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While Verizon deservedly gets a lot of flack for their shunning of Windows Phone, especially with their single offering of the HTC Trophy, they at least seem set on keeping that phone up to date.

If you navigate to the support page for the HTC Trophy on Verizon's site, you'll notice that information regarding the previous radio update has been removed. Instead, users are greeted with details on the latest software update: 2305.13.20402.605.

While that number doesn't reveal the OS version (8107), reading the new features and fixes reveals that indeed it has to be 8107 since it fixes the disappearing keyboard. Here are the new fixes and enhancements:

  • Improved Voice Mail notifications when traveling outside the U.S.
  • Enhanced Cellebrite contact transfer performance.
  • Improvements in keyboard performance prevent keyboard from disappearing while typing.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Improved device performance when downloading large software update files.
  • Original messages will be included when replying or forwarding an email via an Exchange 2003 server.
  • Improvements in text messaging performance

No word on exactly when this update will begin being pushed but seeing as Verizon is coming forward with the details, we're going to say it's imminent. So good new for you Verizon folks, not so great news if you're on AT&T or Sprint.

Source: Verizon Support (PDF); Thanks, Ryan T., for the heads up!

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Verizon passes up on Nokia 'Om' Windows Phone?

According to sources familiar with company plans, The Verge has reported that Verizon may have passed up on a Nokia Windows Phone 7.5 handset. Microsoft Stores were ready to stock the Nokia device, codenamed "Om", late January / early February but the carrier canceled due to concerns over lack of Verizon LTE support.

If this rumour is true, Verizon will be joining Sprint where both may well be waiting for "Apollo" to introduce new Windows Phones to customers. For the mean time, the HTC Trophy will be the only Windows Phone available on Verizon. More interestingly, this info seems to contradict earlier information from Paul Thurrott who noted that a Lumia 710 (with no LTE) was headed to Big Red sooner than later.

Either way, this is not good news for those on CDMA in the US who want a modern Windows Phone.

Source: The Verge; thanks Craig for the heads up!

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We're getting a lot of reports in from readers that Verizon is now pushing out their radio firmware update for the HTC Trophy. We reported on this a few days ago, noting that it would fix the GSM roaming issue that many faced when returning to the US.  The update brings users to the following:

  • OS version: 7.10.7720.68 (same)
  • Firmware revision number: 2305.13.20110.605
  • Radio software version: 1.53.00.12.01_23.17w.05.13U

Note, some users are reporting that this brings the 8107 OS update. As far as we can tell, it does not nor should users expect that update to happen anytime soon (though who knows what Verizon's plans are).

For users though who "forced" their Trophy's to 8107, you probably just blocked your radio update as the server's won't recognize your device as matching those needing this fix. We have a few reports from our forums of just a scenario and for you, we have no answer how to "force" this update. Of course, we did warn users on our Podcast that forcing the 8107 update may have unintended consequences and that's what we are seeing now.

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Verizon is getting ready to roll out a firmware update for their HTC Trophy.  The rollout upgrades the radio to provide "improved data connectivity in certain scenarios when Connection Setup application is installed."  Little other detail is provided, nor a date in which the update will be made available.  The instructions simply note that users will receive a notification on their handsets.  You can see the update details here and keep an eye on the source link to see if further information gets added. 

Source: Verizon; Thanks for tip, Dave!

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Paul Thurrott, over at his supersite for Windows, has revealed some information that will be later announced at the upcoming CES.   In the article Thurrott notes the carrier will be shipping the Nokia Lumia 710 (code name "Sword" a name we've seen before) in April 2012, and it's not certain what the plan is with Verizon and an LTE Windows Phone. Hopefully a more powerful handset will be featured in the next year. We'll have to see how Microsoft and manufacturers plan to push forward.

What is clear though, assuming this is accurate, is that Verizon is not at all keen on Windows Phone, with our without LTE or with Nokia's backing. That's some cojones, in our opinion and a big middle finger to their customers.

The Lumia 710 will be available on T-Mobile in January 2012, which will provide the T-Mobile three months exclusivity before Verizon begins shipping.

Source: WinSuperSite

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Nokia has just sent out invites for their press event next month at CES in Las Vegas. While word is mum on what they plan to show off in the 45 minute event, rumors have been swirling for some time that an AT&T (and maybe Verizon) device announcement could be on the agenda. Such a device (or devices?) could be the rumored Nokia 900 "Ace"--a 4.3" screen device akin to the Lumia 800--destined for AT&T and featuring LTE. Other possibilities include an LTE-enabled Lumia 800, which may lack the punch of a 900-esque device but we think would still be a large seller here.

Verizon is also rumored to be picking up a Nokia device or two, presumably because it would feature LTE on board, satisfying their demands.

