Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it will expand its 4G LTE network to cover several new markets on July 21st. The following areas will receive coverage at that time: Huntsville, Alabama.; Augusta, Georgia.; Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.; Springfield, Massachusetts.; Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston, and Salem-High Point, North Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee. The carrier also said that it will expand the size of its current 4G LTE network in San Diego and Los Angeles. Read on for a press release describing Verizon’s California expansion. More →
It’s not every day we come across a brand new Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone for under $100. In fact, the only other occasion we can recall is Amazon’s $99.99 HTC ThunderBolt sale from earlier this month. Starting immediately, however, Wirefly customers upgrading to a new Verizon smartphone or opening a new account can snag the the LG Revolution for the same great price — just $99.99. BGR reviewed the LG Revolution earlier this month and found it to be the most well-rounded LTE smartphone to date. While its display couldn’t match the DROID Charge’s Super AMOLED Plus screen and the UI couldn’t top the ThunderBolt’s Sense, the build trumps both those phones and the handset more than powerful enough to get the job done. More →
Verizon Wireless will finally be shifting to the usage-based data plan structure we all knew was coming. Android enthusiast blog Droid Life on Monday reports that future Verizon subscribers will no longer have an unlimited smartphone data option starting July 7th. Instead, they will be forced to choose one of three tiered data options: 2GB for $30 per month, 5GB for $50 per month or 10GB for $80 per month. Those looking for tethering will have to add $20 to each of those plans, which works out to 4GB for $50 per month, 7GB for $70 per month or 12GB for $100 per month. Overages on any plan will run $10 per gigabyte. According to the report, Verizon will charge the same rates for 3G and 4G LTE data plans, so subscribers interested in newer 4G smartphones will not have to worry about paying a premium for data, as they might elsewhere — which is a good thing, considering these plans are already a bit pricey. Current Verizon customers will not be forced to switch to a new plan. BGR contacted Verizon for comment and while the company would not confirm the new plans or exact timing, a Verizon Wireless spokesperson did have this to say: “As we have stated previously, Verizon Wireless is making some minor changes to data plans including those for new smartphone customers. We will move to a more usage based model in July.”
UPDATE: Droid Life has also obtained an internal letter purportedly being sent by regional VPs that confirms usage-based pricing will be the same for 3G and 4G service. The letter can be found through the second read link below. More →
Google is two devices deep in a quest to deliver its vision of what a mobile device should be, while pushing the envelope forward as far as specifications and collaboration is concerned. BGR has exclusively learned that Google’s next Nexus device, possibly called the Nexus 4G, is going to be an absolute beast. We have been told that the Google Nexus 4G will feature a next-generation dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU, and contrary to reports about it featuring an NVIDIA Kal-El processor, our source indicates it’s most likely an OMAP 4460 or a, ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon. The display is said to be a 720p HD “monster-sized” screen, and it won’t feature physical Android menu buttons below the screen anymore — everything will be software-based. More after the break. More →
Over the weekend, Verizon Wireless began issuing a software update to the Samsung DROID Charge that addresses a number of issues. Most notably, the update repairs a bug that caused the Charge’s mobile hotspot feature to work only if users set the date back to last month. Beyond the personal hotspot fix, the update is said to bring improved web browsing and email, improved battery life, and several other enhancements. Users will be notified automatically when the over-the-air (OTA) update is ready for there devices, or impatient users can initiate the update manually. More →
Verizon Wireless confirmed on Wednesday that it will launch Samsung’s second-generation Galaxy S “superphone” next month. Speaking to Computerworld, the carrier confirmed that it would launch the Samsung Galaxy S II “Function” some time in July. Featuring a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Galaxy S II is at the forefront of a new generation of more powerful Android smartphones that will launch this year. BGR reviewed an unlocked global version of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone last month, and we said it was “the greatest Android smartphone available on the planet” at that time. Each of the four major carriers in the U.S. carried the original Samsung Galaxy S under varied names, and they were all very good sellers. As such, it is reasonable to believe each carrier could carry its successor.
UPDATE: The carrier said that this was a slip up, and that they were referring to the impending Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch on Verizon Wireless. More →
In a note to investors Wednesday morning, Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt said Apple’s iPhone is still the best-selling smartphone in the U.S. despite being almost a year old. The analyst says he recently spoke with 50 U.S. retailers about smartphones, and he has concluded that Apple’s iPhone still sits at the top of the pile in terms of sales. McCourt does note, however, that Android phones are quickly gaining ground. He says collective sales of Android phones at Verizon Wireless are “on par” with iPhone sales, though he thought the iPhone’s lack of 4G LTE compatibility would have caused it to fall behind Android phones. “We had assumed that Verizon’s 4G launches would slow down iPhone demand, but that was not evident in the stores we spoke with,” McCourt wrote. “Overall, we believe iPhone momentum remains strong at Verizon.” The analyst also states that iPhone is still the No. 1 smartphone at AT&T, though sales of Android devices are “quickly catching up.” More →
“4G” can mean a lot of things these days. For some carriers, it started out as marketing speak that did little beyond confusing customers. For others, 4G represents a next-generation network that might help ease the strain of a new breed of data-hungry smartphone users that have brought a nationwide 3G network to its knees. But while certain carriers were busy lobbying the International Telecommunications Union or launching crafty marketing campaigns, Verizon Wireless launched the fastest cellular network U.S. consumers have ever seen. On May 26th, Verizon released the LG Revolution and gave its subscribers their third 4G smartphone option. Does LG’s first 4G LTE phone address the shortcomings of Verizon Wireless’ earlier offerings? Read on for the full review.
