Reminder: Verizon Wireless brings 4G LTE to 15 additional cities today; Now covers more than half of the U.S.

Verizon’s 4G LTE continues to expand, and it is hard to believe that they now cover more than half of the United States with today’s rollout. If you live in the following 15 cities, it is time to dropping some cash on a shiny new LTE phone at your local Verizon Wireless store. The Bionic is almost here and ready to handle all of your data needs.

  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
  • Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, CA.
  • Fort Collins, Colo
  • Frederick, Md.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Provo, Utah.

Verizon is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Lansing, Mich.; New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

Full Press Release after the break:


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RadioShack Ready for Sunday’s arrival of the Samsung Conquer 4G

It looks like Radio Shack is getting ready for Sunday’s launch of the Samsung Conquer 4G.

The Conquer will arrive sporting a 1Ghz processor, 3.5″ screen, Dual Cameras (1.3MP front/3.2MP rear), and Android 2.3. While this is not top-end performance in comparison to some of the latest dual-core smartphones, the price being offered on a 2 year contract, $69.00, makes it a very affordable option for someone looking for a 4G phone.

We recently had the chance to unbox a Conquer 4G and will have a review coming up as well. Additional information on the phone is also available from the original announcement by Samsung and Sprint.

Photo courtesy of our friends at Android Central

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White Droid Incredible 2 Coming to Best Buy

Remember when we showed you some images of a rumored white version of the Droid Incredible 2? Well, a Best Buy buyer’s guide is showing they will have this exclusive white  device at a decent $149 after contract.  It’s said to be in-stock on August 21st, so it should be ready to purchase soon. This is good news if you’re a fan of colors other than the average black slate. It’s still a solid mid-level Android phone even if it’s lacking 4G. Anyone looking to rock the white?

Pics courtesy of AC

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Locked Bootloader part of T-Mobile’s G-Slate 3.1 Update

If modding is your cup of tea, you might want to hold off on updating your T-Mobile G-Slate with the 3.1 update that’s currently rolling out as it is being reported that the new update carries with it a locked bootloader.

With a locked bootloader making the flashing of ROMs impossible, is the “update” even worth it? Is the 3.1 update better than what can be accomplished now with 3.0.1 + a custom ROM? It comes down to whether or not you value the access that an unlocked bootloader gives you and whether or not that access is worth the price of an update.

Prior to this update, G-Slate had been one of the more developer friendly tablets on the market. Its both sad and frustrating to see this happen when other manufacturers are taking positive steps in the opposite direction.

[via phandroid]

Samsung Gem and HTC Merge added to US Cellular’s Prepaid Lineup

US Cellular has announced two new additions to its prepaid plan, the HTC Merge and the Samsung Gem.  These additions give customers more options as they join the LG Optimus U and the LG Apex in US Cellulars prepaid lineup.

The HTC Merge brings with it the following specs:

  • 3.8″ WVGA touch screen with full QWERTY Keyboard
  • AndroidTM 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
  • 5MP Camera and HD Camcorder with flash
  • Full HTML Browser with Adobe Flash support
  • 8GB SD Card included, expandable up to 32GB
  • Access to thousands of apps through Android Market
  • World Phone Capabilities
  • Wi-Fi capable

The Samsung Gem joins the lineup with these specifications:

  • 3.2″ WQVGA Touchscreen
  • AndroidTM 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3.2 MP Camera + Camcorder
  • Full HTML Browser
  • Stereo Bluetooth Capable
  • One-Touch Speakerphone
  • Video and Music Player
  • Wi-Fi capable  
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Saygus VPhone finally goes through Verizon Wireless’s open development initiative

We first told you about the Saygus VPhone back in 2009, but never heard a thing about it until now. It should have been on the market by June 2010, but it took way longer to get approved than anyone expected.

Verizon’s open development program (ODI) was designed for machine-to-machine devices like power meters and thermostats, but 9 phones have been approved before the VPhone. The fact that it took this long to get approved shows you how difficult it is for mobile phone companies to pass through the carrier labs.

What does any of this mean? You will be able to buy the phone and use Verizon Wireless’s network, but it won’t be supported by them. That means it will be free of bloatware so it will be the closest thing to a Nexus device.

Unfortunately the specs are nothing to rave about. As for what Android version, we have no idea, but wouldn’t be surprised if it is a Froyo device. Hit the break for the rest of the specs.


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Today’s Deal of the Day at Best Buy, free smartphones

It’s now Wednesday the 17th and Best Buy has kicked off their Deal of the day. Todays deal is free smartphones. Which ones you ask.? Lets see there’s the Verizon branded Samsung Fascinate, the AT&T branded Motorola Atrix, and the Sprint branded Nexus S 4G.

Yesterday we mentioned that Best Buy was increasing their staff in preparation for the increased customers they should be seeing. And now we see the reason for this. Three free Android devices are being offered without cost from Best Buy with the signing of a 2-year agreement.

You can get this deal in stores or online, so take your pick. If you’re in the market for an upgrade or looking to switch from your old carrier this may be your chance to get an ever so awesome Android phone for the amazing price of FREE!

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HTC Ruby might be branded as the Amaze

There has been a lot of talk about the HTC Ruby as of late, and I think HTC and T-Mobile expects you to be “amazed” by this phone because it looks like it will be called the HTC Amaze.

HTC has been filing a lot of trademark applications lately, and one of them was to protect “Amaze” in Europe. We have already told you to expect this beast to land on T-Mobile on October 26 alongside the Samsung Hecules (Galaxy S II variant). If this holds, it will be an “amazing” day for sure.

[via pocketnow]

Best Buy planning to increase staff August 17 and 22 but details are scarce

Best buy is planning for increased traffic on August 17th and August 22nd – a request that includes that Mobile managers and leads to be scheduled wherever possible. The only indication of how much of an increase is a statement that says to expect “weekend-like traffic and activity levels”. Outside of the two days mentioned and the expected traffic levels, not much else is known at this time.

Could it be a new phone? There are several highly anticipated devices on the horizon but the information available on them at the time would seem to rule them out for the dates mentioned:

iPhone 5 – Way too early.

Galaxy S II – This looks like it is going to be announced by Samsung on August 29th in New York.

Any phone by Verizon: Verizon has a very long trend of releasing new phones on a Thursday. The 17th is a Wednesday and the 22nd is Monday.

Motorola Bionic – Very Doubtful – still looking like a September time frame for release.

It’s fun to play the guessing game but in the end thats all we have – only a guess. The only thing we know for sure is that with this being only a few days away, we won’t have to wait long to find out what Best Buy has planned for the extra people showing up for work on the 17th and 22nd.

Update: Its has been mentioned that a number of Best Buy folks are under the impression that this will just be one of their uper-cheap deal days.

[via droidlife]

HTC EVO 3D now available in Europe

There have been numerous reports that the HTC EVO 3D would not make it to Europe due to delays. Vodafone said they would not carry it, while HTC said they would.

It has suddenly appeared in a number of UK retailers, but there isn’t a subsidized option yet. Your only option is the SIM-free version which retails at £500 (~$815). I can’t see grabbing this one unless you really want 3D. Sorry, 3D is just not that important to me to drop that kind of change, although the rest of the specs are nice:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 4.3-inch 3D capacitive touchscreen with qHD (960×540) resolution
  • Dual 5-megapixel rear cameras for recording 3D video at 720p
  • 2D video at 1080p.
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls
  • 4GB of internal memory, microSD expansion slot.
  • DNLA support and HDMI port
  • Dimensions: 5.0×2.6×0.48 inches

[via androidcentral]