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New Moto X rumored to come to Verizon September 26th

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Previous rumors suggest the new Moto X is to be released on September 25th. That’s not a long time to wait, but we know a true geek perceives a week like a year when waiting for a new gadget. Sadly, a new rumor has emerged with an approximate September 26th release date, making you wait an extra day before you get your hands on your own unit.

This information is purportedly coming from a Verizon internal document. A screenshot also gives us pricing details, which happen to be standard for any high-end device. The screenshot mentions the white/bamboo, black/resin and Moto Maker versions will be available for $99-$149 on a 2-year contract, depending on the one you choose.

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You can also get these on EDGE and pay $24.99-$27.49 per month. The screenshot will show you all the details and options with luxury of detail. It’s definitely not a cheap phone, but these promotional launch prices are good if you don’t mind signing that contract.

The new Moto X is one hell of a smartphone. You can take a look at our hands-on coverage to learn more about it, but believe me when I tell you images and video don’t give it justice. You really need to hold the device to realize just how well it is built. Not to mention, it offers unique features like voice and touch-less actions.

Who is buying one?


Via: Phandroid;

Verizon rolls out 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

More good news from Verizon: the 4G LTE versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is now available. The Android tablet that boasts of a super high-resolution screen can now be enjoyed with fast mobile Internet from the Bid Red, of course, for a price.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features a WQXGA Super AMOLED high-resolution display with about 4 million pixels. It may not be as obvious to the ordinary eye but the numbers are twice HDTV’s resolution. Colors have been enhanced, thanks to a wider color range, true blacks, and deeper contrast. Display is adaptive so the tablet can adjust color, contrast, and sharpness automatically.

Another special feature of the Galaxy Tab S is the Papergarden app that turns your Android tablet into a mobile magazine. It’s like holding a real magazine, light and thin enough at only 6.6mm. With this tablet, there really is no need to buy magazines that will only end up in a pile (or in my case, never read at all).

The Android tablet now support Multi User More so family members can shared one tablet. This means each one can have an individual customized profile to use. There’s also a fingerprint scanner that allows different users to access or unlock the tablet when needed.

Verizon has proudly added the Verizon Messages feature that lets anyone to text from the tablet. You can skip the smartphone if you get this tablet because of its various connectivity options.

Verizon Wireless is currently offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, which is also XLTE-ready, for a full price of $599. But for a limited time only, buyers can get it for for $499.99 with a two-year contract.

SOURCE: Verizon

Galaxy Note 4 Now Available for Pre-Order From Verizon and AT&T

Posted by Kellex September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now up for pre-order from the two biggest wireless carriers in the US. Both Verizon and AT&T went live with pre-orders late last night, so if you are ready to become one with the newest version of Samsung’s oversized phone, the time is now. Well, sort of now. This is just a pre-order, which means you won’t get your phone until October 17. But you get that already. I’ll stop rambling.

The links for each are below. Verizon appears to only be selling the black version at this time, whereas AT&T is offering either black or white. 

The on-contract price remains $299, like all previous Notes. If you choose a different payment route, things get a little wonky depending on which carrier you choose. Verizon will get you into the Galaxy Note 4 for $34.99 per month for 20 months if you choose their Edge payment plan, or $699 if you want to buy it up front. AT&T has two payment plans available of $34.42 per month or $41.30, with the difference in price happening because of upgrade times. If you want to buy the Note 4 at full retail from AT&T, they are currently listing it at $825.99. That, is insane.

Don’t forget to catch up on Galaxy Note 4 news if you have not already. Here is how it compares to the new iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s official introduction video, and our hands-on.

Links:  Verizon Pre-order | AT&T Pre-order

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Cheers Mike and John!

