Verizon’s Black Friday deals include 50% off Android phones

This Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year for some folks, and keeping tabs on Black Friday deals is the best way to compare and make a decision.

Verizon Wireless has just announced its own Black Friday promotions, with the big deal offering 50 percent off select Android flagship smartphones. To be eligible for the promo, you’ll need to sign up for an unlimited plan. Once you do, you’ll get a $378 promotional credit towards the purchase of a new phone.

That new phone can be the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. It should be noted that Verizon’s deal will be available online Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and will rollout into corporate stores on Friday.

Verizon is also offering $100 off specific Android devices that retail for $400 or more. Those include the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S7, LG’s G6 or V20, Motorola’s Moto Z Force, and Kyocera’s Dura Force Pro. This promo will be available between November 23 through November 26. You’ll need to sign up for an unlimited plan for this deal, too.

On November 25 and November 26, the deal will expand to offer the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, the Moto Z2 Force, and the ASUS  ZenFone AR.

Verizon is offering discounts on accessories if you’re so inclined, which includes the Google Home for just $79.99 and the Google Home Mini for $29.99.

Any of these Black Friday deals sound appealing to you?

Verizon launches Samsung Galaxy Tab E and ASUS ZenFone V Live

If you’re in the market for a new affordable Android device, Verizon has just welcomed a pair of additions that might be worth taking a look at.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab E features an 8-inch 1200×800 display, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 32GB of built-in storage. It does support a microSD card slot if you need to expand that storage. It also has 1.5GB of RAM, it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, and its battery measures in at 5000mAh.

The Tab E costs $0 down and $10.41 per month for 24 months. Another option is to buy it with a two-year contract at $149.99, or you can pay $249.99 full retail price.


Meanwhile, the ASUS ZenFone V Live features a 5-inch 720p HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. There is a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and a 3000mAh battery.

The ZenFone V Live has a full retail price of $168, but you can also get it for $0 down and $7 per month for 24 months.

Sources: Samsung Galaxy Tab E, ASUS ZenFone V Live

The ASUS ZenFone V Live and Samsung Galaxy Tab E 32 GB land at Verizon

Verizon is announcing two new devices just in time for the holidays. The ASUS ZenFone V Live and Samsung Galaxy Tab E 32 GB are now available through the carrier. 

ASUS ZenFone V

The ASUS ZenFone V Live is a Verizon Wireless exclusive. The device comes with a 5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, and 2 GB of RAM. There’s 16 GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD card, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a USB Type-C port. Though the ZenFone V Live is a budget device, it didn’t skimp on the high-end features. It has a full-metal body, curved 2.5D glass display, and a fingerprint reader. 

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The biggest selling point of the ASUS ZenFone V Live are the camera functions. The rear of the device houses a 12 MP main shooter and the front features a 5 MP camera. ASUS has included a feature its calling “Live Beautification” that can be utilized when streaming on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. The feature allows users to adjust and control facial features, complexion, and skin blemishes. The camera also features low-light, super resolution, children, depth-of-field, panorama, slow motion and time-lapse modes. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab E 32 GB

If you’re looking for a budget tablet this holiday season, Verizon is offering up the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 32 GB. The LTE-enabled tablet has a 5,000 mAh battery, 8-inch 1280 x 800 display, and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. As the name would imply, the tablet has 32 GB of storage that can be expanded by up to 256 GB via a microSD card.

Verizon is marketing the Samsung Galaxy Tab E as a great option for the entire family. The software has multi-user support so everyone can have their own individual experience. Parents can keep an eye on what their kids are up to and restrict access to apps and services they shouldn’t be accessing. 

The best thing about both of these devices is that neither will break the bank. The ASUS ZenFone V Live comes in at $168 or $7/month for 24 months. The Samsung Galaxy Tab E 32 GB comes in at $249.99 full price, $149 on a two-year contract, or $10.41/month for 24 months.

Verizon to offer 4K streaming for $10 more a month

Back in August, Verizon changed its unlimited plans and made it so that 720p HD streaming was as good as it gets for subscribers watching content on the go.

But, as reported by CNET, things are changing. Verizon is bringing back the ability to stream 4K content on mobile devices connected to its network, but you might’ve guessed, there’s a bit of a catch. If customers want to stream at the higher resolution, they will need to fork over $10 more per month.

The plan add-on will go live on November 3.

At the time that Verizon made its unlimited plan changes, it stated that there simply weren’t enough phones that supported watching 4K content. While that technically hasn’t changed, there are certainly plenty of phones out there that support streaming content at higher resolutions than 720p HD.

Paying $10 more per month to get the privilege of streaming higher resolutions than 720p HD is a bit hard to accept, but at least the option exists.

Will you be adding the ability to your Verizon plan?

Moto Z2 Force is getting an update to enable Gigabit LTE on Verizon

The new “next big thing” for carriers to crow about is going to be Gigabit LTE service. Verizon has already announced plans to launch it later this year, while T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have all announced or tested version as well. Gigabit LTE should bring unbelievably fast speeds, with download speeds reaching around 1 Gb/s and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. To get those kinds of speeds, Verizon will use four carrier aggregation and leverage both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. This technology is called Licensed Assisted Access or LAA.

Several phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, HTC U11, and Moto Z2 Force all feature the hardware to see these speeds. They all have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, but the Moto Z2 Force is the first of the bunch to get a software update to allow it to hit Gigabit speeds. And, as Verizon points out, these speeds far exceed what phones in the market today can hit.

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Verizon hasn’t said when exactly the new Gigabit LTE service will launch, but it did confirm that it will be this year. Based on the timing of this update and the lack of time left in the year, we’d say it’ll probably hit pretty soon. Back in August, Verizon confirmed that it was upgrading cell sites all over the country with new hardware that can push the Gigabit speed, but the Moto Z2 Force update notes state that the service won’t be available in all areas.

In addition to updating the phone to prepare for Gigabit speeds, the software update also patched the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability and adds an app called AppFlash that sounds a lot like bloatware. You can head over to the link below to check out all the details.