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Verizon to launch the Motorola Rival A455 for $99

We scooped the launch date for the Motorola Rival A455 yesterday and now our trusty ninja is back with the skinny on the pricing and a full run down of the specifications for this QWERTY side-slider. This colorful phone packs plenty of tween-friendly functionality — hit the jump for all the details:

  • 1X EV-DO connectivity
  • 2.2-inch, 176×220 display
  • External touch dial pad
  • Up to 8GB microSD optional removable memory
  • Bluetooth (Headset, Handsfree, DUN, A2DP, Phonebook Access, Basic
    Printing, Basic Imaging, Object Push for VCard & VCalendar and File Transfer)
  • 2 megapixel camera/camcorder with dedicated camera/video key
  • Text, Picture, Video & Voice Messaging with threaded messaging feature
  • GPS (VZ Navigator capable)
  • Visual Voice Mail capable, Mobile Broadband Connect capable
  • One-touch access to Text Message composition, emoticons, symbols and IM or email
  • Special keyboard backlighting
  • OTA device software update
  • Verizon Services including V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Videos, Chaperone Parent/Child, Media Center, Mobile Web, Mobile Email, Corporate Email, Mobile IM, & Chat
  • Dimensions: 2.0(w) x 3.8(h) x .71(d) inches; Weight: 4.4 oz
  • Usage Time – Up to approx. 320 minutes OR Standby Time – Up to approx. 510 hours

The Motorola Rival will launch in purple and tin silver for a reasonable $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract, $169 after a $50 mail-in rebate and 1-year contract and $269 for full retail.

Verizon to get the Pre and Storm 2 over the next six months; Android handsets as well

The day just got even more exciting as Verizon Wireless’ Lowell McAdam told Reuters “over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre [sic] and a second generation Storm” being offered up by Big Red. Putting the Storm 2 aside since we’ve known it is bound for Verizon for months already, we can’t help but feel Sprint’s pain as its stock slides south following McAdam’s statement. All else aside, it’s no mystery that the Pre and future webOS devices would be headed to other networks such as Verizon and AT&T but Sprint would have certainly preferred it if investors weren’t constantly reminded over the past few days. With the launch just over a week away and Sprint having confirmed that shortages are likely, things aren’t looking good at all. As a side note, Reuters updated its article to note that Android devices are headed to VZW as well.

Thanks, E!

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Verizon announces the LG enV 3, enV TOUCH and Glance

Today Verizon took the wraps off of three devices we feel like we already know all too well. Starting off with the successor to the Voyager, the evV TOUCH features a 3-inch touchscreen display on the exterior, a non-touch 3-inch display on the interior, full-QWERTY keypad, 3.2 megapixel camera with a Schneider Kreuznach lens and auto-focus, 3.5mm headphone jack and the ability to view Microsoft Office documents from a microSD card. The enV 3 features a full-QWERTY keypad as well, but it has a 2.6-inch external display coupled with a 1.56-incher on the inside and support for microSD cards up to 16GB. Moving on to the Glance, not much to see here other than the 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.5mm headphone jack and slim silhouette. All three devices feature GPS by way of VZ Navigator, mobile email, web and IM in addition to threaded SMS and MMS. The enV TOUCH will be available on June 5th for $149.99 after a $70 MIR with the Glance coming out the same day for $49.99 after a $50 MIR. The enV 3 will be available tomorrow for $129.99 after a $50 MIR.

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Verizon to launch Motorola Rival A455, Casio Exilim C721 on June 10th

June looking a bit boring for you? Not enough phones launching already?. Well you’re in luck as one of our ninjas just came through with two more handsets to throw onto the pile in June, this time from our pals at VZW. First up, the QWERTY-sliding Motorola Rival A455. Since making a brief appearance earlier this month, not much has been heard from this tween-centric handset. Other than the fact that the initial model number was wrong — it’s the A455, not A445 — you’re looking at a slide-out QWERTY keypad, EV-DO connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and a 2.0 megapixel camera. Woo hoo. Next up is the only-slightly more intriguing Casio Exilim C721. We’re sure you remember it. The C721 sports military-grade dust and water resistance, a 5.1 megapixel camera and a swiveling WVGA display. Pricing is not yet available for either phone but you can expect them both to drop on June 10th.

Thanks, KrazyVZW!

