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Limited Droid Ultra with Red Racing Stripe leaks out ahead of tomorrow’s NYC event

motorola-droid-ultra-limited-505x650As if we needed any more Droid Ultra leaks ahead of tomorrow’s NYC press event. The folks over at HelloMotoHK have just gained their hands on what seems to be a limited edition Droid Ultra with a red racing strip running down the kevlar back of the device.

Considering that the Droid branding is all about red droid eyes, this certainly looks insanely cool. However, this leak does present many questions. We reported earlier today that a completely red version of the Droid Ultra would be exclusive to Verizon employees, and now this new limited edition Droid Ultra leaks out. Could this be priced at $199 for Verizon employees, while the complete red version is priced at $99?

Most of our questions should be answered tomorrow at Verizon’s NYC Press event. We’re expecting Verizon to announce a Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, and Droid Mini, as well as possibly some answers regarding the launch of the HTC One on Verizon.

Source: HelloMotoHK

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Red Motorola Droid Ultra could be an exclusive to Verizon employees

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A new rumor has revealed that the Motorola Droid Ultra in Red is going to be an exclusive to Verizon employees. It further claims that the device will be up for pre order for a meager price of $99.99 beginning from tomorrow. The smartphone will also come bundled with some freebies like the Griffin Reveal Case, an Ingress Invite code and a pair of SOL Republic Jax in-ear headphones. So it seems like Verizon is throwing a little bonus for its employees.

The Droid Ultra is all set to be announced at an event scheduled for early tomorrow, so we’ll have all the information in less than 24 hours. The Red Droid Ultra with Kevlar coating on the back was spotted last Thursday. Since then we’ve been having quite a few leaks of the Moto X and other upcoming smartphones.

It is a little unfortunate that normal users might not be able to get their hands on this particular variant of the smartphone, but we’re guessing Verizon and Motorola has something special planned for the rest of us. We’re also awaiting the launch of the Droid Mini and the Droid Maxx along with the Droid Ultra tomorrow.

Via: Phandroid

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Red HTC Droid DNA For Verizon Employees Pictured

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Some of you may be a bit jealous of a device that you can’t buy, but it seems that Verizon has a red Droid DNA available exclusively for their employees. Below are the first pictures of the device, which were obtained by our friends over at Droid-Life. There’s nothing new about this device aside from the color change, everything under the hood is the same. What was once black is now red. The color actually isn’t that bad, albeit it may be a bit of an eye sore to some. Speaking of an eye sore, we all know how much Verizon loves to stamp their logos all over the devices that they sell, and the Droid DNA proves to be no exception to that rule. In addition to the usual logos, Verizon wanted to make sure that their employees new this was an exclusive device to Verizon employees by plastering “Verizon Employee Limited Edition” on the back of the device. Seems a bit unnecessary to me, but the device still looks pretty nice, and like I said earlier, it’s definitely going to not fit everyone’s liking.

I have to say, I’m really not a tad bit jealous over this device. I really like the consumer edition with sprinkles of red on it. Everyone’s tastes are different though.

On another note, this device will fit nicely with Verizon’s array of exclusive devices. Just a few months ago Verizon employees also have access to exclusive versions of the Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR MAXX HD.

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source: Droid-Life

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Here is the Special Edition Red DROID RAZR MAXX HD for Verizon Employees

At the end of last week, we reported word that Verizon would be carrying a set of special edition employee-only versions of their best devices, leading into the holidays. Lucky VZW employees that chose to pick-up one could choose between a red version of the RAZR MAXX HD, Windows Phone 8X, or DROID DNA. As [...]

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Special edition DROIDs headed to Verizon employees while the rest of us look on in envy

Verizon employees are getting some special treatment once again, some of us are still seething over the awesome employees-only red and black Razr Maxx from last year, and now Verizon is laughing at us yet again. Rumor has spilled that more special edition red/black DROIDs are on their way to those on Verizon’s payroll for the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR MAXX HD. Interestingly enough a special red DROID DNA as well as Windows Phone 8X are also mentioned. No word on whether they will be locked to employee specific usage such as the last round was, so be careful before you try bidding $2000 on Ebay for one of these puppies.

