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    Go shopping for a smartphone service plan with an unlimited data allowance these days, and you're going to find your options pretty limited. It wasn't always this way, however, and back in the earlier days of smartphones, carriers found themselves quite a bit more willing to sell users a carte blanche pass to consume as much data as their mobile devices could. And while carriers like AT&T and Verizon have long stopped offering unlimited data to new subscribers, existing users have been able to hold on to their treasured plans. Those doing so on Verizon may soon find themselves paying a ...

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    The recent power move of Verizon acquiring AOL — one of a few major moves in the telecom industry — is now producing consequences for data privacy hawks and Verizon's advertising coffers. And whether or not Verizon Wireless customers know it or like it, they're all involved in the process. The AOL Advertising Network, which collects information from traffic from its sites and other vendors using AOL's services, is merging with Verizon's ad services. Here's what Verizon and AOL are already gathering: postal address email address very specific parameters about your "mobile web ...

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    Confused by how US carriers are approaching Microsoft's new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL? There's no way we could blame you, and following yesterday’s launch of the phones, uncertainty immediately descended upon reports of carrier interest. AT&T officially said it would be offering the Lumia 950, but then a now-refuted report claimed that the network would have an exclusive on both the 950 and the XL. Then T-Mobile spoke up, saying that only AT&T would be selling the 950 amongst carriers, but you were welcome to buy your phone from Microsoft and bring it to the TMo's network. Now a ...

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    One of the biggest questions for Motorola right now is what's going on with the manufacturer's handsets for Verizon? While VZW isn't getting either of the new Moto X-series phones (at least not by those names), we've been hearing a lot about plans for a couple new Droids: the Droid Maxx 2 and the Droid Turbo 2. We just saw some strong support for the Droid Maxx 2 arriving as the carrier's own edition of the Moto X Play, and now we're checking in with the Droid Turbo 2, as what looks like the handset drops in with a European certification database. The phone we're looking at is Motorola's ...

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    A little under four months ago, Verizon shared word that it would soon start selling a new Sony smartphone – one you couldn't find anywhere else. The Xperia Z4v was to take the spring's Xperia Z4 flagship and upgrade it with a quad HD display (as well as a slightly larger battery). It sounded pretty good, and we looked forward to seeing sales begin sometime later in the summer. Except as the weeks turned months, the Xperia Z4v never seemed to emerge, and rumors of release dates came and went without the phone ever actually arriving. Last week we saw some motion over on Sony's site, ...

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    Back in late August, about a month after the Motorola Moxo X Play made its international debut, we started hearing rumblings about a possible US release under a different name. We heard that Verizon was interested in bringing Motorola's latest phones to its lineup, but not without a little rebranding: the Moto X Play would be the new Droid Maxx 2. Later we saw some apparent Moto X Play back panels with Verizon logos, and later got to check out some images of the fully assembled handset, all ready to go for Verizon. While the carrier has yet to go official with its plans, we may have just ...

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    America’s largest wireless service provider isn’t sitting idly by as T-Mobile climbs the ranks and promises to threaten the market’s relative duopoly, making important strides in the 5G field, trying to score as many iPhone users as possible, and warmly embracing activations of select outside devices. At the same time, Verizon goes after Sling TV from Dish, and to an extent, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or HBO with a proprietary mobile-exclusive video streaming service. Called Go90 in an obvious motion to horizontal smartphone usage, the app has just moved from a lengthy beta process to ...

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    LG's big New York City launch event just wrapped up a little while back, but before it even got started, the cat was already out of the bag: overnight, LG announced both the dual-screened V10, as well as the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. We had the official specs, we had plenty of pics – what else was there to learn about this new smartphone? Well, while the overnight announcement brought word that South Korean sales would get underway later this month, followed by US sales sometime in November, we didn't know much else about specific plans for retail availability. Today at LG's US ...

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    Back in the middle of June, Verizon announced the Sony Xperia Z4v, a quad HD version of the Z4 that would be an exclusive for the carrier. It was supposed to arrive sometime this summer... and it never did. Was this guy still happening, or did the launch of the new Xperia Z5 models end up scaring Verizon off? Earlier this week, some motion over at Sony's site briefly seemed to hint that the Xperia Z4v could nearly be ready to arrive, but it's still very unclear where everyone's intentions lie. A few days back, Sony added the Xperia Z4v to its listing of phones intended for the US market, ...

