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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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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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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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We know very little about the Casio G'zOne -- it showed up briefly during CES 2011, but no real details came with.  An anonymous friend has sent us a few pictures and little bit more information about this rugged phone that should show up soon on the Verizon network.  According to our tipster, the GzOne will be run Froyo, have a 5 MP camera, be built to military specifications (including water resistance) and ship with an 8 GB micro SD card. Also the OS will have a button to sync all your social networks (Twitter and Facebook MySpace are specifically mentioned) and all the rest of the normal "Android Goodness".  Also on board is Casio G'zGear, a collection of tools for outdoor activities.

Much like the Motorola Defy or the Motorola i1, this one should appeal to those of us who need a phone that can stand up to an abusive environment.  Folks like emergency personnel and our troops should soon have another choice for a rugged Android phone.  Hit the break for a few more pictures. Thanks anonymous!

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

By now many of you have your shiny new HTC Thunderbolt in your clutches, and are tired from staying up all night playing with it.  Here's a question for you all -- how's your battery life turning out?  We all know that Android phones, HTC Android phones in particular, don't have a very good reputation when it comes to battery life.  Android is a very internet-centric operating system, and with all that data streaming in and out, you're going to use more battery power.  Combine that with the extra radio that an LTE or WiMax device uses, and things aren't going to get better.  To top it all off, there isn't an easy to use toggle to shut down the 4G radio when not in use on the Thunderbolt like there is on some other 4G Android phones.  We're not second guessing Verizon or HTC on that one, but it certainly seems like an odd omission.

So we figure the best way to gauge battery life is to ask.  Let us know in the poll, and hit the Thunderbolt forums for some tips to get the most out of your battery.

 

How is the battery life on your HTC Thunderbolt?online surveys

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It's time folks. If you've been sitting at your computer waiting for the minutes on the clock to roll over your wait is now over. After many rumored launch dates, delays and seemingly false starts -- the HTC Thunderbolt has now gone live on the Verizon Wireless website and is ready to be delivered direct to your door. As noted previously, purchasing the device straight from Verizon will run you $250 for a two-year contract, $320 for a one-year contract, or $600 $444.99 with no contract.

No matter where you stood in our poll from earlier, a lot of folks are going to be grabbing the HTC Thunderbolt and taking the device as well as 4G LTE for a spin. Until now,  the Verizon 4G LTE network has seen minimal traffic so it'll be interesting to see how it handles the masses. If you're still undecided about the device as a whole, you can check our device page to get the full run down, also be sure to hit up our first-look from CES 2011. If you've already decided and are ready to take the plunge, then jump on the source link to take you on over to the Verizon Wireless website. After that, hop into the forums to brag. [Verizon] PS: Looks like no contract price was dropped to $444.99

*Edit* - Now it is back to $599.99, anyone get one at $444.99?

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Since the HTC Thunderbolt is going on sale tomorrow, the fact that they're arriving in stores isn't a surprise.  I'm not going to let a little thing like that keep me from showing you guys a few pictures of HTC LTE goodness sitting in the backroom though.  Nothing new to report, just beautiful black boxes ready and waiting for you to show up tomorrow and make one your own.  Two more pictures after the break.  Thanks Anon!

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We can't point the finger at anyone in particular for Skype being pulled from the HTC Thunderbolt before release, but we can have a chuckle at how this particular SNAFU is getting fixed in some Verizon retail locations.  Above is a picture of the stand-up display for the Thunderbolt as it reads now.  Notice that Skype is featured on this one.  Rather than pull the displays, stores are getting stickers to cover the text that tout DLNA instead. 

Just goes to show that everyone thought Skype was coming at launch.  We do have to give credit where it's due -- nice work keeping things green and not wasting a few hundred pounds of cardboard Verizon.  Thanks to you know who!

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An anonymous tipster has sent us s few screenshots of Verizon's LTE data pricing quick reference guide for indirect sales.  Besides taking a shot or two at the competition (did anyone not expect that one?), and confirming what we've already heard about the pricing, there are a few juicy details here. 

  • The $20/2 GB plan will not be available for LTE phones
  • The free MHS (mobile hotspot) lasts only until May 15, regardless of when you sign up
  • Soon after the MHS promotion ends, an OTA update is scheduled to allow customers to pay for tethering for a monthly fee (details and pricing to be determined)
  • 3G and LTE smartphones will have a data only plan if you buy off-contract.  It's $49.99/5 GB (with a $10 per GB overage), and you'll have to sign up for a voice and data plan on a month-to-month agreement, then call Verizon Customer Service to get changed to this plan.
  • The MyVerizon Mobile app is getting updated to track LTE data usage

The two standouts here are the data only plan, and the OTA news.  An OTA on or around May 15 would be a great time to offer Skype, and Netflix streaming, but we have no word that either is coming.  And many of you have already asked about a data only plan, so there's your answer.  We have one more picture after the break.  Thanks Anon!

