The whole idea of having a mobile data cap blows, especially when you consider the things we're using our smartphones for, like downloading games, surfing all corners of the Web, streaming Netflix, tapping into streaming music, and so forth. Snug fitting data caps become even more bothersome when you have access to a fast 4G LTE connection, but there's a bit of relief in sight.
It’s been a long time coming, but the HTC Rezound, the device once known as the Vigor, has been announced. This high-end Android smartphone is destined for Verizon’s 4G LTE network on November 14th, and will sell for $299.99 on a two year contract. This phone will be the first to bring several features stateside, which makes the high price seem almost reasonable.
Overall it was another strong quarter for Verizon Communications, which added 882,000 retail postpaid wireless customers, plus another 367,000 wholesale and other connections for a total of 1.3 million connections in its third fiscal quarter for 2011. Smartphones accounted for 39 percent of Verizon's retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 36 percent in the second quarter, Verizon said.
As expected, Motorola has announced the new Droid RAZR Android phone for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The iconic name evokes images of something impossibly thin, and the Droid RAZR delivers on that count. The device is powerful, but only 7.1mm thick. That’s thinner than the iPhone, and Motorola claims over 12 hours of talk time per charge.
This may be bad news to anyone that bought a Droid Bionic last month on Verizon. The Droid RAZR is expected to be announced tomorrow, and bring the RAZR branding roaring back with a slim design and 4G LTE on board. There’s a new teaser site up ahead of tomorrow’s event, and it leaves little to the imagination.
Have you always had a hankering for some home automation, but felt that the technology was either too expensive or too complicated to install? Throw that excuse out the window. Starting today, Verizon is offering a $10/mo. service (plus the cost of the installation kit) that will let you remotely change your house’s temperature, track energy usage, turn lights and appliances on and off, watch a video feed of your home, and heck, even unlock the front door if you want – all via your web-connected PC, smartphone or FiOS TV. Sigma Design’s Z-Wave technology powers the system.
Verizon’s 4G LTE rollout has been accompanied by a market increase in the price of smartphones. Most of the carrier’s 4G models have been starting their lives at a $300 price point. The new Samsung Stratosphere is arriving on October 13th with LTE in tow, and it’s just $150 on contract. That’s half as much as the new Droid Bionic.
It’s no secret that Microsoft has intentions to make the Xbox 360 a more robust home entertainment device, and the rumors have been that they intend to do that by getting more video content. According to Bloomberg, Redmond is in talks with Comcast and Verizon to get pay TV content on the console. New streaming offerings could be announced as early as next week.
When the Motorola Xoom was first announced on Verizon Wireless, one of the main points used to justify the high price was the future addition of LTE 4G data. Well, after six months of waiting, Verizon and Moto are reporting that all system are go for the upgrade to get under way tomorrow, September 29th.
HTC and Verizon have announced a somewhat unique device today. The long-rumored HTC Rhyme has been announced and Big Red is looking to get the ladies interested in this device. The Rhyme has mid-level hardware, a few included accessories, and a glowing charm. Oh, and it’s purple. Yep, HTC and Verizon have the female demographic totally figured out, right?