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Verizon launching the Motorola Moto X (2014) on September 26

Posted by wicked September - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.

To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.

Source: Phandroid

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Verizon Moves Forward Upgrade Dates Two Months

Posted by wicked September - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Verizon_glass-In honor of Apple’s latest creation, Verizon is moving forward upgrade dates by two months for users looking to snag a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. If your upgrade date is on or before November 15, 2014, you can now upgrade without an ETF.  Fortunately, the deal is not only for Apple products. Any Android device is also eligible for the early upgrade. So you can grab the just-released Note 4 or the premium LG G3 at discounted price.

AT&T usually does something along these lines every year, but as of right now, Sprint and T-mobile have not announced any such plans. Will you be upgrading early to one of the latest devices? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Source: 9 to 5 Google

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Verizon launches Advanced Calling 1.0 with VoLTE and Video Calling

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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A couple weeks back we reported that Verizon was planning on launching their HD voice and VoLTE service in “the coming weeks“, and thankfully for Verizon users, that time has come. Verizon customers using compatible devices can start taking advantage of these services today. For now only the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are supported, but the LG G3 will presumably be next with more devices to follow suit.

Advanced Calling 1.0 is an interesting leap forward, especially since you can now place video calls between compatible devices without the need for a third party app. It also includes VoLTE, a service that places calls over the LTE network, allowing for higher-quality calls and six-way calling. Any Verizon users had a chance to try out these great new services? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Verizon

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Sprint revamps Prepaid plans to include more data at reasonable prices

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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In a market as competitive as the wireless market, carriers have to be able to adapt to changing times. Sprint knew that when they launched their Sprint Prepaid brand (formerly Sprint As You Go), and now to be even more competitive, they’ve made their prepaid plans even more attractive.

Similar to plans from their sister companies Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, Sprint Prepaid’s new plans offer reasonable amounts of data for cheap. $35 will get you 1GB of data, $45 will get you 3GB and $65 will get you a solid 6GB. The prices are good, but it should be noted that video streaming may be limited to 3G speeds, which may be cause for concern. Let us know in the comments if these new plans are enough to draw you to Sprint Prepaid, or if the lackluster network is still holding you back.

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AT&T to not Offer Wi-Fi Calling this Year

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Wi-fi calling has been all the rage recently, due to T-Mobile’s improvements on the feature and Apple’s implementation of it on the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, along with iOS 8. Now, it seems every carrier that matters is going to join the party, but someone’s running a bit late: AT&T.

America’s second largest carrier will be delaying implementation of Wi-Fi calling until 2015, apparently not seeing the benefit in a sooner release. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T’s Mobile Business Solutions, said Friday, “We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement.”

Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all either currently offer or are in the process of offering Wi-Fi calling, so the delay is confusing on AT&T’s fault. What do you think? Are you a diehard AT&T fan that will stick with it with or without Wi-Fi calling, or is this the final straw? Leave a comment below and spout off your thoughts.

Source: GSM Arena

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HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Extreme Power Saving Mode and more

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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After yesterday’s delay, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are now seeing a software update appear. It includes Android 4.4.3 and HTC’s Extreme Power Saving Mode to drag out battery life as much as possible.

The update is just over 673MB and Verizon recommends having your device plugged in while updating. After downloading, the install process will take about fifteen minutes or so.

Here is the full list of improvements and fixes Verizon has included:

  • Prolonged battery life with new integrated Extreme Power Saving (EPS) mode
  • Upgraded version of Verizon Cloud (13.6.4.28)
  • Mobile hotspot connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Google Security patch
  • Camera app force closure issue has been fixed
  • Device root vulnerability issue has been resolved
  • LED notification issue has been fixed
  • Resolution for the device not able to power ON in rare scenarious

Are you seeing the update today? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Verizon

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16 million Sprint customers now have access to HD voice coverage

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

sprint-logoSprint launched HD voice capabilities a few months ago in place of jumping of the VoLTE bandwagon before it was ready, and after just two months, 16 million customers now have access to HD voice. Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s chief network officer, says that Sprint wanted to focus on building out HD voice quickly so they wouldn’t be forced to deploy VoLTE ahead of time. After Sprint’s WiMax fiasco, I’d say that’s a pretty sound plan.

HD voice is just one facet of Sprint trying to quickly build out a better network to stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T, and the quickly growing T-Mobile Sprint offers about 30 postpaid and 33 prepaid smartphones that can take advantage of HD voice, which is considerably more than what’s available on the VoLTE side of the fence.

source: Fierce Wireless

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Verizon HTC One Update Delayed a Day

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

HTC_ONE-updateBad news for Verizon HTC One users today: according to HTC’s VP of product management, the HTC One M8 OTA update has been delayed until tomorrow due to an un-revealed issue. However, this is hardly anything to get too worried about, since the update should be released tomorrow without any issues. This update is the same one that was released last week to the M7. A highlight of the update is the new Extreme Power Saving Mode.

Source: Twitter

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 from T-Mobile receiving Android 4.4.4 software update

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Plenty of devices are seeing software updates this week and now we can add yet another to the mix. T-Mobile is rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update to its Galaxy S 4 starting today. In the New Features category, the Galaxy S 4 is getting Android 4.4.4. On the Improvements side, T-Mobile says Wi-Fi calling has been enhanced.

Just yesterday, the Galaxy S 5 from Verizon received the same update that includes the latest version of Android.

Source: T-Mobile

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Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to Samsung Galaxy S 5

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Owners of the Galaxy S 5 on Verizon, be prepared for a software update. Fellow TalkAndroid writer Jack Holt shared the screenshot above that shows his Samsung device receiving a bump to Android 4.4.4 alongside some Bluetooth fixes. This means that Big Red’s version of the Galaxy S 5 is now running the latest version of Android.

Verizon customers that own the HTC One (M8), you can expect your update starting today.

Source: +Jack Holt

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