Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 picture leaked

Verizon’s variant of the Nokia Lumia 920 which has yet to be announced has just showed up earlier today in the form of PR image. The Nokia Lumia 928 seems to sport a polycarbonate body similar to the 920 and not an aluminum one like some of the rumors where claiming. The back features the same 8.7Mp PureView camera but this time coupled with a single LED flash for the Auto-Focus Assist and a Xenon Flash right next to it.

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Verizon’s Nokia Lumia 920 hits the FCC

Verizon should finally be getting it’s own variant of the Nokia Lumia 920 later this year although it’s not known if the handset’s overall design will be identical to its WCDMA/GSM cousin. Not much else is know besides its RM-860 product name which positively puts it in the CDMA part of the family given that the China Telecom version is the RM-867. The Label/ID shot you see above unfortunately hints at a more boxy hardware design compared to the original 920. More info of this particular handset alongside the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 should be revealed next week during MWC.

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Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV Odyssey for Verizon announced

Verizon just followed Sprint today with the announcement of a new mid-range Windows Phone 8 from Samsung. The Samsung ATIV Odyssey appears to be nearly identical to the Nokia Lumia 822 (it has the same SoC, same WVGA S-AMOLED panel, Micro-SD expansion slot etc..) so if you are still found of the 1st generation Samsung Focus design this one might be for you. The ATIV Odyssey will be Verizon’s third WP8 offering next to the HTC Windows Phone 8X & Nokia Lumia 822 and should be released in the coming weeks. This will also be Samsung’s first WP8 handset in the US (the ATIV S isn’t available on any carrier and can only be bought unlocked).

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Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to carry Windows Phone 8 devices this fall

The three major US carriers have pledged support for Microsoft’s recently unveiled Windows Phone 8 platform and announced that they will carry Apollo based devices by the end of the year. An AT&T spokesperson had the following to say:

“AT&T plans to carry a new line of Windows Phone 8 smartphones launching later this year. The unmatched leader in Windows Phone – offering the very first 4G LTE Windows Phone smartphones in the U.S. – AT&T is home to the most robust Windows Phone portfolio of any carrier.”

Verizon will also finally get off its lazy butt:

“We have said publicly that we will support the Windows Phone 8 platform,”

While T-Mobile issued an official blog post on the matter:

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Verizon: No Windows Phones unless it supports LTE

Waiting for Verizon to finally offer a Mango handset this year ? Don’t waist your time because the company’s chief market officer, Marni Walden, has officially stated that the carrier won’t push Microsoft’s mobile OS unless the devices support LTE (the HTC Trophy is still on sale though).

“We’ve communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us,” she said. “We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them.”

It doesn’t get lamer than that, right? The latest rumor is that Nokia is preparing an LTE version of the Lumia 800 for AT&T so it’s safe to assume that this one would also be carried by Verizon too but then again this is nothing more than a rumor. Keep in mind that to support LTE a 2nd generation Windows Phone 7 device will have to feature a Qualcomm MDM9600 multi-modem alongside it’s MSM8655 SoC.

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Verizon Windows Phone Mango roll out also starting on September 27th?

Take this one with a grain of salt because according to a Verizon chat-room rep the WCDMA HTC Trophy Mango update will be pushed on the same day as AT&T; September 27th. Once again you should take this with some caution knowing that support folks usually don’t know much about theses kinds of stuff. In either cases you can already update your HTC 7 Trophy if you are in Europe or in the US on Verizon by flashing with the final Firmware which has leaked a few days ago (edit: nope, looks like Verizon’s final firmware is newer than the one that leaked!).

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Verizon HTC Trophy now available for a penny

If you are in the market for for a Verizon HTC Trophy then just head over to Amazon who’s now selling it for only $0.01 similar to the Samsung Focus and Sprint HTC Arrive. Buying a Windows Phone 7 device from Amazon before June 30 will also net you a $25 Amazon Gift card. Just hit the banners below to check out the offers:

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Verizon HTC Trophy and Xperia Play available for order

The Verizon HTC trophy is now finally available for order on the company’s website alongside the Xperia Play. The HTC Trophy costs $149.99 with a 2 year contract and a free Xbox 360 game (Halo Reach, Kinect Sports or Lode Runner) while the Xperia Play is priced at $199.99 with a 2 year contract and is pre-loadeded with 6 PlayStation certified games: Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Madden NFL 11 from EA, and Crash Bandicoot (hands on video here).

