Report: Sony Xperia Z3 Headed to Verizon as Xperia Z3v

Sony unveiled its newest flagship yesterday at IFA, the Xperia Z3, bound for T-Mobile here in the US. However, according to a report from PC Mag, the device will also hit Verizon’s network as the Xperia Z3v in the near future.

Thanks to leaked documents which were unreleased by PC Mag, the Xperia Z3v is shown with Verizon logos on its backside, as well as a list of apps that will come preloaded on the device, such as the Amazon Appstore, Kindle app, and Amazon Music.  (more…)

Verizon’s New Moto X Stops by FCC With Codename “Victara,” Android 4.4.3

Verizon’s variant of the new Moto X (Moto X+1) cruised through the FCC last night under the codename “victara,” a name we saw back in June. The device measures in at the same size as the AT&T/GSM model we saw hit the FCC last week, so even though the listing doesn’t say “Moto X,” we would be surprised if this isn’t it. Plus, Motorola is set to unveil the device in a day, so we like the timing.

The listing doesn’t give us a ton of new info, although, we are still digging through it. So far, we are seeing support for Verizon’s CDMA2000, along with LTE 13 and 4. The device, like almost all Verizon phones these days, has global GSM roaming on bands 850 and 1900.  (more…)

@DroidLanding is Back: Prepare for Either a New DROID Phone or Terrible App

The @DroidLanding Twitter account, an official and verified Twitter personality that has been used to unveil new DROID phones, apps and contests in the past, reactivated this afternoon. Well, it at least notified us that reactivation is “fast approaching,” which really means that something new is about to arrive with the DROID named attached to it.

What could it be? (more…)

Verizon Quietly Launches the Motorola Luge, a Rebranded RAZR M for Prepaid

Months ago, sources of ours told us that Verizon had plans to launch a device called the Motorola Luge, which was nothing but a rebranded DROID RAZR M aimed at their prepaid service. Today, that phone has arrived.

When I say that this is a rebranded DROID RAZR M, I’m not kidding. This is the RAZR M, only with a new name. Verizon and Motorola didn’t even remove the kevlar backing, they just changed the name. Also, their support pages list both devices, since they are, well, the same thing.  (more…)

Verizon VoLTE Launch Details: Advanced Calling 1.0, Devices, Video Call Billing, and More

This morning, Verizon announced that it would launch VoLTE and HD Voice nationwide within the coming weeks. They also pinged us later in the day with clarification on how HD Voice calls would be treated compared to regular voice calls (in short: the same). As the evening has progressed, we have continued to learn additional details about Big Red’s full VoLTE launch, including the two devices that will be able to take advantage out of the gate, specifics on Advanced Calling 1.0, how both Video and HD Voice calls are billed, and what happens when a customer hands-off from WiFi to LTE.  (more…)