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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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Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition headed to Verizon

Today you can head out and buy yourself a Samsung Galaxy S5 all around the globe, but what if you want a developer edition? Well, that might be coming soon as well. As Samsung did for the Galaxy S4, it appears as if an early listing for a developer edition Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up...
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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We've found the Droids, but we're not sure yet if they're the ones you're looking for

Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra hits stores tomorrow, August 20th, and we've got our hands on the device a little early for you guys to look at. For all intents and purposes, the Droid Ultra is a larger, more plasticky and generally more Verizon-ized version of the Moto X with most of the same DNA (no, not that other phone) inside.

In general, you're getting the same software experience as the Moto X — plus some extra Verizon bloat — wrapped in a different shell, hitting the same price point to boot. Hang on after the break for a few more impressions, hands-on video and several pictures of the middle entry into the latest Droid lineup on Verizon.

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Latest firmware from HTC will ship on Verizon's version

Good news for anyone planning on picking up the HTC One on Verizon when it finally launches next Thursday. VZW spokesperson Albert Aydin has confirmed on Twitter that Verizon HTC One will ship with Android 4.2.2-based firmware. That means Big Red's HTC One will benefit from new OS features like Daydreams and lock screen widgets, as well as the latest software enhancements from HTC, including Instagram feeds in BlinkFeed, more video highlight themes and the option to turn off the horrible on-screen menu bar.

Aydin also confirmed that Verizon will be getting the 32GB version of the phone in silver — so no word on higher storage capacities or alternate colors just yet.

While European and Asian HTC One handsets were updated to Android 4.2 last month, the U.S. versions of the phone remain on 4.1.2. For a quick tour of what's new in the latest HTC One firmware, check out our hands-on feature, linked below.

More: What's new in Android 4.2 for the HTC One

Source: @VZWalbert

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It may be late, but it'll run Android 4.2.2 out of the box

Verizon Wireless just dropped word via Twitter that its HTC One finally will be available Aug. 22, for $199 on contract. Better late than never we suppose, but the release comes some five months or so after every other U.S. operator. And, more important, it comes smack in the middle of a couple other major releases — namely the revamped Motorola Droid line and the Moto X. We don't have street dates for those just yet, but they can't be too far off.

Update: A bit of good news here from Verizon spokesman Albert Aydin. Big Red's HTC One will run Android 4.2.2 at launch — no other U.S. carrier can claim that update yet — and you'll be able to get it in a 32-gigabyte flavor.

More discussion: Verizon HTC One forums

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Wireless charging feature 'exclusive,' according to VZW pre-registration ​page

Looks like a preponderance of carrier logos won't be the only unique thing about Verizon Wireless' LG G2. According to the operator's pre-registration page, it'll include "exclusive wireless charging" in addition to all that juicy Verizon branding. Presumably this means if you pick up a G2 on AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint you'll have to charge with a microUSB cable like a Neanderthal.

There's no information on which wireless standard will be used on the Verizon G2, but the last few LG phones to support this feature (the Optimus G, Nexus 4 and certain versions of the G Pro) have all used the Qi standard.

It's also not the first time Verizon has nabbed exclusive wireless charging on a major handset — last year it scooped the feature for its HTC 8X, leaving AT&T 8X owners charging the old-fashioned way.

Source: Verizon; via: Engadget

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Verizon wants us all to know that they too will be carrying the G2 sometime "soon". They also want you to remember that you're using Verizon, and just in case they have dolled up the phone like something Richard Petty would drive.

It shouldn't affect the performance, and we know a place where you can buy a case that makes it all go away.

Source: @Verizon Wireless

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Leaked inventory screen points to stores receiving inventory on August 15, with an August 23 Street Date

We've heard nothing official from Verizon about when to expect their Moto X to hit the streets, but according to this picture of an inventory screen, August 23 is the day. Taken from a major retailer, we see that stock is set to arrive on August 15 with a "Street Date" of August 23, which puts it out three days after the Droid Ultra, MAXX and Mini. It's also the same date that was leaked in an earlier roadmap, so it has our attention.

There's no indication of pricing, though we expect it to be competitive with AT&T pricing at $199 for the 16GB version, with a new two-year contract. 

Of course, this is not official and doesn't take into account anything like a carrier-store exclusive. It does, however, let us know that Verizon plans to get this one out the door relatively quickly — something folks waiting for the HTC One on Big Red wouldn't know anything about.

We're keeping our eyes and ears open for anything we can dig up about the Moto X, and will pass it along as it's uncovered. 

Thanks, Anon!

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Fast-tracked release in Korea and a launch on the big four in the U.S., according to Korean press reports

We're gearing up for tomorrow's big LG G2 unveiling in New York City, but it seems the first country to see a retail release for the phone could be South Korea. According to reports from Korea's MK News, the device will launch in the Korean market this Thursday, Aug. 8, the day after the NYC launch event.

