eSIM support has been expanding for a few years now, with Google and Apple at the forefront. This week, Verizon is opening up support for BYOD users to get their service going on Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and iPhones with an eSIM instead of waiting for physical delivery.
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Verizon stops selling Pixel 6 Pro with 512GB of storage
Google’s Pixel 6 Pro was the company’s first device with half a terabyte of storage onboard, but it’s just a little bit harder to get that model now. Verizon has stopped selling the Pixel 6 Pro in its top storage tier.
Verizon Stories May 17
Verizon’s latest C-Band 5G phone is the all but forgotten LG Wing
2020’s LG Wing turned out to be a bit of a “last hurrah” for LG, as it was the company’s last ambitious smartphone release before shutting down its mobile division. Despite the concept not taking off in any major way, LG isn’t quite done with the Wing, as it has this week rolled out an update to add support for C-Band 5G on the Verizon model.
Verizon Stories May 11
Pixel 6a will cost $499 on Verizon to accommodate mmWave because only Apple can say no
5G connectivity has been a big deal for carriers in the United States, and Verizon has been well known for pushing mmWave connectivity at all costs. As has been the case with many Android phones, Google’s Pixel 6a is coming to Verizon with a special variant that will cost $50 more, just to support mmWave 5G.
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According to Verizon, Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are picking up official support for the carrier’s C-Band 5G this week with a new update rolling out now.
Verizon Stories March 5
Disney+ had a big week with the reveal of upcoming new parental controls and an ad-supported tier coming later this year.
Verizon Stories February 3
In the United States, carriers are the place where most smartphones are sold. Rather than buying these devices at their full cost, too, payment plans are usually the go-to for many. This week, Verizon has quietly done away with shorter payment plans, in favor of a new 36-month device contract.
Verizon Stories January 27
Verizon is dropping support for carrier billing through the Google Play Store
The Google Play Store offers several ways to pay for apps and subscriptions, including the option of adding the charge to your carrier bill. Verizon, though, is now dropping support for carrier billing in the Play Store.
Verizon Stories January 19
Here’s what C-Band 5G is, and what Android phones can use it
Verizon and AT&T are starting to rollout out C-Band 5G coverage for their users in the US, bringing a whole new set of frequencies into the 5G game. So what is C-Band 5G and what Android phones are eligible for it?
Verizon Stories December 1, 2021
Following two generations of Android TV streaming boxes, Verizon is today launching a pair of soundbars based on the same OS. The Verizon Stream TV Soundbar and Soundbar Pro are now available for order – here’s what they bring to the table.
Verizon Stories November 16, 2021
Samsung just announced that it would roll out Android 12 widely to the Galaxy S21 series starting yesterday, and US carriers are already getting on board. Not long after Samsung’s announcement, Verizon opened the floodgates for Android 12 on the Galaxy S21 series, the first US carrier to do so.
Verizon Stories October 7, 2021
Verizon appears to be working on the first Android TV soundbar since the flopped JBL Link Bar
As Android TV continues to expand, Verizon is stepping up to make another new Android TV device, but this time it looks to be a soundbar…
Verizon Stories July 20, 2021
From 2022, Verizon will begin preloading Google Messages as the default SMS and RCS messaging app on all Android phones sold by the US carrier.
Verizon Stories May 24, 2021
Google Play Pass is free for up to a year to Verizon customers w/ unlimited data plan
Play Pass is a subscription service by Google that grants Android users access to over 800 games and apps for a low monthly cost, but Verizon subscribers are about to get a bonus. Starting this week, the service is a free perk of your cellular service.
Verizon Stories April 13, 2021
After months of silence it seemed all but certain that CCMI, a project from all major US carriers to bring RCS to the masses was probably dead, but now a report seems to confirm as much. The Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative for RCS is — probably — dead.
Verizon Stories March 29, 2021
Review: Verizon Stream TV offers fairly priced Android TV with a not-awful skin
Like the Android platform it’s based on, one of the wonderful things about Android TV is that it can suit a variety of different hardware and software needs. Using the “Operator Tier,” some companies can even heavily customize the platform. That’s what Verizon does with its $69 Stream TV box, and it’s actually a relatively solid product on the whole.
Verizon Stories February 1, 2021
[Update: Prepaid too] TCL 10 5G expands to Verizon w/ mmWave at $399
As the carrier continues to make a massive 5G push, Verizon is pulling some new manufacturers into its lineup. During its first big year making smartphones for the mass market, TCL is now arriving on Verizon with its TCL 10 5G.
Verizon Stories January 21, 2021
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[Update: Rolling out] December Pixel 5 patch for Verizon delayed a week, like last month
This month’s Pixel Feature Drop brings a slew of additions to Google phones. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G benefit the most from today’s release, but the Verizon update will not be available until sometime next week.
Verizon Stories November 17, 2020
Verizon is today launching a new set-top box for its customers based on Google’s Android TV. The Verizon Stream TV, second-generation, is available starting today with new software, an updated design, and a slick feature.
Verizon Stories November 16, 2020
Verizon’s nationwide 5G network works on these Android smartphones [Updated]
Last week, Verizon announced that it had opened up its nationwide 5G network after months of only offering mmWave coverage. The latest Apple iPhones support this network out of the box, but some Android phones are also getting support for Verizon nationwide 5G with models from Samsung and LG.
