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LG G3 Software Update Benefits

April 13, 2015 7:20 PM | LG | Verizon |

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TV's, cars and wearables.The new material design offers complex animations and 3-D views, 64-bit ABI support and improved runtime.
  • With the LG G3 L OS version, Notifications can appear on the Lock Screen based on user settings, with the first 2 Notifications being displayed if so configured.
  • If there are more than 2 Notifications, a numeric indicator will be displayed for the additional Notifications.
  • The LG G3 L OS version allows the user to view up to Notifications and also be able to unlock the device if it is configured with a pattern lock, password etc.
  • Swiping away a Notification while on the Lock Screen will display the next Notification without having to unlock the device.
  • The LG G3 L OS version can be configured via the Settings menu to 'Show all notifications', 'Hide sensitive only' or 'Hide all notifications' so that Notifications on the Lock Screen can be all displayed, selectively displayed or not displayed at all.
  • If you set the device to a secure lock screen setting (e.g., Pattern Lock), the device will offer the Lock Screen Notification options as shown below.


BlackBerry Classic Available Feb. 26 on the Verizon Wireless Network

February 24, 2015 8:13 PM | Blackberry | Verizon |

BlackBerry loyalists and keyboard fans will feel right at home with the new BlackBerry Classic. The familiar design and iconic keyboard return for those who have 10 minutes to type 10 emails before moving onto their next task. QWERTY fans, this is for you. Read all about the announcement at Verizon Wireless.

In today’s smartphone world, apps are all part of the experience. The BlackBerry Classic gives you access to both BlackBerry and Android apps, the best of both worlds. Search for and download apps through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore. And with so many apps, you’ll need a battery to power you through the day. The 2500mAh battery gives you up to 22 hours of mixed usage. Power Optimization on the Classic helps to extend the battery life in those times when you’re running low and need to stay online.

Apps are great, but many require a reliable data connection to use them. You shouldn’t have to worry about a BBM or text that’s stuck on “sending” or a video that spends more time buffering than playing. The BlackBerry Classic runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network and is XLTE-Ready, so you’ll be able to get faster peak speeds and greater network capacity than before in cities coast to coast. XLTE is available in over 400 markets.

At its core, the Classic really is about productivity and getting things done. But in order to be efficient, organization is needed. BlackBerry Hub helps manage all your conversations in one place with a single swipe. You’ll see emails, texts, BBM, calls, social media and more in one inbox. You can also prioritize contacts and message types with the Instant-Action feature.


Verizon Wireless Enhances Service on BART

January 21, 2015 9:46 PM | Verizon |

Verizon Wireless yesterday announced it has enhanced its service on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to provide riders with the best high-speed data experience possible. Throughout BART tunnels, stations and the Transbay Tube, Verizon deployed XLTE, adding more capacity to its 4G LTE network to deliver faster peak data speeds for commuters.

"With more than 400,000 daily BART riders, we want to ensure they stay connected and productive," said Phillip French, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless. "Bay Area commuters expect a strong and reliable connection, so we continue to invest in the network to deliver a superior experience for our customers."

Verizon's enhanced service is now available to BART riders throughout the East Bay and San Francisco, with the Colma to Millbrae section to be completed by mid-2015. Verizon Wireless' Advanced Calling 1.0 (VoLTE) is also now available throughout the BART system.

As part of its commitment to ensure its customers have a powerful, reliable network, Verizon Wireless invested $9.4 billion in its wireless network last year. In California alone, the company has invested nearly $8.5 billion in the network since being founded in 2000.


New Prepaid Smartphone Plans: More Data, Same Starting Price

January 21, 2015 9:45 PM | Verizon |

Prepaid plans have always been about being flexible, valuable, and customizable. Picking the right plan, right device, and the most reliable network make Verizon the right choice for prepaid customers.

Starting today, Verizon Wireless doubled the data on the $45 prepaid monthly smartphone plans to include 1 GB of data. As a bonus, customers who enroll in Auto Pay can receive an additional 500MB of data every month.

Why plan out your data needs a month in advance? Users can customize their prepay plan with data add-ons to create the plan that suits their needs best. If you didn’t use all the data, no need to worry – the $10 and $20 data options allow you to carry  it over for up to 90 days.

Data Options


GizmoPal by LG: Connected Wearable Keeps You In Touch With Your Child

December 1, 2014 6:36 PM | Gadgets | Verizon |

The school day is over, and you’re wondering where your child is but then remember you can’t actually call them because they don’t have a cell phone. Now with LG’s newest wearable, GizmoPal by LG, your kids are within reach in a simple and fast way for the family.

