This year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has promised to continue his assault on competitor carriers by trying to steal their customers— Verizon is planning to introduce a new program which it hopes will help retain customers and keep them from switching over.
Earlier today, HTC Product Manager Mo Versi tweeted that the Android 4.4 KitKat/Sense 5.5 update for the HTC One was approved by Verizon. He also said the update would be rolling out shortly. While many would assume this means days, the update has gone live. Verizon posted the changelog and the update is being rolled out to HTC One owners today.
Let us know if you received the update!
Verizon’s answer to AT&T’s new, slightly cheaper rate plan isn’t a rate plan of their own. Nope, Verizon is launching a rewards program for customers. This won’t help you lower your bill, but it will give you rewards points for having a higher data cap that you can spend on… gift cards.
The rewards program works pretty much like a credit or debit card rewards system. Whenever you pay your bill online, you get 10 rewards points for every dollar you spend. For every GB in your data package, you get another 1,000 points. Adding lines to your account or signing up for different services also gives you points.
Best Buy is once again offering store gift cards for customers that upgrade their device or port their numbers over to another carrier. This of course only pertains to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as T-Mobile no longer does contracts. The great thing about this is you only have to register between February 2 and February 15th, and once you’ve registered you have until the end of the year (December 31) to upgrade and receive your $50 Best Buy gift card.
Any phone you’re eyeing right now? Or waiting for perhaps the successors to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One?
source: Best Buy
If you were thinking about making a switch to Verizon and don’t need much data on your plan, the carrier is running a special limited time offer that may interest you. For only $45 per month Verizon is offering a plan that includes 250MB of data to go with unlimited talk and text. According to reports, Verizon is also offering an option to bump the data limit up to 1GB for $60 per month. For comparison, a Share Everything plan from Verizon with 250MB of data would run $60 per month, $40 for the basic line access per device and then $20 for the data package, while a 1GB data plan ends up at $90 per month total. For the 250MB plan, data overages will result in a charge of $15 per 250MB block of additional data. For the 1GB plan, the overage fee is $15 per 500MB block.
It should be noted that these plans are intended for single line customers, so consumers looking for a cheaper solution for a family plan will not benefit. At least for now, as this could be Verizon’s way of starting to test plans with lower fees in response to moves by the competition.
source: Droid Life
As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.
In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.
It’s long been believed that Verizon is preparing their own LTE-capable version of the LG G Pad 8.3, and yesterday’s findings give those rumors more credit. Yesterday, a mysterious tablet with model name VK810 cleared the FCC, with service for Verizon’s 4G service running bands 4 and 13. The physical descriptions directly match LG’s G Pad 8.3, leading us to believe that this is in fact it.
There’s no hardware hints besides that the LG VK810 supports GPS, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity. We are likely to eventually see a Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8.3-inch display, and a 4600mAh battery on the final device.
In a surprise announcement on its Twitter account, HTC USA said that final KitKat software has entered carrier labs for final testing. They also noted that we should expect certification for all four major US carriers next week.
Certification is currently in the third of four stages involved in pushing out OTA OS updates to devices. Shortly after passing carrier certification, the update should start getting sent out to devices.
More progress should be announced next week, especially considering how transparent HTC has been with the update process as of late.
If you find that Verizon’s Share Everything plan offers too much data, Big Red has added a choice for cheapskates people who do not need a lot of data. For just $20 per month, customers can have a 250MB shared data plan. For many people, this is something that would never work. But there has got to be someone that wants it, right? Perhaps people that are always connected to WiFi will find this suitable.
The new $20, 250MB Shared Everything plan will become available to Verizon customers starting tomorrow, January 21.
According to a new FCC and Bluetooth SIG filing, you can expect Samsung’s latest super-tablet to come in a Verizon version. The filings list a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with LTE band 4 and band 13, both of which are used by Verizon Wireless. The device also has a model number SM-P905V, so that V on the end could also signify Verizon network-capability.
Not too long ago, there was some evidence that Verizon was also going to be selling an LTE Galaxy Note 10.1, so it’s possible that Verizon is going to be selling both devices sometime soon. We should see some clarification from Big Red sometime soon.
source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Phone Arena