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Verizon Wireless Adding 21+ New Cities To Its 4G LTE Network On October 20

A new month, a new batch of cities all lined up to get the LTE treatment, courtesy of Big Red. This go around, we're hearing that at least 21 new cities will be getting blanketed in VZW's ultra-fast LTE network, a follow up to the 26 that were just activated. The list of cities isn't available in its entirety just yet, but here's what we have so far:

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Modesto and Stockton, CA
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, South Bend and Terre Haute, IN
  • Sioux City, IA
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Tupelo, MS
  • Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Asheville, NC
  • Bartlesville, OK
  • Jackson and Martin, TN
  • Greater Hampton Roads and Richmond, VA
  • Green Bay, WI

San Diego and Los Angeles, CA are said to be getting an expanded coverage area, as well.

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Verizon Wireless To Begin 'Network Optimization' In September, Will Slow Data Speeds For Top 5% Of Users In 'Congested Areas' After 2GB

Ah, the data saga continues. Throttling has been a long-time practice of T-Mobile, which drastically slows data speeds for users who go over their set-amount of high-speed access. AT&T recently announced a similar practice, slowing the top 5% of users who were grandfathered in on unlimited data plans.

Verizon also made a drastic change to its smartphone data packages recently, switching from an unlimited-only offering to a tiered setup. Now, even furthering the changes to its data structuring, Big Red will begin implementing "network optimizations" to all existing customers with unlimited plans on 3G devices in September.

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Verizon Wireless Officially Announces The Motorola Droid Bionic, Available On September 8th For $299

We can't say that we didn't see this coming, but VZW finally announced the Droid Bionic this morning. As expected, the newest 4G LTE Droid will be available on September 8th for $299. All of the hardware rumors have now been confirmed, as well:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter, front facing camera
  • 16GB built-in storage, 16GB SD card
  • MotoPrint app to print via Wi-Fi-enabled printers
  • HDMI Out (mirror mode)
  • Webtop
  • Android 2.3.4

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There are also a few accessories set to be available with the launch of the device, including the Lapdock for $299, the HD Docking Station for $99, and the Webtop Adapter for $29.

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Motorola Droid 2 Global Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Last week, Moto and VZW started pushing the Gingerbread update to the original Droid 2, and now its global counterpart is getting the same treatment. The update officially started rolling out in phases earlier today, bringing many new features along with it:

  • New download manager
  • App and power management details
  • Multi-touch key-chording
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • New UI and color scheme (read: new Blur)
  • Updated dock icons
  • App grouping
  • Increased device and SD card security
  • Updated calendar
  • Improved email and messaging
  • New ActiveSync email policy

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You can also expect improved stability, battery life, and connectivity, as well as new bundles apps (bloatware) like Google Books, Accuweather, Amazon MP3, Blockbuster, and Flash Player 10.2.

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Verizon Will Not Be Getting The Samsung Galaxy S II, Make Ready The Pitchforks And Torches

Samsung has an event coming up on Monday where the US Galaxy S II will finally be announced. We've all been waiting for this beast of a phone to hit US shores for some time, but word just broke that one big name will be left out of the announcement: Verizon. That's right, folks, Big Red will not be getting the SGSII.

It's rumored that VZW will instead be getting the Samsung Stratosphere, a QWERTY-slider along the same lines as the Epic 4G, as well as the Nexus Prime.

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Motorola Droid Bionic Release Date And Price Outed: September 8th For $299

We already know virtually every detail about the upcoming Droid Bionic, and now Phone Arena has snagged a photo of a VZW internal document that basically verifies the last of the rumors: release date and price. We've been hearing rumors of a September 8th date for some time now, and one look at the image shows that pretty much hits the nail on the head. The phone will come in at a minimum advertised price of $299 with a two-year contract, which has quickly become the standard pricing for all of Big Red's 4G LTE phones.

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Verizon Wireless Expanding Its 4G LTE Market On Thursday, August 18th - Adding 15 More Cities To The Mix

It its ever-expanding conquest for mobile domination, Verizon Wireless will be turning on 4G LTE connectivity in 15 more cities across the nation, as well as expanding in 10 existing markets, on Thursday, August 18th.

In the past eight months, VZW has expanded its 4G LTE network to cover over half of the US, putting it on track to bring LTE to more than 185 million Americans by the end of the year.

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[Update: Ready To Rage?] Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S II Will Be 4G LTE Enabled, According To The VZW Support Twitter Account

Update: As if we didn't all see it coming (you should see all of the @mentions we received on Twitter regarding VZWsupport's history of ignorance when this post when live), Verizon Support just tweeted that they were actually referring to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, not the Galaxy S II. One of these days, Verizon should probably consider hiring support people that actually know something about the products in which they support, instead of a group of neophytes that know as much about technology as my eighty-six year old grandmother (read: nothing).

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[Rumor] Is The Droid Bionic Launching On August 4th?

Well, isn't this interesting... it appears that Android Central has gotten a hold of a leaked screen with some pretty promising release dates for some highly anticipated phones, including the Motorola Droid Bionic. Let's push that one of to the side for just a moment though and address the first phone on the list: the Droid 3.

We've basically known everything there is to know about the D3 for a while.

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[Updated: Existing Customers Can Keep Unlimited Data] Editorial: Why Verizon's Tiered Data Plans Will Punish Everyone - Not Just Heavy Data Users

Update: According to two separate Verizon memos intercepted by Droid-life, existing Verizon customers can keep their existing data plan pricing when renewing or upgrading. Unfortunately, as with all offers of this type, just how long it will last remains to be seen. But, given that the BIONIC is coming some time soon-ish, it seems very likely that existing Verizon customers will be able to get the device without being forced into tiered data.

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