Last year, Verizon agreed to buy Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless for a whopping $130 billion which will give Verizon full control over its wireless operations. According to FierceWireless, Verizon will finally close the deal on February 21. Verizon Wireless’ long successes in the U.S wireless market has attracted Verizon to acquire them. It might also be due to the pressure from its rivals in the market. T-Mobile is offering to pay customers early termination fees if they switch to T-Mobile, AT&T is providing discounts on its Mobile Share family plan, and Sprint recently started offering the cheaper “Framily” plan. As a result, Verizon is also hoping to profit from its acquisition of Verizon Communications and compete efficiently in the market. » Read the rest
Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.
There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.
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This year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has promised to continue his assault on competitor carriers by trying to steal their customers— Verizon is planning to introduce a new program which it hopes will help retain customers and keep them from switching over.
Earlier today, HTC Product Manager Mo Versi tweeted that the Android 4.4 KitKat/Sense 5.5 update for the HTC One was approved by Verizon. He also said the update would be rolling out shortly. While many would assume this means days, the update has gone live. Verizon posted the changelog and the update is being rolled out to HTC One owners today.
Let us know if you received the update!
Verizon’s answer to AT&T’s new, slightly cheaper rate plan isn’t a rate plan of their own. Nope, Verizon is launching a rewards program for customers. This won’t help you lower your bill, but it will give you rewards points for having a higher data cap that you can spend on… gift cards.
The rewards program works pretty much like a credit or debit card rewards system. Whenever you pay your bill online, you get 10 rewards points for every dollar you spend. For every GB in your data package, you get another 1,000 points. Adding lines to your account or signing up for different services also gives you points. » Read the rest
Best Buy is once again offering store gift cards for customers that upgrade their device or port their numbers over to another carrier. This of course only pertains to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as T-Mobile no longer does contracts. The great thing about this is you only have to register between February 2 and February 15th, and once you’ve registered you have until the end of the year (December 31) to upgrade and receive your $50 Best Buy gift card.
Any phone you’re eyeing right now? Or waiting for perhaps the successors to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One?
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If you were thinking about making a switch to Verizon and don’t need much data on your plan, the carrier is running a special limited time offer that may interest you. For only $45 per month Verizon is offering a plan that includes 250MB of data to go with unlimited talk and text. According to reports, Verizon is also offering an option to bump the data limit up to 1GB for $60 per month. For comparison, a Share Everything plan from Verizon with 250MB of data would run $60 per month, $40 for the basic line access per device and then $20 for the data package, while a 1GB data plan ends up at $90 per month total. For the 250MB plan, data overages will result in a charge of $15 per 250MB block of additional data. For the 1GB plan, the overage fee is $15 per 500MB block.
It should be noted that these plans are intended for single line customers, so consumers looking for a cheaper solution for a family plan will not benefit. At least for now, as this could be Verizon’s way of starting to test plans with lower fees in response to moves by the competition.
source: Droid Life
As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.
In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.
It’s long been believed that Verizon is preparing their own LTE-capable version of the LG G Pad 8.3, and yesterday’s findings give those rumors more credit. Yesterday, a mysterious tablet with model name VK810 cleared the FCC, with service for Verizon’s 4G service running bands 4 and 13. The physical descriptions directly match LG’s G Pad 8.3, leading us to believe that this is in fact it.
There’s no hardware hints besides that the LG VK810 supports GPS, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity. We are likely to eventually see a Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8.3-inch display, and a 4600mAh battery on the final device.
In a surprise announcement on its Twitter account, HTC USA said that final KitKat software has entered carrier labs for final testing. They also noted that we should expect certification for all four major US carriers next week.
Certification is currently in the third of four stages involved in pushing out OTA OS updates to devices. Shortly after passing carrier certification, the update should start getting sent out to devices.
More progress should be announced next week, especially considering how transparent HTC has been with the update process as of late.