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T-Mobile Extends #NeverSettle Trial for Verizon Customers to June 26

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

T-Mobile’s #NeverSettle campaign, aimed directly at taking customers away from Verizon, is being extended to June 26. As recently tweeted by T-Mobile’s fearless leader John Legere, “…customers want better. They want T-Mobile!” 

The Never Settle trial is pretty straightforward. If you are a Verizon customer, head on into T-Mobile or their website, select a plan, port your number, and give the carrier a spin for 14 days. If you don’t like it, port your number back to Verizon, reactivate your account, and turn in the device you chose on T-Mobile.

If you do end up liking it, T-Mobile will pay your early termination fees or any unpaid phone balances with a prepaid Visa card. They have a limit on how much they will pay, though, which is $650. At that time, you will also trade-in your old Verizon phone.

Any Verizon customers try this campaign out? On that same note, please, let’s not get carried way in the comments about how Verizon is this and T-Mobile is that. We already know, folks. Stay classy.

Via: @JohnLegere | T-Mobile

T-Mobile Extends #NeverSettle Trial for Verizon Customers to June 26 is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Get First Update With HD Voice, Photo Editor Tweaks

Posted by Kellex June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Verizon and Samsung have readied updates for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge this morning as software version VRU1A0D5. You would be safe in assuming that this is mostly a bug fixer, but there is at least one new feature in the photo editor.

That new feature is a drawing mode that allows you to drop over the top of photos using several different brushes, colors, thicknesses, etc. We received this feature back in early May on our international unit, so you should be familiar with it. 

As for the bug fixes and tweaks, Verizon is moving buttons around in the HD Voice calling screen, Google Wallet now comes pre-loaded, and People Edge (GS6 Edge only) now has a visual cue on the home screen. The rest of the list of bug fixes can be found below for each phone.

To grab the update, head into About device>Software update.

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Via:  Verizon [2]

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Verizon’s Moto X (1st Gen) has a Soak Test Incoming, Lollipop? (Updated: Nope!)

Posted by Kellex May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

A soak test for Verizon’s Moto X (1st gen) is about to begin, likely in preparation for the phone’s update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Invites for the test arrived in the inboxes of a handful of our readers, but I should point out that the emails don’t seem to specifically mention Lollipop. With that said, what else could it be at this point? The phone is due for some sweetness. 

Assuming the test starts within the next few days, it could be another few before the update is cleared and ready for rollout on all Moto Xs.

If you get the update, let us know!

Update:  It’s not Lollipop. Here is the changelog from Verizon.

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Cheers J, K, and Master!

Verizon’s Moto X (1st Gen) has a Soak Test Incoming, Lollipop? (Updated: Nope!) is a post from: Droid Life

OnePlus Plans To Take Back #NeverSettle From Verizon

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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#NeverSettle

Back in 2014, this seemingly innocent and kind of motivating hashtag took the tech industry by storm. Afterall, how often do you see a “new” company give the top guns of Android a run for their money?

The #NeverSettle mantra was what OnePlus was founded on, as they claim. Even though the device was marred with issues and criticism ranging from its invite-system method of sale, to its rather infamous customer service and quite recently, its attempts to acknowledge and fix the touchscreen issues on their first device, you have to give the company a lot of points for their efforts. Irrespective of all its flaws, the OnePlus One was one of the most talked about devices of 2014 in both good and bad ways.

Recently, Verizon Wireless decided to adopt the #NeverSettle hashtag for themselves. All irony aside, this obviously ruffled some feathers over at OnePlus, for this combination of words had come to be the branding slogan of the OnePlus One. Even for the users, it is easy to see how this could be confusing as both the companies are in different market operations and use the hashtag in different manners.

Since copyrights and patents for hashtags do not exist (yet), OnePlus is taking matters in its own hands, by attempting to draw power from its fan base by broadcasting a Twitter message from their profiles on June 8, and hopefully persuading one of USA’s largest carriers to think up something original on their own. To organize this, OnePlus has created a Thunderclap project to schedule messages. At the time of writing, the thunderclap project has more than 7,000 supporters (which is 1423% of the project’s goal of 500 supporters), having a social reach of 2.5 Million people with more than 11 days left for the “event”.

The timing of this call for arms is quite close to another big unveiling by OnePlus on June 1, so this could easily be confused as a marketing attempt..While we do not believe a tweetout would be the most diplomatic way to approach this subject, we admire OnePlus standing up to the big guy and fighting for what’s theirs.

