Verizon announces home phone and broadband router that links to existing Share Everything plan

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Verizon had a great idea and a bad idea, rolled it up into a single device, and released it to the market. The idea is a Novatel-built wireless router/modem combo that links to a customer’s existing Verizon Share Everything plan in an attempt to replace a home phone and internet service. On paper, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea; cell phones have all but replaced land lines, and Verizon’s LTE can be faster and more reliable than some types of internet from companies like Comcast and Time Warner. The problem comes in when you realize that tacking it on to your Share Everything plan means you’re constrained by your Share Everything limits, which is, at most, 20 GB on the high end. Replacing the entirety of your WiFi with a data cap that small is a horrible option for most people, especially with the rising popularity of services like Netflix and Play Music. » Read the rest

Verizon Chimes in on the Nexus 7 LTE Certification Hoopla

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What would the internet be without an uproar over something that’s not fully understood? Yesterday the internet went up in arms over an issue with not being able to run the new Nexus 7 on their LTE network. While Big Red got ahead of themselves yesterday with a certain tweet, it appears that they’re in full damage control mode. Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications, posted this today on Verizon’s news blog:

“Verizon Wireless’ certification process, which generally takes between four and six weeks, is one of the most rigorous testing protocols of any carrier, and is focused on guarding the safety and security of our network. Certification is done by third party labs approved by Verizon, and selected by the device manufacturer. “

According to the post, the new Nexus 7 went into the certification process in August. As you just read, the process generally takes four to six weeks to finish. That means that if everything goes well, we should see Verizon’s LTE grace the new Nexus here in just a few short weeks. Of course, that’s if everything goes well.

Regardless, everyone can calm down because it appears that Verizon will be allowing those with the new Nexus 7 to use its LTE network. While the fact that this wasn’t already in the process when Google announced the tablet is anyone’s guess, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little while longer. Everyone please… Put down those torches and pitch forks and go about your daily internet business.

source: Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless refuses to activate Nexus 7 LTE tablets

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The Nexus 7 LTE is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, but unfortunately Verizon is looking the other way because it’s not part of their current device lineup. News of this broke quickly once Jeff Jarvis, co-host of This Week in Google, was denied an activation. He took to Twitter and said, “Knock, knock, @VZWSupport, is anybody there? I’m trying to give you money. You’re making it hard.  No, impossible.” Verizon’s response was, “I’m excited you got your Nexus 7 but not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our lineup and can’t be activated ^JH.”

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Limited Edition DROID Ultras now available on ebay

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Verizon always releases limited edition DROID models for their employees. This year, it’s the DROID Ultra and the limited edition has a red stripe going down the back along with other red accents. You will also find “Limited Edition” on the back and each phone has its own serial number.

They only way to buy one of these would be from sites like eBay or Craigslist since they aren’t available in stores. Well a few models are already available on eBay, so if you desire one, hit the source link below and get your bid(s) in.

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Verizon reaches agreement to buy out Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, worth $130 billion

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As some of you probably know, part of Verizon Wireless is owned by UK company Vodafone. Vodafone owns about 45% of the company, which has been a pretty lucrative stake considering Verizon Wireless’s massive profits in the past few years. According to a recently proposed deal, however, Verizon will buy out that 45% stake for a whopping $130 billion in cash and stock options.  That’s a pretty hefty up-front cost, but it would allow Verizon to keep 100% of their wireless profits.

The Wall Street Journal seems to think the deal will go through without a hitch, simply because it doesn’t really affect customers or violate any antitrust laws, considering Verizon already owns and operates a majority of the business. Vodafone will obviously start to see a massively declined profit without owning Verizon stake, but with $130 billion, it shouldn’t be hard to find something else to invest into.

The deal is expected to close sometime in the beginning of 2014. We’ll keep you updated if anything else pops up or changes.

source: Wall Street Journal

[Deal] Grab the Verizon Moto X for $139.99 with promo code

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The Moto X is now available on Verizon Wireless, and although you can’t customize it to your heart’s content, you can grab a white or black one for a pretty good deal. Normally priced at $199 on contract, if you go to the Verizon website and order a Moto X with the promo code “VERIZON30″, it will be yours for $139.99.

We have no idea how long this promo will last, but it’s unlikely it will be around when the Motomaker customization feature officially comes to Big Red. Let us know if you grab a Moto X with this code, and if so, be sure to check out our Moto X guides.

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Official: Moto X will be available online at Verizon Wireless on August 29, in stores in the coming weeks

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It looks the rumored August 29 date for the Verizon Wireless Moto X sticked, but there is one caveat. It will only be available online for the time being. Verizon sent out a Tweet making it official and added that it will be in stores in the “coming weeks.”

It’s priced the same as AT&T, $199 on contract. However, you won’t have the opportunity to customize it using Motomaker. That won’t happen till sometime later in the fall, so if you’re in a hurry, you will only be able to choose either black or white.

If you’re planning on picking one up, be sure to check out our Moto X guides.

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Official: HTC One to land on Verizon Wireless on August 22 for $199

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Those of you on Verizon that have waited oh so patiently for the arrival of the HTC One will be happy to know that we actually have an official release date. Verizon just announced via Twitter that it will be available next Thursday, August 22 for $199 complete with the Verizon logo. At this point in the game, it is probably worth waiting to see what the One Max is all about. Of course, there is no guarantee that one will wind up on Verizon. Anyone going to grab one?

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Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile show growth while Sprint declines

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Strategy Analytics released their top U.S. Carrier Metrics for the 2nd quarter, and there really isn’t anything surprising. Verizon Wireless continues to lead the way followed by AT&T. Sprint still holds the 3rd spot, but if they don’t watch it, T-Mobile might knock them out pretty soon. Verizon finished the quarter with 118.194 million subscribers and grew 1.18% over the 1st quarter. AT&T and T-Mobile grew 1.36% and 3.30% respectively. With Sprint’s decrease of 3.59% (1.84 million subscribers), there is now about a 9 million subscriber gap between them and T-Mobile.

T-Mobile seems to be making the right moves with their UnCarrier and Jump plans, so I suspect T-Mobile will eventually move into the third spot. The question is when?

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Leaked images show Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini is headed to Verizon

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verizon-gs4-mini-leak-01If you’re a Verizon customer and praying for the little brother of the Galaxy S 4, your prayers are going to be answered. Leaked images show the Galaxy S 4 Mini (SCH-i435) with the Verizon logo. Unfortunately, we have no idea when Big Red plans on releasing it. With the DROIDs and the Moto X hitting in August, we might not see this one until September.

So far, Verizon appears to be the only U.S. carrier willing to offer the Galaxy S 4 Mini. With the DROID Mini launching in a few weeks, I wouldn’t have put my money on Verizon, but they constantly amaze me. Hit the break for another pic of the Mini posing with the iPhone 5.

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