| The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is now available for pre-order online for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. The smartphone will be available for purchase online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting May 30.|
The Galaxy S 4 introduces new photo features like Dual Shot, paired with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs. Dual Shot allows the use of both the rear and front facing cameras at the same time and lets phone users to include themselves in pictures or videos.
The Galaxy S 4 is Global Ready and can travel overseas with anyone, but the software may make it an essential item for the world traveler. S Translator operates as a multilingual pocket dictionary native to the phone, translating words and phrases when typed or spoken into the app.
Other apps on the Galaxy S 4 include WatchON, which turns the smartphone into a home entertainment remote and personal TV guide. Air View and Air Gesture let users interact with their smartphone without even touching it. Hovering a finger over the screen lets users preview emails and waving a hand over the phone can scroll up and down a webpage.
Customers can choose between two color models, Black Mist or White Frost.
| Answering a phone call should be effortless. There are times though where our hands may be messy in the kitchen or we’re running from one place to the next and our hands are full with coffee, keys (sometimes coffee and keys) and the phone rings. What should be an effortless task can sometimes be a challenge, the new Pantech Perception looks to solve that.|
The new smartphone, a Verizon Wireless exclusive, aims to change that with Motion Sense. The technology lets users wave a hand over the phone to answer a call, scroll through contacts, change a song being played or find a picture from their library.
Aside from touchless access and navigation, the Perception screen is a large 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED, an 8 rear megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front. There’s 16GB of memory for storing videos, pictures and whatever else. Also included is the Camnote app, which lets users capture and save their notes to their phone so they can stay organized. The exclusive app also lets users share those notes with other co-workers and friends using 4G LTE.
The Global Ready Pantech Perception with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (soon to be upgraded to Jelly Bean) will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in stores for $99.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement beginning April 25.
|For the third consecutive year, Verizon and NEC Corporation of America announced they have set an industry record, this time by successfully sending the highest-capacity transmissions for regional and long-haul distances over field fiber.|
The achievement was accomplished by tightly packing optical channels in two bands of the optical fiber spectrum. Previous field transmission trials used a single optical band. By expanding from one band to two bands -- the C-band and the L-band -- Verizon and NEC were able to transmit 40.5 terabits per second (1 terabit equals 1,000 gigabits) for a long-haul distance of more than 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) and 54.2 Tb/s over a regional distance of more than 630 kilometers (391 miles), using Verizon's fiber loop outside Dallas.
The results of the latest trial, performed in late 2012, were accepted and presented as a post-deadline paper at the OFC/NFOEC Conference and Expo last month in Anaheim, Calif.
The ability to use current field fiber to carry higher capacity rates enables carriers to avoid the need to deploy new fiber and, as a result, better utilize current network infrastructure.
"Successful scientific accomplishments such as this demonstrate that Verizon is taking major steps to advance the industry's understanding of high-capacity optical technology," said Ed Chan, vice president of network technology for Verizon. "Verizon continues to address the challenge of maximizing performance on our global network while providing lasting business value and best-in-class services for our customers."
| Moving from a basic phone to a smartphone can be exciting. And, as with any leap forward, there are many new things to discover and learn.|
However, transitioning doesn’t mean that users have to be thrown into unfamiliar settings and features or, alternatively, forego functionality that they may want at a later date. Smartphones like the compact Lucid™ 2 by LG, exclusively at Verizon Wireless, with a long-lasting battery and 4.3-inch qHD display make it easy for first time smartphone owners to enter the smartphone world, discover new features and apps, and personalize their experience.
Turning on a smartphone for the first time and watching it come to life is the beginning of a new experience. The Lucid 2 lets users choose from different modes, Starter Mode or Standard Mode, when they take the phone out of the box.
Starter Mode is a simplified and more intuitive experience ideal for those who are new to smartphones. This option has five easy-to-learn home screens, featuring pre-set widgets such as My Apps, My Contacts and My Settings. Standard Mode is a general smartphone setting for those who are familiar with the Android experience. Users can pick the mode that best suits their needs, letting them get accustomed to the phone, find the most common features, and uncover their favorites.
