Posts tagged with: Verizon
  • by | March 5, 2014 3:45 PM

    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 7:18 AM

    LTE is the best thing since sliced bread. I doubt you'll find anyone to argue that point. Latency on an LTE network is generally low, while speeds on an LTE network are typically fast. Pretty much the only problem with LTE is its "newness", which translates into the service not being available as widely as many of us would like. When I abandoned Windows Mobile for Android, I picked up the T-Mobile G1 -- the very first commercially available Android-powered smartphone. I was about a year late joining the Android party. Why? T-Mobile wouldn't sell it to me! I know, that sounds crazy, but ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 4:00 PM

    Late last week, a leak attempted to reveal Verizon's plans for adding a couple new tablets to its roster, mentioning both the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 in the context of a March 6 launch. With just a couple days to go until then, today Verizon has gone official with its announcement of the LTE-capable G Pad 8.3, while we've still yet to get any confirmation on the Samsung tablet. Verizon's going to be the exclusive carrier home of the G Pad 8.3 LTE in the States, and it's welcoming the tablet with a short sale, making it available on-contract for just about $100 from ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 7:59 PM

    We've got three weeks and one day to go until HTC's all new One launch event (at least that had better be what it is), and as you've no doubt already seen, the still-unannounced smartphone has been all over the place lately. That video hands-on was truly remarkable for amount of detail it offered, and even HTC itself has been publishing some teaser vids of its own. This evening we switch from video previews to some more traditional advertising, while also checking out the new One's FCC paperwork. HTC's UK account shared the image above, which is promoting some sort of launch event tie-in ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    Net neutrality. If you've been a responsible Internet user in the last few months, you're familiar with the term and what it means for us, the paying subscribers. For those unaware, it's the movement (or set of rules, rather) that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all online activity equally. In other words, you pay your fees, and you have unadulterated access to the Internet, regardless of the sites you visit, the services you use, etc. Last month, a federal appeals court shot down the FCC's net neutrality rules, and that opened the door for a Wild West Internet, where the ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 5:36 PM

    Samsung's Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 may be a serious tablet heavyweight, but it's also got a premium sticker price to match, selling for $750 on up. If you've been hoping that a carrier subsidy might be a nice way to bring that figure down a little you're in luck, as we've already seen evidence of a Verizon-branded NotePRO 12.2 leak. But when might such a device actually arrive? If we're to believe a new leak, it could be just one week away, with launch dates revealed for both the NotePRO 12.2, as well as LG's Android tablet. As you can see below, this message indicates that Verizon's preparing ...

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  • by | February 20, 2014 7:33 PM

    MWC 2014 is already upon us, with Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera hitting the ground in Barcelona just as this podcast goes under the mic, and we're here to bring you mobile mavens all the pre-show rumor and speculation that you've come to expect. But there's also plenty of news of the non-Mobile World Congress variety, from the endless leaks focusing on the "All-New HTC One" to speculation surrounding the Galaxy S 5 launch date - and we'll be spending plenty of time on that, too. Plus, Taylor Martin has finally spent enough time with his suitcase-coddled Lumia Icon to develop some ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 7:01 AM

    Nokia's Lumia 1020 was easily one of the most impressive smartphones of 2013. Better yet, it's one of the more innovative handsets of the decade, with its 41-megapixel image sensor, paired with optical image stabilization. Its solid design and Nokia's reputation for quality didn't hurt matters either. However, CDMA users have been left mostly to feed on the Windows Phone scraps of late, and Nokia stepped up to the plate with yet another stellar entry, the Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless. With specifications that rival even some of the most popular and powerful Android handsets, it's sure ...

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  • by | February 12, 2014 12:22 PM

    Nokia's Lumia Icon has been patiently awaiting launch day for months now. Even if we look past all the early Lumia 929 business, we've been spotting signs of it over on Verizon's servers going back well over a month by now; when's it finally going to become available? The latest leak has suggested that the Icon could launch sometime next week, possibly on Wednesday but maybe more likely on Thursday, but in advance of that Nokia has put up a comparison video featuring the Lumia Icon, demonstrating its audio recording capabilities against the Galaxy S 4. The video was posted by Nokia's US ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 12:04 PM

    As we prepare to say goodbye to the "Google-ified" Motorola we'd only just gotten to know, it bears remembering that the brand hasn't been issued a death warrant. Motorola under Lenovo may well flourish, after all, so it's premature to start planning the funeral. Still, two ownership changes in two years is a lot for any company, and from the inevitable brain drain of personnel losses to the unpredictable nature of marketing machinations, the future of the Motorola brand is anything but certain. So we thought it'd be nice, at this crossroads in Motorola's history, to take a look back at ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 3:31 PM

    We may be nearly seven months removed from the initial launch of the second-gen Nexus 7, but Verizon has still not gotten around to officially offering the tablet on its network, despite compatible LTE bands. Recently, though, it's been looking like the carrier was finally coming around to the Nexus 7, and last week we both got an early look at Verizon-branded Nexus 7 accessories, as well as heard a rumored launch date: this Thursday, February 13. As we wait to see if that info's accurate, the retail leaks continue, with a shot of the Nexus 7's packaging, complete with Verizon logo. ...

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  • by | February 9, 2014 1:14 AM

    Before Nokia even started teasing the phone with model number 929, dubbed the Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon, we've heard rumors that the phone would eventually land either in February or March, leaving an open question regarding its appearance at MWC later this month. According to this latest leak, it appears that the Verizon Windows Phone will be available before the Barcelona show. WPCentral has received the screenshot above, allegedly snapped off of inventory listings. We can see the Lumia Icon listed in both black and white colors, and some dates. According to the report, you should ...

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  • by | February 8, 2014 2:51 AM

    The upcoming Verizon Samsung Huron has been popping up in reports recently with the first mention of the device dropping at the beginning of December 2013, with a mention of its model number: SM-W750V. The codename "Huron" was tipped at the beginning of the month, and since, we've seen the alleged press render of the device showing off a very Galaxy S 4-like outline. Now this very SM-W750V, the Verizon Samsung Huron, has visited the FCC, just in case there was a need for further confirmation of the phone's existence. The bands support the theories and rumors that it will be indeed a CDMA ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 3:35 PM

    Sometimes it's not the promise of saving money, nor the allure of a shiny device that drives you from the warm arms of your current wireless carrier - sometimes it's just a matter of standing up for what you believe in. That's the case with today's podcast guest, friend of the show and longtime Verizon Wireless customer Chris Larson, who's leaving Big Red for the much smaller T-Mobile USA due to Verizon's stance on net neutrality. On this episode of the Weekly, we'll talk to Chris and find out just what he's prepared to sacrifice, and why. Before that, though, there's an avalanche of news ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 2:33 PM

    The 2014 Mobile World Congress may still be a couple weeks away, and while we're sure to see a lot of new hardware at the expo, we've also been catching word of some pre-MWC events. Overnight, for instance, we learned that LG's planning some sort of announcement in South Korea for next Thursday. Nokia may already have its own MWC even scheduled for February 24, but now we're wondering if it also might be planning to make a launch announcement in advance of MWC, as the company posts a new teaser video to YouTube today. The short clip, embedded below, invites Nokia fans to “see and hear ...

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