Verizon Deems November 26 as “Connection Day,” Offers Up Freebies

On Wednesday, November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Verizon is giving away a whole bunch of freebies in partnership with a handful of companies on what they are calling “Connection Day.” The idea is pretty simple – thanks to a bunch of free stuff, you can “connect” with friends, family, and companies you may not otherwise care about except that they are giving you things at no cost.

So what kinds of freebies are we talking about? Free and discounted apps from Amazon, free Audible book downloads, free Conde Nast magazines, free WiFi through Boingo and Gogo, free in-flight WiFi on JetBlue flights, a seven day free trial of Pandora One, and a special iTunes deal that they won’t reveal until the 26th. Hopefully it’s more U2! Errr…  (more…)

When and Where can I Buy the Nexus 6?

Ready to go out and buy a Nexus 6, the newest flagship phone from Google? Then you are probably wondering when and where you can do that at, I would imagine. November 12 has basically become the official launch date at this point, but that doesn’t mean that every single carrier or store will have the phone at that time. So, since tomorrow is the 12th, we thought a handy little list of stores, carriers, and availability at each would help you decide where you can focus your efforts.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

The Sony Xperia Z3v is a strange phone. It’s not quite a Z3, not quite a Z2. Thinking about the Z3v reminds me of the strange Xperia Play commercials where a back ally deal resulted in human thumbs being appended to an android. This mashup of hardware with Sony and Verizon software at first glance might seem like another disappointment, but I think Sony fans and Verizon subscribers ought to find much to love about the Z3v.

This is our Sony Xperia Z3v review. (more…)

Google Voice MMS Messaging Support for Verizon Now Official

Confirming what we reported last week, Google software engineer Dylan Salisbury writes on Google+ that Google Voice MMS messaging with Verizon Wireless subscribers is now officially supported. That means, as he points out, that MMS through Google Voice should work with all major carriers in the US and Canada.

In a related announcement, Salisbury said Hangouts is gaining native MMS support for photo messaging; pictures sent to Voice recipients via MMS will now appear natively, instead of as a link. As for the other major feature of MMS, group messaging, it will be apparently be enabled in a coming update. (more…)

Obama Urges FCC to Re-Classify Internet Under Title II to Keep It “Open and Free,” Include Mobile Broadband

Thanks in part to 4 million comments by the American people, President Barack Obama and the White House released a statement this morning in favor of net neutrality and keeping the internet “open and free.” His stance is that the internet is “essential” to our economy, is one of the greatest “gifts” to our society, and that the FCC should reclassify it under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, essentially turning it into a utility.  (more…)

Samsung Gear S Now Available at Verizon, AT&T, and Best Buy

Samsung’s standalone smartwatch called the Gear S, running Tizen, is now available through Verizon (for an ungodly amount on-contract), AT&T, and Best Buy.

For Verizon, customers can pick up the Gear S smartwatch for $349.99 on a 2-year contract, or $399  at full retail. On AT&T, customers can grab the Gear S for $199 on-contract, and $299 at full retail. As for Best Buy, folks can grab the wearable at $199 on-contract or $329.99 at full retail.  (more…)

Verizon Releases Special NFL Leather Moto X (2nd Gen), Available for $119

One of the first thoughts that came to mind after Motorola told us that they had partnered with Horween Leather to produce the leather used for the backs of the new Moto X (2nd gen) and the bands for the Moto 360, knowing that this is the company thats materials are in NFL footballs, was how they would figure out a way to tie-in this country’s most popular sport with their new flagship phone. Now we know. Well, sources told us about this a couple of months ago, so we can’t say we are exactly shocked. But yeah, the Moto X (2nd gen) now comes with an optional NFL leather backside. As in, your Moto X could be a football.  (more…)

Verizon Announced a New Ellipsis 8 Tablet With XLTE

Yesterday, somewhere around mid-day, just as Google and Motorola were pushing out all sorts of new pages for the Nexus 6, Moto 360, G Watch R, and a bundle of accessories, Verizon was announcing a new tablet – the Ellipsis 8. No one noticed, of course, because the Ellipsis line of tablets isn’t exactly meant to dominate headlines. Like the Ellipsis 7 before it, the Ellipsis 8 is a super cheap tablet, with low-end specs, that’s meant to get a first-time tablet owner to buy one as an add-on to their MORE Everything plan. You see, Verizon, in this competitive wireless industry, is hoping that tablet add-ons and other connected devices will be the new money-grabbing, pocket-padding, billion-dollar frontier…err future of tech fun!  (more…)