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
Verizon introduced Edge back in July to answer T-Mobile’s Jump program. Sprint’s answer didn’t work and it looks like Verizon, while not ending the program, is making some adjustments to it. Previously, Edge required customers to have 50% of their device paid for after six months. Now it has been cut to thirty days. Yes, days. So if you pay for least 50% of your device after just one month, you can get a new device.
The carrier tells CNET that this is a promotion; however, there is no end date penciled in just yet. And while you are at it, trading in your current smartphone can get you at least a $100 Verizon gift card and a free activation. This promotion ends March 31.
In the United States, Verizon is the leading carrier when it comes to the size of customers’ bills. According to a survey issued by Cowen and Company to 1,876 customers in Q4 2013, Verizon’s average monthly bill was $148. Sprint and AT&T followed closely with $144 and $141 per month, respectively. In what should be no surprise, T-Mobile was last, a good thing in this race, by averaging $121 per month. The last time this research was done by Cowen, the numbers were higher for each carrier; however, this is because a random sample is being used.
The firm then asked these customers how if they would switch to another carrier. Seventeen percent of Verizon customers said yes while less than sixteen percent of T-Mobile customers said the same. Just eleven percent of AT&T customers said they would also switch. Sprint customers had the largest demand to switch — just over thirty-one percent. These numbers, though, should be taken with a grain of salt since Cowen feels the changes from Q3 2013 was too large of a change.
Source: Cowen and Company
Via: Ars Technica
In a document sent to Android Central, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Rose Gold on Verizon will have a $100 rebate when it launches. And its release date must be soon since the promotional period ends on January 26 and started today. The Galaxy Note 3 is not the only device included. Other Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC devices are also eligible (at different rebate amounts).
Let us know in the comments if there is a rebate amount/device combo that entices you.
Source: Android Central
According to @evleaks, Verizon will be adding yet another tablet to their lineup. This time around is the LG G Pad 8.3. There is no time frame attached for its arrival; however, we should be finding that out fairly soon.
Yesterday, @evleaks let the world know that the Nexus 7 “is about to be added to the Verizon lineup” very soon. He also said that it would not have any Verizon branding. Well, it is true. He tweeted the image above and there really is no branding from Big Red. It doesn’t even look like Verizon’s 4G LTE icon is present. A great sign for their customers. Now, if only we knew what Google and Verizon are working on for this year…