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Leaked Verizon Training Docs Show Big Red Is Working On A[n Expensive] Competitor To T-Mobile's Jump! Upgrade Plan

Droid-life has gotten its hands on some leaked Verizon employee training materials, and they reveal the existence of something called "VZ Edge" - what can only be described as Verizon's four-letter answer to T-Mobile's new Jump upgrade plan. The gist is this: Verizon will allow you to upgrade your phone every 6 months, with strings attached. Here's what we know so far.

Edge is part of Verizon's existing device payment plan program. That means you finance a smartphone at full off-contract price over the course of 12 months as a payment on top of your existing service bill (plus a $2 finance charge every month).

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Sony Xperia Z Launching Later This Month On Bell Mobility As A Canadian Exclusive

The Sony Xperia Z might be a few months old now, but it's about to officially arrive in the great white north as an exclusive on Bell Mobility. The Canadian carrier will begin selling the Xperia Z later this month (July 2013) in white, black, and purple.

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This is going to be the proper Xperia Z, not that watered down, non-water-resistant Xperia ZL. In case you need a refresher on the Z's specs, here they are:

  • 5" 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • 13MP Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS sensor
  • Water and dust resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass display
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM

The Xperia Z is no slouch, but it's starting to look a bit dated next to the HTC One and Galaxy S4.

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Uber Update Introduces Fare Splitting, Lets You Share Trip Cost With Multiple Friends

Uber, the mobile service for hailing a cab directly from your smartphone, rolled out a new feature today that lets friends share the cost of a trip with friends. Users can now simply request a ride, select the Split Fare option, and choose a friend to split the fee with. Assuming the person wants to remain friends afterwards, all they have to do is tap the link that they received in a text message from Uber. New users will be prompted to create an account, whereas existing users will be sent directly to the app to confirm the transaction. Users can also split the cost with more than one friend, which is a nice way to bring the rates down.

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IMDB App Updated To v3.3 With Movie Ticket Purchasing, A Much Improved Watchlist, And More

The IMDB app is one of those things you always end up installing. It's the biggest database of movies, TV episodes, and actors around, after all. Today the app is getting a big update to v3.3. This will refine a few features and add support for movie ticket purchases in the app.

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Official Transport Tycoon Port Coming To Android, Directed By Creator Chris Sawyer Himself

While an open source remake is already available on Google Play, an official version of Transport Tycoon is coming to Android before the end of 2013. The game's original creator, Chris Sawyer, is designing and directing what is being billed as the definitive version of the simulation classic. Developers at Origin8 Technologies, who are also working on the game, have recreated and restored Sawyer's original code and are revising it for touchscreen devices.

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Transport Tycoon met with both critical and commercial success when it debuted in 1994, and Sawyer's follow-up, Transport Tycoon Deluxe, repeated this achievement a year later.

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Angry Birds Star Wars II Announced, Will Insult You With Shameless Money Grab Toy Tie-In, Characters From The Crappy Trilogy

Say what you will about Rovio – those folks know what pays the bills. The developer has announced its new game, and it's another Angry Birds title. This time we're turning to the Star Wars universe with Angry Birds Star Wars II. The new game will incorporate characters and locations from the prequel films. Yes, those ones.

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This looks like an evolution of the previous Angry Birds Star Wars game, which was actually kind of enjoyable. The prequel-infused sequel will have more birds with new powers, and a completely new way for Rovio to make money: Telepods.

Telepods are small figures that can be beamed into the game whenever you want.

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HTC Publishes, Pulls Post Teasing The HTC One Mini, Will "Bring The One Experience To As Many People As Possible"

Update: The post has now been published.

Just a few minutes ago, it seems someone over at the official HTC blog pulled the trigger on an HTC One Mini teaser campaign a bit early. A post titled "Little Things That Pack a BIG Punch" was live for a few moments, only to quickly disappear. It was a pretty obvious hint at the upcoming HTC One Mini, which is perhaps best-known at this point as HTC's worst-kept secret.

The post didn't detail specifications, or even specifically name the HTC One Mini, but the intent was plainly to tease the upcoming device. Here's the text of that post (and here's the absurd infographic I refuse on principle to actually put in this post):

"The HTC One, by many accounts, is the pinnacle of smartphone achievement.

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T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Getting An OTA Update To Add 4G LTE Support

If you're one of the lucky few with a T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, there's an update headed your way. It's based on Android 4.1.2, just like the last one was, but it adds one notable new feature: LTE. Yes, the tablet's latent LTE radio has been enabled with this update.

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The new version of the software is starting to hit devices today, but mashing the update button won't help. It's going to be arriving in waves until all tablets have gotten the notification around July 19th. If you can't wait, the device can also be updated manually via Samsung Kies.

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Monday App And Game Sales: Frozen Synapse, Bass Booster Pro, McPixel, And More

How about a little boost on this Monday morning? Picking up some new apps and games at drastically reduced prices might provide just the kick you need to attack the day like an unstoppable nuclear-powered robot tiger that shoots lightning from its eyes. Or something less outlandish... but these apps are still on sale either way.

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T-Mobile's JUMP! Upgrade Plans And Simple Choice Family Plans Are Available Now

T-Mobile has made quite a splash with two new policies unveiled at last week's "Boldest Moves Yet" event. The JUMP! plan combines a trade-in program and insurance policy that lets you upgrade your phone every six months for a $10 monthly fee, and the Simple Choice Family Plans have some great values for families looking to save some cash on multiple lines. Both are live as of yesterday - you can start shopping on T-Mobile's website, or walk into your friendly neighborhood retail store.

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The JUMP! plans in particular are interesting for our readership: pay $10 a month, and you can trade up to any new phone after six months, which you then begin paying off on T-Mobile's new "Uncarrier" model...

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