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Verizon Wireless Network Available Underground In New York

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New Yorkers in the mid-town Manhattan on Verizon Wireless network will soon be able to enjoy wireless voice and data service underground as Verizon Wireless has entered into an agreement with Transit Wireless, providing state-of-art wireless networks in the New York City subway system.

Verizon plans to install their equipment over the next several weeks, once installed Verizon customers can expect to receive service in 36 stations.

“We are extremely pleased to gain Verizon’s participation in our wireless network in the New York City subway system, facilitating high quality voice and data services in the underground,” said William A. Bayne Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless. “We have now secured partnerships with all four major wireless carriers to bring the vast majority of New Yorkers, visitors, government agency personnel, transit employees, contractors and first responders the ability to be connected in the stations we have constructed.”

Quick Review: Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi

verizon-delphi copyHave you ever wanted to get some of the cool new features of today’s connected cars, but just can’t afford the price tag for that vehicle? Well, now you just may be able to get those features added to your existing vehicle for a much smaller price tag. What are these cool features I’m referring to? Well they are: Remote Access, Vehicle Health and Diagnostics, GPS Tracking, Geo-fencing, and Vehicle Alerts to name a few.

Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi, or VDD for short, is currently available to Verizon Wireless subscribers only. It is priced at $249.99 with month-to-month service of $5 per device with a shared data plan. When you think about what features VDD has to offer, the price tag is really pretty reasonable. I’m hopefully that other carriers will get in on this action and begin to offer VDD in the near future.

Delphi sent me a VDD unit to test for a few weeks and I must say that I am impressed. The device itself is very simple to install. Once you remove it from the packaging, you simply plug it in to the OBD (on-board diagnostics) port in your vehicle. Done. Device installed. Follow some simple instructions and have the device activated and you’ll be up and running.

Once properly installed and activated, you will now have access to several features of today’s connected cars. Not every car will be able to take advantage of every feature. I discovered that I was not able to use the KeyFob feature of VDD because both of my vehicle have Push-to-Start, and VDD is not compatible with that yet. They say updates are coming, and I’m hopeful that will be one of them. My only other issue with VDD is location. Each vehicles OBD port will probably be located in a different area. For my 2013 Ford Escape, I had to remove a panel from the lower part of the dash to get to the OBD. Once I plugged in the VDD the panel would not go back on, and it just looked odd. It would be nice if Delphi included some kind of extension cable for the OBD port that would allow you to connect with minimal obstruction and move the VDD out of the way.

Now on to the testing… A few of the options you can do with VDD are set up alerts, such as speed alerts and geo-fence alerts. I started with speed alerts and had it set at 80mph. I quickly discovered a problem here, and it had nothing to do with VDD, and everything to do with my daily commute. I routinely drive a toll road that has a speed limit of 80mph. I was setting off speed alerts left and right. It does work as advertised, but I had to change that alert to save my email box from being flooded with messages.

The geo-fence settings allow you to pick a starting location, and then set a radius from that point as the “fence” area. I created my geo-fence to be 15 miles from my house, and just like the speed alerts, every time I crossed that boundary I would get an alert sent to my inbox.

VDD also allows you to monitor your vehicle health and get a history of your recent driving trips. If you happen to have any warning lights come up on the dash, you can refer to VDD for a reading of that code before you go to see your mechanic.

There are so many other things I found useful while using VDD, but I just don’t have time to keep rambling on about them. If you are a Verizon subscriber, I’d suggest going by your local Verizon store and checking this out in person. If you want to see a quick demo of the web control, click on this link.

Overall, I was very impressed. I think VDD is a great device for any parent with teenage drivers, or maybe even business owners needing to keep an eye on their fleet of vehicles. The price point is low, and the number of good uses is high. Sounds like a win-win to me. Go check it out!

UPDATE: Delphi contacted me and pointed out that there is an extension cable available for VDD, and that it just was not included in my demo unit. This is good news and makes me like the product even more! Now if it was just on AT&T…

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Verizon Wireless Brings Installment Payments For Smartphones And Tablets

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Verizon Wireless has announced that consumers will no longer have to worry about purchasing a smartphone or tablet on Big Red’s network for full cost anymore, sort of. Consumers will now be able to activate service and pay for their smartphone or tablet in monthly payments.

Like everything in the wireless industry there is a lot of fine print. Here is an overview of what is required.

  • Full retail priced smartphone or tablet price must be a minimum of $349.99.
  • Pay for the full retail priced smartphone or tablet in 12 payments.
  • Finance charge of $24, which is $2 per month.
  • Device Payment Plan customers can take advantage of Share Everything pricing and data sharing.
  • First payment, including $2 finance charge, due at time of purchase. Your next payment will appear on your next Verizon Wireless bill.
  • Maximum of two open Installment Plans per customer.
  • $1000 combined Installment Plan balance limit per customer

To find out more check with your local Verizon Wireless store. This program can be very beneficial to someone wanting a new phone but not qualified for an upgrade.

