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Verizon Lands Trademark For ‘Hologram’ Name

It looks as though Verizon may be preparing to launch a new device sometime in the future with the name ‘Hologram’, as a recent trademark filing suggests. Although no specific details are known, Pocketnow suggests the possibility of a new 3D device.

With both AT&T and Sprint offering 3D handsets already, it would make sense for Big Red to join in the competition. Although we have no idea what kind of device this may be, handset or tablet, we may just end up seeing a re-branding of a device that is currently on the market. Either way, we will refrain from making further suppositions and will definitely keep our eye on this name. Stay tunned as we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via PocketNow]


Verizon Extends Holiday Return Policy Yet Again, You Now Have Until January 15th

Last week, Verizon was kind enough to extend their return policy to January 9th to accommodate those who receive a new mobile device as a Christmas gift. Now, the return policy is generally only 14 days so for Big Red to extend the window out that far is pretty generous. What’s even more friendly is the fact that they have now extended that return window even further to January 15th, adding 6 more days of trial period.

This works out great for folks like me who are in need of a new phone but really want to save themselves for the Galaxy Nexus. You could now pick up a new RAZR or Rezound today, and return it as soon as the Galaxy Nexus becomes available. As long as you keep the device in fairly good condition, Verizon should have no qualms with you returning your purchase to exchange for Google’s latest masterpiece, but don’t tell them I told you so. You could even manage to deal with another short delay as long as it’s not past January 15th.

[via Verizon]

Transformer Prime Available December 9th According to GameStop

It was back on the 8th that the ASUS Transformer Prime was officially announced and ever since then tech savvy minds have wondered when it would be released. With amazing specs and a reasonable price, ASUS assured us that not only would it be available sometime in “early December” but an ICS update would be in tow.

Amazon was taking pre-orders but has since stopped taking orders, no release date is given on their website. It seems that GameStop is now too taking pre-orders, but claim to in fact have information about when the quad-core beast would be shipped, and according to them, early as December 9th. That’s not really too far away so I hope this comes to fruition, I am really looking forward to playing with one of these beasts.

Has anyone placed a pre-order yet?

[via GameStop]



Confirmed: Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich Slated for December Release

For those of you in the US that have been waiting to get your taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy Nexus, your journey is drawing closer to an end. If you were expecting a Black Friday or November release however, you will be disappointed. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon has been confirmed for a December release. This is no rumor as the folks over at Business Insider have received confirmation straight from Samsung.  While it’s confirmed for December, pricing and an exact release date are still up in the air.  It could be that Verizon is trying to hash out some issues with the phone, and testing it thoroughly on their networks to avoid some of the issues that people are having with the phone already.

With this announcement though, it appears that the December 8th launch has a little more weight to it, and for those of you that are patiently waiting, it appears that your patience is about to be rewarded. For those of you who were holding out for this phone or deciding on another, how does this affect your decision?

[via Business Insider]

[Leak] Newest Verizon MAP Outs DROID XYBOARD Pricing

Thanks to a recent surfacing of Verizon’s latest MAP (minimum advertised price), we finally get a taste of how they plan to price the new Motorola tablets. Yes, those ones with that god-awful name, DROID XYBOARD. It also looks like there is a possibility that the tablets will arrive in stores during the second week of December, but… well, you know how that story usually ends.

Prices will start at $429 for the 8-inch 16GB model, and can go up to as much as $729 for the 10-inch 64GB version. We figure these to be prices on-contract because they line up with the current pricing for the 4G Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This seems to be rather steep pricing given the fact the original Moto tablets didn’t sell very well. Thankfully Motorola has stepped up the specs this time around because expensive or not, I think these tabs are going to be a hit.

*Best Buy take note* That is Galaxy Nexus you are reading. :-D

[via DroidLife]




Verizon Announces Holiday Savings Bonanza, Kicks It Off With Red Incredible 2

It’s that time a year again. The time where you brave the cold, dark and early hours to save a ton of money on your holiday shopping. As we told you before, it appears that Verizon knows this as well and has decided to bring some other great deals to you this holiday season. Starting with the Incredible 2, in red, Verizon will offer specific deals on specific days. This, coupled with the other Black Friday deals, Big Red is offering shows that they are very much in the Holiday Spirit.

  • The DROID Incredible 2 (In Red) – Available online on Nov 24th, 25th, and 28th. Available nationwide in the Verizon Wireless Communications store for free after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • The LG Revolution – Available online for $49.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Nov. 24th, 25th and 28th. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications stores at holiday prices after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • The Pantech Breakout – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
  •  Motorola Xoom – Available online on Nov. 24th, 25th, and 28th at the special holiday price of $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Mobile Broadband plans beginning at $30/month for 2GB of data. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores at holiday pricing on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-Inch Edition – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
The Sony Xperia Play, among others, will also be available for free from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th. Add this with both Amazon and MetroPCS’ Penny Pincher and Black Friday deals, those looking who are in the market for a new phone have some amazing deals to choose from. Also you can follow Verizon on both Foursquare and Facebook to get information on additional deals that are happening during this time .For a complete list of the Black Friday deals that are going on you can click here, otherwise follow the break below to see Verizon’s full press release.

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Amazon Now Taking Pre-Orders for ASUS Transformer Prime

If you are anything like us here at Talk Android, you have eagerly been waiting for the release of a couple new Android devices, the Galaxy Nexus and The ASUS Transformer Prime. While I have great news for the later, I unfortunately have nothing for the former.

Earlier today, ASUS unveiled the Transformer Prime overview page and now Amazon is officially taking pre-orders for the tablet. Both the 32GB and the 64GB models are available in two colors, Amethyst Grey and Champagne. The 32GB model is going to cost you $492.20 while the 64GB version will run $584.22, both are slightly discounted from the suggested retail price.

In case you had forgotten, the Transformer Prime is not only ASUS’s first quad-core tablet, but will most likely be the first Tegra 3,  quad-core tablet to hit the market. It rocks a 10.1-inch Super IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution that’s protected with Gorilla Glass, has 1GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p Full HD video and will run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Not to worry because ASUS claims that an ICS update will arrive in the near future. There is still no telling when the device will be released but you can expect shipping to happen before years end.

Head on over to Amazon to pre-order the sweetest Android tablet of 2011.

[via Android Central]



Samsung Illusion is now official, coming to Verizon Wireless online November 23

Samsung and Verizon Wireless finally announced the Samsung Illusion (SCH-i110). It will be available online starting tomorrow, November 23 for $79.99. If you can handle waiting one more day, you will be able to grab it for FREE from Thanksgiving Day, November 24 through Cyber Monday, November 28 as part of a promotion. You won’t find it in stores until January 2012.

This is obviously an entry level phone as the specs aren’t going to blow you away, but for FREE this is a good deal. Full specs include:

  • 3.5-inch (480 x 320) curved glass display
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 3MP rear camera
  • 2GB internal storage (2GB microSD included)
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, DLNA
  • Android 2.3

Full press release after the break:

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