Both the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum that were announced this week at CES have global radios inside, but because of a network issue, they are not active. To this point, none of Verizon’s LTE phones have active global roaming, however, that is about to change according to VZW spokesperson Brenda Raney:
“The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology…. For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year.”
You can see our first looks at the devices here and here.
Before day 2 (well, day 1 of the open show floor) ended, we had a chance to sneak into the Verizon booth and grab a quick hands-on with LG’s latest device, the Spectrum. This phone is headed to store shelves on January 19 for $199, has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP camera, LTE connectivity, and most notably, a 4.5″ True HD IPS display. The Spectrum is a great effort at a comfortable price from LG, a company that had what we would consider a rough 2011 in the Android game here in the U.S. This could be the device that helps them turn things around. (more…)
The newest Verizon MAP (minimum advertised list) is out and it includes all of the newest CES announced devices. The RAZR MAXX, LG Spectrum and DROID 4 all on there. Thanks to press releases, we had already seen pricing info for the MAXX and Spectrum, but nothing so far on the D4. If this MAP list is correct (and they almost always are), then it should be available at launch for $249 on new 2-year contract. It’s not quite the semi-bargain price of the Spectrum, but it’s better than $299.
We are still without a release date.
The LG Spectrum is now official and headed to Verizon on January 19 for $199. This device isn’t a secret to any of you since we dropped a bomb of knowledge about it last week, but the price is new and shocking for the most part. As a high end LTE device on Big Red, that $199 price is a breath of fresh air.
To recap, this phone has a 4.5″ True HD IPS display, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear shooter, front camera, Android 2.3 and runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It’s most definitely LG’s best device in a long, long time.
Press release below. Spectrum landing page here. (more…)
What else could you possibly need to know about this phone? The answers lie within the pages of the LG Spectrum User Guide which we have posted below for everyone’s pleasure. We have already broke the news about the phone’s release date and a full set of specs. Have at it.
On the heels of our report that the LG Spectrum is currently scheduled to launch January 19 on Verizon, the company’s “Equipment Guide” has been loaded with matching information. As you can see in the “Launch Information” box, we have an “all channel” launch of January 19. You will also find some additional specs.
The LG Spectrum has long been rumored as the “Revolution 2,” but today, it is now officially the Spectrum and is headed to Verizon Wireless on January 19. Pricing has not been uncovered, but you can imagine that it will range from $249 – $299 on 2-year contract and anywhere between $569 and $649 at full retail. The Spectrum is easily LG’s best VZW phone to date with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and massive 4.5″ HD display at 329ppi. And speaking of its HD screen, Verizon is making sure that you know it has a Real Stripe pixel arrangement and is not PenTile.
Specs aside, the Spectrum will also launch with access to exclusive HD ESPN Scorecenter content and the Netflix HD that is currently only found on the RAZR. A special set of HD video editing tools will be included as well.
We had been wondering what Big Red’s plan for CES was and I’d say this phone will likely be it (maybe the DROID 4 too). The full round-up is after the break including the entire spec list. (more…)
The LG Spectrum and HTC Fireball could be Verizon’s first set of 4G LTE global devices if this system screenshot is correct. You see that little “O” up there under Global Phone? That would be replaced with an “N” if it lacked global capabilities, so this is a good sign. So far, Big Red hasn’t produced a “global ready” LTE phone, even though the DROID RAZR has global GSM radios in it. In a market that seems to have more LTE choices than many of you know what to do with, having global roaming capabilities is certainly a way to separate yourself.
What else do we know about the Spectrum and Fireball? Well, not much when it comes to the Fireball. This phone just jumped onto our radar within the last week, and the only real thing we have to go on is the model number of ADR6410. The Thunderbolt was AD6400 and the Rezound is ADR6425, so that would lead us to believe that it will fall somewhere in between them spec-wise. Is this the true replacement for the Thunderbolt? Could the “10” in 6410 mean keyboard? Tough to tell.
The LG Spectrum on the other hand is expected to be identical to the LG Nitro HD that launched on AT&T this month. It should rock a 4.5″ HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, anywhere from 4GB-16GB of internal storage, and an 8MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p video. It should be Verizon’s best LG device yet.
No word on a release for either, but we do know that the Spectrum has been in the works for quite some time. The Fireball on the hand, remains a mystery.