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We know that Verizon is adding at least one more Nokia Lumia to its stable in the near future. However, there’s been little in tangible evidence to suggest just what’s coming to the carrier’s Windows Phone line. A purported leak to Phone Arena from Verizon’s internal product listings could help fill in that picture. It mentions a Lumia 928, and not much else — but Nokia’s naming customs immediately suggest that this will be Big Red’s rumored variant of the Lumia 920, which is currently limited to AT&T in the US. The device isn’t necessarily connected to the RM-860 we saw at the FCC, although it does support murmurs that Verizon wants at least some kind of improvement over the strictly middling Lumia 822. If the 928 is real, we’re mostly left wondering whether or not it will come quickly enough to remain relevant.
Via: My Nokia Blog
Source: Phone Arena
An anonymous reader writes “With the ‘six-strikes’ anti-piracy plan set to begin in the U.S. soon, TorrentFreak has gotten its hands on a document showing how Verizon in particular will be dealing with copyright-infringing users. For your first and second strike, Verizon will email you and leave you a voicemail informing you that your account is involved in copyright infringement. For your third and fourth strikes, the ISP will automatically redirect your browser to a page that requires you to acknowledge receiving the alerts. They’ll also play a video about the dangers of infringement. For your fifth and sixth strikes, they give you three options: massively throttle your connection for a few days, wait two weeks and then throttle your connection, or file an appeal with an arbitration service for $ 35. TorrentFreak points out that the MPAA and RIAA can obtain the connection information of repeat infringers, with which they can then take legal action.”
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At 5PM, we’ll be talking to Verizon director of network and technology, Praveen Atreya about, you know, networking and technology and the light.
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We first caught wind of Delphi and Verizon’s new Vehicle Diagnostics service a couple of days back. Today we got to see the thing in action at the Pepcom event here at CES. The hardware is a small black plastic box that should plug into most cars sold in the US after 1996. Once inserted, it communicates wireless with your Android or iOS handset or tablet. The Delphi rep we spoke with started things off by pointing out that it does more than just the diagnostics implied by its name — and that’s certainly the case. There’s a long laundry list of functionality here. He certainly had a lot to talk about.
On a base-level, we’re talking geo-fences, performance alerts and map tracking — it can also mimic key functionality, so you can lock / unlock and remotely start up the engine if your vehicle supports such things. As we said, there’s a long list of functionality here — pretty impressive all in all. In fact, the Connected Car Service app takes a bit of getting used to, due to all the features. We’ll let the Delphi rep take you through it the app after the break.
There are more perks to being a Verizon employee than just discounted phone plans — like limited edition versions of the carrier’s hottest handsets. Much like it did for the Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx, Verizon’s gearing up to offer its staffers a special, red-backed version of the Droid DNA that adheres strictly to the company’s signature colors. Apart from the obvious red and black cosmetic change, each phone is set to ship with a serial number denoting its exclusivity and type on the back marking it as a “Verizon Employee Limited Edition.” According to DroidLife, these one-offs have already begun to enter into circulation. So, don’t be surprised if you see any related listings surfacing on eBay in the near future.
We know not all Motorola handsets will be lucky enough to be on the receiving end of Mountain View’s Jelly Bean OS, but the Droid RAZR M, on the other hand, is now being prepped to get a taste of Android 4.1. According to Verizon, the 4.3-inch, Kevlar-sporting device can now be added to the growing list of devices running Jelly Bean, with the carrier noting that the fresh update will officially start rolling out to customers today “in phases.” Meanwhile, Big Red also says an option to download the upgrade manually is coming, though that alternative won’t be available until later next week. Regardless, proud RAZR M owners can expect a slew of under-the-hood improvements, new features such as Google Now and compatibility with ISIS Mobile Wallet (where the NFC-based payment system’s live, of course). Are you seeing the Jelly Bean goods on your Droid now? Do let us know in the comments below.
Verizon’s HopeLine program has recycled old phones since 2001 by giving them (along with 3,000 minutes of service) to victims of domestic abuse so that they can talk to emergency and support services when needed. Now, Verizon has released a HopeLine app for Android that not only provides direct access to support services and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, but also allows users to engage others involved in domestic violence awareness by sharing their photos and videos. The app also provides information about making monetary and phone donations to HopeLine. Want to help with HopeLine? There’s more info in the PR below, and you can grab the app at the source.
We know it didn’t take much time for the Tenth iteration of that CM greatness to reach Google’s popular Nexus 7 and Samsung’s most colossal Galaxy handset on the block, but one other Android big shot was still yet to join the “preview build” bash. The marvelous news is Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners can now also take part in the early adoption process, as CyanogenMod’s Brint Kriebel has said via Mountain View’s social network that CM10 for Big Red’s GNex is out and up for grabs. That said, he’s let it be known the goods aren’t exactly fully baked, though he has been rockin’ it as his “daily driver” for about two weeks — which, needless to say, is quite a good sign. Those interested in going a step further can hit up bekit’s Google+ page, where you’ll find the rest of the underlying details.
