Verizon’s Moto G now just $49.99 sans contract
Jun03

Verizon’s Moto G now just $49.99 sans contract

The 3G-only Moto G for Verizon is now cheaper than ever. And that’s saying something, since this handset debuted at Big Red with a $99.99 price tag and no contract strings attached to it. Now though, it’s effectively half off. Best Buy is offering you the chance to get a Moto G to use on Verizon’s prepaid plans for only $49.99. That’s a great deal for a great midrange phone, hampered only by its lack of 4G LTE. However, if you can live with that one shortcoming, the Moto G is very capable for the price, and could serve you well. It has a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, an FM radio, 8 GB of non-expandable storage, a 2,070 mAh battery, and waterproof nanocoating inside and out. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Best Buy currently lists the Moto G as being “on sale”, and it’s not clear how long this will last. So if you want one, do order one as soon as possible, making sure you’ll benefit from the heavily discounted...

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LG G3 gets priced in Korea while Verizon’s version smiles in leaked press renders
May24

LG G3 gets priced in Korea while Verizon’s version smiles in leaked press renders

We’re now only three days away from the official unveiling of the LG G3. As such we’re seeing more and more leaks about the upcoming superphone. Now, for example, we even get an idea about what its pricing will be. At least in South Korea. That’s because LG U+, one of the three carriers in that country, has already put up a listing for the G3 on its website. And the price is attached: 650,000 won. That’s around $634 or €465 at the current exchange rates, and, to be honest, a lot lower than we expected given this device’s premium status. After all, it’s going to be the first smartphone from a big brand to rock a 2,560×1,440 screen, and the other specs are the absolute best they can be in this day and age. Interestingly, this price is also around $100-150 lower than what the Samsung Galaxy S5 went for in South Korea when it launched. Could that be replicated elsewhere? Is it possible that the LG G3 will be cheaper than the Galaxy S5? Maybe, but we wouldn’t be too sure just yet. In terms of pricing, things vary widely across the globe. So even if the G3 will be more affordable in one country, that doesn’t mean the situation can’t be different in other places. Finally for G3-related stuff today, a new press shot of the handset has been leaked. This time, we get to see the model that’s headed to Verizon, complete with carrier logos both on the front and on the back (as you’d expect from Big Red). This confirms that Verizon will sell the G3, and that the carrier still loves its logos very much indeed. Aside from the branding, though, this phone appears to be identical to the international model, so that’s a good thing. Via My LG Phones and...

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LG G Pro 2 Lite phablet gets examined by the FCC on its way to Verizon
May22

LG G Pro 2 Lite phablet gets examined by the FCC on its way to Verizon

Samsung isn’t the first company to play the ‘midrange phablet that shares looks with a high-end one’ game with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Way before that Korean company took to doing such things, LG was doing them. In 2013, LG’s flagship phablet was the Optimus G Pro, and it was complemented in the company’s portfolio by the G Pro Lite, a lower-end lookalike. And it appears that LG wants to do the same thing this year too. It’s already launched the 5.9-inch G Pro 2, so now we’re left waiting for a G Pro 2 Lite. And by the looks of things, we won’t be waiting long. The G Pro 2 Lite has seemingly passed through the FCC, in its Verizon-bound iteration that is. Fret not, though, fans of other carriers – it will be offered by AT&T and Sprint as well. Verizon’s SKU has the model number VS880, AT&T’s is the D631, and Sprint will have to make do with the LS885. The first two of those first leaked all the way back in March, believe it or not. The FCC has kindly provided us with the G Pro 2 Lite’s screen size, through its testing. The phablet will have a 5.7-inch display, so slightly smaller than the flagship’s (similarly to what Samsung is doing with the Note 3 line). The battery capacity is 3,200 mAh, so this handset should easily last one day of use, even in the most intensive of scenarios. That’s especially likely given that the previously leaked rest of its specs are decidedly midrange, and as such shouldn’t tax the battery too much. The G Pro 2 Lite should come with 720p HD screen resolution (down from 1080p on the bigger G Pro 2), a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926), an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 4G LTE, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot. It’s 152.1 mm long and 79.2 mm wide. So, compared to the G Pro 2, it’s going to be a downgrade in all respects aside from the battery. The CPU is the midrange part of choice these days, but it’s no match to the Snapdragon 800 in the bigger phablet, the rear camera is lower-res compared to the 13 MP unit in the G Pro 2, so is the front camera, RAM amount has been cut to a third, and the storage in half. These could all prove to be worthwhile compromises if the G Pro 2 Lite will be aggressively priced. But we’ll have to wait and see what...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 headed to Verizon, press images surface
May22

