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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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LG Optimus Zone 2 brings KitKat to Verizon prepaid for $49.99

LG has added a new phone to its Android lineup on Verizon Wireless, the Optimous Zone 2. Definitely an entry-level device, the Optimus Zone 2 runs Android 4.4.2 features a 3.5-inch 480x320 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. LG's software on the Optimus Zone 2...
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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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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 —...
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 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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HTC One M8 might turn up in red on Verizon

A quick snippet of information has been delivered by @evleaks this morning regarding a new color variant of the HTC One M8 and a possible destination. No images, just the message that a red version is headed the way of Verizon. It's not the first time we've heard reports of a red – and indeed a...
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The new HTC One M8 is buy-one-get-one-free on Verizon

A quick heads up that if you're in the market for a new HTC One M8 on Verizon, you can get in on a buy-one-get-one-free deal. That'd be two M8s (is in dos, not some new version of the M8 — because someone always asks) for the price of one. As for that price, it's $199 with a two-year contract, $...
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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...
Verizon HTC One Max users can get Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 starting Monday

Verizon HTC One Max users can get Android 4.4.2 starting Monday

Verizon's HTC One Max has a treat soon, says HTC executive director of product management Mo Versi. Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 have received approval, and will be making their way to users as early as Monday afternoon. HTC Verizon One Max Owners! We have received technical approval for Sense 5....

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In keeping up with all their previous Droid branding we're now seeing more Droid branded items come to market -- although, this time it's not a handset. It's actually a Bluetooth headset dubbed the Droid CommandOne. OK, so it's a Droid-branded Motorola Command One, which, is an awesome headet but that also raises the question of how many other accessories is Verizon planning on pushing out carrying the Droid branding. No pricing or launch date details are to be had here but we're thinking the standard "coming soon" should cover it. [Engadget]

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One of the worst-kept secrets of this spring is that the Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Verizon. Maybe you've seen the leaked pictures, or a leaked roadmap -- but it's definitely coming. And now it's starting to show up in Verizon's internal system, as evidenced by the picture you see above.

Ignoring the obviously skewed dimensions in the pic, we're getting a clearer idea of what we can expect from the Droid Incredible 2 specs. Let's break it down:

  • World phone -- that means GSM and CDMA radios, for use in the United States on Verizon as well as abroad.
  • New 1.3MP front-facing camera to go along with the 8MP rear camera.
  • Pre-installed 16GB microsSD card.
  • DLNA media sharing.
  • New Sync & Connect feature. Not sure if that's an HTC or Verizon customization, but it "will provivde multiple e-mail and address books in one place." The service will be up and running on April 12, and "will be on the Incredible 2 once it launches." So don't look for the DInc 2 before then.
  • 3G mobile hotspot will be an extra $20 for 20GB. That's either some really good pricing, or a typo.

We're still waiting on Verizon to officially announce this guy, so things could change. And if you're wondering what Verizon's going to be demoing in stores, check out the pic after the break. And in the meantime, check out the current crop of expected specs, and be sure to swing by our Droid Incredible 2 forums.

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Back at CES we first caught wind of the nameless Verizon device, which we later found out was the Samsung Droid Charge, and it has now made an official appearance in some Verizon promotional material. There's also a multimedia desktop charger, which serves as a media player and a speakerphone, and it has a spare battery charger slot, which is pretty sweet. While this isn't as great as a release date, it is further proof that the device could be coming sooner then later. [Engadget]

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That's kind of the big question, isn't it. We're now six months removed from our exclusive hands-on with the Verizon-branded HTC Merge. And in that time, it's appeared all but left for dead, only two re-emerge on a couple of regional carriers -- Alltel and Cellular South.

But the big question remains, will we ever see it on Verizon?

Stories have been floating around this week of new "first press shots" of a Verizon-branded Merge.  We'd like to think they're new. But seeing as how Verizon was ramping up the Merge so long ago, that's pretty doubtful.

And we'll throw into the mix that we've recently heard that even Verizon still hadn't made up its mind whether it is going to release the Merge.

