Rumor: Verizon 4G Unlimited Data Plans to Debut at $29.99

Droid-Life has received a couple of independent tips from within Verizon that unlimited data pricing for 4G LTE smartphones will be .99 – the same price of admission for 3G, currently. Other murmurs suggest the .99 is just the cost of enabling data period, while a premium could be tacked on if you wish to surf via 4G. I’d say this is kind of like Sprint’s plans, except they are forcing every smartphone owner to pay the data premium, 4G phone or otherwise. Let’s hope they end up going the all-you-can-eat for .99 route.

Galaxy S: Samsung Captivate vs Fascinate vs EPIC 4G vs Vibrant [VIDEO]

What I dislike MOST about the American Galaxy S devices are the naming schema: they wanted to keep the Galaxy S brand but obviously each carrier needed their own little brandable baby. Intentions acknowledged, but it’s confusing as heck to consumers and technically irritating to repeatedly explain. For the record, I think Samsung should have insisted on each carrier rolling with their own S-word: Galaxy Sting, Galaxy Spin, Galaxy Shine, Galaxy Star, Galaxy Something-That-Starts-With S.

But I digress – what YOU want to see is the 4 phones in action so here they are:

The 4 Galaxy S phones we’re talking about above are:

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  • Samsung Captivate for AT&T
  • Samsung EPIC 4G for Sprint
  • Samsung Fascinate for Verizon Wireless
  • Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile

They’re all variations of the same Galaxy S phone with both hardware and software modifications. So let’s take a look at what ALL of the phones have in common and then where they differ. First, the commonalities:

  • 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen (800 x 480)
  • Android 2.1 with TouchWiz Interface
  • Samsung’s Social Hub / Media Hub
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 “Hummingbird” CPU
  • 5MP with 720p video recording
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 512GB RAM
  • A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor, FM Radio

And some of the main differences:

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Each of the devices are also packed with some custom content. Not only do you have the traditional stuff like VCAST Services and NFL Mobile on Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint Football and Sprint TV on the Epic 4G, etc… you’re also treated to some special stuff depending on carrier. For example, T-Mobile’s Vibrant comes with the movie Avatar preloaded on the device and Sprint’s Epic 4G gets an awesome car racing game called Asphalt included.

While all four phones are prepackaged with Swype, you’ll also see some apps you can find in Android Market pre-installed on different versions of the Galaxy S. For example T-Mobile starts you off with the Kindle App, MobiTV, Slacker Radio and Gogo Inflight Internet. But that’s nothing you can’t download to your other phones anyways.

Here are the four phones on stage when they were announced at the NYC event:

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T-Mobile Proudly Touts Android Stats At Open Mobile Summit

Amidst the news that T-Mobile will be introducing their Android-loving customers to a specific T-Mobile channel on the Market, as well as carrier billing for an easier and worry-free checkout process for Market items, CTO Cole Brodman filled us in on some interesting Android-centric stats at this year’s Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco (which is going on right now).

Despite the fact that T-Mobile currently houses 3 Android phones (with a rumored fourth to be unveiled soon, see: Samsung Behold 2), the stats primarily focuses on MyTouch3G owners, which has seemingly become their new flagship Android phone. It’s interesting to note because the G1 still holds a nice chunk of their installed Android base, but we won’t cry over spilled milk. The stats were originally reported by Tmonews, and can be found below:

  • About 50% of MyTouch users visit the Android Market at least once per day.
  • Nearly 50% of MyTouch users say they have “completely customized” their myTouch.
  • More than 40% of MyTouch users access social networking sites multiple times per day.
  • 80% of MyTouch users browse the web at least once per day, and 2/3 say several times per day.

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Not the most exciting choice of statistics to breakdown and analyze, but we’ll take it where we can get it. Perhaps the biggest standout for me comes from the web browsing statistic. I know I’m only speaking from my own personal experiences, but I’d be hard pressed not to access my browser at least 5 times a day, whether it be because I’m too lazy to use one of the computers in the house or because I simply have no choice (and this is with my phone housing several applications that replace the need to use the browser for mobile information).

From the looks of it, Brodeman and the machine behind him seem to be very excited about Android and its future with the carrier, and seems to enjoy its place in currently being the leader of the market in terms of housing a plethora of diverse Android devices going into the holiday season. We’ll be sure to let you know if any more goods trickle down from the final day of the Open Mobile Summit.

ViewSonic V350 Dual Boots SIM, ViewPad 10 Pro Dual Boots OS

ViewSonic has been working hardcoming up with innovative technologies you won’t be able to live without, and it seems that one of their main priorities is focusing on flexibility. No, they aren’t offering Groupon pre-installed with unlimited Yoga coupons, they’re letting you make choices on key issues instead of forcing them upon you.

