What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?”

At the end of last week, a reader of ours pointed out that device made by Motorola under the model number XT1254 had passed through Bluetooth SIG with a description confirming that it was an Android smartphone. No other details were attached, so we ignored it. Then over the weekend, a couple of supposed CPU-Z screens of a Motorola device with a codename of “quark_verizon” surfaced under the same model number, causing the tech world to freak out, toss around conspiracy and fanboy theories involving the rumored Motorola Nexus, and generally sound silly. Names like “DROID Turbo” were mentioned, as were a handful of next-level specs.

So what is this mystery device? Well, let’s see if we can’t find out.  (more…)

Verizon Quietly Introduces New Single Line Plan – 2GB of Data for $60, Dropped Down to $50 With Edge

Yesterday, Verizon quietly introduced a brand new single line plan that certainly isn’t the worst deal you will find in the wireless industry. At $60, the new plan offers unlimited talk and text along with 2GB of data per month. You can lower that rate further by buying a new phone through Verizon’s Edge device payment plan and shave off another $10, bringing your monthly service bill to $50 (plus the Edge payment).  (more…)

Verizon CFO: First LTE-Only Phone Arriving First Half of 2016

Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo sat down for the opening of the Oppenheimer Internet and Communication Conference this morning to discuss the state of his company’s affairs. These conversations typically revolve around areas that Big Red can continue to to grow in to make more money, since that’s all investors really care about. But when speaking of new money-making arenas, we tend to learn about Verizon timelines for new products or services, like 4G LTE rollouts or Multicast or the introduction of everyone’s favorite, tiered data plans. (more…)

Unlimited Data Users Losing Another Upgrade Workaround at Verizon Come August 24

Unlimited data users on Verizon, at this stage in the game, know most of the tricks when it comes to upgrading phones at a reasonable price. In other words, since Verizon took away unlimited data plans years ago, users of those plans have had to find loopholes in the system to allow them to keep their plans without having to fork out full retail prices for phones. Unfortunately, one of the most commonly used loopholes is about to be closed up. Come August 24, Big Red will force upgrades used on smartphones to keep data packages for the remainder of a contract, according to sources of ours.

Let me explain what this means.  (more…)

FCC Still Concerned About Throttling, Asks All Carriers About Throttling Practices

Over the last couple of weeks, the FCC has decided that it wants to know more about the throttling or “Network Optimization” practices of wireless carriers in the US. Their initial probing began with Verizon, after the company announced plans to start throttling the top 5% of its data users who have unlimited data plans and a 4G LTE phone come October 1. Today, Reuters is reporting that the FCC is actually looking into all of the major carriers, asking for them to explain how they decide when to slow down speeds for customers, because they are still very “concerned” that the reasoning could be a business rather than engineering issue. (more…)

New Moto X Currently Scheduled for September 25 Arrival at Verizon

Back in February, Motorola confirmed to the press that a new Moto X would arrive in “late” summer, along with a smartwatch, which we now know as the Moto 360. Sources of ours have confirmed to us that Verizon is currently expecting the new Moto X by September 25. That date may be just outside of summer, which officially ends September 22, but it’s close enough. Also, there is always a chance that we see other carrier variants of the device arrive before Verizon gets it, which would put Motorola inside their own timeline.  (more…)

Verizon’s Push to Talk Plus Now Available for Galaxy S5, DROID MAXX, and More

Verizon’s Push to Talk Plus service has been opened up to a few new devices this morning, the Galaxy S5, DROID MAXX, Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE, and other not-so-crazy-popular models.

The service allows for members of a team on the job to speak to one another by pressing a button, much like every other push to talk service. Verizon built in a few additional features in its Plus service, allowing initiators to control a group call, making sure only they can be heard over other members of the call. Perfect for when the boss needs to get a word in.  (more…)

Report: T-Mobile Phones Last Longer on Battery Than AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Counterparts

T-Mobile has added more customers in the past 15 months than the three other major carriers combined, but the cellular provider may be distinguished in at least one other, more important way. According to tests conducted by Laptop Mag, T-Mobile phones last consistently longer on battery than their AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon counterparts.  (more…)