Verizon has refilled its Windows Phone flagship spot, with the Nokia Lumia Icon distilling what we liked from the Lumia 1520 into a 5-inch form-factor with a crisp metal chassis and 20-megapixel PureView. Fronted by a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD OLED ClearBlack display, and running Windows Phone 8 on Qualcomm's 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quadcore, what the Lumia Icon is particularly focusing on is video recording quality, both in terms of image thanks to the oversampling and lossless zoom of PureView, and a more impressive soundtrack with directional audio recording. Check out our first impressions after the cut.
Just this morning a set of photos of the box for the Verizon version of the Nexus 7 were leaked, now here in the afternoon we're seeing the real deal. Verizon will be releasing the Nexus 7 (2013) starting on the 13th of February where the device will be available for the cool $349.99 online and in real-life store locations. This price is off-contract, while attached to a 2-year contract the device will cost $249.99 USD - placing it in a rather interesting place amongst the rest of the Verizon-bound tablets today.
This week a set of photos shows the Verizon 4G LTE certified version of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 from Google appearing in the flesh. This is after months of the device being in limbo after having been suggested to work with every kind of 4G LTE in the country at launch. Verizon, it would seem, has just now gotten to the point where they'll be selling the device on their own. Google, it would seem, will not be selling the device directly.
Nokia has begun teasing its latest device, promising something with an emphasis on audio quality that will be revealed soon. The clip - which opens with the tagline "Have you heard what's coming?" and then promises that soon Nokia fans will be able to "See and hear what you've been missing", over a backing track of engine and race-car noises - gives no real indication of what device it might be referring to, though some are suggesting it may be for the much-rumored Nokia Lumia 929 Icon with Rich Recording.
Verizon Wireless has announced how much data that fans at the stadium during the Super Bowl last weekend used. The grand total for data usage by Verizon customers during the Super Bowl in MetLife Stadium was 1.9TB. The data was consumed by fans tweeting, texting, and talking during the game.
Verizon has published its first ever transparency report, and in it we get a glimpse of how many requests the carrier received for data, including a general range for number of National Security Letters it was sent. In total, the carrier was hit with about 320,000 requests over the course of last year, which is further broken down into the types each request falls under.
If you are the sort of smartphone user who doesn't consume that much data, having to pay for expensive plans with more data than you use can be irritating. Verizon has rolled out a new data plan for those looking to pay as little as possible for their smartphone needs that has only a little data and a correspondingly small price.
In late November of 2013, we first mentioned that insiders were saying that Intel was pitching the purchase of its OnCue Cloud TV platform to Verizon for the first time. Word surfaced in mid-December 2013 that Intel might sell the service to Verizon that month. That purchase never happened in December casting a shadow on the deal.
After T-Mobile's rather biting offer, almost a bribe, for subscribers from other carriers to switch sides, it was only a matter of time before those carriers bit back. Now Verizon is announcing a revised Edge plan, shortening the 6-month wait to 30 days, to keep their customers from jumping ship.