Radio Shack will drop T-Mobile handsets in favor of Verizon Wireless

Radio Shack has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide postpaid and prepaid wireless products in over 4,300 of its company-operated stores starting September 15, 2011. The company also announced that as of September 14, 2011, they will no longer carry T-Mobile wireless products.

Jim Gooch, president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, said, “This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer. The addition of Verizon Wireless, in combination with our existing carrier partners, positions us to now offer the best assortment of carriers, rate plans, devices and accessories for every consumer need.”

Full press release after the break

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Verizon’s LTE Ready Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Is Officially Coming July 28th

A couple of days ago we wrote about how the LTE version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was going to be available on July 28th.  Well, it now appears that it’s official and underway.  Verizon announced the availability of the power horse tablet and stated that you’ll be able to grab it via the web and in stores.  The device will run you $529 for the 16GB version and $629 for the 32GB version.  According to the presser, the device will come in metallic gray and glossy white.  In addition, the tablet comes with a $25 Samsung Media Hub credit for the reading enthusiast at hand.  Hit the break to check out the full press release from Verizon and don’t forget to let us know what you think.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the best devices to hit the market among other giants like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Slider.  The LTE radio on board is about to set this device apart and please a lot of Big Red users in the process.  Honestly, I’m a little jealous.  
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Verizon may be first in U.S. to launch Samsung Galaxy S II ‘Function’ on August 12th

Verizon will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II variant called the ‘Verizon Function’ on August 12th according to Shin Jong-Kyun, president of the company’s mobile communications business. It’ll start landing in Las Vegas locations, then others immediately afterwards. Other Galaxy S II variants called the ‘Attain’ and ‘Within’ are also expected to launch in August with other US carriers, but Verizon looks to be the first.

Analyst Paul Mueller says, “August 12 is a possibility. It will arrive first on Verizon and then the rest of the carriers within a month. Samsung will market this directly against the iPhone 5″. The Samsung Galaxy S II is Samsung’s fastest selling device to date, already selling over 6 million units shipped in 3 months since its release.

[via pocketnow]

Minor Droid Incredible 2 update coming soon

The Droid Incredible 2 recently received some Gingerbread love, but it looks like there is a minor update on the way to fix server connection issues with email and contacts. HTC has been a leader in updates and fixes, and it is refreshing to see even the slightest fixes. Kudos to HTC.

The build for this update is 3.02.605.1. They did not provide a date, but check your phone because it could be anytime.

[via vzw]

New Verizon CEO expects AT&T purchase of T-Mobile to be approved

Brand new Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, recently spoke about the proposed purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T. In a webcast of the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference he said, “I’d say the merger will probably go through. It’s a merger AT&T probably had to do.” He went on to say that he was surprised that is did not happen sooner.

If McAdam is right, this will be bad news for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile service carrier. They have the most to lose, and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has been fighting tooth and nail to stop what will probably be official in March 2012.

[via reuters]

Lookout’s Mobile Threat Network partners with Verizon’s V CAST Apps

Lookout is quickly becoming the leader in mobile security. Recently, they teamed up with Sprint, and now they are teaming up with Verizon Wireless. Lookout introduced its Mobile Threat Network and Verizon’s V CAST Apps is the first app store to adopt it.

Mobile Threat Network is a platform that automates the mobile threat detection and analysis process, and delivers over-the-air protection to mobile users around the world. Lookout developed the Mobile Security API which extends protection available in the network to any app store or download site.

“We want Verizon V CAST Apps users to continue to feel confident doing anything with their smartphone,” said Todd Murphy, director, Business Development at Verizon Wireless, “Working with Lookout gives not only us, but developers who distribute their apps through V CAST Apps the knowledge that apps in this store are safe from malware and other issues.”

Full press release after the break:

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TalkAndroid Guide: Rooting Your HTC Thunderbolt (Mac) From Start to Finish

So you’ve gotten yourself a shiny new Thunderbolt, huh? You’ve heard of this magic “rooting” shenanigans, and the stuff you see over at xda. There are hundreds of guides for Windows but none for Mac. What to do? After rooting a friend’s Thunderbolt I decided it would be beneficial to help all the other Mac-Thunderbolt users out there. This guide is for absolute novices. If you follow this guide your Thunderbolt will be rooted even if you have no idea why or what you did.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY now on sale for $99 at Verizon Wireless; BOGO for Droid 3 and Droid X2

Verizon Wireless just put the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY on sale for $99 with a new two-year agreement as part of a back-to-school sale.

The Xperia PLAY features:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • 4-inch multi-touch display
  • 5 Megapixel rear facing camera
  • VGA front facing camera for still shots and video chatting

The Xperia PLAY also comes pre-loaded with seven games including Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris. They expect to have more than 100 additional titles available by the end of the year via V CAST Apps.

As part of the back-to-school sale, Verizon is also offering a Buy One Get One Free promotion for the Droid X2 and Droid 3. Amazon recently put the Droid 3 on sale for $70 for new contracts.

[via verizon]

Verizon changing over to micro SIM cards for LTE devices; Up first, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Right now Verizon has three 4G LTE devices; the HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, and the LG Revolution. One thing they all have in common is that they have a full size SIM card, and it looks like they will be the only devices to ever be compatible with the larger cards.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE version is on the way, and it has been confirmed that it will be the first Verizon LTE device to support a micro SIM card.

At first, the thought was that Verizon was doing this to make sure you are not able to change out cards between devices, but it looks like they are going to be adopting the micro SIM cards moving forward.

For the  Thunderbolt, Charge, and Revolution owners, the micro SIM card will fit into your phones, but it will not work. We will have to wait and see what the Droid Bionic shows up with early next month when it launches.

[via androidcentral]

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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