Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Unboxing!

You may have heard, but there was indeed a media gathering in New York today, hosted by Motorola and Verizon, that allowed the press to get a second look at the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID (those are the official names now, by the way). Maybe even more importantly, it was a chance for us to all get review units as we approach launch day. And get review units did we ever.

We have them both – in hand! So, we unboxed! Of course we did.

I know that you have all watched Tim’s initial hands-on videos from the Lenovo Tech World unveiling, but this is a chance to see final units, in boxes, and to see what comes in those boxes.

We’ll have a lot more over the next few days, so stick with us!

UPDATE: Software tour now posted as well(more…)

Verizon Prepaid Will Get Throttled Unlimited Data Next Week, No Sneaky Safety Mode Required

Last week, Verizon introduced a bunch of “fireworks” tweaks to their The Verizon Plan that included a feature called Safety Mode. To say that Safety Mode was anything less than an unnecessary scheme to nickel and dime you over overages or tempt you into upgrading your plan to something more than you need is probably not doing the sneakiness of it justice. I say that because the Verizon prepaid plans are about to get the exact same bonus, but it won’t cost prepaid subscribers extra or require them to toggle it on or off to avoid getting hammered with overages.

What am I talking about? On July 17, Verizon is going to introduce a new prepaid feature called “Always-on Data.” What is Always-On Data? It’s throttled unlimited data that kicks in once you hit your prepaid data limit. It doesn’t require you to toggle a Safety Mode on or off and doesn’t cost you an extra $5 per month for snail speeds. Nope, it’s just included, unlike the new similar feature that Big Red deemed worthy of a “fireworks” descriptor last week.  (more…)

Phase 3 of Verizon’s $20 Unlimited Data Increase Kicks Off August 21

If for some reason, you were able to avoid Verizon’s $20 price increase on unlimited data plans to this point, be prepared to get hit with the higher price on or shortly after August 21. According to sources of ours, along with a number of readers being notified of the upcoming increase, Verizon is prepping “Phase 3” of Verizon’s plan to increase the price of remaining unlimited data customers to $49.99.  (more…)

Verizon Completes 5G Radio Specs, Now Onto Field Trials

After working with Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum, which is a group of global operators, parameters have been defined for 5G specifications in advance of future standards. To break that down in simple terms, Verizon has now outlined guidelines to test and validate crucial 5G technical aspects. This leads to compliant chipset manufacturing and a slew of other important developments.

To give you a sense of what Verizon is shooting for with 5G, end users will enjoy a wireless network that delivers several gigabits per second throughputs and single-millisecond latencies. Think of it like Google Fiber, but for your smartphone.

Verizon has published the specification document for all to see, if you’re interested.  (more…)

Reminder: You Can Upgrade at Verizon and Keep Unlimited Data These Days

Back in November, Verizon began raising the price of unlimited data plans from $29.99 per month to $49.99 per month. That $20 hike has or will have happened to almost everyone with an unlimited data plan by the end of August, as far as we can tell, through a three phase process that has almost completed. Many of you took the increase as the final straw to quitting Verizon and are enjoying wireless life elsewhere. But some of you also hung on, accepting the fact that $50 is still probably an OK deal for true, non-throttled unlimited data when compared to other carriers.

When the initial $20 increase arrived, we passed along word of a way to upgrade without losing your unlimited data going forward. Verizon said that as long as you upgraded through a device payment plan, your unlimited data plan was yours to keep. And that’s still true today.  (more…)

Verizon Confirms New Price Hikes and Data Increases, Throttling, Carryover Data, New App, and More

This morning, Verizon hosted an online-only press event to announce a bunch of new The Verizon Plan options, a redesigned app, and new features, like Rollover Carryover Data. We reported on all of this news through various stories over the past week, but Verizon has confirmed it all. As we exclusively reported last week, this all goes live tomorrow, July 7.

The details of everything are as follows.  (more…)

Root Achieved for Snapdragon-Powered Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Devices

Root has been achieved for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, appearing to be stable on all carrier variants. Just to be clear, if you own a Galaxy S7 (SM-G930) or Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935) featuring a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processor, and not the Samsung Exynos processor, you may proceed.

The letters that follow the model number, such as A (AT&T), T (T-Mobile), or V (Verizon) indicate which carrier variant is being referred to. At this time, root is achievable for what appears to be all carrier models, which is a big time win for Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge owners who love complete system access.  (more…)

Verizon’s “Fireworks” Plan Changes Coming July 7, Include Price and Data Hikes

Last week, thanks to promo pages that surfaced on Verizon’s Testman site, we learned a handful of details about upcoming changes that Big Red would soon introduce. When probed for confirmation, Verizon would only tell us to expect “fireworks” within the next week, but sources of ours confirmed to us days later the full set of changes to expect (which we noted here). Those changes are as follows.  (more…)