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.
Verizon is currently pushing out an OTA update to the Motorola Droid Turbo phones. This update is a preparatory package for Advanced Calling 1.0, also known as VoLTE, along with some undisclosed bug fixes.
Before Droid Turbo can make use of Advanced Calling, Verizon must get this package out and make some adjustments on its side before the feature is turned on.
The majority of the bug fixes were not detailed, but there was mention of a fix for email attachments not being centered correctly. This has been remedied.
No word yet on when the Droid Turbo will see its Android 5.0 update.
American customers of the Galaxy Note 4 were quite excited when Samsung and AT&T officially launched the Gear VR a couple of days ago. However, their excitement was very short lived as it was revealed that carrier branded units of the Galaxy Note 4 weren’t compatible with the Gear VR. Samsung’s support page mentioned that the Galaxy Note 4 needed a software update to bring support for the company’s head mounted wearable. Well that changes today with Sprint and Verizon officially sending out the update for the Galaxy Note 4, thus bringing official support for the Gear VR.
Earlier this week Samsung finally started selling their new Gear VR device through their web site for $199. Even AT&T jumped in on the excitement, listing it on their site as well for interested consumers even though the device sold out quickly. As the devices are getting into the hands of consumers, buyers on Verizon and Sprint are discovering their Galaxy Note 4 devices are not quite ready to be used with the Gear VR for lack of a software update.
The users who find themselves in this situation are reporting that attempts to use Gear VR with their Galaxy Note 4 just generates a warning message that “you need to update your device.” Unfortunately, even though this was disclosed in the official press release about the Gear VR, it seems most people missed it. Even worse, thus far there is no information forthcoming from Verizon or Sprint regarding how long their customers will have to wait for the software update to be issued.
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.