Storm 2 could drop on Verizon sooner than expected

Could we be saying goodbye to the BlackBerry Storm sooner than expected? BlackBerryOS forum moderator BlackBerryOS , who has a relatively good track record where early info is concerned, claims to have received some intel from a senior-level insider at Verizon. Said intel suggests that Verizon Wireless employees are already undergoing training for the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2. More importantly, he claims that the Storm 2 could be released as early as this month, and insists it will be available by the end of June at the latest. Wow. Could the Storm 2 be slated to drop even before VZW deals the BlackBerry Tour? The email goes on to cover the presence of Wi-Fi in the Storm 2, though we’ve already confirmed that back in April. So, Verizon customers, if this pans out will you be jumping on the Storm 2 train or can you wait it out for the Tour?

Thanks, Stang68!

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Verizon’s upcoming BlackBerry releases: Tour, Pearl Flip, Atlas Storm 2 info

So check it. We just got a tip from a new ninja but this information looks really credible so we’re running it… Here’s the random bits of info we received:

  • All Verizon BlackBerry handsets launched after the BlackBerry Tour will have Wi-Fi
  • The Storm 2’s screen does not press in like SurePress, rather it operates more like traditional capacitive touch screen panels. We’re not sure if the rumored TruePress is just localized haptic feedback or what, but we can’t imagine RIM abandoning their entire fucking selling point on the Storm.
  • We have no idea what to think of this part, but, our tipster said the BlackBerry Tour would be accompanied by a BlackBerry Atlas with the Atlas having Wi-Fi, not the Tour. Again, don’t flip out, but it’s just what was told to us by this particular tipster.
  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 release is “imminent”. We’d say May release, June latest.
  • 8230 specs… EV-DO Rev. 0, 2.0 MP Camera, 3.5 ounces, Flash 128 MB, RAM 64 MB, SD Card – Expandable to 16GB, Usage/Standby – 220 min. / 216 hrs.

There you have it, guys!

Confirmed: Verizon stores get netbooks May 17; changes to broadband plans

Just a few days ago we told you that Verizon Wireless stores were getting the HP Mini 1151NR and now we have official confirmation (from an announcement going out tomorrow) along with a few more details. First off, pricing is indeed $199.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and on a 2-year Mobile Broadband contract. Also confirmed are pricing plans, which many will be happy to learn start at just $39.99 a month for 250MB. Yup, Verizon has upped the data allowance on the $39.99 plan from 50MB and overage is still set at 10 cents per megabyte. Unchanged is the $59.99 per month plan, complete with 5GB and 5 cents per megabyte overage. For the additional twenty bucks a month, we think going with the latter is a safer bet if you’re going to be doing more with your connected HP Mini than just checking a few emails and light browsing from time to time. Hit the jump for the full press release along with a second release, also due out tomorrow, covering Verizon’s full mobile broadband portfolio.

HP Mini 1151NR from Verizon Wireless

The HP Mini 1151NR is available on the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network on May 17, 2009.  This netbook offers customers a compact, lightweight device with the added benefit of Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband network built right into the HP Mini 1151NR.  Customers traveling abroad can use Verizon Wireless’ GlobalAccess service to stay connected, informed and entertained in more than 175 destinations; more than 45 of those destinations offer 3G speeds.

The HP Mini 1151NR will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. It will cost $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two- year activation on a Mobile Broadband plan. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

Key Specifications

·          Mobile Broadband – EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) Embedded
·          GlobalAccess – Qualcomm Gobi chipset (quad-band GPRS/EDGE/GSM and tri-band HSPA/UMTS)
·          802.11b/g WLAN and Bluetooth®
·          Wired Ethernet RJ-45
·          Display – 10.1″ Flush Glass (1024 x 576) diagonal LED BrightView Infinity display
·          Weight – 2.4 Pounds
·          Dimensions – 1″ x 10.3″ x 6.6″
·          Power – three-cell battery, 30W AC Adapter
·          Processor – Intel Atom N270
·          Processor Speed – 1.6 GHz
·          System Memory – 1 GB RAM
·          Storage Hard Drive – 80 GB hard disk drive
·          Operating System – Windows XP Home Edition; Service Pack 3
·          USB Ports – Two USB 2.0 ports
·          Video – VGA out (requires optional accessory); built-in Webcam 640 x 480, 30 fps
·          Audio – Stereo speakers, integrated microphone, combo headphone/microphone jack
·          Removable memory – combo SD/MMC card slot
·          Limited Warranty – one-year

