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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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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 just dropped us a line to confirm that the Motorola Droid X indeed is getting its official Gingerbread update (see our hands-on) this week. The push will begin on Friday. You might not get it in the initial wave, but we should have the manual download location quickly enough.

More: Droid X Android 2.3.3 changelog

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And right on cue, Verizon has announced that the LG Revolution -- a phone we've been eying since it was unveiled at CES in early January -- will finally go on sale this week. For $249 and a two-year Verizon contract, you, too, can have this 4.3-inch Android 2.2 device starting May 26. If you can get over the Froyoness (we're sure it'll get a Gingerbread update), remember that it's 1GHz device -- hardly anything to sneeze at. Add in the 5MP rear camera and LTE data, and you've got yourself one sexy little phone.

Need more? Check out our first look back at CES. Full presser's after the break.

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Preorder a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on Verizon? If so, time to check the mailbox, boys and girls. We know they've been shipping already, and now it appears they're starting to get into some excited little hands. We're still two days away from in-store availability (and a day from when we thought we'd actually see them be delivered). But we don't think anyone's going to turn away an Xperia Play should it show up a day or two early, right?

Thanks, Dustin!

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While we're still waiting on official word for exactly when the LG Revolution will launch on Verizon -- it's one of the phones announced way back at CES almost five months ago (see our first-look) -- word on the street is that we could see it this Thursday, May 26. We just got sent this picture of in-store promo materials and a dummy unit, so it certainly looks like things are getting close, eh?

To refresh: The Revolution is LG's 4.3-inch Android 2.2 device with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and 5MP camera. It's an LTE-capable device and can act as a Wifi hotspot for up to eight devices.

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Well, two out of three ain't bad, folks. Way back in early December, we asked Android Central Seer (it's on his business card) Jerry Hildenbrand to predict which phones might get the upgrade to Gingerbread. And out of Motorola's stable he picked the Droid 2 (and Droid 2 Global) as well as the Droid X. Easy choices, both.

And while we don't have it recorded for posterity, I distinctly remember someone asking Herr Hildenbrand in disbelief if he really believed the Motorola Droid Pro would be left out -- at least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. The first two are easy to imagine at this point -- there have been leaks. The latter, well, it admittedly might have been a toss-up, so maybe we'll let Jerry off the hook on that one.

That brings us to a post in the Motorola support forums that states the Droid X, Droid 2/Global and the Droid Pro will be getting Gingerbread updates. So it's semi-official. As for when? Sooner rather than later, we imagine. Stay tuned.

Source: Motorola; via Droid Life

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Your city miss out on Verizon's recent LTE push? No worries, as Big Red's getting ready to throw the switch on more come June 16. And the lucky locations are:

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

So for all you with a Droid Charge or HTC ThunderBolt, get ready for some fast, fast data. And with about three weeks to go before the big day, there's plenty of time to pick up a spare battery -- or two. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Now that the Motorola Droid X2 is available and we've done our initial review of it for you all and gone hands-on we're sure some new owners are out there that may be looking to learn how to use one their freshly purchased device. Luckily for us, Verizon has posted up some pretty helpful how to videos which, should help minimize the learning curve if you are new to Android.  Jump on past the break if you're looking to learn more about your device.

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Here it is, folks. The Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon. Fresh out of the box. So there's nothing spectacular in that respect -- it's your typical Verizon/Motorola retail deal, with the microUSB cable and charger, and that's it.

As for the phone, as we've said before, and we'll say again once or twice before all is said and done, this isn't a big departure from the original Droid X. It's a step up, and some good steps at that. But if you're looking for some gigantic leap into the future, you might be left wanting.

Check out the video above, where we take our first look at the Droid X2 and put it up side by side with the original Droid X, and we'll be back with more soonest.

Droid X2 SpecsDroid X2 ForumsDroid X2 Accessories

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Those of you who placed a pre-order for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play might want to keep an eye on your email in-boxes. Word is some folks have been getting their shipping and tracking information sent to them indicating their devices should be arriving at their doors before the actual ship date of May 25. Anyone else get a notification? If so, drop us a comment and let us know.

Thanks, for sending this in Braden!

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You didn't really think the Droid Incredible would be left to languish with Froyo, did you, folks? (You certainly shouldn't, because HTC's said Gingerbread's coming. And to that end, a leaked Gingerbread ROM (Android 2.3.3) has made its way out of everybody's favorite Chinese ROM dumping ground and packaged up into flashable form.

If you're hoping for the latest and greatest version of Sense, well, you're going to be disappointed. But that's also why we keep telling you not to expect it. It ain't gonna happen.

If you're in the mood for a little hackery, check out the links below.

Download: XDA Developers; Source: 911HTC; Via: Android Central Forums

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Just a friendly reminder for all you Verizon customers out there. Tomorrow, will be a great day if you live in the any of the following areas:

  • Mobile, Ala.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.
  • Greater Fairfield and New London, Conn.
  • Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas

Verizon's also increased the LTE footprint in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

Keep in mind though; you'll need a 4G LTE capable device in order to see any changes. Samsung Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt owners, you're in. The rest of you, well -- no such luck unless you're making use of a 4G modem offered by Verizon.We're pretty sure Phil will be 4G drunk by mid-afternoon so we're counting on him to tell us the second it actually goes live.