In the United States, the publication adds, the G2 will launch on all four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — while Japan's NTT Docomo will also get the new LG flagship.

Fortunately we won't have to wait too long to learn whether these reports pan out, as we'll be live from NYC tomorrow to bring you full coverage of the LG G2 launch.

Source: MK News (Korean); via: UnwiredView

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Verizon may be getting a Galaxy S4 Mini of their own

For Big Red customers looking for a new phone that's a bit more svelte than today's average Android phone, The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with a big fat Verizon logo has been outed in some leaked pictures over at Engadget, We're going to assume that the SCH-i435 will be the same basic Mini as the world version Alex had a look at last June, though it's always possible Verizon has done a little tweaking here and there.

While the Mini won't satisfy anyone's need for raw specs, we found it a decent performer, though slightly hampered by a less than stellar screen. But being one of the few phones available under 4.5-inches, that may be a trade-off many are willing to make. It looks like Verizon is betting on just that, and the S4 Mini should be a great seller if it's priced accordingly with a new agreement. 

Of course, nothing is official until Verizon says it's official, and we'll keep an ear to the ground for more news on this one. After the break there's one more picture that gives a good impression of the overall size compared to the iPhone 5. For more images and details, including comparisons to its bigger bother, be sure to have a read of our Galaxy S4 Mini review.

Source: Engadget

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Still no indication of where, when and for how much people can buy unlocked models.

Working to clarify some of the confusion surrounding the Moto X launch yesterday, VP of Product Management at Motorola Punit Soni shed some light on the state of bootloader unlocking and Developer Editions. In a post on his Google+ page, Soni explained that the Moto X hitting Sprint, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile and Rogers will all have unlockable bootloaders — that is, locked out of the box and unlockable will Motorola's tools.

Additionally, he stated that two different Moto X "Developer Edition" devices will be made available, one for Verizon and one "general North American" version. Presumably since the AT&T model wasn't named specifically as having an unlockable bootloader, this North American Developer Edition will be an unlocked GSM model with AT&T-compatible bands.

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$80 now the entry point for a single smart phone with 500MB of data

Amidst a flurry of news today, Verizon made a simple change to its "Share Everything" plan structure that added a new lower-cost tier with a smaller data bucket. Possibly a reaction to AT&T's new lower-tier plans, Verizon now offers a 500MB plan at $40 per month, undercutting the previous bottom-end 1GB plan at $50.

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Black and white models available at launch; no pricing or details given.

Verizon has announced today on its official Twitter account that it will carry both black and white versions of the Moto X, along with "Moto Maker" customizable models later this year. AT&T dropped a bit of a disappointing news on us this afternoon when it announced that it would be the exclusive partner for Motorola's new Moto Maker service, which gives you access to all of those crazy colors, cases and engravings for the Moto X.

While the details of the exclusivity aren't known at the moment, we know that it will end by the end of this year and be heading to at least Verizon. Beyond this little bit of news on color options, Verizon isn't yet spilling the beans on what its pricing or availability will be. We can make a good guess at the former — $199 on-contract most likely — but don't have any idea on the latter.

Source: @VZWnews

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New Droid products expected to have longer shelf lives than predecessors

Starting today with the launch of the Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx, Motorola will be the exclusive partner making Droid-branded devices for Verizon. According to a report from CNET, Verizon has agreed to use Motorola as the sole manufacturer for its flagship devices, pushing other manufacturers -- most notably Samsung and HTC -- to the side. The exclusivity will likely give Verizon more choices when it comes to creating new bespoke devices, as well as a secured revenue stream for Motorola. 

While this certainly isn't the only partnership that it should be focusing on, Motorola has locked up a pretty great exclusive here -- Verizon has spent a serious amount of time and money building a brand around the Droid name. As if there were ever any doubt in the future of the Droid franchise, Verizon has indicated that it plans to keep the line going far into the future. Expanding on this, these new Droid devices are expected to have longer shelf lives than previous devices as well.

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The Droid Mini promises the features of the Ultra in a smaller chassis

It seems we're being inundated with "mini" versions of popular smartphones these days. First was Samsung with its Galaxy S4 Mini, then HTC with the One Mini. Today Motorola announced a "miniature" 4.3-inch handset of its own, the Droid Mini, promising thin bezels, an HD display and the same software suite that's found on the larger devices.  Like last year's RAZR M, Moto's calling the Mini's screen an "edge-to-edge" display, on account of its almost nonexistent horizontal bezels.

The Motorola Droid Mini lands on Verizon Aug. 22 for $99 on-contract. We've got your first look in our photo gallery after the break; stay tuned for video in the very near future.

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Full coverage of everything Verizon, live from New York

We're on site in New York, seeing what Verizon has to show us all. We're expecting a handful of Motorola Droid devices, and we'll be sure to let you know everything Big Red has to tell us as soon as they tell us.

Stay tuned!