Verizon Wireless Connectivity Capabilities
·          Mobile Broadband – Verizon Wireless’ high-speed wireless network is enhanced with
EV-DO Rev. A technology for fast and efficient Web browsing and access to corporate Intranet and e-mail. Mobile Broadband is available across the U.S. so that customers can keep working when they are on-the-go.  Select from one- or two-year Mobile Broadband plans that offer:

·          $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage
·          $59.99 monthly access with a 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage

·          GlobalAccess – The HP Mini 1151NR makes it easy for customers to stay connected when traveling abroad with GlobalAccess. The HP Mini 1151NR with the embedded Qualcomm GobiTM chipset, works to provide streamlined global mobile broadband access on both CDMA and GSM wireless networks in more than 175 destinations worldwide. Customers will receive a SIM card when they sign up for a GlobalAccess plan. Monthly or pay per use GlobalAccess plans include:

  • GlobalAccess Monthly Plan starts at $129.99 monthly access, offering a 100 MB allowance in more than 30 select international destinations ($0.005/KB after allowance), as well as 5 GB allowance for the U.S. and Canada and $0.25/MB overage. All other destinations are charged pay-per-use rates.
  • Global Access Pay Per Use is perfect for occasional use and must be purchased with a $59.99 Mobile Broadband service plan in the U.S.  The Pay Per Use rate is $0.002/KB in Canada, $0.005/KB in Mexico, and $0.02/KB in more than 175 other destinations.

Capabilities (with appropriate Verizon Wireless service plans)

·          E-mail – view, edit, and create e-mail messages with attachments
·          Web browse – experience a full Web browsing experience
·          Instant Messaging and Social Networking
·          Videos and movies – playback videos and movies downloaded via SD card or USB CD/DVD external drive
·          Photos – view and create albums or transfer via SD card
·          Microsoft Works® – view, but not edit, Microsoft Word and Excel files

Key Pre-Installed Applications
More than 30 applications come pre-installed on the HP Mini 1151NR Netbook including:

·          VZ Access Manager
·          Internet Explorer 7®
·          Adobe® Reader®  and Flash® Player
·          Microsoft® Works (share and edit Works Word Processor and Spreadsheet files with Microsoft® Office Word and
·          Windows Media Player 11TM
·          HP Wireless Assistant
·          Symantec® Norton Internet Security 2009 (including 60-days of complimentary live updates)
·          AOL® AIM®
· Microsoft® Office Excel and vice versa

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Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband Gives Customers Many Options for Accessing the Internet in More Places

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – On the heels of today’s announcement that customers can use the HP Mini 1151 NR netbook to access the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network, Verizon Wireless also announced beginning Sunday, it will automatically increase the data allowance fivefold for all Mobile Broadband customers on its lowest priced monthly plan.  In addition, the company will also introduce new pricing for its Mobile Broadband Connect customers.

Verizon Wireless customers will be able to select from Mobile Broadband month-to-month, one- or two-year plans that include:
·          $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage (currently, the plan offers 50 MB for $39.99 monthly access and 25 cents per megabyte overage)
·          $59.99 monthly access with a 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage (currently, the plan offers 5 GB for $59.99 monthly access and 25 cents per megabyte overage)

Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband DayPass is $15 for 24-hour access when any Mobile Broadband device is purchased at full retail price without a monthly service plan.

Mobile Broadband Connect lets customers use their handsets as modems.  Beginning Sunday, Verizon Wireless customers can add Mobile Broadband Connect for $49.99 with any qualifying voice plan.  Other Mobile Broadband options include:
·          $15 with a Nationwide Email Plan
·          $30 with a $29.99 or greater data plan or feature
Each option gives customers 5 GB of data usage, and the overage charge will change from 25 cents to 5 cents per MB over the allowance.

Although actual file sizes and customer experiences will vary, the following chart provides an example of different applications based on approximate size assumptions:

The VZAccess Manager solution from Verizon Wireless gives customers easy connection management and automatic installation on Windows® and Mac systems.  The software also allows customers to view Wi-Fi hotspots in their areas.  Beginning this month, customers who reach specific usage allowance thresholds will be able to receive automatic alerts that pop up during their active sessions in VZAccess Manager.