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We know you won't stop to look at it this coming Thursday when you rip the box apart on your new HTC Thunderbolt, so here's where you can read the Tbolt's user manual online -- while you're waiting for them to hit the shelves.  It's mostly basic stuff that you veterans already know, but if this is your first foray into the world of Android you really should spend a few minutes and have a look.  Check it out at the source link, and if you have any questions or just want to talk about it, get into the Thunderbolt forums! (.pdf warning) [Verizon] Thanks, Steven!

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It's officially official, folks. The long-awaited HTC ThunderBolt will be available on Verizon on March 17 -- this Thursday. Whatever kinks Verizon's been working on since the phone's announcement at CES in January presumably have been worked out, and you'll soon have that 4.3-inch slab of LTE 4G goodness in your fat little hands. It'll cost you $249 with a two-year contract. An unlimited LTE plan will run $29.99 a month.

There's no sign of the new Skype, unfortunately. But along with that large screen you'll have Android 2.2, the new version of the HTC Sense user interface, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing shooter, all powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor.

Just a couple more days, folks, and it'll be here. While you wait, be sure to check out our first look at the ThunderBolt at CES, and swing by the ThunderBolt forums. You'll be glad you did. Full presser's after the break.

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Although we've seen plenty of the Droid X 2 so far to get a handle on in, some other devices have now appeared and are ready to be judged off the little information provided for them. First up, the above pictured Motorola Targa -- codename of course likely to change at launch -- is suggested to be packing LTE and most certainly headed to Verizon.

If you jump on past the break, you'll get a new look at the Droid X 2 as well as what is suggested to be the Motorola Droid 3. Again, aside from the images we don't have much to go off of but we expect to hear a lot more about each of these devices over the next little while. [Howard Forums (2), (3) via Phone Arena]

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We'd love to say this comes as a complete surprise to us but really it doesn't. The HTC ThunderBolt has once again appeared on the Verizon website. This time -- it's not buried under a bunch of other news. No sir, this time-- it's up front for all to see. The page just takes you to the email sign up page that pretty much everyone waiting for the Thunderbolt has already signed up for but the fact it's there now and being headlined means the wait is almost over. [Verizon via Android Central Forums]

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The Droid Incredible 2 ROM images have been leaked, and all the goodies have been extracted and are available in the Android Central forums.  A few interesting tidbits from the leaked files:

  • Sense 2.1 with landscape previews
  • DLNA
  • VZW_Golf game
  • No Bing
  • CityID, and all other standard VzW apps are included
  • Wifi_Router app
  • Skype_mobile.1.6.0.7.live.apk
  • Blockbuster app
  • No Netflix

The extracted system checks in at a whopping 282 MB, but luckily the boot animation (the picture above is a part of that), wallpapers, and ringtones have also been pulled and are available as separate downloads.  Hit the links to grab them, and check the source links for the ROM images and system files. [AndroidSpin (images), Android Central forums (extracted version)]

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Why's everybody look so shocked to hear the HTC ThunderBolt's coming out on March 17? We totally had complete faith in that e-mail we showed you on Friday. (Any hedging in our post surely was coincidental.) Anyhoo, the evidence is mounting, with this morning's tweet and voicemail, and now the listing in Verizon's inventory system. And retailer Wirefly's getting into the game, saying it's opening up pre-orders tonight for a March 17 shipping date. All that's left is for Verizon to actually officially announce things. (Our guess: about 5 minutes after a certain Android Central editor goes to bed.) [Wirefly, Engadget]

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We recently brought you the news via a leaked e-mail that the HTC ThunderBolt may finally see release on Verizon on Thursday, and more clues are supporting that. First up is a Verizon retailer that joined Twitter on March 11 and this morning, for just its second tweet, dropped what you see above. We're willing to be they read Android Central, so maybe they're just repeating the news we broke.

But add to that a voicemail AC reader Julio just sent us, and new threads in the Android Central forums, and Thursday's starting to look a little more solid. [@YourLocalVZW, Android Central Forums]

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HTC threw out a piece of HTC ThunderBolt news, to let us all know another piece of HTC ThunderBolt news is coming "soon."  On its Facebook page, HTC had this to say:

There is a lot of excitement about the first Verizon LTE device, the HTC ThunderBolt. HTC and Verizon will officially and publicly announce the Thunderbolt launch dates soon. Please stay tuned for the debut of this great new device.

So yeah, it is just a nice way of letting us know there's more waiting to be done.  But at least this time it's official, and we know you guys love you some ThunderBolt news.  And I'm afraid of what you would do to me if you found out I knew this one and didn't share :p [Facebook via Twitter] Thanks, Cory!

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