Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition Coming Soon to Verizon

Tinkerers, a developer edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is on the way and it’ll work on Verizon’s network. Like past Galaxy devices that fall under the “developer edition” tag, it’s only marked as coming soon and without a price tag, even though today is the global launch day. Most carriers are selling the device at full retail (which is how you’ll have to buy this) for either $599 or $649, so set at least that much cash aside if this is the phone for you. As far as a potential availability date, I’d give it at least a couple of weeks, maybe even a month.  (more…)

Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available across the nation, with all major carriers participating in the April 11 global launch. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile should all have the device in store, but if not, are guaranteed to have it available online. Some are running special deals, like Verizon’s BOGO (buy one, get one free) special or AT&T’s $50 discount off of Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices should you pick up the GS5.

We’ve linked directly to all of the major carrier stores below, along with the current offers from Best Buy and Amazon. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot to pick up Samsung’s 2014 flagship phone.  (more…)

Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Kill Off Galaxy S5 Download Booster Feature

Download Booster on the Galaxy S5 from Samsung was one of the cooler, flagship features introduced on the device. The feature allows users to simultaneously utilize the 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity on the device when downloading files, cutting download times significantly, as advertised on the official Galaxy S5 page from Samsung.

Unfortunately, anyone buying the device on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint won’t find it anywhere on their phones. In an interesting move by these carriers, they have opted to remove the feature, possibly trying to help users save on their capped data plans.  (more…)

Reminder: HTC One (M8) In-store Available Expands Beyond Verizon Today

Verizon’s exclusive hold on in-store availability of the HTC One (M8) comes to an end today, the day before Samsung’s Galaxy S5 hits retail outlets. That means you should be able to walk into an AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint store and get your paws on smartphone luxury, as we like to call it. It may be too tall for our liking, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a finely crafted device with a build quality unlike any other.

Starting at $199 on-contract (or $599 full retail at some locations), the HTC One (M8) is now widely available. AT&T and Sprint should have it today, with T-Mobile in-store availability happening tomorrow.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our HTC One (M8) review.

My Verizon Updates With 3 Widgets, Randomly Asks for Root Access

Verizon’s My Verizon app received an update today that introduced three widget styles. You may recall that Verizon finally brought back their auto-refreshing data widget to this app a few weeks back, but this time they are giving you choices in how that data is displayed. You can view your data consumption through a bar, half-circle meter, or simply as a number.

To switch between widgets, you’ll have to grab the single widget entry in your widgets menu. Once added to a screen, you can tap on the widget, then hit the Settings icon in the top right corner to tell the app which widget to display.  (more…)

Verizon Acquires Wireless Spectrum Licenses From Cincinnati Bell for $210 Million

Cincinnati Bell, a telephone company based out of Ohio, has agreed to sell its rights, titles, and interests in its wireless spectrum licenses to Verizon to the tune of $194 million in cash.

The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2014, and until then, customers of CBW (Cincinnati Bell Wireless) should see no change in service. However, when the deal gets closer to closing, the company states it will assist current customers in transferring their contract agreements to Verizon or another carrier of their choosing.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S5 Now Up for Pre-order at $199, BOGO Deal in Effect

Were you waiting for Verizon to open up pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5? That time has now come. For $199 on-contract (after $50 rebate) or $599 at full retail, you can pre-order Samsung’s 2014 flagship with an expected shipping date of April 11, the planned global launch date of the phone.

Verizon’s version of the GS5 is like everyone else’s in that it sports a 5.1″ FHD Super AMOLED display, 16MP camera, 2,800mAh battery, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, fingerprint scanner, heartrate monitor, and Android 4.4 underneath a revamped TouchWiz (full specs). You can see the heartrate monitor and fingerprint scanner in action here. You’ll find a quick video tour of the phone here. And last, here is how the Galaxy S5 compares to the Galaxy S4, plus other phones.  (more…)