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Must-Have Apps Actor Lance Gross Can’t Live Without #VZWBuzz

June 30th, 2014 by Christen

Verizon Lance Gross

Whether he’s working on the set of NBC’s “Crisis,” or starring in big screen dramas like “Temptation,” Lance Gross is quite busy these days. We recently caught up with the Verizon Potential of Us influencer, and he told us the top five apps he can’t live without:

  • Instagram — In this business, I meet a lot of great people and travel to beautiful places. I love posting pictures of the people I’ve met and places I’ve visited along the way.


  • iTunes — I don’t know where I’d be without my music. iTunes gives me easy access to my favorite songs at all times. There’s nothing like sitting back and listening to some tunes after a long day.


  • Vine — I love to watch videos on Vine. It’s amazing what people can do in six seconds.


  • Flight Tracking App — I’m always traveling, so having flight information in the palm of my hand is convenient. This flight tracking app allows me to manage my trips, check flight statuses and choose travel preferences.


  • Photo Editor — I’m an avid photographer. With tools that allow me to fix red eyes or add effects to my photos, this app is a one-stop shop for picture editing.


What are some of your favorite must-have apps?  Share your favorites in the comments below.



10 Ways To Get A Fill Of BuzzFeed HQ With Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz

March 26th, 2014 by Christen

Last week, I got a chance to go behind the closed doors of the widely popular online powerhouse in New York.  From chatting about those entertaining BuzzFeed quizzes to discovering the latest in Verizon Wireless offerings – we covered it all on a fun office Friday. During the experience, Verizon Wireless lifestyle bloggers were treated to valuable blogging insights and online journalism tips from BuzzFeed staff, plus a variety of product introductory sessions from Samsung, LG and the NFL.

Check out some of the fun #VZWBuzz moments from last week’s event below…


10.  Welcome To  Don’t forget to grab a sombrero and do the Macarena in the spacious lobby. 


9.  The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is light, effective and the multitasking feature makes it easy to switch between taking a BuzzFeed quiz & effectively taking notes during a presentation.


8.  Just in case you can’t get enough of BuzzFeed online, the office has these “CUTE” stickers for you and your friends! #WIN


7.  If you’re a super fan of Netflix and YouTube, then you need chromecast in your life. Check out these super cool computer to tv hacks here.


6.  The great thing about being in an online environment, is that everyone is always blogging, tweeting or sharing…ALL. THE. TIME.


5.  In case you’re an art lover, Jayson Musson’s Coogi Sweater paintings found in the BuzzFeed office will give you life (and bring Notorious B.I.G lyrics flowing profusely.)


4.  The Verizon product specialists brought the latest GoPro, which had everyone salivating over the new camcorder specs. [I want one so bad!]


3.  Because every online publishing office needs a visual list of their favorite posts.  [I may have to recreate this idea soon…”Heeeeeey Ryan Gosling!”]


2.  I said “Heeeeeey, Ryan Gosling!”


1.  Lastly, the Logitech Harmony Smart Control, puts the power of your remote control in the palm of your iPhone controlled hand!  The VZWBuzz team, got a chance to check out this super cool gadget that transforms your smartphone into a tv remote control!


Three Ways To Better Shopping With Isis Mobile Wallet #VZWBuzz

December 6th, 2013 by Christen

shopping with isis

It’s no denying that holiday shopping season can be mentally and financially exhausting.  With so many ways to shop these days, wouldn’t you like to make the most of your shopping time & efforts?  Shopping with Isis could make a huge difference in your next shopping trip.  Isis Mobile Wallet  (with Verizon Wireless) is making serious strides as the go-to digital wallet for consumers.  Like Google Wallet, Isis uses a technology called near-field communication, or NFC, which enables customers to wave their phone at special cash registers to pay for anything including quick bite to eat or cab ride across town.  Isis isn’t just a digital wallet either, it can also improve your shopping experience with freebies, discounts and these three shopping benefits…


1.  Safe & Secure transactions – Wondering how the Isis Mobile Wallet protects your payment information?  Your payment credentials are stored in a chip called the Secure Element contained within your smartphone. The Secure Element is isolated from your phone’s main operating system and hardware allowing access only to Isis Mobile Wallet, to initiate transactions. Plus, the Isis Mobile Wallet must be accessed by a user-selected PIN, which is another layer of protection for all of your transactions.

