Verizon today has launched their own visual voicemail system for their LG Voyager phone.
As you’d expect, the service works similarly to the visual voicemail system available from AT&T on the iPhone–instead of having to call in to check your voicemail systems as you would now, the new visual voicemail system allows you to visually navigate through your voicemail boxes and its your messages using an on-screen user interface.
The service will add $3 per month to your plan and on 40 messages can be stored for up to 40 days. A nice thing that it has over the iPhone’s visual voicemail system is the ability to have up to 10 unique caller ID-based greetings.
For more info check out the product page here.
Sprint today announced their second quarter numbers and I’m not sure why but the numbers continue to surprise me.
In the second quarter Sprint lost roughly 901,000 subscribers and reported a net loss of $344 million.
Sprint chief Dan Hesse is quick to point out that they are seeing some “signs of progress from our efforts to improve the customer experience, rebuild the Sprint brand and increase profitability.”
Believe it or not it is true. In their first quarter Sprint lost 1 million subscribers and reported a loss of $505 million. Their churn rate dropped to just under 2 percent, the best the industry has seen since 2004.
After this loss of subscribers Sprint is left with 51.9 million total subscribers, which is not a bad number on its own but it does keep it well behind number two Verizon with 68.7 million and number one AT&T with 72.9 million.
According to Phone Arena, they’ve managed to get their hands on Verizon’s release schedule for phones they’ll be offering this year.
If this info is accurate, here’s what you can expect to see from them:
- CDMA versions of the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro will be coming, possibly under the Verizon name (no date mentioned)
- Motorola Blaze should be out before September 22nd under the model number ZN4 (the ZN indicates that it will be a multimedia phone)
- Motorola VU30 will appear before the Blaze, probably in mid August
- Nokia 2605 under the name Mirage should be out on August 8th.
- Nokia 7205 Intrigue (no date mentioned)
- Palm treo 800w (no date mentioned)
- Samsung SCH-U310 (no date mentioned)
- Samsung SCH-U430 in late August
- Samsung SCH-U440 on August 8th
- UTStarcom TXT8010 in August
Again, just a rumor for now. We’ll see if any of these pan out.
LG’s latest phone, the touchscreen Dare, will be available beginning tomorrow on Verizon online and on July 3rd in retail stores.
Features of the Dare include:
- 3G support
- 8GB of storage
- 3.2 megapixel camera with flash capable of 120 fps video for slow motion
- microSD slot
- Full HTML browser
- GPS function when using Verizon’s VZ Navigaor
It looks a bit like Apple’s iPhone but it’s actually a bit smaller. Is it the coolest phone Verizon offers? If not it’s got to be one of their coolest.
The Dare will set you back $200 after a $50 rebate and signing a new 2-year agreement.
Verizon has officially announced that they will be selling the Palm Centro smartphone tomorrow and thankfully the price is nowhere near what a story from yesterday thought it would be.
After signing a new 2-year contract and sending in a $70 mail-in rebate, the Centro will cost you $99.99.
Features of the handset will include:
- 320 x 320 touchscreen
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Palm OS 5.4.9 including one-touch access to key applications
- 64MB available user storage
- microSD slot with support up to 4GB
- Bluetooth 1.2
- 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom
- Google Maps application
For more info check out the press release here.
Verizon subscribers eager to get their hands on Palm’s Centro smartphone should be able to get their fix this Friday.
Assuming the specs will be more or less the same as the Centro models sold by Sprint and AT&T, the specs will include:
- 320×320 touchscreen display
- Palm OS by ACCESS 5.4.9
- 64MB available user storage
- microSD card support (up to 4GB)
- Up to 3.5 – 4 hours talk time, 300 hours standby
The price is expected to be
$269.99 $99.99 with a 2-year contract. Wasn’t the Centro supposed to be the cheap smartphone that removed the price barrier for students, budding young executives, etc. from getting a smartphone? I can’t imagine paying that much for a Centro but if you’re tied to Verizon and Palm apps I suppose you could justify it.
UPDATED: Thankfully the originally posted price of $269.99 was wrong! The real price will be $99.99 after signing a 2-year contract and sending in a $70 mail-in rebate.
Boy Genius Report managed to get their hands on a product photo of RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Thunder, the companies first touchscreen phone.
Looks like the device is heading to Verizon and has just four buttons on the face but not much is known for sure. It’s rumored that the Thunder will be a hybrid CDMA/GSM phone that will be able to use both Ultra Mobile Broadband for EVDO networks as well as HSPA.
According to a story at CNBC, US wireless carrier Verizon is “in deep talks to acquire Alltel” for around $27 billion according to sources close to the deal.
If that figure sounds familiar in regards to Alltel you’re right–last May TPG and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners announced a $27.5 billion deal to take Alltel private, that deal closed in November, 2007.
No comment from either company at the moment.
The Bold will be hitting AT&T in July for $300, and then in September will be coming to T-Mobile for $350 and Verizon and Sprint for $300.
Not really sure at this point why it will cost more on T-Mobile than on the other three US carriers.
RIM has been hard at work on their first touchscreen phone, the BackBerry Thunder (sometimes called the 9500, other times the Storm).
The Thunder will be coming to Verizon first and support GSM HSPA, but not much more is known about the phone at this point.
It will be interesting to see what BlackBerry’s corporate users will think of the Thunder since it’s not a slider, it just doesn’t have a keyboard.
Will the Thunder be able to pull some iPhone users away from AT&T? I doubt it but anything is possible.
Something interesting about Verizon’s exclusivity is that if Verizon doesn’t meet a quota the Thunder will make its way to other carriers.
The Thunder is still a ways off so don’t expect to see pricing soon but hopefully we’ll get a few more details over the next few months.
UPDATE: Looks like there’s some discrepancy with the name. Apparently it’s called the Storm , not the Thunder. Check out this post for more info.