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Samsung Stratosphere Boasts LTE with QWERTY Keyboard

Verizon Wireless and Samsung today announced the Stratosphere, a new Android-based smartphone that adds for the first time a physical QWERTY keyboard to Verizon's Long Term Evolution 4G lineup. The Stratosphere is a sideways slider with a five-row QWERTY, 4-inch Super AMOLED Plus display,... - read more

Verizon Adds Faces to Ringtones to Create Facetones

Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of a new application called Facetones. Facetones, which was developed by Vringo, automatically pulls photos from users' Facebook accounts to create a slideshow that plays on the phone's display when the phone rings. The service works on about... - read more

Verizon Wireless Pushing Gingerbread to Casio Commando

Verizon Wireless has begun distributing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to the Casio G'zOne Commando. Aside from adding the standard list of Gingerbread features, the update also improves the speed/performance of the device itself and provides a fix to its proximity sensor. The update... - read more

Apple Announces the Dual-Mode CDMA/HSPA+ iPhone 4S

Apple today revealed details about the next-generation iPhone, which is called the iPhone 4S. The design of the device is similar to the iPhone 4, but Apple claims that the inside is all new. It will run on Apple's A5 dual-core 1GHz processor, and will include dual-core graphics performance,... - read more

Apple Announces Siri - An Intelligent Voice-Controlled Assistant

Apple today announced a new voice-controlled application for the iPhone 4S called Siri: the intelligent assistant. According to Apple, Siri understands contextual directions, such as asking the device to set up an alert, or to check the weather, or to find out the time in Paris. The software... - read more

Pantech Brings the Hotshot to Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the Hotshot, a thin, touch-based feature phone that has a 3.2-inch touch display and a 3.2-megapixel camera with video capture. The phone features three home screens that can be customized with user-preferred content and apps and a full suite of... - read more

Verizon Courts Pantechs Jest for a Second Time

Verizon Wireless today announced the Pantech Jest 2, a global vertical slider feature phone. The Jest features a 2.4-inch display, 2-megapixel camera with video capture, Bluetooth, Opera Mini, and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. It runs Verizon's feature phone platform, which includes... - read more

Verizon Offering Mango to HTC Trophy

Verizon Wireless today said that it is rolling out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to the HTC Trophy starting today. Users will be alerted when their handset is ready for the update, which must be installed via PC. Source: Phonescoop - read more

Verizon to Sell BlackBerry Torch 9850 Sept. 8

Verizon Wireless today announced that it will begin selling the Research In Motion BlackBerry Torch 9850 starting online on September 8 and in stores September 15. Source: Phonescoop - read more

Verizon Updates V CAST Video

Verizon Wireless today announced a new version of its V CAST Video service, which will be called simply Verizon Video moving forward. According to Verizon, the new version of the application offers higher-quality video content, access to more than 250 current TV shows from all the major... - read more

Verizon Expanding LTE Network to More Markets Sept. 15

Verizon Wireless today announced more markets that will have access to its Long Term Evolution 4G network starting on September 15. The new markets include: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, Calif.; Bloomington/Normal, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford, Springfield, and Quad Cities, Ill.;... - read more

Verizon Claims Its LTE Network Covers Half of Americans

Verizon Wireless today announced that with Aug. 18's planned network expansion, its Long Term Evolution 4G services will be available to more than half the population of the U.S. The operator is flipping the 4G switch in 15 new markets tomorrow, and expanding its LTE presence in an... - read more

BlackBerry 9930 Hits Verizon

Verizon Wireless has made the Research In Motion BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930. It runs the new BlackBerry 7 platform, and has a touch screen and QWERTY keyboard. Source: Phonescoop - read more

LG and Verizon Debut the Revere

Verizon Wireless today announced the LG Revere, a new feature phone that hits Verizon August 18. It is a compact flip phone that has dual displays and austere looks. The Revere has a simple list of features, which includes a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, voice commands, GPS... - read more

Verizon Wireless Takes Samsung Convoy 2 for a Spin

Verizon Wireless and Samsung today announced the availability of the Convoy 2, a new rugged, push-to-talk flip phone. The Convoy 2 was built for a life of hard knocks, and meets mil-spec 810F for durability and protection from the elements. Communication tools include stereo speakers, dual... - read more

Verizon's LTE Network Reaching 100+ Markets

Verizon Wireless today announced the expansion of its 4G LTE network to cover an additional 28 markets, bringing the total number of markets served to 102. Coverage will also be expanded in eight major metro areas, including Phoenix, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Northern New Jersey, Dallas-Ft.... - read more

Verizon Offering Android 2.3 to HTC Droid Incredible 2

Verizon Wireless today announced that owners of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 may now update their devices to Android 2.3 Gingerbread using the on-board system tools. The update includes a number of new features. Source: Phonescoop - read more

