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…)
This morning, Verizon announced that it is almost ready to finally unleash VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) and HD Voice upon its customers. In fact, customers should expect to begin using VoLTE and HD Voice “in the coming weeks,” as opposed to months. Verizon didn’t mention as much in their press release, but this almost seems early. Back in May, they announced that both services would be here in the “next few months” or “later this year,” leaving us to wonder if that meant end of summer or early winter. Clearly, they meant summer. (more…)
Verizon announced fourteen new XLTE markets this morning, adding to its already impressive 350 markets currently live in the US. The markets range from Oregon, down to Texas, up to Montana, so a few subscribers among us will definitely be benefiting from this light up.
XLTE is Verizon’s attempt to broaden bandwidth on its existing 4G LTE network, which has seen quite a drop in performance over the past couple of years.
For a peek at the new markets, take a look below. (more…)
In response to Sprint’s new 20GB $100 plan that was announced earlier in the week for new customers, T-Mobile has decided that it wants all of the current Sprint customers that aren’t being offered this new deal to come on over to its promised land. Through current T-Mobile customers, Magenta is offering unlimited LTE upgrades to any current customer who brings over a friend from another carrier, including Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. That new customer will also receive the free upgrade to unlimited LTE. (more…)
I think it’s safe to say that there are at least one or two DL staff members who would consider the Samsung Galaxy S4 to be better than this year’s Galaxy S5. Not only is the size of the phone much more manageable, but it also lacks some of the extra unnecessary bloat, like heart rate sensors and fingerprint scanners. Plus, if you are going to have to deal with TouchWiz’s never-ending lag, you may as well do it on a phone that fits better in your hand and pocket.
If the Galaxy S4 is still something you would consider, especially since it runs at a full retail price much lower than this year’s model, take a look at today’s deal through eBay. You can grab the Verizon Galaxy S4 (brand new) in black for $359.95. The current price through Verizon’s site is $499.99. The seller is also tossing in free expedited shipping. Again, this is a new unit, not refurbished like many of eBay’s daily deals.
In the wireless industry, apps are still a pretty big deal. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the app ecosystem is young, but you get the feeling that we are only scratching the surface when it comes to potential, not only for the types of tasks they accomplish, but also the amount of money they can make everyone involved. According to a report out of The Information, Verizon wants in (again) because it isn’t exactly thrilled that Google and Apple control the app industry by themselves. In other words, Big Red wants another revenue stream. (more…)