Having two way communications between you and your child should be simple, even in this day and age. The GizmoPal is designed for the children anywhere from pre- to middle- school, to easily make and receive phone calls using its single button calling and Auto-answer features. All the child has to do is press a button to make or answer a call, followed by speaking into GizmoPal and listening through its speaker—no complicated steps that can cause confusion. The child is able to place a call to a primary or secondary caregiver and can receive calls from two additional approved contacts. GizmoPal’s family-focused functionality should be matched by a durable, kid-friendly design that is built to withstand the playground’s most ambitious set of monkey bars.


Verizon and AT&T Move Toward Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Interoperability

November 3, 2014 4:44 PM | AT&T | Verizon |


Verizon and AT&T said today the companies are taking the next step in the evolution of VoLTE (voice over LTE) technology by enabling VoLTE- to-VoLTE connections between Verizon Wireless and AT&T customers. VoLTE interoperability between Verizon and AT&T customers is expected in 2015.    

VoLTE is an all-IP (Internet Protocol) technology that deeply integrates the network’s enhanced calling features into the smartphone, creating a seamless and simple experience for customers.  Interoperability among VoLTE service providers in the United States and around the world will create a better and richer mobile experience for customers.  

Engineers from both companies are working through a full set of requirements, beginning with extensive testing in lab environments and then moving to field trials.  This approach ensures customers will have a seamless experience making VoLTE HD Voice calls between networks and lays the foundation for interoperability of other Rich Communications Services (RCS) such as video calls, rich messaging, and more in the future.    

“Customers use their smartphones to connect with friends, family and colleagues across service providers and around the world.  Interoperability among all VoLTE providers takes connectivity to the next level with HD quality voice and additional features that customers want,” said Tony Melone, chief technology officer at Verizon. “We’re pleased to be working with AT&T as our first interoperating carrier, and we look forward to working with other operators as VoLTE continues to grow.”



HTC Desire 612 with XLTE and BoomSound Audio Available Oct. 9

October 7, 2014 8:42 PM | HTC | Verizon |

The definition of an entry level smartphone has changed over the last few years. What once meant compromising quality is no longer the case with the new HTC Desire 612. An affordable smartphone with features you’d expect on a premium device.

HD displays and great audio are not exclusive to higher end smartphones, the Desire 612 has a 4.7-inch HD display and front facing stereo HTC BoomSound™ speakers. Combining the two means the audio is directed at you while you watch videos on YouTube or video chat with a friend.

Catching up on social media and news is also easily done with the Desire. HTC BlinkFeed™ displays a personalized news feed to one screen so you can view Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, news stories, sports, and more without having to open multiple apps or keep switching back and forth.



Push to Talk Plus Now Available on Select 4G LTE Devices from Verizon Wireless

August 7, 2014 9:22 PM | Verizon |


Many businesses work in a fast-paced world where plans change frequently or new information needs to be shared among groups. Being able to communicate instantly -- with a push of a button -- while also having access to a 4G LTE network is key for employers and business owners.

Push to Talk Plus is now available for Verizon Wireless customers, with enhancements such as improved voice quality and faster call set up time, on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The service is powered by Kodiak Networks, a global industry leader in push-to-talk platforms.

Hosting a conference call with employees and attempting to speak to more than 30 other people can be frustrating. Push to Talk Plus has a Talker Priority feature that allows the initiator to override a group call and be the only speaker everyone hears. Leaders can take control of the call and help maintain efficiency across the team.

There may be times where an employee cannot join a group call the moment it begins, which could lead to miscommunication. The Late Join feature on Push to Talk Plus lets that person join the group call late so they aren’t missing the whole conversation. And the Rejoin feature lets people drop and rejoin ongoing group calls, an option that comes in handy for those busy workers who may need to quickly speak to a client during a group call. Users also have the option to use Push to Talk over Wi-Fi.



Verizon Smart Rewards Gives Back to Wireless Customers

July 21, 2014 7:29 PM | Verizon |

Most of us could not imagine life without our wireless phones; they are integrated into our daily lives and put convenience and accessibility at our fingertips. Now, Verizon Wireless is introducing a fun new way customers can get even more from their wireless service provider.

Verizon Smart Rewards is a unique program that offers a wide variety of rewards in exchange for points customers earn for their everyday activities and interactions with Verizon Wireless. 

It will be available beginning July 24 for all customers on postpaid accounts, and customers who sign up for Smart Rewards will find at least 10,000 points waiting for them when they register. Activities, including signing in to the My Verizon online account management tool, paying your monthly bill, and other transactions like using the Verizon Trade In program or choosing paperless billing, will generate more points every month. 

