The long wait is finally over! It’s the moment most of us have been waiting for, including me. Year after year we kept hearing about Verizon iPhone rumors and now its finally here. Starting next month February 10th. Fore more details you can check out Verizon’s official iPhone website.
Should you buy Verizon’s iPhone? It depends, if you don’t care about Verizon’s new LTE 4G upgrade then I recommend you get your hands on one. If think you can wait a little longer then I suggest you wait a while before you get one, just because we know that the LTE model iPhone will be coming soon. As we all know never to buy 1st gen Apple products, better upgrade will be here sometimes in June.
If you’re planning on investing in a new phone and don’t mind sticking to it for two years then get on.
If your planning on signing a new contract or your current contract is coming to an end then go for it. VZW is more prepared than at&t ever was for the iPhone.
If you’re someone who’s on the at&t networking and has a phone don’t be so quick to jump the bandwagon yet. Wait and see what happens when some traffic heads to VZW, perhaps your iPhones will start working better once the network gets some of the load off.
I hope this helps you in making your decision better.
VIA | Verizon
It’s HTC’s first 4G phone for Verizon and it’s due out in the next few months:
- 4G LTE on Verizon Wireless
- 4.3-inch display
- 8MP camera with HD video capture
- Front-facing camera with Skype video chat
- No pricing or availability announced
Verizon Wireless Unveils Suite Of 4G LTE Smartphones, Tablets, A MiFi, Hotspot And Notebooks
World’s First Large-Scale 4G LTE Wireless Network Expands to More Than 140 Additional U.S. Markets in 2011
LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The operator of the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States unveiled a suite of 10 consumer-oriented devices that will run on its 4G LTE network by the middle of this year.
At a news conference at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, Verizon Wireless announced a suite of 10 forthcoming 4G LTE devices – including smartphones from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; tablets from Motorola and Samsung; a MiFi from Novatel Wireless and a mobile hotspot from Samsung; and two notebooks from HP – which will transform the wireless experience and offer consumers new ways to connect and share their lives at blazingly fast speeds. Verizon expects these consumer-oriented devices to be available by mid-2011, with some available as early as March 2011.
The company also announced it is expanding its 4G LTE network to an additional 140 markets by the end of this year.
Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, said, “Today, we’re unveiling the next evolution of 4G LTE for consumers. During this three-year journey, from acquiring spectrum to launch, we not only transformed our network, but also our business by engaging in a strategy of collaboration and openness, while driving partnerships that will make 4G LTE successful across the globe. The result is true magic – the sum of a powerful network, applications, software systems and devices that bring 4G LTE to life.”
Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless, said, “For consumers, our 4G LTE network isn’t about simply doing things faster. It’s about doing things we couldn’t do before. In the consumer electronics arena, it’s not just about devices. It’s about those powerful devices with deeply integrated applications and how our 4G LTE network truly transforms the wireless experience with rich multimedia and real-time response intervals.”
4G LTE devices available from Verizon Wireless by the middle of 2011 include:
HTC Thunderbolt (exclusive to Verizon Wireless) – HTC Sense 2.0, Skype mobile™ with video, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3″ WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording, wireless DLNA capability.
LG Revolution – HD support for streaming, playing and recording video, large 4.3-inch touch screen, Android™ 2.2, video telephony support with front-facing camera and mobile hotspot capability to share a 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
DROID Bionic 4G – Android with Adobe® Flash® and HTML5, front-facing VGA camera and See What I See video feature, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch HD quality screen, HDMI connectivity, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 DDR2 RAM.
Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone – Android 2.2, Google Mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™ and Gmail™, YouTube™, brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display, powerful 1GHz application processor, HTML5 Web browser, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities, Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.
Motorola XOOM – 10.1-inch HD 4G LTE upgradable tablet, Android™ Honeycomb, 1080p HD video, Adobe® Flash® Player, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats and 5-megapixel camera to capture video in 720P HD. Mobile hotspot capability provides connection for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ – 7-inch enhanced TFT display with 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution, Android 2.2, Adobe® Flash® 10.1, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder enable video chat capabilities.
MiFi and Mobile Hotspot
Novatel MiFi® 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, share Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE and 3G networks with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – Dual-mode device works as a wireless access point to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE or 3G networks.
Compaq CQ10-688nr – 10.1-inch diagonal anti-glare widescreen LED display, Intel® Atom N455 processor, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format digital media card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options.
HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – 11.6-inches, HP CoolSense Technology, HD 1080p, VISION Technology from AMD, up to 10.75 hours of battery life, 320 GB of storage, full-size, island-style keyboard, multi-format digital media card reader, HDMI port, Dolby Advanced Audio and GPS for mapping and navigation.
Verizon Wireless also introduced new applications that are being fully integrated into the new smartphones and run seamlessly over the 4G LTE network. An upgraded version of Skype mobile takes advantage of video capabilities enabled by 4G LTE’s incredible speed, allowing users to see and hear friends and family when making or receiving Skype-to-Skype video calls. EA’s ROCK BAND leverages the high-speed, low-latency 4G LTE network to provide the next generation of multiplayer gaming. At launch, this will be the first time the game can be played with friends over the mobile network, which means consumers can rock out with their friends like never before with 20 favorite hits – while on the go.
Since its launch 32 days ago, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network has provided laptop users with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, laptop users experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Tony Melone, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Verizon, said, “We will aggressively continue launching 4G LTE markets over the next 36 months. We’ll cover two-thirds of the U.S. population in the next 18 months, and by the end of 2013 we’ll offer our 4G LTE network from coast to coast – everywhere that we offer 3G today. In order to get there, we’ll add more than 140 markets in 2011, including Detroit, Raleigh-Durham, Memphis, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Boise, Mobile, Little Rock, Sioux Falls and Salt Lake City.”
(EDITORS NOTE: A list of initial 4G LTE markets to be launched in 2011 is located at the end of the news release.)
Verizon Wireless’ primary 4G LTE network vendors, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, are providing the underlying infrastructure for the 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless’ 700 MHz spectrum gives the company specific advantages with 4G, including improved in-building penetration and a contiguous, nationwide network footprint.
Verizon Wireless is also working with rural companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700MHz spectrum. Rural operators are leveraging Verizon Wireless’ scale for infrastructure while they keep their customers on the cutting edge of technology. Bluegrass Cellular is the first rural wireless provider to partner with Verizon Wireless, and to date, more than 200 organizations have expressed interest in collaborating with Verizon Wireless to bring 4G LTE to rural America.
Since 2007, when Verizon Wireless jump-started the global 4G LTE ecosystem with its selection of LTE for its 4G technology, the company has developed deep partnerships to spearhead a broad LTE ecosystem, including the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and an LTE Applications Center, soon to open in the San Francisco area.
Melone concluded, “2011 will be a gang buster year, especially as we combine our growing 4G LTE network with our amazing lineup of 4G devices and applications that take advantage of high speed and low latency.”
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network already reaches more than one-third of all Americans. A list of initial 4G LTE markets to be covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network in 2011 include:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Fayetteville-Lumberton, North Carolina
Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, North Carolina
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
State College, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Kingsport, Tennessee; Johnson City, Tennessee; Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee
Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
Bryan-College Station, Texas
Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
Charleston, West Virginia
For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/lte. To see a replay of the Verizon 4G LTE News Conference webcast from CES 2011, visit http://www.verizonwebcasts.com/ces/2011/news.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images and video of the 4G LTE devices and other multimedia assets related to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
NOTE: This press release contains statements about expected future events and financial results that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. For those statements, which may include or be preceded by such words as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise them for any reason.
The following important factors, in addition to those discussed under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K (No. 333-160446), could affect future results and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements: changes in economic conditions; our ability to complete transactions relating to acquisitions and dispositions, including the integration of the Alltel business; changes in the ratings of our debt securities or those of Verizon Communications; adverse conditions in the credit markets impacting cost or availability of financing sufficient to meet our capital requirements; our ability to acquire and retain customers; our continued provision of satisfactory service to our customers at an acceptable price; the effects of competition; our ability to adapt to changing conditions in the wireless industry; the ability of our key suppliers to meet their obligations to us; the effects of material changes in available technology, including technology substitution and the cost of deployment; the impact of continued unionization efforts with respect to our employees; adverse regulatory and taxation developments; the effects of litigation; the impact of equipment failures, natural disasters, terrorist acts or other breaches of network or information technology security; and the effects of any required future changes in accounting assumptions.
EA Mobile’s Madden NFL 11 just came to Android in the recent Droid X update and now we are getting our first look at it. This game remains a Verizon exclusive where they are selling it for $9.99, but evidence suggests that EA Mobile will eventually start selling their games in the Android Market.