The BlackBerry Z10 became available online and in Verizon Wireless stores on March 28.
The new BlackBerry 10 platform includes the BlackBerry Hub, a center for communication that streamlines all of a user’s messages, and a keyboard that adapts to their style. Verizon Wireless will offer the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10, two global-ready 4G LTE smartphones running BlackBerry 10, providing customers with more 4G LTE smartphones to choose from. The BlackBerry Z10 will be available for $199.99 with a new two year customer agreement in Black and White color models, with the White model being exclusive to Verizon Wireless.
|DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX smartphones will soon be upgraded to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The software upgrade will be pushed to customers in phases starting March 7. Customers can also manually download the upgrade through the settings menu within the next week.|
Jelly Bean includes new features like Google Now, which delivers personalized information right to your home screen and can be accessed by holding down on the search button. Other enhancements include a new notification panel that displays missed calls and emails and lets customers return the call or email right from the notification.
Additionally, users will get Jelly Bean’s smart keyboard for improved accuracy when typing. The keyboard also guesses the next word before you type it so further enhance typing efficiency.
For more information on the Jelly Bean upgrade, visit the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX support page.
|Verizon Wireless has completed three spectrum license sale transactions following agreements reached late last year as part of the open sale process for its 700 MHz A and B Block licenses. Nortex Communications and Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc. closed on their respective purchases this week. Colorado Valley Communications completed its purchase on January 16, 2013. |
Nortex Communications, based in Muenster, Texas, acquired the Texas RSA 6-Jack 700 MHz lower B-block license, which covers a four-county area northwest of Dallas. Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc., based in Guymon, Okla., acquired the Texas RSA 2-Hansford 700 MHz lower B-block license, which covers 12 counties in the northwest part of Texas. Colorado Valley Communications purchased a partitioned A-Block license covering a five-county area in the Houston market.
Verizon Wireless offered its lower 700 MHz spectrum licenses for sale to rationalize its spectrum holdings and enable more spectrum to reach the marketplace where it can be used for the benefit of customers. As a result of the sale process, Verizon Wireless signed agreements with seven companies, including one national carrier, five rural or regional carriers and one minority-owned firm. To date, three purchases have been completed and four remain pending. Verizon Wireless is also getting 700 MHz C block spectrum into the hands of 20 rural operators through its LTE in Rural America leasing program.
| ThunderBolt by HTC is the next smartphone to be upgraded to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The software upgrade will start getting pushed in phases beginning today Feb. 5.|
The upgrade features Face Unlock, where users can easily unlock their phone with face recognition, no typing required. A new Usage Center lends the ability to monitor data usage in one place; users can set warning levels, check app usage or turn off data completely. The upgrade also features a customizable launch bar, which allows for apps, shortcuts and folders to be easily dragged in and out of the bar for access from the home screen.
Additional information on the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade can be found on the ThunderBolt by HTC support page.
HTC ThunderBolt features:
- LTE connectivity
- 4.3-inch touch screen
- Aluminum body
- 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
- 8MP camera with dual-LED flash
- 720p video recording
- 802.11n WiFi
| Novatel Wireless, Inc. today announced the new MiFi 5510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot to be launched on the Verizon Wireless network as the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 5510L.|
The MiFi 5510L is the fifth 4G LTE MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot device developed and brought to market by Novatel Wireless. The device exterior is based on Verizon Wireless’ new iconic design with a red translucent lens. Coupled with Novatel Wireless’ award-winning MiFi Mobile Hotspot technology inside, the MiFi 5510L provides best-in-class performance, ease-of-use, and an intuitive user experience.
