May 28 2010

Motorola May Introduce Android Tablet

Motorola may be in the process of designing a tablet that will run Google’s Android operating system, says a company executive. The executive was answering questions at a conference when the subject came up. He also revealed that Motorola is focusing heavily on Android. The potential device, according to the executive, would be about 7 to 10 inches and would be intended to supplement a user’s TV experience.

This rumor has come about at the same time as another rumor concerning Android devices made by Motorola. Motorola is allegedly working on two new high-end Droid phones that will be released sometime in July with Verizon as their carrier. There has been speculation that one of the phones has already been seen by the public in the form of a prototype found in a gym earlier this week.

Either way, this summer looks to be very interesting in terms of Android devices.

Via PC World, image via PC World.

May 23 2010

AT&T Raises Termination Fee

AT&T has announced that it is raising its early termination fee (ETF) for smartphones from $175 to $325 starting June 1. Customers who were considering breaking their contracts with AT&T have just one week to decide before leaving AT&T early gets way more expensive.

The hike in this fee has fueled rumors concerning the iPhone’s AT&T exclusivity. Though AT&T insists that the price increase is unrelated, one cannot help but wonder: is Verizon perhaps going to be carrying the iPhone in the near future?

Those who choose to leave AT&T now face an uncertain future because there really is no guarantee that Apple and AT&T are going to let other carriers, such as Verizon, provide service for the iPhone. Even if Verizon does begin to offer iPhone service, it will not be until late June or early July, which means customers hoping to switch would have to go about a month without a phone, which is almost unthinkable in our society. If Verizon does not end up carrying the iPhone, customers will be forced to choose other Verizon phones—luckily, the company does have some great choices out there (my personal favorite right now is the HTC Incredible).

Via PC World, image via PC World.

May 19 2010

Verizon Adds HP Mini 210 Netbook to Lineup

Today, Verizon added the HP Mini 210 netbook to its 3G lineup.  The netbook’s 3G capabilities will include EVDO Rev A-based 3G to the system’s normal Wi-Fi internet.

The 10″ HP netbook will be powered by an industry-standard 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and have 1 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive.  Verizon’s HP Mini 210 will also have a 5-in-1 card reader, an external VGA port, Windows 7 Starter, and a webcam.  The battery life on this little powerhouse is an expected 8.8 hours — not bad at all.

After a $100 mail-in-rebate from Verizon for signing a two-year data contract, the price for the HP Mini 210 netbook will be a cool $249.

Via Electronista.

May 12 2010

Verizon and Google Team Up For Tablet

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam announced recently that his company and Google are going to work together to develop a tablet to compete with the iPad. McAdam did not mention very many details, so the tech blogosphere is bursting with questions.

The first question is why Google has not mentioned its involvement in the tablet. Verizon has spoken openly about it, but Google has not made a single public comment concerning the new device. Google’s silence has led some analysts to believe that Verizon has completely invented the tablet in order to get a better deal with Apple for the iPhone and iPad.

The next question is who would make the Verizon-Google tablet. It’s supposed to run Android OS, which would suggest either HTC or Motorola making it, as these two companies are the most prominent on Verizon’s network to use Android. Furthermore, how much would Verizon influence the tablet? Would it be locked into the Verizon App Store or would is be able to use Android’s marketplace? All these questions will hopefully answered later this week.

Via PC World, image via PC World.

May 9 2010

Verizon and Apple Won’t Partner This Year

Everyone who was excited about the alleged impending partnership of Apple and Verizon will be disappointed to hear this: Apple and Verizon will most likely not be teaming up to release a 4G version of the iPhone this year. The evidence for this? Apple has extended its exclusive iPhone contract with AT&T by six months.

This does not mean that Apple will not be releasing a 4G version of the iPhone with AT&T as the carrier. In fact, that is what many people are expecting. Apple often announces important things like that at its Worldwide Developers Conference each June. Apple would be foolish not to offer a 4G iPhone in the near future—some analysts have suggested that Apple is falling behind in the 4G market.

After the exclusive contract with AT&T ends, Apple should let other wireless companies carry the iPhone. It would be the smartest move on its part because there are many customers who would love to have iPhones but cannot due to not having AT&T.

Via Social Media SEO, image via Social Media SEO.