Galaxy Note 4 Now Available for Pre-Order From Verizon and AT&T is a post from: Droid Life

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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Verizon VoLTE and Advanced Calling 1.0 Now Live, Place HD Voice Calls on the Galaxy S5 or G2

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

Verizon officially launched Advanced Calling 1.0 this morning, which is an odd way of saying that their VoLTE and HD Voice services are now live. Talk about over-branding. Anyways, Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s suite of calling features for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) that includes HD Voice calls and Video Calling. The software suite comes as a part of an over-the-air (OTA) update for devices, with the Galaxy S5 and LG G2 currently sitting as the only two supported. You can find all of the launch details at this report.

Advanced Calling 1.0 is a free add-on for your line of service, as can be seen in the opt-in screen below. Once added, nothing else on your account changes, so no, Verizon won’t be using Advancing Calling to try and squeeze you out of your unlimited data. 

With Advanced Calling 1.0 on your device, you will be able to place HD Voice calls, 1-way or 2-way video calls, use voice and data services at the same time (not new for Android users), and participate in 6-way conference calls. All of this takes place in the stock dialer and contacts apps on your phone, you won’t need to use a new 3rd party app, like Google is asking us to do with the Hangouts Dialer. This is the future of voice calling, we just need more devices to gain support.

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To opt-in to the service, you will need the latest firmware installed on your Galaxy S5 or LG G2. The updates rolled out last week (G2 update, Galaxy S5 update), so if you own either device, be sure to check to make sure you are current. Once you are updated, head over to the Advanced Calling 1.0 page on Verizon’s site and click the big “Get Advanced Calling 1.0″ button to add it to your account. From there, make sure the option is enabled on your phone, which will be found in Settings>More networks>Mobile networks>VoLTE Call on the Galaxy S5, and in a similar location on the G2.

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With your phone updated, Advanced Calling 1.0 added to your account, and VoLTE enabled, you are ready to place a call. HD Voice and VoLTE Video Calling can only occur between devices equipped to handle such a feat. In other words, at this time, you will only be able to place HD Voice or VoLTE Video Calls between friends who own either a Galaxy S5 and the G2 – both parties have to have one of these two phones. And don’t forget that you have to be in a VoLTE area (which should be almost anywhere that Verizon has 4G LTE).

When getting ready to call, you can see in Contacts>Groups a new group called “Video Calling” that lists out everyone capable of handling an HD Voice or VoLTE Video Call with you. Should you place a call to someone in that group, your contact and in-call screens will look as they do above, with quick buttons for toggling on or off video modes, including one-way camera.

As we see new devices gain support, we will be sure to pass the info along.

Via:  @VZWnews | Verizon [FAQ, Details]

Verizon VoLTE and Advanced Calling 1.0 Now Live, Place HD Voice Calls on the Galaxy S5 or G2 is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon Grants Early Upgrades for Customers With November 15 or Earlier Dates

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

Because of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Verizon may have changed your upgrade date to a full two months earlier than you were expecting. According to a handful of sources, Verizon has made upgrades available immediately to customers with upgrade dates showing on or before November 15.

If you don’t want a new iPhone, don’t worry, as Verizon is making any phone in their current line-up available to upgrades if you meet the November 15 requirement. You could go with the LG G3 (review), Galaxy S5 (review), or even wait a couple of weeks for the new Moto X or Galaxy Note 4.

Feel free to check your account to confirm.

Verizon Grants Early Upgrades for Customers With November 15 or Earlier Dates is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola’s next DROID handset arrives at the FCC, heading to Verizon with wireless charging

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Soon, there could be a new Motorola device available going by the name DROID Turbo with cutting edge specifications. This is the device heading to Verizon with the codenamed Quark. Today, it has been discovered in an FCC filing that confirms Big Red will be carrying the device due to all of its wireless bands being present.

Aside from wireless bands and a bunch of codes being found, there are a few noteworthy items. The accessory list shows that the charger will actually be Motorola’s Turbo Charger that features Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The @DroidLanding Twitter account alluded to this a few days ago. It also supports wireless charging. Then, the battery’s model name is similar to one found in the DROID MAXX; therefore, Motorola could be prepping this device to be a beast with stamina.

