In the wake of the surprise AT&T deal to buy T-Mobile USA, many have speculated that Verizon Wireless might want to get hitched to Sprint. Big Red has gotten out ahead of the rumors and shot the idea down pretty handily. "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Verizon CEO Mead at CTIA today.
Verizon has just gotten its very first 4G LTE handset out the door, and the reception for the HTC Thunderbolt has been good so far. Though one major gripe users are complaining about is that that new LTE radio really gulps down power. PC Mag reports that their own testing only resulted in 2.5 hours of LTE streaming. The solution? A big honking battery apparently.
Starting tomorrow, March 17th, you'll be able to pick up HTC's much anticipated ThunderBolt smartphone through Verizon for $250 with a two-year service agreement. The ThunderBolt is the first smartphone able to take full advantage of Verizon's 4G LTE network, and you can expect download speeds of 5-12Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5Mbps, Verizon says.
Consumer Reports today said that Verizon's CDMA iPhone 4 suffers from dropped calls just like AT&T's GSM version. This discovery runs contrary to several previous reports suggesting that Apple managed to fix the iPhone 4's antenna issue by slightly altering the design, but ultimately "shares with its sibling the possibility of compromised performance in low-signal conditions when used without a bumper or case." Should you be concerned?
AT&T lost its exclusivity grip on the on the iPhone 4 when Verizon started carrying the Apple device earlier this month, but if it comes as any consolation, the wireless carrier won Ookla's head-to-head broadband tests, Wired reports. You may recognize Ookla as the team behind Speedtest.net, an online broadband metric. Ookla recently turned its attention to the iPhone 4 by compiling data from iPhone users who downloaded and ran the mobile version of Speedtest. Full results after the jump.
After weeks of speculation and rumor, we finally have an official Motorola Xoom price. According to Reuters, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed at Mobile World Congress that the Xoom would be priced at $799 for the 3G version on Verizon (no subsidy), and only $600 for the Wi-Fi only tablet. It's not a low as we might have hoped, but at least that $1200 Best Buy price turned out to be just a placeholder.
Verizon, which is sitting on top of the world today, didn't take kindly to Time Warner's advertising campaign pitching an "advanced fiber optic network." The National Advertising Review Board wasn't buying it either and has ordered Time Warner to stop referring to its network as "fiber optic," leaving Verizon as the sole major fiber provider to the home, Arstechnica reports. But if Time Warner's network isn't fiber optic, what is it?
A chart posted on phone retailer Wirefly's site today may have given us the last real piece of the Xperia Play puzzle, the carrier. The chart was comparing the Xperia Play to the Apple iPhone, and under carrier, it listed the Play as being available only on Verizon. We expect Sony Ericsson to give us the details on the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
As is the tradition these days, the new Verizon iPhone has been torn down by interested parties to see what makes it tick. There are a few minor differences. For instance, the vibration mechanism is different, the speaker housing has been tweaked, and it has a dual-mode GSM/CDMA radio. Wait, what? Indeed, the new iPhone has a Qualcomm Gobi MDM6600 chip capable of both CDMA2000 and HSPA+ data. It's certainly a sign of things to come, but it might not be of use to customers using the iPhone 4.
The initial response to the Verizon iPhone has been phenomenal to say the least. While the carrier’s CDMA iPhone 4 will come accompanied by a $30/month unlimited data plan, the company is expected to eventually switch to tiered plans. Yesterday, the company also revealed that it was going to introduce certain anti-data hogging measures. However, the carrier offered a clarification earlier today. Read on to find out how and when – if at all - the company plans to implement these anti-hogging safeguards.