Each week, we share a collection of Verizon news and stories from your neighborhood that you may have missed in the past week. Here’s what’s new with Verizon in the Midwest from the week of July 25.
MICHIGAN, INDIANA & KENTUCKY REGION
“Review: Motorola Droid 3” – WISH-TV – Indianapolis, IN (July 28)
The Motorola Droid 3 from Verizon is the latest offering in the Droid family and builds upon the already impressive feature set of previous Droid phones. While the phone lacks 4G LTE capabilities, it is a great phone for those not as concerned about mobile speed, those who travel out of country, or those who are in areas that are not likely to see 4G LTE in the next couple of years.
“Verizon Wireless adds cell site in Pittsfield Township” – WWJ-AM – Detroit, MI (July 25)
Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Pittsfield Township that improves voice and data coverage along US-12 from US-23 to Saline. The company’s ongoing network investment in Michigan now totals more than $1.6 billion. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed — $5.7 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its network and to add new services.
ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN REGION
“Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Verizon Thursday” - Journal-Sentinel – Milwaukee, WI (July 26)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the first 4G LTE tablet from Verizon Wireless, goes on sale Thursday. The tablet weighs 1.25 pounds; features a 10.1-inch HD display, and it links up with Verizon’s next-gen network as well as Wi-Fi. It comes in “metallic gray” or “glossy white”; runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb); and supports Adobe Flash 10.3. Verizon Wireless says it is selling two models of the LTE tablet: $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model. But both require two-year mobile broadband contracts ranging from $30 monthly access for 2GB of data to $80 a month for 10GB of data.
“My adventures at San Diego Comic-Con” - Red Eye Chicago – Chicago, IL (July 26)
Special thanks goes out to Verizon Wireless for their loan of a Motorola Xoom and HTC ThunderBolt which I used to tweet and take pics during the event. I’ve gotten really attached to the Xoom and really, really enjoyed using the Verizon 4G network. Gonna hate to give ‘em back.
KANSAS & MISSOURI REGION
“Droid Charge Live on KFRU” – KFRU – Columbia, MO (July 29)
Announcements about the new Samsung Galaxy were shared with the “Media Friends” circle on Google+. It was also shared live with the media stream while on-air with KFRU radio in Columbia, using the mobile version of Google+ on a Droid Charge from Verizon Wireless.
“Verizon Communications swung second-quarter profit” – Post-Dispatch – St. Louis, MO (July 23)
Verizon Communications Inc. swung to a second-quarter profit and named a new chief executive. Earnings were $1.61 billion, or 57 cents a share, compared with a loss of $1.19 billion, or 42 cents, a year ago. Revenue rose 2.8 percent to $27.54 billion.
OHIO, WEST VIRGINIA & PENNSYLVANIA REGION
“Verizon 4G to hit southern Dayton Aug. 18” – Dayton Business Journal – Dayton, OH (July 26)
Verizon’s faster 4G network will be available in southern Dayton markets, including Middletown and Lebanon, on Aug. 18. Verizon Wireless’ faster 4G network will be available in southern Dayton markets Aug. 18. Verizon Wireless, a branch of Verizon Communications Inc., will expand its 4G Long Term Evolution network to the areas surrounding Cincinnati, reaching Hamilton, Eastgate, Lebanon and Middletown. The expansion will connect the entire Interstate 75 corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati to the 4G network. Verizon first introduced the 4G network to Cincinnati in 2010 and to Dayton in June, covering Springfield, Trotwood, Englewood, Centerville and Beavercreek.
“Hands on: Droid 3 for Verizon Wireless” – TechBurgh – Pittsburgh, PA (July 29)
The Droid 3 is the newest in the Motorola Droid Lineup. This is a candy bar style side slider that is 4.90 in x 2.50 in x 0.50 in. The phone weighs in at approx 6.5 oz. In the smart phone world this is a rather heavy phone but the weight is due in part to the phone being a slider. This is a 3G phone running a 1GHz dual-core processor running Android 2.3.4. The screen is 4in HD covered in that ever impressive and strong Gorilla Glass from Corning.
GREAT PLAINS REGION
“What to know about Verizon’s 4G network” – Omaha World-Herald – Omaha, NE (July 28)
Next month, the power switch on Verizon’s 4G network will be flipped on in the Midlands. On Aug. 18, Verizon, the largest cellular provider in Nebraska, will turn on its fourth-generation long term evolution — or 4G LTE — network, which will cover customers in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area as far west as Ashland on Interstate 80. With all the various talk of “4G” in recent years, including the different types of networks and speeds, here’s what consumers need to know about Verizon’s next generation network.
“Verizon opening 4G in Omaha and Ashland; Lincoln under construction” – Lincoln Journal Star – Lincoln, NE (July 26)
Verizon Wireless announced that it is bringing its 4G Long Term Evolution network to the Omaha area on Aug. 18, but it still isn’t saying when 4G will be available in Lincoln. Preparations for bringing the higher-speed, higher-capacity fourth generation of wireless service to Lincoln are under way, however, according to Karen Smith, regional spokeswoman for the company that has the biggest share of customers in Nebraska.