Verizon puts devices through physical hell before releasing them

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To make it as a device that Verizon offers to millions of customers, you have to be tough. Really, Verizon only accepts durable devices. In New Jersey, Verizon has laboratories where it recreates the most common scenarios in which a device receives bumps and bruises. One machine tumbles the device around in a chamber, similar to it falling down a flight of stairs. Another machine simply drops it from one meter high at multiple angles. Fortunately for phones with large displays, Engadget notes, Verizon only drops from half of a meter. If the device does not receive a passing grade from Big Red, it goes back to the hardware manufacturer with a note reading the areas of weakness.

Hit the break to see one of the test machines in action.


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Verizon beginning to phase out its 3G network in favor of LTE

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The folks at Verizon have been getting a ton of heat for years due to its 3G CDMA network. Nothing about it is practical. Taking a GSM phone to the carrier was, and still is, impossible. Everything operable on Verizon’s network had to tailored just for it. The advent of LTE networks showed that there was some hope for Verizon customers. Now, it seems that the old 3G is being phased out because the carrier believes in LTE.


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Upcoming DROID device to have 5.9-inch display and Snapdragon 810 processor

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The DROID Turbo has been on the market for just over one month, but Verizon is not allowing Motorola to slow down production. Sometime next year, likely around the summer, Motorola will release a DROID device that matches and surpasses the Nexus 6 and its specifications. There is a chance, though, that the device ditches DROID branding and joins the Moto line.


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Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 gets incremental update to Android 4.4.4

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_3_Back_White_Event_TAVerizon is pushing out an update to its variant of the Galaxy Note 3, and while it’s not Lollipop, it does bump up the Android version slightly to 4.4.4. Plus, there a handful of fixes and improvements on the device, so it’s a worthwhile update.

In addition to the improvements from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, you’ll also get a handful of tweaks on Verizon’s end, including changing Isis Wallet to Softcard, plus updates to Verizon Support and Protection and Caller Name ID. As far as apps go, you can expect Knox 2.0 to be on board, plus Find My Mobile, Samsung’s Kids Mode, and the Virtual Camera Tour feature. If you use Samsung Side Sync with a newer tablet or PC, you’ll also finally be able to take advantage of call forwarding with this update.
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Verizon launches Blaze Red G3 for (RED) on Cyber Monday

verizon blaze red g3In celebration of (RED), an AIDS awareness brand, Verizon has launched a special version of the G3 that features a slick red paint job. The finish is being called “Blaze Red” and matches up with (RED) colors as well as the standard Verizon branding.

Aside from the new colors, this model is identical to the other colored versions. You’ll still get the same great specs and everything else that came with the phone when it originally launched, so there’s no need to feel bad for not waiting.
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Carriers might start silently installing bloatware on your devices

digital turbine igniteCarrier bloatware on Android devices is nothing new. Some are worse than others about it, especially Verizon and AT&T, but just about every service provider is guilty of tossing at least one or two apps onto every phone they sell. It looks like some carriers are investing in a way to make sure that you keep those apps installed on your devices, though.
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[Deal] Motorola hosting Cyber Monday sale with Moto X (2014) starting at $359

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Looking for some sweet deals out of Motorola? Cyber Monday is the day. The company is discounting its flagship smartphone. The Moto X (2014) will be discounted to $359 and $409 for 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. That is a savings of $140. Verizon customers looking to sign a contract can purchase the Moto X for $0.01 and $50.01 for the same models. Choosing wood or leather back panels will cost an additional $25. Finally, Motorola taking 30% off of each and every accessory it offers (except Chromecast) when purchasing a Moto X.

On December 1 at 12:00pm EST, you need to go to this page and register for a promotional code. That code will expire just before midnight on December 15.


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