Oh, but it gets even more complicated. Because on Verizon's website, in a section for free text alerts is pictured ... wait for it ... the Merge. That's it above.

So after all that, what do we know? Maybe it's coming, and maybe it's not. Hang in there, folks. [via rosser in the Android Central Forums]

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First it was lengthening the early upgrade benefit, and now Verizon's apparently doing away with 1-year contracts altogether starting April 17. We'll let that sink in for a minute.

Here's the deal: Most of the time normal consumers (that's not likely to be many of you out there, right?) purchase a smartphone, they do it on contract. That's 24 months in which you're legally obligated to pay Verizon the monthly penance, and in exchange Verizon subsidizes the cost of the phone, getting it down to $300, $200, or maybe even less -- all the way down to free.

But what's not often talked about is the one-year contract. You pay a little more up front for the hardware, but you're only indebted to the carrier for 12 months. And, really, it's the way to go.

But Verizon apparently is about to do away with that. So you'll either have to pay $500 or $600 for a top-end smartphone, or get ready to sign away two years of your contract life. Up to you. Thanks, W!

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We'd be a little more excited about these rather official-looking renders of the Verizon HTC Incredible 2 if we hadn't just dropped a mess of pictures of the actual smartphone on ya. And also if we hadn't crawled all over its precursor, the Incredible S, at Mobile World Congress. But if you're the type who gets giddy at these, then by all means, go for it. [Pocketnow]

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Well, well, what have we here? An all-new, hot-off-the-press, get-it-while-it's-hot look at the upcoming (and still not actually announced) Incredible 2 on Verizon. From what we can tell, the body's exactly the same as we saw on the HTC Incredible S at Mobile World Congress (see our hands-on here). Same rounded corners, same plateaued battery cover (which we still really like). But this one's all done up in Verizon duds, and that makes us all tingly inside.

Flip it over, and we see the same 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and the ever-comforting "with Google" logo.

We also get another look at the HTC keyboard (which remains one of our favorites), confirmation that indeed we're dealing with ADR6350, for those of you who keep up on your HTC code numbers, and this one's running Android 2.2.1 at the moment. Whether it'll launch with that, well, we'll see (and keep our fingers crossed for something a tad newer).

And speaking of release dates. Nothing official, of course, but that leaked Verizon roadmap we saw a week or so ago mentions April 28. That said, we've heard that roadmap might already be out of date, and we might be treated to a phone or two a little sooner rather than later. Will the Incredible 2 fall into that category? And is that actually its name? We'll just have to see.

We've got a nice little handful of Incredible 2 pics after the break, if you're into that sort of thing.

More in the Incredible 2 forums!

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Look what we have here -- why, that's the as-yet-still-unannounced Motorola Droid X2.  We don't have a whole lot of new information to go with, but it matches up with previous leaks (here and here), and we see it's running Froyo -- Android 2.2.2, to be exact -- though that may very well change before this one gets on the shelf.  It carries the same Droid X styling as last year's model, complete with the physical buttons and humped back, and we see HDMI out beside the microUSB port.  Around back we see an 8MP shooter with a dual flash setup, and the words "HD Video".  Still no sign of LTE on it, but we wouldn't rule it out completely just yet.  This all matches up with what we heard before regarding the Droid X2's specs.

As for when we'll see it? We've heard that that leaked roadmap from a week or so ago isn't completely accurate, and that some phones may drop sooner than we think, which would be just fine by us.

Hit the break for the rest of the pics. You'll be glad you did.  Thanks, Anonymous!

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We first saw pics of a Verizon-branded Samsung Gem (OK, of a dummy unit) back in February, but today new pictures, including what looks like retail packaging, have surfaced.  Alltel, U.S. Cellular, and Bluegrass Cellular already offer the Gem, which is a mid-range device sporting a 3.2-inch WQVGA display, an 800 MHz CPU and Android 2.2, so this one isn't an exclusive.  The good news is that we're pretty sure it won't be Binged, and for those interested it should be available soon from Big Red.  When and if Verizon has anything official to say, we'll let you know.  [Chris Ziegler]

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If you live in the Dallas and are a basketball fan who also happens to want an HTC Thunderbolt -- you're in luck. Verizon wants to give you of 'Bolt if you're willing to play their game -- and are able to win at it. In addition to a free HTC Thunderbolt you and 10 friends also get to attend a party with Mark Cuban.

