Deal: Get the Moto Z2 Play for just $5 per month at Verizon ($288 off)

If you’re not particularly interested in the recently announced Moto Z2 Force (or maybe you find it too expensive), but you still need a new Moto Z from Verizon, you may want to purchase the Z2 Play this week, as it’s now offered for just $5 per month.

Normally, Verizon is selling the Moto Z2 Play for $17 per month over 24 months (or $408 outright). But starting today and through Sunday (July 30), the carrier allows customers to save $288 on the handset, in certain conditions.

If you’re signing up for an Unlimited plan, you can get the Moto Z2 Play for …


Moto Z2 Force price and release date on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint

 SprintVerizon AT&TT-MobileMoto Z2 Force
(release date August 10th)

$792 retail or $30/month for 18 months$756 retail or $15/month for 24 months$810 retail or $27/month for 30 months$750 retail or $30 /month for 24 monthsBonusesBOGO offer and free Moto Insta-Share Projector ($299.99 value)Free Moto Insta-Share Projector ($299.99 value)Free Moto Insta-Share Projector ($299.99 value)BOGO offer and free Moto Insta-Share Projector ($299.99 value)

The Moto Z2 Force is up for preorder already, and it follows the 2017 trend …

Pre-order the Moto Z2 Force from Verizon for $15 a month and receive a free Moto Mod projector

Last year, Verizon had the Motorola Moto Z Force Droid as an exclusive in the states. For the sequel this year, the Droid branding was removed and today all four major U.S. wireless operators announced that they were taking pre-orders of the Moto Z2 Force. And that, of course, includes Verizon. Not that this is the only change made to last year’s flagship phone. We can start with the addition of a second camera on the back of the handset, allowing users to take pictures with the much desired “blur” effect.

The fingerprint scanner is now a pill shape instead of a square, and the battery …

New Verizon Galaxy S8/S8+ update brings Daydream VR support, hide nav bar button and more

A new update has started rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners who got their unit through Verizon. After installing, the software upgrade should bump the version of the Galaxy S8 to G950USQU1AQG4, or G955USQU1AQG4 for the S8+. 
There are some new features aboard the latest patch – Verizon has added support for Google’s Daydream VR platform and the corresponding hardware.  While we can’t help but wonder as to how many people will choose Daydream VR over Samsung’s own Gear VR headset and controller, …

HP Elite x3 coming to Verizon?

The HP Elite x3 is the most capable of any Windows 10 Mobile handset. Currently, the device is offered only with support for GSM bands, but that appears likely to change. HP is working on obtaining new certifications for the Elite x3, this time with support listed specifically for Verizon. That would mean that the new version would have the ability to run over CDMA pipelines. Among the new applications HP sent out include one for the FCC, one for the Bluetooth SIG and another for the Wi-Fi Alliance.

In case you’re not familiar with the phone, the HP Elite x3 features a 6-inch AMOLED display …

Sprint opens Twice the Price store, trolling Verizon in the process

Sprint today opened a very unusual pop-up store in New York, calling it Twice the Price. The main purpose of this store is to inform customers that Sprint is offering unlimited monthly data, text, and calls for just $22.50 per line (with 4 lines), while Verizon is charging twice the price for that. You can go here to see exactly how Sprint’s Unlimited plan compares to similar plans from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Sprint’s Twice the Price store can be visited at 69-43 Grand Avenue, Flushing, New York, 11378. The store is open only today, July 21, until 7 PM, …

Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps? (UPDATE)

Several Verizon subscribers are claiming that Big Red is imposing a speed cap of 10Mbps on video streaming services Netflix and YouTube. To prove that this is indeed happening with Netflix, we copied a test that was published elsewhere on Friday morning. With our Moto Z Force connected to Verizon’s network, we ran Ookla’s Speedtest app and scored a download speed of 48.22 Mbps on Big Red’s 4G LTE network.

The next thing we did was run Fast.com. This is actually an app available from the Google Play Store that is offered by Netflix. The app measures download speeds for Netflix only, so in …

Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps?

Several Verizon subscribers are claiming that Big Red is imposing a speed cap of 10Mbps on video streaming services Netflix and YouTube. To prove that this is indeed happening with Netflix, we copied a test that was published elsewhere on Friday morning. With our Moto Z Force connected to Verizon’s network, we ran Ookla’s Speedtest app and scored a download speed of 48.22 Mbps on Big Red’s 4G LTE network.

The next thing we did was run Fast.com. This is actually an app available from the Google Play Store that is offered by Netflix. The app measures download speeds for Netflix only, so in …

Former Verizon subscribers made up the largest percentage of its rivals recent customer additions

During the second quarter of this year, Verizon made the biggest contribution to its rival carriers in the form of recently added customers. Based on data from Cowen and Company Equity Research, more customers from Verizon left to switch to another operator than any other U.S. based wireless carrier. Cowen says that this indicates a more competitive market in the wireless industry. It also suggests that consumers aren’t willing anymore to shell out more money for a premium wireless experience now that the difference between carriers is fading.

Cowen analyst Colby Synesael blames this on …

Best US carrier? This Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint coverage maps GIF tells all

The second we read that Verizon has earned third place in average LTE network speeds according to Ookla’s crowd-sourced measurements, we knew what was coming from T-Mobile, and, soon enough, its CTO Neville Ray took to a blog post to comment condescendingly on the matter. After all, it topped the average speeds for a 14th quarter in a row, while Verizon slipped to a third place. T-Mobile’s CTO didn’t hold back, explaining how Verizon and AT&T networks “caved” under the unlimited pressure:

The real news is how dramatically both AT&T and Verizon’s …