Deal: All Android Phones $199 and Over are 50% Off at Verizon, Including Galaxy Note 4

Verizon is currently hosting a deal for 50% off of their best Android phones. Of course, the 50% is only off of the on-contract price, but still, the deal includes all phones over $199 on-contract. The devices to consider are the Galaxy Note 4 ($149), Xperia Z3v ($99), and DROID Turbo ($99). Actually, those might be their only Android phones that qualify, all of which we are big fans.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our Galaxy Note 4 review, DROID Turbo review, and Xperia Z3v review.

Verizon is also doing free overnight shipping, so if you get orders in by 4PM on December 23, they should arrive by X-mas.

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Verizon Messages Will Soon Let You Send Starbucks Gift Cards

Users of Verizon Messages…wait, what’s that? There isn’t such a thing? OK, then, theoretically speaking, if you were to become a Verizon Messages user (and I understand that you won’t), I wanted to point out that you will soon be able to easily send a Starbucks eGift Card to other users. According to an un-asked-for email tied to my Verizon account (that was likely opt-out), later this month, you will be able to click a “gift” icon within the Messages app in any one-on-one conversation to pass along Starbucks bucks. Apparently, this is a “cool and convenient” way to bring caffeine into a friend’s life.

Convenient indeed. Unless of course you realize that you have to use the Verizon Messages app in order to experience this convenience, which then makes it inconvenient.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Contract or Month-to-Month?

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?

Are you on-contract with your wireless carrier or month-to-month?

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Deal: Buy a DROID Turbo From Best Buy, Get $100 or $150 Gift Card

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…)

Verizon Executive Talks 2015 and Beyond, Includes Work on LTE Advanced and Boosting LTE Coverage Indoors

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…)