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    In addition to cooking up a mysterious “Un-carrier X” announcement that will no doubt cause many sleepless nights for top executives of rival wireless service providers, T-Mobile has taken to the sky again to make sure AT&T also got its overage-related message loud and clear. We’re guessing the same exact Magenta-branded airplane that hovered over Verizon’s command post in New York earlier this week visited Dallas next, circling the headquarters of the nation’s second largest operator for enough time to plaster the big blue with a couple of straightforward memos. T-Mo was the ...

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    The iPhone 6s couldn’t hold on to its top ten position in one of the world’s most reliable photo/video-taking performance hierarchy for long, as another 21 megapixel beast from Motorola challenged the overall leaders. Much like the Moto X Style, aka X Pure Edition, the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2 fell just short of greatness, at 84 points on a 100 scale, though it still managed to comfortably outdo Apple’s newest 4.7-inch flagship, as well as the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3+, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, or first-gen Nexus 6. The Turbo 2 is ranked fourth all in all, ...

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    We've been talking for a bit about this spectrum auction that's going to happen early next year. Everyone's jockeying for the best position to either sell or buy pieces of the 600MHz block — the sellers are TV stations, the buyers are mobile network operators. Wondering where all of this is coming from? Here's a condensed history of the matter. TV In the US, previous to mid-2009, the overwhelming majority of TV stations broadcasted on Very High Frequencies, or VHF channels (channels 2 to 13, with a top frequency of 216MHz). Smaller operations or stations in areas of high VHF congestion ...

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    Comcast may have stomped all over T-Mobile's begging for an acquisition with this move, but it's a weird one, indeed. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in the Q3 company's earnings call that he is ready to act upon a three-year-old agreement with Verizon to set up as an MVNO using the latter's network. Test runs are scheduled after a required six-month waiting period. Where we are in that time frame is unknown. The 2011 agreement, in which Comcast gave Verizon spectrum, also allowed the Philadelphia-based telco the right to resell Verizon Wireless service on its cable packages. Comcast has ...

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    Meeting the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 at the Motorola and Verizon New York City launch event this morning was like finally getting introduced to that friend-of-a-friend you've heard about for a while, but your paths never seemed to cross - and wouldn't you know it, but he brought along his smarter, more capable brother, whom you're only just learning about now for the first time. Yes, the Droid Maxx 2 is essentially the same Moto X Play we saw debut internationally earlier this year, but it's not arriving in the US alone, and Motorola ups the ante in nearly every respect with its ...

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    Motorola and Verizon came together once again to cement one of the last US carrier-OEM ties for another year in the form of two Droid phones: the MAXX 2 and Turbo 2. The Droid franchise has enjoyed a power user's cache for the nation's most populated cell network with phones boasting two full days of use without the need for a charge-up. Both of this year's Droids come with that selling point. Oddly enough, in contrast to previous years, both phones come from just Motorola. The two have come closer together in propelling the series' chances to draw in more customers by introducing some ...

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    "Wait a second. Droid Maxx 2 specs? Haven't you guys been telling me for weeks now that the Droid Maxx 2 is just going to be the US version of the Moto X Play? And didn't you already go over the full hardware picture for that phone back when it launched?" You are a quick one, you know that? And you're absolutely right: the Droid Maxx 2 we saw Verizon and Motorola show off today is pretty much the same phone the rest of the world already has. For a brief moment it looked like Motorola might try and squeeze in a minor SoC upgrade, but now it doesn't seem we're even getting that much. So why ...

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    The new Droids have arrived, and dare we say, these two sure might be worth the wait. While we're a couple months removed from the Motorola summer launch event that brought us the Moto X Style and Moto X Play, that downtime has given the manufacturer opportunity to finish work on a new handset; while the Droid Maxx 2 is largely the US reincarnation of the Moto X Play, the Droid Turbo 2 is a smartphone that's showing us its stuff for the very first time today (officially, anyway), and from what we just saw this morning, it doesn't look like Motorola pulled any punches with this heavyweight. ...

