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Mobile phone contracts provide a relatively easy way to get a shiny new smartphone, however there are also those who already have a capable device on hand that prefer to go the no-contract route. That being the case, it looks like Verizon Wireless has recently bumped the data allowances on their prepaid 3G smartphone plans.
We’d heard talk long, long ago of Verizon hooking up with VMware for a virtual workspace on its smartphones, and we can at last say that it’s more than just chatter. Starting today, Verizon’s business customers can buy VMware’s Horizon Mobile for their Android devices. The solution gives corporate phones a common desktop with encrypted apps, data and policies that can’t be touched from the device’s regular environment. While this puts the Verizon-VMware partnership in competition with the likes of BlackBerry Secure Work Space and Samsung Knox, it won’t be a perfect match for those services: the two companies are asking $ 125 per person for Horizon Mobile, and the initial device support is oddly limited to the LG Intuition and Motorola Droid RAZR M (neither is pictured here). Nonetheless, the deal might be a good fit for companies that would rather tie their phones to a single carrier than any one hardware manufacturer.
We’ve gotten word of a new BlackBerry smartphone today, and we now also have some news about familiar one. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have all confirmed that they’ll soon be carrying the BlackBerry Q10, although some are being more specific with details than others. Verizon is saying that it will be available sometime in June (with pricing still to be announced), while Sprint will only go as far as to say “late summer.” T-Mobile will also be rolling out the phone sometime in June, and has confirmed that it will run $ 99.99 down with its new plan structure, or $ 579.99 if you want to buy it outright — that follows business registation for the device, which began last month. We’ve yet to hear anything more from AT&T, but it has already committed to the device and will presumably be launching it in roughly the same timeframe as well.
Nokia has officially announced the Lumia 928, its Windows Phone 8 smartphone for Verizon, and the device it has been steadily teasing over the past week. Packing a 4.5-inch OLED display and an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera, along with Verizon LTE 4G support, the Lumia 928 also has three high-audio-amplitude-capture microphones for better audio recording. It’ll
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released its annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, ranking 18 companies by how well they protect user information from government eyes. Twitter and Sonic.net get high scores from the EFF, as they meet all six of the organization’s privacy guidelines, which include requiring a warrant for sharing content and telling users about government data requests. On the other end of the spectrum are MySpace and Verizon, both of which score zero out of six stars. Meanwhile, Apple and AT&T get one gold star each, and Google, Dropbox and LinkedIn are tied for second place. You’ll find the complete breakdown in the EFF ‘s comprehensive infographic (partially displayed above), and the full report is available via the source link.
As the HTC One was released in review unit form earlier this year, it became apparent that a cross-carrier release in the USA wasn’t as cut and dry as it first appeared. The largest carrier in the United States, Verizon Wireless, was tipped to be considering releasing the HTC One on their 4G LTE network
As it stands right now, Verizon holds 55-percent of Verizon Wireless, with Vodafone holding the other 45-percent. According to some sources who spoke to Reuters, Verizon is looking at buying out Vodafone‘s stake to take full control of Verizon Wireless. Assuming Vodafone is approached by Verizon, nothing says it will need to sell, however, or
Verizon has published its latest Data Breach Investigations Report, which is released annually and looks at the instances of data breaches that happened over the course of a year. According to the report, 2012 saw 621 data breaches – those that were confirmed, that is – in addition to a much higher approximately 47,000 so-called
Want to be sure that you don’t miss the arrival date of the Galaxy S 4 on Verizon? Naturally, you could keep a keen eye on Engadget’s homepage, but Big Red now has a solution of its own that could be worth a whirl. The company has just posted a signup page for Samsung’s Next Big Thing, and so long as you’re comfortable forking over your email address, you’ll receive a notification delivered to your inbox when more details are available. By now, it’s no secret that the Galaxy S 4 will arrive on Verizon in May, but if you’re looking to circle a definitive date on your calendar — and stay in the loop about any pre-order opportunities — then by all means, click on through and hit the red ‘Sign Up’ button. We’re pretty sure Verizon’s third-party marketing partners won’t complain.
Via: Droid Life
Source: Verizon Wireless
Verizon didn’t do so hot during Q4 2012, but the company is back posting up their Q1 2013 results, and things are looking mighty good for the company. Verizon profited a whopping $ 4.8 billion during Q1 2013, and that’s mostly thanks to the addition of 677,000 new subscribers throughout the quarter, with 7.2 million smartphone
During Verizon’s quarterly financials call, company CFO Fran Shammo let slip that of the 7.2 million smartphones that the company activated, 4 million of them were iPhones. He added that half of them were LTE-ready, which we can take to mean the iPhone 5, while the other half was mixed amongst the older devices in Apple’s smartphone pantheon. While the executive didn’t break out how much of the 3.2 million other smartphones were Android-based, we’re reasonably confident that other operating systems haven’t made too much of a dent in that figure.
If you have a Verizon Wireless-variety of Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, you’ll be seeing an over-the-air update coming some time soon. Verizon announced it earlier today, and says that the update will bring some new features and modes, as well as minor improvements, to the device. When it arrives, the update will weigh in at a
First word surfaced that Verizon would be shaking things up, switching from 20 months to 24 months for device upgrades. A short while later, a document was leaked to the folks over at Droid Life suggesting that the carrier would be rolling out a payment plan for smartphones. On the heels of that leak is
Look: we know many on Verizon aren’t happy that the carrier has revealed plans to lengthen its upgrade intervals right as smartphone update season is hitting full stride. However, there may be a consolation prize. As of April 21st, “some devices” in its smartphone range, not just the existing tablets, will qualify for a Device Payment Plan that spreads out the full costs over the course of a year, letting those who crave the latest mobile hardware (presumably, you) upgrade without either having to sign a contract or pay everything up front. Sounds like a very UnCarrier thing to do, doesn’t it? Not quite, unfortunately. The carrier tells us that these payments sit on top of existing service plans, not inside them — the base service rate won’t go down in year two. T-Mobile will remain the better bargain for anyone constantly replacing handsets, then, but those on Verizon will at least have a degree of freedom.
While smartphones may be the way of the dragon for a lot of subscribers nowadays, there are still plenty of luddites to go around. It turns out that feature phones (a.k.a. not smartphones) are still fairly prevalent in today’s world, and Verizon just announced a new plan for those types of users to take advantage
We’ve heard about the Nokia Lumia 928 off-and-on this year, reporting early in March that the handset had surfaced in Verizon’s inventory log, having been placed nearly two months earlier than that on January 17. A couple months later, it was tipped that the Lumia 928 would have an aluminum body and some other googies.
How does a US carrier get around AT&T’s exclusivity of the Lumia 920? Why, it releases an exclusive of its own, of course. News of the Lumia 928 is probably familiar to many of you, which has been rumored (and spotted in inventory systems) as an upscale Windows Phone for Verizon. Now, things just got real, as @evleaks has just released the first glimpse of the Lumia 928, and adorned in black, we’re quite sure that Batman would approve. Naturally, Big Red’s branding adorns both the front and back of the device, but at least there’s a modicum of restraint. This being Nokia’s second Windows Phone outing on Verizon, we’re crossing our fingers that the phone was spared a beating with the ugly stick. We’ll reserve judgment until we can get our grubby mitts on one.
Source: @evleaks (Twitter)
If you’re wanting to take advantage of Verizon‘s 4G LTE in your home, and are wanting a device that both wired and wireless devices can connect to, Verizon just released a new router that does the trick. Simply named the 4G LTE Router, this bad boy can take on ethernet connections and WiFi connections at
While it may not be as big of an acquisition between T-Mobile and MetroPCS, Verizon announced today that its acquisition with regional carrier Mohave Wireless is now complete. The Mohave, Arizona-based wireless carrier (hence the name), is now in the hands of Verizon, and Big Red now has 100% control and ownership of the smaller
It’s finally time to take a peek at BlackBerry 10‘s first big smartphone presentation here in the United States with the Verizon iteration of the BlackBerry Z10. This device is an all-touch smartphone – that feature a given on most other mobile operating systems, but a relatively new concept for BlackBerry – and works with
It’s always a good day when we can report on older handsets getting updated with some fresher software. If you happen to have bought the Droid 4 when it came out on Verizon last year, then today’s your lucky today: the carrier has confirmed it will begin updating the phone to Android Jelly Bean (4.1) starting tomorrow. As always, this is more of a rollout than anything else, so try and stay patient if your phone doesn’t immediately show an update prompt. And as ever, do hit us back and let us know how the upgrade goes.