We already spotted that Need for Speed Shift was headed to the Android Market this year, so we would hope to eventually see Madden NFL 11 unless it remains a Verizon exclusive (which really wouldn’t surprise us).
For an idea of what you might be able to purchase and play one day, check out the hands on video from Kellen of Droid Life. The graphics don’t look that mind-blowing, but it’s the best looking football game I’ve seen on Android and I’m excited to one day play Madden on my phone.
Androidandme is conducting a poll on how much are people willing to spend for a premium Android game. So far 41.88% (majority) of the voters say that they are willing to spend up to $5 – $10 on a premium Android game. Madden happens to be at the top end of the range. We’ll just have to wait and watch what the verdict is on the final price once it hits the Android Market.
VIA | Androidandme
Hey guys check this out! Verizon is giving away a free DROID. Read the rules and regulations below to get started.
The title says it all. I get the feeling some of you are tired of these Twitter contests, but how can you turn down a free Droid phone from Verizon? The carrier is bringing back their @droidlanding account we saw them use during the Droid X launch, and this time all you have to do is tweet a reason you want a Droid to win one of the seven phones Verizon is giving away.
You can find the full rules on the official site, but here are the basics:
Who wants a Droid? Tweet why you do & begin responses with #IWANTADROID. You could win one & be featured in an upcoming web ad.
- Visit http://www.twitter.com and follow @droidlanding
- Tweet the message, “#IWANTADROID____________” (fill in the blank)
- Users must use the hashtag #IWANTADROID to enter the Contest
- Limit 10 entries per Twitter Account per Entry Period
- Subject to Twitter character limitations
There are four entry periods before the end of the year and the first one ends tomorrow.
- 12:00:01 am ET on 12/1/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/9/10
- 12:00:00 am ET on 12/10/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/16/10
- 12:00:00 am ET on 12/17/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/23/10
- 12:00:00 am ET on 12/24/10 through 11:59:59 pm ET on 12/28/10
Sponsor selected judges will then choose the best tweets based on the following criteria:
- 50% – feature or use that makes Droid desirable
- 50% – creativity of written entry
- Grand Prize (7x) – Verizon Wireless Droid Phone (model to be decided by Sponsor)
- Runner Up Prize (28x) – A $50 Verizon Wireless Gift Card
We are in no way part of this contest, but we will be following your contest tweets and retweeting the most annoying entries.
The rumor has it that NEW Nexus S might be headed to VZW. We aren’t sure yet but this is what we have so far on the Nexus S + Verizon 4G rumor:
I usually try not to get too excited about rumors, but as a Verizon customer who is eagerly awaiting my first 4G device, this is one rumor I can get behind. While digging through the Nexus S contest rules, AndroidGuys uncovered this little tidbit of information that could be an indication of a future CDMA version of the Nexus S:
The currently available Nexus S is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.
Note the “currently available” part. Furthermore, @samfirmware tweeted the following, which gives this story a bit more weight behind it:
Latest news from Samsung insider its better to wait to buy this Nexus S. February!!!
Obviously Verizon and LTE is nowhere to be found in that statement, but the tweet coupled with the statement in the contest rules is recipe enough for a juicy Verizon 4G Nexus S rumor. Perhaps my judgement is clouded by pure hopefulness, so we would love to hear from you! Do you think there’s any real weight behind this rumor? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.
“Currently available” lends us to believe that their are other options on the way, right? Or am I just drinking some weird Kool-aid? Would you ditch your device and use an upgrade on the Nexus S even if a 4G LTE device was just around the corner?
Update: SamFirmware tweeted that their insiders have mentioned that the Nexus S might be more appealing come February. 4G LTE Verizon version maybe? (Cheers Andrew53517!)
Update 2: We hit up SamFirmware looking for clarification and they gave us some. It will not be a Verizon Nexus S in February and will likely be something even better from Samsung…
So, something better? Now we’re really interested in knowing what it is. I guess only time will tell…
Just like last year, Motorola and Verizon will launch a Droid phone for the holiday shopping season that will be the first device to feature a new version of Android.
Motorola is ultra secretive when it comes to big product launches so I might have a few details that are slightly off, but they have left clues all over the place and I’m just fitting the pieces together using my Android-powered brain and intel I’ve gathered from my growing team of ninjas.
This superphone, which I’m calling the Droid T2, will be the first to ship with Gingerbread (most likely Android 2.5), the first to feature NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 platform, and the first to offer 1080p video encode/decode. Users should also expect all the high end features found in the Droid X with the addition of a front-facing camera.