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    It used to be that Verizon's "Maxx" variant has always been the top of the line Droid, with the added bonus of a battery that could barely fit in the chassis, and we've praised Motorola and Verizon for achieving this over the last few years. In today's Verizon event, Motorola announced the new Droid Maxx 2, but the approach to this device is actually a different one. If you thought this would be the Moto X Play for the United States, you're kind of right, but not entirely. Rick Osterloh, Motorola's CEO took the stage to announce both the Droid Turbo 2, and later the new Droid Maxx 2, which ...

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    October's nearly done, but we've got a few more big smartphone launches to go before we call the month a wrap. Today it's Verizon and Motorola's turn to share their latest handsets with us, and we've heard a lot about what to expect. With the launch event now underway, we finally start getting confirmation of these new Droids that have been so thoroughly teased, and we're getting started by meeting the Droid Turbo 2. The Droid Turbo 2's shatterproof screen has been featured pretty heavily in Verizon's recent promos for today's event, and Motorola wasted no time in showing us just how ...

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    If you happened to catch a small magenta-painted plane hovering about Verizon’s New York headquarters yesterday writing hard-to-make-out messages across the sky, you’ll probably not be shocked to hear it was all part of T-Mobile’s latest publicity stunt. Sorry, incurable romantics, but no one asked their better half to marry them using the cheesiest trick in the book. Instead, the rapidly rising third largest wireless service operator stateside decided its #AbolishOverages movement would no longer be ignored by the market’s all-around leader. The Twitter hashtag dominated the ...

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    Earlier this month, AT&T reached out to the FCC in an effort to get started with offering WiFi-based calling. Whereas T-Mobile and Sprint just kinda dove right in, regulatory approval be damned, AT&T wanted to double-check that it was doing things the right way, especially when it came to delivering services for hearing-impaired customers. The FCC thought that AT&T's proposal sounded good, and in a matter of days we saw FCC approval arrive, followed immediately by AT&T getting WiFi calls started for iPhone users. Verizon must have paying attention to AT&T's actions, and ...

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    Tomorrow is new Droid day, as Verizon and Motorola gear up to show off their latest smartphones. Leak upon leak has confirmed the new lineup as consisting of the Droid Maxx 2, a rebranded US edition of the international Moto X Play, as well as the Droid Turbo 2, a piece of hardware we're about to see emerge for the first time. Between the information that's emerged thus far, as well as the assumptions we've been able to make about the Droid Maxx 2 thanks to its Moto X Play roots, we have a pretty strong sense of what to expect from both handsets, but that doesn't make us any less ...

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    Verizon’s upcoming two Droids don’t aim to make headlines just with shatterproof screens and stellar battery life. Their designs should also take center stage in the carrier’s joint Motorola marketing efforts, especially as far as the Droid Turbo 2 and its Moto Maker support are concerned. Not exactly a conventionally stylish device, and certainly no featherweight, the Turbo 2 will apparently offer three chromatic options as standard, which you can then customize, replace or mix in hundreds of original ways. The above press render gathering shows the 5.5-inch Android in black, white ...

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    With Verizon and Motorola's Droid launch event just days away, info on the new phones about to debut has really been heating up. When we're not checking out the official teasers Verizon's been dropping, we're taking a look at leaked back panels in Motorola's signature array of colors and materials. As we wait for next Tuesday's announcements, we've got another leak to peek at today, with the publication of what appears to be an internal flyer promoting the Droid Turbo 2's arrival. The Droid Turbo 2's “shatterproof” screen gets a call-out here, just after starting in that last Verizon ...

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    As Verizon cleverly put it earlier this week, “the new Droid is dropping soon”, and it’s no longer a secret a so-called shatterproof screen will headline the Turbo 2’s spec sheet and list of major selling points. But a textured backplate should also help enhance the muscular phone’s overall durability, despite likely popping out and allowing you to easily replace it when you feel in the mood for a quick makeover. The Droid Maxx 2 is expected to feature removable shells as well, each costing $20, though the Droid Turbo 2 shall let you pick from a wider range of more premium ...

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    Samsung started bringing Samsung Pay to the US late last month, as all the pieces needed to take advantage of the manufacturer's in-house payment system finally started falling into place. We had the hardware we needed (phones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5), the software we needed (in the form of the Samsung Pay app), the infrastructure support (from Samsung), and the cooperation of financial institutions (so long as you were a customer of Bank of America, Citi, or US Bank). At least, that was the situation on some carriers, but Verizon was taking its sweet time. Earlier this week ...

