Verizon beats all estimates, as Apple and Samsung watches save the day

Verizon saw a huge uptick in subscriber growth last quarter, but the 260,000 extras against the 159,000 consensus analyst estimates average, has come from unexpected places. Despite that Verizon nominally lost 100,000 phone and tablet subs in Q1, the loss was much less than expected, while the carrier actually added the whopping 360,000 subscribers thanks to watches and other wearables.

Yep, it seems that the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S-lines of this world saved the day for Verizon, and, although these don’t pay nearly as much as phone subscribers, they still add a substantial …


Verizon LG V30 owners receive update giving their phone AI CAM and ThinQ name

Verizon is performing a little magic on its variant of the LG V30. They are waving a magic wand (borrowed from Harry Potter, of course) and turning the LG V30 into the LG V30 ThinQ. The update, which carries software version VS99620b, adds AI CAM to the handset’s camera. This allows the camera to analyze the subject and recommend one of four filters available. Each filter optimizes certain settings like contrast, saturation and color. these recommendations are made after the AI CAM places the subject of a photograph into one of eight different categories such as “people, pets, food, flowers, city, …

The Verizon Smart Family app gives you control over your kid's smartphone usage (VIDEO)

The Verizon FamilyBase service is now the Verizon Smart Family service. Using the Smart Family app, you will be able to see where your kids are, control the content they have access to on the internet, block social media, messaging and gaming apps, and limit the amount of time they can spend on their phones. In other words, everything you can do with your children’s handsets to make them pissed off at you, can be achieved with the Verizon Smart Family app.

With the Smart Family app, you can see how much battery life your kids’ phones have left, so you can call and remind them to …

Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile: whose users spend the least time on Wi-Fi?

Surprise, surprise, people stop running around like headless chickens looking for a free Wi-Fi spot when you introduce unlimited mobile data plans. That’s exactly what the big four US carriers have witnessed since December, according to the latest OpenSignal report, and the downward trend in Wi-fi usage is likely to continue unabated.

Time spent on Wi-fi fell 3% for both Verizon and AT&T customers on average in that period, reaching historic lows of 49% and 51%, respectively. T-Mobile is now on 41%, or a two percentage points drop, but Sprint didn’t witness any changes (cue …

Deal: Verizon offers the Pixel 2 XL at $300 off, with free Google Home Mini and Chromecast promo

Verizon Wireless just stepped up its earlier promos for the best Android handsets out there, but this time there is no trade in requirement. After offering the Galaxy S9+ and Note 8 at $300 off, the carrier now has the phone with the amazing camera algorithms, Google’s Pixel 2 XL, at the same discount, but with an added bundle.

Thus, you can essentially get the Pixel 2 XL smartphone through May 30th for $550 (64GB) or $650 (128GB), respectively, after you buy them on installments, and after $300 are distributed as 24 monthly payment discounts. 
Besides …

Deal: Ultimate Ears BLAST speaker and POWER UP dock bundle is 50% off at Verizon

The Ultimate Ears BLAST speaker could have been more successful if it didn’t have such a price tag attached to it. They usually sell for $230, but then you’ll have to buy the POWER UP dock to go with it, which is another $40.

It’s true that the speaker comes with Amazon Alexa integration and IP67 water resistance, but they’re still pretty expensive compared to what the competition has to offer.

The good news is if you’ve been eyeing the Ultimate Ears’ BLAST speaker, you can now get it for a lot less from Verizon. The US carrier is running a promotion on the accessory, so for a limited …

Samsung lowers the prices of Galaxy S9 and S9+ (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint)

If you’re planning to buy a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, we have a friendly advice: purchase the phone(s) directly from Samsung. That’s because, at this moment, Samsung is offering the S9 for $719.99, and the S9+ for $839.99 – regardless of carrier and method of purchase (outright, or with monthly payments). This means you can save at least $70 on the AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint variants of the two handsets. 
In case you’re wondering, Samsung hasn’t lowered the prices of T-Mobile’s Galaxy S9 and S9+. But that’s okay, as T-Mobile’s …

Best BYOD unlocked phones you can bring to Verizon

The vast majority of the US still gets their phones directly from the carriers, be it online or in their stores, but there is a trend to source them in a different way, with the latest reports pegging that slice of the market at about 15%. The reason is pretty simple – while previously it was near impossible to find a phone that will work with Verizon’s voice and data services unless you got it from the carrier itself, and approved for that network usage, times have changed.
Nowadays, Qualcomm and other cellular modem makers have gotten so good in stuffing tens of …

T-Mobile and Verizon announce deals on iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED

Following Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition announcement, T-Mobile and Verizon unveiled their own deals on these models. Besides carrying both smartphones, T-Mobile will add the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition to its BOGO deals starting April 10.

In order to get $700 via rebate towards a second iPhone 8 or 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, you will have to turn in an eligible device and port in a line. T-Mobile also mentions that pre-orders will start on April 11, while stocks should arrive on April 13.

Verizon announced that it will offer …

Switch to Verizon and get the Asus ZenFone V Live for free along with a $150 gift card

Verizon has a great deal for those looking to switch to the nation’s largest carrier. Bring your current number to Big Red, activate a 4G LTE line, and you will get the Asus ZenFone V Live for free. And wait, there’s more. You also will receive a $150 Verizon gift card. You will have to lay out the $168 to buy the handset using the device payment plan, but you’ll receive an offsetting credit of $7 a month over 24 months.

The Asus ZenFone V Live is a Verizon exclusive, and features a 5-inch LCD display carrying a resolution of 720 x 1280 (HD). Under the hood is the Snapdragon 425 chipset …