BlackBerry's future may hinge on the success of its flagship Z10 handset.
Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to announce plans to sell BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphone, and in fact you can place your pre-order right now. Big Red is charging $200 for the device, provided you lock yourself into a 2-year service agreement with a qualifying data plan -- standard stuff for a high-end smartphone. But unlike other wireless carriers, Verizon is offering the Z10 is both white and black color options.
Mark you calendars if you're interested in owning what Samsung claims is the world's first 4G LTE camera on Big Red. Otherwise known as the Galaxy Camera, Samsung's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered point-and-shoot will be available at Verizon Wireless on December 13 for $550. That's low-end DSLR territory, but is it worth it? Let's have a look at some of the features the Galaxy Camera brings to the table.
In the wake of AT&T rolling out Mobile Share data plans that allow its subscribers to share up to 20GB of data per month across a swath of wireless devices, Verizon Wireless has come forward to say, 'Hey, our Share Everything plans also go up to 20GB!' Big Red unveiled half a dozen shared data plans back in June that ranged from 1GB for $50/month to 10GB for $100/month, but it turns out there were higher tiers available. Twice as many, in fact.
Verizon Wireless already boasts the nation's largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, and it doesn't appear interested in relinquishing that bragging right any time soon. In fact, VZW today announced the expansion of its 4G LTE network into 46 totally new markets, along with better coverage in 22 existing regions. If you're keeping count, that's a total of 304 markets to date being served by VZW's 4G LTE network.
It's official, the smartphone with a baker's dozen syllables -- otherwise known as the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE -- is headed for Big Red, Verizon Wireless revealed today at the International CTIA Wireless 2012 show in New Orleans, Louisiana. HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE will bring the number of 4G LTE-enabled devices on VZW's network to 23, but high-speed Internet access isn't the only thing this smartphone brings to the table.
If this was Twitter, we'd be tempted to slap a #firstworldproblems hashtag on all our complaints about data caps and download speeds. There's two problems with that idea, though: 1) This isn't Twitter, and 2) data speeds can't even be called a #firstworldproblem when plenty of folks in the rural U.S. don't have access to broadband Internet whatsoever. Verizon's looking to change that tomorrow, however, with the rollout of its "HomeFusion Broadband" service, which brings Big Red's mobile 4G LTE network to stationary homes across the nation.
Verizon had it going on in the first quarter of 2012. Solid performance in both wireless and wireline business segments led to a consolidated double-digit percentage growth in year-over-year quarterly earnings results, a 4.6 percent leap in year-over-year quarterly revenue growth to $28.2 billion, and $6 billion in cash flow from operating activities, up $922 million compared with the same quarter in 2011.
Verizon Wireless has never been one to shy away from a dollar or two. (See: the company's aborted attempt to charge online bill payers a $2 "convenience fee.") Don't be too quick to judge the company, though; it looks to be taking a turn for the consumer friendly with new family data plans. Rumors about the plans have been swirling for a while, but now we have some official semi-details about the launch window for the wallet-friendly data packages.
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.
Thinking about signing up with Verizon Wireless? If so, you may want to hold off a few days before inking a two-year service agreement with Big Red. Word on the Web is that Verizon is resurrecting its double data promotion for 4G LTE smartphones, which means instead of being allotted a rather snug 2GB data cap for $30/month, you'd be given room to breathe in a 4GB cap for the same monthly fee.