The program delivers more value to customers in the form of discounts and savings of up to 40 percent on brand-name merchandise from more than 200 well-known brands, offers on local shopping and dining redeemable directly from a customer’s wireless device, and travel including discounts at more than 26,000 hotels.


Verizon Wireless Completes Purchase of Golden State Cellular in East Central California

June 2, 2014 7:20 PM | Verizon |

Verizon Wireless has completed its purchase of partnership interests in Golden State Cellular from Sierra Cellular, Inc. and two other partners.  Verizon Wireless now owns 100 percent of Golden State Cellular. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

This transaction expands Verizon Wireless’ footprint in East Central California, giving Verizon Wireless control of Golden State Cellular’s spectrum license and related operations.  The market (California RSA #3), which has a population of approximately 160,000, comprises Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, including much of Yosemite National Park.

Verizon Wireless will continue to use the Golden State Cellular brand for the next several months as it integrates the cellular networks.  When the integration is complete, Verizon Wireless will roll out its 4G LTE network and serve Golden State Cellular’s customers under the Verizon Wireless brand. At that time, Golden State Cellular customers will receive a letter from Verizon Wireless explaining their service transition. Golden State Cellular customers do not need to take any action at this time.


T-Mobile Tells Verizon to Fold Up Their Old Map

March 14, 2014 8:36 PM | T-Mobile | Verizon |

T-Mobile claims maps in their competitor's ads are misleading. Per T-Mobile, "T-Mobile now covers 96% of Americans! That's a lot. So, fold up your map, Verizon!"  (See video above)



Double Your Savings on Verizon's 4G LTE Wireless and FiOS Networks

March 10, 2014 8:12 PM | Verizon |

Verizon is giving its customers who currently have a smartphone on the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network and who subscribe to the Verizon FiOS Quantum triple-play bundle a new way to "double up" and save on their monthly bills. Starting today (March 7) and for a limited time, customers can sign up at to save up to $480 over the next two years. 

Loyal customers have come to know the reliability and strength of Verizon's networks, and they now have even more reason to value these communications services, while new customers have an additional incentive to try these industry-leading 4G LTE and FiOS networks.

New customers who want to experience reliability and speed of Verizon's networks can double up and save when they activate at least one Verizon Wireless smartphone and a FiOS Quantum triple play featuring Internet service of 50/25 megabits per second or higher, with or without a contract, from March 7 through April 19. Customers with FiOS orders placed by April 19 must, after installation, register by May 19, 2014, to be eligible for the double- up savings.


New Prepaid Plan Has Customers "ALLSET"

March 3, 2014 8:56 PM | Verizon |

Similar to modern smartphones, which have different features to fit individual mobile needs, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” wireless plan. Many people have their own mobile lifestyles, so it’s important to have options in order to find the plan that fits best.  A prepaid plan offers flexibility, no annual contracts and access to the Verizon Wireless network – all at an affordable price.

The new ALLSET™ PLANS from Verizon Wireless, offer prepaid options starting as low as $35 for basic phones and $45 for smartphones with unlimited messaging and 500 MB of data, giving flexibility to those who need it. And for a limited time, smartphone customers can double their monthly data to 1 GB by enrolling in Auto Pay.

Customers can also further customize their prepaid plan with BRIDGE DATA, which allows users to add data to their accounts whenever they want. And any unused BRIDGE DATA in a current monthly cycle moves to the next cycle.

BRIDGE DATA options:


Verizon Wireless Announces MORE Everything

February 13, 2014 7:14 PM | Verizon |

Customers can get more of what they want from their wireless service with today's launch of MORE Everything from Verizon Wireless. Related Stories

MORE Everything, a new way of looking at wireless plans, brings together for the first time all the tools and services consumers want and need when they use their smartphones, tablets and other connected devices to talk, text, access the Internet and use data, all on the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

"MORE Everything changes the game by adding even more of what customers want from their wireless provider in a single, simple monthly plan," said Ken Dixon, chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless. "Verizon Wireless led the way with the introduction of shared data plans, and MORE Everything is the next leap forward with more storage, more messaging and more choice, all on a 4G LTE network that is unmatched in coverage and capacity."

Beginning today, MORE Everything customers simply get more with Verizon Wireless:

Data: Simplified monthly data allowances that fit their family's wireless needs. Some customers will see their data allowance doubled for the same monthly price they paid previously.

Verizon Edge: MORE Everything customers who choose Verizon Edge will also be eligible for $10 off monthly smartphone access for data allowances up to 8 GB, and $20 off monthly smartphone access on plans of 10 GB and higher.


