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Verizon’s heart growing larger by the day, soon offering free WiFi access to home broadband subscribers.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 14:03

Verizon hasn’t exactly been the nicest most “consumer friendly” company in years past with overly restrictive policies, particularly in their wireless market.  However, lately they have been getting a slightly better image if not from their own powers, from the outright abysmal image of their rivals.  (Such as the ongoing Time Warner fiasco which makes Verizon look like an angel).  Well, it seems as if Verizon is ready to let their hearts grow just a tad larger.  The newly consumer loving company announced that they are in the final stages of closing a deal with Boingo in order to bring free WiFi service to their DSL and FiOS subscribers.  Yes that is right Verizon home broadband users, you will soon be able to browse the vast and far reaching web wherever Boingo has WiFi services.  Places such as McDonalds, Starbucks, and even the LaGuardia and Newark Airport hotspots.  On a sad side note, if Verizon wants to increase their home broadband subscriber base and entice more mobile users on their WiFi networks, maybe they should begin the practice of actually incorporating WiFi in their mobile devices.  Eh?

Source: Alley Insider, Image Source

“MyVerizon” released for Blackberry users

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 16:41

In the age of countless unlimited plans, the once great urge and need to constantly check to see how many minutes, texts, and data you had used was a very real reality that consumed countless minutes of your life that are now gone forever, never able to be reclaimed.  However, for some, they still want to know.  Not to mention, the old way of logging on to your account on a desktop computer, a location that fewer and fewer people are spending time near, means a mobile application would be a benefit of epic proportions.  Verizon Blackberry users, (Curve 8330, Pearl 8130 and 8830 World Edition), can now stay on the up-and-up with such things as voice/text/data usage, make payments, check balances, as well as changing voicemail passwords and making other changes such as adding/removing plan features with Verizon’s handy new Blackberry application, “MyVerizon”.  While it won’t keep anyone from adding/dropping Verizon service, it certainly is a nice and very handy addition.
Source: Boy Genius, Howard Forums

Verizon chief has a case of fat head…loves himself and Verizon

Thursday, April 16, 2009 17:16

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Nothing like a little sibling rivalry huh?  Todays playground scuffel is brought to you by Verizon’s head honcho, Ivan Seidenberg.  Ivan had some pretty loose lips very recently in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he tried his hardest to tackle every subject under the sun.  In typical company leader fashion, he talks up his company and makes everyone else look as if they are retarded, don’t know how to run a business, and will all one day answer to him.  We all know this isn’t true, however poor Ivan doesn’t.  So what exactly does his ego filled interview entitle.  Quick preview: Vodafone.  Sprint.  iPhone.  For the rest of the goods click that little more link below.

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Blackberry Storm Part Deux: Coming with WiFi…in September? [Rumor]

Monday, April 6, 2009 16:11
Posted in category Blackberry, RIM, Rumors, Verizon

When the original Blackberry Storm was leaked, the Crackberry nation was in a flurry. The consumer minded Berry users were praising RIM for finally bringing them something to shut up those darn iPhone users. Almost immediately, the Storm began being criticized for its lack of WiFi. However, being a Verizon exclusive, the lack of WiFi was hardly a new occurance. Though many argued that a such a device being designed and soon afterward marketed so strongly towards the consumer market was being gimped by its lack of WiFi. Time has passed and that complaint is still a very valid and often voiced complaint that many people just can’t get over. But, what if you could have a second chance at life? What if you could have your Verizon branded Blackberry Storm and WiFi?

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Blackberry 9630 (Niagara) coming to Verizon this May!

Thursday, March 19, 2009 13:33
Posted in category RIM, Smartphones, Verizon

Crackberry junkies who choose Verizon as their carrier of choice won’t have much longer to wait for some “Boldish” action as quoted by “analysts familiar with the plan”.  So, AT&T users, would you drop AT&T’s craptactic network for a little more Verizon reliability?  Or do you just loooove WiFi too much?  Will this source even prove to be true???  Let us know below.