LG Lucid 2 Coming To Verizon

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Verizon has announced that the company will be offering the LG Lucid 2 starting April 14th. The Lucid 2 is being offered for free with a two-year contract.

The Lucid 2 was designed to attract first time smartphone users and comes equipped with a 4.3 inch qHD IPS display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear camera, a 2,460 mAh battery and powered by Google’s Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

No release date has been revealed.

 

BlackBerry Z10 Available For Pre-Order Tomorrow On Verizon

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Verizon is set to accept BlackBerry Z10 pre-orders starting tomorrow March 14th at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. The BlackBerry Z10 will come in white or black and will be available online or in Verizon Wireless stores starting March 28th.

Priced the same as AT&T, the BlackBerry handset will be $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. You can follow this link to get your pre-order in.

Specifications:

  • 4.2-inch LCD display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 1800 mAh Li-Lon battery (removable)
  • 32 Gb of storage

Verizon Purging Employer Discount Abusers

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Those customers on Verizon Wireless who have been sucking discounts from their former employee discount on their personal account will soon be contacted by Verizon to verify employment. Verizon is cracking down on customers that don’t qualify for Verizon’s discount. Verizon is so serious about the issue that their employees are going to start training on this audit starting March 18th.

Verizon offers certain employers discounts of up to 25% off on its mobile phone service and up to 25% off of accessories.

Starting the first of April, customers who receive an employee discount will be contacted by Verizon via email, SMS message or good old fashion letter asking them to prove their employment with the company that is listed on their account. If you have changed jobs and your new employer qualifies for a Verizon discount you can update your account.

Upon being contacted, you will have 60 days to verify the information on your account before Verizon automatically takes away your discount. You will have three ways to verify your employment. You can head to Verizon’s renewal website and confirm via your business email address, call Verizon customer service and speak to a rep to verify your information or you can send an email with proof to Verizon.

Let us know if you get a verification request.

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Verizon Preparing Voice Over LTE And Debating The Subsidy System

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Verizon Wireless is looking to launch Voice Over LTE by the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014. With Voice Over LTE this will allow for Verizon to route all voice calls and text messages over the company’s 4G / LTE network. Right now voice calls and text messages are currently going through the company’s 3G CDMA network.

During the Deutsche Bank 2013 Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo stated, “As Verizon moves to Voice Over LTE technology late this year and early next year, the company will begin to launch devices without CDMA chipsets in them, which also should reduce subsidy cost.”

Verizon believes that subsidies for smartphones and other devices will fall over the next couple or few years as competition increases between the different operating systems and devices that will be made to only run on LTE.

Shammo also said, “That subsidy cost are a big part of Verizon’s expenses, but only one part, and he said that the subsidy model has prevailed in the U.S. market for the last 12 years.”

Carriers are looking at eliminating subsidies to increase their bottom line. T-Mobile has already done this by selling a device for $99 then charging you $20 a month on your bill for 20 months to pay it off. One of the reason plans on MetroPCS and Virgin Mobile are so inexpensive is because they are not trying to recover the device subsidy.

 

BlackBerry Z10 To Hit T-Mobile March 27 and Verizon March 28

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After just posting what looks like the launch date for the iPhone on T-Mobile we also received word that the BlackBerry Z10 will be available in T-Mobile stores starting March 27. This would keep with T-Mobile wanting to be the first carrier to offer the device.

We are also told that Verizon will launch it the following day, March 28. This all fits perfectly into the block out dates for time off from March 24 through April 5 imposed by T-Mobile on their employees.

Verizon Sold 9.8 Million Smartphones In 4th Quarter

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Verizon activated 9.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter period with 30 percent of those activations new to the carrier. Out of the 9.8 million activations Apple’s iPhone stood out on top with 6.2 million devices activated, according to Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo.

Shammo also shared that the other 3.6 million smartphones that were active where powered by Google’s Android OS. All, but 5% of Android devices that were activated were able to connect to Verizon’s 4G/ LTE network.

As far as Apple’s iPhone, half of the smartphones were able to tap into the 4G/ LTE network, which means the other half of the iPhones were either the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

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CES 2013: Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 10.1 With LTE on Verizon

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The only mobile technology news to come out of Samsung today and the much anticipated press conference was confirmation of what we all already knew. This month Verizon will be offering the Galaxy Note 10.1 with 4G / LTE.

The Note 10.1 is equipped with S Pen and a suite of apps designed for stylus-based input. You also get true multi-tasking and the ability to display multiple apps side by side. The processor is a 1.4 GHz quad-core, ships with 2GB’s RAM and Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.