Verizon expands 4G LTE to Summer hot spots along the East Coast

Newsflash: Verizon has the biggest LTE network and they continue to get bigger. This month’s expansion is hitting most of the major beach towns and vacation destinations. Everything below should be up by Memorial Day, which will be in time for those Summer trips. I’m excited because I’m heading down to Virginia Beach in June so my Galaxy Nexus will be at lightning speed for streaming Slacker and Google Music. Hit the break for the complete rundown.


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Verizon Announces That Its Customers Will Be Able to Text to 911 As Early as 2013

Back in late November of 2010 we brought to you news that the FCC was looking into people being able to send SMS, photo, or video MMS messages to 911 services around the country. Since that time we have heard very little of these proposed plans going into action. Well Verizon appears to have had enough of waiting around as it made the announcement today that it hopes to enable this feature for its customers as early as 2013. It will be based on current CDMA SMS networks so the roll out should be fairly quick. Marjorie Hsu, Verizon VP of technology had this to say:

“Verizon is at the forefront of 911 public-safety innovations, and today’s announcement is another step in making SMS-to-911 service available to those who cannot make a voice call to 911.”

While Sprint did announce that it would be enabling emergency text alerts back in November of last year on its network, this is the first big push by a carrier in the text-to-911 ability. Some of you may be skeptical of its uses but this would be a huge benefit for those who are hard of hearing or for those who are in a situation where making sounds is less than ideal. So if everything works out correctly we can look to see this sometime next year.

Full press release after the break:

 


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Verizon Wireless makes the DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC official

We kind of expected Verizon would kick off CTIA with the official announcement of the DROID Incredible 4G LTE and that’s exactly what they did. For the past month or two we’ve been getting rumors and leaks so there are no surprises here. It’s more of a variant of the One S as opposed to the One X, which is a little disappointing for DROID Incredible fans. Some of the differences are a smaller display and a micro SD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. Full specs include:

  • 4-inch super LCD qHD (960 x 540) display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ memory card
  • 1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0

No pricing was mentioned nor a definitive date, but they did say it would become available in the “coming weeks.”

Full press release after the break:


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Motorola Feedback Network Confirms Soak Test For Upcoming Update Is On The Way For The DROID Bionic

 

Motorola recently sent out a “confidential email” to DROID Bionic owners part of the Motorola Feedback Network, so you know what that means— an update is on the way folks. What this update is exactly, no one knows. But we do have the lovely letter in its entirety, so come join us as we share it with you after you hit the break.
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Verizon’s Droid Does Campaign Back With a More Cozy Vibe

You remember back in 2009 when we started seeing the Droid Does commercial campaign? Remember how it called out the iPhone in what it couldn’t do? Remember how we just stopped seeing the Droid Does commercials? Well the point to this line of questioning is that the Droid Does Campaign is back but it’s much less edgier in its presentation than before. Given that Verizon sells both the iPhone and the Droid line nowadays it makes sense for Verizon to tone back the iPhone bashing.

So instead of the in-your-face campaign it once was, it’s now a more “warmth-of-a-cozy-fire” direction. If you don’t believe me you can hit the break below. There we have the new commercial for you that shows off the Droid 4, RAZR, and RAZR MAXX. We also have two of the older commercials too for the sake of comparison. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Is this new direction a nice breath of fresh air for the campaign or did you prefer the old anti-iPhone direction?


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Motorola DROID RAZR And DROID RAZR MAXX Gets Software Update

What a ride it’s been for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX smartphones for the last few weeks. We’d heard everything from a soak test for a small update to a soak test with a potentially big update— which caused a ton of confusion and uncertainty as to what this upcoming update could be. Well friends, an update has officially arrive out of the blue for those devices which does confirm it is the Version.6.12.181.XT912.Verizon.en.US update we had previously suspected before.

The update includes a host of nice features too. For starters, there’s improved device stability, extended battery life, a more accurate 4G indicator and improved text messaging. If you’re an owner of one of those devices, make sure to be on the lookout for the 17MB update which should arrive very soon. Let’s hope it’s not too much longer before we see the Ice Cream Sandwich update afterwards.

source: Verizon Wireless

Wirefly offers the Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $49.99

Wirefly is one of the top online cell phone retailers and always offering great prices on top Android devices. Today we can see more proof of that. If you’ve been drooling over the latest VZW device but that original price gave you a case of the sticker shock, you’re in luck. The Galaxy Nexus is on sale now for the low, low price of $49.99 with a new contract. That is a far cry from the price of $299 when it first appeared on Big Red. This is definitely a great choice for anyone looking to switch to Verizon Wireless and longing for a new device. Now from the looks of it, if you chose to upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus, you’ll have to dig a little deeper in those pockets and fork over $149.99. Still that’s not a bad deal for a device that sports Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.65” display, 32Gb built-in storage, LTE, NFC and more.

So head on over to Wirefly and take a look and see if this offer is for you.

source: wirefly

 

 

 

 

HTC DROID Incredible 4G smiles for the blurrycam

Yes I’m still referring to it as the “DROID” Incredible 4G because I just don’t see Verizon dropping it from the DROID line while everyone else seems to call it the HTC Incredible 4G. Yesterday we showed you a press render, but we have some blurrycam photos to throw into the mix. It still amazes me that someone takes leaked photos of a device, but can’t focus. Does the person with the device really tell them it’s okay to take the photo, but please make it out of focus? Anyways, the specs on this puppy aren’t impressing me after the release of the One line and neither are these images. Right now if you’re on Verizon and a fan of HTC you have to feel betrayed. Is anyone really excited about this one? Hit the break for more blurred images.


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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