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]

Contest: Not on Verizon and want to play Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles? We are giving away 20 beta keys!!

It is time for another TalkAndroid giveaway. This one is from Spacetime Studios. We reported earlier that Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles has entered beta, but as a Verizon V CAST exclusive.

For now, if you are not on Verizon Wireless, you are left out in the cold, but TalkAndroid has you covered as we are giving away 20 beta keys.

Full rules:

  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 9, 2011.
  4. Winners will be picked at random and contacted via email.

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

Good Luck.

Motorola releases 20 tutorial videos for the Droid 3

As we reported earlier, the Droid 3 is now available online for $199 for a two-year contract or $459 without. Motorola released 20 videos to help you understand all the features. Some of these videos were leaked a month ago. For a lot of us, these videos won’t serve a lot of purpose, but I think these videos are great for the mainstream consumer, especially if they are new to Android. Here are all 20 videos for your viewing pleasure:

Using your phone for the first time:

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Motorola Droid Bionic landing August 4?

We already know that the Droid Bionic passed the FCC last week, so we projected the launch date to be somewhere between July 28th – August 18. It looks like we are right on target because the above leaked image shows August 4th, but we are hoping there still might be a chance that direct fill orders will start July 28th. The long drawn out saga of the Droid Bionic will finally be over soon folks. The question is will this phone live up to the hype?

You will also notice that the Droid 3 is confirmed again for the July 14th launch. Expect an official announcement on that any day now since direct fill starts in two days.

[via androidcentral]

Did the Droid Bionic just pass through the FCC?

The Droid Bionic has been a long drawn out saga. It was supposed to be out at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, then it was cancelled, and it was eventually replaced by a completely different device. We are expecting it to launch this summer and it looks like it is getting closer.

A Motorola device with LTE and CDMA just passed though the FCC yesterday. Although we cannot confirm for sure that it is indeed the Droid Bionic, we know of no other Motorola LTE phone. The big question is when will it be released?  The Droid 3 passed through the FCC June 15th and the launch is July 14th. The Droid X2 was a little longer. We should see this dual-core LTE beast released somewhere between July 28th and August 18th.

[via droid-life]