Sony introduces the Xperia Z3v and SmartWatch 3 for Verizon

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This fall, Sony will finally see its devices have wider availability in the United States. Sony announced this afternoon in New York City its flagship phone, the Xperia Z3, will be heading to Verizon. The only difference with Verizon will be the name. To represent Verizon carrying it, the name of the handset is Xperia Z3v. Everything inside and out is the same. It has a 5.2-inch display with TRILUMINOS technology and Sony’s own imaging components for a 20.7MP camera.

The Xperia Z3v will arrive online and at Verizon retail stores on October 23 for $199 on-contract. Plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 Tablet? Big Red will take off $200 when purchasing Sony’s phone and tablet together.

Hit the break to see what else Sony and Verizon announced.
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ZTE launches the jumbo-sized Grand X Max on Cricket Wireless

ZTE grand X maxIf you’re looking for an extremely large phone but don’t want to shell out the cash for something like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, you may want to keep an eye on ZTE’s awkwardly named Grand X Max. The phablet device features a 6-inch, 720p display, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 and 1 GB of RAM. The other specs are pretty mid-range, including an 8 megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage, but the Max will launch at $200 off-contract for Cricket. Not a bad deal.

This is the second large phone that ZTE has announced for a US carrier this year, with the other being the ZTE ZMAX for T-Mobile and US Cellular. The Grand X Max beats out the ZMAX by a few inches, even though the rest of the hardware is slightly less powerful, but if you’re interested in picking up a ZTE phone for the holidays you’re going to have several new options.

Google enables MMS for Google Voice for North American carriers

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Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them.
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AT&T issues apology for customer data breach

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AT&T has revealed that an employee inappropriately accessed customer data, including Social Security numbers and other account data. It is not clear whether the employee may have done anything beyond accessing data that was off limits, but the company is offering to reverse any unauthorized charges incurred by customers. AT&T is also offering a free year of credit monitoring services to affected customers.
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Straight Talk launches ‘Bring Your Own Tablet’ program

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It has never been easier to get a tablet setup with Straight Talk. The carrier, a partnership between TracFone and Walmart, has launched program that welcomes tablets a customer already owns. The ‘Bring Your Own Tablet’ program urges customers owning tablets compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks to get a SIM card with Straight Talk. From there, just choose an appropriate plan and get started.

Source: Straight Talk Blog

Sony continues its “Demand Great” series to show off their Xperia Z3 featuring wakeboarding champion Justin Gratzfield

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With Sony’s recent release of their latest flagship in the Xperia Z3, they’ve created their “Demand Great” series to show off the devices capabilities. In this short video, the Z3′s IP65/68 waterproof and “Live on YouTube” features are shown to its fullest. They also bring in wake-boarding champion Justin Gratzfield to showcase the aforementioned features as a demonstration of its capabilities. In the video you can see him bringing along his Z3 while he’s wake-boarding showing off its water-proof feature, and also broadcasting the event using the “Live on YouTube” feature so that his buddy is able to watch what he’s doing right on the go.

Certainly something cool and useful for customers that love the outdoors and don’t want to be worried that their device may get damaged by water. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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