Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Verizon Wireless announces pricing on new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for pre-order starting 9/12 and launching on 9/19.
 
Pricing (Device prices with a new 2-year agreement):

iPhone 6 (Gold, Silver, Space Gray colors):
§  $199.99 (16 GB)
§  $299.99 (64 GB)
§  $399.99 (128 GB)
iPhone 6 Plus (Gold, Silver, Space Gray colors):
§  $299.99 (16 GB)
§  $399.99 (64 GB)
§  $499.99 (128 GB)
Cases will be available starting on 9/12 in multiple colors and designs for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
  
Trade-In Promotion
For a limited time, VZW will offer a $200 trade-in gift card for customers that trade-in their iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c and a $300 trade-in gift card for iPhone 5s from any carrier with the purchase a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
 
 
iPhone 5C & 5S Price Reduction
On 9/9 at 5PM EST, Verizon Wireless reduced the prices on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. The following table shows the pricing of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices after the price reduction:
Device
2-Year Price
Full Retail Price
Edge Monthly Payment
iPhone 5C 16GB (all colors)
$19.99
$469.99
$23.49
iPhone 5C 32GB (all colors)
$29.99
$479.99
$23.99
iPhone 5S 16GB (all colors)
$99.99
$549.99
$27.49
iPhone 5S 32GB (all colors)
$149.99
$599.99
$29.99
iPhone 5S 64GB (all colors)
$249.99
$699.99
$34.99
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

LG G Vista is latest large-screen phone offering from Verizon Wireless

Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes – some have large screen devices, some have smaller screens.
The new LG G Vista gives users both a large 5.7-inch qHD display and battery for all-day use. Also, it’s designed in similar fashion to the LG G3 with its rear power and volume keys, making it easy to reach with an index finger while holding it.
Having a large display has its advantages, and they start with entertainment. Reading books or watching videos can be a struggle at times with small phones, but not with the LG G Vista. And football fans can use the smartphone’s screen to its full potential with NFL Mobile, which will offer access to live games at no additional cost for new and existing MORE Everything customers with compatible smartphones for the entire 2014/2015 season.
For multitasing, the LG G Vista has a Dual Window feature that splits the screen, allowing for two apps to be viewed and used at the same time. Now, looking for a place to eat on Google Maps while texting a friend about it can be done on one screen.
The LG G Vista can also be used one-handed as if it were a smaller compact device. Swiping left or right across the home button keys activates Mini View and scales the screen so everything is within a thumb’s reach.
The XLTE Ready LG G Vista will be available online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting July 31 for $99.99 with new two-year activation. The Verizon Edge program is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade.

LG G VISTA

OSAndroid KitKat 4.4
Lock ScreenKnock Code – lock and also wake and unlock the device using a customized pattern of more than 86,000 possible Knock Code combinations
Communication
Verizon Messages – sync with a Verizon Wireless smartphone to send and receive text messages from the tablet
Processor
1.2 GHz quad core processor
Camera
8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
Battery
3200mAh

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Verizon Wireless recognized for best overall performance in Metro Detroit by Root Metrics

 Verizon Wireless was honored for best Overall Performance in Detroit and the metropolitan area when tested against other carriers by Root Metrics from April 18-24, 2014. Verizon also showed strong scores in reliability, speed, data and call performance. This is the third consecutive time Verizon has won the Root Metrics Overall Performance Award in metro Detroit.  See the full report here: http://www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/detroit-mi

RootMetrics, an independent mobile analytics firm, designed the study to characterize the consumer mobile network performance experience. Root Metrics ranked the four major U.S. wireless providers in six categories: Overall Performance, Reliability, Data, Speed, Call and Text. For additional details on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network visit http://verizonwireless.com/LTE.

Friday, May 30, 2014

INDYCAR 14 App offers enhanced experience as Indycar teams come to Detroit

Detroit will host the Verizon Indycar series for a pair of races this weekend, and if you have a Verizon phone you can delve a little further into the action.

The INDYCAR 14 App offers an array of features that take the fan experience to the next level. Race fans are in the driver’s seat with INDYCAR 14, as they take control of the information
by selecting their favorite driver or team. The app  also offers live streaming in-car camera feeds, radio  broadcast and the mosaic view, which allows users to watch four live video feeds at one time. It also features extras like real-time leader boards, race track data, driver Twitter feeds, news and alerts and track layouts.

