Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and Nokia Lumia Icon all now $99.99 with contract
May02

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and Nokia Lumia Icon all now $99.99 with contract

From the moment the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 launched, Verizon made them both available with a BOGO (Buy One, Get One for free) deal. Essentially you paid for one device ($199.99 with a new two-year contract), and actually got two smartphones. So if you needed a couple of handsets, and not just one, you were in fact paying half the price for each. That was certainly a good deal, especially because we don’t usually see such things from carriers from the moment a new flagship smartphone launches. That said, the BOGO deal is now over. Before you weep, though, know that Verizon has done something even more unexpected – namely, it has seemingly cut the prices of the aforementioned devices for good. So now both the Galaxy S5 and the One M8 are priced at $99.99 with contract, regardless of how many units you get. The only caveat (aside from the long-term commitment that’s required) is that there’s a $50 mail-in rebate involved in the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Otherwise, though, you’re choosing between the best two options from the Android world for the price of a forgettable midranger. In case you’ve forgotten, let’s recap the specs you’re getting. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, an IR remote, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, an UltraPixel HTC Duo Camera with dual LED flash on the back, a 5 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, IR blaster, BoomSound dual front speakers with built-in amplifiers, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat too. But wait, there’s more! If your mobile OS of choice is Windows Phone, Big Red has you covered too. That’s because the Nokia Lumia Icon has had its price cut to $99.99 as well. And, like with the HTC One M8, there’s no rebate card involved here either. The Lumia Icon was announced in February as a Verizon exclusive, and it sports a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack touchscreen that can be used with gloves, a 20 MP PureView rear camera, a...

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LG L70 launched by Verizon as the Optimus Exceed 2
May02

LG L70 launched by Verizon as the Optimus Exceed 2

After having been launched by MetroPCS not long ago, the LG L70 has now made its way to Verizon. That said, the carrier nicknamed Big Red isn’t selling it under that name, however, choosing instead to call it the LG Optimus Exceed 2. This then could be seen as the successor to the Optimus Exceed from last year. Like the L70 sold elsewhere, the Optimus Exceed 2 comes with a 4.5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8610), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,100 mAh battery. Thankfully for such a low-end device, the Optimus Exceed 2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the gate. That’s good, but don’t expect it to ever be updated to a newer version of the OS when that comes along. Verizon is offering the LG Optimus Exceed 2 to prepaid customers, and it can be yours for just $79.99 – sans contract or long-term commitment with the carrier. That’s a great price point, even though the Exceed 2 clearly compromises in a few areas of its specs. Still, if you’re interested in picking one up, you can do so already from Verizon’s...

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Sprint LG G Flex and Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Android 4.4 KitKat updates now out
Apr29

Sprint LG G Flex and Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Android 4.4 KitKat updates now out

The Android 4.4 KitKat updates keep on coming… to devices near you, hopefully. This time around we’re talking about Sprint’s LG G Flex and Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Both of these are now in the process of receiving updates to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. If you own an LG G Flex bought from Sprint, know that the KitKat rollout is coming over-the-air, but it’s staggered. All G Flex units should get a notification that the update is available by May 7. When you get that notification, you can download and install the software straight on your smartphone. After applying the update, you’ll be running software version LS995ZV6. The only new thing about this version seems to be the underlying KitKat update, with no LG-specific additions this time around (not that that’s a bad thing, by the way). The LTE-capable version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition sold by Verizon is also getting a taste of KitKat, and this is also rolling out starting today. The update brings with it Immersive Mode for better full screen viewing, faster multitasking, cloud print service support, Multi-User Mode, and a bunch of bug fixes. The full details of the update are available from Verizon in this PDF. After applying the update, you’ll be running software version KOT49H.P605VVRUCNC2. Via Sprint and Droid...

