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All posts tagged "Verizon"


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Engadget Mobile Offers Eyecandy of the Verizon XV6900

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/...v6900-hands-on/

"Anyone remotely familiar with the HTC or Sprint Touch will feel right at home with Verizon's version, the XV6900. The XV6900 isn't content to just fall in line and play "me too," though -- Big Red decided to go with a blindingly glossy white finish, bucking the soft-touch black used as a staple of the Touch line, and that could be a boon or a bust depending on who you are and how you intend to use the device."

If you've been eyeing the GSM version of the HTC Touch, but are a Verizon customer, take a look at the photo gallery of the XV6900 that Engadget Mobile as put together. Personally, I think I prefer the dark gray of the other Touch versions, but a sharper screen is nice to hear about, plus the addition of 3G. What do you think of Touch, The White Album? Any Verizon customers making the switch or already done so?

Tags: Verizon, HTC, Touch, XV6900

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Verizon Slides Show Samsung i770, Palm 800W, and Network Updates

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC News" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/...800w-fun-facts/

"Sandwiched between a pair of overdue TPS reports in our desk's inbox this morning was this little gem, a glossy Verizon presentation filled with magical, exotic wonders hailing from a place and time not too far from our own. For starters, we're guessing that the giant "ID NOT FINAL" label here means that the Samsung i770 won't look quite like this nightmarish blue slab of death by the time it's released, but even if it does, we're happy to report that it'll still be sporting the GSM radio for global service we've been hearing about all along."



Engadget Mobile managed to get ahold of a Verizon slide presentation which reveals some promising device plans including the Samsung i770, the rumored worldband version of the i760, and will sport both EvDO and GSM when it's released this fall. The slides also show the XV6800 should have received a WM6.1 update in May and the i760 should have it's 6.1 upgrade released this month. Other goodies include a WiFi-enabled Palm 800W also planned for 3rd Quarter this year, system updates, and even specifics on coverage expansion. Check out the full gallery of slides here.


Verizon Purchases Alltel and Becomes Largest US Wireless Provider

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC News" @ 02:15 PM

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=3078

"Verizon Wireless has agreed to acquire Alltel from the private equity firms that currently own the nation's fifth-largest national wireless provider. Verizon Wireless will acquire Alltel's assets, including 13 million customers and coverage in 57 markets where it has no presence, as well as Alltel's debt. The merged companies will surpass AT&T's 71 million customers to become the nation's largest provider of wireless goods and services with 80 million customers. The move will greatly expand the regions where Alltel's customers can roam without incurring fees, and also gives Verizon's customers greater freedoms in the rural markets where Verizon previously had no coverage. The merger should be completed by the end of 2008, depending on the required regulatory approvals."



I have used Verizon's network for several years. One of it's real strengths when I travel, is coverage in major cities. However, when I visit family in more rural locations, the coverage can be pretty poor, or even non-existent. Hopefully the merger with Alltel will provide greater saturation for the combined company. As always, your mileage may vary, especially since Alltel seems to have a reputation for very "hopeful" coverage area maps. According to a BetaNews story, one natural fit between the two companies, besides the CMDA standard, is that both are already working on LTE "fourth generation services".


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Phone Scoop Discovers Samsung i770 FCC Approval

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=2990

"The Samsung SCH-i770 was recently approved by the FCC. Documents seen on the FCC site provide some interesting details about this device. It has dual-band 850/1900 GSM and dual-band 850/1900 CDMA radios. It also has other bands (possibly GSM 900/1800), but it could not be confirmed what the exact additional bands were in the existing documents."

All evidence points to this being an international-capable phone on Verizon styled after the i760. Business users on Verizon needing a new Pocket PC Phone will want to keep an eye on this. If you're curious, you can check out the FCC documents yourself.

Tags: Samsung, Verizon, FCC, i770

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Verizon Offers Smartphone Users Unlimited Web Browsing and Email

Posted by Paul Martin in "Smartphone News" @ 06:00 AM

http://news.vzw.com/news/2008/04/pr...008-04-14b.html

"Multi-tasking moms, tech savvy young professionals, and entrepreneurs will be able to access e-mail, surf the net and bookmark their favorite Web pages right from their Smartphones with Verizon Wireless’ newest management solutions. Verizon Wireless E-mail and Web for Smartphone, available today, offers customers a host of features including an unlimited data allowance for e-mail and Internet browsing. The plan supports up to 10 personal e-mail accounts, including those from popular Internet service providers such as Yahoo!® Mail, AOL®, Windows Live and Verizon.net. Customers will enjoy e-mail provider branded inboxes on select accounts creating a familiar, convenient and easy-to-use e-mail experience."


Verizon Wireless Logo

Finally, unlimited data usage is becoming much more affordable! Adding to the unlimited voice plans announced in February, Verizon Smartphone users now have the option of unlimited data for an extra $29.99 per month on top of a voice plan. Right now, the plan is available for the Verizon Wireless SMT5800 (HTC Libra), the Verizon Wireless XV6800 (HTC Mogul) and the MOTO Q9m. Look for more devices to be supported in the coming months. Any Verizon users planning to jump on the new plans?


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Verizon Explains New Open Device Policy

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...,2277399,00.asp

"Customers will be allowed to connect to our network any device that meets minimal technical standards," said Verizon vice president of open development Tony Lewis. Those standards, as explained in surprisingly precise technical detail at the conference, aren't too obnoxious. Geeks seeking to activate non-Verizon phones on Verizon's network, though, will need to remember two things. First, those phones have to be CDMA - no European Nokia phones and no iPhones, which are all GSM. (GSM and CDMA are physically incompatible technologies, like AM and FM radio.) Second, the phones have to have Enhanced 911 connectivity to make emergency calls in the U.S. That means no high-end Korean or many foreign CDMA phones, which forgo the U.S emergency standard."


Well, I'm not sure this will be as open as current GSM systems are where you only have to have a phone that is on the right frequency, and most geek devices are quad-band anyway, and it has to be unlocked. Just pop in your SIM and you are good to go. It seems with Verizon it will require a few more steps. The Enhanced 911 requirement seems to me to be a bit heavy handed and will block a lot of non-US destined phones. Still, for a CDMA provider, it is better than the past. Do you have a non-Verizon CDMA device you've been itching to get connected in the US?


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