Either way, this announcement can only be good news for Windows Phone and Nokia, both of which are vying for the public attention. Landing on AT&T and/or Verizon would be a huge boost in numbers and visibility for both companies, in addition to giving customers what they really want, a high-end "classy" Windows Phone that can compete with the iPhone and Android. It also seems to us that Nokia has really put into high gear getting these devices to the US market, especially with the launch of the T-Mobile Lumia 710 and their media campaign dubbed "Rolling Thunder".

Good news for our readers is we'll be front and center at CES for this press event and others, so we'll have your coverage that you deserve.

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We told you back in September that Microsoft was working with content providers to bring television and movies to XBox 360.  Verizon, one of said providers, has announced that a FiOS TV app will be coming to XBox 360 next month, which will allow subscribers to watch their FiOS channels directly through their XBox.  The app will feature an initial lineup of 26 channels, with more to come later, and will also be integrated with Kinect, so users can surf using voice and gesture commands.

If that weren't cool enough, Verizon is sweetening the deal by offering a $89.99/month bundle to new subscribers, which includes FiOS TV, 35/35Mbps internet, and voice service.  Subscribers will also get a 12-month XBox Live membership and HALO: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition.  Verizon is taking orders for this contract-free bundle from now until January 21.  Current FiOS customers can call now to sign up.

To celebrate the lunch of their new service, Verizon is partnering with gaming network Machinima to sponsor the Gamers’ Choice Award, to be announced at Machinima’s Inside Gaming Awards on Dec. 9. You can vote for your game of the year through Facebook or Twitter.  Your vote also enters you a chance to win a grand prize of two years of Verizon FiOS triple-play service, a multi-room DVR, a Microsoft Kinect and 40,000 Microsoft points.  There are also daily 4,000 MS point prizes until December 8.

Source: Verizon

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Just last night we're discussing on the podcast how Nokia wants to make a big splash here in the US. To do so, they want to launch with a flag-ship devices and what better way to do that than with AT&T--a dedicated partner of Microsoft and Windows Phone?

So perhaps it is of little surprise that The Verge are reporting that AT&T and Nokia are working together for a 4G LTE device sometime early next year. That jives with what Andy Lees told us the other day in that Nokia was being aggressive about getting LTE-supported builds of the OS to work with.

The article goes on to suggest that this device, a variant of the Lumia 800, might be running the follow up to Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" which is code-named "Tango" at this time. Likewise, Verizon is also rumored to be getting such a device, seeing as they too run an LTE network.

This all of course works well with our earlier finding of the Nokia "Champagne" Windows Phone. That device, coincidentally, is running OS 8711 which is a Tango build. The Champagne was first picked up on October 25th by the app "I'm a WP7!" making it relatively new and a prime candidate for such an AT&T/Verizon phone.

Source: The Verge

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HTC Trophy on sale at Verizon

We're not sure if this is a way to clear out inventory for new Windows Phones or just Verizon being generous. Regardless, Verizon is offering the HTC Trophy for $29.99 through October 20, 2011.

The deal is web only so you'll probably not see the $29.99 price tag in your local Verizon stores. The discounted price does call for a two year contract and minimum data package of $30.  Oh and if you're so inclined the Casio G'zOne Commando is also on sale.

You can find all the details on the three day web sale over here at Verizon's website.

Thanks goes out to Reese for the tip!

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Verizon Trophy for a penny at Amazon

If you have been holding out on getting a Verizon Trophy, wait no more.  Amazon is selling them for a single penny with free shipping when you open a new line of service.  This deal is part of a larger Verizon "Penny-pincher"  promotion on Amazon that features all of their Verizon handsets for one cent.  The offer runs between 5:00 p.m. PDT October 11, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. PDT October 17, 2011, or while supplies last.

Source: Amazon

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Take this how you will, but it's a good sign in our book when your official Verizon stores are displaying their one and only Windows Phone, the venerable HTC Trophy, running 7720.68 aka Mango.

These pics were taken by reader aphrophyre at the Broadway & 17th Street, New York store today. Does this mean absolutely that Mango is coming the 27th? Nope, but we like the odds that it's coming sooner than later.

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Customers on Verizon who own the HTC Trophy (see review) are certainly wondering where big red stands on the Mango update. By all accounts, most carriers seem to be in line with the "in a few weeks" stance that Microsoft has given them and because of that, we expect Verizon to do the same. That and we've seen the finalized HTC ROM for the Verizon Trophy--meaning this is really just Verizon approving it.

Now, via Verizon's Twitter account, they have spoken on the issue. No specifics were given, but it seems as if they are still aiming for "soon" like everyone else:

"It [Mango] is coming soon. We do not have the exact date yet. Once available, you will receive notification on your phone."

Not a home run, but at least is something, right?

Thanks, Matthew W., for the tip!

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For those looking for a sweet deal, you may want to to take a look at Amazon Wireless. They're running their special sale again where upon purchase of certain phones, you can get a $50 Gift Card, good towards accessories or anything else.