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    Based on the Verizon Nexus 6 debacle, and similar past pains for Nexus 7 adopters looking to activate their LTE-capable tablets on the nation’s largest wireless network, you have to figure Big Red and Google aren’t on the greatest terms. But for their mutual advantage, the two tech giants might be seeking to finally end whatever beef crippled the US cellular connectivity of recent stock Android-running devices. Yes, at least one of the imminent two new Nexuses appears ready to embrace Verizon users off the bat, in addition to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile fans. Oddly enough, the ...

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    Craving for an LTE-enabled Android tablet with support for America’s largest wireless network, but feel the Galaxy Tab S2 is a little on the expensive side, while the LG G Pad X8.3 fails to hit the sweet spot as far as display size goes? Then the just-released Samsung Galaxy Tab E should fit you perfectly, given it’s large yet not uncomfortably so, at 9.6 inches, plus fairly affordable. With two-year Verizon pacts, the 5.1 Lollipop-powered slate costs $130, and 200 extra bucks buy you the Tab E free of contractual obligations. That’s a whopping $270 south of both on and off-contract ...

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    We've been focusing on some high-level coverage in terms of the future technology we might be using and on what standards we'll be using them on. Our Jaime Rivera reported on AT&T's blueprint for Internet of Things devices during CTIA. Another "out there" thing we're looking at is the proliferation of unlicensed LTE spectrum or LTE-U, as it's known. These bits of spectrum are typically in the 5GHz range, really intended for network coverage around arenas, parks and other compact, high-density spaces. If you're familiar with Wi-Fi, you know that it also uses that specific band and it's ...

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    Starting tomorrow, Verizon will jump into the pool fight for iPhone carrier discount supremacy. It has T-Mobile to battle off in the first place with Sprint counter-offering a $1/month trade-in lease for a new iPhone 6s. Everyone's fending off somebody else and in this case, it's MVNOs and Apple itself. So, what does the check mark do? It offers iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus purchasers the option to turn in their phone after 12 months on the company's installment program and get the latest iPhone. Verizon doesn't offer any options to lease and it backs up that stance by saying that the other ...

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    There are big reveals about what Motorola's plans are in releasing this long-awaited iteration of the Verizon-exclusive Droid series. We've previously speculated on how the Moto X Play might end up being a sister device to this latest beast-level phone. Then we heard word of this "shatterproof" display. What's really behind this boastful claim? Well, it turns out that it's actually something in front of it. First, the specs, as published by @upleaks on Twitter (as of this post, the account is deactivated, but we'll keep the link up there if magic happens): [table] ,Droid Turbo 2 ...

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    We had a source divulge some pricing details on the IFA-debuted and Tizen-based Samsung Gear S2 and now more wheels have come into motion on just what exactly is happening when and where. According to what's apparently an hours-long training video from Samsung Electronics America (it was taken down), the speaker informs us that the standard, Bluetooth-connected Gear S2 will make its way to the shelves of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular on October 2. Sprint won't be part of the launch and it isn't clear from neither Samsung nor Sprint if and when the carrier will get this ...

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    Short answer: not necessarily right now, but there may be a shifting of the needle. Let's take it back to the situation T-Mobile has been in, trying to hitch itself up with an acquisition here, a merger there and all the huff and puff its bigger competitors, Verizon and now AT&T, can pull off with a TV provider attached. Let's just say that a new TV player has entered the market and a new limb for T-Mobile to jump onto has grown. Netherlands-based European telecom provider Altice has purchased New York's Cablevision for $17.7 billion. Patrick Drahi, chairman of Altice, has been ...

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    The Moto X Pure Edition was supposed to be this great example of a carrier-agnostic phone, which the US smartphone market sees far too little of. Pick up a custom-designed Moto X Pure Edition from Motorola, and you're free to go with the carrier of your choice, popping in the appropriate SIM and activating the handset on your preferred network. At least, that's the way things are supposed to work, but as we shared with you just the other day, things haven't been going so smoothly everywhere, and especially at Verizon, Moto X Pure Edition owners found themselves jumping through hoops in an ...