Stay Connected: International Messaging and Calling Promotion

January 21, 2014 9:23 PM | Verizon |

According to the United Nations Population Fund, more than 214 million people live outside their country of origin. As the world’s population becomes more mobile, it is increasingly important for individuals to have the ability to connect with their family and friends in an affordable way. Verizon Wireless’ World Messaging Unlimited promotion makes it easier for customers to connect and save on calls made from within the United States to most of North and Central America and the Caribbean, as well as on messaging from the U.S. to most countries around the world.

With the new promotion, customers pay a $5 monthly access fee per line for an unlimited allowance for messages sent from the U.S. to countries around the world.  Consumers also receive a discounted rate of 1 cent per minute for calls made from the U.S. to landline and wireless phones in Mexico and Canada and 5 cents per minute on calls made from the U.S. to landlines and wireless phones in most Caribbean and Central American countries*.


Verizon Wireless Celebrates Three Years (and Counting) of 4G LTE

December 5, 2013 9:08 PM | Verizon |

Verizon Wireless celebrates the three-year anniversary of the launch of 4G LTE technology. On this date in 2010, customers in 39 markets across the U.S. became the first to experience that game-changer in mobile technology.

When he first announced the news, Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, stated, “Verizon Wireless is making the best network even better. Our initial 4G LTE launch gives customers access to the fastest and most advanced mobile network in America.”

Fast forward three years, and Verizon Wireless now has more than 500 markets covering more than 303 million people in 50 states, or 95 percent of the U.S. population. With the most reliable 4G LTE network, the largest footprint, and deployment of its Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum now adding capacity nationwide, the company is ahead of the competition in terms of quality, coverage and technology. Verizon 4G LTE is available where customers need super-fast mobile broadband connections, from major airports to many small towns through the LTE in Rural America program. And Verizon Wireless’ 4G network is pure 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution), not a mix of 4G technologies.


Verizon Receives FCC Approvals Needed for Acquisition of Verizon Wireless

December 4, 2013 9:36 PM | Verizon |

Verizon Communications Inc. today announced that it has received the approvals needed from the Federal Communications Commission to acquire Vodafone’s U.S. group with the principal asset of 45 percent of Verizon Wireless.

Specifically, the FCC approved Verizon’s foreign ownership petition should post-closing foreign ownership of Verizon exceed 25 percent, and entered its consent to certain pro forma license transfers.

Randal Milch, executive vice president – public policy and general counsel of Verizon, said: “We thank the FCC for its quick action in approving our transaction with Vodafone, which will provide Verizon with 100 percent ownership of Verizon Wireless and a boost to one of the most important sectors of the U.S. economy. This application approval also marks the first use of the streamlined foreign-ownership review procedures that the FCC adopted earlier this year, and we are grateful to the commission for its commitment to process reforms that benefit wireless carriers and the customers we serve.”


BlackBerry Z30 Available in November Exclusively from Verizon Wireless (Update)

November 12, 2013 7:32 PM | Blackberry | Verizon |


UPDATE - Tuesday, Nov. 12: The BlackBerry Z30 will be available online starting Thursday, Nov. 14 for $199.99 with new two-year activation.

Oct. 28 - Big screens on smartphones mean less squinting when reading emails or editing documents, easier typing on a larger keyboard, and more sharing videos with friends sitting next to you. The newest smartphone from BlackBerry will make that all possible.

Coming in November, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone with 5-inch HD display will be available online at for $199.99 with new two-year activation. Verizon Edge is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade for $22.91 per month for 24 months.

Gamers will appreciate the HD screen for mobile gaming on the go, but the BlackBerry Z30 also supports Miracast to wirelessly connect to a compatible HDTV and mirror exactly what’s on the smartphone to the HDTV’s larger display. Business professionals, for example, can walk into a boardroom with only their smartphone and show their presentation on an HDTV to colleagues or supervisors.



AT&T Completes Acquisition of 700 MHz Spectrum from Verizon Wireless

September 10, 2013 9:59 PM | AT&T | Verizon |

AT&T announced today that it completed its acquisition of wireless spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band B block from Verizon Wireless. The acquired licenses cover 42 million people in 18 states — California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

The spectrum will support AT&T’s deployment of 4G LTE to meet surging demand for mobile Internet services. AT&T has the nation’s fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network, according to independent third-party data.1 AT&T’s 4G LTE network currently covers more than 225 million people, with plans to reach nearly 270 million people by the end of 2013, and to substantially complete the build by summer 2014. AT&T’s plans to deploy 4G LTE include the areas covered by this spectrum.  

The performance of AT&T’s 4G LTE network continues to be validated by independent third-party testing:



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