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Verizon Retiring The Samsung Fascinate?

Posted in Verizon by Reuben Drake on August 4th, 2011

The Verizon Fascinate was the last Samsung Galaxy S variant to hit the U.S. and the carrier is doing its best to keep the phone up to date with software updates, even though some of them caused problems for users. Interestingly, Verizon is now listing the phone with a “retired” label.

You can see the red watermark embedded all over the device page. It says the phone is retired and so has already been removed from the carrier’s online store. So what would they replace it with? Probably the Galaxy S II variant for Verizon (whether it will be called Samsung Galaxy S II, Function, Fascinate II or Stratosphere).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE hits Verizon Wireless on July 28th

Posted in Verizon by Reuben Drake on July 26th, 2011

Just a few more days until this dual-core Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet arrives at Verizon Wireless. Best Buy already put the device up for sale last month. Verizon’s version is now up for pre-order, with a 10.1″ display at 1,280 × 800 resolution, a 3-megapixel camera right at the back, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, and 4G LTE connectivity.

The 16GB and 32GB models will retail for $529.99 and $629.99, with a two-year contract. A Wi-Fi-only 16 GB model is $499.

Verizon Moves 2 Million iPhones in Two Months

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

It sure helps to have friends in high places. Just ask Verizon who made friends with Apple and then went on to activate 2.2 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2011, the first in which it offered Apple’s phone.

AT&T on the other hand, which had previously had an exclusive on the iPhone in the U.S., activated 3.6 million iPhones during Q1. Remember, Verizon only started selling the phone in February, so their total only spans two months of availability. Verizon must be feeling pretty good right now.

Verizon MiFi 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Ships

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2011

Verizon has outed the Novatel Wireless MiFi 4510L mobile hotspot. The device allows businesses and consumers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing Verizon Wireless 4G LTE and 3G Mobile Broadband with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at the same time.

The 4510L features a WiFi b/g/n radio, and an e-ink display that displays signal strength, battery level, roaming and the connected devices. Battery life is good for up to 5-hours of active use. You can purchase the MiFi 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot now for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a required 2 year contract on Verizon’s 4G LTE plan.

Verizon now offering 7-inch Galaxy Tab for $300 with a two-year contract

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

Here’s a great deal on a tablet. Verizon is introducing a new two-year deal on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The 7-inch tablet was previously available only on an unsubsidized basis, but now that the Motorola Xoom has become available with a $200 subsidy with a 24-month commitment, Verizon is extending the same deal to Tab buyers too.

So you now have a choice between the $500 no strings attached Galaxy Tab or a $300 version that locks you into a Verizon contract.

Verizon breaks first day sales record with iPhone 4 pre-orders in just two hours

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2011

Well, that was quick. It took Verizon just two hours of having the iPhone 4 available for pre-order to break its all-time record for first day sales of a single device. That’s even more impressive when you consider the fact that it only opened up pre-orders to its own subscribers, and it started at the dead of night.

This means that between 3AM and 5AM yesterday morning, more people ordered the iPhone 4 than Verizon has been able to sell on any full product launch day. We don’t have actual numbers, but it is obviously a lot.

Verizon cuts Galaxy Tab to $500

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2011

Verizon has cut the price of the Galaxy Tab to $500 contract-free. The $100 price drop should take effect soon and will also include $60 of movie rentals from Blockbuster’s app or Samsung’s Media Hub. As a bonus, anyone who bought the Android tablet within the past two weeks can get a refund for the price difference. Can’t complain about that.

The price drop comes just two months after release and since we don’t have any information on how well the seven-inch slate has been selling, we have to assume that things are not good. Then again, maybe they are just trying harder to compete. Motorola’s Droid Xoom will be launched at CES next week after all.


Verizon pastes iPhone map screen on Droid X ad

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

It’s a little embarrassing to be Verizon today after they have inadvertently embarrassed Motorola themselves through a holiday promo. An ad to promote the Droid X’s voice-guided Google Maps is using a digitally inserted screen cap of the Maps app from the iPhone instead, which not only runs on a rival platform to Android but was written by Apple itself. Oops.