Droid 3 Packs qHD Display And 8MP Camera

The Droid 3 is a follow-up to the Droid and Droid 2, and sports the same sideways slider design of its predecessors. The Droid 3 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes a 4-inch qHD display and an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash, and full 1080p HD video capture. The Droid 3... - read more

Verizon Now Offers Data Alerts for Smartphone Users

Verizon Wireless today added a new feature to its account management tool that sends alerts to customers regarding their monthly data usage. Starting today, smartphone users will receive text message alerts when they reach 50%, 75%, 90%, 100%, and 110% of their monthly data allowance.... - read more

Verizon's Tiered Data Goes Into Effect July 7

Verizon Wireless has confirmed to Fierce Wireless that it will introduce tiered data plans starting on July 7. The company has indicated at regular intervals this year that unlimited data plans would no longer be available, but it hadn't specified a date. The tiered data plans will cost $10... - read more

Verizon Confirms Tiered Data Plans to Start in July

Verizon Wireless today confirmed that it will cease offering unlimited data plans starting next month. "We will move to a more usage based model in July," said Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney in an email sent to AllThingsD. "We’ll share more later." Verizon has mentioned several... - read more

Apple Details iOS 5 Features for iPhone

During the keynote address at its WorldWide Developer's Conference, Apple today provided details about what iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can expect to see in iOS 5. Apple called it a major new release, with 200 new features and 1,500 new APIs for developers. A significant change to iOS... - read more

Apple Unveils iCloud for iPhone

During the keynote address at its WorldWide Developer's conference, Apple today provided details about what iPhone users can expect to see in its new iCloud service. iCloud is a completely re-written version of Apple's MobileMe concept and it works across all iOS devices. All content on a... - read more

Verizon Planning to Use Wi-Fi to Supplement 3G, 4G

Speaking at the TIA conference this week, Verizon Communications CTO Tony Melone said that the company hopes to offload some data traffic from its cellular data networks to W-Fi. Melone said that Verizon is hoping to get users to transition from cellular data services to Wi-Fi data when in... - read more

Verizon's LTE Goes Live in 9 Markets Today

Verizon Wireless announced that its Long Term Evolution 4G network is now live in nine new markets, including Mobile and Montgomery Ala.; Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and... - read more

HTC Trophy Announced as Verizon's First WP7 Device

Verizon Wireless today announced the HTC Trophy, its first Windows Phone 7 device. The Trophy will ship with the "NoDo" WP7 update installed, which is the latest version of the operating system available. It includes cut-and-paste and better Marketplace search. Features of the Trophy include... - read more

Verizon to Introduce Tiered and Family Data Plans

Verizon Wireless Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told Reuters that the company plans to eliminate unlimited data plans for smartphones by this summer, substituting tiered data plans in their place. Verizon has mentioned in the past that it would take this step, though Shammo didn't... - read more

Verizon Officially Announces Motorola Droid X2

Verizon Wireless today announced the Motorola Droid X2, a sequel to last year's hit phone that steps its 4.3-inch display up to qHD (540 x 960) resolution and adds a dual-core 1GHz processor engine under the hood. The Droid X2 sticks with 3G cellular technology but includes support for... - read more

Verizon Announces Significant LTE Expansion for May 19

Verizon Wireless today announced that a wide number of markets will have access to its Long Term Evolution 4G network starting May 19. Some of the markets include: Mobile and Montgomery, Ala.; Denver, Colo.; Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee, Fla; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and a... - read more

HTC Droid Incredible 2

Verizon Wireless today announced that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 will be available Thursday, April 28. Droid Incredible 2 shares many features with the Incredible S, announced earlier this year. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense, and has the latest generation 1GHz SnapDragon processor... - read more

Details for Verizon Unleashed Emerge

Verizon Wireless has published information on its web site about an unannounced service offering called Unleashed. Based on Verizon's site, Unleashed is a new pre-paid service that offers unlimited talk, text, and web for $50 per month. Daily rates are available, too. For $1.99 per day,... - read more

White Apple iPhone 4 Hits Stores April 28

Apple today announced that the white version of the iPhone 4 will be available starting Thursday, April 28. Source: Phonescoop - read more

HTC Thunderbolt Wireless Charger Priced by Verizon

Verizon Wireless recently published some information (since pulled) about the wireless inductive battery cover for the HTC Thunderbolt. The battery cover, which is Qi certified, will allow the Thunderbolt to charge via magnetic induction. LG recently announced a Qi-certified magnetic... - read more

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.2 to iPhone

Apple today released iOS 4.3.2 to the iPhone (GSM only), iPad and iPod Touch. Apple notes that the system update mainly fixes bugs related to FaceTime and Wi-Fi, in addition to patching some security holes. Apple released iOS 4.2.7 for the CDMA iPhone 4. Source: Phonescoop - read more

