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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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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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Still no break in monthly service charges for buying a device off-contract

Newly leaked Verizon training documents indicate that the carrier is planning to release a new device purchasing plan called "VZ Edge". Building on the previously announced "Verizon Wireless Device Payment Plan" that lets customers buy a device off-contract with a year of monthly payments, VZ Edge will give customers an option to buy yet another device after paying off half of their current payments on a device. Presumably to fall in line with T-Mobile's new JUMP! upgrade plan, VZ Edge would offer customers "upgrades" every 6 months.

The waters are still murky on this one, however.

The current Device Payment Plan splits up the full off-contract price of a phone to 12 equal payments, with an additional $2.50 per month in financing charges. What isn't revealed by this current leak is how the devices will be handled when moving on to a new device mid-way through a payment plan on VZ Edge. Will the device be returned to Verizon for a credit? Will future payments be forgiven or tacked on-top of new payments from the next device?

Whatever way Verizon plans on laying out the payments of new devices, there is still no indication that the carrier will cut your monthly bill for not accepting a subsidy on your device. It's great to see more options emerging for buying devices off-contract, but Verizon's really double dipping (into your wallet) charging full price for a device and again for a subsidy that you're not taking advantage of.

Hit the break to see the promotional materials, which indicate that VZ Edge is ready for launch at the end of Q3.

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Exclusive leaked photo shows Verizon's Moto X, and a small unexpected UI change

Hot out of the inbox is this picture of the Verizon Moto X in all it's LTE glory. While we don't get a look at the back or any of the expected customization areas of interest, this picture does give us a nice idea of the overall size of the phone, as well as a hint that it might be running a newer version of Android. We also note that the person handling the phone hasn't picked up on the Graves Method, or the Schmidt variant.

We see some, ahem, ample bezels at the top and bottom of the face of the phone, but overall the size looks fairly small by today's standards. The shape and outline remind us a lot of the Nexus 4, and we're guessing the two phones are similar in size. If you've not had a chance to check out a Nexus 4, think of a slightly shorter Galaxy S3.

More interesting may be the clue that we're seeing something different than Android 4.2.2 here. The background behind the soft-keys is semi-transparent. This could be a Motorola software customization, but with Android 4.3 supposedly right around the corner this could be a new look for the stock launcher.

A leaked roadmap points to an August release for the Moto X on Verizon, though we have no details or pricing. We are sure that it's coming, and everyone loves an early look.

Join the discussion in the Moto X forums

Thanks, D3xn2o!

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August to see several device launches; new 'Droid' devices nowhere to be seen

Right on the heels of the latest Moto X device leaks, a new roadmap from Verizon may have just revealed the launch dates for both it and the HTC One on Big Red. According to a purported "Go To Market" roadmap obtained by PhoneArena, the carrier will finally see the previously-confirmed HTC One on August first, with the upcoming flagship Moto X hitting a few weeks later on August 23rd.

While it's a fashionably late appearance for the One on Verizon when compared to the other carriers, an August 23rd launch of the Moto X could put it right in line with the other three if current launch date rumors hold true. As for the expected launch of multiple new "Droid" devices, this roadmap doesn't give us any indication of their release windows.

It looks like Verizon may be in for an important month of August.

Source: PhoneArena

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New firmware includes apps-to-SD, Samsung Knox

Update: Looks like AT&T is pushing out a similar GS4 update over-the-air.

Original story: Following the international and Sprint versions of the phone, Verizon's Galaxy S4 is today receiving a software update with a couple of significant new features. While a full changelog isn't yet available, the new "VRUAME7" firmware update seems to include apps-to-SD card support as well as Samsung's Knox security software for BYOD — both features found in the recent Sprint GS4 update. In addition, the same firmware update for the international GS4 brought improved performance, so that's something else to watch out for.

Knox in particular might be of concern to rooted users wanting to maintain superuser access to their devices, so if you're rooted you might want to hold off applying this update for the moment. Right now it seems the new firmware is only going out through Samsung's Kies desktop app, rather than over-the-air, as a hefty 1.8GB download.

Source: Android Central forums; Thanks, Jason!

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Verizon and Sprint exercise more control over the phones that can use their network, and it takes a little more that just building one to make it happen.

In the midst of all the discussion over the merits and flaws of the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, there's a third discussion taking place, that more than a few people are interested in -- will we ever see a Google Play edition phone on Verizon or Sprint?

Now, we can't answer that any more than anyone else who doesn't make high-level purchasing decisions at either carrier, but we can talk about the issue a little bit. Hopefully this can address some of the questions surrounding the issue and clear up a little confusion.

The Google Play edition phones that are currently being sold will only work on AT&T or T-Mobile (or any of the smaller regional or MVNO carriers who use a GSM network) here in the U.S. The HTC One will only work at 2G speeds on T-Mobile, unless you're in an area that has already had the 3G network switched over to the 1900Mhz bands. Have a look here to see an unofficial map where that's been done. The phones are SIM unlocked, so will also work on any GSM network outside the U.S. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you can stick the SIM card you use for Verizon LTE in one and get it to work, as neither phone supports the required network frequencies. The same goes for Sprint, as well as regional carriers like Cricket, Page Plus or U.S. Cellular. The easy way to check -- will the (non-Verizon) Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 work on the carrier? If so, the Google Play edition phones will work, too.

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New device could be part of Moto's 'Ultra' line

We've recently been hearing reports about the upcoming Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini, and now we have what might be the first image from Motorola's new line of phones for Verizon. Notorious Twitter leaker @evleaks has published the shot above, saying it's the "Droid Maxx" — apparently one of three new phones headed to Big Red from the new Motorola. (We've previously heard it referred to as the "Droid Ultra Maxx.")

