Major U.S. wireless carriers team up to fight cellphone theft

For those of you that like to buy used phones on eBay or Craigslist, we have some good news. The four major wireless carriers are teaming up along with the U.S. government to build a central database of stolen cellphones. I don’t understand why this wasn’t started years ago.

Currently, Verizon Wireless and Sprint block any phones that have been reported stolen. Unfortunately AT&T and T-Mobile don’t, but now all four will work together in an effort to reduce crime and hopefully the resale value of stolen goods. Many of these stolen phones end up on eBay or Craigslist, and some are even exported to China, Latin America, and Africa.

Of course, nothing is foolproof because hackers might be able to use software to alter the identity of any stolen phones. Unfortunately even that’s not considered a crime, but hopefully that will change with legislation. Either way, the carriers need to do something and this is a start. Final details are yet to be worked out, but the proposed outline has.

source: wsj

 

Ice Cream Sandwich might land on the DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and HTC Rezound by next week, Soak test already starting for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX

Well we’ve got some great news to kick off your weekend, that is if you are an owner of a DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, or the HTC Rezound. According to a leaked screenshot from Best Buy, it looks like the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX will start receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next Wednesday, April 4. The HTC Rezound is scheduled for 2 days later, on April 6.

If you remember the latest Motorola report on the status of ICS showed “still under evaluation” for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. That of course made everyone angry, but I’ve talked to Motorola reps and they told me to expect the ICS update in the 2nd quarter. Well guess what? The 2nd quarter begins this Sunday, April 1. Now usually when someone gives an estimate like this, it’s rarely at the beginning of the quarter, but lets face it, Motorola has been pretty good with updating DROID devices. Since the RAZR and RAZR MAXX are flagship devices, I would be surprised if this information isn’t true. Just to make things a little more interesting, soak test invites just went out for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX so things are adding up.The only issue is if this update will be be bug free, which wasn’t the case with the Gingerbread updates they deployed last summer starting with the DROID X. Lets hope this goes a lot smoother.

As to the Rezound, things have been quiet, but we did see the AT&T Vivid get the official update, so it won’t be a shock if the Rezound also follows suit next week with a little ice cream lovin.

We will let you know more as soon as we hear it.

source: technobuffalo

 

 

Oh no not again, Could there be a DROID Bionic 2 in the works?

Well I don’t think there is anyone in the world of mobile that would disagree with me when I say that the DROID Bionic was probably the biggest disappointment in 2011. I can’t remember a more hyped up phone that literally didn’t delivery an ounce of anything. Now all of a sudden a possible followup is showing up in Asurion’s open enrollment forms. That’s right the DROID Bionic 2. Are you kidding me?

Droid-Life is speculating that it could be a placeholder for the version without a 16GB microSD card. The assumption is that they break out every version of the RAZR based on color and storage and put a 2 in the model number, but to me it doesn’t add up. I don’t see a “2″ next to any of those RAZR titles. The DROID Bionic 2 is listed as such, but yes it does have a “2″ in the model as well. Lets hope it’s a simple mistake.

Who’s ready for a DROID Bionic with a 3300mAh battery? Let’s hope that if this is true, they will drop the seriously awful PenTile display.

source: droid-life

 

Get a free extended battery with the purchase of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus (SCH-i515)

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

Android 4.0.4 AOSP ROM now available for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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!

source: rootzwiki

Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE review

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.


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Latest version of Verizon’s INDYCAR Mobile app aims to heat some rubber

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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[Leak] Specs for the Verizon Wireless LG Lucid 4G revealed

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.

source: droid-life

Verizon Releases Update For LG Revolution, Casually Includes Verizon Remote Diagnostics Tool

 

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.


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DROID X2 minor update (1.3.418) is now live

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