Source: Verizon Wireless
This week the HTC One has been once again teased for release on the 4G LTE-toting Verizon network here in the United States. Whoever is behind the wheel on the HTC Twitter account has more than once replied to users across the USA saying that they have no plans to release the HTC One on
Few of us like paying for TV we don’t use, and there’s been attempts to fix a broken model that makes TV providers pay for channels in blocks, no matter the viewer interest. Verizon’s lead programming negotiator, Terry Denson, has told the Wall Street Journal that a more logical usage-based approach may come to FiOS TV. The telecom firm is in talks with mid-size and smaller content companies to pay for channels only based on how long we watch: Verizon would pay whenever a subscriber tunes in for at least five minutes. In theory, it’s a win-win strategy that lowers Verizon’s overhead (and hopefully ours) while rewarding the more successful smaller channels. Of course, there’s no guarantee that a deal will go through — and while Verizon will ask about a similar model when renewing major contracts, Cablevision’s battle shows how much media giants will resist disruption of a steady revenue stream.
Source: Wall Street Journal
With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with Verizon’s 4G LTE data coverage, both companies put forth their best. With Verizon it’s the 4G LTE you know and love, and with Samsung it’s their largest “Note” device to date, effectively replacing the standard tablet with one that’s got its own S-Pen for futuristic
Whether the two simply call the whole thing off or become a single unified company, Vodafone and Verizon could be “resolving” their relationship very soon according to Bloomberg. The oft-cited “people familiar with the situation” say that Verizon is considering ending its joint venture with Vodafone by purchasing back the 45 percent stake the European carrier currently holds in its American cousin. Another possible, though less likely, outcome is that Vodafone and Verizon could merge to form a single entity. Though, sources claim that previous talks towards that goal have hit roadblocks over leadership and headquarters location. The move would give Verizon slightly more power and freedom in the wireless market while allowing Vodafone to shed some its overseas weight. Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has made it obvious that he’s eager to sell off its non-controlling stakes in other operators. At the moment it doesn’t appear that formal negotiations have begun, but the two companies have apparently had high-level talks about their various options over the last few months. Obviously we’ll be keeping an eye out for more information and you can hit up the source link for a few more details.
A pure LTE world is still a long, long way off. But some countries and carriers could get there quicker than others, and indeed Verizon has revealed that it’s considering launching LTE-only handsets, with no CDMA chip, within the next couple of years. Speaking to analysts at a recent Deutsche Bank event, the carrier’s CFO, Fran Shammo, said his company’s goal is to establish voice over LTE by the end of this year and then to “start to think” about pure LTE handsets in “late 2014″. Shammo mentioned this possibility in the context of bringing out cheaper phones, and a general incentive for any carrier to leave 3G behind would be to avoid paying associated licensing fees to the likes of Qualcomm or Broadcom. If those savings eventually trickled down to us customers, and if we could breathe the clean air of the countryside without LTE dropping, then it’d certainly be an enticing prospect.
Those of you on contract with Verizon Wireless may be excited to hear that the Nokia Lumia 928 has been spotted on Verizon’s inventory log. The Lumia 928 has actually been placed there way back in January 17th, and it should be coming out sometime in the near future. Verizon’s customers have been waiting anxiously
How do you pick your broadband internet provider? For many of us, the market dictates our selection, but a few lucky subscribers get to make their own call, rather than opting for the one and only service available in a particular locale. FiOS, Verizon’s fiber-optic solution, and Exede, ViaSat’s high-bandwidth satellite service — two common secondary offerings — happen to be the two frontrunners in the FCC’s latest broadband performance report, which rates companies based on actual download and upload speeds compared to advertised bandwidth, among other metrics. More often than not, providers fall short of promised performance, with companies like AT&T and Qwest leading the naughty list. But Verizon and ViaSat are both motivated to maintain subscribers, and exceeding expectations is certainly not a bad way to accomplish that.
