Despite its reputation as being the last of the major carriers to launch widely available phones or deliver updates, Verizon Wireless is the first of the four major carriers to push out an Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Isis, the mobile payment joint-venture by three of the largest carriers in the United States, has officially gone nationwide today. After several delays and a lengthy testing phase in only two markets, consumers can now pay for items with their smartphones at thousands of locations throughout the US.
Verizon has started sending the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to Samsung Galaxy S4 users, enabling support for new Android features and the ability to connect the device to the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 tied to Verizon Wireless's network has started updating the Samsung Galaxy S 4. It's unfortunately not an upgrade to Android 4.3, but it does provide some small bug fixes and feature adjustments.
We've already seen the LG G2 up close and knew that the phone would launch in the U.S. this month. Now we know exactly when. Verizon Wireless has announced that it will sell the G2 beginning next week, and its model of the phone will have something that others do not.
One week after the Motorola Moto X debuted on AT&T, the first Motorola smartphone built from start to finish during the Google era will go on sale at Verizon. The official Verizon Wireless Twitter account has posted that Verizon plans to debut the Moto X online beginning Thursday, August 29, for $199.99 on a two-year agreement. The phone will appear in stores weeks later. The Moto X on Verizon lacks the ability to customize the exterior at the moment, but the phone will be sold in white or black until Verizon joins the Moto Maker ranks at an undisclosed time later this year. Be sure to read the Moto X review to help decide if this will be your next device.
One of the worst things about the New York City subway system is losing cellular service. Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to scratch that off their list of complaints when the carrier begins offering 3G and 4G LTE service at some New York City subway stations. Partnering with Transit Wireless, Verizon will enable service in 36 stations in Manhattan's midtown and Chelsea areas. Service will then be extended to 40 more stations in midtown and Queens, New York, in early 2014. Verizon is the last of the four major carriers to partner with Transit Wireless.
Isis, the mobile payments joint venture between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, will finally start its nationwide expansion later this year. The NFC-based payment solution, which currently supports only a few Android phones, will crossover to the three other major smartphone operating systems later this year.
AT&T Mobility has an unlikely ally in Verizon Wireless. Though the leading wireless companies in the U.S. are also each other's chief rivals, Verizon has called on President Obama to veto an ITC ruling that would ban AT&T from importing some Apple iPhone and iPad models.
Verizon Wireless will follow the lead of the T-Mobile Jump and AT&T Next premium programs that are designed to make it possible for customers to have early upgrades without paying the full cost of a device.