With the majority of phones being black, it is nice to see a little color once in a while. It looks like Verizon Wireless might be prepping a silver Droid Incredible 2. The Droid Incredible 2 is a really nice upper mid-level phone and now that it has been unofficially unlocked with CyanogenMod7 and MIUI now available, this silver edition might be a sweet deal. We expect that it will have the same specs as the original black edition.
The only negative is that it is not 4G LTE, but there are still a lot of people that do not have access to LTE or don’t feel they need the extra speed at the expense of decent battery life.
We have no idea when this will be available, but you can trust that we will let you know as soon as we hear more.
This has to be declared Samsung Galaxy S II week. First, pictures surfaced for an AT&T version with a QWERTY slider, then a 2nd slate version appeared. Then out of nowhere, pictures surfaced for the Verizon Wireless version. All of these are expected in August so they have to be hitting the FCC right? We already have news of the Sprint version (might be called the Within) passing, and now here comes one of the possible AT&T versions.
This one bares the model SGH-I777. It does not appear that it has a keyboard and we know that one of these versions could be called the Attain. It has 4G HSPA and NFC. This week might be Galaxy S II week, but it is looking like August might be declared Galaxy S II month, and Samsung will be on their way to selling 10 million units.
The Fascinate has been suffering from a bug in which you cannot receive calls, but some of you might not have noticed because you forgot you can actually use your phone for calls. For the ones that did notice, some were able to get replacements devices from Verizon with constant complaining. That route might be unlikely now because update i500.ED05 is now available too fix it, along with some additional SMS bugs.
The LTE upgrade passed through the FCC recently, and it looks like Motorola will finally begin the upgrade to LTE for the Verizon Wireless XOOM 3G. Make your plans to part with your XOOM sometime in September as internal documents and emails to customers are confirming that the end to this saga is near.
This was originally promised for the summer, but everything went wrong for Motorola as the Bionic was also delayed. Nobody knows exactly what happened, but the fact that the NVIDIA Terga 2 is in the XOOM, and was in the original Bionic, leads me to believe that it was the issue. Motorola has switched to Texas Instruments with the Bionic, and their next rumored beast, the Dinara, looks to have a TI chip as well. The XOOM was going to be Verizon’s 1st LTE tablet, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE ends up with the crown because it launches tomorrow.
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Radio Shack has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide postpaid and prepaid wireless products in over 4,300 of its company-operated stores starting September 15, 2011. The company also announced that as of September 14, 2011, they will no longer carry T-Mobile wireless products.
Jim Gooch, president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, said, “This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer. The addition of Verizon Wireless, in combination with our existing carrier partners, positions us to now offer the best assortment of carriers, rate plans, devices and accessories for every consumer need.”
Full press release after the break
The Droid Incredible 2 recently received some Gingerbread love, but it looks like there is a minor update on the way to fix server connection issues with email and contacts. HTC has been a leader in updates and fixes, and it is refreshing to see even the slightest fixes. Kudos to HTC.
The build for this update is 3.02.605.1. They did not provide a date, but check your phone because it could be anytime.
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.
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:
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.
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.