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.
Tomorrow, Verizon customers will be able to purchase the Moto X (2014) for their network. The Motorola flagship can be purchased through Big Red’s retail stores or online. Moto Maker, the company’s customization service for the Moto X, will be up and running tomorrow as well.
The Moto X (2014) will cost $99/$149 depending upon storage size with a new two-year contract. The carrier is offering a promotion for customers wanting the bamboo white back panel version with a white front. The promotion brings this unique version to the $99 price. Motorola is continuing to focus on price with its latest round of devices.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Consumers interested in getting a new Motorola Moto X (2014) on the Verizon network will probably be disappointed to know that the device will initially come without support for Verizon’s new Advanced Calling 1.0. Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s new “product” that routes both voice and data over the LTE network. The Moto X (2014) will not have access to Advanced Calling 1.0 when it launches on September 26th, but will get it via a software update sometime later this fall.