Full list of LTE-enabled cities is after the break.

Source: Verizon

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The Xperia Play isn't the only phone to go live on Verizon.com tonight, the Motorola Droid X2 has also appeared, ready to order.  $199.99 (with a new agreement) gets you Big Red's first dual-core phone, (Paging Mr. Bionic.  Please pick up the white courtesy phone), or if you prefer to buy things without getting tangled up in a contract it will set you back $449.99.

The DX2 is catching a lot of heat for not having an LTE radio, but for those who don't live or work in an area that will see any LTE love in the near future, it should make for a great phone.  It's all about the choices.

Source: VerizonThanks, THEURBANblend!

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After the messy launch of the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge, Verizon's launch of the Xperia Play looks to be right on track.  The pre-order page has gone live, and as announced the pricing is $199.99 with a contract and $449.99 if bought outright.  We also see that orders will ship out by May 25, so it looks like you gamer types can have your PlayStation Phone in your hands the same day they arrive in stores.

While it's not the dual-core monster many are waiting for, looking at Dieter's hands-on from Mobile World Congress we see that the gameplay looks butter smooth.  We also had a chance to fondle them at Google I/O earlier this month, and they are quite snappy performers.  We certainly wouldn't blame you if you picked up one of these beauties.  Join the discussion in the Xperia Play forums to make the wait a bit more tolerable!

Source: Verizon. Thanks, kly412!

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Now, we're not telling you how to spend your Thursday or anything. But if you're dying to get yourself a Motorola Droid X2 ahead of the next guy, it would behoove you to swing by a Verizon retailer tomorrow. Yeah, yeah, the official word is that online sales start tomorrow, and it'll be in stores May 26. But the unofficial word -- which we've received from a trio of sources -- is that this thing's been ready to go for the better part of a week now, and why wait any longer?

Oh, want another pic of a Droid X2 in store? Head on past the break.

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Hey, look at that. As soon as the Droid X2 is officially announced by Verizon, we start getting pics of some of the in-store materials, plus a live demo phone. Just a little bit to whet your appetite, you know? Now, to count the hours until we can preorder this puppy.

Thanks, xWiggy18x!

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Online orders begin May 19

Not much of a surprise at this point, after we leaked the launch date last week, but the Motorola Droid X2 officially will be released on Verizon on May 26, with online orders starting May 19. It'll go for $199 after contract and rebate. And with that, you'll get:

  • Android 2.2 (with the promise of an upgrade to Android 2.3)
  • 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution
  • 8MP rear camera
  • Dual-core 1GHz processor
  • Swype
  • 3G mobile hotspot
  • And all the other usual bells and whistles

All and all, a nice bump for one of our favorite phones of 2010. Presser's after the break.

More: Droid X2 forums

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When it comes to the HTC ThunderBolt, probably our biggest gripe is the spate of reboots. Look down, and, yep, there it goes again. It's one thing if it's a hacked phone with nightly builds -- and another if it's a stock consumer release.

But the good news is that some whiny blogger whined about it on Twitter, and Verizon responded with what you see above. Not that we had any doubt that HTC and Verizon are working to squash a bug or three, but it is nice to see it publicly.

Source: Twitter; More: ThunderBolt forums (1, 2, 3, 4)

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And the long slog of the that is the Motorola Droid X2's march to official release continues. Motorola and Verizon have now outed the follow-up to the original Droid X on their sites respective sites. Of course, we've already brought you pictures and video, plus full specs and a possible launch date. Go figure.

According to the Motorola's page, the Droid X2 will have a dual-core 1GHz processor and a qHD resolution. The phone will also follow its older brother, the Droid X, with a 4.3-inch display.

So it's getting close, that's for sure. Think that May 26 date's going to hold up?

Source: Verizon and Motorola

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The LG Revolution may be hitting shelves on May 26. Photos of the Best Buy listing for the device have surfaced, followed by inventory information that has the "in-stock" of May 25. Verizon has a history of launching phones on a Thursday -- and we'll see the Xperia Play and possibly the Droid X2 on May 26 -- so this is entirely possible.

Again, nothing is official until Verizon announces it --and we've seen supposed launch dates come and go all sprint -- so keep that in mind.

If you've been waiting patiently for the LG Revolution, which will be a 4G LTE device, your wait may come to an end next week.

Source: Droid Attic; via LG Revolution Forum

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Anyone with their RSS reader pointed toward Taiwan should know by now that today an Android 2.3.4 test build has leaked out for the HTC ThunderBolt. If you're not the sort who enjoys buggy test builds, better to stay away for now. But if you're the adventurous type, links to the source files and a rooted, flashable build are below.

Source: 911HTC; flashable download: XDA Developers

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