This fall, Sony will finally see its devices have wider availability in the United States. Sony announced this afternoon in New York City its flagship phone, the Xperia Z3, will be heading to Verizon. The only difference with Verizon will be the name. To represent Verizon carrying it, the name of the handset is Xperia Z3v. Everything inside and out is the same. It has a 5.2-inch display with TRILUMINOS technology and Sony’s own imaging components for a 20.7MP camera.
The Xperia Z3v will arrive online and at Verizon retail stores on October 23 for $199 on-contract. Plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 Tablet? Big Red will take off $200 when purchasing Sony’s phone and tablet together.
Hit the break to see what else Sony and Verizon announced.
Verizon has today announced that it will be offering HTC’s most recent budget-friendly smartphone, the Desire 612, on its recently-launched XLTE spectrum starting this Thursday, October 9. Customers will be able to grab the handset for free on any new two-year contract.
Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them.
On October 7, we will be losing a video streaming service due to fierce competition. Redbox Instant, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon, will shutdown after launching less than two years ago. The service struggled to gain subscribers when a credit card fraud issue arose. It also did not help that the content found on Redbox Instant was laughable compared to what Netflix and Amazon offer. The kiosks that helped Redbox gain popularity, though, will be sticking around. It is just this joint venture that is being closed.
Here is the notice left on Redbox Instant’s site:
Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to current customers and posted here on October 10.
In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team
Source: Redbox Instant by Verizon
Get your grain of salt ready. A report coming from Pocketnow states that the Nexus 6 will be available through Verizon. There was plenty of chatter last year that the Nexus 5 would join Big Red, but that never happened. One good sign is that the Nexus 7 (2013) is available and operable on Verizon’s network. It just is hard to believe that this is truly happening until we actually see it happen.
Like any other device from Google, availability is expected to work on just about any carrier’s network. Verizon, and often Sprint, are left out due to the CDMA technology and wireless bands used. A GSM network is more favorable for a Nexus device. Google opts to go with the latter with global availability being the focus.
It looks like Verizon will soon be offering a brand new 10.1-inch tablet with LTE. This time the tablet is made by LG. An jpeg image link has shown up on the LG web site showing something with a model number of LGVK7oo. The WiFi-only version of the G Pad 10.1 is LGV700 so the new model number suggests that it will be coming to Big Red. The 7-inch G Pad on Verizon comes with a model number of LGVK410 where the WiFi-only version has a model number of LGV410.
Other specs include a 10.1-inch IPS display at 1280×800 resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM with 16 GB of eternal storage and a micro-SD slot. It also has a 5MP rear shooter and a 1.3MP front camera and will have a 8,000mAh battery. There’s no word on when Verizon will get it, but chances are it’ll be before the holiday season kicks off.
source: My LG Phones
After trading barbs with the FCC over the summer upon announcing a plan to start throttling some customer’s LTE data speeds, Verizon announced today that the company was not going to proceed with the change to their network optimization policy. The new policy was going to impact users who crossed over into the top 5 percent of data users and were on a legacy unlimited data plan. This would include users on the LTE portion of the network. Users on 3G are already subject to the policy.
To match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free until the end of the month. Sprint and Verizon are taking a similar path.
If you are a Sprint customer on the 32, 40, or 60 GB shared data package, the carrier will give you 60, 80, or 120 GB, respectively. The 32 isn’t quite doubled, but it’s close enough to count. The plans still come with unlimited texting and calling, so if you need a ton of data on an account with multiple lines, it’s a great deal.
Carriers are focused on getting you to drive a connected car. They are striking deals with automakers left and right to maximize the chances that a customer gets a vehicle with a wireless connection built-in. The structure of a network is one of the biggest factors for an automaker when striking a deal.
Verizon is rolling out an update for the DROID DNA device built by HTC that includes a couple security related items. One of the fixes included in the update is a collection of patches addressing OpenSSL security. The other security fix addresses a “device root vulnerability.”
Besides the security issues addressed, Verizon includes improvements to their implementation of Softcard and Miracast functionality. Verizon also threw in some updates for the WiFi connection status indicator and the battery indicator.
If you have a DROID DNA, head over to www.vzw.com/droiddnasupport for more information on downloading and installing the update.