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3 years ago

Verizon will honor upgrades with unlimited data resulting from system glitch

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Keep your subsidized handset and your unlimited data ... at least this time

Following a weekend system glitch that let customers with unlimited data plans receive upgrade pricing on handsets, Verizon has released a statement indicating that it will honor those purchases. Although we suspect Verizon had the power to revoke the upgrades and put those who took advantage onto a tiered data plan, the official statement we received confirms that the unlimited data plans will stand:

Over the past weekend, there was a software issue involving some orders for customers seeking to upgrade their devices.  A number of customers who were upgrading devices were able to maintain an unlimited monthly data feature while paying a subsidized price. 

Verizon Wireless will honor those orders that were approved this past weekend, allowing those customers to retain their unlimited plans for the duration of their contract and receive their new device.

Verizon Wireless corrected this software issue today (9/30).  The company no longer offers unlimited data plans and customers who want to retain existing unlimited data plans, must pay full retail price for a replacement phone.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One receiving first OTA update

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Enhancements in stability and accessibility included

Verizon's variant of the HTC One may have launched with a newer version of software than the other US carriers, but it is still in need of some improvements and is receiving an OTA update starting today. The update to software version 1.10.605.10 has three main changelog components:

  • Device lock-ups have been reduced
  • Internet accessibility for the visually impaired is now supported
  • Update to ISIS Mobile Wallet

The update to ISIS Mobile Wallet probably isn't valuable to just about anyone, but improvements in accessibility and overall system stability are always welcomed. Keep on the lookout for the OTA prompt on your own Verizon HTC One, and chime in in the forums once you've received the update to let other members know how things go.

More: Verizon HTC One Forums

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Google bringing NFC-enabled app vending machines to Japan

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A new and entirely unnecessary way to buy games for your Android phone

Japan is known for its crazy vending machines, and Google is hoping to cross the line from physical to digital goods in these machines with new Google Play units. In a bit of a curious idea, Google is installing large traditional-looking vending machines that load apps onto your phone via NFC when you place it in a cradle on the machine.

Provided you have an Android phone with NFC and Android 4.0 or above, you can simply put your phone on the machine and select between one of 18 apps (on this particular one shown above) to have installed. Some of the apps are free and others are paid, but the process is the same nonetheless — make your selection on the huge screen and watch the animations send the app to your phone.

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3 years ago

Huawei rotating CEO plan continues, Eric Xu taking over Oct. 1

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Three rotating executives from different areas of the company to keep things fresh

Starting October 1st, Huawei will have a new CEO leading the company. But Eric Xu's tenure at the top of the company will be short, because at the same time as announcing his new position, Huawei put and end date of March 31, 2014 on the promotion. It's part of a plan Huawei has to rotate its CEO every six months among three executives, and the goal is to keep the Chinese handset and wireless infrastructure company nimble and fresh.

Along with keeping his existing duties as an executive, Xu adds all of the new responsibility of being the acting CEO of the company, primarily focusing on "the company’s operations and crisis management" and managing meetings of the Board of Directors.

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3 years ago

From the editor's beach house ...

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Changing things up a little bit this week. We — as in myself and the other Mobile Nations editors — are in Miami this week for our annual meet-up, wherein we work on long-term strategies for the next year or so. We might even do half of what we come up with.

But more important, it's a chance for us to look each other in the eye and remind ourselves that we're damned lucky to be able to this for a living. So, from all of us to all of you — thanks for reading. Thanks for giving us a hard time when you think we're wrong, and for giving us a chance when we think we know better.

You're a much a part of this little website — and all the Mobile Nations sites — as anyone here.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus F6 coming to MetroPCS for $199

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MetroPCS is working to build up its mid-range phone ranks with a new LG device, the Optimus F6. Slotting in above its current LG offerings of the Optimus L9 and Optimus F3, the F6 offers a 4.5-inch 540x960 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

On the software side the F6 brings over some of the same features introduced on LG's higher-end handsets, like QUickRemote, QuickMemo and QuickTranslator, along with the same look-and-feel across the OS.

The Optimus F6 is a MetroPCS phone by name, but is one of the first devices to run on T-Mobile's HSPA+ and LTE networks rather than MetroPCS' older CDMA network. This marks the transitional period for MetroPCS after its acquisition by T-Mobile earlier this year. The Optimus F6 is available today in-store and online for $199 without a contract, with plans starting at $40 per month.

Source: MetroPCS (PRNewswire)

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to Radio Shack Oct.4, trade in your old Note and save some cash

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Radio Shack's Trade & Save program ready for the Galaxy Note 3 launch

Everyone is aware that the Galaxy Note 3 hits stores starting October 4, but Radio Shack is the first third-party dealer to jump up with a better deal — if you have an old Galaxy Note to trade in.

The Sprint and AT&T models of the Galaxy Note 3 will be on sale at participating Radio Shack locations, and folks who show up with a Note 2 to trade in will get $175 off the cost of their upgrade. Folks with an original Galaxy Note will get $100 off.

You could probably get more for your old devices on Craigslist or eBay, but this no muss, no fuss offer will attract a lot of people. Time is money, after all.

For more information, visit Radio Shack's Trade & Save site.

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3 years ago

Canadian HTC One getting its Android 4.3 update

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Some good news for our neighbors to the north — the Canadian versions of the HTC One appear to be getting their updates to Android 4.3 today, with word of updates hitting Rogers and Telus thus far. That makes the "end of September" deadline HTC was shooting for, but those of us in the U.S. still have to wait a bit.