Source: Droid-Life


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More HTC Droid DNA info appears in Verizon Marketing Material

It seems that once we post one story about something, we come across more about it. It is like buying a new car. You never see that make and model anywhere, then you buy one and everyone has it. Some internal marketing material has been snapped and leaked out to the wonders of the world wide web. The newest leak doesn’t offer up a lot of new information though. It confirms the already reported name of the Droid DNA, along with the 5-inch screen, 8MP rear camera, 2.0 MP front shooter, Beat Studio Audio and HTC Sense UA.

The material doesn’t offer up a price, launch date, processor info or really anything else of any special value. According to Talk Android though, HTC and several Verizon employees are said to confirm the mid-December release. They also have supposedly confirmed it to be $199 on contract and $599 off contract. That seems pretty legit for a new high-end device hitting Verizon lately. We would be surprised if those numbers aren’t right.

Source: Talk Android

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HTC DROID DNA confirmed in Verizon marketing materials

Verizon users have to be wondering whether to jump ship to AT&T or T-Mobile to grab the Nexus 4 or stay with their current carrier, get what is going to be probably the best phone available, and still enjoy LTE. I know many of you are wondering if the upcoming DROID DNA will actually land by the holidays. Well the above image was shown last night to several Verizon employees, and an HTC rep confirmed that it would be available by mid December. The image confirms what we already know: A 5-inch HD display (1080p), 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Beats Audio, and Sense. They also confirmed that it will be $199 on contract and $599 off contract, which would be a pretty good deal for a phone of this magnitude. So who is staying with Verizon for this beast?


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Verizon and AT&T Reps Pushing Customers to Buy Android Over iPhone?

Well this is a pretty funny story fo us Android fanboys to gloat about. Seems a report came out not to long ago stating that AT&T employees were being instructed on trying to sell people Windows and Android phones, over selling them iPhones. To add to that, they were also told not to buy iPhones for themselves. That cracks me up, but you must ask the question, why is this?

I guess there has also been numerous experiences stating that AT&T reps were really pushing for them to not to get the iPhone. Someone also stated that they know someone who works at AT&T, and they mentioned that they get more commission for selling Android phones. Well there is the twist right there. These reps know something we don’t? Well it seems that Verizon employees have now been instructed to do the same practice. Here is a testimony from Jeff Stern when he set foot in a Verizon store:

  • “They released the iPhone 4S because Steve Jobs died so they just threw in a couple more features and pushed it out.”
  • “Apple’s servers are really small and when you use Siri it normally redirects to Google anyway.”
  • “Every icon looks alike on your homescreen and it’s really hard to find applications.”

All things I heard salespeople say in the 40 minutes I was there. I’m certainly not an Apple fanboy. I was in your store to buy an Android phone. But you’re really trying too hard to steer people away from the iPhone and I’m not the only person that’s noticed it.

Sad, but all those statements are absolutely true about the iPhone. Now Stern was in fact visiting this Verizon store to check out the Galaxy S III, but could not believe how the rep was pretty much destroying the image of the iPhone. He then wrote a letter to Verizon stating, “You’re making it sound like Apple isn’t a mobile competitor anymore and your unanimous disdain for their phone doesn’t help the trust between you and I.” Guess Stern is not much of a fanboy because any one of us would have just been bad mouthing the iPhone just as much as the rep. Evil we are.

So what do you guys think? Anyone out there work for either Verizon or AT&T that can verify any of this? Let us know what you guys think.

Source: Cult of Mac

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Verizon hard-selling 4G Android phones over iPhone: CNN Report

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While the matter of choosing between an Android phone or an iPhone is a case of personal choice, with a significant number of people preferring each platform’s implementation of key features (that’s me at my diplomatic best). However, there is one area where the iPhone just can’t match the flagship Android phones: 4G LTE.

And based on this report by CNN, it seems like this key offering available on devices such as the Droid Razr/Razr Maxx and the LG Lucid is enough for the Verizon employees to suggest potential customers choose one of those over the iPhone 4S. As the author of the source notes, he spoke to 10 Verizon reps, telling half of them he wanted to buy a new smartphone, and the other half he was interested in the iPhone 4S.