App Features to Verizon Wireless customers:
• Live in-car camera video streaming for select drivers during IndyCar races
• Live race control center video streaming during IndyCar races
• Live trackmap and marching ants video streaming with real-time car position during IndyCar races
• Mosaic screen for all live videos (4 in 1 view) during IndyCar races
• Live driver and pit crew transmissions audio streaming during IndyCar races
• Live IMSP radio broadcast audio streaming during all track activities
• Real-time leader board with vehicle telemetry and track positioning
• Optional on-device notification alerts when IndyCar race starts and ends
• Race Weekend Concierge - Don't miss a moment of each race weekend with Race Weekend Concierge. Get your ultimate fan guide to each weekend's events and stay up-to-speed with all things IndyCar.
o Official schedule of events including on-track schedules, driver meet-and-greets, and fan activities
throughout the weekend.
o Interactive track maps for easy navigation using GPS technology.
o Customizable text alerts for updates on-the-go.
o Dynamic fan polling and driver trivia.
o Virtual autographs from your favorite drivers.
o Real-time leader board for Verizon P1 driver standings.
o Opportunities to win exclusive IndyCar and Verizon prizes.
• Favorite driver and team selection for quicker access to follow
• Exclusive VOD race highlights, crashes, driver interviews, INDYCAR 101 & technologies, INDYCAR 36, virtual laps, historical race footage, and more
• Breaking news and photos
• Standings, race results, and schedule
• Driver profiles and driver/team/INDYCAR twitter feeds
• INDYCAR 101, official rule book, and more

Check verizonwireless.com/IndyCar for supported devices.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Newest HTC One smartphone now available from Verizon

The new HTC One (M8) is now available online and in stores for $199.99 with a new two year activation. Customers looking to get their hands on the device in a store, and purchase one to take home, can do so starting today as in-store availability is exclusive to Verizon Wireless stores through April 9. Select Verizon resellers will have the device in stores starting March 26. For a limited time, customers who purchase the new HTC One (M8) for $199.99 can get a second one free, each with new two-year activation.
The advantage of getting hands-on time with the smartphone is being able to feel the all-metal unibody design and experience features such as the dual front facing speakers with BoomSound™ in person.
High quality cameras on smartphones have become essential for social media mavens looking to capture their life digitally. The HTC One (M8) has a Duo Camera with an advanced sensor to capture more light and detailed depth from a scene. Users can create professional-looking images by altering the focus of the image after the photo has been taken and choosing what to focus on.
And a great way of sharing photos is through text messages. Verizon Messages gives users a personalized way of picture messaging with collages, sketching and caption features. And with a MORE EVERYTHING plan, customers get unlimited international messaging to say hola, bonjour, kon'nichiwa through words and images to friends and family across the globe.
Forgetting one’s wallet used to mean chaos and panic. Today, smartphones can replace a wallet with the option for mobile payments so its now ok to forget the wallet at home. The all new HTC One M8 is ISIS-ready and comes with an NFC SIM card pre-installed. Isis Mobile Wallet turns the smartphone into a wallet and eliminates the need to carry credit cards, loyalty cards and special coupons. With a single tap, a customer can make a payment or redeem an offer at participating merchants.
Customers can add the new HTC One (M8) to their MORE Everything plans and get services such as 25 GB of cloud storage. The Verizon Edge program is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Verizon tops J.D. Power rankings of wireless performance

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The incidence of wireless network problems with data quality has declined, driven primarily by network upgrades and increased network capacity through an expansion of 4G service coverage, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance StudySM—Volume 1 released today.

KEY FINDINGS

  • Overall wireless network quality problem incidence is 12 problems per 100 (PP100) network connections. The overall incidence rate has been consistent since 2012.
  • Data quality has been the primary driver of the improvement in wireless network quality during the past three years. Total data quality problems have declined to 14 PP100 in 2014 from 19 PP100 in 2012. 
  • Both data speed and connectivity improve this year. Issues related to slow mobile Web experiences have declined to 17 PP100 in 2014 from 21 PP100 in 2012, which is largely attributed to broader rollouts of 4G networks. Similarly, issues with email connections have declined to 5 PP100 from 7 PP100 during the same time frame.
  • Customers with 4G smartphones experience 3 PP100 fewer problems with data-related issues than those with smartphones operating on previous generation technology (3G). Customers using 4G smartphones experience 6 PP100 fewer problems with slow mobile Web, compared with 3G customers.  
  • This increasingly positive experience with their network is translating into increased engagement for wireless customers. For example, 25 percent of customers using 4G smartphones say they "strongly agree" that they are committed to their carrier, compared with 20 percent of those using 3G smartphones who say the same.
  • Customers using faster, more efficient 4G networks are 14 percent more likely to recommend their wireless carrier than those using networks that have not yet been upgraded.   

