Verizon has confirmed the launch of the $99.99 prepay Moto G, putting the mid-range Android smartphone on sale come January 9th. The smartphone - which features a 4.5-inch display and 5-megapixel camera - will show up in Verizon Wireless stores "in the coming weeks" the carrier says, though SlashGear has also been told that Best Buy in-store availability of the prepaid version is expected any day now at the same price.
There's little doubt now that Motorola was being smart with their announcements just weeks ago on the release of the Moto G. This machine was supposed - or Motorola suggested - to be released in January in the United States, but it's appeared off-contract through the company itself weeks early. Now the device's unique Verizon version with CDMA radio connectivity is ready for Best Buy just as soon as each location puts it on shelves.
Verizon's rumored $99.99 Moto G may end up significantly undercutting Motorola's own pricing for the smartphone, but little-known conditions around what you can do with the carrier's contract-free handsets could end up dampening enthusiasm. The phone, expected to launch early in the new year, has been suggested by some as a great way to replace an existing contract devices; however, as Android Community points out, Verizon's policies around switching prepaid to postpaid handsets could scupper the plans many have for a low-cost Android upgrade.
Keeping with the line of early deliveries the device has seen since its reveal earlier this year, the Moto G has begun appearing with Verizon packaging. As noted with Verizon’s original word on the machine, this device is being offered with Verizon Unlimited Talk & Text and is part of their prepaid collection of smartphones.
There has been a lot of talk going on around the country on the number of requests that the government is making for call data held by wireless carriers like Verizon. Verizon has announced that it will start publishing transparency reports on government data requests in 2014. Verizon will be the first wireless carrier to publish this sort of report if it follows through with the promise.
Subscribers to the Verizon FiOS TV and internet service as well as the Xbox One's Xbox Gold program will find no less than a full-fledged app for the service. This means that users will be able to browse 74 live channels with next-generation console as easy as it would be to tap with any other app. This release is being pushed right this minute to the Xbox One.
Intel has almost managed to persuade Verizon Communications to buy its ill-fated OnCue web-TV service, insiders claim, with an announcement potentially as soon as next week. Verizon's interest is in extending its FiOS media service, Bloomberg reports, without having to build out new fiber-optic infrastructure, while for Intel it would be an opportunity to supply chips but not shoulder the burden of negotiating content deals, licensing for which has been tough going.
A lot of technology companies, social networks, and wireless carriers are under fire from consumer advocacy groups for selling or sharing private consumer data on phone calls and online habits with the federal government. A group of consumer advocacy firms led by a company called Public Knowledge filed a petition this week with the FCC. The petition hopes to get the FCC to say that AT&T violated a privacy rule in the Communications Act.
Verizon has announced the addition of 16 new channels to its home streaming app called the FiOS Mobile App. With the addition of the 16 new channels, the app now gives FiOS subscribers access to 25 different channels on the go. The application is available as a free download for subscribers.