Surprise, surprise: Verizon is being accused of ignoring the Federal Communications Commission’s rules on what it can do with its spectrum. Jeff Jarvis says that Verizon so far has refused to hook his unlocked Nexus 7 tablet up to its LTE network because the device is “not part of our lineup and can’t be activated.” As Jarvis notes, this seems to violate the regulations the FCC placed on Verizon when it first won the rights to operate on the 700MHz spectrum that it uses for much of its LTE network. More →
Samsung finally took the wraps off of its new flagship Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on Wednesday and the initial response was mixed. Most seemed to agree that the Galaxy Note 3 was a solid improvement over its predecessor, however Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was almost universally panned as an answer without a question. Good news for those interested in either or both new devices, however: Verizon is sometimes the last to the table when it comes to launches, but it will be first to the party with Samsung’s new offerings. Verizon has confirmed on its website that it will begin taking preorders on Friday, September 6th at 9:00 a.m. ET for both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Both devices will then become available later this month. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Galaxy Note 3 preview and our hands-on with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Verizon and Vodafone reportedly came to terms over the weekend and will jointly announce an historic deal on Monday in which Verizon will exchange $60 billion in cash, $60 billion in stock and $10 billion in smaller transactions for Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. The $130 billion deal will bring an end to years of clashing corporate cultures and will finally see Verizon take over complete control of the United States’ largest wireless carrier. Verizon Wireless was formed in 2000 but Verizon and Vodafone butted heads almost immediately, and Reuters notes Verizon even withheld dividends from Vodafone for a six-year stretch in an effort to force the company to sell its stake. The tactic failed, however, and Vodafone’s persistence will certainly pay off on Monday. More →
Verizon Wireless might be closer than ever to buying back the 45% stake that Vodafone has in its company. The Wall Street Journal reports Vodafone has confirmed that it is in talks with Verizon concerning this multi-billion dollar deal, although no details have been released and the eventual outcome is still very much up in the air. Earlier this year, reports began to circulate that Verizon would either merge or buyout Vodafone’s stake, but nothing came of these negotiations. Now that competition has heated up in the wireless arena, the window for the deal is closing, and the conversation is becoming more serious. More →
Verizon is now selling the Moto X, although it’s not as colorful as the ones you can get at AT&T. America’s largest wireless carrier is now selling Motorola’s flagship device for $199.99 with a two-year contract and is offering the device in either black or white. AT&T so far is the only carrier whose customers can take advantage of the Moto X’s customization options so Verizon customers won’t be able to get a device with their own color choice or personal engraving right off the bat. The Moto X features a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (316 pixels per inch), a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a quad-core GPU, a 10-megapixel Clear Pixel rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory and a 2200mAh battery.
Are QWERTY smartphones making a comeback? Definitely not, but those few hangers-on who miss tapping on physical keypads will seemingly have a nice new option from Verizon Wireless in the coming months. A user on the Chinese social networking site Sina Weibo has posted several photos of what is claimed to be the upcoming Motorola Droid 5. And yes, it looks exactly like the Droid 4, Droid 3, Droid 2 and original Droid. Rumored specs include a screen that measures between 4.3 and 4.5 inches diagonally, water- and dust-resistance, NFC, wireless charging support and a laser-cut five-row keyboard. With the Droid 4 out of stock for quite some time on Verizon’s website, the new Droid 5 could debut sometime soon. The leaked photos follow below. More →
Verizon might have been ridiculously late to the party with the HTC One, but it will apparently make sure the same thing doesn’t happen with Motorola’s new hero phone. The carrier on Monday confirmed on its Twitter account that Motorola’s new Moto X smartphone will be available online beginning this Thursday, August 29th, starting at $199.99 with a two-year contract. The phone will not immediately be available in Verizon Wireless stores, however, and the carrier would only say that Motorola’s new smartphone will hit store shelves “in the coming weeks.” The Motorola Moto X first launched on AT&T last week and in our review, we called it the best mass-market Android phone we had ever used.
It’s hard to believe, we know, but the flagship HTC One smartphone is now fiiiiiinally available for purchase from Verizon Wireless. HTC’s hero phone for 2013 first debuted about four months ago, and we had almost nothing but good things to say about it when we reviewed the AT&T version. In fact, we called it the closest thing to a no-compromise smartphone we had ever seen. Technology progresses at breakneck speeds in the mobile world, but even four months later, we still think the HTC One is the best Android phone on the planet. Beginning August 22nd, the One is available from Verizon in stores and online, and it starts at $199.99 on contract.
Four months late is better than never. Verizon announced on Friday that it would start selling HTC’s flagship HTC One smartphone on August 22nd for $200 and a two-year service agreement. The HTC One is one of the very best Android smartphones in the world and it has been available on all other major American wireless carriers for the past four months. The device features a 4.7-inch full-HD display with a resolution of 468 pixels per inch, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,300 mAh battery and a so-called “ultrapixel” camera.
Verizon subscribers who want to buy the HTC One and haven’t instead moved onto the Galaxy S4 or the Moto X may be about to finally get their reward. Engadget notes that Verizon has at long last posted a sign-up page for the HTC One, although the carrier still isn’t giving a precise release date for the phone. The rumored release date for the HTC One on Verizon has been continuously pushed back ever since the company announced it would support the device way back at the start of June. By the time the device releases on Verizon, it will have been available on all other major American carriers for at least fourth months.
Google Play’s All Access service is one of the better music streaming deals out there. It lets users upload up to 20,000 of their own songs onto Google’s cloud while also giving them unlimited streaming access to the millions of songs in the Google Play library for just $9.99 per month. And now, Billboard reports that Google is working out a deal with Verizon to bundle All Access subscriptions in with Verizon users’ wireless bills. Billboard’s sources say that Google wants to “leverage Verizon’s existing billing relationship with its customers, making the payment process as frictionless as possible” so that mobile users are given the option of adding an All Access subscription to their Verizon plan that will cost them a little extra each month.
You might not remember it at this point since it launched about 10 years ago in smartphone time, but HTC makes a gorgeous flagship smartphone called the HTC One and at some point, it will be made available to Verizon Wireless subscribers. Earlier rumors pointed to an August 1st release date for Verizon’s One, but a new report from Droid-Life claims that the phone’s launch has been pushed back to August 15th. The site published what it claims to be an internal document that notes the new launch date, but Verizon hasn’t confirmed anything at this point. All we know for certain is that the HTC One first launched in April in the U.S. and by the time it hits Verizon store shelves, the Moto X and LG G2 will have been announced and Apple’s new iPhones will probably be a little over a month away from debuting. Timing, as they say, is everything. The leaked document follows below. More →
Apple for the second consecutive year won the Harris Interactive’s “Brand of the Year” award in three categories. The company beat out rivals including Google, Samsung and Amazon to earn the award for its MacBook computers, iPad and iPhone. Apple’s computers led HP, Dell and Sony, while the iPad bested Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices, Google’s Nexus tablets and Samsung’s various Galaxy tablets. The iPhone was the top brand for mobile devices, ahead of HTC, Samsung and LG. Verizon was also awarded top prepaid carrier of the year for the second consecutive year and top mobile network for the third year in a row. Harris Interactive’s press release follows below. More →