2.  Loyalty Cards – Loyalty cards within the Isis Mobile Wallet are digital versions of your existing merchant loyalty cards. You can load loyalty cards for any participating merchant listed in the app directory. Then you can present these cards when you make a purchase for redeemable discounts and coupons as usual.  Get rid of those annoying loyalty key fobs, with Isis – everything is conveniently located in all in one place.

3.  Convenient (Tap), Pay and Go – With SmartTap, you can make a payment, present your loyalty card or redeem an offer by tapping the payment terminal with your Smartphone. Look for the Isis SmartTap symbol on or around the payment terminal to see if this feature is available. When you use SmartTap, loyalty cards are automatically recognized. However, offers have to be manually selected by you first before they can be redeemed through SmartTap.

shopping with isis


To make shopping easier & even more rewarding, Isis Mobile Wallet customers can use My Coke Rewards and Isis to get three free drinks at select vending machines, while Jamba Juice is giving away 1 million free smoothies to Isis users. Purchases made from an American Express Serve account through the Isis wallet are eligible for a 20 percent discount (up to $200).  For more on Isis Mobile Wallet and to discover if your smartphone is eligible visit today.


Disclosure:  Please note that I often tweet using #VZWBuzz – VZWBuzz tweets include a 24/7 conversation and a Friday mobile lifestyle Twitter chat with an emphasis on providing information and education about devices, apps and tools useful to consumers. While the hash tag is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the opinions I express tagged #VZWBuzz are my own.

The Motorola Droid Mini Packs A Photogenic Punch In A Compact Design

November 4th, 2013 by Christen

Motorola Droid Mini

It’s always great to find a device that can deliver great quality across multiple levels like the Motorola Droid Mini. Recently, I got the chance to check out the device and how its use could fit within my busy life seamlessly. All month long, I’ve been patiently waiting for the arrival of my favorite season of the year, Autumn.  Although, I’m not particularly a fan of the cooler temperatures – I have become a fan of the beautiful array of Fall colors that touch from high in the sky, to the sidewalks below.  What better time than now to grab my Motorola Droid Mini and get some neighborhood snapshots of mother nature in action.

Did You Know:   Motorola’s Quick Launch camera trick allows you to wiggle the phone to launch the camera for shutter use in an instant!

Motorola Droid Mini captured photo

A sunset over the NYC neighborhood cityscape…


Droid Mini embodies all the great features you’d expect from a Droid smartphone in a compact design. Ultra thin and lightweight, Droid Mini is easy to hold and carry yet solidly built to handle life’s bumps, scrapes and spills.  The 10-megapixel camera uses Motorola’s new, very simple camera interface with few options. There’s HDR, slow-motion video and a flash option that makes snapping photos in any environment a breeze.

Motorola Droid Mini captured photo

A day of checkers in the park anyone?


Use Droid Mini’s entire screen as a viewfinder with no icons getting in your way. Intuitive gestures let you push to zoom; tap anywhere on the screen to take a shot or tap and hold to continuously shoot. Taking, reviewing and managing your media is fast and easy.

The photo quality for the price point is pretty attractive too!  At only $49 with Verizon 2-year contract, the Motorola Droid Mini is a great supplemental device for that’ll keep your eyes and wallet happy all season long.  For more on the Motorola Droid Mini and Verizon Wireless visit the all new hub

Disclosure:  Please note that I often tweet using #VZWBuzz – VZWBuzz tweets include a 24/7 conversation and a Friday mobile lifestyle Twitter chat with an emphasis on providing information and education about devices, apps and tools useful to consumers. While the hash tag is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the opinions I express tagged #VZWBuzz are my own.

Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound Makes It’s Way To L.A.

October 16th, 2013 by Christen


Celebrating music and creating a lasting impact on churches and communities across the country,  Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound is back for a 6th year and looking for the best church, collegiate and community choirs to participate in this year’s celebration.  Verizon Wireless has welcomed enthusiastic gospel fans to experience the best gospel choirs with the How Sweet The Sound tour across  America.  From New Orleans, Dallas, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles – choirs from across the nation performed for thousands spreading the message of good news and hope.


How Sweet The Sound

(L to R) Pastor Hezikiah Walker, Tamala Mann, Yolanda Adams, VaShawn Mitchell, Donald Lawrence & Pastor Donnie McClurkin.


“Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound is a truly amazing celebration of gospel music! It’s not only touched my life, but the lives of each and every choir that graces the stage.” -Donald Lawrence


How Sweet the Sound, a Verizon experience, is a nationwide search for the best gospel choir in America. Recently during the New York stop at Radio City Music Hall, we got the chance to talk with How Sweet The Sound hosts Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, judges Hezikiah Walker, Tamala Mann, VaShawn Mitchell and special guest Pastor Donnie McClurkin.





After months of inspiring gospel choir performances, it all comes down to November 2nd in Los Angeles, California.  Join Verizon for an unforgettable night of praise, worship and gospel music at the How Sweet The Sound Finale, Saturday, November 2nd at the Nokia Theatre LA Live.  For more information and a full list of regional winners visit



 photos via Verizon Wireless

LG’s Latest Smartphone the LG G2 Now on Verizon Wireless

September 16th, 2013 by Analie

The highly anticipated LG G2 is now available on Verizon Wireless. Last month LG announced the LG G2 and we had a great first impression of it. The phone is unique in which the home button is located on the back side, that’s right, the back side of the phone. The volume rocker surround the home button. LG thinks that the phone will feel more natural that way. The LG G2 is now available on Verizon Wireless!

When playing around with the LG G2, I was surprised at how comfortable the phone felt, even when using the home button at the unusual place. But that was only for a few minutes. I will see how it is on a day to day basis when we get our review unit in.
Check out our first impressions of the LG G2 HERE
In the mean time you can order your LG G2 from Verizon Wireless HERE


LG G2 Now on Verizon Wireless Rear Home Button - VZW #VZWBuzz

LG G2 on Verizon Wireless Pricing:

$199.99 with 2 Year Contract
$0 down and $24.99 / month with Verizon Edge
$599.99 on a month to month Verizon Wireless plan


LG G2 Smartphone Verizon Wireless - VZW LG G2 Now on Verizon Wireless Rear Home Button - VZW


Check out the LG G2 Specs:


Display: 5.2 inch (1920 x 1080 resolution)

Processor / RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26 Ghz Processor / 2 GB RAM

Memory: 16 GB  or 32 GB – NO MicroSD Expansion Slot

Cameras: 13 Megapixel Camera / 2.1 megapixel front facing camera

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 / Wi-Fi a/b/g/n / NFC / GPS /

Battery: 3,000 mAh (embedded) battery

OS: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2


In case you are not on Verizon, the LG G2 is also coming out for Sprint and T-Mobile. You can get it for Sprint on October 11. If you do pre-order it from Sprint, they will throw in a QuickView case (valued at $49.99).

Find out more about the LG G2 from Sprint HERE 



As for T-Mobile, they will be getting the LG G2 next week on September 18th.

You can preorder the LG G2 for T-Mobile HERE.
Price: $99 down with payments of 21/ month for 24 months or a full payment of $603.99.


If you don’t want to wait, Verizon is definitely the way to go!

What do you think about the LG G2 so far? 


When Can You Get Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear (Watch)?

September 6th, 2013 by Analie

So there’s a lot going on with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear (smartwatch). Here we have pricing and availability for all carriers. In case you’ve forgotten, here are the specs for the Galaxy Note 3 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs

Display: 5.7-inch AMOLED 1,920×1,080 resolution; 386.5ppi
Cameras: 13 megapixel rear-facing camera / 2.1 front facing camera
Processor / RAM: 2.3GHz quad-core (LTE) / 1.9 GHz octa-core (3G) / 3GB RAM
Memory: 32 GB or 64 GB with MicroSD expansion slot
Battery: 3,200 mAh removable battery
Connectivity Options: bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / IR Blaster
Android OS: 4.3 Jelly Bean

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch Smartwatch Order From Verizon VZW

Samsung Galaxy Gear (watch) Specs

Display: 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display at 320×320 resolutionCamera: 1.9 megapixel
RAM: 512 MB
Battery: 315 mAh Battery
Audio: 2 microphones / 1 speaker
Available Apps: Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, eBay, Line, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper, TripIt and Vivino
Features: Smart Relay, S Voice, Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, TimerYou can check out our first impressions HERE

AT&T – Availability on October 1st

AT&T is starting of first with availability on Tuesday October 1st. You can pre-order your device today! The device will ship out on October 1st.

