Archive for: Verizon

iPhone 5 Delivered To Carriers For Testing?

  • August 2, 2011 10:40 pm

The Guardian is reporting that super secret sealed boxes have been dropping on Carrier doorsteps recently. What’s inside you ask? Sweet iPhone 5 prototypes. Why you ask? Well, of course it’s for testing purposes! With all the guessing that is going on in the tubes of the internets about the release date of Apple’s 5th generation cellular telephone, we might have a tad sturdier leg to stand on. If you aren’t in the know, when a carrier receives prototypes for testing, they usually take a few weeks to for testing and then report up to Apple any issues they find.

We know how secretive Apple is, so we are assuming you are given a wooden (still very sexy) box with a hole in it. You stick your hand in said hole and guess where you gesture your finger at, and pray it works. This exact method was used back in the iPhone 4 testing days which is what led to [Antennagate]…

Because Everyone Likes Free Stuff: 30-Day VZW Navigator VX Trial.

  • July 15, 2011 2:58 pm

With all the various smartphone platforms and emerging GPS/navigation apps, long-time offerings such as Verizon’s VZW Navigator have lost their luster. Back to win you over is VZW’s newly revamped VZW Navigator VX. Besides all the old features, the new Navigator VX includes support for:

  • Smart Routes with Real-Time Traffic: Traffic updates every 60 seconds telling you when traffic is ahead and mapping out detours to get you around it.
  • Voice Turn-by-Turn Directions
  • “Real” signs and road views that accurately depict highway signs and guide you into the correct lanes in an effort to prevent last minute lane changes (and idiots from driving into lakes).
  • Location Sharing: Use Place Messaging or Facebook to share your real-time location or the place of an upcoming meeting.

Interested parties can either point their browsers to or scan the QR code located just after the break…

You’re Doing It Wrong: Verizon Confirms LTE Phones Not Compatible With Competitors’ LTE Networks.

  • July 15, 2011 9:18 am

Oh LTE — the saving grace of the wireless industry in the U.S. The blazing speeds are but one small part of its glory, for the other and more beneficial feature is the use of SIM cards. GSM users already know how awesome it is to be able to quickly and easily swap phones by simply moving their SIM card to and fro. So when Verizon announced several years ago that LTE was going to be their “4G” technology of choice, many tech enthusiasts jumped for joy — Verizon is a CDMA carrier which does not make use of SIM cards for U.S. service. But alas, it appears Verizon’s move to LTE still won’t bring cross-carrier love and the highly sought after SIM card tango we’ve come to know and love on GSM phones…

Verizon Unlimited Data Plan Officially Dead. Did You Switch?

  • July 7, 2011 7:09 am

That’s a wrap, folks! Verizon’s $30 unlimited plan is gone (likely forever). In its place are overpriced tiers offering a pittance of data at their respective price levels. If you managed to squeak into Verizon yesterday solely for the purpose of keeping a grandfathered data plan, we congratulate you.

While we are critical of Verizon’s new data plans we do have to give them some credit. While Verizon is allowing you to keep your unlimited data plan moving forward, they’re also allowing you to receive new phone upgrade discounts and tack on the $20/month 2 GB or $30/month unlimited tethering plan on top of your existing unlimited data plan. AT&T on the other hand refuses to allow those with grandfathered unlimited data plans add any tethering packages to their accounts. In turn, AT&T customers have to decide if they want unlimited data or the ability to tether — with plans that are also grossly overpriced.

If you weren’t on Verizon prior to the ending of their unlimited data plan, are you now? As it stands now, Sprint and T-Mobile are the only players left in the “unlimited” race. T-Mobile throttles data speeds after you surpass 5 GB while Sprint offers 5 GB/unlimited data depending on their 3G and 4G networks respectively.

VZW Rep: Customers Can Upgrade 4G Phones And Keep Unlimited Data After July 7th.

  • June 27, 2011 11:03 am

As terrible as Verizon’s tiered data plans look, unlimited data aficionados have a bit of luck on their side according to claims made by a Verizon Wireless rep via Twitter. When questioned as to whether or not unlimited data customers could keep their unlimited data plans when upgrading to 4G phones after the July 7th cut off date, a VZW rep responded saying:

“Existing Smartphone custs can keep unlimited data pricing when upgrading to another Smartphone.”

While this is one guy that could very well be wrong, it echos similar claims and rumors currently racing around the web at large. Hopefully said rep is right for the sake of tech-loving folk everywhere. A 2 GB cap on an LTE device that is supposed to tap into all of these exciting web-based services and features is border line useless without a miniature Fort Knox in your basement.

Verizon’s New Data Plans Extensively Detailed! Rip Off, As Expected.

  • June 22, 2011 3:15 pm

Verizons upcoming data plan shake-up is now confirmed for July 7th thanks to a mountain of material leaked to Android Central. Pricing for the lowest data tier now starts at 2 GB for $30/month and climb to $80/month for 10 GB of data. Hotspot access will set you back an additional $20 for 2 GB of data allotment while overages are a flat $10/GB. Pricing is the same for both 3G and 4G.

In short: These plans suck. Majorly.

But don’t take our word for it. Hop inside for the fate of unlimited plans as well as a rather lengthy internal Verizon Wireless email that will probably answer any and all questions you may have…

VZW Tiered Plans Dropping July 7th. Tiered Pricing Detailed.

  • June 20, 2011 2:00 pm

Verizon’s ultimate killing of unlimited data and rollout of tiered data plans is coming July 7th if the latest rumors are to be believed.

We’ve seen several dates thrown out over the last couple of months, though nothing concrete has ever been confirmed or actually rolled out. With that said, recent screencaps showing internal VZW systems detailing shared family data plans are an added piece to the puzzle. Add to that new claims by Droid-Life sources that say July 7th is the day the world ends — for heavy data users that is — as unlimited VZW data plans will cease to exist.

Hop inside for the full rundown…