For more information about Mobile Broadband from Verizon Wireless, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit www.verizonwireless.com/mobilebroadband.

Confirmed: Verizon stores get netbooks May 17; new broadband pricing

Just a few days ago we told you that Verizon Wireless stores were getting the HP Mini 1151NR and now we have official confirmation (from an announcement going out tomorrow) and a few more details. First off, pricing is indeed $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and and a two-year activation on a Mobile Broadband plan. Also confirmed are pricing plans, which many would be happy to know start at just $39.99 a month. For that price, you can expect to get 250MB (yup, up from 50MB) and 10 cents per megabyte overage. Or, if you opt for the $59.99 per month plan, you’re allowed 5GB and 5 cents per megabyte overage. For the additional twenty bucks a month, we think going with the latter is a safer bet if you’re going to be doing more than just a few emails and light browsing from time to time. Hit the jump for the full press release along with a second release, also due out tomorrow, covering Verizon’s full mobile broadband portfolio.

HP Mini 1151NR from Verizon Wireless

The HP Mini 1151NR is available on the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network on May 17, 2009.  This netbook offers customers a compact, lightweight device with the added benefit of Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband network built right into the HP Mini 1151NR.  Customers traveling abroad can use Verizon Wireless’ GlobalAccess service to stay connected, informed and entertained in more than 175 destinations; more than 45 of those destinations offer 3G speeds.

The HP Mini 1151NR will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. It will cost $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two- year activation on a Mobile Broadband plan. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

Key Specifications

·          Mobile Broadband – EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) Embedded
·          GlobalAccess – Qualcomm Gobi chipset (quad-band GPRS/EDGE/GSM and tri-band HSPA/UMTS)
·          802.11b/g WLAN and Bluetooth®
·          Wired Ethernet RJ-45
·          Display – 10.1″ Flush Glass (1024 x 576) diagonal LED BrightView Infinity display
·          Weight – 2.4 Pounds
·          Dimensions – 1″ x 10.3″ x 6.6″
·          Power – three-cell battery, 30W AC Adapter
·          Processor – Intel Atom N270
·          Processor Speed – 1.6 GHz
·          System Memory – 1 GB RAM
·          Storage Hard Drive – 80 GB hard disk drive
·          Operating System – Windows XP Home Edition; Service Pack 3
·          USB Ports – Two USB 2.0 ports
·          Video – VGA out (requires optional accessory); built-in Webcam 640 x 480, 30 fps
·          Audio – Stereo speakers, integrated microphone, combo headphone/microphone jack
·          Removable memory – combo SD/MMC card slot
·          Limited Warranty – one-year

Verizon Wireless Connectivity Capabilities
·          Mobile Broadband – Verizon Wireless’ high-speed wireless network is enhanced with
EV-DO Rev. A technology for fast and efficient Web browsing and access to corporate Intranet and e-mail. Mobile Broadband is available across the U.S. so that customers can keep working when they are on-the-go.  Select from one- or two-year Mobile Broadband plans that offer:

·          $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage
·          $59.99 monthly access with a 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage

·          GlobalAccess – The HP Mini 1151NR makes it easy for customers to stay connected when traveling abroad with GlobalAccess. The HP Mini 1151NR with the embedded Qualcomm GobiTM chipset, works to provide streamlined global mobile broadband access on both CDMA and GSM wireless networks in more than 175 destinations worldwide. Customers will receive a SIM card when they sign up for a GlobalAccess plan. Monthly or pay per use GlobalAccess plans include:

  • GlobalAccess Monthly Plan starts at $129.99 monthly access, offering a 100 MB allowance in more than 30 select international destinations ($0.005/KB after allowance), as well as 5 GB allowance for the U.S. and Canada and $0.25/MB overage. All other destinations are charged pay-per-use rates.
  • Global Access Pay Per Use is perfect for occasional use and must be purchased with a $59.99 Mobile Broadband service plan in the U.S.  The Pay Per Use rate is $0.002/KB in Canada, $0.005/KB in Mexico, and $0.02/KB in more than 175 other destinations.

