Pre-owned Verizon Galaxy Nexus on sale for $230 off-contract

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As we inch closer to the impending launch of LG’s Nexus 4, Verizon has put the Galaxy Nexus on sale. Last year’s Nexus smartphone is now available for $230, with no need to sign up for a painful new contract. Keep in mind the units in question are “Certified Pre-owned”, but Verizon claims that each phone has passed over 100 quality checkpoints to assure the utmost condition. And, each device comes with a full 1-year warranty, meaning if something happens to the device, Verizon will replace it free of charge.

Sure, the Galaxy Nexus may not be the latest and greatest, or even sport relatively fresh hardware, but at just $230 it’s difficult to pass up this opportunity. For comparison, Sony’s unlocked Xperia Activ –which sports a single core processor, a 3-inch display (320×480) and 3G– costs $250. Add this to the fact that this deal won’t affect your contract or future upgrades, and you’re left with one incredible deal. Hit the source link below before they’re sold out.

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DROID RAZR MAXX HD unboxing and initial hands on review

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The DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD launched on Verizon this past Thursday. We already did an initial hands on of the DROID RAZR HD and now it’s time for the bigger brother, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. I say bigger brother, but I have to be honest, you can barely tell the difference between the two devices. The MAXX version is .90 mm thicker (9.3mm vs 8.4mm) to support a bigger battery (3300mAh vs 2530mAh). When I took the MAXX out of the box, I literally had to check the About Phone information in the settings to see if it was indeed a MAXX as I thought there was some sort of mistake. If you do put them side by side on a table, you will notice the difference, but it’s so subtle that you would have to be looking for it.

The bottomline is that there is a difference between these two phones, but it’s more obvious under the hood. I already mentioned the battery, but the MAXX also has 16GB of additional storage (32GB vs 16GB) and it costs $100 more. Other than those few things, every other spec is the same for both phones. The full specs include, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 16GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 3300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, WiFi, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Is the MAXX worth the extra dollars? We will do a full review on both devices, but for now, check out our initial hands on video after the break.

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DROID RAZR HD unboxing and initial hands on review

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The DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD are finally landing on Verizon Wireless tomorrow. It was exactly a year ago that Motorola brought back the RAZR form the dead in the form of the DROID RAZR. It was the thinnest smartphone at the time, and it quickly became one of the hottest phones on the Big Red network. It’s now one year later and time for an upgrade. This latest edition gets a bigger screen with 720p HD resolution, a faster processor, and a bigger battery.

The latest installment sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 16GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 2530mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, WiFi, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This HD version is slightly thicker than the original (8.4mm vs 7.1mm) in order to house the bigger battery. It’s probably a good thing because to me, the original DROID RAZR felt too thin plus a bigger battery never hurts.

Will the DROID RAZR HD enjoy the same success with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus G, and HTC One X+? We will do a full review soon, but for now, check out our initial hands on video after the break.

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[Deal] Grab the Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III for $99 at Best Buy this Sunday

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is the hottest Android phone right now, and I know a lot you are looking to pick one up before the holidays. Well here’s your chance to grab a Black Friday like deal without dealing with the crowds. For one day, this Sunday, Best Buy will have the Galaxy S III on sale for $99. That’s this Sunday, October 14 and only that day. We actually could have posted this yesterday, but I was awaiting information from Best Buy PR as to which carriers and if upgrades were accepted. They told me that only the Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint version will be on sale and the good news is that upgrades are allowed as long as your are eligible and willing to sign the new 2-year agreement. I’m not sure why T-Mobile is left out of this one, but you can certainly head to your local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store this Sunday to see if this information is wrong. You will have your choice of Pebble Blue or Marble White. Unfortunately the AT&T Garnett Red is not included. Let us know if you pick one up.

Verizon sets release date for DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD as October 18

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We heard they could be delayed, but it looks like everything is a go because Verizon just announced the DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR HD MAXX will hit stores next Thursday, October 18. The DROID RAZR HD will cost $199 and the DROID RAZR HD MAXX will run you $299. The main difference between the two phones is the DROID RAZR MAXX HD sports the same 3300mAh battery that was in the DROID RAZR MAXX. It also makes it a little thicker; 9.3mm vs 8.4mm. The DROID RAZD HD is no slouch either with its 2530mAh battery so I’m thinking that at $199, it’s a really good buy. The only other difference is storage; The DROID RAZR HD has 16GB and the RAZR HD MAXX has 32GB.

The rest of the specs for both models include a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, microSD for expanded storage, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and WiFi - 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz). The only real negative is Ice Cream Sandwich is onboard, but Motorola promises Jelly Bean by the end of the year. The DROID RAZR HD will be offered in black or white and the RAZR MAXX HD will be offered in black only.

