The time has come for all of the patient Verizon customers to finally go out and pick up that iPhone you’ve been waiting for. Verizon and Apple got together a few weeks ago to announce the arrival of Apple’s smartphone and, as of 3:00 am, today existing Verizon customers will be able to go online and pre-order the phone they’ve been waiting for.

Verizon’s iPhone will be pretty much identical to the iPhone 4 currently available on AT&T’s network aside from one small difference. The Verizon model will have a mobile hot-spot feature that will allow up to 5 Wi-Fi capable devices to connect to the internet at the same time. The drawback of this feature is the fact that it will cost $20 a month to use on top of the $30 unlimited data plan subscribers will already be forced to pay. That’s $50 dollars a month just for data if you want your iPhone to be a mobile hot-spot. Read More...

I’m sure most of you have heard by now that Apple’s iPhone 4 will be coming to Verizon’s network in February. The Verizon iPhone will even have a mobile hotspot feature AT&T’s version lacks. Verizon made it very clear their network was ready for the increase in mobile broadband use but, it seems they may have fibbed a little bit.

FaceTime, the popular video chat application, will be available to Verizon customers as well but, after all that talk of the big red network being ready, they are saying FaceTime won't work over 3G! If you want to video chat you better be close to a wireless router. That’s right, before the iPhone has even launched Verizon is letting us down. Apparently FaceTime will be locked to Wi-Fi use only!

There are other applications, like Skype, that are available for download in the app store, but Verizon has failed to comment on whether these apps will work on the go. This is seriously disappointing, why would Verizon spend so much time making sure to inform us their network is ready and then pull something like this?

All we can do for now is wait and see if an update comes out unlocking the service, allowing it to run over 3G. We’ve still got about a month to go folks, but it looks like we’ll be hanging out around that hotspot if we want some FaceTime.

What do you think? Will this just be a temporary setback? Is Verizon just testing the waters before they let that much data cruise back and forth over the network? Let us know in the comments below!

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Motorola's first entry in the tablet space definitely has some potential. The 16x9 screen is perfect for movies and the clips we saw from Despicable Me looked great. Motorola also said games currently in the Android Market will resize nicely to the screen with games like Dungeon Defenders said to be quite a treat. (With a dual-core processor they better be) Its introduction also gives Verizon customers another choice with the Galaxy Tab already available. No pricing out yet but, it should be competitive and there's no doubt discounts will be available should you choose to sign a data plan contract with Verizon.
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Verizon's Droid line of smartphones have always tried to stay in front of the rest of the Android pack, and while other companies like Samsung have passed them with newer version of the platform, Motorola isn't going to stop pushing. The new Droid Bionic only proves this; with a 2GHz dual-core processor and support for Verizon's new 4G LTE data network, the Bionic is clearly built for speed.

Connectivity is another focal point for the new smartphone with features including a front-facing camera for video conferencing and an HDMI out so we can watch the HD videos we record and play games on the big screen. There's also a pretty cool mirror mode that will let us choose between streaming content to the device or straight to our TVs!

No pricing or availability was announced but, we got a chance to see the new phone in action while we were at CES this year. Check out the video below for a quick look at what this speed demon has to offer. Read More...

A couple weeks ago we posted an article to let everyone know that the Galaxy Tab was on it's way to retailers. If you were one of the many filled with excitement for its arrival, you'll be happy to know that the wait is officially over.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first mainstream competitor to the iPad and starting today, November 10, the tablet will be available at T-Mobile retail stores around the country. The device runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), sports both front and rear facing cameras capable of video capture, and provides space for up to 32GBs of expandable memory. If you sign a 2-yr data plan contract (includes free Text, Video, and Picture messaging) and follow through with a $50 mail-in rebate, the Galaxy Tab lands in your hands for $399. If you're not very good at the whole mail-in rebate thing, check out T-Mobile's online store, it offers the $50 mail-in rebate as instant savings. Not interested in a data plan? Well, if you don't mind dropping a couple extra bills, the tablet is also available plan-free for $599. Read More...

Recently Verizon and Motorola announced their first Android phone "optimized for business use" will be available for pre-order online, and at select Verizon Stores on November 9th. For those of you not into the whole pre-order thing, you'll be able to purchase the Droid Pro in stores on November 18th.

The Droid Pro features a 3.1" multi-touch display and a QWERTY keyboard, that clearly takes a stab at BlackBerry. All the usual features you'd expect from an Android smartphone are here. It rocks a 5mp camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi support, Flash 10.1 for web browsing, and Bluetooth support. It can also act as a 3G mobile hotspot, letting it share an internet connection with several other devices. Surprisingly the phone only comes with 4GBs of memory, 2 of which are removable, and it's not clear whether or not you'll be able use a larger SD card.

What sets this device apart from its Droid brethren are the enterprise-specific features only found on this model. The Droid Pro can provide voice and data coverage in over 200 countries, and offers users access to features like Quick Office Mobile Suite, and the remote wipe of internal and removable memory. Verizon also says encryption for the device and SD card will be available in early 2011. The Droid Pro will set you back $179.99 after a mail-in rebate and, as usual, that price is only available when you sign a new contract.

With the Android platform's growth and the recent decline in BlackBerry phone sales, could this be the beginning of the end for the big BB, or does Android not have what it takes for business use? Let us know in the comments section below!

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab is going to be one of the first mainstream competitors to the Apple iPad, so if your jittery with excitement for the arrival of this tablet you should know that T-Mobile will be the first place to get your grubby little fingers on one.

T-Mobile recently announced the Android powered device will hit both their online and store shelves on November 10th. The mobile carrier will be offering the device for as low as $399.99 with a 2-year contract. T-Mobile's release will be followed closely by Verizon, with a November 11th release and a price of $599.99 without a contract. Additionally, it'll hit Sprint on Nov. 14th, and US Cellular on Nov. 19th. As far as AT&T goes, the device is coming sometime before the holidays, but we're not sure about a date yet, we'll keep tabs and let you guys know the official release date as soon as we hear it.

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For those of you who have been holding out for the Verizon version of the iPad we have some good news, and we have some bad news.  The good news first: starting today Verizon is offering three different iPad bundles to meet all your tablet computing needs!

And here's the bad: all of the bundles will include a Wi-Fi only version of the iPad, and Verizon's MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot device.

The iPad/MiFi hotspot bundles will be priced at $629.99 for the 16GB model, $729.99 for the 32GB model and $829.99 for the 64GB model. This does seem like a pretty fair deal though, AT&T currently offers the 3G models for these prices, so it's nice to see Verizon throwing in the mobile hotspot to make up for the disappointing Wi-Fi only units.

Although you sadly won't be able to get a 3G ready iPad from Verizon, the MiFi internet service will not require a contract (thank you Verizon), but will instead be available for $20 on a month-to-month basis, giving users access to up to 1GB of data usage per month. For those of you who aren't interested in, or already have a mobile hotspot, Verizon stores will also be offering the Wi-Fi only iPads as a standalone product at Apple's current pricing of $499, $599, and $699. Read More...

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