RCS has been a long time coming, but the last few carrier holdouts in the US are finally starting to push out support for the "enhanced messaging" standard. Earlier this year, T-Mobile rolled the feature out to the Galaxy S7, then the S8, and now Verizon is joining in on the fun a bit earlier than originally expected, pushing out RCS support to Google's latest Pixel 3 and 3 XL starting this morning. Read More
Verizon is looking to launch RCS text messaging in early 2019, according to the company's SVP of consumer products Apart Khurjekar. Khurjekar took the stage at a New Jersey GSMA event to make the announcement, along with a wealth of less interesting tidbits about business messaging. This appears to be the catalyst behind Verizon's sudden interest in bringing RCS to fruition, but I think we can all be thankful that something has spurred the carrier to improve the current state of messaging. Read More
Verizon's latest update for the LG V40 ThinQ is all about making users look good, by way of creating digital avatars and fine-tuning their selfies to transport them to another place.
The patch includes a handful of new camera-centric features, including the introduction of "My Avatar" and Augmented Selfie capabilities, both of which look like they're meant for a lot of time-wasting (read: fun) applications.
Using My Avatar, you can create a cartoon avatar to be used in Messaging and other apps that feature an on-screen keyboard. The avatar is created from several photos of your own face, and can then be customized with different clothing and accessories. Read More
Smart home gadgets, especially outdoor smart home cameras, tend to be on the expensive side, but Verizon has pushed out a substantial discount on the Canary Flex, an indoor/outdoor weatherproof HD security camera. Right now you can snag one for just $100 at Verizon of all places, which is half of the $200 MSRP, which Canary is still asking for at its own site. Read More
Unlike most phones we review, the Palm Phone does not claim to be the equal of another device. It doesn't even necessarily claim to be good. The Verizon-exclusive Palm Phone is billed as a companion to the phone you actually like using. A phone that's minimalist and limited by design can't be "good" in the traditional sense, but can it be bad in a way that you still might want one? Sadly, no.
The TCL-made Palm Phone is fascinating because of how odd it is. So many phones these days are predictable and boring, but this one is at least interesting. Read More
Insurance might not be something you'd typically associate with smartphones, but as prices for premium flagships continue to rise, the option to protect yourself from a lost investment increasingly makes sense. Enter companies like Asurion, which work with carriers to provide smartphone insurance. In the case of Asurion and Verizon, the partners generally only offer their $13 per month Total Mobile Protection service within 30 days of a new device's purchase. Occasionally, though, Verizon and Asurion initiate an open enrollment period for people with devices under two years of age. That's the case right now, with the latest enrollment period expiring November 25th. Read More
Verizon's prepaid service used to be of questionable value, but the carrier has aggressively lowered pricing in recent years. In 2017, it announced simplified, cheaper pricing for prepaid, and now it's making prepaid plans an even better deal with more date for fewer dollars. You can even get unlimited prepaid data for as little as $65. Read More
For as long as there have been smartphones, there have also been weird smartphones. While mainstream models tend to keep things basic, giving you slightly faster and more feature-rich versions of devices that have come before, there are always those outliers that seem to remind us that there's room for variety in this industry yet: phones that fold, have sliding hardware, or take similar steps to set them apart from the rest of the pack. Read More
It's been over a month since the Galaxy Watch debuted alongside the Galaxy Note9, but it's only now debuting with LTE on Big Red. The 42mm and 46mm Galaxy Watch LTEs on Verizon are now available in two colors at $379.99 and $399.99, respectively, with monthly payments and 2-year contract options also being offered. Read More
Last year, TCL announced that new devices with Palm branding would launch in 2018, and the first phone leaked a few months ago. The tiny 3.3-inch Palm phone is now official, and it's coming to Verizon next month for a whopping $349.99. Read More