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Motorola announced the new Moto Z2 Play four weeks ago, and the new mid-range Android smartphone is now available to purchase. However, we hope that you like Verizon Wireless’ service, because that’s the only place where you’ll be able to find the smartphone… for now. Verizon customers can grab the phone for $0 down and pay $17 per month for 24 months, or they can just pay $408 upfront. This is a bit less than the $449 price that was tossed around when the smartphone was first announced. To sweeten the deal even further, Verizon will include the JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod (MSRP $79.99) for free with your purchase for a limited time. As we’ve already detailed, the Moto Z2 Play features Qualcomm’s... Read more...
Verizon this week released its $80 prepaid unlimited wireless plan. The price tag and promise of “unlimited data, talk, and text” may seem tempting, however, the plan is rife with pitfalls. First, what is Verizon’s latest plan? The telecommunications company guarantees unlimited data, talk, and text across the United States without any contracts or credit checks. This plan also includes unlimited texting to over two hundred countries and unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada. According to Tami Erwin, executive vice president of operations for Verizon, “In just months, Verizon has transformed its prepaid offerings to make it easier and more affordable for customers to get access to the best... Read more...
Comcast has just announced its new unlimited wireless service, Xfinity Mobile. The service supposedly provides “America’s largest, most reliable 4G LTE network along with Comcast’s 16 million WiFi hotspots to provide consumers with a better wireless experience, for less money, on today’s most popular devices.” Xfinity Mobile customers will be able to take advantage of Comcast’s WiFi hotspots when available, and Verizon Wireless’ cellular network coverage when needed. Greg Butz, president of Comcast Mobile, remarked, “We’re doing mobile differently by bringing our customers the best networks and a product designed to save them money in an increasingly data-driven world. Mobility is more important... Read more...
The last time we visited Verizon Wireless’ efforts to bring 5G connectivity to Americans, the company had completed its 5G radio specification. This crucial step allowed the company to form guidelines for hardware that will be validated for use on its future 5G network. Verizon began its own internal 5G wireless trials in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Texas last year, and today announced that those trials will extend to customers starting in mid-2017. The U.S. metropolitan areas that will be the first to gain access to the 5G pilot program include Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Verizon is able to... Read more...
There is a new wireless war taking place, and three of the four major U.S. carriers are actively engaged in fighting. It all started when Verizon Wireless announced that it was bringing back a new and reinvigorated unlimited data plan with included HD video streaming and 10GB of mobile hotspot data. T-Mobile countered by matching Verizon’s plan specifics and offering a lower monthly out-of-pocket cost. Now it’s Sprint’s turn to bring up arms against the competition. The company has announced that it will offer customers unlimited talk, text and data for $50 per month if you sign up for Sprint AutoPay. If you want two lines, it will only cost you $90 per month. Adding a third or fourth family... Read more...
Earlier today, we reported that Samsung will be issuing an update to all remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will effectively brick them. We assumed that all U.S. carriers would be taking part in order to get as many of these fire-prone devices as possible off the street. Well, we were definitely wrong, because Verizon Wireless has just issued a statement saying that it will not send the death ROM update to Galaxy Note 7 devices. Interestingly enough, the company says that it is taking this precaution in order to ensure the safety of its customers in the case of an emergency. The statement reads: Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to... Read more...
Wireless carriers don’t exactly have a glowing reputation with Americans. Between hidden and overage fees, sometimes inadequate customer service, and shady billing practices, customers have every right to be suspicious of carriers. In fact, just yesterday we reported that AT&T and Verizon Wireless have raked in over $600 million in overage fees alone so far this year. Today, we’re learning that Verizon has drawn the ire of customers for its billing practices. No matter which wireless carrier you subscribe to, there are bound to be billing issues that pop up from time to time — it’s to be expected. From January of this year through August, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received... Read more...
Last week, many people were taken aback when it was announced that Verizon Wireless would be taking control of Android OS updates for Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Given that carriers are notoriously slow when it comes to providing major OS updates for smartphones, news that a Google-branded phone could be at the mercy of Verizon for updates was met with utter shock. While those initial fears were definitely warranted giving past performance, it appears that everyone was getting worked up over nothing. Verizon confirmed in a statement today to Ars Technica that Verizon-branded Google Pixel devices will receive OS updates at the same time as unlocked versions that can be purchased directly... Read more...
