Internal memo points to September 16 for Android Pay’s launch


The launch of Android Pay is scheduled for this year but the exact date of the service’s arrival is still unknown. It is widely believed that the mobile payments platform will arrive very soon considering Google Play Services was recently updated to support features that Android Pay will offer. Even McDonald’s has started promoting Android Pay alongside Apple Pay.

Now, a leaked internal memo from Verizon could indicate that Android Pay is coming this month.

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Verizon will not be cutting off two-year contracts for existing customers

Verizon-Wireless-logo-7893When Verizon introduced their newer wireless plans, there was some confusion on the state of the carrier’s two-year contracts. Now that the plans have been available for a few weeks, the carrier has posted some new info clarifying the specifics of the plan, including that existing customers can still get two-year contracts and contract pricing, just like they’ve always done. Read more

Facebook’s deal with the NFL ends as 2015 season kicks off


A partnership between the NFL and Facebook was inked just as 2014 was coming to an end. The deal supplied Facebook’s News Feed with video content from the NFL that included highlights, fantasy football tips, and news from all thirty-two teams. Attached to videos was a “presented by Verizon” banner since Big Red agreed to pay for all advertisements with revenue to be split between the league and the social network. The catch with those ads, though, was that users had to watch through the end of a video for “post-roll” ads to appear.

Now, less than one year after the partnership was announced, all parties have reportedly parted ways.

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Verizon to start offering special deals on #WhyNotWednesday


You may think it would be hard to re-orient Wednesday from being known as anything other than Hump Day, which you probably say in your head using the voice of a certain camel, but Verizon thinks they can do that. They have announced they are launching a new campaign called #WhyNotWednesday in which they will offer samples of “the best of the digital world.”

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Ditch carrier contracts with these smartphones


Carriers are expensive, and they’re only getting worse. Two-year contracts are on their way out in favor of device payment plans, thanks to revolutionary initiatives from T-Mobile. These payment plans, however, are essentially the same thing as the two-year contract options, only more expensive.

It looks cheaper on surface level, but carriers are making up for those lower prices through additional charges, upgrade fees, and so on. That begs the question: how can you ditch your carrier and save thousands of dollars on your phone bill?

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Verizon simplifies its BYOD process, allows compatible unlocked phones to be activated on its network

Verizon_glass-Verizon has made some effort to become a little more friendly towards unlocked devices, which means getting on their network is easier than ever. Now any compatible, unlocked iPhone 6 or Nexus 6 can be brought to Verizon’s network with little effort. You’ll just need to punch your phone’s device ID into Verizon’s site and purchase a Verizon SIM card to get started.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to take any unlocked phone to Verizon’s network, since there aren’t many phones that have the required CDMA and LTE radios to work properly. That might change as LTE becomes more prevalent, but as of right now, you’re pretty much locked to the handful of devices that include tons of radios. Read more

Verizon might be planning to re-brand the Motorola Moto X Play as the Motorola DROID MAXX 2

Moto_X_Play_Blue_White_LifestylePrevious rumors that the Moto X Play wouldn’t make it to the United States might not be true after all. A Motorola tipster said the company will indeed sell the Moto X Play in the United States as a Verizon exclusive. The Moto X Play will apparently be re-branded to the DROID MAXX 2 on Verizon. Nothing is official, so take this rumor with a grain of salt.

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