Source: Gizmodo, The Street

Verizon losing their lead in JD Power call quality.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 6:33
Posted in category AT&T, Carriers, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

Big Red users…Verizon while still the American giant of years past isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, however their call quality is.  According to the latest JD Power reports, Verizon gained an entire 1% in the “calls dropped” category.  Hardly a big loss, but something that shows maybe the tide is changing.  In a surprising turn of events, AT&T and Sprint have actually had the amount of complaints regarding call quality and connection problems drop.  I guess they haven’t tested AT&T here in Indiana.  All small talk aside, Verizon still leads overall in JD Power’s list so the other carriers still have some work that needs to be done.  Take a minute to tell us what region you live in, carrier, and so far how you like/dislike them below.

Source: Mobile Burn

Blackberry Pearl 8230 coming soon…

Friday, February 27, 2009 6:37
Posted in category Blackberry, Rumors, Telus, Verizon

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CDMA users, if you have been dying for a flip style Blackberry because candybar phones just aren’t your thing, you have reason to hold out just a little longer. The Blackberry Pearl 8230 has finally made its way through the FCC’s gates meaning release is imminent. Who will get it first? More than likely (I’d bet my life on it) Verizon in the U.S. and Telus for our neighbors up north.  While the Pearl Flip doesn’t really bring anything new to the table besides the flipping actionand second external display, it does bring Blackberry reliability and a sleek design with a solid OS.

Source: Engadget Mobile

LG Versa now officially available

Thursday, February 26, 2009 6:40
Posted in category Cell Phones, LG, Verizon

If you love to tweak your phone not just in a software manner but also in a hardware way, the LG Versa may be your saving grace in this world.  Exclusively on Verizon, the Versa brings to the table a modular design allowing you to swap out various parts.  Don’t like the keyboard…fine.  Take it off and use the onscreen soft keyboard.  For a quick recap of those who missed the initial LG Versa announcement, the Versa will include: EV-DO Rev A, support for 16GB microSD cards, tethering (use your phone as a modem), *Flash supporting* HTML web browser, accelerometer, 3″ display as well as support for Verizon’s V Cast services and Visual Voicemail just to name a few.  So if the make it your own type of phone is what you’ve been waiting for, Verizon would like to speak with you.
Source: Crave

Back from the dead: Motorola “Napoleon” coming to Verizon

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 14:47
Posted in category Motorola, Smartphones, Verizon

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In what is most certainly a very botched launch and severe delay since it was originally revealed, the Motorola Napoleon is pretty much a *slightly* revamped Moto Q.  Yawn inducing features include a 2 megapixel QVGA camera, WiFi, and Windows Mobile 6.1.  Sorry folks no new aged high tech WinMo 6.5 here, move along.  Globe trotters should feel at least a little happy as it is debuting as one of Verizon’s world phones meaning there’s a GSM radio inside for jaunts across the pond.  One feature that comes out of now where: average camera, WiFi, WinMo 6.1….BAM finger print reader.  In order to keep your private information out of creepers’ eyes, Motorola has retrofitted a swanky finger print reader into the aging relic in a desperate attempt to grab a few customers back.  While it does look pretty cool appearance wise and the finger print reader is still a rather unique feature, it’s going to take a lot more than WinMo 6.1, some fancy looks, and high tech finger print reader to make me part with my hard earned money.  WinMo campers…are you going to bite?

 

 
Source: Engadget Mobile, Phone Arena *pic*

Verizon/iPhone rumors refuse to die

Monday, February 23, 2009 11:57
Posted in category AT&T, Apple, Rumors, Verizon

When Apple announced the iPhone way back in ‘07, many were shocked that it was tied to AT&T.  For many, AT&T is the all mighty satan of wireless carriers.  Many who haven’t switched and gotten an iPhone have simply done it because of their extreme distaste for Big Blue.  It’s been reported many times that Verizon was the original target for Apple but Verizon declined after Apple apparently was too pushy and demanding regarding sales revenue.  Fast forward two years and you have many people still refusing to make the jump to AT&T, catching Apple slightly off guard.  Would you make the switch…

 

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The Workhorse: CDM 8795 now at Verizon

