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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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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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Verizon announced today that it will be turning on its LTE coverage in a slew of cities this Thursday, May 19. Customers in the following cities will soon be cruising in the fast lane:

  • Mobile, Ala.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.

In addition, Verizon will be expanding its LTE network to cover a larger area in the following markets:

  • Denver, Colo.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.

What's it mean for you? If you're rocking an HTC ThunderBolt or Droid Charge, you'll now be able to take full advantage of LTE. For more details on just how wide your city’s LTE coverage will soon be, hit the source link for the full press releases.
 

Source: Verizon Wireless

Update: Chicagoland's getting a big boost, too. Full list of communities is after the break.

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Staying up nights wondering when the Droid X2 is going to drop? Well, wonder no more, as we've gotten our hot little hands on Verizon's internal listings. The Droid X2 is scheduled for direct fulfillment on May 19, with an in-store launch on May 26. That's five short days to wait for the initial shipments, and 12 days until the dual-core qHD device hits stores.

That's a pretty big sign that Verizon's not going to make a huge deal out of the Droid X2 launch, kind of like the Droid Incredible 2. Not surprising, we suppose.

Oh, and if you want more confirmation on the full X2 specs -- including 512MB of RAM and a Tegra 2 processor, we've got 'em after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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The Samsung Droid Charge has officially been on sale for less than 24 hours now, and a system update has already been released. Update ED2 is just a minor little thing, a 5.2-megabyte update that brings a couple of fixes to Samsung's Media Hub app. And the fixes are:

  • A software change was made to the Media Hub application to prevent downloading content over the 3G network. This application will only work in the 4G network or when using Wi-Fi to ensure quality and speed.
  • A pop up message was added to the Media Hub application to inform customers of the size of the download when in a 4G coverage area before downloading.

We're never really happy to see a software update that takes away functionality, but there you have it. So if you're dead set on using Media Hub over 3G, might wanna hold off on this one, folks.

More: Verizon Wireless. Thanks, Smarti277!

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Update: Verizon just e-mailed us and has officially confirmed the Droid Charge goes on sale at midnight Eastern tonight. Huzzah!

Word around the campfire is that The Samsung Droid Charge is finally going to go on sale tomorrow, May 14, and we've now got the internal notes to back that up. It's been a long road for the 4.3-inch LTE device. It was announced four months ago at CES. But its April 28 launch date was postponed in the wake of Verizon's LTE data outage. Can't say we blame anyone for that.

So, who's picking one up tomorrow?

Thanks, anon!

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HTC Thunderbolt owners, listen up! If you've not already received your OTA update then we have good news for you -- it's now rolling out to everyone. Go ahead, check for updates it should be there waiting for you. As noted, the whole process should take about 2 minutes to complete in which case your phone will reboot and you will be all up to date on the software level.

If you all remember this update, from a few weeks back then you'll know both are one and the same so you can expect better 3G connectivity and GPS along with better organization of SMS and MMS messages. If for any reason you're having issues, don't be afraid to hop into the Android Central forums to seek out some help.

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Read our exclusive HTC Merge preview

Well, will you look at that. More than seven months after we first got our hands on the Verizon-branded HTC Merge, it's finally headed to Verizon. But according to this screen shot we just got, it's only going to be available through third-party distribution, so don't look for it in a Big Red store.

Not familiar with the Merge? It first surfaced in the fall of 2010, sporting a great keyboard and world phone capability, meaning you can use it on overseas GSM networks (no LTE on this guy). But it had (and from what we've heard, still has) a fatal flaw -- Bing. It's had its Google location and search functionality stripped out and replaced with Microsoft's Bing. The Merge at one point was slated for a Q4 release on Verizon, but that never materialized.

So instead, we now find it relegated to third-party distribution only. That's not quite the same thing is a death sentence (and the Merge has since been announced on Alltel and Cellular South, which piggyback Verizon's network), but it's still a damn shame for such a nice piece of hardware from HTC. But these things happen.

We're trying to track down pricing and such, but figure it'll be in the $150-$199 range. Any more than that might be pushing it for, considering the pace at which newer (and faster) hardware is being released.

Thanks, anon!

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Most recently we caught up with the Motorola Droid X2 in a video where it was shown off and subsequently benchmarked. Here we are now -- a couple of weeks later and the dummy units have started to arrive at Costco locations. Yes, it still looks like a Droid X and no, Verizon hasn't announced it as of yet but dummy units arriving at retail locations is a pretty darn good sign we're close to going all official like here. One more pic, next to it's brother, can be found after the break.

Thanks, Mike D!

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We held off a little bit after the announcement came out just to see how exactly how long it would take for Verizon and Google to roll out the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update slated for "today". As it turns, it really wasn't all that long -- many users have now let us know their Motorola Xoom updates have gone live and while some folks are still waiting, we've heard it may be rolling out in batches so you'll just have to sit tight.

In the meantime though, feel free to shout out in the Android Central forums if you got your update. We, and I'm sure plenty of others -- are pretty stoked to hear how the update is working. If you're looking for the direct download link, you can find it here.

