While it's probably safe to assume the bulk of our readers are after the highest-end handset out when upgrade time comes, there's undoubtedly also those who need to stay on a budget. LG's Lucid was a handset that I feel like helped spark a new era for the budget market: affordable phones that don't completely suck. Verizon must've felt the same way, because the Lucid saw a sequel with last year's aptly-name Lucid 2.
Verizon's LTE version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet is now available online. Its existence isn't a surprise following @evleaks' previous leak of the device, but today we have an official product page to point you towards. This one. You can get the tablet for $599.99 with a two-year contract or $699.99 without.
Customers who want Android tablets on Verizon's admittedly excellent LTE network tend to have only a few options, but there are two more this morning. Flagships from both LG and Samsung, the G Pad 8.3 and Galaxy Note Pro (or NotePRO) 12.2, are now available as branded Verizon devices. You can pick both of them up on the carrier website, and they should be available at retail stores either today or soon after.
Verizon's version of the Galaxy S III Mini (you know, the one with the defaced home button) is slated to receive a minor over-the-air update in the coming days, bringing along software version G730VVRUANA4. The update is indeed fairly unremarkable, updating some of that lovely Verizon bloat, removing a "never time out" feature from Bluetooth settings, adding photos to incoming calls on call waiting, and something about "enhanced device security" (probably Android security patches).
We received a tip last week suggesting that Verizon Wireless planned to release the LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE (or the LGGPLTE for short, differentiating it from the LGGPGPE) on March 6th. Today, that leak's been confirmed. Verizon has announced that the tablet will launch on said day for $99.99 with a new two-year activation, with this price lasting for the first four days of availability. After that, it will go up to $199.99.
Verizon is shaking up its prepaid plan options today, starting with a new name: ALLSET (ALL CAPS). Unlike some competitors, the basic plans start at a flat fee and the only expansion options come from
Bridge data BRIDGE DATA add-on packs. The smartphone plan starts at $45 a month for unlimited voice calls and text messages, plus a somewhat paltry 500MB of data.
If 500MB seems a bit low for your prepaid data needs, you can top it up with BRIDGE DATA packs.
Verizon may have taken forever to offer the current Nexus 7, but if this leak is to be believed, the carrier won't take nearly as long to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. According to a leaked internal document, the tablet is scheduled to become available on March 6th. It's not alone, either. The LG G Pad 8.3 is set to launch on the same day.
As Android 4.4/KitKat updates begin rolling out to devices on all the major US carriers, one frequently asked question has to do with whether or not these devices will include Android's new "Tap and Pay" feature. This was one of the major additions in KitKat and allows almost any device with an NFC chip to be used for "tap and go" mobile payments, even if said chip doesn't have a built-in secure element.
It seems like just yesterday when we heard that Verizon was inviting users to the Moto X 4.4.2 soak test, and now here we are. Big Red just updated its Moto X support docs with the full 4.4.2 changelog, which should mean that the update is preparing to roll out to users soon – possibly within a few days.
Update 2/24: Motorola just pushed the release notes to its customer portal, so the update should be hitting devices any time now.
Cell phone service is expensive, especially if you choose to go with one of America's bigger providers. If you get your phones from Amazon today (which is a pretty good idea in any case), you can alleviate that just a little bit when activating a new line on AT&T or Verizon. For the time being, Amazon customers can get a $100 credit on their carrier bills when buying a new phone and activating a new line of service, or adding a new line to an existing account.