This afternoon, Verizon started to push an update to Galaxy S5 owners, software version KTU84P. While it does not feature anything too special, such as Lollipop, it does include a few important bug and performance issues, which should allow affected Gs5 owners to sleep better this evening. (more…)
Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.
This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.
And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?
The DROID Turbo, a device we actually really like for the most part and consider to be the best “DROID” phone in a couple of years (our review), is currently included in Best Buy’s Green Monday deals. It’s still listed at $199 on-contract, but if you buy one through Best Buy, they will hand you either a $100 or $150 gift card (good luck figuring out which one they will give you). So in a way, you could be picking up the new DROID for around $50.
As a recap, the DROID Turbo sports a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 21MP camera, 3GB RAM, and a massive 3,900mAh battery. It also runs mostly stock Android with Motorola’s useful suite of apps added on, all of which are included in the new Moto X (2nd gen). This phone, is legit. (more…)
A discussion recently took place between Fierce Wireless and Verizon executive Mike Haberman, Big Red’s vice president of network support, in which Haberman outlined the carrier’s immediate 2015 plans, as well as looked beyond and into the future for the network.
2015, Haberman states, will be a year of more carrier aggregation, as the company has already begun testing the network, getting it ready for public rollout. The technology of aggregation, which Verizon has labeled LTE Advanced for marketing purposed, builds greater “traffic lanes” for mobile users to utilize, bonding spectrum to produce greater capacity. This ultimately brings faster mobile speeds and improved call quality to anyone with a compatible phone. (more…)
Add the LG G3 to Verizon’s list of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) ready devices. An update is rolling out today that includes Advanced Calling 1.0, which is Verizon’s on-device service that enables VoLTE, with HD Voice and video calling. The update also brings updates for massive amounts of bloatware, along with new versions of many of LG’s own apps, like Contacts, Email, and the Camera. (more…)
Earlier this week, Sprint announced a very bold move, in which they would take any current contract agreement from Verizon or AT&T, and slash the price in half. For example, if you are currently on a 15GB Data Share plan from AT&T, totaling $160 a month, on Sprint, it would cost you just $80.
Theoretically, not only would your bill be 50% cheaper, but the Now Network states that they will waive activation fees ($36 per line), as well as buy out your current contract ($350 per line) from the competition. (more…)