If you wish to support this project, visit the Thunderclap project.

Source: OnePlus.net


 

What do you think of this move by OnePlus? Was it right for Verizon Wireless to hijack someone else’s brand slogan? Could OnePlus approach this matter in a more thoughtful manner? Let us know in the comments below!

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OnePlus is upset that Verizon is using the #NeverSettle hashtag

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

OnePlus NeverSettle Takeback

Have you ever used a catchphrase and then become annoyed when someone else began using it in earshot of you? Well, that’s kinda like how OnePlus is feeling at the moment, thanks to Verizon Wireless using the #NeverSettle hashtag in an advertising campaign. To make matters even more confusing, T-Mobile has also been using the same hashtag in its attempt to attract Verizon Wireless customers.

Never one to shy away from publicity, OnePlus is asking its followers to join the company in its attempt to take back the #NeverSettle mantra. OnePlus wants to send 500 tweets simultaneously via the Thunderclap app in its attempt to take back the #NeverSettle hashtag. If you decide to join the fight and reside in the U.S., you might also receive a surprise from OnePlus. All you have to do is enter your details on the form, and sign up for the Thunderclap as well.

You can follow our coverage of Google I/O 2015 right here.

Source: OnePlus

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LG G4 pre-orders start today on Verizon, LG G Pad X8.3 now available

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

T-Mobile started selling the LG G4 only yesterday but Verizon has just started online pre-orders for the G4. Shipping will start before the smartphone hits the retail store on June 4, Thursday. Customers who are planning to get the latest LG Android flagship phone can test a unit in select stores. Under the Verizon Edge, the LG G4 is only $22.91 for 24 months.

Verizon Wireless is offering an exclusive LG G4: Ceramic White with 3D patterns. Basic versions include the Genuine Black Leather and Metallic Gray. Verizon and LG are offering a special promo for a limited. First few buyers of the LG G4 will receive a free 32GB microSD card, a battery charging cradle, and an extra battery. That’s a really good deal so I suggest you quickly send your pre-orders for the LG G4.

Aside from the LG G4, Verizon also announced the new LG G Pad X8.3. This Android tablet is available starting today in stores and online on Verizon Edge for only $12.49/month for two years. If you want both LG G Pad X8.3 and the new LG G4, pay only $49.99. Partnered with an LG G Pad 10.1 it’s $99.00. The LG Watch Urbane smartwatch is $299.99. Or you can get a hundred bill credit when you bring your old phone to Verizon and get a new one on Verizon Edge.

To review, the LG G4 boasts of a 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, F/1.8 aperture lens, 5.5-inch Quantum IPS Quad HD display, Slim Arc body, WiFi, and XLTE connectivity. Under Verizon, the LG G4 supports Advanced Calling 1.0 for HD Voice and Video calls. On the other hand, the LG G Pad X8.3 features an 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display, dual stereo speakers, 1.5GHz Octa-Core Processor, 8-megapixel rear facing camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card for expansion, and a 4800 mAh battery.

SOURCE: Verizon

Verizon LG G4 pre-orders begin May 28th, available in-store June 4th

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off
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If you’ve been wondering when you can get your hands on an LG G4 on Verizon, wait no longer. Verizon has just announced that you can pre-order the device in Metallic Gray, Genuine Black Leather or the Verizon-exclusive Ceramic White starting Thursday, May 28th. Pre-orders will begin shipping out to customers before the in-store launch date, which falls on Thursday, June 4th.

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The device will be available off-contract for $549.99 or with Verizon Edge for $22.91 per month for 24 months. Big Red hasn’t given us the details on two-year contract pricing, but we’d imagine it will land on the carrier for around $199.99.

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Additionally, the brand new LG G Pad X8.3 will also be available in-store starting May 28th. The new tablet will be available for $299.99 off-contract or for $12.49 per month for 24 months on Verizon Edge. Purchasing the tablet with a two-year contract will cost $129.99. Specs for the G Pad X8.3 aren’t extremely impressive, though they’ll certainly suffice for many users out there. The tablet has an 8.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. It also has a 4800mAh battery and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

For a limited time, if you purchase an LG G4, you’ll be able to score the G Pad X8.3 for just $49.99 on-contract ($129.99 value). LG’s free battery and memory card promotion is also applied here, so be sure to take advantage of that deal if you’re interested in buying one of these devices.