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A design that checks all of the boxes for a Verizon 'Droid' phone

We're inside of 24 hours until Verizon does its thing in New York City, and we have a nice looking leak of an upcoming device expected at the event. Courtesy of HelloMotoHK, a close-up picture of a purported "Limited Edition" Droid Ultra has surfaced showing off a woven kevlar back and some special red coloring. The kevlar looks to be coated in an extremely shiny finish, and the dramatic red and black paint scheme along with prominent "Droid" branding makes sure you won't forget what carrier you're on. The red stripe is likely something reserved for the Limited Edition model -- which we've seen for previous devices -- but we wouldn't mind if some other crazy patterns were made available.

We got a nice look at a press render of the device's front a couple of weeks ago, but this is the first clear in-person look we've got of the back. We're not entirely sure where this particular device will fit into the lineup of phones we're expecting Verizon to show us tomorrow, but we won't have to wait long to find out.

Source: Droid-Life

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Another device with uninspired design and LTE to fill out Verizon's end-of-year lineup

Verizon and LG have had a steady relationship of releasing mid-range devices to fill out its smart phone portfolio, and it looks like the LG Enact will be the latest in the series. Following in the footsteps of devices like the Lucid, Spectrum and Revolution, the Enact (aka VS890) looks to have a moderate screen size, four capacitive buttons (yes, menu button included) and typical branding in all the right places.

The interface looks to be the same as other recent LG phones, and considering that Chrome is highlighted as an app on the home screen we're likely looking at Android 4.1 or above loaded on the Enact. Look for this one to hit Verizon by the end of the year at a low price point on-contract.

Source: @evleaks

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Deployment of VZ Edge expected to have no affect on financial results

Following both the release of its new "Verizon Edge" upgrade plans and Q2 2013 financial results, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo had some interesting statements regarding the new upgrade scheme. When asked if there was any plan to change Verizon's service pricing to reflect the new off-contract and unsubsidized "Edge" upgrades, Shammo clearly stated "We will not touch our service pricing." That's a big disappointing to many of us who have done the rough math on VZ Edge, which shows how much more expensive it will be for customers. T-Mobile, by contrast, reduced the cost of its service plans to reflect the subsidy component being moved to an "Equipment Installment Plan".

Further, Shammo does not expect many customers to move over to the new VZ Edge plan, expecting them to continue along with the two-year contract and subsidized phone model. So few customers are expected to try the new system when it launches August 25th that it will have no impact on Verizon's earnings.

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Earnings numbers increase across the board; 36-percent of customers now using 'Share Everything'

It's that time of the quarter where the big companies are posting their earnings, and this morning Verizon released its Q2 results. While Verizon operates both a wireless and wireline division, we're going to focus on just the wireless portion as it pertains to Android more directly. Here are the high points:

  • Revenues of $20 billion for the quarter, up 7.5-percent year-over-year
  • Service revenues accounted for $17.1 billion of that, up 8.3-percent y-o-y
  • ARPA (Avg Revenue Per Account) was $152.50 per month, up 6.4-percent
  • Operating income margin of 32.4-percent, up 1.6-perecentage points
  • 941,000 net postpaid customer additions
  • In total, 100.1 million retail connections, up 6.3-percent

Verizon also broke down a few more of its customer demographics and how they use its network. More than 36-percent of postpaid accounts are now on "Share Everything" plans, with an average of 2.7 connections per account on the network. Smart phones now account for over 64-percent of the postpaid customer base, up from 61-percent last quarter. Postpaid churn (how many customers are leaving the carrier) was 0.93-percent, and up slightly year-over-year.

As part of its earnings, the carrier also took a few lines to remind us that its LTE network now covers 301 million people across 500 markets, meaning that it now covers 99-percent of its 3G footprint as well. Overall it was a strong quarter for Verizon posting increases in all the right places from earnings to customer demographics.

Source: Verizon

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Verizon Edge starts for customers on Share Everything plans August 25

Competition is definitely a good thing. Following the lead of other carriers (and not so much others), Verizon is introducing a new phone upgrade policy. Dubbed "Verizon Edge," this program will allow customers to upgrade their phones more frequently, as long as they meet certain requirements.

Basically a phone payment plan, Edge will enable customers on Share Everything plans to upgrade their basic phone or smartphone, spreading the full retail price over 2 years of monthly payments. Through this program, upgrades every 6 months are possible -- as long as 50 percent of the retail cost has been paid.

The first month's payment will be due at the time of the upgrade. Verizon states that customers will have no finance charges or upgrades fees when using this program. Verizon Edge will be open to eligible customers starting August 25th.

Source: Verizon

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Verizon set to show off 'the next generation' of Droid devices next week

An interesting (and short notice) invite has just landed in our inbox from Verizon for an event on July 23rd in New York City. There's not a whole lot to go on here, but what is there gives you a pretty darn good indication of what to expect.

Verizon. July 23rd. Droids. We'll be there, covering whatever Verizon has to show off.

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