Pre-Order Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from AT&T HERE

Pricing on AT&T
Without Contract: $724.99
With 2 – Year Contract: $299.99
With 1 – Year Contract: $549.99


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch Smartwatch Order From Smart cover

Verizon – Availability on October 10th

Verizon is offering a bundle package of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear.

Pre-Order Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from VERIZON HERE

Pricing on Verizon Wireless:
Without Contract: $999.98
With 2 – Year Contract: $599.98


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy Gear


T-Mobile – Availability on October 2nd

T-Mobile is offering a bundle package of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear.

Pre-Order Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from T-MOBILE HERE

Pricing on T-Mobile for Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Down Payment: $199.99 with payments of $21 for 24 months

Pricing on T-Mobile for Samsung Galaxy Gear (watch) : $299.99

You can sign up for pre-order date alerts HERE. T-Mobile is offering a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and companion Galaxy Gear for those who sign up before September 15th.


We haven’t heard anything from Sprint officially, but they did confirm they will be carrying the devices.

You can also sign up for updates directly through Samsung HERE


Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013

August 16th, 2013 by Analie

So  many carriers, so many phone options, so many release dates, and of course; so little time. Here are some of the carrier/phone/dates roundups for you.

Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013


Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013 - Verizon Wireless HTC One

HTC One Finally at Verizon Wireless:

We’ve been speculating the release of the HTC One Android smartphone on Verizon Wireless. The HTC flagship is set to arrive to the carrier on August 22nd. According to Verizon’s twitter account. The HTC One for Verizon comes in one storage size, 32 GB, for $199.99.

Check out our review of the HTC One on Sprint HERE

Sign up for the HTC One on Verizon HERE

Motorola Moto X on AT&T

Motorola’s latest Android phone, the Moto X will be available for AT&T next week on Friday, August 23rd. You can design/create your own Moto X online. To see more Moto X features in action, check out this video.

Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013 - AT&T ATT Motorola Moto X

AT&T will offer the 16 GB Moto X for $199.99 and the 32 GB Moto X for $249.99 with a two-year agreement.  With AT&T Next, the 16 GB model is available for $27 per month and the 32 GB model is $32 per month.

Starting August 19, AT&T will offer a few lucky customers who registered*** at an opportunity to design and receive their Moto X before the general public.


Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013 - Samsung Galaxy S 4 S4 - Purple Mirage - Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Comes in Different Colors for Different Carriers

Your phone is your most seen accessory. Now you can get it in other colors depending on your carrier:
Sprint is carrying one of the most popular phones in purple, Purple Mirage to be exact.
AT&T is sticking to their signature exclusive red shade and

Verizon Wireless has it in a cute brown shade.

Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 HERE






Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013 - Samsung ATIV S Neo - Sprint

Samsung ATIV Neo For Sprint


Samsung ATIV S Neo, the second Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Sprint goes on sale on August 16th for $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card.


The first Windows Phone 8 device from Sprint with international roaming capabilities, ATIV S Neo is the perfect balance of productivity and fun with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 16GB memory, 1GB of RAM, microSD™ memory card slot supporting up to 64GB (microSD card sold separately) and removable 2,000mAh lithium-ion battery for up to 14 hours talk time. Live Tiles provide the information you want at a glance, delivering the most personal smartphone experience possible.



Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013 - Kyocera Kona

Kyocera Kona for Sprint

For those who need a more practical phone, or for someone who is visually impaired; Sprint launched the Kyocera Kona today. The simplistic phone offers the basic features right at your fingertips.



  • Text-to-speech read-out for menus, text messaging, notifications, and more
  • High-contrast and inverted-contrast user interface to accommodate a variety of vision ranges
  • Dedicated ICE and 911 shortcuts
  • Variable-speed speech reads the text back to the user
  • Large, tactile keypad with visual separation for faster, easier typing
  • Normal or large-font option for menus
  • TTY/TDD support for the hearing impaired and hearing aid compatibility
  • Hearing aid compatibility (HAC): Rating M4/T4



Carrier and Smartphone Roundups For Mid August 2013 - t-Mobile TMobile LG Optimus F3

LG Optimus F3 Available At T-Mobile

You can get this mid-range Android phone for $0 down and $20 a month for 24 months (Total of $240).

• The 4” vivid IPS display allows you to enjoy accurate colors, sharp text, and crisp images
• Express and share more with advanced camera and video features
• Quick Memo to take and share notes from any screen

Get Your LG Optimus F3 for Tmobile HERE!