Verizon LG G4 Arrives June 4, G Pad X8.3 Too

Posted by Kellex May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Verizon announced this afternoon that its variant of the LG G4 will go up for pre-order May 28 before arriving in stores on June 4. Priced at $22.91 per month for 24 months through Verizon Edge, or $549 at full retail, Big Red appears to be offering one of the better deals in the industry for this new LG flagship.

Be sure to read our LG G4 review if you are considering this phone. 

Included in today’s announcement, Verizon also unveiled the new LG G Pad X8.3 as the next tablet to enter its line-up. The G Pad X8.3 will run $12.49 per month for 24 months with Edge, or $299 at full retail.

So what is the G Pad X8.3? That price leads us to believe this is a middle-of-the-road tablet. You get a 1.5GHz unnamed octa-core processor, 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display, dual stereo speakers, 8MP/2MP camera setup, 16GB internal storage with microSD support, and a 4,800mAh battery. Oh, it also runs Lollipop out of the box, so you won’t have to hang out with DROID Turbo owners who hate life with Kit Kat.

The LG G Pad X8.3 arrives the same day as the G4.

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Via:  Verizon

Verizon LG G4 Arrives June 4, G Pad X8.3 Too is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon taking pre-orders for LG G4 tomorrow, phone to ship before June 4

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Starting tomorrow, Verizon customers can place orders for two new devices from LG. Too make them more enticing, the carrier will offer a discount.

Exclusive to Verizon is the Ceramic White option with 3D patters, along with the global Metallic Gray and Genuine Black Leather rear panels. Customers can go into select retail stores belonging to the carrier and experience the G4 for themselves. Verizon plans to have the G4 shipped prior to its in-store release on June 4.

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The Verizon Edge program has the G4 available for $22.91 per month for twenty-four months while the full retail price is $549. Verizon is also including a free 32GB microSD card, extra battery, and battery charging cradle.

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The other device from LG being brought to Big Red’s lineup is the G Pad X8.3. This new tablet has an 8.3-inch display with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution, an octa-core processor, and dual stereo speakers. And, like the G4, the G Pad X8.3 has Android 5.0 Lollipop running right out of the box. The Edge monthly payments on it are $12.49 and the full retail price is $299.

Verizon has the following promotions when purchasing the G4 with other LG devices:

  • G Pad X8.3 for $49 (normally $129)
  • G Pad 10.1 for $99 (normally $149)
  • Watch Urbane for $299

Source: Verizon

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Early Upgrades at Verizon are Now a Thing of the Past

Posted by Kellex May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Yesterday, Verizon told us that they were simplifying the Edge upgrade and payment experience by getting rid of the plan’s requirements that ask you to wait 30 days and pay off 75% of the phone in order to pick up a new phone. The new version of Edge, which goes into affect on May 31, only asks that you pay the phone off in full before upgrading. Sounds simple enough, right?

It’s simple all right, but it also completely kills off any form of an early upgrade at Verizon. 

With the old Edge policy that required you to pay off 75% of your phone, you had the opportunity to upgrade within about 18 months assuming you paid your monthly payment and nothing more each month. Should you buy a $600 phone and pay $25 per month, you could upgrade to a new phone six months early without ever paying the full $600 price. Once you hit that 75% mark, you could swap out your phone for a new one without paying an upgrade or activation fee.

As of May 31, that all changes. If you want to upgrade to a new phone early, you have to come up with the full $600. Either that, or you just continue to pay your $25 per month payment for 24 months until the device is paid in full and then you can upgrade. See, no more early upgrades with Edge.

Of course, the early upgrades haven’t just stopped there with Verizon. Back in 2013, Verizon changed their 2-year contract upgrade dates to better “align” with contract terms, which meant a move from 20-month upgrades to 24-month upgrades.

So no 75%-paid upgrades with Edge and full 24-month upgrades when you have a 2-year contract. That sounds to me like Verizon has completely abandoned any form of an early upgrade.

On the flip side, AT&T has three different Next plans that allow you to upgrade in as little as 12 months (they also have 18 and 24 month plans). T-Mobile has its JUMP! program, which costs you $10 per month, but lets you upgrade at any time, with T-Mobile covering the rest of your device payments up to half of the device’s total price. Of course, those plans from AT&T and T-Mobile both require you to trade in your device, while Verizon lets you keep it (but they should, since you paid it off fully).

Just something to think about.

Early Upgrades at Verizon are Now a Thing of the Past is a post from: Droid Life

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