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Verizon the first to get Kit Kat

Verizon will be the first carrier to get Kit Kat for Android devices, and that will be happening as early as today. The new operating system will feature improved dialer and new photo gallery, as well as new tweaks like Touchless Control. It is unclear how long the operating system will take to get to all devices.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612977-94/verizon-first-in-line-for-moto-xs-kitkat-update/

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Verizon Rolls Out Next-Gen FiOS Mobile App

The FiOS mobile app is expanding! It gives users the ability to not only watch current shows by expanding the number of channels offered, but they also expanded the number of On-Demand movies with the newest update. Verizon is hoping to expand their mobile influence in their FiOS app with this update.

Read the full article here!

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AT&T and Verizon To Launch VoLTE Smartphones In 2014

AT&T and Verizon have both announced their plans to release smartphones compatible with VoLTE.  VoLTE would allow voice calls to be carried out over LTE, which could also open the door for simultaneous data usage and voice usage.  AT&T plans to release their first VoLTE compatible phone at the end of the year, while Verizon is planning for a launch in the first half of 2014.

 

Source: AT&T expects to launch first VoLTE smartphone this year – FierceWireless

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US Mobile Telecom Carriers Unveil New iPhone 5C Installment-Payment Plans

With the release of the new iPhone 5C Model, the major mobile telecom carrier companies in the US (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) are also using new types of installment plans that go with the iPhone 5C.

These new installment plans require payments of around $20 per month for 20-24 months. This is different from how some older installment plans for other phone models require a large down-payment to occur at the start of the installment plan.

These new installment plans appear to be another method of the telecom carrier companies to invite people to purchase a iPhone 5C & installment plan with their company.

These new installment plans may encourage people with tighter budgets to switch/upgrdade to an iPhone 5C with installment plan as these specific plans spread out the costs over a longer period of time with a smaller payment conducted each month compared to larger payments in older installment plans.

Please see article link below:

Wireless Carriers Unveil IPhone Installment-Payment Plans – Bloomberg.

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Verizon to launch Total Mobile Protection program, for that added sense of security

Verizon is now offering a new mobile protection service that is 10$ a month including access to premium tech support, protection against malware, and insurance to help in case phone gets lost or stolen. The premium tech support gives you shorter wait times, with the help catered to your specific device, while the device protection will be deployed through Verizon’s Mobile Security app.

you can read the entire article here: http://www.techhive.com/article/2048645/verizon-to-launch-total-mobile-protection-program-for-that-added-sense-of-security.html

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NFL Mobile App Updated With Access For Canadians, Live Audio For Non-Verizon Users, And Google+

It’s football time in America, and you know what that means: a mad rush to get all the infrastructure updated in time for opening day. The official NFL Mobile app is getting its first major update since the publisher was switched back in August. A nice list of new features is included, most notably the addition of our neighbors to the north in Canada. Everyone in Canada should be able to access the app with its scores and news, but only Bell Mobile TV subscribers will be able to watch live games.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/09/05/nfl-mobile-app-updated-with-access-for-canadians-live-audio-for-non-verizon-users-and-google-sharing/

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Verizon Wireless Buys Vodafone at $130 Billion – Wired

In what’s being described as one of the biggest deals in corporate history, Verizon agreed to pay $130 billion to British telecom Vodafone in order to buy out the multinational’s stake in Verizon Wireless, the second largest wireless operation in the U.S. This will allow Verizon in the long term to reduce operating costs primarily in Great Britain with the acquisition.

Forget the Microsoft Soap Opera. It’s the Verizon Deal That Matters

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Verion LTE Roll Out Should Wrap Up by Mid-2013

“Most of Verizon’s strategy talk surrounding its long-term LTE plans has conservatively aimed at upgrading all existing coverage areas to 4G by the end of 2013. If we’re to believe a CFO Fran Shammo presentation, the carrier may have underpromised and overdelivered: the executive now expects LTE to reach the whole network by the middle of next year, or as much as half a year sooner than first thought. What prompted the quicker rollout wasn’t mentioned, although Shammo was eager to point out a surprisingly strong reception to Verizon’s (frequently mandatory) shared plans as well as the ample number of airwaves that came from a spectrum transfer deal with cable providers. Having a lot of customers on premium plans with the capacity to support them tends to help with faster expansion, we’d say. No matter the exact reasoning, the shortened schedule could underscore the advantage of Verizon’s early start on LTE versus those carriers taking a more relaxed pace.”

Verizon CFO: LTE rollout should wrap up by mid-2013, months ahead of expectations — Engadget.

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Windows Phone 8 may never reach Verizon

Verizon had initially been planning to release three handsets this year operating on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 OS.  New reports however state that the wireless carrier is unhappy with the lack of access it has to remotely manage these devices, and as a result, the phones’ launches are being delayed and may even be canceled altogether.

 

 

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Verizon-s-Windows-Phone-8-Devices-Could-Be-Delayed-or-Cancelled-299795.shtml