The MiFi 5510L is a personal mobile hotspot providing Internet connectivity on the go and capable of sharing high-speed 4G LTE broadband Internet connectivity with up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. The MiFi 5510L features capacitive touch navigation keys for quick and easy access to essential device details and supports the latest security requirements that some of the strictest corporate VPNs require, including VPN Pass-through and SPI Firewall. It includes new features such as real-time reporting of data-usage so the user can quickly understand how much data they have left to use on their monthly plan, IPv6 end-to-end support and a long lasting battery providing up to eight hours of continuous use on a single charge.
“We are excited to launch our fifth 4G LTE MiFi mobile hotspot and to be able to provide portfolio offerings for both value and premium segments of the market,” said Rob Hadley, CMO of Novatel Wireless.
|From the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1, today announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network in the coming weeks.|
The Galaxy Note 10.1 optimizes productivity with multiscreen viewing and advanced S Pen functionality, offers entertainment features at home and on-the-go, and allows for creativity through S Pen-specific applications.
MULTITASKING & PRODUCTIVITY
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the ideal tool to be more efficient. The multiscreen feature on the Galaxy Note 10.1 gives users the ability to effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can view Web pages or videos, or launch other applications while writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen on the other half of the screen without having to toggle back and forth between apps.
Polaris Office provides robust word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities on the Galaxy Note 10.1, and the S Pen support makes it a snap to mark up and annotate documents. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is available with Kno education software available for K-12 and high education students. The e-textbook software allows Galaxy Note 10.1 users to download thousands of interactive textbooks.
|From the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1, today announced the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available in the coming weeks at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online.|
The ATIV Odyssey boasts a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display (800x480) that allows users to watch movies, view pictures and play games in high resolution. This compact, versatile smartphone is Global Ready, giving users the ability to call and email from more than 220 countries in the world. The ATIV Odyssey is equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to quickly access the Internet, stream music and download content at blazing speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
The ATIV Odyssey runs on the sleek and intuitive Windows Phone 8 operating system, the only one with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to the people and things that matter most. The ATIV Odyssey also features unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.
The ATIV Odyssey is enterprise ready with enhanced security features to offer customers an extremely powerful business tool that keeps sensitive company data secure. Security solutions include advanced Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync features and policy control and on-device AES 256-bit encryption.
For more information about the ATIV Odyssey, visit www.samsung.com. To learn more about pricing and wireless plans available for the ATIV Odyssey, visit www.verizonwireless.com.
|Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest Verizon Wireless smartphone to be upgraded to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The software upgrade, which will be pushed to customers in phases starting Dec. 14, also makes the smartphone Global Ready. Customers who would like to manually download the upgrade through the settings menu will be able to within the next week.|
Jelly Bean includes enhancements and new features like Google Now, which can be accessed by holding down on the home button, and a new notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, allowing customers return the call or email right from the notification.
Customers will also notice enhanced camera capabilities. The camera now includes, new live camera filters to add an artistic flair to their pictures. Users can choose filters such as warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow). Another new camera feature allows users to pause and resume while recording video so they can record it all in one take.
Additionally, the new software will make the Samsung Galaxy S III the next ISIS-ready smartphone. Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City are the first cities to take advantage of ISIS and customers in those areas will be able to turn their phones into mobile wallets to make payments wirelessly at various retailers.
|The Galaxy Camera will be available for $549.99 and come in two colors, Cobalt Black, exclusive to Verizon Wireless, and White. Users will be able to add the Samsung Galaxy Camera to their Share Everything account for the promotional price of $5 per month.|
Available online starting Dec. 13, Verizon Wireless will offer the Samsung Galaxy Camera™, the first 4G LTE camera in the world. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, high performance photography, and Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the Galaxy Camera allows users to shoot, edit and share high quality images and video.
Social media enthusiasts will be able to connect to their accounts through their camera and upload pictures and videos of outings, concerts and parties as they happen. Shutterbugs and bloggers who post images on their sites will be able to upload photos over 4G LTE instead of waiting to use their computers at home.
