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Looking For A New Phone? Now Is The Time To Buy It

With the biggest shopping day of the year approaching in the next couple days, Amazon has just announced that they will be dropping the price of all Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T phones to an outstanding ONE CENT.  A lot of online stores will be having “crazy” deals on different products throughout the week.  Amazon is among these stores and the price drop to one cent is the first of many online deals to come.

The “Penny Pincher Sale”, as Amazon calls it, will last through November 28 which is also known as the popular “cyber Monday”.  As always, there is a catch.  With each purchase of a phone, you will have to sign up for a new contract/line of service.  Either way, it is still an amazing deal and you should pick up a new smartphone while you can.  Some of the popular phones included in this sale is the Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Droid Bionic, and the Motorola Atrix.

So in short, if you are looking to buy a new smartphone this fall, now is the best time for the best price.

Verizon Wireless Now Tracking Customers

The cellphone company, Verizon Wireless, has recently made changes to their privacy policy that clears them to track their subscribers’ Web browsing, location and app usage habits.

The change in Verizon’s privacy policy covers all customers of the company by default, automatically opting-in subscribers, though they can opt out of this if they want.

According to an article on the carrier’s website, they are tracking customers in order to “make ads you see more relevant.

The policy change also clears Verizon to share the Web browsing data to produce “certain business and marketing reports” and then share that information with “other companies to create business and marketing reports.”

Information that will now be tracked and shared by Verizon includes:

Mobile Usage 

  • Addresses of websites visited, search terms
  • Location of your device
  • App and device feature usage
Consumer Information
  • Information about your use of Verizon products and services
  • Demographic or interest categories provided by other companies
For those who want to opt out of Verizon’s new information sharing practices, the carrier said its subscribers can do by filling out a form available at www.vzm.com/myprivacy or by calling 1-866-211-0874.

Samsung Illusion Photos Leaked

Samsung accidentally leaked photos of an upcoming Android smartphone for Verizon on Flickr this morning.   The device is called the Samsung Illusion and it’s very much a reality now that the company inadvertently posted a public preview of the device via Flickr, but then quickly set the image to private.

You might know the device as the Samsung Viper.  Some of the specs of the device include 1GHz processor, with a 3-5 megapixel camera, 320 x 480 resolution, as well as running on the latest version of Android (Gingerbread).

Most of the details on the handset have not been confirmed except that it will be a eco-friendly device with a Sustainable Product Certification. It is expected to arrive on Verizon around September 29, priced at $100 or less with a new two-year contract.

Droid Bionic Coming Out Tomorrow

Verizon Wireless has just announced that one of their most powerful smartphones, the Droid Bionic, will be going on sale this Thursday (September 7th) for $299.99.

In case you are unfamiliar with the Droid Bionic, it is the first Verizon phone to run on a dual-core  1GHz processor to run on Verizon’s fast 4G LTE network. And besides selling the phone, Verizon will also be selling accessories for the phone such as an 11.6 inch lapdock for roughly $300.

This lapdock was first brought up at the CES this past January showing the ability of the phone to connect and run the laptop through its powerful processor.  This would give users a full keyboard and large screen to do whatever they like such as edit documents, watch movies, or just browse the web on Firefox.

Although the price of the new smartphone may be high, it is in fact the only smartphone on Verizon that runs on the 4G LTE network with a dual core processor.  Besides this, the phone is also now the slimmest phone on the Verizon market being only 0.43 inches thick and weighing in at only 5.6 ounces.

The Bionic will run on the latest version of Android (Android 2.3.4), and will support up to 32GB of storage.  The phone also has a front and rear facing camera with the rear one being 8 megapixels putting the phone in major competition with newer smartphones.

Although the price is high, it seems the Droid Bionic packs quite the punch and with the external lapdock, it could even be used as a new cheap laptop!

What do you think? Leave a comment below!

Upgrade Your Verizon Phone Early

If you are a Verizon customer feeling “trapped” inside your 20-month contract then fear no more because Verizon has been offering early upgrades to their customers in order to take advantage of new top-of-the-line devices coming out this fall.

Verizon has been sending out e-mails out to customers informing them of the recent change.  Verizon has been giving these early upgrades to only certain customers.  Customers with a scheduled update for September are receiving the early upgrade and certain customers that would have had to wait until May of 2012 are also getting rewarded.

