There are two great promotions going on right now at Best Buy. The electronics retailer is discounting one of the year’s best handsets while attaching a gift card to a newcomer with serious benefits.
In a stunning announcement that will make Adam Smith believers proud, AT&T and Verizon appear to be feeling the effects of more intense market forces as an emboldened T-Mobile and Sprint offer more appealing bang for the buck to consumers.
When looking at which carrier to give your hard earned money, the quality of the network is vital. Customers have no reason to stick around if the network’s coverage is spotty or speeds are frequently bogged down. Cost comes into play, but carriers in the United States are expensive as a whole. You should pay for what you get.
So which network in the United States is the speediest when it comes to downloading? Hit the break to find out the answer to that question and more.
Verizon’s vice president of network support, Mike Haberman, recently held a roundtable discussion with reporters covering Verizon’s plans for 2015 concerning network development. Haberman committed Verizon to carrier aggregation, a few other LTE Advanced features and hinted at being able to purchase a LTE femtocell in order to boost coverage indoors.
To make it as a device that Verizon offers to millions of customers, you have to be tough. Really, Verizon only accepts durable devices. In New Jersey, Verizon has laboratories where it recreates the most common scenarios in which a device receives bumps and bruises. One machine tumbles the device around in a chamber, similar to it falling down a flight of stairs. Another machine simply drops it from one meter high at multiple angles. Fortunately for phones with large displays, Engadget notes, Verizon only drops from half of a meter. If the device does not receive a passing grade from Big Red, it goes back to the hardware manufacturer with a note reading the areas of weakness.
Hit the break to see one of the test machines in action.
Verizon is currently rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update to all variants of its carrier-branded LG G3 located in the United States. The upgrade brings support for Advanced Calling 1.0, as well as the latest version of all of LG’s stock apps, including: Contacts, Email, Camera and BackUp.
The folks at Verizon have been getting a ton of heat for years due to its 3G CDMA network. Nothing about it is practical. Taking a GSM phone to the carrier was, and still is, impossible. Everything operable on Verizon’s network had to tailored just for it. The advent of LTE networks showed that there was some hope for Verizon customers. Now, it seems that the old 3G is being phased out because the carrier believes in LTE.
The DROID Turbo has been on the market for just over one month, but Verizon is not allowing Motorola to slow down production. Sometime next year, likely around the summer, Motorola will release a DROID device that matches and surpasses the Nexus 6 and its specifications. There is a chance, though, that the device ditches DROID branding and joins the Moto line.
Verizon is pushing out an update to its variant of the Galaxy Note 3, and while it’s not Lollipop, it does bump up the Android version slightly to 4.4.4. Plus, there a handful of fixes and improvements on the device, so it’s a worthwhile update.
In addition to the improvements from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, you’ll also get a handful of tweaks on Verizon’s end, including changing Isis Wallet to Softcard, plus updates to Verizon Support and Protection and Caller Name ID. As far as apps go, you can expect Knox 2.0 to be on board, plus Find My Mobile, Samsung’s Kids Mode, and the Virtual Camera Tour feature. If you use Samsung Side Sync with a newer tablet or PC, you’ll also finally be able to take advantage of call forwarding with this update.
According to Reddit (most good stories start out like that), Verizon will be releasing its subsidized version of the Moto/Google Nexus 6 on the 13th of December.