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Verizon HTC Trophy launching on May 26th for $149.99

Verizon has finally put an end to all the silly rumors about their HTC Trophy. It’s now officially announced and launching on May 26th for $149.99 with a 2 year-contract after a mail-in rebate. The Verizon HTC Trophy will pack 16Gb of storage memory instead of 8gb in the original version. Full press release after the break:

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Verizon HTC Trophy Xbox Live gamers pics and Theme pack for Xbox Live released

It should be fairly obvious by now that the Verizon HTC Trophy is just about to launch given all the recent info released and leaked. The latest is the release of the “Verizon HTC Trophy” Gamer pics and theme pack for Xbox Live. With the upcoming Mango event on May 24 one would logically assume that Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 device launch will take place either before on on the same day.

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Verizon HTC Trophy dummy spotted at Best Buy

The launch of the Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 handset can only be imminent now that dummy HTC 7 Trophy phones have been spotted in retail shops (Best Buy). The CDMA Trophy recently appeared on Verizon’s website but the company has yet to officially announce its availability even though every carrier in the world already offers at least one WP7 handset. Remember that Verizon is the biggest android carrier in the US and has just started to sell the iPhone 4 so don’t expect to see them heavily promote this device.

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HTC Trophy now officially listed on Verizon’s website

Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 handset, the HTC Trophy is now officially listed on the carrier’s website with a coming soon date. It has long been known that the big red company was planning on first selling this handset early this year but we have yet to hear about an official launch date. The fact that is is now included in the online catalog is obviously a sign that it finally going to be available in the coming weeks.

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Verizon HTC 7 Trophy not coming out until May ?

Verizon’s HTC 7 Trophy is apparently still ways off according to the Microsoft employee offer that first surfaced last year the device won’t be available until May 5th (that’s not a public release date though). The previous date was April 7th and prior to date I remember somebody coming up with a February 28th public announcement date (we all know how this one turned out…). Let’s just say that if you are a Verizon user eagerly waiting for a Windows Phone 7 it is now probably time to look at other carriers offering or just get yourself an Android or iPhone 4 handset. The big red company doesn’t seem that interested in Windows Phone 7 at all even though testing has been going on for a while

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HTC Thunderbolt finally launching on March 17th

Verizon’s first LTE handset may finally be launching on March 17th according to online retailers and internal documents. Originally scheduled to hit retail last month, the HTC Thunderbolt, which is essentially an HTC Desire HD with an added Qualcomm MDM9600 LTE radio, was apparently suffering from bad battery life because of when used in LTE mode and awaited a new software fix (radio rom I guess) from Qualcomm before being unleashed to the world.

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Verizon HTC 7 Trophy snapped in the wild

What you are seeing above is first live picture of Verizon’s HTC 7 Trophy which is most probably going to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks. It has been known for a while that this new Quad-Band CDMA handset was going to be the Windows Phone 7 device that the big red company was going to launch but as of yesterday nobody had seen it publicly. Verizon has been extensively testing it prior to the OS’s launch in October and also had a couple of its branded applications appear in the Marketplace more than two months ago.

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HTC Incredible S Preview: hardware specifications and hands on video

It has been well publicized that HTC’s Mobile World Congress announcements have been somewhat underwhelming in terms of hardware compared to the competition. You can read my thoughts about this in my HTC Flyer preview post and also here were I discussed the Windows Phone 7 hardware needs. Let’s start with HTC Incredible S which the spiritual successor of the original HTC Incredible released on Verizon last year. Check out the full specifications after the break:

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CDMA Windows Phone 7 phones coming out in March?


As you have probably already heard, Microsoft has outlined its Windows Phone 7 update roadmap today during MWC and announced that the forthcoming NoDo update, now scheduled to be pushed out in early March, will also include support for CDMA handset. It is now safe to assume that Verizon and Sprint will finally release their Windows Phone handsets in the weeks following the update’s release.

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Motorola Xoom Super Bowl TV commercial

Here’s pretty nice Motorola Xoom commercial that aired during last nights Super Bowl and was teased last week on YouTube. You catch a glimpse of the device in simulated action (I say simulated because what you see on the fake device’s screen was composited in post) but I would highly suggest to check out the hour long Android 3.0 presentation video to really see the Xoom in all it’s glory. Video after the break:

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HTC Thunderbolt to have simultaneous voice and data over 3G

As previously rumored, the HTC Thunderbolt will apparently support simultaneous voice and data over 3G thanks to it’s MDM9600 multi-modem radio. Nothing is 100% official yet but according to the picture above the feature is going to be fully supported or advertised by Verizon and is more of a proof of concept for now.

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