It's a hefty update, as the screenshot above points out — but this one's well worth it.

More: HTC One forums; Thanks, Dhaval and Jonas! 

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3 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear available Oct. 4

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AT&T this morning dropped word that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear will be available online and in stores this Friday, Oct. 4. The Note 3 runs $299 on contract; same price for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 f could be a miniature Z1 for Japan

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Image credit: XperiaBlog

Spec sheet spied in Docomo brochure reveals Snapdragon 800 CPU, 4.3-inch screen, 20.7MP camera

It's been over a month since we heard anything of the Sony "Itsuki" — rumored to be a smaller version of the Xperia Z1 with similar specs. Originally rumored for a September unveiling alongside the full-sized Z1, the device was a no-show at IFA in Berlin earlier this month.

But today brings further evidence of the miniature Z1's existence, in the form of a brochure leak from Japanese carrier NTT Docomo obtained by XperiaBlog. In it, the Sony Xperia Z1 f is listed alongside the regular Z1, with a full spec sheet and renders to boot. The Z1 f is shown in black, white, pink and lime green, with a 4.3-inch, 720p display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also seems the Z1's 20.7 Exmor RS camera has made it across to the smaller version, along with that handset's IP58-rated water and dust resistance credentials. Powering the Z1 f is a 2300mAh battery, according to the spec sheet.

The specs fit with earlier rumors that the mini Z1 wouldn't sacrifice raw horsepower in order to fit into a smaller chassis, though with a thickness of 9.4mm, it looks like the Xperia Z1 f might be a good deal thicker than earlier Z-series phones. For now, we'll have to wait and see if the Z1 f will see release outside of Japan, but it's encouraging news for those looking for top-level specs in a smaller handset.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

LG G Pro Lite Dual leaked, purportedly a big-screen budget phone

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Just as Samsung has released big-screen phones without hefty, high-end price tags, LG looks set to adopt a similar strategy with a new phone due to launch in Russia soon, the LG G Pro Lite Dual. Images obtained by Russian site hi-tech.mail.ru show a device similar to the Optimus G Pro we're more familiar with, only with a built-in pen — and reportedly less spectacular hardware running the show.

In addition to a 5.5-inch qHD IPS display, the device runs an unnamed 1GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD. There's also an 8-megapixel camera with BSI sensor and a 3140mAh battery, and according to today's report the device runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. So we're clearly not dealing with a high-end phone here, but interestingly, the "Lite Dual" does appear to come with a capacitive stylus, something not bundled with the original G Pro. Both the leaked images and the name suggest it'll have dual SIM support too.

We'll have to wait and see whether this device ever sees release outside of Russia, but we're not holding our breath for the moment.

Source: hi-tech.mail.ru; via: GSMArena

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3 years ago

Tesco Hudl tablet now available in the UK

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£119 budget tablet launches on supermarket's online store

The Hudl, UK supermarket Tesco's low-cost Android tablet, is now available to buy from the official website, at tesco.com/hudl. The tablet sells for £119, packs a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, a 1440x900-resolution display and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — in addition to coming in four color options.

In accordance with last week's announcement, the Hudl should also start popping up in brick-and-mortar Tesco stores from today. For more info on the tablet, check out our hands-on coverage from last week's launch event.

Source: Tesco

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3 years ago

Verizon closes loophole that allowed upgrades with unlimited data

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Things are back to normal at Verizon, unlimited data plan bug has been fixed

We've received some information that the loophole everyone jumped on last night, where users were able to use a subsidized upgrade without losing their unlimited data, has been officially closed by Verizon HQ.

If you don't keep up-to-date with this sort of thing, users on Verizon that wanted to keep the old unlimited data plan are unable to sign an new agreement and get their new phone at the subsidized rate. Last night, folks started taking advantage of a recent "glitch" in the system that allowed you to get the contract price, sign a new two year agreement, but still keep the unlimited data.

Now that the issue has been "fixed" by Verizon, there's no telling how they are going to deal with the users who took advantage of the bug this weekend. If you grabbed a phone this way, you'll want to pay very close attention to any and all communication from Big Red.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Vector 13: Kevin Michaluk on what happened to BlackBerry

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It happened to Palm. It's happening to BlackBerry. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung might be insulated by their revenue from other businesses, or they might not. No company stays on top, or even in the game, forever. So, we interrupt our usual programing to get Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry.com back on the line so he can explain to us what the hell is happening with BlackBerry. The reaction to the iPhone, the detour of the PlayBook, and the launch of BB10. No. Holds. Barred.

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3 years ago

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 camera review

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A stand-alone lens for your phone? It's so crazy it just might work

The Sony Cyber-short QX10 is here to fill a need you had no idea needed filled. It mates the improved pictures of a good point-and-shoot camera with your smartphone. Rather than build a phone with a high-powered camera like the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the QX10 is a stand-alone unit that works with any Android smartphone. (Or the iPhone, if that's how you roll.)

Using wireless (NFC and WIfi Direct) the QX10 pairs with your phone (or tablet if you're into that) and the device's screen becomes the live-view from the lens. It can be a little clunky, and there's some software between the two that allow it to happen. Often-times finicky software. To the point where it's almost easier to forgo the software and shoot blind, unconnected to a phone. Yes, it can do that, too.

To top things off, the QX10 costs as much as a good point and shoot camera does — $250. 

It's going to have to do two things well to find a place in anyone's gear bag — take great pictures, and be easy to use. Hit the break and see if it can do them.

Amazon: Sony DSC-QX10 Lens-style camera ($249)

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