Take for example the ViewSonic V350 for the world traveler. It lets you put two SIM cards into one device, meaning you can take advantage of various voice/data plans depending on the country and SIMs you’re currently using. You’ll hear more from me about Android phones, and phones in general, offering more flexibility for international support. Until carriers get it together and to it themselves, I’m glad to see a company like Viewsonic try to address the issue as best they can.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro is another device offering flexibility. We first saw this at CES but were reminded after ViewSonic improved the device to include 3G. What it already had? The ability to dual-boot Windows and Android… and you gotta love that!

SIMs, Operating Systems… what other types of dual (or multi) flexibility integrations are you looking for in your phones and tablets?

No Multitouch on Motorola Atrix Laptop Dock, Despite Capability on In-Store Demo Units

If you were out considering the Motorola Atrix 4G and had a chance to check out the laptop dock in-store and subsequently purchased it, you will find that the demo units are mysteriously more capable than the product consumers are taking home. Numerous people are reporting that while checking out the laptop dock demo they very clearly had working multitouch scrolling capabilities, something that almost seems standard for a netbook style device heavily featuring a desktop build of Firefox. Compare that to the actual laptop dock, which doesn’t feature the capability.

According to Motorola, it won’t ever feature multitouch scrolling, either. So don’t go hoping for a firmware update to address this. Based on this we have to assume the demo units either feature different hardware or run a version of multitouch Moto didn’t feel fit for the end user. Just a wee bit disappoint, I should say.

[via Engadget]

HTC Vivid Official for AT&T, Nov. 6th for $199.99

AT&T has announced its first 4G LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Vivid. The Vivid is the phone we have up until now known as the HTC Raider (and is still known under that name in some regions). The Vivid features a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 8MP camera capable of 1080p video capture.

AT&T is pushing its 4G LTE network to new regions and launching the handset (along with the Skyrocket) on November 6th. The Vivid will be the lower-priced option at 9.99 on a new two-year agreement.

 

LG Optimus 2X Bug Spotted, Killed

I’m still putting the final touches on my LG Optimus 2X Review which will be published later today, but I’ve got a story to hold you over that just couldn’t wait. I single-handedly spotted an LG Optimus 2X Bug… and killed it.

While fireman get credit for saving families from burning buildings and policeman are praised for putting dangerous criminals behind bars, why haven’t smartphone reviewers been properly commended for their service to the world’s citizens? The heroic feats of gadget geeks have gone unnoticed too long. I singlehandedly destroyed a bug that was plaguing my Optimus 2X, and now I demand tribute.

I’m kidding, of course. It was just a stink bug and I’m not a hero. I will accept tribute, though. And there is one important truth to this article: I will post my Optimus 2X review later today.

Stay tuned!

Android-Based Garmin Nuvifone A50 Gets Video Demo!

We waited FOREVER for Garmin-Asus to release their first phone and when they did, no Android was in tact. But the company’s are finally fulfilling their promise by launching the Garmin Nuvifone A50 and MobileBurn got a hands on opportunity:

Do you see the UI? That looks NOTHING like Android and is obviously heavily modified. It’s called the Breeze UI and is the same experience Garmin currently offers on their AT&T, non-Android Nuvifone. Speaking of which, no carriers have been announced but we would expect AT&T to be a sensible/viable option on launch.

As for specs:

  • Networks: HSDPA Cat 8 7.2Mbps, HSPA / WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 21001, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, GPRS EDGE Class 12
  • Platform: Android 1.6 with Breeze UI
  • CPU: Qualcomm 7227 ARM 11, 600MHz
  • Memory: 4GB Flash + 256 MB SDRAM + 256 MB ROM
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b+g, USB v2.0 (HS), Bluetooth 2.1
  • GPS: Qualcomm GPSOne, Assisted GPS, Aided GPS and standalone GPS supported
  • Display: 3.5″, HVGA 320 x 480, TFT capacitive touch
  • Camera: 3 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus
  • Others: Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, e-compass, accelerometer
  • Battery: 1150mAh Lithium Ion
  • Standby Time: 250 hours
  • Talk Time: up to 3 hours
  • Expansion Slot: micro-SD™ (support SDHC)
  • Browser: WebKit browser
  • Messaging: SMS / IM / MMS
  • Email: MAP, POP3, Exchange
  • Exchange Support: Calendar, contacts, e-mail
  • Video Playback: MPEG4 / H.264 / H.263 / WMV
  • Video Recording: MPEG4 & H.263 with audio via AMR-NB
  • Streaming: Audio / Video
  • Audio/Ringtone: MP3 / WMA / AMR-NB / AAC / AAC+ / AAC+V2 / eAAC+, SP-MIDI
  • Advance Navigation/LBS feature: European maps & POIs, Connected Services2, Indoor location3, Junction view with lane assist3, Where am I?, Where’s My Car Parked?, Track Logs & Route Planning
  • Phone Applications: Google™ Search / Gmail™ / Google Calendar™ / Google Talk™ / Google Maps™ with Street View / YouTube™ / Picasa™ / Panoramio™ / Android Market™

I’m eager to learn more about the Breeze UI on this and it’ll be interesting to see how Garmin/ASUS position this… or the carriers they run on. How will the navigation experience compare to Google Navigation? Is this on your wish list?

Motorola Seeking Testers for New XOOM Software ‘Project’

The Motorola Feedback Network is once again making a call for testers of an upcoming software release. The new “project” is aimed at owners of the original Motorola XOOM , but little is known about it at this time. Motorola is requesting confidentiality, which, as you can see, has stopped no one from reporting the news to folks such as myself.

There is no given timeline for when we might see the first signs of this mysterious update (if it is even an update at all). Speculation will no doubt turn to Android 4.0, though we feel that might be a bit premature. More likely is a basic bug fix update, perhaps even a slightly newer version of Android Honeycomb.

[Thanks to those who sent this in!]

AT&T’s Nov. 20th Blowout – LTE-Enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9; Samsung Captivate Glide & Doubletime; 6 New LTE Markets (15 in All)

AT&T’s just dropped a bombshell of goods for their Android fans and those who are waiting for their 4G LTE network. Let’s start off with the smaller stuff. On November 20th, we’ll be getting both the Samsung Captivate Glide, a QWERTY enabled Samsung phone (though we’re not sure if they’re classifying it as a Galaxy S phone) and the Samsung Doubletime, another QWERTY device. Sweet!

But we’ll also being seeing even more exciting stuff on November 20th. AT&T’s bringing 4G LTE to 6 new cities on that day bringing their grand total to 15. They will also be launching an LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, a dual-core Honeycomb tablet that boasts thinness and lightness. Take a look at some of the new cities that device will be able to get 4G data in:

Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

Those are some major cities and we expect many more will be headed our way past that.  Read on for full press details regarding the Galaxy Tab 8.9. Hit this Twitter link for confirmation of the phone launches.

NEW 4G LTE TABLET AVAILABLE FOR AT&T CUSTOMERS

Ultra-Thin and Lightweight Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Available Nov. 20 in AT&T Stores and Online

 

AT&T 4G LTE Expanding to Six New Markets, Total of 15 Nationwide

 

DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2011 

 

Key Facts

  • ·         AT&T* introduced its second 4G LTE-enabled tablet for customers, the Samsung Galaxy™ Tab 8.9, an ultra-thin tablet perfect for Android fans who want an optimized Honeycomb experience in a best-in-class form factor.
  • ·         Customers can purchase from AT&T stores and online beginning Nov. 20.
  • ·         For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will receive a Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the smartphone.
  • ·         Additionally, AT&T will launch 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in six new markets on Nov. 20: Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • ·         The Nov. 20 launches will expand AT&T 4G LTE to 15 markets total, meeting its 2011 market commitment. AT&T plans to reach 70 million Americans by year-end 2011.
  • ·         AT&T offers the only devices capable of 4G speeds utilizing both 4G LTE and HSPA+, for a consistently fast connection in and out of 4G LTE areas.
  • ·         AT&T topped its goal to offer 20 4G devices this year. The addition of the new 4G LTE devices brings the 4G device total to 24.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9

Exclusive to AT&T customers, the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 is a slim, lightweight tablet, running Android™ 3.2 and packed with optimized services from Google, AT&T and Samsung. The new tablet features a vivid 8.9-inch 1280×800 pixel high-resolution screen, powerful processor 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast multi-tasking, and tabbed browsing with support for HTML 5 and Adobe® Flash® Player.

 

  • ·         4G LTE backed by 4G HSPA+
  • ·         Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • ·         15.9 ounces light, 8.6mm thin
  • ·         Brilliant 8.9” HD widescreen
  • ·         3.2 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • ·         Tabbed browsing, Adobe Flash and HTML support
  • ·         Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor
  • ·         16 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32 GB via accessory option
  • ·         1 GB RAM
  • ·         TouchWiz® UX
  • ·         Dimensions:  230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online Nov. 20 for 9.99 with a two-year commitment.  For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will receive a Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the smartphone.  Learn more at www.att.com/tablets.

 

AT&T 4G LTE Data Plans

AT&T tablet customers can choose a , 3 GB monthly data plan option with a two-year contract, and customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options for tablets:

  • ·         Postpaid: .99 for 250 MB or for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan will be charged per 1 GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers’ monthly wireless statements offering the simplicity of a single bill.
  • ·         Prepaid: .99 for 250 MB or for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for . Charges will appear on customers’ credit card statements.

 

AT&T 4G LTE smartphone customers can choose from tiered data plans starting as low as per month. Existing smartphone customers do not have to make changes to their data plan. All plans include access to AT&T’s national Wi-Fi network of more than 29,000 hotspots.

  • ·         DataPlus provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for just per month. An additional 200 MB of data usage is .
  • ·         DataPro provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for per month. An additional 1 GB of data is . Customers who want to use their device as a mobile hotspot can sign up for DataPro 4GB for a month, which lets you tether or share your data connection across multiple devices.

 

AT&T 4G LTE Footprint

With the Nov. 20 launches, AT&T 4G LTE will be available in 15 markets: Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

 

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

 

Quotes    

“The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 adds to our outstanding Android lineup and our growing portfolio of premier 4G LTE devices,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’re constantly adding new 4G LTE coverage and only AT&T offers 4G LTE plus 4G speeds through our HSPA+ network.”

 

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

 

Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

 

Handset Offer:  Offer is available November 20, 2011 through January 7, 2012.  No two year commitment required for the tablet when purchasing the tablet at an AT&T company owned retail store. Online purchases require a two year commitment (see promotional tablet pricing below).. Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone requires new 2-yr wireless agrmt of .99 or higher and min /mo data plan.  Wireless Service: Subject to Wireless Customer Agrmt. Coverage and svcs not avail everywhere. Credit approval req’d. Activ. fee /line. Geographic, usage, and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. See store or visit att.com for complete details and coverage maps. Data: Min /mo, 200MB, data plan required. If you exceed your initial 200MB allowance, you will automatically be charged an overage of for each additional 200MB provided.  All data allowances and overages must be used in the billing period provided or they will be forfeited – details att.com/dataplans. Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge up to .25/mo. is chrg’d to help comply with gov’t obligations and chrgs; it is not a tax or gov’t req’d chrg. Early Termination Fee (ETF): After 30 days, ETF up to 5 based on device (details att.com/equipmentETF). Restocking fee up to . Taxes and other charges apply.

 

Handset Offer cannot be combined with any other equipment promotion, discount, or other offer. Subject to availability limitations.   Tablets must be returned within 14 days of purchase.  If tablet is returned within 14 days of purchase, customer will be charged the two year commitment price for the Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket of 9.99  or the Samsung Galaxy S™ II of 9.99.

 

Promotional tablet pricing requires a two-year agreement and a minimum a month 3 GB DataConnect Plan for tablets.  If you exceed your initial 3GB allowance, you will automatically be charged an overage of for each additional GB provided. All data allowances and overages must be used in the billing period provided or they will be forfeited – details att.com/dataplans. Coverage not avail everywhere. Credit approval req’d. Geographic, usage, and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. Early Termination Fee (ETF): After 30 days, ETF up to 5. Restocking fee up to 10% of sales price may apply. Equipment Fee may apply if service is canceled within 30 days of purchase – details att.com/returns.  Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge up to .25/mo. is chrg’d to help comply with gov’t obligations and chrgs; it is not a tax or gov’t req’d chrg.  Taxes and other charges apply. See store or visitatt.com for complete details and coverage maps.

 

AT&T Data Plans for Tablets.   Postpaid DataConnect Plans are billed monthly and automatically renew every month, unless you cancel service prior to the start of the monthly renewal. No term commitment or termination fees apply (with no service commitment plans). Overage charges apply if the monthly data allowance is exceeded. Offer not available for on-tablet activation. Credit check may be required. Geographic and other restrictions apply. Session Based DataConnect Pass Plans for Tablets: Time begins expiring immediately upon purchase/activation, whether you are using the service or not. Once your time expires or the allotted data is used, whichever comes first, your data access will cease. 30-day domestic plans automatically renew, unless you cancel auto-renewal. Fees are non-refundable. Other restrictions apply. For full terms see DataConnect Pass Wireless Data Services Agreement on att.com/wirelesslegal.

 

CRU and IRU customers must purchase a qualifying DataConnect Plan for Tablets. 

 

AT&T Wi-Fi access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locati