There might be some frustrations around Motorola and the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2, but the smartphone manufacturer and Verizon did one thing right: making both smartphones available the day after the announcement.
The HTC One A9 can be bought directly from HTC for $399, a price that will soon increase. Among the Big Four U.S. carriers, Verizon is the only one without a dedicated variant; however, the handset will work on the carrier’s network and likely its 4G LTE network alone. Still, as of right now, you cannot buy the One A9 from Verizon. The wait to get the new HTC flagship from Verizon will a bit longer.
Next week, Cricket Wireless customers will be able to purchase Alcatel OneTouch’s flagship phone, the Idol 3. For the first time ever, the Idol 3 will be sold by a carrier online and in stores from Cricket Wireless starting November 6. The two companies announced today that the Idol 3 is a Cricket Wireless exclusive priced at just $149. This price is down from the unlocked price of $249 directly from Alcatel OneTouch. Cricket Wireless, in addition to offering the handset at a lower price, is emphasizing its 4G LTE network as an advantage over the competition. In case you forgot, Cricket Wireless is owned and operated by AT&T.
At the beginning of this month, Sprint announced its plans to achieve around $2.5 billion in savings by cutting costs, with a round of job losses looming large on the horizon being just one of the measures. It seems that Sprint is becoming creative in the way it cuts costs, though, if its latest move is anything to go by. As if it isn’t bad enough just losing a job, if an employee receives notification of the job loss after January 30th, he or she will only receive half the severance pay they would have if notified before that date.
Earlier today Verizon and Motorola held a launch event for new DROID devices. Representatives spoke almost exclusively about the new DROID Turbo 2 that will be available later this week. However, that is not the only new member of the Verizon DROID family. The DROID Maxx 2 is also being launched this week and gives buyers an option if they want a DROID device, but do not want to spring for the the top of the line DROID Turbo 2. Read more
Verizon and Motorola teamed up for a Droid launch event in New York City today. Although two new devices are being launched, the overwhelming focus of the event was on the DROID Turbo 2 and the biggest news related to that device is the new Moto ShatterShield technology. With ShatterShield, Motorola says broken and shattered screens will be a thing of the past for smartphone owners. Rick Osterloh with Motorola noted that the company, in conjunction with Verizon, set out to solve the “real consumer problems” of devices simply being too fragile for the world we all live in. Read more
Motorola and Verizon are announcing their new lineup of Droids today at 11am Eastern time in New York City. We’ve seen plenty of leaks ahead of the event, amping up the excitement around the latest coming to the DROID series. We’ll certainly see the Droid Turbo 2 and Maxx 2, and both companies could have something else up their sleeves as well.
Earlier this year, Motorola announced the Moto X Play, a smartphone with a massive battery said to last up to a good day and a half, sometimes more. It was interestingly not coming to the United States, but now, it seems like it will be in the form of the Droid Turbo 2. We’ll have to wait and see just what happens.
The event starts in just a couple of hours, so be sure to keep your browsers pointed at Talk Android, as we’re going to bringing you all the great coverage from Motorola and Verizon’s event.
Verizon has formally asked the FCC for permission to start enabling WiFi calling for handsets on its network, making it the second carrier to officially do so. AT&T was the first, applying for permission on October 6th after calling out Sprint and T-Mobile for skipping the FCC’s approval process. Read more