Verizon Starts Cannibalizing 3G Airwaves for LTE 4G
Verizon Wireless has begun testing the use of LTE 4G on its PCS spectrum, airwaves it primarily uses to operate its CDMA-EVDO 3G network, in Manhattan. GigaOm confirmed with Verizon that the company has begun to steal capacity from its 3G network in favor of 4G, though it is doing so slowly and in limited scope. Verizon already announced plans to repurpose its 3G spectrum for 4G beginning next year, and this appears to mark the start of the transition. Verizon won't shut down either 2G or 3G entirely, at least not in the short term. Verizon still relies on its 2G network for its voice services. Moreover, some 41 million Verizon customers still use 2G/3G equipment. Verizon didn't say how fast it will convert its PCS spectrum to LTE, nor did it say which, if any, phones support LTE in the PCS band. According to FCC documents, however, the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus and Motorola Droid Turbo support Verizon's LTE in the 1900MHz band.
Motorola Debuts New Droid Zs with Swappable Back Modules
Jun 9, 2016
Motorola today announced two new smartphones, the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, both of which adopt a modular design that allows users to enhance them with attachable accessories. The phones are spiritual successors to last year's Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 handsets, but take on new design language in addition to support for the Moto Mods modules.
Hands On with the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon
Motorola's new Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon aims to entice power users with two-day battery life, a powerful camera, and fast performance on Verizon's LTE 4G network. Motorola claims the Turbo 2 is more or less unbreakable thanks to what it calls "shatter shield" technology.
Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Has 'Shatter Shield'
Oct 27, 2015
Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced the Droid Turbo 2, an Android smartphone that claims to be shatterproof. Motorola says its engineers and designers built a rugged handset from the inside out over the course of several years.
Moto Z Play Droid Does Moto Mods for Less
Aug 31, 2016
Motorola today announced the Z Play Droid, a more affordable Android smartphone that is compatible with the company's Moto Mods system of modular attachments. The Z Play Droid is almost indistinguishable from the Z Force Droid: it has a thick profile with a metal frame and glass front panel.