This is ViaSat’s first appearance in such a report, due in no small part to the company’s recent Exede broadband introduction, which followed the ViaSat-1 satellite launch in late 2011. We experienced speedy performance during our own test last year, though latency remained an issue. The FCC covers this major downside as well, reporting a measured latency of 638 ms, compared to an average 29.6 ms figure for terrestrial services — but overall impressions seem quite positive. The FCC has published some 10,000 words on the topic, so if you do in fact have an opportunity to elect your own broadband provider, it might be worth your while to comb through the agency’s full report. It’s ready for your perusal over at the source link below.
Over on the Japanese blog RBMen, a benchmark has surfaced that may be the Verizon Galaxy S IV smartphone from Samsung. In the benchmark, we see a handful of specs, including a 1.9GHz processor and the brand “Samsung.” Although not official, all the signs point at it being the next handset is the Korean company’s
The mobile carrier ranks apps not on popularity or “fun,” but on security, data usage, and battery criteria.
When you go to the Editors Picks in the iOS App Store, you assume you’re getting the best. But what qualifies an app to be “best”? Is it sales? Design? Fun factor? Verizon thinks that’s all a bunch of mushy crap that users don’t care about. The mobile carrier has started curating its own best-in-class app lists, using criteria that do matter to its customers: Will this app max out my data plan? Will it kill my battery? Will it get me hacked?
Verizon has once again earned top-slot for customer care and service, according to JD Power and Associates. This marks the carrier’s fourth year straight as #1, something it isn’t showing any signs of letting go of in the near future. The status is based on ample amounts of feedback and surveys, with online, telephone, and
jfruh writes “U.S. Mobile companies are working hard to get customers on fancy high-speed LTE plans with expensive smartphones. But Verizon is shrewdly working to eke out profit from its older infrastructure as well. The company is offering no-contract pay-as-you-go 3G-only plans, which might appeal to those who don’t use a lot of wireless data and who might want to take advantage of the glut of older Android and iOS phones available on the market.” It’s good to see prices dropping from one of the biggest names in the industry, but it seems there are some cheaper options already around, especially for unlocked phones or for people who don’t need data.
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This week the folks at Verizon have revealed their new collaborative efforts with Square and the Square Card Reader – mobile payments made utterly easy! This little device plugs in to the headphone jack on your iOS or Android device and allows you to take payments via credit card or Square Gift Card – easy
AT&T will buy mobile spectrum in the 700MHz band from Verizon Communications for $ 1.9 billion, AT&T said Friday.
According to the folks over at The Verge, Nokia is geared to provide Verizon with a flagship Lumia Windows Phone codenamed the Laser. The information is said to come from individuals who are familiar with Verizon and its 2013 plans. The device is said to be a version of the Lumia 920, and will be
Verizon Wireless today debuted two shared data plans for business customers — the first of their kind in the industry.
AT&T brought out the LG Escape late last summer as a low-cost Android option with a better-than-usual battery and solid performance. If recent testing is any indicator, a Verizon edition might be in the cards. An LG VS870 (the Escape is the P870) has appeared at the FCC wielding support for Verizon’s CDMA and LTE networks. Lest we worry that it’s just a simple network switch, there’s clues that Verizon is planning a little more: the same phone has already appeared at the Wireless Power Consortium, hinting at Qi wireless charging. How else it might change from the 4.3-inch Escape, if it’s indeed similar, isn’t visible. There might only be a short wait before we find out, as the roughly equivalent Lucid is long enough in the tooth that a replacement would be very timely.
Verizon has blamed Hurricane Sandy and the impact of pension pay-outs for recording a loss in Q4 2012, despite setting new records for subscriber additions as well as increasing retail service records by more than 8-percent versus 2011. Revenue for the quarter exceeded $ 30bn, Verizon announced, up 5.7-percent from Q4 2011, with 2.1m postpaid customers