If all signs pointing to the DROID Turbo (or codename Quark) having unbelievable specifications turn out to be true, are you interested in it? Let us know in the comments.

Source: FCC
Via: Droid Life

Come comment on this article: Motorola’s next DROID handset arrives at the FCC, heading to Verizon with wireless charging

Back in mid-August, we caught wind of a device from Motorola under the codename “quark” that appeared to be on its way to Verizon. The device was thought to have incredible specs, thanks to a benchmark, which showed a QHD screen resolution (2560×1440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.4.4. I can confirm this morning that the device is indeed real, is headed to Verizon, likely as the next DROID, and may have some extra tricks up its sleeves that we had not yet heard, at least according to recently filed FCC documents.

So here is what we know as of today.  

A Motorola device under FCC ID IHDT56PK1 popped up last night. The device sports all of Verizon’s wireless bands, from CDMA2000 to LTE bands 4 and 13. It also includes global roaming GSM bands of 850 and 1900, like all Big Red phones do these days. To fully confirm that this is the “quark,” though, look no further than the image below, which lays out the product’s features and specifications. In the software version section, it clearly states “5821.0.463.QUARK_VERIZON.EN.US.” Yep, this is the new Motorola device headed for Verizon.

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As you would expect, it also features WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.

After digging through additional documents, we also found mention of Motorola’s new Turbo Charger, which can fill up the new Moto X with 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. The mention of Turbo Charger is significant because the @DroidLanding account that reactivated last week, has been spitting teasers for a new DROID phone, one that will include faster charging. A potential device name of “DROID TURBO” has also been tossed around in rumors.

We even saw a mention of a wireless charger setup, so there is a good chance that this new DROID will also feature wireless charging, something the new Moto X lacks.

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We should also point out that this new DROID “quark” is slightly bigger than the new Moto X. The device’s measurements show that it is 73.33mm wide and 143.49mm tall, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of 154.49mm. The new Moto X is 72.6mm wide and 140.36mm tall, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of 149.34mm. A slightly bigger device typically means larger display. We do not know the thickness, but let’s hope this ends up being like the DROID MAXX, with a larger battery as well.

The FCC documents do not list out the processor, RAM, or camera.

There you have it. The new DROID “quark” is on the way.

Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!

Motorola’s New DROID “QUARK” Stops by FCC on Its Way to Verizon – Wireless Charging, Turbo Charger is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon claims that their Internet TV service is coming in 2015

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Last year, Intel was hyping their upcoming subscription broadband live TV service. Through press releases, Intel claimed that they would revolutionize the TV industry and succeed where others had failed. Then Intel ran into the exact same issue that Google, Sony, Microsoft and Apple face with this type of technology: content licensing restrictions.

In fact, Intel did not sign a single content deal and ended up selling their service to Verizon for $500 million. Verizon already offers Red Box yet that has so far failed to make a significant dent in the streaming industry due to Verizon’s struggles in getting a significant amount of the broadcast industry to agree to licensing deals needed to make a internet video service successful. Yet, Verizon still plans to offer an Internet TV service in mid-2015.

The telco expects by mid-2015 it will offer mobile users a “bundle with major broadcast providers” plus a collection of “custom channels,” Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said today at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference. “It’s the Big 4 for sure, and I would tell you that the very exciting part of this is some of the digital media out of the West Coast” including DreamWorks Annimation’s AwesomenessTV “that really goes after the millenials. It’s targeted content.”…”“There’s no doubt in my mind we can make it a win-win….Over the last six months to a year that dialogue has changed dramatically.” - Deadline

McAdam says Verizon is still talking to big content providers and that one of the reasons for this big push is due to his belief that the days of the pay TV bundle are numbered.

One thing to keep any eye on is how Verizon moves forward with this internet TV service and how it works with their LTE service. Verizon likely wants to see their wireless users eat up data on such a internet service which would allow Verizon to receive even more usage/overages fees from those customers.


Source: The Verge, Deadline;