Verizon has some new plans in store for its customers. A promo surfaced on Verizon’s Testman site that hinted about several upcoming changes to their data plans. Verizon initially commented that customers should expect “fireworks” in the next week, however, its finally revealed what updates will be part of the Verizon Plan on July 7th. The line-up will include data packages labelled as S, M, L, XL, and XXL. These packages are as follows:S: 2GB for $35 (previously 1GB for $30)M: 4GB for $50 (previously 3GB for $45)L: 8GB for $70 (previously 6GB for $60)XL: 16GB for $90 (previously 12GB for $80)XXL: 24GB for $110 (previously 18GB for $100)Verizon is also touting “Carryover Data”. If a customer... Read more...
Verizon plans on raising its data limit for prepaid smartphone plans. Starting May 15th, the data limit on Verizon's $45 a month plan jumps from 1GB to 3GB, while the $60 plan has been doubled to 6GB. This includes unlimited talk and text in the United States. The $45 plan comes with free texting to Mexico and Canada while the $60 plan comes with free texting and calling to both countries. There is, however, a catch -- you will need to set up Auto Pay in order to reap the benefits. Verizon’s Vice President of Consumer Pricing, Rob Miller, stated, "Whether you're just starting out with your own wireless plan or simply love to have complete control of your wireless spending, prepaid plans give... Read more...
T-Mobile is looking to spread some more holiday cheer by kicking dirt in the eyes of its competitors. T-Mobile opened up the festivities by giving Sprint customers an additional $200 account credit for switching. The third-place wireless carrier then set it sights on AT&T customers, offering them a free upgrade to a 128GB iPhone 6s along with a 50 percent discount on mobile accessories. Now you couldn’t have possibly thought that T-Mobile would forget about all of those folks on Verizon Wireless, America’s largest wireless carrier. T-Mobile CEO John Legere just wouldn’t be able to let Verizon get a pass on anything as we’ve seen by his previous antics. Perhaps in a bid to [seemingly] save... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere T-Mobile CEO John Legere is no stranger to the limelight. He is a heavy user of Twitter (he has 1.74 million followers) and he absolutely loves to throw daggers at the competition — especially America’s two largest wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless and AT&T. But no matter how much Legere ribs the competition, they rarely engage him to trade insults so it’s often a one-way street (with the exception of a tiny spat with Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure). However, that all changed this morning when Legere retweeted the following image out to his followers in an attempt to mock Verizon Wireless: Can you see us now @Verizon? Good. #AbolishOverages pic.twitter.com/VIdH9OyOUE... Read more...
It looks as though Google isn’t the only big name in tech that plans to resell wireless service as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). According to a new report, Comcast is looking to become an MNVO with the help of none other than America’s largest wireless carrier: Verizon Wireless. In 2011, Comcast a number of other cable companies banded together to sell spectrum licenses to Verizon for nearly $4 billion. Under the arrangement, Comcast reserved the right to resell Verizon’s cellular service in the future if it choose to do so. That time has come, and Comcast is looking to cash in. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo seemed unfazed when presented with the evidence that Comcast was looking to invoke... Read more...
Unlimited data plans are an endangered species in the wireless market. AT&T and Verizon Wireless no longer offer unlimited data plans to new customers, leaving just T-Mobile and Sprint which both still offer an all-you-can eat data buffet. But even Sprint is started to waver a bit, as it will raise the price of its all-inclusive unlimited calling/texting/plans from $60/month to $70/month starting October 16th. Today, we’re learning that Verizon is looking to “entice” its grandfathered unlimited data customers to flock to its streamlined data packages which are offered in Small (1GB), Medium (3GB), Large (6GB), Extra Large (12GB) and Extra Extra Large (18GB) allotments. As a result, the company... Read more...
The U.S. wireless market is incredibly competitive; or at least it has been in recent years with companies like T-Mobile looking to “cause trouble” for the big guys in an effort to win over customers. Verizon Wireless, America’s largest wireless carrier, looked to assert its dominance earlier this month with the announcement that it will begin trials of next generation 5G technology in 2016 and begin commercial deployments the following year. Verizon promises that 5G will provide roughly 50 times greater bandwidth than existing 4G LTE connections, while at the same time delivering much lower latencies. However, second place wireless carrier AT&T is looking to throw some cold water on Verizon’s... Read more...