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    Early this month, just before all the hubbub of IFA, we witnessed the launch of an Android smartphone from a new player with an interesting story behind it, as Nextbit unveiled its Robin handset. With a custom cloud-focused Android build, some solid hardware, and an affordable crowd-funded price tag, there were ample reasons to pay attention to the Robin, but not everyone who might be interested in the smartphone was able able to get on board. At least, while the phone debuted with some broad LTE support, it didn't have CDMA coverage, making it a non-starter for users on Sprint or Verizon. ...

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    Perhaps that check mark needs to become a full-blown crosshatch. Verizon is one of the major US cell service providers using the CDMA standard instead of the more open and cross-compatible GSM standard. In short, it means that taking a non-Verizon phone to Verizon is more difficult than a similar case for AT&T or T-Mobile. Verizon had this problem when activating SIMs for the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6, both phones containing antennas for all four major US networks. It's the same case for the Moto X Pure Edition and so far, we haven't gotten any word of problems from the GSM carriers and ...

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    So far, so good for Nextbit. Make that "goody good" as of this post because its Kickstarter fund for the Robin smartphone has attained nearly double the original goal of $500,000. And after a rousing unveiling during IFA and a further fleshing of the details at CTIA, we're looking at an interesting development that could set this crowdfunded phone apart from others like YotaPhone, Fairphone and others. In an update to their Kickstarter page, the project team said they were looking into, but not confirming that they are building a version of Robin supporting Verizon and Sprint, the US's ...

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    Motorola's not quite done with its new handsets just yet, and for the past couple weeks now we've been checking out leaks of the Motorola Bounce – or is that the Moto X Force? If you picked up on the theory that we could be looking at the same (or very similar) hardware intended for multiple markets, you may have been on to something, and today we come across not just a render of the phone as it could launch on Verizon as the new Droid Turbo 2, but also word of what its future looks like internationally. Verizon users know all to well that the company loves nothing more than decorating ...

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    With how ubiquitous 4G LTE-capable smartphones are these days, it's easy to forget that we've only been with the tech for a few years now. Here in the States, for instance, Verizon didn't start offering LTE smartphones until early 2011, with the debut of the HTC Thunderbolt. But now we're already sneaking up on time for the next generation of cellular networks to roll out across the country, and today Verizon shares some early plans for the launch of 5G coverage, starting with tests next year. There's still a long way to go before we see smartphone makers delivering 5G devices, and for ...

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    Android Pay is positioned to be the new home of payments on Android (good name choice, considering), evolving as sort of the next-gen Google Wallet. We've had confirmed reports of Pay going back to late winter, and Google more formally shared some of its plans for Android Pay at Google I/O this past May. All this has been setting us up for the service's launch – so when would that be? Leaks pointed to Google flipping the switch last week, but that clearly didn't happen. Will we be waiting until the new Nexus phones launch, reportedly at the end of September? Perhaps not, and this week a ...

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    Verizon's always been one of the more insular carriers in the US, and between its CDMA roots, its penchant for exclusive devices, and being just so damn large that it doesn't have to go out of its way to lure new customers, it's been one network that just didn't particularly play well with others. Slowly, though, the tide's been turning, both as the network embraces LTE connectivity and starts revising its service offerings to more closely mirror its competition. Verizon's latest move to give users more freedom seeks to correct some of those shortcomings, as we get word that the carrier is ...

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    The last few days have been thick with rumors about Verizon's plans for new Motorola hardware, suggesting among other things that the carrier is getting ready to give the US its only taste of the Moto X Play in the form of the exclusive Droid Maxx 2. Yesterday some images of back panels very much in the design of the Moto X Play, only with Verizon and Droid branding, arrived to help support that theory, and today we see it pick up even stronger support, upon the publication of a few pics that seem to reveal a complete Droid Maxx 2 handset. The hardware we see here is unmistakeably cut from ...

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