It’s one thing to acknowledge that consumer electronics product lifespans are always shrinking, but it’s another thing entirely for a gadget maker to tell you when your new tablet will become obsolete before you even purchase it. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 haven’t even made it off the starting line yet and Samsung’s mobile boss is already spilling the beans on the company’s next-generation devices. Samsung’s J.K. Shin told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview that Samsung plans to release a 4G LTE-equipped version of the Galaxy Tab tablet later this year. He also said that the third addition to the Galaxy S line, presumably dubbed Galaxy S III, will launch in the first half of 2012. We appreciate Shin giving us an insight into Samsung’s product roadmap, of course, but it’s also tricky business. We reviewed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 earlier this month and while we thought it was a solid offering from the Korean consumer electronics giant, it’s a tough sell knowing that a new version with blazing fast 4G LTE compatibility will launch just a few months later. More →
Amazon isn’t the only game in town when it comes to deep discounts on popular smartphones, and while Amazon’s 4G phone sale is certainly impressive, LetsTalk has a few even more appealing deals for Memorial Day. From now through May 31st, the online retailer is offering several incentives that add up to big savings on Verizon Wireless’ Android smartphones. First, LetsTalk is offering free overnight shipping on all Android phones. Add to that a 20%-off coupon for all Verizon Android phones (coupon code 7c7f3319) and we’re looking at some of the lowest prices we’ve seen yet on several sleek smartphones. Some highlights from LetsTalk’s sale include the Motorola DROID X2 for $120, the Sony Ericson Xperia PLAY for $80 and the HTC DROID Incredible 2 for just $64. Countless other smartphones are already priced at $0.01 or even free, so Amazon clearly has some competition over the coming long weekend. More →
Today is a big day for current and potential Verizon Wireless subscribers — the nation’s top carrier is tossing new smartphones around willy nilly and launching not one, two or three, but four brand new drool-worthy devices. First up is Sony Ericsson’s highly anticipated gaming Goliath, the Xperia PLAY. The PLAY features a 4-inch WVGA display, Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, a slide-out dedicated gaming controller and a $199.99 price tagt. The LG Revolution is also clear for takeoff today, and it features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 Froyo, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and last but certainly not least, a blazing fast 4G LTE radio. At $249.99 it’s the priciest phone Verizon is launching today, but LTE is more than worth the $50 premium as long as you’re happy carrying an extra battery or five. Motorola’s DROID X2 is launching today as well, and it sports a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution and a surprisingly slim body, all for $199.99. Finally, Verizon’s HTC Trophy is the carrier’s first Windows Phone, featuring a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture support, 16GB of internal storage and global roaming capabilities. It’s definitely a good value at $149.99 but with next-generation Windows Phones set to launch alongside Mango, a two-year contract is a tough sell right now.
We’ve been kicking back and playing (literally) with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for the past few days, and while we put our full review together, we figured we’d share some quick impressions of the handset that will make its way to Verizon Wireless tomorrow. For starters, Verizon’s Xperia PLAY runs stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread as opposed to the customized user interface that the international version ships with. Trust us, that’s a good thing. In terms of feel, the Xperia PLAY feels good in the hand, though it’s BMI is probably creeping up into the overweight category as the the phone is a bit heavy and is much thicker than most other Android handsets on the market. At the same time, it also feels slightly hollow, however. There’s obviously a reason for the added weight, and it’s because of the great hardware game controller built into the slide-out portion of the phone. And we have to say, the controls feel and work great — we’ve had a blast playing emulator games with a real gaming pad. Our only real initial complaints are the fact that the Xperia PLAY software launches every time you slide the device open, which seems like a nifty shortcut but we found it to be a bit annoying, and the lack of a functioning ambient light sensor. The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY seems like a great choice for any serious gamer who doesn’t want to carry around more then one device at a time, but is it the best smartphone for gaming in the world? You’ll have to wait until our review to find out. In the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on photos below, alright?
Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced the upcoming release of its third 4G-enabled smartphone, the LG Revolution. Featuring a 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2 (Froyo), a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and HD video capture support with an HDMI-out port, the Revolution is a decent option for those looking for a sleek smartphone on the fastest 4G network in the country. The LG Revolution will be available online and in stores starting tomorrow, May 26th, for $249.99 with a two-year contract. The price is in line with Verizon’s first 4G smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, and it is $50 less expensive than the Samsung DROID Charge, the carrier’s second LTE-equipped smartphone. Hit the break for Verizon Wireless’ full press release.