Some of you may remember that Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha boasted about delivering a 2 GHz phone in time for Christmas, but we recently discovered that was a slip of the tongue and he was actually referring to the two cores (clocked at 1 GHz each) found inside the Tegra 2 platform.
We also know that Motorola and NVIDIA are feverishly working on the next Android kernel. At first I thought this was for a tablet project, but we now know that the real Android tablets (those with Honeycomb) will not appear till 2011.
Google traditionally targets a specific product launch for new releases of Android because it is easier to develop for a single device (then they release the source code so other hardware partners can port it to their devices). Verizon is the largest U.S. carrier and Motorola knows how to execute a big launch, so Google has chosen them to deliver Gingerbread to the masses.
Little is known about Gingerbread at this point, but we expect it will feature a refined user interface and some of the features we saw demonstrated at Google I/O such as Google Music and the online Android Market. Other possible additions could be the rumored services like Google Games and Google Me.
Overall, I think Gingerbread will be a minor update (although still exciting) and this is why it will be branded Android 2.5, while Android 3.0 is being reserved for the full tablet experience coming next year.
Other than Motorola, we only know that LG is planning a Tegra 2 smartphone, but I don’t think they will deliver it this year. HTC was also rumored to be going dual-core with the myTouch HD, but it’s looking more and more like that was a typo and it will feature the same 2nd-gen Snapdragon found in the Desire HD.
If you want the best dual-core smartphone with the latest version of Android, then keep an eye on Motorola. They have a press event scheduled for October 5th at CTIA, but that is likely too soon to announce their Tegra 2 phone. It is more likely we will hear solid info around mid-November.
Does it sound a little far fetched or do you believe Sanjay Jha and Motorola will deliver the premier Android experience this Christmas?
VIA | AndroidandMe
Great news for all you HTC Droid Eris users. You will be happy to know that Verizon didn’t forget about you guys after all. The Big Red has started the OTA update of Android 2.1 on the 12th of this month. The update (ROM: 2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12) fixes a number of bugs, and improves on several areas of the phone’s functionality.
You can find the update by going to Settings > About Phone > System Update (that’s if the updates been pushed to you already).
- Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the Gallery and Google Maps.™
- New support for voice-to-text entry.
- New Leap thumbnail view lets you pinch to jump between the seven panels on your home screen.
- Additional calendar views and easier access to contacts make navigating even quicker.
- Google Maps with Navigation provides free, traffic-enhanced, turn-by-turn navigation.
- With the Enhanced Android Market,™ you’ll enjoy a better browsing experience as well as even more applications, including Verizon Wireless content featuring self-service applications.
- Ability to log onto and access multiple Google accounts at once.
- Support for 19 Microsoft® Exchange Server policies makes your phone more secure and business friendly.1
- Desk Clock intelligently dims your screen and displays the current time while charging.
- Location-based cinematic full screen weather keeps you on top of changing conditions.
- Free Yahoo!® Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo! email address and password.2
- Longer battery life due to power savings.
- Improved YouTube® video playback.
- Better Bluetooth® support, including contact transfer.
- Automatic settings for POP3 verizon.net email accounts.
- Added support for stand-alone Wi-Fi when device is in airplane mode.
- Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
- Faster power-up time.
- Improved swipe-unlock functionality.
- Added support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents.
VIA | Phandroid
The folks at Android and Me say that the Android 2.1 update requires a wipe of the internal memory of the phone, so back up your apps before installing the update goodness. Contacts should be fine since they are on the cloud and some phone settings would reset to its default settings.
After waiting around for a while to get your hands on the best Android phone, HTC Droid Incredible you find out that the HTC Droid Incredible has been sold out online. The next shipment of the phone doesn’t arrive till the May 4th. Yes, its a bummer that you wake up to finding this out that you won’t be able to get your hands on it right away. I guess this is why VZW was encouraging people to preorder their HTC Droid Incredible. You might just get lucky if you go to one of the VZW Retail stores. But I wouldn’t keep my hopes up because your attempt to purchase the new HTC Droid Incredible today just might fail, unless you get lucky.
If you are planning on getting the HTC Droid Incredible I suggest that you head on to Phandroid Online Store. They are offering the phone at a special introductory price, and you won’t have to wait! The deal you’ll get with a new 2-year contract is a lot more lucrative than what you would got form Verizon. If I hadn’t updated my contract in Nov. of last year I would get this phone right now through Phandroid online store.