Messaging fans, rejoice! At long last, Verizon Wireless has announced the availability of the LG EnV(2), the long-awaited sequel to the LG EnV. It is, as you can see, a slimmed-down version of the original, but it still has a pretty roomy keypad and easy controls. Our only complaint is that its features (which include a 2-megapixel camera, a music player, and EV-DO support) don't stand out too much from the first EnV. Check out our in-depth review and let us know what you think. The LG EnV(2) is available for $129.99 after a two-year service … Read more
Madonna fans who can't get tickets to the intimate concert kicking off the release of her latest album in New York City on Wednesday night can catch a glimpse of the show on their cell phones.
Verizon Wireless and Vodafone are teaming up with the pop diva to promote the new album Hard Candy, which hit stores on Tuesday. And as part of this deal, the wireless operators will deliver a live global mobile simulcast of Madonna performing four songs at New York's Roseland Ballroom.
The simulcast, which is the first time Verizon or Vodafone has ever streamed … Read more
Verizon Communications' hot streak continued during the first quarter of 2008.
The company said Monday that first quarter profits jumped about 10 percent to $1.64 billion, fueled by demand for its mobile phone service and fiber-to-the-home service called Fios.
Revenues grew about 5.5 percent to $23.8 billion, the company said. About $11.7 billion of that revenue came from its wireless business, an increase of about 13.2 percent from the first quarter of 2007.
There's no question that Verizon Wireless, which is jointly owned by Vodafone, has a good reputation as a wireless provider. Its … Read more
I still like my Blackberry 8870 (on VZW) despite the fact that it feels like I am operating in 1998 and all my friends are in 2008. It would be nice if RIM would modernize these things, especially for we addicts who prefer an outside keyboard. The new 9000 series seems to go a ways toward that until the carriers jump in and screw it … Read more
We just received the LG enV(2) in-house and are currently putting it through the rigors of the review process. As you'll recall, the enV(2) is the true successor to the LG enV VX9900--we originally thought it was the LG Voyager VX10000, but the Voyager turned out to be a complete makeover rather than an incremental facelift. Our thoughts on the enV(2) haven't changed much from our initial hands-on at CTIA; it's a slimmed-down version of the original enV for sure, and we especially like its sleeker, candybar external look and easy-to-use controls. After … Read more
If you've been waiting for the Verizon Wireless XV6900 ever since it was announced at CTIA 2008, today is your lucky day. Verizon Wireless announced that you can now get its version of the HTC Touch through its online store for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after discounts and rebates. The XV6900 is much like the Sprint HTC Touch, except it comes in a striking white color (that's actually pretty hot). The Windows Mobile 6 (not WM 6.1 yet) smartphone also features Bluetooth, EV-DO, a 2-megapixel camera, and HTC's TouchFLO interface. We're hoping … Read more
It hasn't quite hit the mainstream sweet spot yet, but adding a mobile broadband connection to your laptop is easier than ever. Many PC makers offer built-in mobile broadband options in their laptop lineups, and aftermarket USB or Express Card solutions are available from your preferred service provider.
Most service plans generally run from $59-to-$79 per month depending on bandwidth, and there are often partial rebates available to cover the cost of adding a mobile broadband modem to your laptop (usually a $150 option, if it's not already included in the laptop's price). Like a free … Read more
This article was updated at 1:21 p.m. PDT to correct information on video quality.
Generation Y (and Z) are in for a big treat. As social-networking services like MySpace.com, Facebook, and Twitter have exploded as the definitive way to keep in touch, mobile content companies have begun to offer up some sophisticated ways to capture that energy and broadcast photos, videos, audio, and text from mass market phones.
Verizon trotted out a low-cost all-you-can-eat data plan for its subcribers Monday, although it's only available on a few phones.
If you've got a Motorola Q9m, a Verizon Wireless SMT5800 (HTC) or a Verizon Wireless XV6800 (UTStarcom), you can now add a $29.99-a-month e-mail and Web browsing plan to your "qualifying" voice plan. Exactly what the qualifications are was left unsaid in Verizon's press release.
Verizon is running an ad implying that CNET gave its Fios TV service's picture quality a positive review, calling it "near-flawless." The reality is that a CNET Networks property did use that phrasing in a news story, not a review, and the words are taken out of context.
Adding to the confusion, CNET itself bears some of the blame.
Here's the all-important context: a series of Fios TV spots running in the New York metropolitan area and possibly elsewhere uses a couple of words clipped from a June 21, 2007, CNET News.com piece on Verizon's Fios service. The commercial flashes a quote on the screen that says "near-flawless" along with the CNET logo, while a voiceover proclaims: "Your HDTV doesn't want cable. Give it Verizon Fios, for picture quality the experts call 'near-flawless.'" Another, more-recent ad is also running with a slightly expanded logo-backed quote that reads: "A near-flawless TV experience." Check out the video, which CNET uploaded to YouTube, for the original spot.
Those words did appear on a News.com story (News.com and CNET Reviews are sister sites published by CNET Networks). But the context of the original News.com piece, titled "Verizon's fiber-optic payoff," reads quite differently from how Verizon is using it: