Chromecast now being sold by Verizon, offers 25% corporate discount

Verizon Chromecast

Verizon is now offering the Chromecast on its site for $34.99, the same standard price that the device is being sold for on Google Play, Best Buy stores, and on Motorola’s site.

However, the carrier has sweetened the deal for those who receive corporate discounts— they’re offering the Chromecast with a 25% off offer. If you’re looking to grab Google’s wireless HDMI dongle, this definitely is a solid way to get one.

Source: Verizon Wireless

U.S. carriers reject “kill switch” that would prevent smartphone theft

carrier_logosThe New York Times is reporting that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and the CTIA (among others) have rejected having a “kill switch” preloaded onto Samsung phones that would prevent cellphone theft. Samsung and San Francisco district attorney George Gascón have been working together to provide this “kill switch” for some time, but the nation’s largest carriers and the industry’s trade group decided against having one because it would cut directly into their insurance plans. Currently, most carriers offer insurance plans that require monthly payments as well as a deductible for when your phone needs to be replaced. Despite the rejection, Gascón says “we are now evaluating what course of action will be necessary to force them to prioritize the safety of their customers over additional money in their pockets.”

The CTIA’s reason for not wanting this “kill switch” is that an online option to wipe your device could be hacked. Instead, the trade group offers their database as solution that would prevent stolen devices to work with the carriers’ networks; however, it’s just not effective when it comes to actually preventing the theft from happening. A “kill switch” would stop the problem from happening, not worrying about it after. Google currently offers some protection for Android devices by allowing users to track and secure their smartphones. Apple on the other hand can deactivate and wipe a device clean of its information along with requiring users to login before being used again.

Source: The New York Times

HTC specifies Android 4.3 and 4.4 updates for Verizon HTC One and Droid DNA


HTC took to Twitter today to let everyone know when they should expect Android updates on their Verizon flagships. First up, they clarified that getting the HTC One onto 4.3 would be a two-step process, which includes a compatibility update and then the actual update. That strange update that One owners saw today was likely the compatibility update, and the actual update should happen sometime in December. Now, in case you were wondering if that was going to push the KitKat update further down the to-do list for HTC, that shouldn’t be the case. The 4.4 update is still on track to be delivered by the end of January. Hey, with how quickly Motorola got KitKat onto the Moto X on Verizon, there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be a realistic time frame.

HTC also clarified the update path for the Droid DNA. They didn’t give out quite as many details, but they said the 4.4 update for the DNA should be arriving by the end of January, “pending certification from your carrier.” Normally, that’s the last thing anyone would want to hear about updates on Verizon, but after today’s Moto X update, maybe it’ll happen.

source: Android Police

Verizon will carry the Moto G on their prepaid network in early 2014


Verizon has announced via Twitter they will be offering the Moto G on their prepaid network starting early next year. Considering the Moto G does not have LTE, it’s not really a surprise Verizon won’t be offering it on their postpaid network, but it’s slightly disappointing either way. As long as Verizon doesn’t try to overcharge for the device, though, it’s still a good deal for their $60 prepaid smartphone monthly plan.

Anybody planning on picking one of these up early next year?

source: Twitter

Verizon says higher populated areas experience weaker service


Verizon CFO Fran Shammo admitted today that in higher populated areas, the company is struggling to deliver increased amounts of bandwidth, and is therefore hampering the quality of their service. These regions include large cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.

He specifically stated during a press conference, “There are certain pockets where we’re absolutely going to experience that down tick from the LTE network down to 3G because of capacity constraints.”

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You can now customize your Moto X with Moto Maker on all four major U.S. carriers


Well it doesn’t always follow the rumor, but this time it did. It was expected that today would be the day the Moto Maker would become available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Well actually T-Mobile was rumored for last Friday, but we will let that slide. Motorola just announced that “The Gift of Choice” is officially available on all carriers. Previously it was only available on AT&T.

Motorola also announced that you can now choose a custom phrase for the back of your Moto X. This was something that was supposed to be implemented when the phone launched, but they weren’t happy with the quality. Apparently the fiber laser technology has been corrected. Last but not least, the price is $99 ($499 off contract) on all four carriers to celebrate. This price has already been available for most of the carriers, but Moto X is saying it will be for a limited time.

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HTC One successor heading to the big four by the end of Q1 2014


Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted a very interesting piece of information. According to him, the HTC ‘M8′ (the One’s successor) will be heading to AT&T, “among others.” That mystery phrase at the end left things a little open. So a tweeter asked him if Verizon would be joining the fun and it turns out they will. But not just those two. A tipster informed him that “all four carriers” would get the device by the end of Q1 2014. This means that HTC would be launching next year’s flagship with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile right from the beginning. That strategy would correct the mishap of the One launching roughly six months late on Verizon. The given date indicates a launch between January and the end of March. Keep an eye out for plenty of leaks regarding the HTC ‘M8′.

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Verizon LG G2 now free with contract until November 11

LG_G2_Back_Camera_Lens_Power_Volume_Buttons_TAIf you thought the price cut to the Moto X was good news, wait until you hear about LG’s deal. With a two year contract, the G2 is being offered by Verizon absolutely for free. You can get LG’s flagship phone on this great deal until November 11, with the promo code VZWDEAL. The G2 has a class-leading full HD display, powerful Snapdragon 800 processor, great mobile camera, amazing battery life, and all sorts of productivity tools that make it one of the top Android phones on the market right now.

If you’re interested, head to the source link and when you’re checking out, input the promo code for the discount.

Source: Verizon Wireless


Verizon to offer discounts on past devices, Samsung tablets for Cyber Monday


According to Twitter’s @evleaks, Verizon plans on kicking off the holiday season with some modest deals. For Cyber Monday, online shopping’s Black Friday, Verizon will take $150 off of Samsung tablets. It’s unclear whether this apply to the on-contract or off-contract prices. Also from Samsung will be the Galaxy Note II for $50 on-contract. More intriguingly is that the Motorola RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S III (from last year) will be just $1 dollar. Perhaps Verizon is trying to clean out stock on those devices? If you are a deal-stealer, this batch is certainly worth a look. But with the Moto X dropping to $99 and set to get Moto Maker treatment, we’re not sure why you would look at something else. This year, Cyber Monday is on December 2, so make note of that on your calendar.

Source: @evleaks

Verizon readying MotoMaker launch for November 11th, releases details on other upcoming devices

Motomaker MotoX

Verizon appears to be ready to launch MotoMaker on November 11th, joining Sprint on the same day as another source for customized Moto X devices. Although several sources indicate the 11th will be the day for Verizon to join the customization service, there is no word on what pricing may be. Verizon did drop the price of the Moto X on contract to $99 recently. If they follow AT&T’s model, which has had exclusive rights to MotoMaker customizations since the Moto X launch, there will be no difference in pricing between a custom device compared to a pre-fab unit.

If the Moto X is not the device you were looking for from Verizon during the upcoming holiday season, it appears Verizon will be releasing some other choices in the near future. A white version of the LG G2 appears to be set for a November 14th launch. The HTC One Max is expected on November 21st and white versions of the DROID ULTRA and DROID MINI are expected sometime around November 22nd. This should give buyers plenty of new choices as they get ready to hit the holiday shopping season.

source: Droid Life