New Verizon CEO expects AT&T purchase of T-Mobile to be approved

Brand new Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, recently spoke about the proposed purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T. In a webcast of the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference he said, “I’d say the merger will probably go through. It’s a merger AT&T probably had to do.” He went on to say that he was surprised that is did not happen sooner.

If McAdam is right, this will be bad news for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile service carrier. They have the most to lose, and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has been fighting tooth and nail to stop what will probably be official in March 2012.

[via reuters]

Lookout’s Mobile Threat Network partners with Verizon’s V CAST Apps

Lookout is quickly becoming the leader in mobile security. Recently, they teamed up with Sprint, and now they are teaming up with Verizon Wireless. Lookout introduced its Mobile Threat Network and Verizon’s V CAST Apps is the first app store to adopt it.

Mobile Threat Network is a platform that automates the mobile threat detection and analysis process, and delivers over-the-air protection to mobile users around the world. Lookout developed the Mobile Security API which extends protection available in the network to any app store or download site.

“We want Verizon V CAST Apps users to continue to feel confident doing anything with their smartphone,” said Todd Murphy, director, Business Development at Verizon Wireless, “Working with Lookout gives not only us, but developers who distribute their apps through V CAST Apps the knowledge that apps in this store are safe from malware and other issues.”

Full press release after the break:

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY now on sale for $99 at Verizon Wireless; BOGO for Droid 3 and Droid X2

Verizon Wireless just put the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY on sale for $99 with a new two-year agreement as part of a back-to-school sale.

The Xperia PLAY features:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • 4-inch multi-touch display
  • 5 Megapixel rear facing camera
  • VGA front facing camera for still shots and video chatting

The Xperia PLAY also comes pre-loaded with seven games including Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris. They expect to have more than 100 additional titles available by the end of the year via V CAST Apps.

As part of the back-to-school sale, Verizon is also offering a Buy One Get One Free promotion for the Droid X2 and Droid 3. Amazon recently put the Droid 3 on sale for $70 for new contracts.

[via verizon]

Verizon changing over to micro SIM cards for LTE devices; Up first, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Right now Verizon has three 4G LTE devices; the HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, and the LG Revolution. One thing they all have in common is that they have a full size SIM card, and it looks like they will be the only devices to ever be compatible with the larger cards.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE version is on the way, and it has been confirmed that it will be the first Verizon LTE device to support a micro SIM card.

At first, the thought was that Verizon was doing this to make sure you are not able to change out cards between devices, but it looks like they are going to be adopting the micro SIM cards moving forward.

For the  Thunderbolt, Charge, and Revolution owners, the micro SIM card will fit into your phones, but it will not work. We will have to wait and see what the Droid Bionic shows up with early next month when it launches.

[via androidcentral]

Verizon adds additional cities to the 4G LTE list for July 21; 28 total

Earlier we reported details for certain markets that would be getting 4G LTE. Since then, Verizon issued another press release that brings the total to 28 cities slated for this Thursday, July 21st.

Here is the full updated list as reported by Big Red:

The new cities include Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.;Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.;Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va.

Of course, it you live in one of the above cities, there is a good chance it is already live as they have been testing for a while now.

The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.;Northern New Jersey;  Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.

This brings the total number of 4G LTE markets to 102.

Full press release after the break.

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More info on the Samsung Slider headed to Verizon

A couple of weeks ago we showed you leaked photos of an unannounced Samsung slider headed to Verizon. We have some more pics, and although it still looks like an Epic 4G, there are some differences with the keyboard. The shift and fn buttons have been moved, the Internet shortcut key is new, and the emoticon key has been moved to secondary status on the space bar.

The screen has been described as “awesome” and it just might be Super AMOLED Plus. The rear camera is a 5MP and the front is 1.3MP. You will notice the 4G LTE in the status bar, which would make this the first 4G slider on Verizon. Remember, the Droid 3 is only 3G.

Another nice surprise is that it has Android 2.3.4, while most phones on Gingerbread are only at 2.3.3.

More pics after the break

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Verizon LTE not compatible for roaming on other networks

You would think that as our wireless technology advances, it would be made easier for customers use when it comes to roaming technology. Sorry, that is not the case as PCMag has confirmewd from a Verizon Spokesperson that LTE would not be compatible for roaming onto other LTE networks nationwide. The spectrum used for LTE is sold in separate blocks, thus only allowing a small margin of crossover between carrier blocks within that same spectrum. So chances of actually being able to roam is pretty minimal at best. It’s going to get worse before it gets better too, as the ITU has approved twelve different bands to be allocated for 4G/LTE use worldwide, which basically means if you travel, don’t expect to get onto any other 4G/LTE roaming networks. This may be a reason to stick with 3G if you aren’t concerned with speed over having any connection at all.

[via engadget]

Contest: We have another 20 beta keys to hand out for Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles

If you missed our earlier contest in which we gave out 20 beta keys for Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles, you’re in luck, because we have 20 more to hand out.

Again, this is for users who are NOT on Verizon Wireless because these beta keys are the only way you can play.

The rules are the same except for #5:

  1. Leave a post in this forum thread telling us why you want a beta key
  2. Additional posts from the same user will be ignored.
  3. The contest ends 11:59pm eastern on July 14, 2011.
  4. Winners will be picked at random and contacted via private message.
  5. Any entries in the previous giveaway will not count, you must be entered in the new thread.

**Entries will only be accepted in our Forum thread above. Comments to this actual post will not be included.

Good Luck.

Verizon starts pushing Android Gingerbread update to Droid Incredible 2 owners

Last week we told you that the Android Gingerbread 2.3 update for the Droid Incredible 2 was very close. Verizon began pushing it out last night, so if you have an Incredible 2, check your settings to see if you can pull it down manually.

The build is 2.18.605.4 and the full list of enhancements are:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

[via androidcentral]