Verizon Wireless planted a bigger flag in prepaid this week with the announcement of its new "Verizon Unleashed" plans. Though only available in Southern California and most of Florida for the time being, the plans offers unlimited services for $50 per month.
Verizon Unleashed will offer subscribers unlimited calling minutes regardless of time of day, unlimited calls to other Verizon subscribers, unlimited domestic messaging, and unlimited messaging to select carriers in Canada and Mexico. Unlimited mobile Web is a feature as well, though the plan is not available on handsets that have full HTML browsers.
Verizon Wireless says it has identified the cause of a nationwide outage that's affected its 4G LTE network for most of the day. In a statement originally released to Engadget, the carrier said, "We have determined the cause of our issue and are working with our major vendors to restore connections."
The statement went on to say that until problem is fixed, Verizon customers will be unable to activate any LTE handset. Subscribers with such a phone will be able to make calls, though they may experience 2.5G 1xRTT data speeds. According to CNET senior associate … Read more
Once again Asia one-ups the rest of the world's mobile industry, this time with the LG Optimus Big. The Optimus Big sports a whopping 4.3-inch display, making it the largest LG phone to date.
Its other specs are also quite impressive. It runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor (no word on if it's a Tegra 2) and is equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 16GB of internal memory, and an HDMI port. The display has the same technology we saw on the Optimus Black--the Nova display has apparently 700 nits of brightness, … Read more
The app appears to be complete with all of our favorite core Google Docs features: creating, editing, uploading, and sharing documents. In addition, it comes stocked with an optional home screen widget for a one-touch way to create new documents, access starred documents, or take and upload photos.
One really exciting feature is the app's ability to connect with your device's camera, and use optical character recognition (OCR) to turn photos with text into editable Google documents.
Google claims the technology will get better at recognizing unformatted text (and hopefully handwriting?) over time, so this could potentially be a prelude to a whole new form of collaboration. We'll wait and see.
Google Docs for Android is currently available for phones running Android 2.1+. Stay tuned for a more in-depth hands-on look.… Read more
Casio has typically made rugged feature phones for Verizon Wireless (the G'zOne Brigade, the G'zOne Ravine, etc.), so it was a welcome surprise to see the company finally branch out to Android smartphones with the Casio G'zOne Commando.
Like its brethren, the Commando is designed to withstand a variety of environmental hazards with its tough and durable construction that should protect it against immersion, rain, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, and more. It even comes with the G'zGear software that includes outdoor-friendly tools like a compass, a walking counter, a tidal graph, a thermometer, and a tool for tracking the phases of the moon.
More than that, it ships with Android 2.2 and boasts robust security features to support corporate e-mail. Other features include Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, an LED light, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, and the ability to act as a mobile hot spot with up to five devices. If you want 4G/LTE, however, keep looking, as the Commando has 3G/EV-DO instead. The interface also features XT9 and T9 trace input for typing and a menu that snaps out for frequently used apps.
The Casio G'zOne Commando will be available starting April 28 for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement.… Read more
Sprint today announced that the Samsung Nexus S will arrive May 8 with a $199 price tag. The handset, officially known as the Nexus S 4G, features everything we've seen on the T-Mobile-supported device, including the stock Android interface.
Features include Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, 16GB internal memory, a front-facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, GPS, and support for NFC. The Nexus S 4G is the fourth 4G Android smartphone from Sprint, following the Evo 4G, Epic 4G, and most recently, the Evo Shift 4G. … Read more
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is coming Thursday to Verizon Wireless.
The Android 2.2 Froyo-based Droid Incredible 2 boasts a 4-inch LCD display and the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. In addition, it supports 3G Mobile Hotspot, allowing people to connect five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Web through the smartphone's 3G connection. The device has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It also supports Flash.
Details on the HTC Droid Incredible 2 have been leaking for the past couple weeks. Earlier this month, Android Central obtained documents with information on the device's key features. … Read more
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Question: My wife is hearing impaired and uses hearing aids--but not when on the cell phone. I purchased a Motorola H560 for her to try. She can hear the conversation without any problem, however, the voice prompts generated by the cell phone--an LG Accolade 5600--are too low in her audio registration to be able to use the unit hands-free. Are there any Bluetooth headsets available with a tone/pitch adjustment so that the pitch might be increased into her audio registration zone? Any help on this would be great as I have not yet come upon a unit that has this type of feature. -- Josh, via e-mail
One particular headset stood out to us as a great option for your wife, but it might be dependent on you getting a BlackBerry, Android device, or iPhone to go along with it.… Read more
Motorola Droid Pro owners should get a small present this week with a software update. It's not the blessings of Gingerbread, unfortunately, but it does bring a number of enhancements. Here's the full list as supplied by Motorola's user forums.
Improved audio on voice calls Improved stability and performance User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to global mode Device now prepends "011" to country code when sending international text messages Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode … Read more