Verizon Stories October 15, 2020
Verizon skips the OnePlus 8T as T-Mobile gets a special variant
The OnePlus 8T arrived yesterday as the successor to the OnePlus 8 from earlier this year. However, this latest launch won’t be sold quite as widely. Verizon has confirmed it won’t be selling the OnePlus 8T, but T-Mobile is enhancing its version.
Verizon Stories September 14, 2020
Verizon will acquire Tracfone, the largest MVNO in the US, for over $6 billion
Just a few months after T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint closed, Verizon has a big announcement of its own. Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier, today announced that it would acquire the largest MVNO in the US, Tracfone, in a deal worth over $6 billion.
Verizon Stories June 11, 2020
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Fun fact: TCL 10 Pro, TCL 10L are Verizon-certified devices
The TCL 10 series finally went on sale last month with pretty solid hardware for the price tag, and now we’ve learned there’s another perk to these devices — the TCL 10 Pro and 10L are both Verizon certified.
Verizon Stories June 3, 2020
Google’s Pixel lineup has been on Verizon Wireless since day one, and the upcoming Pixel 4a was expected to do the same. However, the device has been delayed recently and probably won’t be coming out until at least July, but a Verizon changelog references the Pixel 4a like it’s already on the market.
Verizon Stories May 19, 2020
One of the biggest upgrades Samsung has made to the Galaxy S20 series is that every model supports 5G. In the US, we’re only getting the 5G versions of the Galaxy S20 and, as a result, Verizon won’t see the device for a little while because its network isn’t supported.
Verizon Stories May 7, 2020
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Making a specific version of a smartphone just for a single carrier isn’t uncommon, but for the past several years we’ve seen hardware variations on those devices kept to a minimum. The “OnePlus 8 5G UW” on Verizon, though, makes a few more changes which, in turn, will affect the accessories you’ll be able to buy.
Verizon Stories April 17, 2020
Verizon now supports eSIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby on Pixel 4
We reported yesterday that Google Fi now allows embedded/electronic SIM activation on newer iPhone models. Verizon looks to have added Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL support for eSIMs and Dual SIM Dual Standby earlier this month.
Verizon Stories April 14, 2020
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Verizon gives all customers 15GB of extra data during coronavirus outbreak
There are a lot of things to be anxious about in the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak, but ensuring you stay connected shouldn’t be one of them. Today, Verizon announced that it would be granting all customers with a data cap 15GB of extra data during the coronavirus outbreak.
Verizon Stories February 25, 2020
In an effort to offer an alternative to traditional cable TV, Verizon has today launched its own set-top box. The Verizon Stream TV is launching today with Google’s Android TV and some free add-ons too.
Verizon Stories February 20, 2020
Until the Pixel 3a, Google exclusively partnered with Verizon to sell phones in the US. That close relationship wound down further when the Pixel 4 launched on all four major carriers last year. A new report this evening alleges that Verizon will stop selling Google phones going forward, including the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5.
Verizon Stories February 6, 2020
Huawei is set to launch legal proceedings against Verizon over alleged patent infringements.
Verizon Stories January 21, 2020
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In the next few months, we expect OnePlus to launch its next flagship smartphone, and slowly but surely, details are coming out. Today, a new report claims that the OnePlus 8 will launch on Verizon Wireless, and that it will have 5G connectivity in tow.
Verizon Stories November 11, 2019
Verizon’s Stream TV box will use Android TV, includes free month of YouTube TV
Rumors have been floating around since the summer regarding a new streaming box coming from Verizon, but now it’s looking like Verizon is going to be using Google’s platform on the device. Thanks to the Google Play Developer Console, we now know the Verizon Stream TV will be using Android TV.
Verizon Stories October 25, 2019
Here’s a shocker. All four major US carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — have just announced that they’re joining forces to deliver RCS messaging in the US for Android smartphones in 2020.
Verizon Stories September 30, 2019
After Hours: Arrive package tracker for Android, Stranger Things 4, more
Verizon Stories September 24, 2019
Report: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is already the best-selling 5G smartphone
5G is not ready for the average consumer just yet, but there are already several smartphones to support the new networks available for purchase. According to a report, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is currently the best-selling 5G smartphone, as it makes up one-third of all Note sales on Verizon.
Verizon Stories September 19, 2019
After Hours: Roku finally has customizable remotes, NYC gets 5G, more
Huawei’s Google-less Mate 30 Pro went official today and YouTube announced tighter requirements for channel verification too. Outside of the Google bubble, though, we saw exciting news from Roku which is finally launching a remote with customizable buttons, and more.
Verizon Stories September 16, 2019
Verizon Stories September 10, 2019
Google Pixel calls on Android 10 could be hindered by My Verizon app
If you’re a Google Pixel owner on Verizon Wireless, there’s a good chance that calls have been broken or delayed since the Android 10 update. As many have noted, a weird issue with the My Verizon app is hindering calls.
Verizon Stories September 6, 2019
Verizon Stories August 27, 2019
Verizon’s anti-robocall ‘Call Filter’ will automatically opt-in some Android devices
Carriers have been in a push lately for anti-spam services. Today, Verizon is launching a big expansion of its free Call Filter service which will automatically enroll “eligible” Android users.
Verizon Stories August 20, 2019
Nokia 3V arrives on Verizon this week for $168 w/ 6.26-inch screen, Assistant button
Nokia’s budget portfolio expanded earlier this year with the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2, and now the former of those devices is getting a carrier variant. Nokia has just announced the Nokia 3V for Verizon, a $169 mid-range smartphone going on sale later this week.