"While the performance of network data quality has improved, given the robust upgrade to 4G technology across the country, there is still performance disparity across user segments and type of devices," said Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power. "Based on the varying degree of consistency with overall network performance, it's critical that wireless carriers continue to invest in improving both the call quality and especially the data connection-related issues that customers continue to experience as 4G service becomes even more prevalent."

Now in its 12th year, the semiannual study evaluates wireless customers' most recent usage activities in three areas that impact network performance: calling, messaging and data. Overall network performance is based on 10 problem areas that impact the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web connection errors; slow downloads; and email connection errors. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) network connections, with a lower score reflecting fewer problems and better network performance. Carrier performance is examined in six geographic regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, North Central, Southwest and West.

The 2014 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study—Volume 1 is based on responses from 25,142 wireless customers. The study was fielded between July and December 2013.

Wireless Network Quality PP100 Rankings               
J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings
(Based on Problems Per 100 Network Connections)      
For Consumers






Northeast Region 





Verizon Wireless     
10
5
AT&T       
13
3
Northeast Average
13
3
T-Mobile             
15
2
Sprint Nextel            
18
2



Included in the Northeast Region are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.



Mid-Atlantic Region





Verizon Wireless
9
5
AT&T
11
3
Mid-Atlantic Average
11
3
Sprint Nextel
14
2
T-Mobile
15
2



Included in the Mid-Atlantic Region are Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.



Southeast Region 





Verizon Wireless      
10
5
AT&T             
13
3
Southeast Average       
13
3
T-Mobile            
15
2
Sprint Nextel              
19
2

Included in the Southeast Region are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.



North Central Region





Verizon Wireless          
8
5
North Central Average 
11
3
AT&T    
12
3
T-Mobile      
15
2
Sprint Nextel 
16
2

Included in the North Central Region are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.



Southwest Region 





Verizon Wireless       
10
5
AT&T                
12
4
Southwest Average
13
3
Sprint Nextel     
15
2
T-Mobile        
15
2

Included in the Southwest Region are Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.



West Region





Verizon Wireless      
10
5
West Average     
13
3
AT&T         
14
3
T-Mobile     
14
3
Sprint Nextel   
17
2



Included in the West Region are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Power Circle Ratings Legend5 – Among the best
4 – Better than most
3 – About average
2 – The rest

Thursday, February 27, 2014

iPort unveils all-in-one charge case and stand for iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air

 
iPort is now offering two new products – Charge Case and Stand for iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air – on iPortProducts.com. The iPort Charge Case and Stand is an all-in-one iPad case, wireless charger and stand – it features three distinct mounting angles allowing for FaceTime, movies, or typing, two charging orientations (portrait and landscape), and is the first of its kind to allow users to snap an Applesmart cover directly onto their ultra-slim, magnetically-equipped Charge Case.
 
On the heels of the company’s initial release of its Charge Case and Stand in November 2013, consumers worldwide can now order the product for a family of iPad models, including iPad Mini with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPad 4th generation.
 
“The initial launch of Charge Case and Stand at the Apple Store and online was a huge hit,” said Derick Dahl, product manager at iPort. “The product is the culmination of 14 months of work as we analyzed nearly every iPad accessory on the market and identified the benefits of combining the best of a wireless charger, case and stand in a seamless design that serves to elevate the iPad experience.  Once customers get their hands on Charge Case and Stand, it transforms how they can use iPad in their lives.  We believe it’s the iPad side-kick everyone has been waiting for.”
 
The iPort Charge Case and Stand is an effortless solution for consumers – whether traveling, at work or at home, users can mount and dismount the iPad to and from the stand via small discrete magnets embedded into the case and stand. For the utmost portability, the charge case contains a removable module for use with Apple provided power supply.
Charge Case and Stand for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display ship in February for $119.95 and $99.95 respectively, and will be available at the Apple Store in addition to iPortProducts.com. 
 
For more information on the iPort Charge Case and Stand collection for iPad or to browse iPort’s full product inventory and categories, please visit iPortProducts.com and LaunchPort.com.