Verizon Wireless celebrates Earth Day by extending trade-in program to tablets

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Last September, Verizon Wireless started offering a trade-in program for mobile handsets. To celebrate Earth Day, Verizon Wireless has extendeded the program to tablets. If you are looking to upgrade your tablet, Verizon will give you a gift card worth up to $300 towards your next purchase or bill.

That sounds so appealing, but unless your tablet is only a couple of months old, you are going to get a lot less then that. The XOOM, which was released a little over a month ago, will yield you $300. You will get much less for an IPad or Galaxy Tab. Let’s face it, you can do a lot better on EBay or Craigslist, but I guess for those of you that want to get rid of a device quick with no hassles, this option is better then nothing. Hit the break for more of Verizon’s current appraised values and the full press release.

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Verizon Wireless spring roadmap leaked, 4 LTE phones to be released in May

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The first question everyone asks after leaks or new phone announcements is, “when is it going to be released?” We have had an idea of some upcoming phones on Verizon Wireless, but not the release dates. Today is a different story as Verizon’s upcoming spring roadmap has been leaked. It is full of Android phones and May will be a big 4G month. For starters, April shows the Samsung Charge (formerly the Stealth) on April 7 and the HTC Incredible 2 on April 28. We already knew about the Sony Xperia PLAY for April 14. May will be the month of 4G as we will have the releases of the LG Revolution, Motorola Bionic, Motorola Droid X2, and Samsung Galaxy 2.

It is also interesting that the Droid X2 is listed as 4G. All leaks pointed to this phone being a 3G phone which makes more sense. Why put two 4G phones out with high end specs at the same time from the same manufacturer? It makes more sense if the X2 were 3G since there will be many people not in 4G areas or who do not want to pay extra for the 4G service.

Also to note, Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7, the HTC Trophy, will be released on April 15.

So we have been talking about all these phones for a few months, but now we can actually start planning our purchases. What are you planning on grabbing this spring? Let us know in the comments.

[via phandroid]

Gameloft shows of 10 games for Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY [Video]

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Gameloft has just published a video showing off the following 10 games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY:

  1. Spider-Man: Total Mayhem
  2. Uno HD
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles
  4. Real Football 2011
  5. Star Battalion
  6. Splinter Cell: Conviction
  7. Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
  8. Let’s Golf! 2
  9. Brother’s In Arms 2: Global Front
  10. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

These titles will be available alongside the Xperia PLAY launch. Verizon Wireless is scheduled to launch the Xperia in April and recently, O2 in the UK, delayed the launch due to software bugs.

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Will the Motorola Droid X see the Gingerbread update starting this Sunday?

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Our friends at DroidLife have heard from @p3droid that Gingerbread is ready to go for the Droid X. Apparantly it is up to Motorola and Verizon. He goes on to say that it may arrive as early as this Sunday. This is only a rumor and I do believe that Gingerbread is ready, but I do not think it will happen this weekend. Usually when updates are about to happen with Verizon, a document leaks out showing what the changes are. Nevertheless, Droid X users could see Gingerbread sooner rather than later and that is good news. We will keep you posted as more information surfaces.

If you want to see leaked images of the new Gingerbread for Droid X, check out our older post.

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Is Verizon Wireless interested in buying Sprint? – CEO says No

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As soon as the news broke about AT&T buying T-Mobile for $39 billion, the speculation started on the possibility of Verizon Wireless purchasing Sprint to leave us with 2 carriers in the US.

Daniel Mead, Verizon Wireless CEO, says there is no interest and he will not oppose the AT&T buyout of T-Mobile. Ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference yesterday, Mead said “We’re not interested in Sprint. We don’t need them.” He went on to say that they do not want to be distracted from their goal of being the most profitable wireless operator in the US.

Mead expects that the deal between AT&T and T-Mobile will be approved by US regulators. If he is right AT&T will have approximately 130 million subscribers as opposed to around 100 million for Verizon Wireless.

This will not be the first time a CEO has said “No” and then months later it actually happened. Don’t be surprised if some day we are left with 2 carriers in the US.

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Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war

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The media seems convinced that Android tablets will not be able to keep up with the IPad. One article even refers to them as dead on arrival. After seeing the success of the Android OS in mobile, it is clear that it is only a matter of time before Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war.

Lets review how it all went down with the phones. Google’s first Android phone, the G1, debuted in late 2008. Anybody looking back in the summer of 2009 would probably say that it was not looking good for Android’s chances in putting a dent into the IPhone market share. The software was still young, needed work, and it did not have the backing of a major carrier. Flash forward to November 2009 when the Droid debuted with Android 2.0 Eclair on Verizon Wireless. About 1 year later the reports were showing that the Android OS had topped Apple’s IOS in the US and in many other parts of the world. How did they do it? They did it with multiple manufacturers blitzing the market with a tremendous amount of support from Verizon Wireless with the Droid brand.

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Verizon HTC Thunderbolt getting unlimited LTE data plans

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If you’re going to be grabbing an HTC Thunderbolt tomorrow at Verizon, you’ll want to check out the unlimited data plan for a smooth $30 as well. This may only be here for a short time, because we know how most carriers, including Verizon really, feel about it (they want unlimited to die). So when you grab a Thunderbolt, grab the unlimited data plan, because it’ll turn your new device into the most powerful MiFi device you can get at a fraction of the tethering costs when compared to the data plans for the actual MiFi hotspot devices.

Just in case you start tethering 8 devices to it though, you may want to keep a few charging cables handy where ever you stop.

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Verizon Wireless waives $35 activation fees on Motorola XOOM and Galaxy Tab for month to month contracts

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For those looking to purchase the 3G Motorola Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Verizon Wireless will no longer be charging the $35 activation fee. This is effective as of March 1st and will be for month to month contracts. Upon purchase of your new tablet you will see the standard activation charge of $35 followed by a credit for the same amount on your Verizon Wireless bill.

As you can see in the image above this is supposed to be for a limited time. Lets hope it lasts a little longer then that.

[via engadget]

Samsung Stealth V spotted at FCC, will have Verizon 4G LTE

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What once was a nameless device is now the Samsung Stealth V, as confirmed by the FCC information above. This upcoming Android smartphone will take advantage of Verizon’s 4G LTE network and will have the following specs:

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
    Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.

Although there’s no official launch date for the Samsung Stealth V, the device appearing at the FCC could mean that the device is hitting stores sooner than we thought. What do you guys think of these specs? Despite Android 2.2 not being the latest OS available, will the phone running on Verizon’s 4G LTE make up for that? Leave a comment!

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HTC Merge hits FCC with Verizon logos

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As you can clearly see in the image above, the HTC Merge has Verizon branding on the front plate just above the screen, which lends itself that this FCC approval is going to be heading to Verizon. We still haven’t heard any official news or launch information from HTC or Verizon on this device, but it’s getting pretty hard to mistake now.

The manual that was submitted for the HTC Merge to FCC also has Verizon branding, as well as mentioning Verizon services. We’ll keep you posted when we get more ‘concrete’ evidence, hopefully from Verizon themselves.

[via Engadget]