcon has you taken care of.

Source: Verizon (pdf); Download: Android Central Forums

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Update: Hate to say we told you so, but ... yeah. Verizon got up with Engadget, saying this is all about the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and not the Galaxy S II. Move along, folks.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is now rumored for release on Verizon in July. That comes from an unnamed Verizon spokeswoman communicating with Computer World via e-mail. Words like "plan for" and "expected to" are also used, along with "no date yet."

In other words, maybe it'll be released in July. (And possibly as the Verizon Function.)

You'll have to forgive our skeptical tone, but until we see the official press release with the official date -- well, let's just say we've seen unofficial Verizon roadmaps miss the mark, the very drawn-out saga of the HTC ThunderBolt launch (not to mention the Droid Charge), the entire revamping of the Droid Bionic hardware -- and, of course, the near-killing off of the HTC Merge.

In the immortal words Boo-Boo Bera, the lesser known fictional cousin of Yankee Yogi Berra, "it ain't official till it's official, folks."

Source: Computer World; update: Engadget

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The bad news: If your HTC ThunderBolt is still suffering from reboots following last month's update, well, you're just going to have to live with it. According to the internal memo we just received, Verizon's got no short-term help for you. The good news: A fix indeed is on the way -- hey, we told you HTC and Verizon were on the case -- and it's scheduled for release in the second half of June.

If the reboots really are that bad (ie if you complain enough), Verizon apparently will fork over a "new" phone (as in "certified like-new replacement"), which is darn nice of them. But either way, an update is coming, folks.

Thanks, anon!

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As we've seen many times before, Motorola likes to do up plenty of tutorial videos for new devices when they launch but that may have back fired a little this time around and the unannounced Motorola Droid 3 is the subject of today's lessons. We've seen plenty of images of the device in the past but we now can confirm a few more things about the device without it being rumors.

It's packing an 8-megapixel camera and according to the info is capable of capturing up to 1080p video. Swype is coming pre-loaded and both micro-USB and mini-HDMI sit to the left of the device with the dedicated volume keys pushed to the right. The video doesn't say what version of Android will be loaded upon release but it does note the software is subject to change at the bottom of each video. Interested in seeing more? Jump on past the break for a look at the rest of the videos.

Source: PhonePads; via: Engadget

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Not to be left out in the cold when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches, Verizon and Sprint have stepped forward to let everyone know that they, too will be offering their own versions of the upcoming 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet. 

Verizon has issued a formal press release (which you'll find after the break) letting us know that you can pre-order the LTE enabled versions come June 8, at $529.99 for the 16 GB model and $629.99 for the 32 GB model.  Those prices are both with a new two year agreement.  They will be offered in two colors, gray and white.  Sprint was a little more relaxed about the affair, with Mark Elliot from their PR department making an announcement via Twitter that the Wifi version would be coming to Sprint "mid-summer". 

The Verizon press release also mentions availability of both a full size keyboard dock and a multi-media dock built specifically for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and those products are sure to be well received.  You can find the full text of the press release after the break.

Source: Twitter

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You went to sleep last night, didn't you. (OK, so did we.) But wake up this morning, and that Droid X Gingerbread soak test has turned into a full-fledged dunking, with the update rolling out en masse. Lest you forget what you're getting: Coming down the pike is Android 2.3.3. Not the latest version of Gingerbread, but pretty close. You'll also have a new version of the Blur user interface, so things will look slightly different when you're done. It's a 111.8-megabyte download, so it might take a minute or two to snag.

To get the update, if you don't already see it, just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates, and you'll be on your way.

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

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While this is in no way any indication of an immediate release, seeing the Motorola Droid 3 listed in Verizon's device management pages means the folks at big red are getting ready for the new slider to make it's way into stores.  We've seen pictures of the Droid 3 a few times, but the release date and specs still seem to elude everyone, although we've heard dual-core, 4-inch qHD display, and 3G only; sometime in June.  This latest piece of the puzzle still doesn't shed much light on any of it, unfortunately.  One thing we do know -- it's coming, and there's quite a few OG Droid users getting antsy to trade up to a newer model.  Not only is that a testament to the longevity of the phone that many feel started it all, but it should also be a hint to Verizon to hurry and help folks spend their money.

Thanks, NerdyDesi!

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Sitting by your Droid X waiting on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update? It ain't happening just yet. Yeah, Verizon said it's starting today, but in limited numbers, folks. And remember how Motorola sought out an initial batch of testers? They just got their marching orders, which read thusly:

    •  The update will be pushed late tonight. If you go to bed, it should be waiting for you in the morning. West Coast members and night owls may be up to see it.

    • It’s a good idea to keep your phone charged if possible and plugged in overnight. You don’t have to keep it on, but you can.

    • If you are rooted, you must flash back to the standard Droid X software to receive the update. (Even the n we can’t guarantee the update will work.)

Again, that's for the folks who got in on Motorola's initial testing. We're willing to bet someone will leak out the update file for manual installation. But it sounds the vast majority of us will have to wait until early next week -- likely after the Memorial Day Holiday.

More: Droid X Forums

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You're going to talk down on the LG Revolution. You're going to say some not-so-nice things about it. And that's a shame, really. Because save for one thing, we really don't have much to say about Verizon's third LTE-capable phone in our initial use.

The phone itself? A 4.3-inch black slab with a 5MP camera on the back, 1.3MP shooter out front, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor the aforementioned LTE data and a whole lot of internal memory. Tack on LG's user interface customizations -- which we've long enjoyed -- and you've got yourself a solid little phone.

The one thing that's sure to cause curses from even the most liberal Android nerd? It's been Binged. Like the Samsung Fascinate before it (along with a a couple of other phones not worth mentioning here), Verizon's traded some Google services for Microsoft's Bing. Google Maps? Not there, though you can download it. Google Search? Negatory. You've got Bing.

But if you can live with that, the LG Revolution looks like it's got what it takes to be a solid Android device.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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Netflix just got itself a little update in the Android Market. First and foremost, new phones are officially supported, with the LG Revolution, Motorola Droid and Casio G'zOne Commando getting access. That brings the total number of supported devices eight, including the Droid Incredible, Nexus One, EVO 4G, T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Nexus S.

There also are a few bugfixes, including:

  • Fixed application failure on startup when phone's embedded storage space is almost full.
  • Removed check that prevented attempt to playback on unsupported devices.

And we've noticed that the volume's not as low as it used to be, so that's nice, too. If you've got one of the supported phones, get your download on in the Android Market. We've got links after the break.

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Fans of the IZOD IndyCar series can now feel safe leaving their couch during any of this summer’s races: Verizon has released the IndyCar Mobile app for its customers, available now for free in the Android Market. The app features a live audio feed, timing and scores during all races, as well as a detailed database of driver bios, stats, videos and tweets. You’ll also never miss a race (though we know you never have) with full event schedules right on your smartphone or tablet. So while you’re preparing yourselves for Sunday’s Indy 500, text INDY to 3406 to grab your Verizon-exclusive download, or hit the break for the Android Market link.

Source: Verizon

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