If you’re a Verizon customer upset that your next smartphone contract won’t include unlimited data, Sprint would like to remind you that you have an alternative.
Bet you thought that Verizon no longer offered unlimited data plans. It does. Verizon last year eliminated all-you-can use data on its two-year contract plans, but kept the option for its prepaid smartphone customers.
The new iPad on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network can also run on AT&T’s data network when an AT&T SIM card is inserted in the Verizon device, early buyers have found.
Call it sour grapes, posturing… whatever you want. The fact remains that T-Mobile has stuck its nose in the middle of Verizon’s quest to bulk up its wireless portfolio. Big Magenta filed a request with the FCC on Tuesday, asking the regulatory agency to step in and block the transfer of AWS spectrum licenses from Cox, Time Warner, Comcast and Bright House to Verizon. The deals, which will cost the carrier roughly $ 3.9 billion, are already drawing interest from the Justice Department which is concerned it’ll place too much control in the company’s hands. T-Mo, the smallest of the nationwide carriers, is equally concerned about the concentration of spectrum in Verizon’s big red paws. Presumably though, that has more to do with its inability to then purchase it, especially in the aftermath of the collapsed AT&T merger. Metro PCS and some public advocacy groups also voiced their opposition, while Sprint took a more measured approach, saying only that the FCC should look closely at the agreements.
Verizon’s 4G LTE lineup makes room for the LG Spectrum, a 4G LTE Android phone with a nice combination of high-end features.
Just like hard working humans, giant companies like to get paid consistently and on time for services rendered. But Verizon’s method for motivating customers to pay up — in the form of a $ 2 convenience fee — isn’t sitting so well with consumers, or the FCC. A Federal Communications Commission official confirmed that the fee hasn’t gone unnoticed, saying “on behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter.” The $ 2 “payment convenience fee” is scheduled to hit consumers beginning on January 15th, but if the FCC doesn’t step in before then, you can still skip the toll by signing up for AutoPay, or making your way to a different carrier.
The carrier acknowledges a problem with its 4G LTE network. Users have reported intermittent outages over the past 24 hours.
A holiday ad puts the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone at a penny shy of $ 200 from Verizon. That could be a promotional price, though.
There’s no doubt the demand for mobile broadband has skyrocketed worldwide, but the US is leading the LTE charge(s) — plural, ’cause you know, battery life sucks on a… nevermind. According to Pyramid Research, by the end of the year, the United States will claim 47 percent of LTE subscriptions globally. This is thanks in large part to three mobile operators: Verizon, MetroPCS and AT&T have created seven million connections across the country. Combine that with the fact that 71 percent of all LTE handsets will be in the pockets of Yanks by year’s end, and you’ve got a formula for domestic LTE domination. It comes as no surprise that VZW is the largest LTE operator in the US as it’s been making money hand over fist lately — which has allowed it to expand its high speed network at a dizzying pace. We salute you, Big Red, for carrying the banner for the ol’ US of A, blazing the trail littered with dead batteries and over-worked phone chargers.
Verizon Wireless has equipped almost all of its fleet of test vehicles with 4G (fourth-generation) devices to test all the major U.S. 4G networks for speed and coverage.
Imagine if Verizon’s Testman was actually the admiral of a fleet of Chevy Tahoes, all dedicated to the purpose of testing and comparing networks and asking if others can hear them now over a million times each year. The famous Testman himself is just an actor, of course, but Verizon’s self-proclaimed “test cars” are a thing of reality; in fact, the fleet numbers a cool hundred nationwide. We had the opportunity to take a quick peek inside one of these cars, each of which drive an endless number of miles to measure the performance of not only Big Red’s network, but its competition as well.
You wouldn’t recognize any of these unmarked cars if they drove past you on the street unless you were trained to look for the outside clues: on the roof lies a GPS module in concert with several black nubs, each one acting as its own phone antenna. If you look close enough at the back windows, you may be able to make out the multitudes of USB data sticks taped to them. All of these elements are crucial for Verizon in order to collect real-time data on how its network stacks up against the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, not to mention regional carriers such as Cricket and MetroPCS. Thus, each test car is equipped with phones that work on almost every network and try each one out thousands of times a year. The company’s goal? To ensure that it maintains a standard of excellence in its network performance for both its voice and data quality. So how does this all happen? Read on past the break to find out what’s inside the car.
Gallery: Verizon test car at CTIA
Verizon’s LTE lineup will soon be expanding like a balloon. With this week’s launch of the Motorola Droid Bionic and eventual release of the Samsung Stratosphere and LG Revolution 2, 4G shoppers will soon have options aplenty to choose from; why not throw another one into the mix? The LTE-enabled Pantech Breakout — which passed through the FCC as the Apache — now has some higher-quality renders, courtesy of PocketNow. While most of the phone’s specs are in line with the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge, it differs by offering a smaller 4-inch WVGA display, Pantech’s custom Android UI and a 10-device mobile hotspot. There’s still no word on pricing or release date, though we were expecting to see the device come out last week; we can’t think of many people completely devastated by the delay, but it will at least provide much-needed variety to Verizon’s arguably stale 4G setup.