Verizon Wireless on Monday announced that its upcoming DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE smartphone will launch on July 5th for $149.99 on contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. Verizon’s latest HTC smartphone is even more of a mouthful that Sprint’s “EVO 4G LTE,” but at least it has the support of a live LTE network to back up its name. Other specs include a 4-inch qHD Super LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8-megapixel camera, Beats audio and microSDHC support. Verizon’s press release follows below, along with a video showcasing the new Android smartphone. More →
Given the iPhone’s popularity, it must be the top-selling smartphone on the top three major U.S. wireless carriers, right? Not so fast, says William Blair analyst Anil Doradla, who penned a note to investors this week stating that the Droid RAZR MAXX is now the best-selling smartphone on Verizon even though the iPhone maintains its top spot at AT&T and Sprint. This doesn’t mean that Doradla is down on Apple as a whole, of course, as Barron’s reports that the analyst is “unfazed” by slipping sales at Verizon and still maintains his Outperform rating on shares of Apple stock. There are some good reasons that the iPhone might not be selling as well as high-end Android handsets on Verizon, with the main one being that the iPhone doesn’t have access to LTE and must therefor rely on Verizon’s slow EV-DO Rev. A 3G network. What’s more, sales representatives at Verizon stores have been actively advising users to skip the iPhone in favor of LTE devices since Verizon is making its big push to get its users to migrate to its 4G network. More →
Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of its new “Share Everything” plans, which include shared voice minutes, text messages and data. The new plans are compatible with smartphones, tablets and feature phones, and they start at $30 per device for basic phones and $40 per device for smartphones, plus a minimum of $50 for 1GB of shared data as well as unlimited voice calling and text messaging. Plan members and individuals with multiple devices can share as much as 10GB of data each month between devices, along with unlimited voice and SMS for $100 plus the monthly fees for each device. “Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless. “Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service.” Verizon Wireless’s Share Everything plans become available on June 28th, and the carrier’s full press release follows below. More →
Verizon Wireless on Monday became the first wireless carrier in the United States to announce launch details for Samsung’s next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The nation’s No.1 carrier confirmed that preorder availability will begin on June 6th, and the Galaxy S III will start at $199.99 for the 16GB model. The 32GB model will cost $249.99 with a two-year contract, and both models will be available in either white or blue. Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S III will feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, S Voice, AllShare Play, 4G LTE connectivity and a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor in place of Samsung’s quad-core Exynos chipset, which is found on the international version of the Galaxy S III. Verizon’s full press release follows below.
UPDATE: T-Mobile announced preliminary Galaxy S III launch details as well on Monday, as did Sprint and AT&T. More →
Verizon Wireless on Monday confirmed that the DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, HTC Rezound, and DROID 4 will receive global roaming capabilities later this summer, enabling the handsets to access voice and data services in more than 200 countries, Droid-Life reported. “Customers will see a notification on their device when the software update is available for their device,” a Verizon spokesperson said. “After the software update, customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 countries and receive data in more than 205 countries.” While the carrier didn’t give a specific timeline, there is a possibility the update may be included with the smartphone’s upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich updates, which are also slated for a summer release. More →
AT&T noted record smartphone sales when it posted a monster holiday quarter to close out 2011, and the carrier came back in the first quarter this year with another record-setting report that beat Wall Street’s profit expectations. Verizon Wireless reported record revenue growth in the fourth quarter last year, and profits were up 16% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011. But despite soaring performance, executives at both carriers confirmed to investors this week that they are preparing to make new moves in an effort to squeeze more revenue out of subscribers. More →
Verizon on Thursday announced a slew of new locations for the carrier’s high-speed 4G LTE network that will go live on May 17th. The company’s LTE service will roll out in numerous communities along the Jersey Shore including Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Belmar, Point Pleasant, Toms River, Atlantic City and Cape May County, along with 26 other markets, the majority of which are located in the Northeast. “The size of our 4G LTE network gives us a significant competitive advantage over competitors as it enables more residents, small businesses and local government to take advantage of the speed and connectivity benefits offered by this advanced technology,” said Verizon Wireless Regional President Mario Turco. “We are committed to continuing the aggressive rollout of our 4G LTE network in 2012.” Verizon’s 4G LTE network currently covers 230 markets nationwide, and is on track to bring LTE to the carrier’s entire 3G footprint by the end of 2013. Verizon’s press release follows below. More →
Wireless carriers have traditionally made money off lengthy two-year service agreements, rather than physical device sales. In the age of smartphones, however, carriers are footing the bill for expensive handsets that result in smaller margins, while phone makers such as Apple reap the benefits. To combat traditional phone subsidies, carriers in the U.S. have continued to raise monthly rates and employ new and higher fees. In Europe, service providers are taking more aggressive measures, with some carriers refusing to subsidize devices for new customers. The carriers’ latest cries of resistance are drawing applause from investors and analysts alike, who say carriers could benefit more from the smartphone boom if they raise contract prices and slow the rate at which customers buy new phones. More →
HTC and Verizon Wireless on Monday unveiled their newest DROID-branded smartphone, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. Launching in the coming weeks, the newest addition to the Incredible franchise features a 4-inch qHD Super LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera, Beats Audio and Sense 4 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No details regarding pricing were made available, however the phone made a brief appearance on Verizon’s website listed at $299.99. The HTC One S, which the new Incredible is based on, is currently available from T-mobile without LTE connectivity for $199.99 on contract. Verizon’s full press release follows below. More →
Samsung’s new flagship smartphone may launch on all four major U.S. carriers as well as a number of regional carriers beginning this summer. Samsung on Thursday unveiled the Galaxy S III during a press conference in London, and the vendor said its sleek new smartphone will launch on nearly 300 different wireless service providers around the world in the coming months. At the same time, Samsung added a page on its U.S. website that allows users to sign up to receive more information about the Galaxy S III when it becomes available. On the page, a drop-down menu asks users to select their carrier preference, and found within that list are AT&T, C Spire Wireless, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. While this is by no means confirmation that the handset will launch on each of the seven carriers listed, it seems unlikely that Samsung would simply list random carriers and omit popular options such as Cricket, which currently offers a Samsung smartphone, and other sizable regional carriers. Samsung’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S II, is available from all major U.S. carriers with the exception of Verizon Wireless. More →
Apple’s next huge move isn’t into the television or banking industries according to one expert. Instead, Apple will take on carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless by becoming a direct mobile service provider. Veteran wireless industry strategist Whitey Bluestein, who has managed strategic deals for the likes of AT&T, Intel, T-Mobile, Verizon, Microsoft, Nokia and Best Buy, says Apple will soon begin to offer wireless service directly to iPhone and iPad users. Apple has the distribution channels, digital content portfolio and customer base to make the move, Bluestein says, and it also has more than 250 million credit cards on file for iTunes users who could be billed directly for wireless service. More →
Verizon Wireless on Monday announced a new prepaid plan that offers unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data for $80. The monthly plan is only being offered on the 3G Samsung Illusion, which can be had for $169.99 and will be available at Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Walmart. Verizon also announced three different prepaid plans for its Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. The nation’s largest carrier is offering 250MB of data for usage for a week for $15, 3GB of data per month for $60, and 10GB a month for $90. The Verizon Jetpack 4510L will be available for $129.99. Verizon’s press release follows below.
While Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has been the star of the rumor show for the past few months — with BGR leading the pack — we now have a clear picture of the smartphone landscape for late summer and early fall this year. BGR has exclusively learned details about most, if not all of Verizon Wireless’s flagship smartphone launches for the remainder of 2012, and things are definitely looking good for Verizon subscribers in 2012. All the details follow after the break. More →