It might not be such a big deal, but this puts Apple on a device that Motorola has repeatedly used in successful anti-iPhone ads. Accidents do happen, but this one should have been caught.

Verizon to sell Galaxy Tab on November 11 for $600

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

That title is crazy right? The iPad 3G starts at just $629 and the iPad Wi-Fi is only $630 in Verizon’s own stores when bundled with a MiFi, after all. We’ve learned that Verizon is actually planning to sell Samsung’s Galaxy Tab for $599.99. Crazy!

Are they serious? Apparently so. And there looks to be zero subsidization available. The Android 2.2-based unit, loaded down with V CAST apps, will hit retail on November 11th. A data plan starting at $20 per month for 1GB is optional.

NFL in talks with Verizon to distribute programming on tablets

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2010

Now Verizon’s intentions to roll out LTE service to NFL cities makes sense. The NFL, which has favored Sprint for cellular distribution of content, is apparently talking to Verizon in order to get its content into more hands. The league is apparently contemplating the decision to distribute games on tablets.

Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s senior vice president of media strategy said: “The NFL will be on a tablet. It’s a question of what shape or form. We are currently talking to Verizon about it.” VZW did not comment.

Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in program

Posted in Verizon by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2010

I am not a big fan of AT&T most days, my iPhone drops calls and I have had nightmares trying to get a new iPhone 4 so far. If you are tired of AT&T or another carrier and want to move to Verizon the company has a new trade-in program that you may be interested in.

The program will let you trade in any mobile phone that operates on any carrier. The phones will be accepted whether they work or not and the price given depends on the condition and what they are. My cracked screen iPhone 3GS is worth a crappy $12 and even if the screen was whole, the price is only about $20.


Verizon Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition arrives September 30 for $249

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Verizon has just announced that it will be charging $249 for the R2-D2 Limited Edition, with a $100 mail-in rebate on contract, which means that you’ll actually be paying $350 up front. For that money, you also get a Star Wars-themed dock and a box custom-designed to look like carbonite.

You’ll also get a variety of custom live wallpapers, sounds, photos, widgets, and a “binoculars app,” which is probably a digital zoom tool. There’s no mention of whether this features the rumored 1.2GHz processor from the Droid 2 World Edition.

Verizon LG Vortex spotted with Android 2.2 and Microsoft Bing

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

While HTC’s Android-powered smartphones come with a bunch of apps from Google, Verizon Wireless’ LG Vortex is taking a different approach. It will go with Microsoft instead. Similar to the Samsung Fascinate, the LG Vortex will ship with Microsoft Bing as the search engine, along with Bing Maps to help you navigate.

Android 2.2 runs on a 600MHz processor, accompanied by an integrated FM radio. Does this chance your mind about wanting the Vortex, or are you cool with Bing?

Verizon won’t offer Windows Phone 7 at launch

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2010

Verizon Wireless has confirmed to BusinessWeek that it will not be offering Windows Phone 7 devices when Microsoft launches the platform later this year. Windows Phone 7 won’t hit Verizon until 2011, leaving all of the Android heavy lifting to the Droid, at least through 2010.

AT&T is already a launch partner for Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft says that T-Mobile and Sprint are also on board, even if we don’t have exact details about when Windows Phone 7 devices will be offered on those carriers. Some are speculating that Windows Phone 7’s delays on Verizon Wireless may have to do with a rumored fall-out of the partnership over the KIN social phone launch.

Verizon wants holograms in living rooms within the decade

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Verizon thinks that 3D television is already so last year. The have bigger fish to fry. Like concentrating on putting holograms in our homes. Cisco is predicting that within a decade, holograms over IP will be the big hot thing. Verizon is on it.

The big V has already been experimenting with the technology over its FiOS network, with CIO Officer Shaygan Kheradpir testing a 1Gbps link in his home. It will take quite a long time to make the technology common, in all of our homes, but one day we will be ‘grammin each other left and right, like Vader and Palpatine.