Capabilities (with appropriate Verizon Wireless service plans)

·          E-mail – view, edit, and create e-mail messages with attachments
·          Web browse – experience a full Web browsing experience
·          Instant Messaging and Social Networking
·          Videos and movies – playback videos and movies downloaded via SD card or USB CD/DVD external drive
·          Photos – view and create albums or transfer via SD card
·          Microsoft Works® – view, but not edit, Microsoft Word and Excel files

Key Pre-Installed Applications
More than 30 applications come pre-installed on the HP Mini 1151NR Netbook including:

·          VZ Access Manager
·          Internet Explorer 7®
·          Adobe® Reader®  and Flash® Player
·          Microsoft® Works (share and edit Works Word Processor and Spreadsheet files with Microsoft® Office Word and
·          Windows Media Player 11TM
·          HP Wireless Assistant
·          Symantec® Norton Internet Security 2009 (including 60-days of complimentary live updates)
·          AOL® AIM®
· Microsoft® Office Excel and vice versa)

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Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband Gives Customers Many Options for Accessing the Internet in More Places

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – On the heels of today’s announcement that customers can use the HP Mini 1151 NR netbook to access the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network, Verizon Wireless also announced beginning Sunday, it will automatically increase the data allowance fivefold for all Mobile Broadband customers on its lowest priced monthly plan.  In addition, the company will also introduce new pricing for its Mobile Broadband Connect customers.

Verizon Wireless customers will be able to select from Mobile Broadband month-to-month, one- or two-year plans that include:
·          $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage (currently, the plan offers 50 MB for $39.99 monthly access and 25 cents per megabyte overage)
·          $59.99 monthly access with a 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage (currently, the plan offers 5 GB for $59.99 monthly access and 25 cents per megabyte overage)

Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband DayPass is $15 for 24-hour access when any Mobile Broadband device is purchased at full retail price without a monthly service plan.

Mobile Broadband Connect lets customers use their handsets as modems.  Beginning Sunday, Verizon Wireless customers can add Mobile Broadband Connect for $49.99 with any qualifying voice plan.  Other Mobile Broadband options include:
·          $15 with a Nationwide Email Plan
·          $30 with a $29.99 or greater data plan or feature
Each option gives customers 5 GB of data usage, and the overage charge will change from 25 cents to 5 cents per MB over the allowance.

Although actual file sizes and customer experiences will vary, the following chart provides an example of different applications based on approximate size assumptions:

The VZAccess Manager solution from Verizon Wireless gives customers easy connection management and automatic installation on Windows® and Mac systems.  The software also allows customers to view Wi-Fi hotspots in their areas.  Beginning this month, customers who reach specific usage allowance thresholds will be able to receive automatic alerts that pop up during their active sessions in VZAccess Manager.

For more information about Mobile Broadband from Verizon Wireless, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit www.verizonwireless.com/mobilebroadband.

Verizon HP Mini 1151NR netbook set to launch on May 17th

We’ve just received firm confirmation that Verizon Wireless’ first netbook offering  — the HP Mini 1151NR — is currently starting to touch down in stores across the country. We first scooped it in February and then confirmed the model in March so the only thing left to tell you, of course, is the launch date. Mark it down in your calendars folks: May 17th via all channels; the same day Verizon’s MiFi personal hotspot drops. Pricing isn’t yet appearing in Big Red’s system but we’re hearing it will be $199 with a 2-year contract after MIR. Of course some people will jump right into complaining and adding up monthly fees ($40 or $60/month), saying that this isn’t a good deal. It’s true — you’ll end up spending between $960 and $1,440 over your 2-year contract period for data access. To those people, we suggest buying a comparable netbook with an integrated data card ($450ish) or a comparable data-less netbook ($300ish) and a USB modem/data card off contract ($250ish). Then pay, yeah, $40 or $60 every month for data anyway.

Thanks, krazyVZW!

ATT ready to pick up some Alltel assets from Verizon

Back when Verizon acquired Alltel, the FCC would only give the nod under certain conditions. One of those conditions was that Verizon divest some of Alltel’s assets after the acquisition so the market didn’t look like a Big Red monopoly. As was expected, AT&T is going to pick up a good chunk of those assets for about $2.5 billion. A bargain. Of the 85 divested markets spanning 18 states, AT&T will scoop up about 24 markets and we’re sure the company is being pretty selective as a good chunk of those markets are in less than desirable areas in terms of profitability. Expect the transactions, including those assets left to be divested after AT&T’s transaction, to be concluded by early July.

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