Friday, February 20, 2009 16:09
Posted in category Cell Phones, Verizon

When Nextel just isn’t good enough and you can’t risk smashing up your precious at the worksite, Verizon would like you to stop on by their neck of the woods and take a gander at their latest PTT offering: the CDM 8795.  You may at first glance and even second glance pass right on by this fine display of mediocrity, however once you allow yourselves to get close you’ll notice that it isn’t that bad after all.  While it won’t win any whiz bang awards for its feature set or fashion forward design, you will get a reliable PTT handset from Verizon that will stand up to the rigors of the manly mans job…whatever that may be.  With the 8795 you’ll get your standard microSD slot, *non*standard 2.5mm audio jack, dedicated music/email/mobile web buttons as well as the o so loved VZ Navigator taking home the final button to itself.    You’re probably just teetering on the edge of your seat waiting for the price…*crickets*.  For all 4 of you out there get ready to shell out $149.99 for the privillage.  Business users should feel extra VIPish as it’s reported that you can pick up your precious through telesales as the phone isn’t yet available on Verizon’s site.  Run inside for a few more pics if you just can’t contain  yourself!

 

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Verizon leaks a plenty!

Thursday, February 19, 2009 8:28
Posted in category Blackberry, HP, RIM, Verizon

Ahhhh…another freezing cold morning (here in the land of corn anyway) and a nice healthy dose of some insider information. Today’s news of not so secret secrecy comes compliments of Verizon. Several of their products are getting updated/released. Which products you say? Well it involves the Verizon hub, Blackberry 8230, Niagra, HP mini note, and Media Manager. For the full bag of info you’ll have to swallow your excitement just a little longer and hit that more link…

 

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VZW finally loosens their grip…GPS support comes to Google Maps!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 16:30
Posted in category Tech Politics, Verizon

For quite a while now, well since pretty much the begining of time, Verizon has kept the internal GPS off limits to 3rd party applications such as Google Maps, instead reserving it for their over priced *and completely crappy* VZ Navigator carrier branded GPS application, (I’ve used it, I have room to talk).  According to Crackberry, readers from all over are writing in telling tales of Google Maps 3.0.2 and the internal GPS are now working in harmoney.  Other smart phone users with GPS don’t get too excited yet.  It appears that the Storm is the only phone on Verizon to currently benefit from the loosened grip.  Is this a sign of things to come?  Let’s hope.  For the procrastinators out there, point your mobile browser to google.com/gmm and start enjoying what real GPS on google maps feels like!

Source: Crackberry

2010: The year of 4G for Verizon

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 13:57

Coming from the story of a new 3G market, Verizon is 10 steps ahead and pushing to launch their 4G LTE network in 2010!  The new speeds will come by way of the 700MHz spectrum that Verizon won in the wireless auctions last year.  What’s good to remember is that the 700MHz frequency is excellent at traveling through walls and long distances, meaning finally high speed wireless voice and data to even the people living in the boonies or 6 walls inside of a fortress.  Everyone will be covered!  Along with the increased reception users are sure to experience, download speeds will be greatly boosted as well.  How fast exactly?  Try 50-60mbps fast!  Granted, a completely empty network allows for blazingly fast uninterrupted speeds, however the launch isn’t until 2010 so there is still time to tweak things and improve performance.  Not to mention, download speeds of even 25-30mbps (half of the empty network speeds) are still many times faster than current 3G speeds.  Verizon seems to be having a little bit better time getting their 4G plans into motion as Sprint’s 4G WiMax network is moving about as fast as car up on cinder blocks.  At their current paces, Verizon could very well pass Sprint and take back the technological advantage.  Who will be the first to 5G technology?  What will it even be?  I know I’m getting way ahead of myself.  It doesn’t hurt to think ahead though.  2010.  Verizon.  4G!

 

Source: Boy Genius, Zdnet

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More Verizon phones let loose by leaked Verizon roadmap

Sunday, February 15, 2009 19:34
Posted in category Cell Phones, Verizon

So you love Verizon and equally love leaked phone roadmaps?  Awesome, this is your night!  ManTooth over at Howard Forums managed to get a snapshot of Verizon’s early spring roadmap.  What does it reveal to us?  The LG Versa which is shaking up the mobile world with its modular construction.  The Nokia 7205 (Intrigue) with it’s sleek modern body.  The Casio Exilim with a 5 mp camera and whopping 800 x 640 WVGA display.  Rounding up the list of excitement is the Samsung Smooth.  Pictures of the Versa and Intrigue can be found here while the other two sly devils are still figments.  However, those figments should soon come to fruition soon.  The frugal minded shopper should take note that all of the handsets will have a $50 rebate available.  $50 isn’t much, but every little bit helps.  Hop on through for a bigger picture so you can actually read it.

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