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Android 4.4 KitKat now out for Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC Desire 601, Samsung Galaxy S4 for Verizon
Apr25

Android 4.4 KitKat now out for Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC Desire 601, Samsung Galaxy S4 for Verizon

It’s (still) KitKat update season in the Android world, and three more smartphones are now in the process of receiving updates to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. In the US of A, several versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have already been updated, but today it’s time for Verizon’s model to get it, alongside that sold by US Cellular. It’s been a few weeks since we saw the first update for the Galaxy S4 go out, but Verizon is usually slow with these things, so this isn’t surprising. These updates should arrive over-the-air (for both Verizon’s and US Cellular’s Galaxy S4), so your phone will notify you once it’s ready to download and install the new bits. Internationally, the Samsung Galaxy Note II from 2012 is now finally getting its taste of KitKat. The new software version is available for phones purchased in France via Kies, Samsung’s desktop software. That said, it’s bound to be rolling out over-the-air (OTA) pretty soon, if it hasn’t started to already. After that, you can expect it to start making its way to other countries too. Samsung always releases new updates to one country at first, then waits a short while (presumably to find out if there are any horrible bugs and / or rollout issues), and then makes the software available in more and more places each day. Over in the HTC camp, the Desire 601 is now getting Android 4.4 KitKat via an update, at least in Singapore. HTC’s official account for that country has shared the news via Facebook, making the Desire 601 the first HTC handset not named One to get the KitKat update. Furthermore, it will also receive HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI overlay in the process. This too is an OTA update, though it might take a while for it to make it to other countries. Via Android Central,...

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Verizon now offers the Motorola Droid Maxx in two new colors
Apr18

Verizon now offers the Motorola Droid Maxx in two new colors

The Motorola Droid Maxx may not be the newest smartphone around, nor the highest-end, but nevertheless Verizon has decided to refresh it somewhat. You can now buy the Droid Maxx in two new colors. One of them is called High Gloss Red, and the other is Black with Chrome Accents. Once you’ve seen them, you’ll undoubtedly understand why those names were chosen. Under the hood, the specs are the same the black Droid Maxx launched with last year, save for one important difference – the new models only have 16 GB of storage space, half of what the original model still comes with. That said, the new versions do ship to you already running Android 4.4 KitKat, so you don’t have to update immediately after you open the box. You can buy either of the new variants of the Droid Maxx for $99.99 with a new two-year contract, $20.83 per month using Verizon’s Edge plan, or $499.99 sans any commitment whatsoever. The 32 GB ‘vanilla’ black version is still on sale, and can be yours for $149.99 with a two-year contract or $599.99 sans service agreement. If you’re interested in picking up a Droid Maxx, this is where you need to go. The handset sports a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 10 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (part of Motorola’s X8 computing system), 2 GB of RAM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,500 mAh...

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Android 4.4 KitKat update for Verizon’s LG G2 now available
Apr18

Android 4.4 KitKat update for Verizon’s LG G2 now available

Following in the footsteps of the models sold by T-Mobile and Sprint, the LG G2 for Verizon now has the update to Android 4.4 KitKat available. There’s a catch, however. It doesn’t look like the update has been pushed through to the over-the-air system, at least not yet. That means you shouldn’t expect your phone to notify you that the update is out – it simply won’t know. The only way to get your hands on the new software, at least for now, is to use Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant, a piece of desktop software that only works on Windows. As you might expect, you need to use that to download and install the update to your phone, so a Windows PC with your G2 connected to it is a must. When you connect your G2 to a PC, the Software Upgrade Assistant should be one of the options that pop-up automatically. If that doesn’t happen, then you need to go into the Verizon/LG drive that should appear and locate a file called SWUpgradeLauncher. Launch that, and you should be on your way to a tasty KitKat treat. The update comes in at 2 GB, which may be why it isn’t available over-the-air. Verizon may decide to roll it out over-the-air at some point in the future, so if you don’t want to go through the procedure described above to update immediately, you can always wait and see what happens. Via Droid...