The contest itself isn't as easy as it sounds though, you'll have to follow Mr. Cuban on Twitter in order to find out where game pieces of a puzzle are and collect them. Once collected, you have to attend the HTC Thunderbolt launch party at on April 6 at Victory Park Plaza, and the more pieces you have, the better chance you have at winning. [Twtvite]

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The HTC Merge has sure spent a lot of time in the spotlight, once emerging with Verizon branding, then heading its way to Alltel, and now more confusion to the pot. In the Android Market has surfaced the VZ Navigator for Merge application, which would be the HTC Merge specific version, as we have seen with other devices as well. Things get even more interesting when we have a look at Verizon's exclusive Indycar Mobile app page, where the Merge is listed alongside other known, newish devices that should be seeing the app soon. Could it be, could the HTC Merge be coming to Verizon after all? We have no release information, or if this is a goof up, but the VZ Navigator application appears to have just been released today. [Android Market] Thanks, David!

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If you were one of the many that rushed out to grab a HTC Thunderbolt for yourself, your 14-day return policy is rapidly approaching as you probably know. We have seen some issues arise, along with some fixes, some battery life issues, and some ways to help the battery life, and at the end of the day, the experience seems different for each user. So, our forums members would love to know, will you be keeping your HTC Thunderbolt, or have you decided to wait and see what else will be coming? Be sure to hop in the forums to cast your vote and let us know why!

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We'd hoped to give Verizon's network a couple more days to settle before breaking this one on you, but these are drastic times, folks. See, more than a few of you have had issues with getting 3G data on the HTC ThunderBolt when you're in a non-4G area. Nope, doesn't make much sense. But landle in the Android Central Forums has done a nice job explaining how the TB uses the eHPRD 3G network to speed the handoff between 3G and 4G data. Problem is, it ain't working for a lot of people.

Good news is there's a fix -- no hard resets (which until now had been the recommended fix), human sacrifice or other unpleasantness. Here's what you need to do:

  • Go to the ThunderBolt's phone dialer. Enter ##778# and hit Send.
  • You'll get a pop-up labeled EPST, with the choice to "View Mode" or "Edit Mode." You want "Edit Mode."
  • You'll be asked for a password. It's 000000.
  • Now flip down to "Modem Settings," and then choose "Rev. A."
  • Change the setting from eHRPD to "Enable," hit OK, then press the Menu button on the phone and tap "Commit Modifications."

That's it. You're done. The phone will reboot (don't worry, you're not losing any data here), and things should, you know, actually work. As landale points out, you'll want to change this setting back once Verizon gets its network sorted out. But in the meantime, enjoy your, erm, new 3G! [Android Central Forums] Thanks, landale!

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Well, the Droid Incredible had a good run, didn't it? We knew this day would come, and now it finally has as the phone is no longer up for order on Verizon's website and it appears retail stores are selling through their remaining stock - end-of-life. 

First rumored all the way back in December of 2009, the Droid Incredible finally launched at the end of April 2010 and very quickly did its best to sell out across America as Verizon users went Snapdragon crazy. From day one it was on backorder, and demand was not satisfied well in to mid-August. In addition, the "DInc" was one of the first phones to get updated to Froyo after a leaked version of the RUU made its way on to the Internet. Here in Blacksburg, it is hardly possible to turn around without seeing someone texting, browsing, or gaming away on a Droid Incredible. 

