A number of things that we wrote about the Droid 2 Global in September are apparently turning out to be correct. Firstly, such a phone is indeed coming. Secondly, the phone could actually be coming out in a white variant as earlier predicted. And finally, what we didn’t know this far, is that the unit could be sold at a price of $199.99 – presumably with a contract.
These details come from a leaked screenshot of an inventory database at popular American membership warehouse club Costco. The details revealed from the screenshot include the fact that the upcoming Android device will be available in two colors and that it will be available at a $200 price point.
The Droid 2 Global is considered to be a world-ready phone that will support GSM as well as CDMA functionalities and it has often been rumored that Verizon could shelf its original Droid 2 in favor of this upgraded variant.
Verizon is reported to be testing a new unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling plan for some of their customers. According to a report on the Engadget, Verizon has been trying out this new plan in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and “select markets” in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. Such unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling would be carrier agnostic which means it does not really matter what carrier the recipient is on. Also, unlimited texting could be in the offing that could appeal to a lot of people who, you know, text a lot.
How much do you think you will pay for such a service? The trial plans are said to be offered at between $60 and $130 for individual and family plans respectively. These plans also come with 450 to 2000 minutes – that could be useful for those calls you make to landlines.
These test plans are expected to be valid until the end of this year post which Verizon is expected to take a call on whether to expand or shut the idea.
“Fortune has confirmed that a Verizon iPhone will be released in early 2011.”
That doesn’t sound like anything more than what we have heard from several other sources already. However, given the frequency of reports in this direction over the past few weeks, we may have to give in to the fact that a Verizon iPhone is a reality this time.
That is also supported by the recent launch of the Apple iPad on the Verizon network earlier this month. The deal is being seen as a precursor to a deeper partnership between the two companies that should then inevitably include the distribution of iPhones. Pegatron and Foxconn are reported to be manufacturing these CDMA handsets the first of which will probably be released in early 2011.
Do you find the battery life on your new Motorola Droid 2 unsatisfactory? Then a fix is just around the corner. Or it has hit you already. The latest software update version 2.3.20 is now being released in batches to all Motorola Droid 2 customers that will offer a number of fixes and enhancements to the device apart from enhancing the battery life of the smartphone.
Here is a list of announced updates
- Improved battery life.
- Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.
- View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
- Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
- Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
- Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
- Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen.
- Edit text messages after you’ve inserted a video file.
- Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
- Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
- Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
- Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection.
Has the Verizon update hit you yet? Tell us in the comments.
Word is that Verizon is getting ready to announce a successor to the popular Droid Incredible. According to reports, the new phone, dubbed the Droid Incredible HD, shall be launched in less than a month from now; on November 23.
The Droid Incredible HD was first pictured back in August of this year, though there was no word on what it will be called or whether it was genuine at all. This new Android phone is expected to come with a 4.3″ capacitive touch screen, an 8-Megapixel camera with dual LED flash, a front facing camera, 768MB RAM, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound, a kickstand and shall run on Android 2.2 with the new version of HTC Sense UI. It goes without saying then that the device will also be integrated with the new HTCSense portal.
It will be interesting to see if this new phone manages to make its mark during the competitive holiday shopping season.
A new test site for the upcoming Verizon Droid Pro is apparently now live and from what we see here, the device could come priced at $299. The website also makes another interesting revelation that has already been known for sometime – that the new Android phone could be launched on November 11.
Now, the price part is still kind of dicey. We are not sure if this is indeed the final price of the phone or if more discounted offers are on the way. There is a very good likelihood for more discounted offers like a $100 mail-in rebate to be introduced to the price when the device actually launches.
Anyway, from whatever is known now, the Verizon Droid Pro is launching on November 11 at a price of $299 and that is after you sign a two year contract with Verizon. Sounds good?
We all knew the new Palm Pre 2 was in the works. But according to some reports, the new Palm phone may not be launching on Sprint. Instead, Verizon Wireless, the largest CDMA carrier in the United States is said to be prepping itself up for the launch of the next generation Palm phone. The reports further suggest that Palm’s earlier statement that Pre 2 was being launched “in coming months” could be kind of misleading since the device could be launching as early as November 11.
If true, the launch could be very much a gamble for Palm (and Hewlett Packard, the company’s new owner). The launch is surely in time for the holiday shopping season in the United States when a lot of gadget buying happens. But this is also going to be the time when a slew of new Android handsets launch that could effectively rival the Palm Pre 2. Add to this the other rumor that Apple may be launching a CDMA iPhone during the same period. With several new handsets on Verizon alone, it is to be seen how the carrier plans to distribute its marketing budget across its portfolio.
After network providers like Sprint and T-Mobile confirmed their plans to carry the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, Verizon has now announced its plans to offer data services to the Android tablet in the American market. According to a press statement released by the company, the Samsung Galaxy Tab shall be available on the Verizon network at a price of $599.99 that is without any contractual obligation or need to buy a data plan. That is, at $600 you can use your Galaxy Tab like it was a Wi-Fi only device. At an additional monthly cost of $20, you can buy 1GB of data to use the Tab while on the move or at places where you do not have a Wi-Fi connection.
Are you from one of those familiar localities where it is a pain to make calls or send text messages from inside your homes? Verizon has launched their new 3G Network Extender that will help turn your home internet connection into a mini cell-site thereby letting you make calls and download apps from inside your home even when the 3G signal is poor.
“The Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender, a “mini-cell site” manufactured by Samsung Mobile, is about the size of a wireless router box or woman’s purse and routes Verizon Wireless calls through the customer’s home broadband Internet connection. Up to six Verizon Wireless customers can use their phones and monthly plans to place calls and access data using the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender.
The Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender is easy to set up and can provide coverage within 40 feet of the Network Extender device.”
This is pretty similar to the 3G Microcell offered by rival AT&T. However, unlike their foe, Verizon has decided not to charge users a monthly bill for routing calls over their home internet. Quite sensibly, the device will be available at a one-time price of $249.99. That’s expensive but that’s the price for not being able to make calls from inside your homes.
As the American telecom market moves towards a state of increased smartphone adoption, carriers are actively moving away from unlimited data usage options and are instead coming up with several tiered data plans that will incentivize customers for consuming less data.
Verizon, it is learned, is rolling out a new smartphone data pricing structure come October 28 that offer data in two tiers. At $15 a month, users can sign up for a 150MB data plan that will offer data at the rate of $0.10/MB of overage. Alternately, users can sign up to a $29.99 per month plan for unlimited data usage. If you are someone who does not consume too much of data, you now have a cheaper alternative.
T-Mobile on the other hand is rumored to be coming up with a $9.99 a month plan that will offer 200 MB of data! Those looking for an unlimited plan can still sign up to the $30 monthly plan. This new data pricing is expected to launch by early November.