Verizon offering up to $500 on select Black Friday deals

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Verizon has largely resisted a lot of the changes going on in the wireless carrier industry, but resistance is futile when it comes to Black Friday. If you are interested in switching to the carrier and are willing to get a phone from a small selection of options, this Friday could be the day to do it. Verizon will be offering deals totaling up to $500 in credits and gift cards. Read more

Verizon simplifies its prepaid plans

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Every carrier in the United States has been making moves as of late. What better time to do it than the holiday season? Customers new and old are picking up new devices and bolstering their plans with more data. Recently, AT&T brought free roaming to Mobile Share Value plan customers; Sprint upped its network and lowered rates for new customers; T-Mobile launched unlimited video streaming and then gave more data to everyone. Even prepaid carriers Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS have introduced new benefits. Verizon, who last week announced TravelPass, now has simplified its prepaid plans for both basic phones and smartphones.

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New Motorola ad campaign explores your PhoneLove

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Motorola is launching a new ad campaign for their smartphones, including the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and Motorola DROID Turbo 2, based on the premise people really love their phones. As part of the campaign, Motorola has enlisted the help of Ashton Kutcher to conduct a series of experiments to see just how far people will go in their relationship with their mobile device. Read more

TravelPass from Verizon lessens the cost of using your phone abroad

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Traveling aboard is nice because you can see, taste, and smell the world. What’s not so nice is having your phone be restricted overseas. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are all among the carriers that promote special services to allow their customers the luxury of using their phones seemingly from country-to-country. Verizon, until now, has been pretty quiet to jump on the international hype. Today’s announcement of TravelPass changes things as Verizon customers can travel to select countries and use their phones for a decent price.

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Verizon will introduce a $20 activation fee on all device payment plans

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Verizon has today announced that it will introduce an activation fee on all device payment plans taken out after Sunday, November 15. This means that customers will not only have to pay the full retail price for their shiny new smartphones, albeit over 24-month period, but will also have to fork out an additional $20 to have it activated.

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Android Wear gets cellular connectivity, here comes LG’s Watch Urbane 2 LTE

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Every Android Wear device released up until now has required a Bluetooth and WiFi connection to operate. When LG announced the Watch Urbane 2 LTE in September, people awaited Google’s immediate announcement that Android Wear could support smartwatches with ceullar connectivity. Without that support, LG’s newest smartwatch would be pointless. But Google never announced Android Wear’s official support for cellular connective. Both companies decided that tonight, oddly, is the right time to make a move.

Google’s platform for smartwatches now officially supports cellular connectivity while LG is ready to sell its Watch Urbane 2 LTE in the United States and Korea.

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