Samsung Mobile is offering a free extended battery with the purchase and 2-year activation of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus (SCH-i515). Trust me, if you’re in the market for the Verizon version, you’re going to want to utilize this deal. The regular battery just doesn’t cut it, and as we’ve mentioned before, the extended battery doesn’t add much of any bulk. The extended battery is regularly priced at $49.99, and Verizon has been offering is for $24.99 for a while, but Free is much better. Hit the source link to get started.
source: samsung direct
As you read a little while ago, Android 4.0.4 is being pushed out to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), but the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is left in the dark. We have some good news as Birdman created a stock ROM based on the recent 4.0.4 AOSP build that was just released, and has been specially configured for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Birdman does note “that the kernel source isn’t getting its 4.0.4 push till later this week. Still – this is 4.0.4 (and 4.0.3 kernels should work on it anyways).” You will also need to get the newest Google apps package and in order to remain rooted you must flash the superuser fix .zip to keep the Superuser app in check. And as always, be sure to complete a Nandroid backup before flashing just in case anything goes awry. If you are ready to get your early 4.0.4 on, head over to the source link and give it a try. For those who do check it out, be a pal and let us know how she runs!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was announced last September and has been available overseas for quite a few months. It finally made it’s way to the U.S. as the latest 4G LTE tablet on Verizon Wireless. There’s certainly no shortage of tablets available, but if your next tablet purchase has to have LTE connectivity, your choices are more limited. If you’re looking for a mid-sized tablet with solid LTE coverage, you really only have two choices; this one or the DROID XYBOARD 8.2. This is my full review, but you can also check out my initial hands on as well.
Verizon IndyCar fans everywhere will rejoice with the new INDYCAR Mobile app for smartphones and tablets. The latest version of the app now puts speed-oholics in the drivers seat allowing fans access to live coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Season. From in-car camera action to in-the-moment driver-pit crew transmissions, the INDYCAR Mobile app has all the excitement to get your motor running. Fans will also have access to the most up-to-date news and coverage on all cars participating in these two events including the No.12 car, driven by Will Power and sponsored by Verizon Wireless. The app is exclusively available to Verizon phones and tablets comprising of more than 35 Android smartphones, tablets and iOS devices on their network. Android phones can dial **INDY (**4639) to download the latest version of the INDYCAR Mobile app and Android tablets can search in the Google Play Store for “Indycar”.
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We’ve already seen a nice press image of the upcoming LG Lucid 4G for Verizon Wireless, so now all we need is the specs. Unfortunately there is nothing to wow you, but this could make a really nice mid-level 4G LTE phone. Specs include a 4-inch (800 x 480) IPS display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, 11.4mm thick, 1700 mAh battery, and Android 2.3 (Ugg!). This one might come in at $149, which for a dual-core 4G LTE phone isn’t bad when you consider Verizon’s non-competitive pricing. if you aren’t tied to a carrier, the AT&T Pantech Burst at $49 might be the better buy.
Verizon has sent out a notification to LG Revolution owners highlighting an important update called VS910ZV8 has arrived. In addition to resolving minor bugs with the device, the update introduces a new virtual tool called Verizon Remote Diagnostics which aims to make maintenance of the phone a breeze. Verizon specifically describes the Remote Diagnostics tool as a:
“New customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless Customer Care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for troubleshooting and application demonstrations.
The Remote Diagnostics tool is a very interesting concept. It essentially means that the RD tool will allow Verizon customer service to see a user’s device and literally gain remote control of it— naturally with your permission of course. Verizon, unlike Carrier IQ took the time to notify its customers of this potentially controversial application. So this in essence, should not a repeat of the whole Carrier IQ shenanigans we remember from late last year. If you own a Revolution smartphone, are you reluctant or OK with this diagnostic tool?
Hit the break to see the full details of the update along with the Verizon link for full details.
The DROID X2 may not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, but that won’t stop Motorola and Verizon with minor updates. The latest is build, 1.3.418.MB870.Verizon.en.US, is now rolling. If you’re not anxious, you can wait till it pushes to you automatically, otherwise hit the Menu followed by Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it. The update includes the following fixes and enhancements:
- Verizon Video and VZ Navigator® 3D City are now preloaded.
- A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
- Purchased ringtones are now able to be saved and set.
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
- Shortcut names can be updated and saved.
- The keyboard Input Auto Error Correction setting defaults to off.
Thanks Colin and Bruce
AT&T plans on expanding their 4G LTE network to a total of 12 markets between now (or actually soon) and early Summer. Things will kick off with Cleveland, but no date was specified. I would expect the switch to be flipped by the end of this month. In fact, if you already own an AT&T LTE capable phone you might already be getting it since they’re most likely testing now. After Cleveland, the following 11 locations will receive AT&T’s blazing fast LTE network:
- Akron, OH
- Canton, OH
- Naples, FL
- Bloomington, IN
- Lafayette, IN
- Muncie, IN
- Baton Rouge, LA
- New Orleans, LA
- St. Louis, MO
- Bryan-College Station, TX
- Staten Island in New York City.
Again no specified dates or in what order, but separate launches are expected in April, May, and into early Summer. Upon completion of these 12 markets, the overall total for AT&T will stand at 40. Not bad, but Verizon Wireless holds a major lead with 196.
Full press release after the break:
At Deutsche Bank’s 20th Annual Media and Telecom Conference, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo stated that Verizon Wireless plans to offer data plans that can be shared among multiple devices, essentially a family data plan with single account billing, by mid-year. In a transcript provided by Verizon, Shammo goes on to say that Verizon has been thinking about this for about a year, but it is “a very complex equation because we have to make sure that it’s good for Verizon and it’s also good for our customer.” Last year we reported that Verizon would be adding family data plans this year, so it’s good to see they are working on it.
This type of plan makes sense as more people find themselves with multiple devices in the household all connecting to the LTE network. Shammo explains, “So when you think about connecting the devices to the network, it’s more than just a smartphone and a tablet. It’s more around everything that happens in our daily lives. So when you talk about data sharing, you talk about having the ability to connect more devices without having to in essence pay more for a bundle.”
The transcript also mentions that around 5% of Verizon customers are using their LTE network, with 5.4 million LTE devices activated in 2011. Also, the promotion Verizon is currently running that doubles customer data allotments when they sign up for a contract with an LTE-enabled smartphone, will run for another two months. Shammo states “It is very critical for us and we’re playing a very delicate balancing act here that I don’t want to spend any more money on my 3G network.”
Here’s to simpler, more affordable plans all around.
The world’s thinnest LTE tablet is going to land on Verizon Wireless this Thursday March 1. At only 7.9mm thick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a 7.7-inch (1280 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3.2MP rear camera capable of recording video at 720p, 2MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, 1080p video playback through the HDMI dock or adapter, and microSD for up to an additional 32GB of extra storage. It’s also approved for Enterprise SAFE™, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb is on board. Pricing will be $499 with a new 2-year contract.
Full press release after the break: