We know that folks in the top tier of Verizon offices are paying close attention to revamping the whole idea of wireless contracts, but it appears that the first preliminary steps in changing the notion is beginning sooner than we could have ever imagined. A leaked document has surfaced highlighting some Verizon training materials overtly offering a “payment plan for full retail cost” specifically for “want the latest cutting edge device or are just not satisfied with a working device”. There is speculation as to what this means exactly… especially for the minority of you out there with those coveted Unlimited data packages still, but you can bet this is a potentially exciting scenario for most, if not all Verizon customers out there.
We’ll be sure to keep our eyes and ears open for any further developments regarding this developing story.
source: Droid Life
The HTC Butterfly (aka J Butterfly and DROID DNA) is an incredible phone and it looks like HTC wants to build upon it. Focus Taiwan is reporting that they are working on a successor, and it will be marketed under the Butterfly name. Apparently HTC wants to capitalize on the growing consumer interest for larger screens, but the original Butterfly is only .30 inches larger than the HTC One.
Nothing was mentioned on what the next generation Butterfly display size will be, but I can only assume it will be a little larger for better differentiation. What surprises me is that they would go with the “Butterfly” name again. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the name to have “HTC One” in it? It’s okay to have a second major phone that’s larger (like Galaxy Note and Galaxy S), but the naming scheme should be unified. Let’s hope they will call it the HTC One Butterfly. I’m not sure if I love the name, but at least it keeps the brand unified.
It also raises the question on if this updated Butterfly will be the DLXPLUS for Verizon that we reported on a couple of weeks ago?
source: Focus Taiwan
When Samsung mentioned during their Unpacked Event this evening that 327 mobile operators around the world would carry the Samsung Galaxy S IV there was little doubt all of the major U.S. carriers would get to carry the device. Those carriers have been hitting the Internet to get the word out that there was no need to make an assumption – availability is going to happen.
The HTC One will be available for Verizon customers after all. All Things D, citing an unnamed source, is reporting Verizon will carry the One about a month or so after it launches on the other three major US carriers. We had originally reported a March launch for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint but had not heard a word about Verizon.
Fans of Beats Audio and Sense (there are some Sense fans, right?) on Verizon are not the only winners here. Finally getting the same flagship phone on all the big carriers is a huge win for struggling HTC. This will allow HTC to focus its ad campaign on a single device and maybe start taking some mind share back from Samsung.
Source: All Things D
Previous rumors pinpointed March 7 for the release of the Verizon LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (SCH-i925). Samsung just dropped us a line confirming the date and the price will be $599 for both in stores and online. It’s basically the same Galaxy Note 10.1 WiFi-only version we reviewed last year, but with the addition of Verizon Wireless LTE connectivity. It sure is a hefty price to pay, but the good news is you won’t be on a contract, and if you’re on their Share Everything plan, you can can simply add it for only $10 extra per month.
Remember that leak of Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) we saw over the weekend for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus? Well thanks to a little help from XDA member oldblue910, the download is now available for you to install. Now it’s unlikely that this is the final version of the build, but that doesn’t mean you can enjoy a little 4.2.2 goodness. You don’t need to be rooted, but if you are, you need to be running 100% stock Android 4.1.1 (JRO030) in order to apply the update.
It’s not Jelly Bean, but Verizon has announced a significant software update for it’s LG Intuition. The new update, VS95011B, includes enhancements to Google and other device applications. Here is what you can expect with this sizable 204MB update:
DEVICE FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS
- E-mail viewing has been enhance through the incorporation of Split View. If you are familiar and comfortable with “preview pane” in e-mail, you will love this new view addition. Split View allows the user to “split” their message and their e-mail list. As you move down the list you can view each e-mail in a split pane. This allows the user to make short work of a full inbox without having to move back and forth from the list to the message over-and-over again.
- Messages can be added to an attachment while forwarding an e-mail via Sync & Connect
Owners of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus got excited when a Tweet from a Verizon Support rep (LH) sent yesterday stated that Samsung was going to push an update out, but didn’t have any other information. Speculation is that it will be Android 4.2.2 or at least 4.2.1. Tweets from Verizon support should always be taken with skepticism as there are countless examples of mistakes and miss information.
Let’s take a look at this tweet. They said that Samsung is going to push it. If an update does occur, we already know it will be Google, but that could be an honest mistake, so I will give him or her the benefit of the doubt. A little later another rep (EO) tweeted..
With next Tuesday being the big day for the unveiling of the HTC One, we do expect that it will become available sometime in March. We have heard that it could debut as early as March 8 in Europe, but what about the U.S.? Right now the word is that it will land on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on March 22. We are hearing that there will be a 32GB model and a 64GB model and contract pricing will be $199 and $299 respectively.
What about Verizon you ask? Well back in January, we got wind that it was heading to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, and T-Mobile was yet to be confirmed. The absence of Verizon is a little disappointing, but I guess it’s not a shocker since they just released the DROID DNA. I think it’s possible that the HTC One might still end up on Verizon, but maybe at a later date as another follow up to the DROID Incredible line. I guess we will have to wait and see.
We know it’s been a long, arduous wait for that Android 4.1.2 update for you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, but it appears that owners can at least get a sample of what’s to come in that update. Thanks to some crafty individuals, a new Jelly Bean build called VRBMA2 has been leaked and while it may have some minor bugs here and there— it’s currently ready and waiting to be flashed by those of you who are feeling a little lucky and all.
We know you’re all just itching for more juicy details– so head on down to the source link below and check out the full XDA thread.