Late last month, Motorola announced new models to its mid-range and flagship smartphone lines with the introduction of the third generation Moto G and third generation Moto X. However, the company also announced a third model, the Moto X Play, which sported a honkin’ 3630 mAh battery. The only problem is that the Moto X Play wasn’t destined for U.S. customers, leaving Motorola fans that crave long-lasting battery life the cold shoulder — or so we thought. Just as the global Moto X Style is known to the U.S. market as the Moto X Pure, the Moto X Play will arrive stateside under a new name: the DROID Maxx 2. The smartphone’s official designation is Motorola XT1565 and it will unfortunately be a... Read more...
Connected, smart devices of various types are big business these days, with virtually all the major wireless carriers getting into the retail mix, peddling tablets and notebook, as well as smartphones. It makes sense, since often times these devices need service plans for full portability and connectivity on the go. But does it make sense for the major carriers to expand the offering to a broader swath of the IOT (Internet of Things)? Verizon Wireless, seems to think so and the company is opening a number of flagship "Destination Stores" across major US markets in an effort to showcase cutting-edge connected technologies and educate consumers. We were invited in to check out Verizon's Boston... Read more...
In the past couple of years, the high-end Android smartphone market in the US has largely been dominated by Samsung, LG, and HTC. Although Sony continues to compete in the mobile market, Verizon Wireless customers haven’t seen a Sony-branded phone since the Xperia Play in 2011. As you may recall, the Xperia Play didn’t sell as well as Sony hoped which led to a significant price drop just eight weeks after its launch. Although Sony fans that are committed to Verizon Wireless have had to wait a few years, Sony is now offering the Sony Xperia Z3v. On paper, this phone looks very promising and offers some features you won’t find with other high-end phones, such as PS4 RemotePlay capabilities that... Read more...
In late January, Verizon Wireless announced its plan to allow customers to opt out of its Unique Identifier Header (UIDH). The UIDH is better known as a “supercookie” in the tech circle, as it can’t be deleted by customers and is used primarily for advertising purposes. Today, Verizon has finally updated its systems to allow customers to opt-out of the tracking mechanism. Customers can either login to their account online (by visiting this link) or call 1-866-211-0874 to opt-out of the intrusive tracking system. For its part, Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said that privacy is always a “central consideration” when it introduces new features for its customers, and this move by the company is... Read more...
Google first announced the Nexus 6 back in October and the smartphone began shipping in November. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint quickly embraced the flagship smartphone, but there was one carrier that was surprisingly missing in action: Verizon. Here we are four month later and Verizon is officially adding the Nexus 6 to its smartphone lineup. Verizon won’t say what took it so long to launch the Nexus 6 and only gives this subtle apology: “To all Nexus fans, thank you for your patience.” Verizon customer looking to lay their hands upon the Nexus 6 will be glad to hear that it comes out of the box with Android 5.1, which was announced yesterday. That means that you’ll have all the latest stability... Read more...
Verizon Wireless already grabbed headlines earlier today with the announcement that pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge would go live on April 1. But the company has even more cause to celebrate thanks to J.D. Power’s “2015 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study.” J.D. Power’s semiannual study ranks America’s wireless carriers based on the following ten “problem areas” that customers may encounter on a daily basis when using their cell phones and tablets: Dropped callsCalls not connectedAudio issuesFailed/late voicemailsLost callsText transmission failuresLate text message notificationsWeb connection errorsSlow downloadsEmail connection errors J.D. Power ranked the... Read more...
“The Next Big Thing” will soon be upon us. Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge over the weekend and many buyers are eager to get their hands on the new flagship smartphones. If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, we now know when pre-orders for both smartphone will open up on April Fool’s Day. The global launch for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is officially earmarked for April 10, so the April 1 pre-order date matches up nicely with Samsung’s launch window. As for pricing, T-Mobile revealed yesterday that the retail price for the Galaxy S6 (32GB) is a steep $699. If that pricing holds up, 64GB and 128GB models would ring up at $799 and $899 respectively. And if Galaxy... Read more...
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