In the former case, he was always directed to the Razrs or the Lucid. In the latter, they gave him the information he wanted on the iPhone, but once he asked if it was the best smartphone available, he always met with a “no”.

Although the next iPhone would almost certainly feature LTE, Android has a significant advantage here thanks to this scenario. By ensuring that users enjoy their experience, they might not be tempted to switch to the iPhone in the future.


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Limited Edition Red DROID RAZR MAXX Devices Start to Arrive for Verizon Employees

The limited edition, red and black DROID RAZR MAXX is now arriving in stores to Verizon employees. As reported back in February, VZW workers were given the opportunity to purchase either a 16GB regular RAZR or the 32GB MAXX at $99 and $199 respectively. Each would come with their own uniquely engraved number on the [...]

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Newark’s West Side High Is Having A Bring A Verizon Employee To Work Day

Verizon Wireless continues to show their commitment to education in their home state of New Jersey this Thursday at Newark’s West Side High School in Newark NJ.

The program, spearheaded by Jersey Cares, is putting 57 Verizon employees who are part of Verizon’s Leadership Development program with 250 students. The Verizon employees will mentor the students on a wide variety of topics including resume building, financial planning and college preparation. They’ll mix their own personal experiences in as well.

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Verizon’s commitment to providing high-quality service is ingrained within the company’s culture, as demonstrated not only commercially but also in its service to the community,” said Brian Dean, executive director of Jersey Cares.  “We are excited to partner with Verizon to enrich the educational experience of the students at West Side High School and provide them with perspectives that reach beyond their everyday lives.”

Verizon is no stranger to community work they’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars into community programs with a strong emphasis on education and domestic violence. Verizon is piloting a program using tablets in another New Jersey high school. In Baltimore Maryland Verizon set up a bus to outreach to students and help them with SAT preparation.

Verizon is also a partner through the Verizon Foundation,  with the Thinkinity program that offers lesson plans, ideas and educational games for students of all ages via the thinkfinity.com website.

source: Verizon

 

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Verizon Will Offer Its Employees Both RAZR’s in Limited Edition

It is really pleasant to know that Verizon takes care not about its customers only but pays certain attention to its employees as well. I hope there is no need to tell you that Verizon offers a couple of great smart-phones known as the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx. But to make those devices even more special, Verizon starts offering its employees a limited edition model of both the Motorola DROID RAZR and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Ye, you got it right – no store availability for us, regular customers. Basically, the only difference between Limited edition and regular edition is that limited one has a unique number engraved on each device as well as the phrase “Limited Edition” on the front. Also, Verizon employees will be offered to get both Motorola’s with a bit more interesting price – a 16GB Motorola DROID RAZR limited edition will cost $99 while the 32GB Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX limited edition will be just $199. But if you are dying to get one of those beauties, some Verizon workers might want to get rid of their special Moto devices offering them on eBay.

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Limited edition Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx appear, exclusive to Verizon employees?

Limited edition Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx appear, exclusive to Verizon employees?

It seems that the hard workin’ folks at Verizon Wireless may soon have a special phone to call their own. That’s the word from Android and Me, which reports that Big Red’s staffers are being offered exclusive versions of the Droid RAZR (16GB, $99) and RAZR Maxx (32GB, $199). In addition to a distinctive red and black pattern on the handset’s rear, a unique number will be engraved within the camera pod and the words ‘Limited Edition’ will appear next to Verizon’s logo on the front. Employees will also score a free dock with their purchase and can expect the handsets to arrive in April — which is a good indication of when these things should hit Craigslist.

Limited edition Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx appear, exclusive to Verizon employees? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Limited Edition Droid RAZRs Offered to Verizon Employees

 

The lucky ducks who work for Verizon will have the opportunity to buy a limited edition Motorola Droid RAZR or RAZR MAXX. An employee at Verizon disclosed the details on this limited edition run in an email, including a free dock and a unique black and red pattern. They will also have “Limited Edition” engraved on the front, and a unique number engraved on the back. The employees can score this deal for $99 for a 16GB RAZR or $199 for a 32GB RAZR MAXX. They should be available sometime in April.