However, there is some good news on the horizon for the DInc faithful (myself included) - we have reliable information that a Verizon-branded version of the HTC Incredible S could be making its way to American shores very soon as the Droid Incredible 2. As in very, very soon. Until then, why not head on over to the Android Central Forums and talk about your favorite memories of the Droid Incredible? [Verizon via Android Central Forums]

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Samesung has teamed up with online retailer Wirefly to offer 500 of its fans $100 off on either the Fascinate or Galaxy Tab on Verizon. To get in on the deal, you need to have 'liked' Samsung's Facebook page and click on the "$100 promo" link that will appear on the left side of the page once the sale goes live around noon EST today. You can also "like" the page once the sale goes live and you will get the coupon code automatically. The sale drops the price of the Fascinate down to free, while the Galaxy Tab will run you just $99 but both will require two-year contracts. Check out the full press release after the break. [Facebook]

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Alright, seriously, there is no denying it -- the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been on one wild ride. And here is another twist to add to this roller coaster of a ride: In an interview with Sony Ericsson UK head of marketing David Hilton, the executive talked pricing for the smartphone's games. "Smaller, lower-tier games" would cost around $2 and a "more complex game" could cost up towards $16. 

What are these "more complex games?" Will we see exclusives on the Xperia Play as opposed to other Android devices? Will these games come from the Android Market or the PlayStation Store? Still, so many questions. Wait, isn't this thing releasing soon? [MCV via Joystiq]

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HTC ThunderBolt Extended Battery review

The HTC Thunderbolt is Verizon’s first 4G LTE device. This, combined with the 4.3-inch display, have us eager to know how long the battery will/can last. Aside from the speed, battery life is easily the most talked about aspect of the device, for better or worse.

The best way to gauge battery life is from a variety of users, and we have an excellent thread in our HTC Thunderbolt forums stickied.

Here are some quick tips from users that have improved battery life:

  • The preloaded Blockbuster app is set to scan info automatically by default. Users who have disabled this through settings in the app have reported a very positive effect on battery life
  • Turning off Friendstream (deleting the widgets)
  • Changing the display settings. Often times when looking at battery use (Settings->About Phone->Battery Use), display is the main culprit. It’s a beautiful screen, but even turning the settings to Auto-Brightness can help things.


These are just three examples of tips and tricks for better battery life. For more or to add some of your own, check out our thread, Happy Bolting!

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Thunderbolt Battery Complaints + Tips/Tricks thread

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Back at CES Verizon had announced that they had already rolled out their initial 39 cities, and were expanding to 49 more, with plans to hit more then 140 cities by year end. Today, at CTIA Verizon announced that they will be adding 59 more markets to the existing ones, bringing them one step closer to their goal for the year. This news is bound to make many Verizon users happy, as they anxiously await 4G in their areas to take full advantage of new devices like the HTC Thunderbolt. Hit the break for a full list of covered cities, and the newly announced cities. [Verizon]

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What do you get when you stick Dieter and myself in front of a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with a handful of new games? Hands-on video, of course. Actually, tonight at a Verizon gathering at CTIA was my first time using the Xperia Play (Dieter did the initial hands-on back at Mobile World Congress.) And hardware-wise, it's agreeable. And the basic user interface isn't too shabby, and it's snappy enough. But games were a bit slow to load, and they're not as smooth as what we've seen on the likes of Tegra 2 devices.

But the point is, we just played Crash Bandicoot on the Xperia Play, taking us back to good ol' 1997. And who doesn't like that? Check it above, and we've got more video of the touchpads (ie analog sticks) after the break.

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

 

Many of us have been frustrated, to say the least, that there's no toggle switch to turn off the LTE radio in the HTC ThunderBolt like there is in, say, the Sprint EVO 4G or Epic 4G. You could open up the battery cover and pull the 4G SIM card, but that's ... what's the word ... work.

No matter. User cdunn05 over at the ThunderBolt Forums worked up the instructions to manually turn the LTE radio off while still leaving the 3G radio on using the following steps. It looks scarier than it is, and the best part is that it survives a reset. We've got full instructions in the ThunderBolt forums. [How to turn off ThunderBolt LTE] Thanks, cdunn05!

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