This afternoon, @evleaks tweeted an image of what is Motorola’s DROID Ultra with a different look. The image above shows the Ultra with a red stripe going down the center and the capacitive buttons lit red. This is the same device that leaked on eBay in September. @evleaks asks his followers if they remember this “Employee Edition” of the device. What could it mean? Well, perhaps Verizon is considering releasing this Limited Edition model to the general public.
The Moto G, which we reviewed last week, is finally available from Verizon. While other sellers are attaching a $179 price tag, Big Red is selling Motorola’s latest device for just $99. As a reminder, the Moto G is a prepaid-only device for Verizon and does not have LTE connectivity, falling to only 3G. To buy one, hit the source link below.
Kaz Hirai wasn’t letting it all out at in Last Vegas. At their CES 2014 keynote, Sony announced the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. But what they did not shed any light on was their 2014 flagship smartphone, codenamed Sirius. In the wee hours of the morning, @evleaks tweeted a tip that was passed along to him. The Sirius smartphone is going to debut at Mobile World Congress next month and will come with a 5.2-inch display.
The tweet mentions there is a MSM8974AB SoC inside. This would be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. If that is true, it would be disappointing as other flagships this year are likely going to pack the new Snapdragon 805 processor. To brighten up the mood after that speed bump, Verizon may be carrying this handset. It would be shocking as Big Red has notoriously passed on many devices in the past.
Later on, @evleaks tweeted information regarding Sony’s ‘Castor’ tablet. It will also have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor along with WiFi and LTE variants. The tablet will likely debut at MWC as well.
Verizon has been working on a few updates today. First with the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX; followed by the Incredible 4G LTE; and now the robust G’Zone Commando from Casio. As far as the update goes it doesn’t add much. In fact it takes away some bloatware. Besides the removal of the V Cast Music app, you’ll see better Push to Talk connectivity. That’s about it.
The somewhat forgotten DROID Incredible 4G LTE should be receiving an update shortly. Verizon today, posted support documentation for the device to their web site. The update adds ISIS support as well as reduces power cycling. Clarity in Bluetooth as also been improved. The build number gets bumped to 2.19.605.2 710RD as well. If you still own the device, sound off in the comments below to let us know if you’ve received the update.
T-Mobile’s UnCarrier approach to the cell phone carrier market has pretty bold and successful so far, but when you’re looking at the big picture, T-Mobile’s network still just isn’t on par with what Verizon and AT&T offer, especially in terms of coverage. Looks like 2014 might be the year that changes, though, as T-Mobile is going to pay Verizon over $2 billion for some low-end A-Block spectrum to improve their LTE network. This was some of the spectrum used when Verizon rolled out their LTE network.
This extra spectrum should greatly help T-Mobile’s network, including improving coverage and quality in several markets. T-Mobile anticipates that this block of spectrum should cover about 158 million people in several top markets around the country, which is a pretty significant improvement.
The biggest reason I’ve kept from using T-Mobile is the poor coverage in my area compared to other networks, but if they can keep up this network expansion that may not be a problem for much longer. Have any of you already made the switch to T-Mobile, or have you been waiting for some big move like this?
source: Business Wire
According to a story we reported on yesterday, the Motorola Moto G was going to be going on sale starting January 9th for only $99 off contract with Verizon. The new smartphone will be available through Verizon retail locations and Best Buy at this price. Apparently the leaks regarding this pricing have prompted a reversal of the policy of holding the devices until January 9th and at least Best Buy will sell them as soon as the devices are physically delivered to their stores.
Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told the LA Times, “the phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives.” Verizon has not commented on the availability of the Moto G or the special pricing.
source: LA Times
To send you off into the final weekend before Christmas, T-Mobile has posted a Vine that shows what AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are going to get for Christmas. One by one, the jolliest man in the world gives the aforementioned group coal! After he finishes dropping the coal into their stockings, he reveals himself. T-Mobile CEO John Legere pulls down his Santa beard and gives not a “ho ho ho,” but an evil “ha ha ha.” Now if only we knew what Uncarrier 4 is all about.
Hit the break for the Vine.
Who knew Matt Lauer and the people over at The Today Show could bring such an awesome deal back. Over on the morning show’s site, they have a way for people to purchase the Moto X with $150 off the full retail price through Moto Maker. But that $150 off code isn’t all they are offering. If you prefer to go on-contract, you get a 50% off coupon meaning that the Sprint or AT&T model will cost $99 and the Verizon model $29.99.
The deals don’t stop here. Accessories also get a 50% off dip. To avoid the massive rush that occurred the last time around, a form is required to receive a code. Unfortunately, bamboo backs are not eligible. Hit the break for instructions.
If you still haven’t jumped on any sort of Moto X deal just yet, here is likely the last one of the year. Through Motorola’s Moto Maker site, you can buy the 16GB model for Verizon at just $49.99 (with a new two-year contract). It certainly doesn’t get any better than that. At $49.99, you’re getting an excellent smartphone. The deal runs from now through December 31, ending once 2014 begins. Hit the source link to get started.