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The limited edition Droid RAZR you can never have

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Verizon employees are being given the opportunity to own a smartphone that most will never get their hands on, a limited edition Motorola Droid RAZR. The phone not only comes in an exclusive red and black deco and a free dock, but it is being offered for only $99. Verizon is also providing employees with the chance to purchase a limited edition 32GB Droid RAZR MAXX  for $199. Both special handsets come engraved with “Limited Edition” and a number designation. We’re sure a few will become available via sites such as eBay and Craigslist, but the savings most certainly won’t be passed along to the common man. Anyone out there going to try to track one of these down?

[via Android and Me]


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Limited Edition DROID RAZRs Offered to Verizon Employees?

According to some leaked shots, Verizon may be launching a special edition of the DROID RAZR just for employees. According to an insider at Big Red, the devices will be offered at a discounted price of $99 for a 16GB RAZR and $199 for the RAZR MAXX 32GB model. Along with the red and black look, [...]

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Has Verizon released the Galaxy Nexus? Click here to find out

We know you’re getting fed up with Verizon’s continued delays for the Galaxy Nexus’ US release. So are we, naturally – writing about this stuff for a living doesn’t make the wait any easier. But if you’ve been checking Android Community and other sites daily (or even more often) for the status of the phone and it’s getting you down, now there’s a one-stop site than answers your question with a simple yes or no answer: hasverizonreleasedthegalaxynex.us.

The site’s bleak and straightforward approach is jarring, but it serves to illustrate a growing point of contention between Nexus enthusiasts and Verizon Wireless, namely that they haven’t released the freaking phone yet. A graveyard of rumored release dates populates the spartan website, with the latest being December 9th, the Day the Enthusiasm Died. The latest scuttlebutt, confirmed by a litany of Verizon employees and third-party retailers, is Thursday, December 15th. Let’s hope there’s no cause to cross any more out. A few lucky US residents hav ebeen able to take advantage of clueless store clerks or find an inside person to sell them the phone early.

So what’s with the delay? Verizon claims that they’re subjecting their phone to rigorous testing (presumably the same testing that went into the DROID BIONIC and HTC Thunderbolt, right guys?) but a more plausible culprit seems to be Google Wallet. Verizon is reluctant to include Google’s NFC payment app, officially because of security  concerns, but unnoficially because it’s part of the ISIS NFC consortium, which has yet to release any hardare or software readfor prime time.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : GALAXY Nexus
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Nexus Prime

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.65 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.33 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.35 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1750 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : OMAP 4460
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • CDMA
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 900
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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As Verizon Begins Motorola DROID 4 Training, Preliminary Specs Revealed

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The Motorola Droid 4 is definitely shaping up to be the DROID we’ve all been looking for. With rumors of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4 inch qHD display and 4G LTE radios alongside that iconic QWERTY keyboard, we’re sure this is poised to be the best DROID (in this particular series) yet.

First up, the device has entered training at indirect retailers. Nothing special, but it means we’re getting closer to launch (hopefully in time for the holiday seasons). And we’re sure Verizon employees and employees at other retailers will soon be undergoing the same training regiments if they haven’t started already.

We’ve also got a legit looking list of specs that features everything we mentioned above plus an 8 megapixel 1080p HD camera with LED flash, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, WiFI N, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,750 mAh battery and more. Look out for it at Big Red sometime soon. [Droid-Life 1, 2]


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Verizon Gives Employees Quick Ice Cream Sandwich Guide, Offers Incredible Temporary Holiday Return Policy

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A lot of great stuff coming out of the Verizon camp today, folks. First of all, we’re getting closer and closer to the launch of the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Verizon employees have started to receive quick guides to Ice Cream Sandwich, a reference for use when helping a customer with their Android 4.0 device or for highlighting 4.0′s features to new customers. That’s great and all, but there’s no release date for us to get excited over. There is something else to get excited for, though.

