Verizon focusing on accessories for Black Friday

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We are days away from the time of year when shoppers go mad looking for the best deals. Carriers in the United States make a massive amount of money at this time through luring in new customers and upgrading existing ones with new devices. T-Mobile already started some of its deals a few days ago. AT&T is riding on accessories to generate sales. And Sprint is choosing to give attention to select items. As for Verizon, we were unsure about it would offer until now. Today, Big Red unveiled its deals. There are a few devices discounted here and there, but Verizon is focusing on accessories. A total of seventeen accessories are discounted while there are just a few phones and tablets receiving the same treatment.


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Amazon kicks off Black Friday sales with cheap on-contract phones

amazon-logo-bannerAmazon is starting off their Black Friday deals with a ton of phones for a dollar or less on all three major carriers. These are obviously on-contract devices, but if you’re planning on starting up a new line of service or upgrading any lines, these are some pretty great deals. You can snag a Galaxy S 5 for just a dollar, or an LG G3 or HTC One M8 for a penny. Some of the deals vary depending on carrier and whether or not you’re going for a new account or upgrade, but the deals are worth looking through if you’re in the market.
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Nexus 6 for any carrier – is it real or is it marketing?

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When Google introduced the Nexus 6 one of the features that was noteworthy was that the device came loaded with the chips necessary to support any of wireless network technologies used by all of the major U.S. carriers. In theory, this means any given Nexus 6 can be used on any of these networks instead of consumers having to purchase a unit built specifically for any given carrier. Unfortunately, it looks like the carriers are still creating some roadblocks to this concept becoming a reality.
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Verizon’s ETF fee will not decrease until a contract’s eighth month of life

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That right there is a bunch of jibber-jabber that can be condensed to this: Verizon will not start taking money off of its early termination fee until the contract is at least eight months old. Advanced devices have an early termination fee that starst at $350. Devices that do not fall under that title start at $175. So any money taken off of the ETF is welcome. The savings start at $10 or $5 depending upon the device and climb up to $60 or $30 in the twenty-fourth month of a contract.

This is how the new deductions will operate (advanced devices/non-advanced devices):

  • Months 8-18: $10 / $5 per month
  • Months 19-23: $20 / $10 per month
  • Month 24: $60 / $30

The policy change will be limited to devices purchased on November 14 and thereafter.

Source: Verizon
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Google Play now listing Sony SmartWatch 3 for $249

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As Verizon’s reign of exclusivity over Sony’s SmartWatch 3 has now come to an end, residents in the United States can pick up Sony’s smart watch offering from the Play Store for $249. The device is currently listed as ‘in stock’ and will ship within 1-2 business days, so if you order today with Standard Delivery, it should be with you no later than Friday, November 14.


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Verizon launches the Ellipsis 8: another low-end, self-branded tablet

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Last fall, Verizon brought us the Ellipsis 7. This fall, Verizon brings us the Ellipsis 8. The carrier is still aiming at the low-end of things with the tablet. The 8-inch display’s resolution is 1280×800, giving it 189 pixels per inch. The processor, while not officially named, is quad-core clocked at 1.5GHz. The battery capacity is 5000mAh. It only comes in black with 16GB of storage.

The cost and capability of the Ellipsis 8 is what will sell it. Without signing a contract it costs $249; however, signing away two years brings that down to $149. The monthly access fee for More Everything accounts is $10. The Ellipsis 8 is available today online and in the company’s stores.

Source: Verizon