Hoping to keep your Verizon unlimited plan? Here's how

Verizon Wireless is closing the door on its unlimited plans later this month, but fortunately, some loopholes remain.

Unfortunately, the options aren't that attractive.

Verizon will officially kill off the unlimited plan for many people looking for a new phone after June 28, when the carrier makes its shared data plans available.

The carrier already stopped offering unlimited data as an option last summer, when it switched to tiered pricing. The equivalent $30 of unlimited data all of a sudden got only 2 gigabytes of data, although Verizon has held the occasional promotion for 3GB of data to spur … Read more

Verizon Droid Razr HD leaks dripping out all over

The forthcoming Droid Razr HD is dripping out in leaks all over the place.

There's a few drops here of leaked pics showing a beefy, rimless back-plate, and another drop here of a leaked benchmark test showing the Razr HD running Android 4.0.4 on a 1.5GHz processor.

This follows some earlier photo leaks and appearances of the Razr HD moniker in certain device databases.

The sources who apparently snapped the typically blurry pics also claim that the centered camera will be capable of 13 megapixels and, naturally, HD video. It appears to be without the familiar … Read more

Android 4.0 for Droid Razr delayed, Verizon says June 12

Last month I reported that Motorola Droid Razr and Razr Maxx users might get to taste the sweetness of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as soon as May 21, while Xoom 3G and 4G owners seemed stuck in Honeycomb thanks to an upgrade holding pattern for the foreseeable future.

That was then. Today, Verizon began pushing the Android update to Xoom users while Razr owners like myself are still hanging out in our digital gingerbread houses waiting for the next course of mobile OS dessert.

I got in touch with a source within Verizon to ask for a status … Read more

Best Android ICS smartphones (roundup)

In my view, smartphones are all about the future, and the best handsets are usually the ones with the freshest, slickest mobile technology. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google's latest and greatest operating system though remains frustratingly out of reach unless you own an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Even so, the number of phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software is growing. … Read more

Your vote could change Facebook's privacy policy

It's time to vote on Facebook policy, expect changes in Motorola, and give thanks in five words:

Within the coming days, expect the chance to vote on Facebook's privacy policy. Facebook recently made an amendment stating that if it announces a policy change and 7,000 users write comments on that announcement post, then Facebook has to put it up to a world-wide vote. Activists from the website our-policy.org encouraged people to post comments on a recent change, and it worked: more than 47,000 comments poured in, so its expected Facebook will open the change to … Read more

Verizon preps four LTE Android phones for international travel

Wondering when you can take your Verizon Android phone overseas without hassle? The answer is soon.

Verizon just dropped us a line to say that it will be update the HTC Rezound, Motorola Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, and Droid 4 for global use.

Customers will receive a prompt to download a software update. With that in place, phone owners will be able to use Verizon's voice service overseas in more than 220 countries and use data in more than 205 countries, according to Verizon's latest numbers. Of course, they'll need to turn on a global plan or featureRead more

Verizon's Motorola Droid Razr now in blue

Verizon today announced that the Motorola Droid Razr Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone will be available in select Verizon stores with a blue finish.

If you don't see it in a store near you, just wait until May 17 to see it in all Verizon retailers and online at Verizon.com.

While we haven't seen the blue phone in the real world, I have high hopes that it'll look pretty good, in light of how well Motorola did with the other colors in the Droid Razr spectrum, black, white, and purple.

The blue Droid Razr will come … Read more

How Verizon tried to unsell me an iPhone

"So why do you sell iPhones at all?" I ended up asking Phil, the Verizon rep.

"Because people want them," was his beautiful reply.

This was the conclusion to a morning foray to a Verizon store in the New York area, one in which I tried to discover if the rumors were true.

No, not whether the iPhone 5 is coming next week, but whether Verizon tries to sell any other smartphone, but Apple's. This notion had been fostered by several posts this week that offered Verizon's apparent reluctance to encourage anyone to buy … Read more

Motorola, awaiting Google's takeover, posts quarterly loss

Motorola Mobility posted a wider first-quarter loss in what will likely be its last report as a standalone company.

The mobile-devices and TV set-top box manufacturer, poised to be acquired by Google, posted a loss of $86 million, or 28 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $81 million, or 27 cents a share. Excluding items, the company fared a bit better, losing only 3 cents a share, narrower than a year ago.

Revenue ticked up a fraction to $3.08 billion.

Analysts, on average, forecast per-share earnings of 1 cent and revenue of $2.96 billion, according … Read more

Ice Cream Sandwich leak spotted on Droid Razr

Ice Cream Sandwich leaks are dripping all over the Motorola Droid Razr today with Android 4.0 apparently spotted on Verizon's fancy thin phone.

Droid Life posted the screen shots from a reader who claims to have gotten ahold of a build with the same file size as the file listed in Verizon's leaked update schedule that I reported on earlier today. That leak appeared to show plans to push out an over-the-air upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Razr beginning on May 21.

I was also whining earlier about the false alarm upgrade I received to my own Droid Razr earlier this week that turned out to be an incremental Gingerbread update, but if rumors are true, that could have been the build required to lay the foundation for the imminent Android 4.0 upgrade.

Baby steps, I suppose. Unless, of course someone wants to share a Dropbox folder that just happens to contain that leaked Ice Cream Sandwich build with me....… Read more