Now that the push into HD displays, quad-core processors and 4G LTE radios is in full swing a lot of manufacturers are looking into ways of making their device’s battery life last more than a couple of hours. We told you about how Samsung was going to look at tweaking radios for better battery life, Motorola is releasing phones with giant 3300mAh batteries and so on. Well others are looking into more efficient smartphones in a completely different direction. » Read the rest
Verizon is planning on rolling out its Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services nationwide in early 2013. This is according to Light Reading who states that Verizon is starting in two cities. They are demoing the IP MultiMedia Subsystem now and according to Catharine Trebnick, VP of Northland Captial Markets:
“VZW has two cities not trailing VoLTE and plans for national rollouts in early 2013. With this VoLTE service you will be able use Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE data speeds but will also have full voice capabilities at the same time.
While the Thunderbolt have been using both simultaneously, data from LTE and voice over 3G, VoLTE will be able to offer both voice and data specifically through their LTE networks. This should alleviate some 3G network pressure considering that all Verizon 4G phones use 3G networks for voice aspects.
You can look for the implementation of the VoLTE service to start at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013 as Verizon finishes its rollout of nationwide LTE coverage. I don’t know about you guys but I am looking forward to sending emails and surfing the net while chatting on my device. What about you guys?
[via Light Reading]
Verizon is continuing its push to have the whole nation covered in 4G LTE by 2013 by adding more markets and expanding coverage in others as of tomorrow. The areas that will see this LTE service will include:
- Glens Falls, N.Y.
- Utica, N.Y.
- Lawton, Okla.
- Brownsville, Texas
- McAllen, Texas
Those that will see an expansion in coverage include:
- Atlanta, Ga.
- Houston, Texas
- Spokane, Wash.
As of right now, these new areas bring Verizon’s LTE service count to 195 areas. You can check out the presser via the source which also includes a list of all other areas with 4G LTE. So if you live in these areas expect the switch to be turned on sometime tomorrow and those in the other areas can expect to see better coverage. Here’s hoping you have a 4G phone to take advantage!
[via Verizon Wireless]
All those fancy features in your 4G LTE phone are amazing. A dual-core, soon to be quad-core processor, with 8+ MP cameras, huge HD displays with the added speed of 4G LTE in a tiny frame is something sought after in today’s phone market. However, having these state of the art parts in our handheld device comes with a high price; dismal battery life. Well it appears that some folks are starting to catch on that this is an issue and they are making strides to combat this. Motorola for instance is releasing the RAZR MAXX, the first smartphone to boast a 21-hr talk time with a 3300mAh battery. » Read the rest
Photo Courtesy of Droid-Life
In a slew of 4G LTE device announcements this past week at CES by Verizon release dates were nada short of “in a few weeks” or “coming soon.” Well for those you folk who are wanting the Purple RAZR that was announced along side the RAZR MAXX will be happy to know that the folks over at Droid-Life were able to get their mitts on a release date. You can get your RAZR in purple on January 23rd. We still have yet to see a release date for the DROID 4 or the RAZR MAXX but hopefully soon. Also you will be able to get the black and white RAZRs with 16GB of storage on the 23rd as well.
If you are looking for a 4GLTE device on Verizon that has global capabilities you were very much out of luck. Today that all changes as Verizon told Phonescoop that both the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum are global roaming capable. They will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network in the US and will be able to use global GSM networks when abroad. Other 4G LTE phones were not capable of global roaming due to “network issues.” As Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokeswoman told Phonescoop:
“The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology…. For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year.”
While it was leaked that the LG Spectrum might be the first 4G LTE phone with these capabilities nothing was announced for either that or the DROID 4. So with that, you will no longer have to be stuck with a 3G phone like the DROID 3 or DROID Incredible 2 if you are wanting global capabilities.
Motorola had big news yesterday at CES with the addition of both a purple RAZR and the RAZR MAXX. The MAXX boasted a 21 hours of talktime which is unheard of on a 4G LTE device. Sadly it added a little bit more thickness and heft but not much as the phone is still just 1.8mm thicker than that of the original Droid RAZR. The one thing that was missing from the announcement though was the exact battery size. Well after some careful sleuthing it appears that the device will tote a 3300mAh battery which is almost double the 1780mAh battery the RAZR came with.
So for those of you that wanted the Droid RAZR but were worried about the lack of the ability to replace the battery during a long work day can now have your cake and eat it too as Motorola is bringing you this amazing device. Like all other RAZR’s the battery is not replaceable but who’s going to need to with the “extended” battery already built in. Look forward to our hands on video with the RAZR MAXX later today.Also, who of you out there is going to get one of these bad boys?
Don’t you all just love when a great phone gets a price cut? Verizon has decided to drop the price of the HTC Rezound to a very attractive price of only $199.99 (with a 2-year contract). The phone– which features Verizon’s 4G LTE technology and those oh-so cool Beats Audio headphones– is now officially a steal. Considering you can unlock the bootloader and all with this phone, now’s a good time as any to go ahead and splurge on one of the best 4G phones on the market.
[via Verizon Wireless]
At CES today LG took some time to officially announce the LG Spectrum and that we will be seeing this device on Verizon Wireless come January 19th. Which confirms the rumors we heard the other day. The 4G LTE 4.5-inch True HD IPS display will come with ESPN’s ScoreCenter app and Netflix HD preinstalled as well. Hit the break below to check out the rest of its features. see the press release and check out the video. Stay tuned for more CES action! » Read the rest
As Sprint announced a few days back they will be bringing their 4G LTE network to a select few cities the first half of this year and also possibly hinted at their very own Galaxy Nexus. Well along with that announcement comes the official splash page of the first device capable of running on their new network. That device, is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as confirmed by their official site.
There isn’t a lot of details yet but it appears that the device will feature 16 GB of storage compared to that of the Verizon 32 GB model and will come with Google Wallet functionality intact, unlike Verizon’s model (officially that is). Right now there is no confirmation either about the supposed bump in speed of 1.5 GHz for the CPU.
So Sprint device owners, if you are eligible for an upgrade or want to start a new contract, I would start getting excited about getting the Galaxy Nexus on your network.While they haven’t flat out said there will be a Galaxy Nexus, a splash page on their official site should be more than enough proof. Hit the break below to read the official press release and stay tuned for more CES 2012 stories! » Read the rest