Nextbit: CDMA Robin Shipments Delayed a Couple of Months

Nextbit is pushing back the shipping date of the Robin smartphone for CDMA networks, the company announced through its Kickstarter page. In an update to backers, the company admits it was being a bit, “optimistic,” and “got a little carried away,” in the excitement of a successful campaign.

The CDMA Robin was previously estimated to ship to backers in February, but now, Nextbit states that April is more realistic. While the company has no concrete date set, as there are a “number of factors outside our control,” Nextbit claims that they will keep all backers informed on what is taking place.  (more…)

Verizon: Haha, No, We’re Not Bringing Unlimited Data Back

A couple of weeks ago, AT&T grabbed a bunch of headlines when it re-introduced an unlimited data plan that has limited availability. Today, following Verizon’s quarterly earnings call, the company’s CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo was asked by CNET if they planned to bring back their own unlimited data offering. Shammo wasted no breath in saying, “At this point, we are not going to entertain unlimited.”  (more…)

DEAL: Verizon Hosting BOGO 50% on DROID Turbo 2 and Maxx 2

Verizon kicked off a new deal this morning that includes their newest DROID phones. The deal is a buy one, get one (BOGO) 50% mix-and-match sort of thing, where you could buy the DROID Turbo 2 and get half off another Turbo 2 or the DROID Maxx 2. You could also buy a Maxx 2 and get 50% off another Maxx 2. See, mix-and-match.

The deal requires you to sign-up for a payment plan on each device, from what I can tell. For example, you could lock into a DROID Turbo 2 at $26 per month, then add a second Turbo 2 for just $13 per month. The Maxx 2 is $16 per month at full price and just $8 when coupled in the deal.  (more…)

Verizon Introduces FreeBee Data, a Sponsored Data Program…

Verizon hates the idea of net neutrality because, well, money. You already knew that, though. But let’s say for some reason, if you didn’t know that, maybe their new program will finally hammer that idea home. It’s called FreeBee Data and it’s a sponsored data service aimed at creating fast paid-for lanes or bundles of content by marketers and businesses for you to consume at no charge.  (more…)

Verizon Open Enrollment for 2nd Chance Device Protection Now Live

Each year, as Verizon opens up open enrollment for device protection, we try to let you know, just in case you have decided well after purchasing a device that you might want to get some insurance on it. As you probably guessed, that time is now. Well, it opened yesterday and runs through March 10, so you do have some time to decide.

What is open enrollment? As Verizon puts it, this is a “2nd chance for device protection.” In other words, if you declined insurance at the point of sale, but have now decided that you want protection in case of a drop or other disaster, you can now add on insurance.  (more…)

Official Bootloader Unlock Comes to Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen), Could Open Way to Marshmallow

Motorola will not update the Moto X (2nd gen) on AT&T or Verizon to Marshmallow. Since Motorola has gone completely silent on this decision, we don’t really know where to place the blame. My guess is that there are a couple of reasons. One, Motorola doesn’t have the resources anymore to support either and is instead focusing on the “Pure Edition” unlocked model which they control completely. And two, they don’t want to deal with the “partner” side of it, which means they don’t want to go through the ridiculously lengthy and possibly, mostly unnecessary “testing” process from AT&T and Verizon in order to get the update out to you. Unfair or not, that’s the situation we are in.

With that in mind, something is brewing in the bootloader unlock community that may be a way to Marshmallow on some level, at least for the Verizon variant of the Moto X (2nd gen).  (more…)