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 headed to Verizon, press images surface

It looks like Verizon is getting ready to launch a couple of new Samsung Android tablets. The devices in question are the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, both announced at the same time last month. The ‘vanilla’ Galaxy Tab line, now at its fourth generation, comprises of Samsung’s low-end offerings in the tablet space. These aren’t high-performing devices like the Tab Pro or Note Pro tablets, but they’re a lot cheaper than those. And despite not sporting top of the line specs, they do offer decent performance. We know that Big Red will sell the aforementioned two tablets because of a few press renders which got leaked today. They show the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (above) and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (below) in all their glory, with Verizon’s branding unapologetically applied. There are no other details about them at the moment, so we can’t tell you exactly when you’ll be able to walk into a Verizon store and purchase one of these, nor for how much. But such info usually gets leaked at some point too, so stay tuned for that. Both tablets have 1,280×800 screen resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 3 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Android 4.4 KitKat running the show. The 8-incher has a 4,450 mAh battery, while the 10.1-inch model comes with a 6,800 mAh cell. Via @evleaks here and...

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Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon shown in leaked press renders
May22

Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon shown in leaked press renders

Yesterday we found out that the gold version of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is due to be released for all the big four US carriers (plus US Cellular) on May 30. So next week the Galaxy S5 variations offered for sale by US carriers will finally come in all launch colors. But what if you’re not yet convinced you should get a gold Galaxy S5? Maybe you’d like to see what one looks like – yet not the generic international model. Perhaps you’d be interested in seeing a Verizon-branded gold Galaxy S5 then. Yes? Well, OK. Here you go: It’s definitely gold… and flashy. And the band-aid jokes probably won’t stop anytime soon. In a shocking development, Verizon still likes to plaster huge logos onto its smartphones. On the inside everything here will be the same as in the already launched Galaxy S5 variants, so don’t worry about that. When it comes to color choices, it’s all about personal preference. One final note about Verizon’s gold Galaxy S5: unlike what will happen at other carriers, Big Red may not offer this model directly. Instead, if you want it you’ll have to get it from a third-party retailer such as Amazon, though it will still come with Verizon-specific price plans and the likes. Via...

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Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on May 30 at all the big US carriers
May21

Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on May 30 at all the big US carriers

If you’ve always wanted a Samsung Galaxy S5 but so far haven’t been satisfied by the choices you’ve had when it comes to color versions, you’re about to get a lot happier pretty soon. That is, especially if you love gold-colored smartphones. Samsung has just announced that the gold Galaxy S5 will become available on May 30. It will then be offered directly by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. If Verizon is your carrier of choice, fret not, for there will be a gold Galaxy S5 out for Big Red as well, though only through “select indirect retailers”. That means you won’t be able to pick one up from Verizon itself, but other companies such as Amazon (we assume) will gladly sell you one, complete with Verizon-specific price plans. Although it hasn’t been officially revealed, we expect the pricing of the gold variant of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone to be identical to what you have to pay for the other color versions. As for the specs, this is the exact same Galaxy S5 as the black and white models – on the inside nothing has changed. Oh, and the gold S5 is still made out of plastic, by the...

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HTC One Remix for Verizon gets first leaked photo
May19

HTC One Remix for Verizon gets first leaked photo

Verizon’s very own version of the recently unveiled HTC One Mini 2 will apparently be called HTC One Remix for whatever reason. This handset has been shown in the first leaked image over the weekend, though it’s sitting in a case as you can see. Still, we can easily discern that there will be a blue variant of the handset offered, and a pretty bright one at that. Otherwise, the stereo front-facing BoomSound speakers are still there, as is that black lip with the HTC logo just below the screen. The Android navigation buttons are software-rendered on-screen, so the One Remix will be incredibly similar in looks to the One Mini 2 it seems. At least on the lower side of its front fascia. Who knows what giant logos Verizon has planned for the phone’s back. Nothing has been leaked yet about the specs of the One Remix, but we assume they’ll be extremely similar, if not identical, to the ones featured in the One Mini 2. Just in case you’ve forgotten those, let’s recap. The HTC One Mini 2 has a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,100 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 on top. Via...