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LG Lucid 3 now available at Verizon
Apr17

LG Lucid 3 now available at Verizon

Today Verizon has launched the third smartphone to bear the Lucid brand. Like its two predecessors, it’s also made by LG, and it’s also a midranger. The LG Lucid 3 can now be yours for free with a new two-year contract, for $12.49 per month using Verizon’s Edge payment scheme, or for $299.99 if you don’t want any commitment at all. The Lucid 3 comes with a 4.7-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, and a 2,440 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Spec-wise, this is pretty much a match to the G2 Mini that LG has announced a couple of months ago for international markets. The design of the Lucid 3 is a bit different from that, but this may have just been Verizon’s doing. So the Lucid 3 could very well be called Verizon’s own G2 Mini, though when you think about it – the design was the only thing actually making the G2 Mini resemble the G2. With that gone too, what we’re left with is nothing but a midranger running KitKat. Which is exactly what the Lucid 3 is. If you’re interested in picking one up, however, head on over to Verizon right...

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 can already be yours essentially for free
Apr11

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 can already be yours essentially for free

The Samsung Galaxy S5 only went on sale today, but amazingly there’s already a deal out there that could let you essentially get one for free. There’s a small catch, however, but do read on if you’re interested in saving a good couple of hundred bucks. The Galaxy S5 is priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract at all carriers that aren’t T-Mobile (since the Un-carrier uses its own monthly device payments system). Yet Wireless Advocates, a Costco affiliate, is already offering the white Galaxy S5 for Verizon for only $99.99. That’s half off the launch price – and on launch day. Crazy as it may seem, there’s more – this deal actually gets even better. If you purchase said white Galaxy S5 for Verizon from Wireless Advocates, and you do that before April 30, you’ll even receive a $100 bill credit. This only applies to new activations, but still – it essentially makes the smartphone absolutely free. Obviously, you’ll still need to sign a two-year service agreement with Verizon, but you don’t have to be a Costco member to take advantage of this great promotion. It’s quite rare for a flagship smartphone to be part of such a deal from day one, so if you were thinking of buying a Samsung Galaxy S5 and don’t mind having Verizon as your carrier, you should go to this link right now. Via...

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HTC One M8 for Verizon and Sprint now just $149.99 with contract
Apr11

HTC One M8 for Verizon and Sprint now just $149.99 with contract

Ever since it launched not long ago, the new HTC One M8 has been priced by US carriers at $199.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s nothing to be angry about, as it’s basically the standard price for a high-end smartphone, and it’s been so since the iPhone arrived on the market many years ago. But if you wanted to save a few bucks on the purchase and haven’t yet bought your very own One M8, Amazon has prepared a nice offer for you. If you have nothing against choosing either Verizon or Sprint as the carrier for your brand new HTC One M8, then you can get the phone right now for just $149.99. So you save a cool $50. Yes, you still obviously have to commit to a two-year relationship with a carrier, and that must be Sprint or Verizon. But if you do fit this profile, then why not order from Amazon and save some money? Even if you’re already at either carrier and want to add a new line or upgrade an existing phone, the price will be the same – just $149.99. It’s a very fast price drop, that’s for sure. Not that we don’t expect Amazon to go even lower in the future, but if you don’t want to wait head on over to the retailer right now and make an order (the relevant links are below). HTC One M8 for Verizon | HTC One M8 for...

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Verizon now finally taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5, BOGO deal in tow
Apr04

Verizon now finally taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5, BOGO deal in tow

Well, it looks like the Ativ SE isn’t the only new Samsung smartphone that Verizon has decided to put up for pre-order today. The latest Windows Phone from the Korean company is joined in Big Red’s portfolio by the much-anticipated Galaxy S5, which is now finally available on pre-order. Other big carriers have started their pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 last month, but for some reason Verizon wanted to be last in line, it seems. Regardless, it’s now possible to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S5 from Verizon. The handset will start shipping by April 11, and you’ll need to pay $199.99 with a new two-year contract, or $599.99 if you want to get it sans service agreement. That said, Verizon currently has a BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal running, so you could essentially get two Galaxy S5s for just $199.99. What’s more, the second handset, the one you get for free, can also be a Windows Phone-running Samsung Ativ SE, or the Galaxy S5’s main competitor right now, the HTC One M8. Just don’t forget that in order to take advantage of this BOGO deal, you’ll need to sign a new two-year contract for each phone you buy. If you want to do the deed, here’s where you should be...

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