How to: Upgrade Phones at Verizon and Keep Unlimited Data

Continuing to hold on to your unlimited data plan at Verizon is becoming increasingly more difficult, assuming you want to upgrade to a new phone at some point. The options to upgrade are disappearing quicker than we can count, but there are still a handful of ways for you to pick up a new phone and keep living life without data caps. Unfortunately, the options that include discounted phones or reasonable monthly payments are either incredibly limited now or gone altogether. If you want to upgrade and keep unlimited data, your best bet is to pay full retail in most cases.

Since we haven’t talked about the methods for keeping unlimited data on Verizon in a while, we wanted to do that today. Many of you are considering your next phone as we head into a busy holiday season, so knowing your options can’t hurt the situation.

By our count, there are six methods for keeping unlimited data. Here they are.  (more…)

New Moto X With Moto Maker Officially Arrives Tomorrow at Verizon

The new Moto X is officially arriving tomorrow, September 26, at Verizon.

The Moto X (2nd generation) will run $99 on new 2-year contract with 16GB of storage. Verizon didn’t state the off-contract price, but Motorola announced at the beginning of September that it would cost just $499, a full $100 cheaper than most other flagships. Moto Maker customizations will also be available if you don’t want one of the stock models sold directly from Verizon.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 4 Full Retail Pricing is Out of Control at AT&T

AT&T thinks you are a sucker. Either that, or they want to discourage you from even considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 off-contract. At $825.99 with “no annual contract,” AT&T will sell you Samsung’s latest oversized device, the same oversized device that Verizon is asking $699 for. Or that T-Mobile is asking $749 for. They all have the same storage, display, processor, and camera. There are no differences other than the branding on the back.

Oh, well maybe you could just go for the AT&T Next pricing, which sits at $34.42 per month, a full $0.57 lower than Verizon’s monthly Edge option? Except that AT&T’s monthly payment plan runs 24 months and Verizon’s runs just 20? Ugh.

Seriously, what the hell, AT&T?

Samsung Gear S is Coming to the Big Four This Fall

The Samsung Gear S, Samsung’s curved smartwatch that wants to be a stand-alone phone, is officially coming to the US “this Fall.” No pricing or an exact release date has been announced by anyone involved, but we do know that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile will all sell it. If that’s not enough news and you need Gear S in your life sooner, you can stop by 1 of 125 different AT&T retail stores starting Friday, September 26, to get a look (list of stores).  (more…)

DROID Turbo Back Panel Allegedly Leaks, Looks Bulletproof-Robotic-Bike-Chase-Explosion-Ready

The DROID TURBO is coming to Verizon, likely very soon. We know that it will support Motorola’s Turbo Charger, sport a DROID MAXX-like battery, maybe even wireless charging, and attempt to hide under the codename “quark” in a body that is only slightly larger than the new Moto X. Rumors suggest it will have a QHD display, 3GB RAM, and Snapdragon 805 processor, which would make it Motorola’s most powerful and next-gen phone in years.

Thanks to the folks at HellomotoHK, we may now know what its back panel will look like as well.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 4 Now Available for Pre-Order From Verizon and AT&T

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now up for pre-order from the two biggest wireless carriers in the US. Both Verizon and AT&T went live with pre-orders late last night, so if you are ready to become one with the newest version of Samsung’s oversized phone, the time is now. Well, sort of now. This is just a pre-order, which means you won’t get your phone until October 17. But you get that already. I’ll stop rambling.

The links for each are below. Verizon appears to only be selling the black version at this time, whereas AT&T is offering either black or white.  (more…)

Verizon Expands XLTE to 22 New Markets

Wireless congestion is a problem in cities – concrete and steel, unforgiving topography, and a countless number of  competing access points congeal to absolutely decimate your data rate. That’s why Verizon, under the XLTE moniker, continues to deploy LTE (band 4) service on the AWS spectrum in a growing number of municipalities. (more…)

Report: DROID Turbo Arrives Next Month on Verizon

According to a report out of CNET, Motorola and Verizon will introduce the DROID TURBO in October. The report also mentions that Motorola and Verizon have decided to release just one new DROID model, rather than the three that we have seen each of the last two years.

What do we know about the DROID TURBO? Well, its codename is “QUARK,” as confirmed to us by both a source and the FCC. The device will likely sport a large DROID MAXX-like battery (model EQ40) and wireless charging. We have confirmed that it will be able to take advantage of Motorola’s Turbo Charger, which can give the new Moto X up to 8 hours of juice in just 15 minutes. The new DROID will be slightly larger than the new Moto X, but that could be because it doesn’t have on-screen navigation buttons. (more…)