Seeing as the Verizon HTC Trophy (review) is going for $0.01 (2 year new contract), if you throw in this gift card, you're actually making $50 which ain't half bad. Don't forget, you can also unofficially throw on the final version of Mango on this phone right now, making this a killer combo. Head here to Amazon Wireless for more info.

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Don't look now, but Verizon wants you to ditch your old "basic" cell phone and upgrade to a smartphone.  Between August 18 and September 30, customers who purchase new smartphones will be able to mail in their current phones to receive a $100 Verizon gift card three weeks later.  Current customers who are eligible for an upgrade can get the new devices at discounted prices, along with a new data plan and 2-year agreement, while those who are not may be able to extend their agreement for the deal.

After the purchase, users will receive a PIN for Verizon's trade-in site, which will walk them through sending in their old phone for the gift card. 

According to the source, information about the promotion pertained to Verizon's Western region.  It is not yet known whether or not other regions will be offering up the same deal.  Check out the leaked promo docs below.

Source: PhoneArena

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Tiered Verizon plans coming July 7?

There has been some hinting and speculating that Verizon would be moving to tiered data plans in the future, and now it looks as though the future is July 7.  DroidLife is reporting today that the new plans will range from $30-$80 and will be the same for both 3G and 4G data.  The good news is that anyone is currently under contract with Verizon will not be affected.

The structure of the new tiers is as follows:

  • * 2GB – $30/month
  • * 5GB – $50/month
  • * 10GB – $80/month

 Plans with tethering will also be affected:

  • * 4GB – $50/month
  • * 7GB – $70/month
  • * 12GB – $100/month

Any additional data will be billed at a rate of $10 per 1GB.

With a recent Nielsen report finding that data usage is on the rise across the board for nearly ever OS on every carrier, it's clear that carriers like Verizon would want to cash in.  However, that same study also showed that data is cheaper now than in previous years, so what's the motivation behind moving to tiered data plans?  Is Big Red trying to give customers the best bang for the buck by letting them choose their usage level, or is this a move to get them to reign in their consumption?  It will be interesting to see how smaller carriers react to this, either by following suit or by countering with the unlimited plan approach. 

Source: DroidLife; Via: Android Central

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Verizon HTC Trophy - Review

Verizon Customers may say, "It's about time" with regards to the release of the HTC Trophy but I think they will be very pleased with their first Windows Phone 7 device. The Trophy completes the Windows Phone coverage for the major U.S. Wireless Carriers and isn't a shabby addition to the Windows Phone line up.

We had the opportunity to get our hands on an HTC Trophy for a few days and the Windows Phone made a nice first impression. The phone felt good in the hand, had a nice design to it, and the 3.8" screen looked good. To see if our first impression was changed much after using the Trophy for a few days, make the jump past the break.

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Verizon Wireless Customers had to wait a while to get their first Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC Trophy. It finally hit shelves just a bit ago but was it worth the wait?  We've gotten our hands a review unit of the HTC Trophy and the first impressions are good.

The Trophy sports a 3.8" screen, 5mp camera, 16gb of storage, along with all the typical Windows Phone 7 specs.  Speaking of the screen, the Trophy's screen seems to have a little more pop to it. Maybe it's the red theme.

Compared to other HTC Windows Phones, the Trophy is most comparable to the HTC Surround. The Verizon Trophy is a touch shorter and thinner than the Surround but very close in weight.

The Trophy makes a nice first impression and we'll get a full review up on the site shortly to see if that impression lasts.

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Out for only a week and the $199.99 (-$50 mail in rebate) Verizon HTC Trophy is knocked down to the low, low $49. Throw in that $25 Amazon gift card and now you're talk just $24.

We're not one to tell you where you have to buy your phone at, but darn it all, that's a good price. On top of it, the reviews on Amazon have been pretty top notch with quite a few 5-star write ups from customers (we're reviewing our Verizon Trophy soon, if you want our opinion).

Anyways, head here for the deal and here for the $25 gift-card.

Thanks, AK, for the tip!

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If you managed to snag a new HTC Trophy on Verizon, you may at times feel a little underwhelmed by the 1300 mAh battery on board (most WP7 devices sport around 1500 mAh). If that's the case, remember to pick up an OEM extended battery via Verizon's accessories.

The extended battery is a plump 2150 mAh, which should work even for the biggest users out there. Of course, it does feature an extended "hump" door but it doesn't seem too large for those who need the juice. The big juicer goes for a fair $49.99 + tax.

It's nice to have options!

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Max R., for the tip!

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Curious about the Verizon Trophy's expansion card? Look no further. Disassembling the Trophy reveals a SanDisk Class 4, 16gb micro-SD card nestled beneath the phone's casing and foil protective wrapper.

This likely falls under the "nice thing to know" category and for those daring enough to disassemble their Trophy, you should be able to swap out the 16gb card for a larger capacity card of the same class. Just be cautioned that breaking down your Verizon Trophy is sure to void your warranty.

Source: wmpoweruser

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