This sudden “reward” for customers is most likely because of the anticipated release of new smartphone such as the iPhone 5, and the Motorola Droid Bionic.  The LG Revolution 2, HTC Vigor and the Droid Prime are also expected to be released this fall and Verizon would like to get as many eligible customers to purchase these new devices in order to help makes the launches successful.

This of course will strike up some competition between cellphone companies.  Because of this we can probably expect companies like AT&T and Sprint (who will most likely be selling the iPhone 5) to offer their customers the same early upgrade so keep your heads up if you are not on Verizon’s network.

Verizon Strike Near its End

This upcoming Tuesday, Verizon workers are scheduled to return to work after more than two weeks of strike. Around 45,000 union members left their posts August 7th, after contract negotiation between the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the company came to a halt two days prior.  The union workers and Verizon said that they have reached an agreement although some major issues have yet to be discussed.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 Announced

Earlier today, Verizon announced the launch of their newest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Bold 9930.  The phone will cost you around $249.99 with a new two-year contract as well as a $30 monthly data plan.

The BlackBerry Bold is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet measuring in at 10.5mm.  The Bold is also the first BlackBerry to integrate touch screen with a BlackBerry keyboard.  It will have a 2.8 inch touch screen display and will be running on BlackBerry 7.

Some other key features of the device include full QWERTY keyboard with trackpad navigation,  a 1.2GHz processor,  5 megapixel camera able to take 720p HD video,  and memory can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD slot.

Besides this, the phone is also “global ready” meaning that customers can enjoy the high speeds in over 200 different countries.

Tensions Increase in the Verizon Strike

A couple days ago we heard news about the recent strike that employees of the wireless company, Verizon Wireless, were leading.  After a couple days of striking, no progress seems to have been made and both sides are at a stand-off.  Right now, both sides of the strike (employees and company leaders) are firing charges at each other with no progress in site.

On one side, the union members are upset saying that managers and non-union employees have been purposely injuring picketers while driving past picket lines.  In one case, a union member had to be hospitalized after being struck in the head by a car’s sideview mirror.

The other side, the managers, complain that there has been an increase in the amount of vandalism and sabotage from finding broken equipment such as purposely cut lines.  Also, reports say that picketers have been preventing replacement workers from entering their job site.

Verizon workers wrote an appeal to congress saying, “We ask you to write Verizon President Lowell McAdam and urge him to respect collective bargaining rights.”.  Workers also say that they are willing to negotiate with Verizon on many of the issues but Verizon has yet to engage in the bargaining.

Early monday morning, reports say that customers have started to call in about service outages and delays so it seems that Verizon is starting to fall and that managers might want to rethink the picketers needs.

Verizon said that their last strike lasted 18 days in 2000 and cost the company around $40 million.

Verizon Wireless Customers Look Out

If you are a customer of Verizon’s land line phone, internet, or television, then it might be safe to say to expect some sort of problems in the very near future.

Earlier today, some 45,000 Verizon employees went on strike anywhere from Washington to Massachusetts because of a failed contract between Verizon and their employees.  The contract would have included health care coverage, work rules, and pensions.  The two groups involved in the strike are The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  Strikers have stated that they will continue until an agreement is met.

If you are a customer of Verizon’s wireless plan, you have nothing to worry about.  It is the customers of Verizon’s land line phone and internet service that might encounter problems.

Check out the full story on SlashGear

Leaked Verizon Documents

This morning, IGN posted a picture of what claims to be a planning document from Verizon Wireless.  Many release dates are listed in the document for upcoming smartphones as well as hints for a new Galaxy Tablet.

Here are some of the phones and launch dates according to IGN

  • Droid Bionic – September 8th
  • LG Revolution 2 – October 20th
  • HTC Vigor – September 29th
  • Samsung Galaxy S ll – September 8th
  • Xoom 4G upgrade – September 8th

So as you can see, Verizon has a lot going for them in these upcoming months (if the document leaked is legitimate).  So if you are a Verizon Wireless customer and are looking for a new smartphone, wait for a couple months for these.

For quick reviews on all of these upcoming phones check out this article from pcworld.com