Verizon has posted a temporary return policy for the holidays, giving users until January 9th to return or exchange devices purchased between now and December 28th. So yes, it may be safe to purchase the HTC Rezound or the Motorola Droid RAZR if you want the Galaxy Nexus (we don’t imagine we’ll go further than 2011 without seeing a release). Happy shopping! [Droid-Life via AndroidForums.com, Droid Guy]


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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Training Memo Leaked

Verizon is giving more indications it will be releasing the Galaxy Nexus very soon. VZW has been notoriously tight-lipped about the exact release of the beloved GN, but there have been obvious signs lately showing the device is on its way. There’s one more indication the device will be coming soon. A tipster leaked a photo of what looks to be a training memo for Verizon employees. Clearly highlighted is an Android 4.0 online course and GN device training. This is yet another sign that we won’t have to wait much longer to get our hands on this sweet device.

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Galaxy Nexus Training Starts For Verizon Employees – Release More Imminent Than Ever

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Digging up new info on the release date for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus has been an almost grueling task. Since Verizon isn’t talking (ugh!), we’re forced to speculate based on the scraps we can dig up.

Take this new leak from a Verizon tipster, showing us that training has in fact begun for Google’s next flagship device. Typically, you can expect a device to launch within 2 weeks of when Verizon training starts. This pretty much lines up with the rumors we’ve been hearing from our various Verizon insiders and from all the chatter going on in our Android Forums’ Galaxy Nexus pre-release thread. No one can peg an exact date but it’s coming, folks. Hang in there!

[Via AndroidandMe]


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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Listed for $289 at Costco, Training Materials Arriving at Verizon

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While we still aren’t 100 percent sure on a date, Costco will carry the Samsung Galaxy Nexus According to the above screenshot, they will sell the handset for $289.99. That is about what we would expect, as Verizon hasn’t been shy about moving past the once-standard $199.99 price tag, especially for handsets packing dual-core hardware and LTE support. Speaking of Verizon, that’s the only carrier listed for the Nexus in Costco’s systems. Are people still questioning a period of exclusivity?

Training materials have begun arriving for Verizon employees and the wording is plain and clear: Verizon will offer the Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE exclusively. The internal literature also covers the Motorola Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound providing a nice comparison between Verizon’s big holiday handsets and the rest of Big Red’s lineup.

[via The Droid Guy. AndroidCentral]


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DROID Bionic Shows Up In Verizon Equipment Guide With Sept. 8th Launch Date

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In one of the most leaked handsets in recent memory, the Motorola Droid Bionic’s Sept 8th launch date shows up once again, this time in an internal Verizon Equipment Guide. The equipment guide also lists a number of specs and reports from Verizon employees are saying a bevy of accessories have already begun to arrive in-store. I know it’s been a long time coming but even I would find it difficult to not drop a few bills on this device (and I’m not even on Verizon) when it launches next Thursday. How about you guys?

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Verizon peeps getting their Droid Bionic shirts — a good sign there’s actually a phone coming

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Once upon a time we heard a story about a phone’s release being delayed because Verizon employees didn’t get their T-shirts in time. No idea if that was truth or fantasy, but it makes for a great story.

Looks like T-shirts will be the least of the launch problems for the Droid Bionic. Huzzah.

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45,000 Verizon employees strike at midnight

Philadelphia and New York:

After talks stalled the  Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have decided to walk out.  In the past they held NYNEX, the New England and New York company now called Verizon at bay for four months in an effort to avoid healthcare cost shifting.  In the past they have held  strikes in 1983, 1986, 1989, 1998, 2000, and 2004;

In 2003, in response to management plans to replace nearly 75,000 workers, the CWA and IBEW decided not to strike.  In the following 8 years the numbers of regional union employees has dropped from 75,000 to 45,000 due to outsourcing, job eliminations, buyouts, and attrition.  Verizon is attempting to force unionized employees to pay premium payments for individual and family coverage, which the CWA and IBEW won during the 1989 strike.

In addition to forcing members to pay between $1,300 to $3,000 a year for family coverage, Verizon is also planning on freezing existing group pensions and instead offering a 401(k) plan instead.  Sick days will be limited to only five per year, raises will be based on performance reviews, and customer service reps will be switched over to commission pay.  It is rumored that Verizon is also planning on taking away Veterans’ Day and Martin Luther King Day as paid vacations.