Apple Confirms White iPhone Arriving Soon

The Wall Street Journal today reports that Apple has confirmed that the white version of the iPhone 4 will be shipping soon. An unnamed Apple spokesperson indicated to the Journal that the problems it had manufacturing the white iPhone have been solved, and it is on track to ship this... - read more

Verizon Wireless to Eliminate One-Year Contracts

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it plans to cease offering one-year contracts to new customers. One-year contracts will no longer be available starting on Sunday, April 17. A Verizon Wireless spokesperson explained via email, "Keep in mind, a majority of our customers select a two-year... - read more

Speed tests show Verizon's LTE faster than Sprint's WiMAX

Who has the fastest 4G service between Verizon and Sprint? On Friday, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk announced the results of 1,000 speed tests conducted between a Verizon HTC ThunderBolt and a Sprint EVO 4G. According to the results, Big Red's LTE service is faster and more consistent than the... - read more

38 years have passed since the first cell phone call

Yesterday, 38 years passed since Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola placed the first phone call on a cell phone while taking a stroll on the streets of New York City in the distant April 3rd of 1973. Cooper made a dazzling demonstration by calling none other than rival Dr. Engel, research chief of... - read more

Verizon Wireless Confirms HTC Thunderbolt for March 17

Verizon Wireless today announced that the HTC Thunderbolt, its first Long Term Evolution 4G handset, will be available starting March 17. It will cost $249.99 with a new two-year agreement. The Thunderbolt runs Android 2.2 with the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface on board. It has a... - read more

Verizon releases the Motorola XOOM

While you were sleeping, Verizon released their newest Tablet, the Motorola XOOM for sale in select retail stores for $799.99 full retail, though it can be had for $599.99 with a 2-year data agreement, which ranges from $20/month for 1GB up to $80/month for 10GB. Of course, the main feature of... - read more

Mac support for the Verizon Pantech UML290 4G LTE USB modem

Up until now, the two 4G LTE USB modes that Verizon has, the LG VL600 and Pantech UML290, were only compatible with the Windows operating system. But starting today, Mac uses can download the newest version of VZAccess Manager 7.2.4 to allow compatibility with Mac OS 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 with the... - read more

Wireless Humor: Burglar arrested after leaving his cellphone charging in his victim's wall outlet

With many of today's older phone models losing battery power too quickly to suit users, it is no surprise that 25 year old Cody Wilkins was upset. His phone was running out of power and the fierce blizzard had cut off power to Mr. Wilkins' home in Silver Spring, Maryland. So he packed up his... - read more

VZ Navigator VX Brings 3D Maps to Droid Line

Verizon Wireless today announced a new version of its navigation software for its line up of Android devices that adds 3D maps. The 3D maps are supported in six cities to start (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., New York, and Washington, D.C.) and Verizon says more will be added... - read more

Mac Support Headed to Verizon's LTE Modems in February

Verizon Wireless today said that it is providing a software update for the LG VL600 4G LTE modem. The update improves performance. A Verizon spokesperson also told Phone Scoop via email that Verizon's LTE modems will support Apple devices at some point in February. Source: Verizon Wireless - read more

On Verizon Wireless, 'Smartphones Talk Free'

Verizon Wireless today announced a new promotion aimed at saving Family Plan customers some money. The Smartphones Talk Free promotion, which runs through January 6, 2011, offers customers who add a smartphone as a new line to an existing Family Plan a $10 monthly credit towards voice... - read more

Verizon Wireless Launches Mobile Recovery Tool

Verizon Wireless has announced the addition of an application called Mobile Recovery to its Total Equipment Coverage program. Mobile Recovery is a phone- and web-based application that customers can use to secure or find a missing or lost phone. With Mobile Recovery, customers can have their... - read more

Motorola Droid 2 Launches August 11 with Android 2.2

Verizon Wireless today announced the Motorola Droid 2, which will ship with Android 2.2 and Adobe's Flash Player Mobile 10.1. Verizon Wireless said the device will be available for pre-order starting August 11 through the Verizon Wireless web site. Similar to the original Droid, the Droid 2... - read more

R2D2 Droid 2 Special Edition Available in September

Verizon Wireless and Motorola said that an R2D2 variant of the Motorola Droid 2 will be available in limited quantities online in September. It will have Star Wars content and made to look like the R2D2 droid from the movies. Source: Phonescoop - read more

Samsung Intensity II Lands at Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless and Samsung today announced the availability of the Intensity II, a sideways slider messaging device with full QWERTY keyboard. The Intensity II features a 2.2-inch display, 1.3 megapixel camera with video capture and infrared night vision, stereo Bluetooth and support for... - read more

Verizon Wireless Pushing Software Update to LG Ally

Verizon Wireless has indicated via its support pages that a software update is being distributed to the LG Ally Android phone. Firmware version VS740ZV8 helps improve the QWERTY keyboard's performance; improves alerts; speeds the camera and message apps; adds a preloaded corporate calendar,... - read more