Mar 30 2010

Verizon Stock Rises Due to iPhone Reports

Verizon’s stock rose today due to reports that the company will most likely be the next carrier for the iPhone. Verizon is the largest wireless carrier in the United States and rumors concerning its possible future involvement with Apple have been mentioned for some time now.

Verizon’s stock rose the most in four months due to the rumor, reported in the Wall Street Journal. Both Verizon and Apple have declined to comment, so at this point nothing is certain concerning Apple-Verizon rumors.

Verizon could add as many as 3.5 million new contract customers in the first six months of carrying the iPhone, should it decide to do so. There is a lot of demand for the iPhone among Verizon customers, both those who would be upgrading to new phones and those who want iPhones right now but cannot have them because of being on Verizon’s network.

Verizon’s stock rose 78 cents today, closing at $31.23 at 4:00 pm.

Via BusinessWeek, image via Verizon.

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Mar 29 2010

Rumor: Apple is Preparing Verizon iPhone

According to some unnamed sources, Apple is preparing to release an iPhone that will be compatible with the Verizon network. One of the companies that builds iPhone software is reportedly working on an iPhone that will run on a CMDA network, which is the network Verizon uses in the United States. The CMDA iPhones are supposed to go into mass production this September, but it is unknown when Apple will release them.

There have been many rumors about a Verizon-compatible iPhone for some time now. Most of them seem to be wishful thinking (Verizon people, I feel your pain–I had Sprint for a year after the iPhone first came out). Apple’s exclusive contract with AT&T appears to preclude the possibility of there being iPhones compatible with other carriers, but it is unknown how long the AT&T contract is supposed to last. In other countries, the iPhone does have multiple carriers.

Via CNET, image via CNET.

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Jan 21 2010

Is Verizon Ready for the Apple Tablet?

Nothing definite about Apple’s upcoming device is known yet due to Apple’s secrecy about the project. Apple has thus far neither confirmed nor denied any rumors, at least not explicitly. The latest question being asked about the tablet is whether it will be able to connect to cellular networks, and if these networks are ready for a possible influx of data from the tablet.

The iPhone, which uses AT&T’s network, demonstrates how the popularity of one device can burden a cellular network. The AT&T network has been burdened by the iPhone, and the iPhone probably does not transmit as much data as a tablet could.

The tablet is expected to have WiFi capabilities, which will ease the burden on a cellular network. Letting the tablet work at WiFi hotspots could redirect a lot of traffic. Also, the tablet is less likely to be as popular as the iPhone because of its higher price.

Verizon says that its network is more dependable than AT&T’s. This remains to be seen, especially since Verizon does not have a device comparable to the iPhone on its network.

Via The Wall Street Journal, image via Verizon.

Dec 16 2009

Upcoming iPhone Rumors: Smaller Screens, Service Carriers, and More

Though Apple tends to keepquiet about its upcoming products, that doesn’t stop people from speculating about future developments from Apple. And thanks to some news from Toshiba, who makes the memory chips for Apple’s handheld devices, the iPhone rumors are abounding.

Today Toshiba announced that it will be offering a new 64 GB memory chip. This means that the next iPhone could have up to 64 GB of storage, and the next iPod Touch up to 128 GB of storage.

Another iPhone rumor concerns its mobile broadband situation. Verizon Wireless could start being an iPhone carrier next year, ending AT&T’s current monopoly. Personally, I think that would be a good thing, since it could force currently high AT&T fees to drop.

Another rumor (that I really hope is not true) says that the new iPhone will have a 2.8-inch display. The current and previous iPhones have all had 3.5-inch screens (which I personally find to be a most perfect size).

Via Brighthand.

Image via Apple.

Nov 26 2009

New Black Friday Deals By Verizon – Netbooks and More

You’ll be able to get an all new Gateway LT netbook from Verizon on Black Friday for only $30 bucks, with a 2-year 3G contract and $100 mail-in rebate.

The netbook weighs less than three pounds and offers Wi-Fi access, among other features. It runs on an Intel Atom CPU with a 10.1-inch screen, 160 GB HDD, and 1 GB of RAM.

Not interested? Verizon has a heck of a lot of other deals this Black Friday, courtesy of HotHardware:

  • HTC Ozone: Wi-Fi capable global smartphone for only $9.99 (buy one get one free)
  • LG Versa: the touchscreen phone for gamers, for only $29.99 (buy one get one free)
  • MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot: Wi-Fi wherever you go for up to five people for only $49.99 after $50 mail in rebate. (Black Friday only.)
  • Nokia 7705 Twist: offered this weekend for only $29.99
  • Blackberry Pearl Flip: one of the most popular Blackberry phones for only $9.99 (buy any Blackberry device, get one free)

Now get up early, kids, and grab yourself one of these machines with great Verizon deals.

