Verizon branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 image discovered

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series of tablets have not been big news generators as they start to hit retail shelves in the U.S. Even so, when a new image of a device with specific carrier branding surfaces, it is nice to get an early look. Twitter tipster @evleaks has obtained a render of the 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4 intended for the Verizon network as evidenced by the Verizon 4G LTE logo emblazoned on the back of the device. When Samsung announced availability of the Galaxy Tab 4 tablets, they only indicated the 4G-enabled carrier versions would be ready for sale this summer. We still do not have a specific date, but this is a good sign for interested buyers that Verizon is close to opening up sales.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Verizon aims to launch its VoLTE network this year alongside video calling

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Ready or not, Verizon will be launching its VoLTE network (voice over LTE) this year. We just do not know exactly when it will be happening. Over the summer? Near the end of December, just in time for Christmas? Who knows! But what we do know is that Verizon will be utilizing VoLTE for video calling as well. Two VoLTE-enabled device are necessary and Verizon will give callers the option to use voice or voice with video. The launch of the VoLTE network will be done in a rollout format, meaning that you may have to wait longer than anyone else. After all, Verizon does intend on making this a nationwide platform.

In the meantime, enjoy Big Red’s new XLTE network speeds.

Source: Verizon

Walmart offering low-cost T-Mobile tablets with ‘free data for life’

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T-Mobile announced this morning that in a new partnership deal with Walmart, the wholesale corporation will be offering a few low-cost tablets which will come with ‘free data for life’ from T-Mobile.

Granted, the ‘free data’ only includes up to 200MB/month, it’s still a solid deal given it’s ‘free.’  Hit the break for details on each tablet and alternative data plans.

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Moto X+1, codenamed Victara, to be on the four major carriers in the U.S.

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No one should be surprised that the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1 will be carried by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the United States. Last year, Motorola made sure the Moto X was available on each of these carriers in addition to some smaller ones. But the Moto X+1 also popped up on Motorola’s very own site a few times already. So aside from learning once again that the United States’ largest carriers would be picking up the handset, we have learned its codename: Victara.

What do you think Victara stands for, if anything?

Source: @evleaks (official site)

Cricket Wireless relaunched by AT&T with new, inexpensive data plans

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AT&T purchased Leap Wireless back in March, which operated a wireless network named “Cricket Wireless” — and now, AT&T will be relaunching Cricket with 4G LTE service and new unlimited plans which will start at $35/month.

On top of that, 3,000 “redesigned” Cricket Wireless stores around the US have opened, and more locations are expected to open in the future.

The three plans Cricket will be making available to customers include “Basic,” “Smart,” and “Pro” options. Check out the details after the break:

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Verizon announces XLTE with 2X data speeds

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As expected, Verizon took the wraps off of their new and improved faster 4G LTE network, dubbed XLTE. In a nutshell, it should provide more capacity along with 2X the speed than traditional LTE. The best news out of all this is that it’s not a soft launch in a couple of cities. It’s actually going to be available to many customers thanks to the AWS spectrum purchase from 2012. All Verizon is doing is flipping the AWS switch on in the cities that offer it, and compatible phones will now access both the 700 MHz spectrum along with the AWS spectrum for super fast XLTE.

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AT&T set to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion

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AT&T has officially announced it will acquire DirecTV. After some speculation that a deal was incoming, the final number for the transaction is $95 per share. This translates to about $48.5 billion. The Board of Directors of both AT&T and DirecTV approved and the entire acquisition process is expected to close in about twelve months. More news is expected Monday morning with a formal presentation.

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HTC One (M7) for T-Mobile gets Sense 6 in update

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Carrying around an HTC One (M7) with T-Mobile? Go ahead and grab a software update. The carrier is rolling out the Sense 6 update to HTC’s flagship from last year. It brings a flew of features such as an updated BlinkFeed and a tidier launcher. The update started rolling out on Friday, so many of you should have gotten the update already.

Let us know in the comments how you are liking the update.

Source: T-Mobile Support

LG among the first to be part of Android Silver, handset could have 64-bit processor

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News regarding Android Silver keeps heating up. On Friday, we learned that the Nexus program (for smartphones) is presumably gone with the addition of Android Silver. And earlier today we found out that the new initiative would be launched in February 2015. Now we have some information regarding one of Android Silver’s initial devices. It will come from none other than Google’s good friend LG.

On Twitter, @evleaks shed some light on the LG handset. Specifically, he said it is “running a Qualcomm MSM8994, to be among first Silver devices.” Additionally, he noted that it is expected to be available through Sprint in the United States. What is that Sprint processor? It looks like that will be the upcoming Snapdragon 810. This is a 64-bit processor and it is not expected to be put into production until the first half of 2015. This would align perfectly with Android Silver’s February 2015 launch date.

Source: @evleaks

HTC One Remix for Verizon press render leaks

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While the HTC One Mini 2 name will not be going to Verizon, the HTC One Remix will. Verizon is giving it a name change and today we have the first leaked press render of this handset. In the image above, you see the little HTC device within a case. When Big Red intends on releasing this, we do not know. Although, Verizon has really picked up the pace when it comes to adding a smartphone to its lineup. » Read the rest