Last week tech companies were having a big time at CES 2015 showing off new technology, some of which involves automobiles. This week the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, where automobile manufacturers show off their new vehicles, parts and services, some of which involves technology. The cross over between our cars and our mobile devices should be no surprise given the popularity of both in this country. At the NAIAS, Verizon has announced their latest foray into the world of the automobile industry, Verizon Vehicle.
Near the end of 2014, Verizon was faced with some criticism regarding one of its advertisements that featured a map of a competitor’s 4G LTE coverage. The ad compared its network to that of T-Mobile; however, it was greatly skewed in favor of Verizon. The map portrayed T-Mobile’s 4G LTE coverage as extremely scarce by removing the HSPA/HSPA+ coverage. Yesterday, Big Red uploaded an updated version of the ad which shows a much more purple map of the United States (above). The coverage is still dwarfed by Verizon’s but T-Mobile has committed heavily to its growth.
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The CEO of Verizon Lowell McAdam has mentioned that the carrier will offer a special bundle of 30 television channels for its mobile subscribers sometime this year. He clarifies that this will be a mobile only service at first, with further expansion not discussed as of yet.
Hot on the heals of US Cellular, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, Verizon has now joined the party to launch the curved variant of Samsung’s flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note Edge, in the United States.
The handset will set you back $399.99 on any of Big Red’s two-year plans or $799.99 unlocked. You can also bag yourself one for $33.33 per month if you happen to be a member of the carrier’s Edge program.
The uniquely designed Galaxy Note Edge will make its way to Verizon Wireless on the 8th of January, according to a new leak. Big Red will also bring the Motorola Nexus 6 to its retail outlets, but not until mid-February, the leak says.
The HTC Hima is making its rounds through the rumor mill today, including showing up in some AnTuTu benchmarks. The benchmark was run by a device with the model HTC6535LVW, which may end up being the Verizon version of the variant if the last two letters of the model are anything to go by.
Hardware for the Hima is exactly what we’d expect from a 2015 flagship caliber device: there’s a Snapdragon 810 on board, 3 GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p screen. Personally, I’m glad HTC isn’t racing to shove a ridiculously high resolution screen in their device instead of a fantastic 1080p display, if these benchmarks end up being accurate.
If you happen to have a Verizon LTE device and want to get hooked up with a prepaid plan from Straight Talk, you are in luck as the carrier is starting to take SIM card orders for Verizon devices. The addition of Verizon LTE devices as an option for Straight Talk customers should not be too big a surprise since Straight Talk is a Verizon MVNO.
SIM cards for Verizon devices run only $6.99. Straight Talk will not be shipping the new SIM cards for at least a couple weeks while they wait for them to be delivered before they can ship them to their customers. Straight Talk’s primary plan for smartphones runs $45 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 3 GB of data. Straight Talk does throttle data speeds once customers hit 3 GB of data, bringing the speed down to only 64 kbps.
source: Straight Talk
Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells for only $149.99 with a 2-year contract. That is better than the Black Friday deals that were available.
Along with the special pricing on Android devices, Verizon is also offering a $150 bill credit on any lines you switch over to Verizon to be used with a new smartphone. According to Verizon, the credit will show up in 2 to 3 billing cycles. If you want to check out this deal or some of the other deals that Verizon has right now, like a free LG G3 with a 2-year contract, hit the source link.
Executive VP of Verizon, Randal Milch has just announced the signing of an agreement with Google to cross license patents between the two companies. This will help both Verizon and Google go further in the innovation trail without being hindered by patent trolls.
Verizon Wireless hasn’t always been a heavy player when it comes to government clients. Rival AT&T has a longstanding stranglehold on much of Washington, which is aided by its use of GSM technology as opposed to Verizon’s CDMA. But as LTE networks remove some of the historic boundaries between the two radio types, it opens up possibilities for competition.
In a partnership with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt, Verizon is taking a new service to market called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption of voice calls on Android, iOS, or erstwhile go-to platform for government, Blackberry.