@DroidLanding is Back: Prepare for Either a New DROID Phone or Terrible App

The @DroidLanding Twitter account, an official and verified Twitter personality that has been used to unveil new DROID phones, apps and contests in the past, reactivated this afternoon. Well, it at least notified us that reactivation is “fast approaching,” which really means that something new is about to arrive with the DROID named attached to it.

What could it be? (more…)

Verizon Quietly Launches the Motorola Luge, a Rebranded RAZR M for Prepaid

Months ago, sources of ours told us that Verizon had plans to launch a device called the Motorola Luge, which was nothing but a rebranded DROID RAZR M aimed at their prepaid service. Today, that phone has arrived.

When I say that this is a rebranded DROID RAZR M, I’m not kidding. This is the RAZR M, only with a new name. Verizon and Motorola didn’t even remove the kevlar backing, they just changed the name. Also, their support pages list both devices, since they are, well, the same thing.  (more…)

Verizon VoLTE Launch Details: Advanced Calling 1.0, Devices, Video Call Billing, and More

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…)

VoLTE and HD Voice Arrive at Verizon in “Coming Weeks”

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 Announces 14 Additional XLTE Markets

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…)

T-Mobile Will Give You an Upgrade to Unlimited LTE if You Bring Over a Friend From Another Carrier

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…)