Check out our hands on video from the launch event.

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Verizon Wireless Is Full Steam Ahead For Voice Over LTE Network, Plans On Rollout By Late 2013 Or Early 2014

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Following the lead of MetroPCS, Verizon Wireless is set on bringing voice over LTE (VoLTE) to its customers by late 2013 or 2014. According to Nicola Palmer, VP of network and CTO for Verizon Wireless, Verizon will begin a formal consumer trial at some point within the next year, with a subsequent formal rollout shortly after. Verizon is quick to point out the benefits of its testing of voice over LTE too. As opposed to using an old-school 3G voice-based network, voice over LTE has voice calls broken into data bits and transmitted across the LTE network— similar to an email transmission or song streaming over the internet. The hope is this technology will be more efficient than traditional wireless voice services, allowing for clearer calls and other services that can be linked to it. In addition, this feature will finally allow for Verizon customers to surf the internet while on a call using their cellular device.

While VoLTE is exciting news, this may possibly bring not just confusion to the average customer of how this works— but it will likely end traditional cellular minutes as we know it. Because VoLTE does not utilize a traditional voice network to transmit voice over an LTE network, mobile users are actually using 4G data packets to make and receive phone calls. This means that if you’re on one of Verizon’s Data Share plans, you’ll need to pay special attention to how many phone calls you make as it will certainly contribute to your overall monthly data usage and thus— those unlimited minutes would likely be well you know, useless.

The good thing is while we have our fair share of concerns with Verizon’s intentions, we have at least a year to see Verizon work out its various kinks and issues. This means we should see much more clarity as we near its release hopefully around this time next year.

source: CNet

Verizon-bound HTC Droid Incredible X nears official launch

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We’ve been hearing murmorings of a 5-inch HTC-built smartphone allegedly heading to Verizon’s network, but today more evidence has surfaced, suggesting its launch could be sooner than anticipated. The rumored Droid Incredible X has officially passed through the Global Certification Forum, meaning the device is a step closer to landing on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

The smartphone is listed under the model number HTC6435LVWT which we’ve seen before. The listing also refers to specific Verizon LTE bands, leaving a full-scale launch on Big Red all but imminent. As a refresher, the Droid Incredible X is rumored to feature a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, as well as a pixel-dense 1080p HD display.

While the device will undoubtedly serve as a head-to-head competitor against Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, it’s unclear whether or not the device will launch as a Nexus-branded device. Previous reports have suggested that this is the case, though Verizon’s road map seems to disagree. Regardless, a 5-inch HTC device with a 1080p display is bound to be exciting.

Source: Global Certification Forum
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Grab a Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $50, with a two-year agreement

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It is common sense that the longer a phone sits on the market, the more the value is depreciated. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a great example of this. Upon release, I remember the phone selling for well over $250 on a two-year contract, and over $600 to purchase the device without any agreement. Luckily the folks over at Verizon Wireless have made a deal to good to refuse. That’s right, some sort of wizardry has changed the price of the Galaxy Nexus, to a low of $50! Of course you need to sign on to a contract to obtain this deal, but if you are willing to go with Verizon no matter what, this seems like the deal for you.

It probably makes sense why Big Red is throwing upgradable customers this type of promotion. Perhaps a new, better, and stronger device is to come in to play on the Verizon network? I would love to hear your comments.

 

Source: Verizon Wireless

Motorola to soon push ICS update to DROID XYBOARD 8.2 LTE

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Just about anybody that has had a Motorola Android device will say that updates get delayed quite often. Look at the DROID RAZR for example. The infamous 4.0 ICS update was pushed back for months, leaving consumers anxious to receive some “tender, love, and care.”

Owners of the XYBOARD devices haven’t see too many updates besides 4.0 for Wi-Fi-only models. With a recent .PDF file showing up on the Verizon Wireless website, it looks like the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 (LTE Edition) will be getting some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich.

On the document, Big Red has decided to include a quick walthrough guide upon updating your device, as well as provide what is included with the latest 4.0.4 software. Here are some of the benefits that will be coming to a DROID XYBOARD 8.2 LTE near you:

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DROID RAZR M teardown video now available

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The DROID RAZR M has only been available for about week and the folks at DirectFix just released a teardown video. In the event that you ever have to open your device, this video will give you all the information to fix whatever needs fixing. I really prefer the videos as opposed to just pictures because it’s much easier to follow along. Of course your inner geek might actually like watching the video anyway because the DROID RAZR M is one of the best Android phones in terms of build. Hit the break to check it out.

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