Verizon’s workforce now consists of 135,000 nonunion employees – and unionized workforce makes up less than 30 percent of the total workforce.  Although Verizon says that the cuts are due to the steady and continuing decline of its wireline business and is doing this in an attempt to “strengthen the unit”.  Verizon has the ability to continue with very limited disruption in service, or no disruption at all.  ”Tens of thousands of Verizon managers and other personnel have been trained to step in and perform emergency work assignments,” Spokesperson Rich Young said.

Verizon is certainly not in a stressful financial situation, reporting $10.2 billion in profits in 2010 and $6.9 billion in net income for the first half of this year. Over the past four years, Verizon earned nearly $20 billion for its shareholders and the top five executives managed to pay themselves a very generous $258 million spent on salaries, bonuses and stock options.

sources: InTheseTimes, CWA, IBEW Local

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More on Verizon’s Tiered Data Plans and How Long You Get to Stay Unlimited

What you are seeing above is a Q&A sample that Verizon employees are being trained on which has to do with the new tiered data plans we first reported on earlier this week.  We’ve highlighted a couple of items that you will want to pay close attention to. The first green box has to do [...]

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Verizon’s New Offers: Mr. Williams Approves

And a few more updates about changes in Verizon’s tariff plan system. As we were mentioning before, there have been no confirmation on that matter. Well, until now. Some Verizon employees have received a message from South Area VP of Marketing and Sales Lee Williams that confirms changes are coming. That is good, that is very and very good. I am not saying that Verizon has bad offers but sometimes it is the highest time to offer something different, something better and better a lot. Their internet and tethering offers seem to be reasonable but still a few more bucks off would be nice. Anyway, Mr. Williams puts a positive spin on it all, and for most consumers those new offers should save some money but as far as we aren’t the average consumer – I do not think that we will find something positive in that for our own. But stay tuned for more updates and details.

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Motorola XOOM microSD Card Support Activated everywhere but the USA

What in the world is going on here, you might ask? It appears that Motorola Europe will be heading off this particular wagon of updates, they having a Facebook status up that confirms that their Android 3.1 Honeycomb update will include activation of their SD card support for the tablet. Of course you know that if you’ve got this tablet inside the USA on a Verizon plan, you’ve already got the update – but without the SD card bit. What blasphemous set of clicks, developers developers developers, and carriers lead to this terrifying situation?

Only the manufacturer gods know for sure. What we do know is that non-US users are the only ones that’ll be seeing this update come to them over the air in the coming days and weeks, starting today. This update brings one of two long-awaited updates to the world’s first Honeycomb tablet, the other being 4G LTE speed capability for those, again, having the tablet as carried by Verizon. There are ways of grabbing the first of these two updates that aren’t technically official, of course, but we’re always wanting the real deal to be coming asap, of course.

There’s also news incoming via some intrepid Verizon employees that the name of the XOOM may well soon be changing to XOOM 4G or XOOM LTE, both of which would lead us to believe the device’s LTE capability will be activated sooner than later.

As for the microSD card bit, you could always head back to the post entitled Motorola XOOM gets SD card activation early via Tiamac Kernel and see how that works out for you. This would be a bit of a hacking situation where you replace the software in your device via some instructions you MAY find confusing. Because these instructions could also lead to your device being busted beyond repair, we suggest you exercise utmost caution, without a doubt.

[via Motorola Euro]

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Verizon employees get tipped off of changes to data pricing

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Need more before you believe rumors of data plan and rate changes coming to Verizon?  We don’t blame you, confirmation is always a good thing, and we just got some.  Some Verizon employees have received a message from South Area VP of Marketing and Sales Lee Williams that confirms changes are coming.  Of course Mr. Williams puts a positive spin on it all, and for most consumers, it probably will save some money.  Unfortunately, many of us aren’t the average consumer, so we don’t see the changes in quite the same happy view that others will.

Hit the break to read the transcript of the message that went out earlier today.

Thanks, Nerdy Desi!

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