Motorola has been promising unlocked bootloaders, but not until later in the year. We also never expected that they would unlock existing phones.
We reported that a leak of a Gingerbread update surfaced, but we just found out that it will allow users to unlock the bootloader using the traditional command: “fastboot oem unlock.” The update is expected in July and when users receive that update they will be able to boot their Atrix into Fastboot mode and unlock from there.
We reported on Tuesday that Verizon would be eliminating the unlimited data plan in favor of tiered pricing. You will see from the above image the pricing is now confirmed:
- $30 for 2GB, $10 extra for every 1GB
- $50 for 5GB, $10 extra for every 1GB
- $80 for 10GB, $10 extra for every 1GB
- Hotspot add on will be $20 for 2GB.
Pricing is for both 3G and 4G.
A lot of people are going to be upset, but at the same time, no one can be surprised. For a long time Verizon Wireless customers have been paying $30 for unlimited 3G and 4G data.
On July 7th this will all end and it has been confirmed by Verizon.Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said that the company is making changes to its data plans, including those for new smartphone customers.
“We will move to a more usage based model in July,” Raney said in an e-mail. “We’ll share more later.”
The plans are expected to be $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB. A tethering option of 2GB can be added for $20. These prices have not been confirmed, but it is looking more and more like they will hold. It also expected that this pricing will be for both 3G and 4G.
For those under contract now, it is expected that you will continue to receive unlimited data until you buy your next phone. For those that are eligible for a new phone, it might make sense to grab something now to lock in. You can then sell it and pay full retail for what you really want.
The Motorola XOOM 4G and Droid 3 is getting closer day by day. We saw the Milestone 3, which is the same phone as the Droid 3, announced last week for China Telecom, and the Droid 3 cleared the FCC last week. The XOOM 4G has been promised for this summer, and there is no reason to believe this won’t happen.
Now we have more evidence that the release for both devices are that much closer. They have both hit Verizon Wireless’s MAP (minimum advertized pricing). Recent past history puts them at around 7 weeks. The Droid X2 hit MAP around April 13, but it was not released until May 26th. We are hoping for quicker releases this time around. The Droid 3 is rumored for early July which is only a couple of weeks away. We will let you know more info as it comes.
Yesterday a video leaked showing an unidentified Honeycomb tablet. It appears to be a Verizon advertisement and the tablet looks similar to the original XOOM. We know that Motorola is working on a XOOM 2 so this cannot surprise anyone.
The interesting thing is that it was pulled yesterday, but now it is back. Watch the video now because who knows how long it will be online.
A Motorola phone baring IHDT56MF1 as its ID just passed through the FCC. The Droid 3 is expected to be a global phone, and this phone’s signal capability is:
CDMA 800/1900, CDMA 1X/EV-DO Release A, WCDMA 850/1900, GSM 850/1900, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS, Bluetooth, 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n
We all know the Droid 3 will debut on Verizon Wireless soon. This news, along with the announcement of the Milestone 3 for China Telecom, is giving hope that an early July release is in the cards.
By way of the official twitter account for Big Red, @VerizonWireless has tweeted that they will be announcing 21 new locations that will be receiving 4G/LTE in June. This comes not far behind our article in May noting a press release that lists 5 cities that were set up with 4G/LTE on May 19th.
So stay tuned for further details. Keep an eye on the @VerizonWireless twitter account, because as I write this article, they look to be tweeting each of the 21 cities individually! Alternatively, you can check the Recent News Releases from the Verizon website.
We told you about Verizon finally getting the Xperia PLAY on their network on May 26th, and now you can beat the line (and possibly stock) by ordering it online now until May 26th for $199.99 on a two year term. It comes with 7 pre-installed PlayStation titles to get you gaming as soon as you turn it on. The titles include;
- Madden NFL 11
- Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior
- Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
- The Sims 3
- Star Battalion
- Crash Bandicoot
I love it when two companies come together to create and form a great idea. Medco Health Solutions and Verizon Wireless are entering the healthcare industry with a bang thanks to their recent mobile application, The Medco Pharmacy App. The application offers “real-time patient-specific drug safety and savings information” along with critical information for patients and their doctors. One of the major features the app entails is the assistance of the prevention of having dangerous drug interactions occur, thanks to the Medco software running what they call “safety checks” for medications that could possibly conflict with one another. The app runs on both Blackberry’s and Android enabled smartphones. It’s also customizable for any user’s pharmacy benefit plan and houses all of their medical history as well. Check out the rest of the features and screenshots below. You can get the app on the Android Market.
From the Market:
The Medco Pharmacy app offers eligible members access to lower-cost medication alternatives anytime, anywhere, as well as mobile alerts to keep members on track with taking their medication as prescribed.
The app has three features:
• My Medicine Cabinet: View medications and set reminders for yourself or other members of your household to take or refill them.
• My Rx Choices®: Look up lower-cost prescription options.
• A virtual prescription ID card offers convenience to members on the go.
Full Press Release & More Screenshots:
Verizon continues to grow its 4G LTE network with the following cites going live today:
- Mobile and Montgomery (AL)
- Greater Fairfield and New Haven (CT)
- Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee (FL)
- Fayetteville-Lumberton (NC)
- Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen (TX)
In addition Verizon is expanding coverage in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
4G LTE is now available in 55 cities which represents about 35% of the network. Verizon expects to hit 147 cites by the end of the year.
Full press release after the break