Nov 25 2009

Verizon to Offer Gateway LT Netbook for $29 on Black Friday

It’ll be Black Friday this Friday. Get excited. Get pumped. Get a Gateway LT netbook.

Verizon will be offering the Gateway LT netbook for a mere $29 on Black Friday. Usually selling for $99, this 10.1″ netbook has 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive – pretty typical specs for a netbook but come on, it’ll only be $29! Of course, you’ll have to pay for the two year data plan contract, as is standard with netbooks subsidized by telecom companies.

We know killer netbook deals when we see them and Verizon’s Gateway LT netbook deal no doubt falls in that category. Other noteworthy Black Friday deals at Verizon include the HTC Ozone for $9.99, the LG Versa for $29.99 (both bogo deals in fact), and the Mifi 2200 for $49.99 (after a $50 mail in rebate). Deals will be advertised from November 27th to November 30th. If you’re interested in any of these, make sure to jump on them before they sell out.

Via Slashgear.

Nov 4 2009

Verizon to Subsidize Sony Vaio P Netbook Down to Reasonable Pricing

On the outside, the Sony Vaio P netbook is sleek and sexy, but its price tag was never exactly something to gawk at. Fortunately for consumers, Verizon will be adding this fine machine to its lineup of mobile gadgets. For a very reasonable $299 – and a signed two-year data plan contract of course – users will be able to buy their very own Sony Vaio P netbook. Considering that the Vaio P was priced near $1,000 at the beginning of 2009, this deal is rather hard to resist wouldn’t you say?

To recap, for $299 the netbook will come with 2 GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive, and the Windows 7 Home Premium OS, not to mention 3G capabilities. This could be a very good move for both Verizon and Sony.

Via CNet.

Oct 26 2009

Verizon To Keep Offering HP Mini 110 Netbook Broadband Plan

In addition to the HP Mini 311, it is reported that Verizon will continue to sell the HP Mini 110-1046NR netbook for a subsidized cost with the purchase of a two-year Mobile Broadband contract.

The machine runs Windows XP Home in a 1.6 GHz Atom CPU with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 160 GB HDD and a 1024 x 576 pixel screen.

The HP Mini 311, as reported earlier, will go for $250 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The HP Mini 110 netbook will be sold for $200 after the rebate and comes with a 250 MB, $40 monthly plan (with additional megabyte use costing $0.10 each) and a $60 plan offering 5 GB of data use with a $0.05 fee per additional megabyte.

But before you go gung-ho for the Verizon netbook plan, make sure you know what it could cost you.

Via HTLounge.

Oct 22 2009

Verizon Wireless To Add New 3G Netbook to Current Lineup

Verizon Wireless has just expanded their overall 3G netbook selection to four different models. Previously, the company launched the Gateway LT2016u and HP Mini 1151NR, and HP Mini 311-1037NR, and now they’re adding the HP Mini 110-1046NR netbook.

The Mini 110 being launched will operate in the CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A network within the U.S. and in quad-band EDGE and triband 3G HSPA mode in foreign countries. Consumers that sign up for a global data plan will get an EDGE/HSPA SIM card at time of sign up.

The HP Mini 110-1046NR netbook will be on sale starting in mid-November for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate (in the form of a debit card) with a new two-year data plan contract. Mobile broadband plans start at $39.99 per month for 250MB of data, with overage costs of $0.10 per MB.

Via Twice.

Image via Engadget.

Oct 19 2009

HP Mini 311 Comes To Verizon For $250

Verizon is set to introduce the HP Mini 311 netbook to its lineup with subsidized pricing under the two-year contract. Running the Intel Atom N270, the 11.6-inch netbook comes with a 1366 x 768 pixel HD capable screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

 The Nvidia ION graphics chipset means you can play 1080p video, though you’ll want to display it on an external display because the resolution of the netbook only supports up to 720p.

The machine sells for $250 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Via I4U.

Oct 6 2009

Verizon Plans Android Smartphones, Netbook

We haven’t seen a Verizon device running Android just yet, but word has it the wireless carrier intends to join the club quite soon.