Thanks, for the image @VMDoug

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If you're a Verizon Motorola Xoom owner then today, is your lucky day if you enjoy getting updates before others. Android 3.1 was just announced at Google I/O and Verizon Xoom owners will be getting the update pushed out later today to their devices. Quite a few changes are coming with this release -- things such as USB host, enhanced task switcher, re-sizable widgets and a brand new multitasking engine to help reduce crashes and produce more fluid transitions between applications. Stay tuned, more to come -- join us for the live blog!

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You would think maybe AT&T might have learned something through osmosis, through the months and months and millions and millions of dollars of highly successful advertisements Apple has run promoting the iPhone. They've pulled at our heartstrings. They've played off our emotions. And they've been very, very good at it.

But that's Apple.

AT&T, meanwhile, has found itself on the wrong end of the 4G argument, and it's doing its damnedest to lose it.

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File this under "Tease," but it looks like we might soon get a re-launch date for the Samsung Droid Charge, following the postponement due to some LTE network tomfoolery. Costco's expecting expecting to receive word (presumably from Verizon) on Monday. We know the phones are in hand at retailers nationwide, just waiting to be sold. They just need to be given the green light.

Thanks, anon!

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Not the sort of thing you want to see on a phone that's not even a couple months old, but it looks like the HTC ThunderBolt's kickstand has a little protective coating that's not going to stand up to the test of time. No, it's not a plastic film that we forgot to take off (though some phones are ridiculously covered in that stuff); it's just some sort of thin coating that's starting to come off. (You can can see it on the end of our kickstand above, as well as where it meets the phone.)

End of the world? Not hardly. But for as much money as we all spend on these phones, we could do without the cosmetic defects.

Source: Thunderbolt Forums

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Attention, workers of Walmart: Your employer would like to remind you that the Droid Charge is not yet available, while you likely have them sitting in your store, you're not supposed to sell them until Verizon says it's OK.  In fact, your employer regards this as EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. See? They used all caps. No, we don't know when it's going to happen. So in the meantime, read this Droid Charge review.

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It's the feel-good story of the year. Boy calls Target. Target has Droid Charge. Boy drives to Target, buys Droid Charge, but it won't activate. Target/Radio Shack dude does a little magic, and the Droid Charge is up and running.

And that's just one of many stories floating around the Android Central Forums -- the greatest Android Forums around, by the way.

We still don't know exactly when the Droid Charge will officially go on sale -- a Tuesday re-launch following last week's postponement due to an LTE outage seems to have fallen through. But handfuls of you are getting them. And that sort of thing makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.

Source: Android Forums

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Looks like we have some confirmation that Walmart will in fact be selling Verizon's Droid Charge, a story we first reported on Sunday. The photo above shows an ad for the Charge in this week's Walmart's circular with a $298.88 price tag, a full $1.11 cheaper than what you'll pay at Verizon. The ad makes no indication of an exact release date, but as we said yesterday, all signs are pointing to May 3 as the big day. Deep breaths, people-- we're almost there!

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We just learned that the Droid Charge could finally be released Tuesday and that Costco would begin receiving the device on Monday. And backing that up even further is this picture of Droid Charges at Walmart, making things that much more likely.

The delay comes in the wake of last week's LTE crash, leaving Verizon customers with the HTC Thunderbolt -- a 4G phone like the Droid Charge -- stuck on the relatively ancient 1xRTT network. No sense releasing a 4G phone that can't do 4G. (Oh hai Moto Xoom.)

Thanks, Anon!

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The question on everyone's mind this week following the crash of Verizon's LTE network and the delay of the Samsung Droid Charge is "When will the phone finally go on sale?" If the above screen shot is any indication, Tuesday may be the day.

It looks like Costco is expecting to start getting the Droid Charge on Monday (it'll either get a "Go" or a revised launch date on Monday, too), with a hard "do not sell" order until Tuesday. And all locations should be stocked by the end of the day on Wednesday.

So it's not asking too much to read into this that the Droid Charge could be available to the general public -- and not just at Costco -- on Tuesday. We've certainly got our fingers crossed. While you wait, be sure to check out our initial review. And we've got one more pic after the break.

Update: We've gotten a Costco inventory screen that confirms what you see above, with an "expected arrival" of May 5. Check it out after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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If we were Verizon, we'd probably just point to the subscriber scoreboard, stick our hands in our pockets (filled with cash) and walk away from T-Mobile's taunts. And maybe say something about people in glass houses.

Source: Twitter. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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Remember that HTC ThunderBolt ROM that leaked out a few days ago? Looks like Verizon's getting ready to push it (or something close to it?), as Android Central Forums member jim302 spotted that the release notes have been posted in the usual place and the build numbers match up. Here's the changelog:

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network

Email and Messaging

  •  SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging
  • Application (Inbox, Sent, etc.).

Additional Device Features

  • Timing for device activation has been improved.
  • “Backup Assistant” is correctly displayed in the Application menu.
  • Stability improvements for data centric applications such as
  • Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more.
  • Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget
  • Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator™.

Look for it to push out, oh, any time now, we suppose.

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

Edit: Tweaked the story and headline a tad.

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