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[CES 2013] Verizon Tops Themselves: Behold The Massive Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 Carrier Logo

Verizon has a thing for carrier branding. Lately though, they've really been going overboard, particularly on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which had a Verizon logo on the home button. That easily won the award for most obnoxious carrier branding ever on a phone.

In Vegas though, Verizon has topped themselves. David and I were wandering around the "CES Digital Experience" pre-show event and we saw THIS:

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This thing Is the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1.

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[CES 2013] Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Gaining LTE Powers, Coming To Verizon This Month

Samsung's on stage today at CES announcing all the devices (TVs, cameras, smart fridges and microwaves... seriously). Among them is a shiny new LTE version of the Galaxy Note 10.1. No word on how much the unit is going to cost but it will be arriving on Verizon sometime this month.

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There's also no word yet on how much the plans will cost, but we can likely expect it will launch with comparable prices to the myriad other LTE tablets with Share Everything plans.

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Galaxy Note II Developer Edition (16GB) Shows Up On Samsung's Site, Proves Its Existence

One of the biggest frustrations of dealing with Verizon, if you're someone who likes to tweak their phone, is that the carrier insists on locking the bootloaders on its phones that otherwise would not be locked. Samsung has offered Developer Editions of its phones in the past, including the Galaxy S III, largely to avoid that problem and appease the dev crowd. Today, that tradition continues with the Galaxy Note II which has now appeared on the company's site in a similar hacker-friendly model.

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Redbox Instant Hits The Play Store As The Service Inches One Step Closer To A Public Release

Would-be Netflix competitor Redbox – in conjunction with Verizon – has just released its official app into the Play Store. Dubbed Redbox Instant, the service allows unlimited movie and TV show streaming, along with four monthly rentals from Redbox kiosks for a mere $8 a month.

This is not a carrier-branded application and will work with a variety of different phones and tablets – even Wi-Fi-only models.

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We've known that Redbox and Verizon have been beta testing the service for the last several weeks, but it looks like they're one step closer to a full, public release at this point.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Arrive For Verizon And Sprint Galaxy S III Variants

The CyanogenMod team has been slowly but surely rolling out CM 10.1 builds for various devices - mostly Samsung - over the last week or so. A handful of new tablets and phones hit just yesterday, including the LTE Galaxy Nexus variants, 3G Nexus 7, Galaxy S, SII, some SIII variants, and Galaxy Tab 2. Adding to that list, builds for the Verizon and Sprint variants just hit the scene this morning.

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Verizon Announces Several More LTE Markets For December 20th

After a couple years of working on its LTE Network, we've come to expect these monthly market activations from VZW. The lists started off small - consisting of mostly big cities - but as the towns get smaller, the lists get longer. Earlier this month, Big Red announced that it would be bringing LTE to a slew of new markets on December 20th:

  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Port Townsend, WA
  • Sequim, WA
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Pasco, WA
  • Richland, WA
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Teton Village, WY
  • Kemmerer WY
  • Pinedale, WY
  • Price, UT
  • Richfield, UT
  • Lamar, CO
  • LaJunta, CO

Today, however, it has expanded that list by several more areas:

  • Marshalltown, IA
  • Saddlebrooke, AZ
  • Ruidoso, NM
  • Flagstaff, Prescott, And Sedona, AZ
  • Casa Grande, AZ
  • Farmington and Gallup, NM
  • Payson, AZ
  • Mason City and Charles City, IA
  • Oskaloosa, IA
  • McCook, NE

December 20th is the big day for all those cities, as well - looks like you're only three days away from saying goodbye to VZW's [less than spectacular] 3G network for good.

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[One-Day Deal Alert] Sprint, Verizon, And AT&T 16GB GSIII For $50, T-Mo For $80 From Best Buy Mobile

As always, the closer we get to the holidays, the more deals we see. It's anything but uncommon to see one-day super deals pop up just before Christmas, and today Best Buy is offering the Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon variants of the 16GB Galaxy S III for just $50 and 32GB for $99 (Verizon only) with a two-year agreement. T-Mo customers are stuck paying a bit more, with the 16GB handset coming in at $80 and 32GB variant for $130.

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Verizon Flipping The Switch On 4G LTE In Multiple Markets Out West On December 20

It can be hard to hear how speedy and wonderful Verizon's 4G LTE is when there isn't a 4G tower within 100 miles of your home. Well, that's about to change for some lucky folks in the western half of the US come December 20. Big Red continues to creep closer to a 100% overlay with its 3G network all the time.

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All of the following cities are going to see LTE go live on December 20:

  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Port Townsend, WA
  • Sequim, WA
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Pasco, WA
  • Richland, WA
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Teton Village, WY
  • Kemmerer WY
  • Pinedale, WY
  • Price, UT
  • Richfield, UT
  • Lamar, CO
  • LaJunta, CO

Of course, you need an LTE handset to take advantage of the faster 4G speeds, but most phones Verizon has sold in the last few years are 4G-capable.

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Samsung Drops Open Source Files For Verizon Galaxy Camera, AT&T Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean, AT&T Galaxy Tab 8.9 Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung, continuing its habit of timely code releases, today let fly open source kernel files for a handful of devices including Verizon's newly announced Galaxy Camera (EK-GC120), AT&T's Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean update (SGH-I747), and last but not least, AT&T's Galaxy Tab 8.9 Ice Cream Sandwich release (SGH-I957).

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If you've been waiting to get your hands on a fresh batch of kernel source for these devices to tweak, develop, or ogle, now's your chance.

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Redbox Instant By Verizon Details Announced: Unlimited Streaming & Four One-Night Disc Rentals Per Month

We've been hearing rumblings for a while now about Redbox partnering with Verizon for a streaming service. Today, the company announced the details of that arrangement: for $8/month you can get access to unlimited streaming of a selection of movies (including the EPIX library which, for those who don't know, is pretty impressive), as well as four monthly credits to rent a physical movie for one night from any Redbox kiosk.

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