While the Nexus 7 has been a big hit, customers hoping to use the device on Verizon’s wireless network have been left out in the cold. It all started last fall when it was discovered Verizon would not allow activations of the device on their network followed by a hasty explanation involving their certification process. That process was then delayed when “issues” were identified and a decision was made to wait until Android 4.4 KitKat could be installed on Verizon units. According to a tweet from @evleaks, the Nexus 7 is finally ready to join the Verizon portfolio.
Keep in mind @evleaks tweeted essentially the same message back at the beginning of November. Similar to that tweet, this latest tip includes no indication of timing unless you consider “about to be” such a qualifier. The latest rumor does add that the devices will have no Verizon branding, which would be an odd move.
Are you a Verizon customer interested in a Nexus 7 capable of running on their network?
The Framily Plan aims to do something completely different. It allows family and friends to earn an incentive for being on the same plan. The more people that are placed on your Framily Plan, the more money saved. Why did Sprint create the Framily Plan? Well, it could be a response to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 aim at swaying customers over to their network. » Read the rest
Just as Sony said, the Xperia Z1S smartphone is available online starting today. For $0, customers can pick one up and pay $22 per month for two years. If buying outright, the full retail price of the Xperia Z1S is $528. Users get a 5-inch, Full HD display and a 20.7MP camera. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM. Also, the handset is water and dust resistant. The Xperia Z1S will make its way to T-Mobile stores on January 22; therefore, heading to the carrier’s site is the only way to get one for now. Hit the source link to do so.
AT&T has chosen Samsung devices to test its voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) service that is scheduled to arrive sometime this year. The Korean Company’s Galaxy line will be apart of the group of devices that are being tested for VoLTE. The service will allow for voice calling that enables clearer quality and faster connections over that of the exist 3G networks. Currently, LTE networks have only been able to support data transmission.
This would be a great move for Samsung as it would secure even more of a foothold in US markets. The company already released a VoLTE device in local markets run by SK Telecom Co. and LG Uplus Corp. This move should certainly help Samsung get a competitive edge over its competition.
This afternoon, @evleaks tweeted an image of what is Motorola’s DROID Ultra with a different look. The image above shows the Ultra with a red stripe going down the center and the capacitive buttons lit red. This is the same device that leaked on eBay in September. @evleaks asks his followers if they remember this “Employee Edition” of the device. What could it mean? Well, perhaps Verizon is considering releasing this Limited Edition model to the general public. » Read the rest
When T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 launched in November, it was available for $17 per month (for 24 months) with $41.99 up front. That meant the phone cost $450. But now, T-Mobile has dropped the price. If you head over to the carrier’s site, the Nexus 5 is available for no down payment and just $16.50 per month for two years. This means that the full retail price has dropped to $396. While it is not the same price that the Play Store is selling it for, it isn’t bad considering the cost is spread out.
Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?
On Tuesday, AT&T announced their Sponsored Data program. It allows companies to pay for your data use when using their services; therefore, it will not count against your data limit. But many are taking issue with the program’s potential violation of the FCC’s Net neutrality rules. These people believe that it will raise costs for companies, thus costing consumers more as well. Also, it puts the control into the content creator’s hands. » Read the rest
Samsung made a pretty big deal of its upcoming Galaxy TabPROs and NotePRO tablets at CES this week, but that’s no reason to ignore the LTE-powered Galaxy Note 10.1 which should be released in just a few months.
The tablet passed through the halls of the FCC this week and all signs are pointing to a release on Verizon in the US.
The LTE edition of Samsung’s hit tablet has LTE bands 4 and 13 (which are used by Verizon). The Wi-Fi version is currently being sold by Samsung for $599.99— expect the LTE variant to come with a pretty hefty price tag.
The Moto G, which we reviewed last week, is finally available from Verizon. While other sellers are attaching a $179 price tag, Big Red is selling Motorola’s latest device for just $99. As a reminder, the Moto G is a prepaid-only device for Verizon and does not have LTE connectivity, falling to only 3G. To buy one, hit the source link below.