With the recent push by nearly every company that ever had anything to do with electronics to put out a tablet, the devices are starting to become outdated at almost the same rate as smartphones. Perhaps it is for this reason that Verizon has opened up their trade-in program, first launched in the fall for cell phones, to tablets. Verizon claims tablets could score you up to a $300 gift card good towards a new device on their network, but real life appraisals come in much lower. How does $65 for a first-gen 16GB iPad in mildly used condition?
I have one!! Early upgrade from OG Droid…who else has one?
BTIG Research has done a very informal study by calling 150 Verizon Wireless corporate stores across the country in 22 cities across the United States. In this study they have asked each store which device is selling better the HTC Thunderbolt or the iPhone 4. 61% of the stores they called said they sold about the same, 11% said they sold more iPhone 4′s and 28% said they sold more Thunderbolt’s.
When speaking more indepth on the phone with store representatives BTIG found that the consensus of feedback was that the lines were heavier for the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt. BTIG warns that the Verizon Stores said that the iPhone 4 was still selling strong but the HTC Thunderbolt was selling either stronger or keeping direct pace with the iPhone 4.
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Most mobile focused websites, TDG included, reported that the lines for the iPhone4 on release day were not up to expectations and in most cases non-existent.
The HTC Thunderbolt is Verizon Wireless’ first 4G/LTE enabled device and is the first of 4 Android 4G/LTE devices expected this year. The others are the Motorola Droid Bionic, the Samsung Droid Charge, and the LG Revolution.
Verizon is apparently on quite the policy changing mission these days. First we had news of their upgrade policy, then it was return changes, rebate removals, and now this. As of February 1st, equipment protection plans will be changing and in a good way from what we’re seeing. Total Equipment coverage (TEC) will be dropping from $7.99 down to $6.99, plus Wireless Phone Protection (WPP) will now be $5.18, which is down from $6.00. Their tablet plans appear to be unchanged even with the Motorola XOOM on the way, but for those of us looking to grab a Thunderbolt, this is good news.
Verizon also plans to hold an “open enrollment” of sorts for those already locked into one of these plans. A timeline for that event will be communicated at a later date.
If there is one question that I get asked nearly everyday, it’s “When is [insert device here] coming out?” Fortunately, that question is now a little bit easier to answer because our friends over at Phandroid have gotten wind of what’s coming down the pike for Verizon this Spring and, if this leak is legitimate, it’s going to be Android-filled. Here is a breakdown of what to expect:
Back at CES Verizon had announced that they had already rolled out their initial 39 cities, and were expanding to 49 more, with plans to hit more then 140 cities by year end. Today, at CTIA Verizon announced that they will be adding 59 more markets to the existing ones, bringing them one step closer to their goal for the year. This news is bound to make many Verizon users happy, as they anxiously await 4G in their areas to take full advantage of new devices like the HTC Thunderbolt. Hit the break for a full list of covered cities, and the newly announced cities. [Verizon]
As if we didn’t already have enough to look forward to, images have leaked of three new motorola handsets that should be headed to Verizon at some point in the future. With their releases just about a year behind, the Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X are looking to get their successors in the Droid 3 (pictured above) and Droid X 2 (pictured below).
While we are still unsure what phone Sam’s Club was talking about, new information points to the Droid X 2 in fact have a dual-core chip and qHD display, though a 4G LTE radio is said to be absent. The same goes for the Droid 3 along with a prerequisite improved keyboard.
The device we are most interested in, however, is the previously unheard of Motorola Targa. The Targa, unlike the Droid 3 and Droid X 2, will support 4G LTE and looks like it could get a beefed up camera sensor. The shape reminds us of a hybrid of the Motorola XT720 and original Droid X.
With the release of the Motorola DROID BIONIC coming sometime in late spring, it looks to be quite a jam-packed summer for Verizon’s Droid lineup.