Verizon’s National Trade-In Event Kicks Off Today, Up to $300 for Your Used Smartphone

Starting today, existing customers on Verizon or those looking to make the switch to Big Red can get up to $300 when they trade-in their existing smartphone. Better yet, even if your current smartphone has a cracked screen, Verizon will offer you a DROID Turbo 2 or DROID MAXX 2.

The way this event works is pretty straightforward on paper. Customers can activate a new line, upgrade an existing line, or switch to Verizon and sign up for a device payment plan. The quickest way to receive instant value for your gently-used smartphone is to visit a Verizon retailer. The credit you receive can be placed towards your new phone’s down payment, or can be redeemed as an account credit. Customers can also opt to receive the credit on a Verizon gift card.  (more…)

Samsung Releases Unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the US, Works on All Carriers

You probably won’t believe this the first time you read it, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge can now be purchased in the US as unlocked phones. Officially. This isn’t a story about buying an imported version at a discount from who-knows-where. We’re talking about officially supported, unlocked phones made specifically for the US with support on all carriers.

Samsung announced the unlocked versions this morning, saying that they should go on sale later today, June 30.   (more…)

Verizon Unveils 4G LTE Network Extender for Home and Business, Launches June 30 for $250

Verizon is releasing a 4G LTE Network Extender device this month for $250. Targeted towards those who live in homes not saturated in Big Red’s beautiful LTE network, or those who wish to provide patrons of their business with better Verizon coverage, this Samsung-made network extender covers a 7,500 square foot area, providing HD Voice coverage and 4G LTE data speeds for up to seven devices with an eighth channel reserved for 911 calls.

Designed for self-installation, setting this device up should be rather straightforward. Assuming it works the same as T-Mobile’s network extender, all one needs is a broadband internet connection and wall outlet for power. Once the device is activated, it works as its own little 4G LTE tower inside of your home or business, featuring Samsung’s “small cell” technology.  (more…)

Verizon May Introduce Carryover Data, Free Roaming, and Throttled Unlimited Data This Week (Updated)

A little over a year and a half ago, Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo told the world that his company was a “leader” not a “follower” and that they wouldn’t be jumping on the rollover data bandwagon. If the image below, along with a confirmation from a source of ours is to be believed, Shammo may have some explaining to do. By this Friday, Verizon could introduce not only “carryover” data, but a safety mode and free roaming to Canada and Mexico, as well. All of these new features should launch within The Verizon Plan.  (more…)

Verizon Pushed Updates to the Turbo 2, Note 4, and Galaxy S5 Within the Past Few Days

Just a quick note here, but we wanted to point out that owners of a DROID Turbo 2, Galaxy Note 4, or Galaxy S5 on Verizon should have seen a prompt for an update in recent days. No, none of the updates are anything exciting, but our inboxes and Twitter accounts have made it clear that a number of you are curious as to their details. So, here you go.  (more…)

Moto G4 and G4 Plus are Unlocked and Work on All Major US Carriers

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will arrive in the US on July 12 at a starting price of $199. The price and set of specs should be enough to get you interested in them on their own, but these two phones are also some of the few options out there that work across all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. At this point, not even the incoming flagship Moto Z line can say that, unless something changes last minute.  (more…)