Google came forward with Verizon today, announcing a new “family of [Android] devices” for the consumer market. The selection will include two smartphones powered by Android, and while there was no mention of a netbook just yet, it seems like a possibility considering other Verizon offerings.

A number of manufacturers are already petitioning Verizon to have their devices offered with Android, including some netbook manufacturers.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam dropped a comment that might be construed as a quip about Apple, saying that Google Voice will work on the Android phones because “you are either open, or you are not.”

Via IntoMobile.

Oct 2 2009

Verizon’s Gateway LT2016U Netbook ‘Deal’

PC World’s Jeff Bertolucci is calling foul on Verizon’s latest netbook deal, which gets you a Gateway LT2016U netbook with mobile broadband for $150 post-rebate and a 2-year contract.

His claim? That even at $150, the Gateway netbook is overpriced. I quote:

“The LT2016u is a ho-hum netbook. Its specs — a 10.1-inch SD 1024 x 600 display, Intel Atom N270 processor (1.60 GHz), 1 GB RAM, and a 160 GB hard disk — are virtually identical to those of the Acer Aspire One D250, which sells for about $300 at Amazon. The Gateway system does include built-in 3G broadband; but customers are locked into Verizon’s usurious monthly fees. “

Verizon’s monthly fees are $40 for a 250 MB monthly allowance (read: this sucks) and 10 cents per MB of overage, or $60 monthly for a 5 GB allowance and a 5 cent overage fee. With the $60 plan, you’ll be down $1590 after two years.

I think enough has been said about that, so do yourselves a favor and opt out.

Sep 28 2009

Gateway LT2016U Netbook To Sell For $150 At Verizon

It’s looking like starting Sunday, October 4th you’ll be able to buy a Gateway LT2016U netbook at Verizon Wireless for some potentially interesting numbers. Here’s are your options:

  • $499 with no contract
  • $319 with a $60/month one-year wireless broadband contract
  • $150 after a $100 rebate with a $60/month two-year wireless broadband contract

If you’re into the wireless broadband thing that’s a competitive deal. The 10.1-inch Gateway LT2016U netbook has a 1024 x 600 pixel screen, the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 chip, a Gig of RAM, 160 GB HDD, and Windows XP.

Retail versions sold elsewhere cost around $300 but don’t include the 3G chip.

Via CrunchGear.

Aug 7 2009

Qwest Communications Joins Telecoms in Subsidized Netbook Plans

So with all this (successful) competition between existing telecom companies (especially AT&T and Verizon) in selling subsidized netbooks with monthly data plans, Qwest Communications thought it would jump in and grab a piece of the action.

This high-speed Internet company will offer the 10″ Dell Inspiron Mini netbook at the subsidized price of $199. Customers will be able to choose between 3 different data plans: 7 Mpbs, 12 Mpbs, and 20 Mpbs. This offer was launched on August 1st and is planned on continuing through September 30th.

As a side note, AT&T’s subsidized netbook and data plan packages were so successful that the company is rumored to soon be extending the program to the rest of the United States.

Via eWeek.

Image via LaptopReviewsUK.

Jun 22 2009

Verizon Announces Free Netbook and Camcorder Deals

For a limited time, customers signing up with Verizon‘s FiOS Internet bundle with a connection of 25 Mbits/15 Mbits or higher, FiOS TV Extreme HD, or FiOS Essentials will get the choice of a free Compaq Mini netbook or a Flip Ultra camcorder.

To get in on the deal you need to sign up for service by August 15 and activate by September 30. Verizon will send the device if you have no overdue bills for 60 days, while tacking on a one-year service contract and a $120 cancellation fee.

The second option is signing up for a triple broadband bundle of FiOS internet with a 15/5 Mbit or higher connection, FiOS TV Essentials and the Freedom Essentials voice service get a Flip Ultra camcorder for free or the option to buy the $299.99 netbook for a mere $99.99.

If you use DSL instead, the free netbook/camcorder promo can be enacted by customers signing up for “one-year, double- or triple-play DSL bundles that includes either the 3 Mbits/768 Kbits or 7.1 Mbits/768 Kbits service.”

Verizon’s 10.1-inch Compaq Mini netbook uses an Intel Atom with Windows XP. Verizon will be sending out $299.99 coupons redeemable at HP Home & Home Office, but users need to pay $50 of taxes and shipping.

Via PCMag.

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