The image doesn't give too much away — you've got a big, robotic Droid eye occupying most of the screen. But we can make out the power button and volume keys, as well as the earpiece and front-facing camera. It's unclear as to whether the home, back and task-switching keys are capacitive or on-screen. However we've done some number-crunching based on the size of the on-screen image in the render, and if this device has a 16:9 (widescreen) display then the bottom area with the buttons would seem to be part of the screen. It's also telling that the home key isn't exactly what we've come to expect from vanilla Android, suggesting Moto's putting its own UI on this upcoming Droid. Interesting too is the presence of what seems to be a Kevlar-like texture around the "chin" of the device.

We're still not sure when exactly Motorola's new Droid line-up will become available — but if renders are starting to leak already, we might speculate that the Verizon-bound phones could appear before the usual end-of-year launch window. We'll keep you posted with more details as they emerge, in the meantime share your thoughts down in the comments.

Source: @evleaks

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Thin, Kevlar-clad device mentioned on apparent placeholder site

If you listened to Android Central podcast 139 a couple of weeks back, you might've caught our own Phil Nickinson talking about the Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Ultra Mini and Droid Ultra Maxx, a new line of Moto-built, Verizon-bound phones. The Ultra, according to our source, was to pack a 5-inch screen and be even thinner than the original Droid RAZR. Check out the clip below.

Today we've got some of the first signs that of the "Ultra" line's existence, in the form of what seems to be a placeholder page on Motorola.com. Under the subheading "Think Thin," the Droid Ultra is described thusly —

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4G​ LTE branding gives away Big Red's HTC One

Prolific Twitter leaker @evleaks has just posted an image of Verizon Wireless' HTC One — and unsurprisingly it looks like an HTC One, on Verizon. In fact, the only thing to give away this HTC One as belonging to Big Red is its 4G LTE logo in the status bar. Besides that, there's no front-facing indicator that this is a Verizon phone — the space between the phone's two buttons is still occupied by HTC's own branding. We're willing to bet there'll be some Verizon signage around the back, though.

Unfortunately here's still no indication as to when we can expect the Verizon HTC One's arrival.  The carrier has announced that it'll offer the One for sale starting "later this summer," but that's as specific as anyone's getting. Fingers crossed that Verizon customers will be able to pick up the phone before the early September date in today's leaked render.

Source: @evleaks

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Online orders of the new higher storage capacity version will ship by July 3

Verizon has made an update to its Galaxy S4 availability post indicating that the larger capacity 32GB version of the device will become available starting tomorrow, June 29th. As you would expect, the price takes the usual $100 jump up to $299 with a 2-year contract for the increased storage. The post doesn't indicate which colors will be available, but we have to assume it'll be the same white and black varieties as currently offered for the 16GB model.

The post specifies that the device will go on sale at Verizon's online store tomorrow, with devices shipping no later than July 3rd for those who order on day one. No details on in-store availability at the moment, but we would expect them to become available there soon also. Keep an eye out on the Verizon site late tonight if you want to be the first to get your order in.

Source: Verizon

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Verizon this morning announced that the fine folks of Parkersburg, WVa., are the proud recipients of its 500th 4G LTE market, and that the rollout of its high-speed data is "substantially complete," blanketing 99 percent of its network. Verizon says more than 95 percent of the U.S. population — some 298 million people — have access to its LTE network. (Though obviously they're not all Verizon customers.)

Some 57 percent of of data Verizon served up is done over its LTE network.

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Verizon this morning announced the second generation of the horribly named Casio G'zOne Commando, adding 4G LTE data to the rugged Android smartphone.

It'll be available starting June 27 for $99 on a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

We've got full specs after the break.

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Small bugfix update will hopefully address issues caused by the previous OTA

Following up on a previous update -- software VRBMD3 -- that caused a whole bucket of issues for some Galaxy S3 owners, Verizon is pushing out a small OTA tonight that will hopefully address them. The update, which a few members in our forums are pulling down as we type, is small but will hopefully fix what has been a rocky rollout of VRBMD3. The new software version, VRBMF1, doesn't have an official changelog or support documentation available just yet, but we'll be keeping our eyes out for it on the Verizon support website. Expect details on the update to hit as it rolls out to a larger number of users over the next couple of days.

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Augmented reality robots give hints of Verizon's intentions for its upcoming Droid release

Update: What looks to be the same D:Com game is showing up on Google Play, but doesn't seem to be compatible with any devices. We may be catching Verizon in the middle of a Play Store update.

Original: Verizon somewhat-mysteriously started using its @DroidLanding Twitter account once again to tease a new Droid device, and now the account is giving up more details on its campaign. The latest tweet states: "Incoming ::: Nationwide sightings of 50-ft mechanized wARriors under the command of civilians." and includes a link that takes you to a promotional Youtube video that reveals even more info.

The video, seen above, shows off some fancy Droid-like animations and sounds, but focuses on large AR (augmented reality) robots being placed in locations all around the country. At the end of the video, some branding information reveals the names "D:Com - Mission Alpha" and "Droid Combat". Some quick sleuthing shows that D:Com - Mission Alpha is currently an iOS-only AR game made by developer MunkyFun, which previously partnered with Verizon to make the "Droid Bionic ARena" game in 2011. Looking at the current iOS game reveals extremely similar robots as those seen in the Verizon promo video.

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