With such a steady clip of Droid devices marching into the smartphone marketplace, eventually you're bound to find the Droid you're looking for. Maybe it's Motorola's Droid 4 you've been holding out for, a 4G LTE smartphone with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, five-row QWERTY keyboard, and a 4-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass. If so, you only have to wait a few more days.
It's a little ironic for a company which likes to ask "Can you hear me now?" to remain silent at a time when its customers demand some answers. After three 4G LTE data outages in a single month, it's imperative for VZW to step up and say something that will restore customer confidence in its infrastructure, to say something that will convince potential new subscribers the recent issues are an anomaly, and just to say something, period.
Verizon Wireless appears to be suffering from more problems on its data network all across the U.S. as customers from coast to coast complain of both 3G and 4G outages. This is the second time in less than a month that Verizon Wireless has had trouble with its data network, with no specific reason given for the last time wireless customers had to contend with spotty connectivity.
Much to the dismay of AT&T, the wireless carrier's exclusivity agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone is officially over. February 10 is here, and that means the iPhone 4, in CDMA form, is available on Verizon's network, though you don't have to march into a Verizon store to get one. Wallyworld announced that it too is selling iPhone 4 devices on Verizon Wireless in select stores.
We have heard from Various Verizon executives that tiered data was probably on the way, and now we might have the details. The new information is still preliminary, but it's looking like a better situation for heavy users that AT&T offers. If true, Big Red would be keeping the standard $30 smartphone data plan for unlimited data. They would be adding a cheaper $15/150MB option for light users. When AT&T made the switch, unlimited data was cut in favor of a 2GB cap at $25 per month.
Pricing on MiFi data looking like $50/5GB and $80/10GB. Users of feature phones will get the option for a $30 unlimited plan, and a $15/150MB plan. Frankly, we'd like to see cheaper pricing for feature phones. It's basically impossible to use as much data on these handsets as it would be on a smartphone.
These plans might be a bit more expensive than AT&T's, but the option for unlimited data could be kept at the same price. While pricing on feature phones is a little high, we like this approach better than other carriers. These details only pertain to Verizon's 3G service. Expect different rates for the new LTE network when it launches later this year.
Despite a million and one rumors, Verizon still doesn't an iPhone. Big whoop, we can do without the janky antenna design anyway. Perhaps more appealing than an iPhone is the limited edition Droid R2-D2 by Motorola, which we're told will be available online through Verizon on September 30.
The specially designed phone will come in a custom box resembling carbonite and include a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. You can also expect a spattering of exclusive pre-loaded content, including R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones, four live wallpapers, R2-D2 clock widget, "The Best of R2-D2" video with the original Cantina music, and an exclusive binoculars app.
If you already own a modern smartphone, don't fret, you can still get your Star Wars fix.
"To celebrate 30 years since the film hit theaters, customers with Android devices running Android 2.1 or higher will soon be able to get the Empire Strikes Back app from Android Market," Verizon said. "The app, only for Verizon Wireless customers, allows Jedi Masters to browse, preview, and download Star Wars content related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back."
The premium content carries a one-time charge of $2.99. As for the R2-D2 phone, that will run $249 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and with a new two-year service agreement.
It's getting pretty hard to compete with Android, the hottest mobile OS on the planet that seems to be wedging itself into nearly every new smartphone announcement. Would a price cut and two-for-one offer be enough to sway you towards WebOS?
Verizon Wireless will soon find out who, after slashing the prices on their Palm phones, is now offering a buy-one-get-one free special. You can now pick up a pair of Palm Pre Plus smartphones for $50, or two Palm Pixi Plus handests for $30. That becomes pretty compelling with phones like Google's Nexus One selling for $529.
If that weren't enough, Verizon also dropped the price tag altogether on its 3G Mobile Hotspot feature for the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. This used to be a $40 service, but now it won't cost you a dime to connect your smartphone's 3G Internet connection with up to five other Wi-Fi devices, like your laptop or iPad.
Two year contract and monthly data plans both apply, but this is a heck of a deal if you've been eying the Palm's WebOS phones.
We have a feeling this one's not going to go over very well, but according to reports, Verizon is seriously considering doubling up its early termination fee for its FiOS TV service. That would mean that customers who jump ship before their contract reaches port would have to cough up $360 instead of $179.
According to CNet, the new fee would apply to new customers who sign up for service on or after January 17. The termination fee would then apply to those customers who opt out early of their two-year service agreement. And if the reports prove correct, new customers will no longer be able to take advantage of Verizon's 15-day grace period, in which they could try the service out for 15 days and still cancel without any repercussion.
"We don't have anything to announce on this front right now," is the official response, as stated by a spokeswoman in an email to CNet.
This wouldn't be the first time Verizon jacked up its early termination fee by a large amount. Back in November 2009, Verizon Wireless announced it was increasing its $175 ETF to $350 for "advanced devices," which decreases by $10 for every month of service for the life of the contract. This drew the attention of the FCC, who is still investigating the telco's actions.