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    We're one week away from Verizon and Motorola's upcoming launch event, where we expect to see the debut of the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2. Rumors about this hardware date back months and months, and one of the earliest claims we heard about the handset codenamed Kinzie – the one should ultimately launch as the Droid Turbo 2 – is that its 5.43-inch quad HD display would be well-nigh unbreakable. That detail returned in later rumors where what sure seemed to be the same handset, though now attached to the codename Bounce, was described as picking up a shaterproof screen. With the ...

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    Last month, owners of Samsung phones like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy Note 5 saw long-promised support for Samsung Pay finally go live in the US; beyond using their phones to make NFC-based payments, the service also supported the magstripe-emulation hardware in these handsets to conduct payments at NFC-less terminals. That was great news … except if you were on Verizon. While the other major carriers were all in line for the service's US debut, Verizon found itself lagging behind, and it wasn't until early October that we saw the carrier address the issue, promising ...

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    If you were quick to point the finger at Microsoft for granting AT&T exclusivity rights over the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 stateside, you may want to reconsider, and remember it takes two to tango. Apparently, Verizon wouldn’t be caught dead on the same dance floor as Redmond for reasons we don’t fully understand, and even unlocked 950 and 950 XL units will be impossible to activate on America’s largest wireless network. Reputable tech journalists, authors and bloggers Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott seem to have that intel on very good authority, and while MS and Big ...

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    With a little over a week left until a joint Motorola/Verizon NYC press event, a massive fresh information spill seems to divulge everything about the Droid Turbo 2 and Maxx 2. Well, everything that wasn’t public knowledge already, plus a few tidbits that were, but perhaps needed additional corroboration. Yes, the Turbo 2, aka Bounce, aka Big Red-exclusive X Force, is indeed “shatterproof”, and to further emphasize the robustness selling point, it’ll come with a unique trade-in promotion. Verizon shall offer up to $300 for select pre-owned phones to folks interested in purchasing ...

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    You may find it easy to mock Verizon for its insistence to plaster carrier-locked and especially carrier-exclusive devices with all sorts of prominent logos, and the low-cost Ellipsis tablet family is that much more exposed to parody due to its odd name and lackluster specs. But somehow, the bezelicious first-gen Ellipsis 7, released in late 2013, warranted a refined, larger 8-inch fall 2014 sequel, and that in turn led to the 2015 Verizon Ellipsis 10. Don’t look for it in Big Red stores just yet, as the number one US operator hasn’t come out with a formal announcement. It’s almost ...

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    Motorola and Verizon have a launch event coming up in a couple weeks, when the companies intend to introduce the next additions to the Droid family of smartphones. Right now, all indications point to the debut of two handsets, the Droid Maxx 2 and Droid Turbo 2. While we've been able to piece together quite a bit of info on both of these handsets, the Droid Maxx 2 is notable for just how poorly kept a secret the phone's been: beyond the usual assortment of unofficial leaks, we've seen Google itself confirm not just the phone's name, but that it will effectively be the US version of the ...

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    Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch is here: after launching back at IFA, we saw retail sales get started here in the US earlier this month. At least, that was the case for the standard Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic, but we've yet to see availability begin for the smartwatch's cellular-connected edition. Samsung confirmed that carriers would get the ball rolling there sometime this fall, and rumors suggested that T-Mobile and Verizon could both pick up the Gear S2 beginning November 6. It turns out that report was half right, as both carriers start confirming the details of their Gear S2 sales. ...

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    Going back well before Motorola announced the Moto X Play and Moto X Style in late July, we were tracking evidence pointing to some new Motorola models for Verizon. Nearly as soon as those phones went official, things started clicking into place, with rumors identifying both an upcoming Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 for the carrier. A growing body of evidence has helped establish the Droid Maxx 2 (above) as Verizon's version of the Moto X Play, while separate finds have attempted to identify the Droid Turbo 2 as a new model, one we'll likely see arrive internationally as the Moto X Force. ...

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