The Galaxy Camera features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch screen and runs Android Jelly Bean, so users have full access to Android apps from the Google Play store like Instagram.
This is all combined with other high quality features such as a 16-megapixel lens, 21x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization for clearer pictures even while moving.
|Clear Talk, a wireless service provider with operations in multiple states, last week signed an agreement to acquire from Verizon Wireless 10 lower 700 MHz B-block licenses covering five markets in Texas as well as markets in Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico. The 10 markets have a population of 2.1 million. The purchase is subject to FCC approval. |
The agreement with Clear Talk is the third to be signed in as many weeks as a result of Verizon Wireless’ previously announced sale process for its lower 700 MHz spectrum licenses. Nortex Communications in Texas and Panhandle Telecommunications Systems in Oklahoma were the first two companies to sign agreements.
Verizon Wireless decided last spring to explore the sale of its lower 700 MHz spectrum licenses to rationalize its spectrum holdings and enable more spectrum to reach the marketplace where it can be used for the benefit of customers. The company is currently evaluating bids for its other lower 700 MHz licenses which cover numerous major cities and dozens of smaller markets across the country.
Since 2011, Verizon Wireless has sold or has agreed to sell 36 of its lower 700 MHz spectrum licenses to 10 different telecommunications companies, including the three agreements announced recently. In addition, through its LTE in Rural America program, Verizon Wireless is leasing upper 700 MHz C-block spectrum to 20 rural operators to jumpstart the delivery of 4G LTE in rural areas.
|Just in time for the holidays, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available for purchase online and in stores starting tomorrow, Nov. 29. Customers who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note II will receive an e-mail alert when their device has been shipped. Customers have the option of two color models, Marble White or Titanium Grey and can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note II for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.|
Beginning today, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is available for pre-order. The Galaxy Note II combines the features of a smartphone and tablet, giving users the best of both worlds with its large yet pocketable 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen.
The built-in S-Pen does more than just draw pictures. A student looking to take notes in class can use the handwriting-to-text feature to jot down their notes and attach an audio recording of the lecture. With AirView, the S-Pen can hover over an e-mail or gallery to preview content without opening it. Easy Clip lets users draw an outline and crop what’s on the screen with the S-Pen and share that cropped image with others.
The Note II allows users to run two apps simultaneously by dividing the screen in the Multi Window view. Users can stream YouTube videos while texting a friend, taking notes or writing down an address while on a phone call. Pulling out the S-Pen during a phone call will bring up the Popup Note feature to quickly write and save notes instead of looking for a pen and paper.
|Nortex Communications, an independent telephone company based in Muenster, TX, has signed a purchase agreement with Verizon Wireless to acquire the Texas RSA 6-Jack 700 MHz lower B-block license which covers a four-county area northwest of Dallas, subject to FCC approval. The sale is the first to be signed as part of Verizon Wireless’ previously announced plans to offer for sale its lower 700 MHz licenses to other interested parties.|
Verizon Wireless decided last spring to explore the sale of the lower 700 MHz A and B Block spectrum it had acquired in FCC Auction 73 in 2008. Since the 700 MHz licenses cover numerous major cities as well as dozens of smaller and rural markets across the country, the sale process was designed to encourage a wide variety of potential buyers, small and large, to participate. The company moved forward with the sale process as soon as the FCC approved Verizon Wireless’ acquisition of AWS spectrum as part of several transactions in August.
Although the sale to Nortex is the first to be signed as a result of the announced sale process, Verizon Wireless has previously sold 24 of its lower 700 MHz spectrum licenses to seven different telecommunications companies operating in thirteen states. Verizon Wireless is also getting spectrum into the hands of 20 rural operators through its “LTE in Rural America” program. The company is currently evaluating bids for its other lower 700 MHz spectrum licenses. All transactions will require appropriate regulatory approvals.
Stephens Inc., an independent financial services firm, and Loop Capital Markets LLC, a minority-owned full service investment bank, managed the offering process.