Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon

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It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7

You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Verizon announces XLTE with 2X data speeds

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As expected, Verizon took the wraps off of their new and improved faster 4G LTE network, dubbed XLTE. In a nutshell, it should provide more capacity along with 2X the speed than traditional LTE. The best news out of all this is that it’s not a soft launch in a couple of cities. It’s actually going to be available to many customers thanks to the AWS spectrum purchase from 2012. All Verizon is doing is flipping the AWS switch on in the cities that offer it, and compatible phones will now access both the 700 MHz spectrum along with the AWS spectrum for super fast XLTE.


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Verizon Galaxy Note 3 gets KitKat update through wired methods

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The Verizon variant of the Galaxy S4 finally received KitKat last month, and no it looks like it’s the Note 3‘s turn. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are reporting that the update is available through Samsung Kies and through the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant.

While it is good that the device is finally getting the update, it’s a little unfortunate that it’s only available if you plug your device into your computer.

Source: Androidandme

Verizon Wireless is discounting flagship phones for Mother’s Day

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Looking for a new phone for Mom, or maybe yourself? Well then head over to Verizon Wireless because they are knocking $100 off of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), HTC One Max, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  The Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), and HTC One Max are now $99, while the Galaxy Note 3 is $199. These are of course contract pricing, so you will need to open a new line for 2-years or be eligible for an upgrade to an existing line.

You will also find deals for the iPhone 5S, Windows Phones, and BlackBerry if you or Mom desires them.

The sale runs through May 12, so you have a little time to think about it.

source: Verizon

The Kyocera Brigadier coming to Verizon sometime soon

KyoceraBrigadierThere’s a trade off to having a rugged phone. Usually that trade off consists of having a phone that’s ugly as hell. Sadly, if evleaks is correct — and the famous leaker usually is — Kyocera is continuing that trend with its Brigadier phone. Slated for Verizon, the device is an unknown entity at the moment. We just know the name and where it’s going. We can see from the leaked images that it will come with LTE and will have physical buttons. Other than that, it’s a real mystery.

source: evleaks

Verizon Galaxy S 5 owners experiencing ‘Camera Failed’ issue

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If you own a Verizon Galaxy S 5, you may have noticed a “Camera Failed” popup when trying to use the camera. If so, you are not alone. There seems to be no consistency with why this is happening or even what could remedy it. Some believe it’s the SnapChat application, but from what I am seeing, this appears to be a software issue that will only be fixed with a firmware update.

Unfortunately, once the popup appears, you might not be able to use the camera at all. For some, it happens at limited times. Users have tried factory resets, cache clearing, third party camera apps, and pulling the SD card with limited to no success.


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Verizon extends latest More Everything discounts to those that bring their own phone

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Verizon Wireless took to the web today to announce some new discounts that will be coming to their subscribers. Those who are currently on a month-to-month payment plan or bring their own phone, can now opt for the More Everything discounts announced earlier this month.

Big Red’s More Everything Plan is their flagship family plan, recently updated from the Share Everything Plan, giving users more data to work with. The plan was discounted to those who were also taking advantage of the company’s Edge program. Now, Verizon is expanding that discount to more of its customers.


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T-Mobile says no to overage charges, and John Legere starts petition for all U.S. carriers to do the same

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After a slight delay, T-Mobile just unveiled their 3rd and final installment of big announcements to further shake up the mobile industry. Last week brought a new Simple Starter Plan for day 1 and day 2 was that LTE tablets will be priced the same as Wi-Fi-only tablets. Day 3 is all about overage charges.

T-Mobile will no longer charge overages to their customers, which is a pretty good announcement in itself, but John Legere and team are taking it one step further. They are encouraging AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless to do the same, and they have created a petition on Change.org.


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