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Dear Verizon: Your 4G Phones Have Data Connectivity Problems, And It’s Really Pissing Everyone Off

When I switched from AT&T from Verizon and swapped my aging, battered, and bruised Nexus One for a DROID BIONIC, the possibility of buyer’s remorse was not on my mind. I was coming from AT&T - America’s single least reliable network in terms of dropped calls. So, I thought the last thing I’d end up doing was wishing I was back there. And now, at least part of me does.

If you own a Verizon 4G LTE handset, you’ve probably experienced an issue exactly or approximately like this one: You put your phone in your pocket or let it sit overnight, take it out some time later or the next morning, and there’s no data connection.

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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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AT&T Popping The Top Off Of Its LTE Network On September 18th

It looks like AT&T is finally ready to take the wraps off its long-awaited LTE network in an attempt to compete with Verizon's powerhouse 4G LTE, which now covers over half of the country. Ma Bell's speed-demon network will start its plan for world conquest in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, TX; Atlanta, GA; and Chicago, IL on September 18th, with plans of introducing another 10 LTE markets before the end of 2011.

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Verizon Wireless Launching 4G LTE In 26 New Markets On September 15th

Verizon just keeps pumping out LTE connectivity in new areas across the country -- we saw no less than 15 cities get their piece of the LTE pie last month, and now 26 more are all set to get lit up tomorrow, September 15th. VZW already dropped the names of 15 of those cities last month, but here's the list in its entirety:

  • Fort Smith and Jonesboro, AR
  • San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, CA
  • Daytona, FL
  • Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, IL
  • the Quad Cities, IL/IA; Iowa City, IA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Kalamazoo and Saginaw, MI
  • Reno, NV
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Fargo, ND
  • Canton, Lima and Mansfield, OH
  • Dyersburg, TN
  • the Tri-Cities, TN/VA
  • Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, TX. 

VZW customers in San Francisco, CA; Indianapolis, IN; and Cleveland/Akron, OH can also expect an expanded LTE coverage area.

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DROID BIONIC Review: This Is The Phone That The DROID X2 Should Have Been

The DROID BIONIC has probably been the single most anticipated Android smartphone in the US. Since its unveiling at CES, subsequent total re-design, and sort-of-delayed release, it has been a long and winding road for Motorola's newest flagship handset. Verizon's massive marketing arm hasn't failed to promote this thing, either - walk into any Verizon store and you'll see employees garbed in BIONIC t-shirts, armed with BIONIC accessory display boxes and a tailor-made marketing spiel, ready to meet you with more LTE and dual-core madness than you can shake a stick at.

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And The Winner Of The Droid Bionic In The Giant Special Edition Giveaway #7 Is...

With over 3800 entries from Facebook, Google+, and Twitter (in order of popularity), it's now time to conclude the 7th "special edition" giveaway and announce the winner of the brand new Droid Bionic, the lapdock, the HD docking station, and the Webtop adapter.

Before I move on to the winner, selected at random, I'd like to thank Android Stack Exchange for providing the prizes and an excellent platform for asking and getting quick answers to all your Android questions.

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Video: DROID BIONIC First Impressions

I've had the BIONIC just about 24 hours now, and that's enough time to draw a few, basic conclusions about the phone. It's not sufficient for a full review, obviously, but if you're itching to know more about how using the BIONIC is from an Android addict's perspective, you might want to check out my first impressions video.

Basically, I discuss the phone's hand feel, display, performance, and a few other less noteworthy items.

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[Giant Giveaway #7: Special Edition] No, You Aren't Dreaming - Win A DROID BIONIC From Android Police And Stack Exchange

Yep, you read that right - we're giving away a DROID BIONIC, and it's not even out yet (well, it will be in less than 24 hours), courtesy of the awesome folks over at Stack Exchange. Why? Because we want to help supercharge Stack's amazing Android Q&A site, Android Stack Exchange.


Android Stack Exchange, a child of the StackOverflow family of sites, is sort of like a dedicated Android Q&A Reddit + Wiki + FAQ for answering all your questions about everything Android.

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HTC Holiday Smiles For The Camera, Shows Off AT&T's LTE Network Speeds

A couple of weeks ago the first photos of the HTC Holiday emerged, displaying its impressive hardware innards for the world to see. Now, BGR has landed some new photos of this up-and-coming device, which includes speed tests that show what AT&T's LTE network is capable of. Clocking an astounding 29Mbps, AT&T is looking to put the hurt on VZW's LTE network once it becomes more widespread.

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Yes, a cotton swab is now an acceptable standard of measurement.

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Samsung Stratosphere Press Shots Leak - It's Basically An LTE Epic 4G For Verizon

We've been hearing rumors of the upcoming Samsung Stratosphere for Verizon Wireless for a little while now, and some press shots for the device have now fallen into the hands of PocketNow.

Early rumors suggested that this device could be VZW's reason for not getting the GSII, but more recently,it was compared it to Sprint's Epic 4G. After seeing the pictures, I would say that the latter is pretty dead-on, as it looks nearly identical to the Epic.

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