Verizon Launches Pantech Breakout 4G LTE

  • October 6, 2011
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Verizon Launches Pantech Breakout 4G LTE

Verizon has launched its latest 4G LTE phone, the Pantech Breakout. It’s a mid-range phone, and so far Verizon’s lowest cost smartphone that supports LTE. The device runs on a 1GHz processor, with 512MB of RAM, and features a 4 inches WVGA display. Under the hood, it runs Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, along with some Pantech modifications. This is Pantech’s second Android phone in the US.

At $99, it’s much cheaper than the alternatives from Verizon, like the Droid Bionic. Yet, it’s a solid device, with a well made exterior, featuring a rounded rugged design and all the typical hardware features you would expect from a modern smartphone. It has a front VGA camera for video conferencing, and a back 5MP camera, although it is missing a flash. As far as connectivity, it supports the highest speed LTE network from Verizon, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The bottom of the device has the four typical Android buttons, and the sides feature a dedicated volume control, camera button, and voice search function. It also uses a Micro-USB cable to connect the phone.

On the software side, it’s everything you would expect from an Android phone. The performance is quick and snappy, although CPU intensive apps might slow down due to the lack of a dual-core CPU. Pantech added their own skin on top of Android, which is the norm from many companies now, and the Breakout comes with some pre-installed software from Verizon. The screen is customized with custom widgets for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and data toggles, and the menu is filled with VCAST apps.

As far as performance goes, this smartphone is fast. You can get speeds up to 10Mbps up and 1.5Mbps down, the kind of performance you couldn’t get before from such an inexpensive phone. The battery seems fairly good as well, which may be due to the slightly smaller screen and single-core CPU. Compared with its bigger cousins, the Breakout will typically be just as good or even better when it comes to battery performance. As for the camera, it’s pretty typical of a 5MP phone-based camera, although the lack of a flash means poor night time shots.

Overall, there’s no questions that this device falls below some of the higher end Verizon devices. But at this price point, it’s probably your best bet right now, especially if you want an LTE phone. It’s clear this phone is aimed at mid-range users, people who want speed and function, but can forgo the latest technology to get a low price device. The quality is excellent, and the feature set is great for this price. The Pantech Breakout will cost you $99 on a two-year contract, and is available now.

Verizon Local Charging Me For Long Distance I’m Not Using! Fees Are Now Officially Out of Control

  • December 15, 2008
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If you’ve read my blog you know how much I hate fees. I found a new one from Verizon Local. I have a cell phone so of course I don’t need my home phone for long distance calls. I have the bare minimum local phone service. Verizon Local knows many customers use their cell phone for long distance and as a result have decided to charge their customers a $5.00 “Shortfall Charge” for the long distance we aren’t using. Can you believe this? I’m getting charged for a service that I’m not using? How greedy is Verizon to charge this fee? Next thing you know my local grocery store will be charging me for not shopping there.

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Finally a BETTER Alternative to Comcast It’s Verizon FIOS

  • August 27, 2008
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Finally!!! There’s a better (I emphasize better here) alternative to Comcast Cable. The largest cable and second biggest internet provider in the United States is Comcast. On July 30th 2008 Comcast stated in their quaterly earnings, “It earned $632 million, or 21 cents a share, compared with $588 million, or 19 cents a share, in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue rose to $8.55 billion from $7.71 billion in the second quarter of 2007 (http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/comcast-profit-rises-8-misses/story.aspx?guid={EE2ADE97-65BD-4E6B-911F-10D466F5A473}&dist=hpts).” So don’t feel sorry for Comcast when reading about the new competition coming from the Verizon’s Fiber Optic network. Yes, you heard right.. Verizon your local phone and mobile phone company has put a ton of money investing in their vast fiber optic network. Unlike other tecnologies the picture is better than regualr cable, the internet speeds are faster, and they throw in the phone line too, all at a lower price! 4 years ago Verizon began it’s mission to to run fiber optic cables along existing telephone lines past 19 million homes. The network is called FIOS and the total investment cost was a staggering $23 billion. I personally applaud Verizon for stepping up and taking a risk in a expensive technology of the future. The fiber optic system cost averages out at approximately $4,000 per customer. The cost is now down to $760 per household as this technology tends to become cheaper as time goes by. (http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Business/235398/). “Verizon told the New York Times that 20 percent of the homes where FiOS is available buy its video service and 24 percent buy its Internet service (http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/verizon-says-fios-bet-already-paying/2008-08-19).” For Internet, TV, and phone service the cost is only $130.00. The Internet is 5x faster than your current cable internet. With FIOS TV you get all digital cable TV plans starting at $47.99, first month free, free activation, free DVR for 12 months, free HBO and Cinemax for the first 30 days, and over 200 channels. Visit Verizon.com to see if FIOS is in your area.

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