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…)

Deal: LG G2 From Verizon is Just $299 if You Buy Through ALLSET

With today’s launch of Verizon’s ALLSET prepaid plan with 4G LTE, a pretty solid deal on the LG G2 has come along for the ride. Should you decide to join the prepaid world, you can add-on a brand new G2 for $299. That is without a contract, of course.

If you were to buy the same G2 without ALLSET, it would run you $499. At $299, we are talking lower than Nexus 5 levels here, but you are getting a phone that is arguably better. Keep in mind that the G2, even though it is about a year old, is probably the most underrated phone from last year. It has a gorgeous 1080p LCD display, crazy good battery life, an awesome camera, and is pretty hack-able for the most part.  (more…)

Verizon Prepaid is Finally Getting 4G LTE, Likely on July 17

According to sources of ours, Verizon prepaid is finally getting access to the carrier’s massive 4G LTE network come July 17. As those of you in the prepaid game know, Verizon has lagged behind others in terms of prepaid data speeds, leaving their customers on 3G-only, which is painful on Big Red’s incredibly slow CDMA network. That is about to change, but you now have to decide if their plan is worth considering.  (more…)

Verizon’s LG G3 to Feature Innovative, Exclusive QWERTY Slider Keyboard, 2-inch High-res Display

If you are planning to pick-up the LG G3 when it arrives on Verizon store shelves, prepare for a boatload of exclusive features that only the Big Red variant will carry. We are talking a slideout QWERTY keyboard, front physical dial pad, and an insanely high-res 2-inch front display. Think of the G3 with a set of features that no one has attempted to use since the death of the feature phone, in a good way.

Verizon and LG are really trying to change the game here, which is not surprising knowing Verizon’s past of tweaking flagship phones for the better. Think of the Note 2 and the added bonus users received with a “Verizon Wireless” logo placed on the physical home button. Better than a fingerprint scanner, right? Or what about the removal of features like Blocking Mode from Samsung phones that were nothing but a nuisance and bloatware. Think of the constant reminder that you always wished you had to show that you were connected to WiFi or that you should try to connect to a nearby network.

Verizon has always had you in mind when preparing to release a phone, which is why their version of the G3 will be unlike any other.  (more…)

T-Mobile LG G2 Receiving Update, Brings KnockOn Security

KnockOn, a security feature introduced on the LG G Pro 2 back at MWC, is making its way to older devices. Announced this morning by T-Mobile, current LG G2 owners on the network will receive an update this week, bringing the KnockOn feature to their devices.

With KnockOn, users can set a user-created pattern on their lockscreen, allowing them to stay away from the usual PIN or circular pattern unlock software that is used on all Android devices.  (more…)

Deal: Brand New, Unlocked LG G2 for $349 From eBay

We aren’t seeing many good tech deals floating around today, but if you need an unlocked phone that will work with GSM carriers at an affordable price, you can grab a brand new LG G2 from eBay for $349.99. The phone supports AT&T’s HSPA bands, but does not appear to be ready for any LTE in the US. So yeah, a decent price on the phone, but limited connectivity.

The LG G2 was one of our favorite phones from last year (our review). We absolutely loved the camera experience it brought, along with its big beautiful edge-to-edge 1080p display, insanely long battery life, and incredible performance. The G2 is probably the most underrated phone of the last few years. Readers who own a variant are passionate about the G2.

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Update Rolling Out to AT&T Variant of the LG G2, Knock Code and Calendar Enhancements in Tow

Starting today, owners of the LG G2 on AT&T can expect a 39 MB software update, firmware D80020u. It sadly isn’t Android 4.4.3, but the OTA does include a new way of protecting your lock screen: Knock Code.

For the uninitiated, the G2′s unique button arrangement necessitated LG’s Knock On, which lets you wake your device by simply tapping the display. Knock Code is the natural extension of this concept, allowing you to record a security pattern of taps to unlock your G2. Sound familiar? A third-party app enabled similar functionality two months ago. Still, it’s good to see such a feature officially incorporated into firmware. (more…)