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Now getting KitKat: Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Droid RAZR series from 2012
May13

Now getting KitKat: Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Droid RAZR series from 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been receiving the update to Android 4.4 KitKat for a few months now, the rollout having started in January. Most of the US carriers selling it have already rolled out their respective updates, with one big exception. Yes, Verizon. Big Red is usually last when it comes to updates, and this time is no different. But the good news is that if you have a Galaxy Note 3 purchased from Verizon, you can now finally take it to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. That said, there is a catch though. The update isn’t yet rolling out over-the-air. That means that in order to get it, you’ll have to connect your phablet to a computer and use either Samsung’s Kies desktop software or Verizon’s Upgrade Assistant to download and install the new bits via cable. At some point in the near or distant future we’re probably going to see this update going out to phones directly. So if you aren’t in a hurry to jump to KitKat you can wait for that to happen. On the other hand, if you’re impatient, then you’ve probably already installed Kies. Also in Verizon-related KitKat update news, the entire Droid RAZR line from 2012 now has the new version headed to it. We’re talking about the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR MAXX HD, and Droid RAZR M. All of these handsets are in the process of receiving Android 4.4 KitKat updates. And in this case, things are going down over-the-air so if you own either of them you’ll soon be notified about the update being available (if that hasn’t happened to you already). Keep in mind though that such rollouts go out in stages so it might be a few days before the update reaches your particular handset. Via Droid Life and Android...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 developer edition (for Verizon) now available for $599
May05

Samsung Galaxy S5 developer edition (for Verizon) now available for $599

On April 11, when the Samsung Galaxy S5 launched across the world, we first heard about a developer version of the handset that would at some point be offered for use on Verizon’s network. And today the day has come for that particular SKU to become available. It can be ordered straight from Samsung’s own online store, and you’ll have to shell out no less than $599 to get one. That said, for some reason you’ll only be able to see the price after you’ve added the handset to your cart. It’s nice to see a developer edition Samsung phone launching so soon after the ‘normal’ version. The main (and incredibly important) difference between the developer edition smartphone and the Galaxy S5 which you can buy from Verizon is that the former comes with an unlocked bootloader. This lets developers and modders do all kinds of crazy things to their phone, so you see why it’s called a “developer edition”. Verizon still refuses to ship its devices with unlocked bootloaders, so the Galaxy S5 you get from Big Red has the bootloader locked, not letting you mod it in any significant way. This is probably done in order to curb possible warranty claims that may occur because of tinkering done on the handset, but it’s still rather annoying if you’re a hardcore modder or developer. Thankfully though, there is now a solution. Via Droid Life...

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Sony Xperia Z2 finally released in Europe, could be coming to Verizon too after all
May02

Sony Xperia Z2 finally released in Europe, could be coming to Verizon too after all

Sony hasn’t managed to keep up with Samsung and HTC in terms of flagship smartphone launches. While the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, and One M8 were all announced in the same period, Samsung and HTC have already had their contenders in stores for weeks. Yet only now has Sony finally made its newest top of the line offering available throughout Europe. Better late than never, right? That said, it’s pretty clear that the Galaxy S5 and One M8 were able to snag a few sales from Sony’s device. If only the Japanese company would have been faster at this whole launch thing… Anyway, the Xperia Z2 is now out in the UK, where it can be found at carriers as well as third party retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u. SIM-free, you can get it for £539.95 from Phones 4u. The Xperia Z2 can also be bought from Sony’s online stores in other European countries, such as Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and Sweden. Not all variations are in stock everywhere, but that’s to be expected this close to the launch. Pricing differs according to country. For example, the Xperia Z2 is cheapest in Sweden and Poland, where it’s priced at SEK 5,995 and PLN 2,799, respectively. Both of those sums amount to approximately €670. Next up, you can find it in Germany for €679, and France and Italy for €699. Hopefully prices will drop at third-party retailers in a few weeks or so. In the US, the Sony Xperia Z2 is expected to become available directly from Sony’s online store, in SIM-free and unlocked form, sometime this summer. The company hasn’t officially announced any plans to bring its latest flagship to any carrier’s roster, but a slip-up with one of its social media accounts may indicate that there may be a Verizon version in the works. Sony’s Google+ account posted the image you can see above, which was since removed. It clearly shows a Verizon-branded Xperia Z2, which either means that it’s coming in the future, or that something like this was being worked on but got cancelled for whatever reason (blame Verizon). It’s unclear what the truth really is, since, in a statement on the matter, Sony only reiterated its plans to sell the Xperia Z2 unlocked in the US, not explicitly saying that there will never be a Verizon variation of the smartphone. So there may be a slim chance this is happening, but until we get more information, we wouldn’t celebrate. Stay tuned. Via Android Central, Xperia Blog here and...

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