First Impressions: Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone From Verizon Wireless

August 12th, 2013 by Christen

Upon opening the FedEx shipping box and discovering the Nokia Lumia 928 by Verizon Wireless I admit, I was skeptical.  After all, when a smartphone comes out the box boasting to “reinvent the way you do business” it has to come correct, or not t all.  After years of testing out the latest in iOS, Android and Windows smartphones, I’ve come to learn that no matter the technological advances or “coolness” factor – ultimately we all want a smartphone with the right combination of apps and specs as unique as we are that benefit our everyday lives.  No matter what device I’m currently using, there’s typically a heirachy of “standard must haves” that each of my smartphone need in order to compliment my lifestyle.

1.  Does it “look” & “feel” good in my hand?  

2.  Is the camera quality good enough for sharable photos via social media & online publishing?

3.  Can I download Instagram, WordPress, Twitter & Facebook with ease?

After spending the weekend with my new device, I’ve compiled my first impression observations on Verizon’s flagship Windows phone.  If you’ve ever thought about getting a Windows 8 device – check out my initial reaction to the device below (AND… as a bonus Verizon Wireless is offering the Lumia 928 for free with 2-year service contract.)


Upon unboxing the Nokia Lumia 928, I couldnt help but notice the sleek design and ultra bright white color (a Verizon Wireless exclusive). Ive never been a fan of smartphone devices in white – mainly because my fear of makeup stains, visible scratches and other easy to spot blemishes that often steer stylish girls clear of the easy to stain color. However, the Gorilla Glass 2 touchscreen is virtually stain resistant, resulting in the color concentration to the backside of the phone. The size and weight of the Nokia Lumia 928 is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S4 but with an solid weight of  160 grams it feels slightly more stable, secure & slip proof in the palm of my hand. (I fumbled & dropped my S4 plenty of times, actually more than any other smartphone ive ever owned before. So i can definitely tell a huge difference when holding the Lumia 928 in my hand.)

Nokia Lumia 928

Gorilla Glass 2 makes the Nokia Lumia 928 tough and does not easily “crack” under pressure.

Nokia Lumia 928

The rear of the Nokia Lumia 928 is impervious to stains found on other white smartphone devices.



I’ve known about the camera quality for some time now, but to see it in real-time action is a totally different experience.   The 8.7 MP PureView camera rear sensor produces luminous 3264 x 2448 pixel photos while the front facing camera is at an impressive 1280 x 960 pixels. It offers a variety of cinematic features too – perfect for photography geeks of novice users alike.  The video and audio quality was beyond my expectations for what a smartphone camera can do.  The crisp imaging & audio sound doesn’t just capture the content – it allows you to re-experience the moment with unimaginable clarity as if it was your first time.

“Sunny Selfies” in Long Beach with Ty of


Can you count the shades of blue, white, yellow, brown and black found in this picture? The Nokia Lumia 928 captures them all!

VIDEO TEST:  While out and about Sunday afternoon, I captured some video images and to my surprise the audio quality did not sound distorted, muffled or unrecognizable at all.  Check it out below.



When it comes to an easy to use smartphone – Windows has the competition beat.  Hands down.  That’s one thing that I’ve always loved about the Windows phone, the user interface is simple, easy to use and allow you to pin all of your most used apps to the home/start screen.  However, with a limited apps library, Windows probably won’t become a leader in application options anytime time soon.  I was able to download my favorite apps with ease, all with the exception of Instagram (However there are other options available that helped me with my quick pic Instagram fix almost immediately.)

Nokia Lumia 928

You can find “most” apps available in the Windows store – and even those you can’t find, you can typically find a comparable third party app to fill in it’s place.


Nokia Lumia 928

This isn’t Instagram app, it’s the Instance app. It allows you to share photos using the Instagram platform.


After two days with the Nokia Lumia 928 device, I’m learning more about the apps, HERE maps, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio apps and more daily.  It’s definitely a different user experience unlike any iOS, Android or Windows device I’ve ever used before – but I’m sure that I’ll learn to love this phone as lightening fast as the Verizon LTE network that it’s on!  Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more of my initial findings on the Nokia Lumia 928 device soon!  For more about the Nokia Lumia 928 Windows phone and how you can score your own for free visit


Disclosure:  I’ve been provided the Nokia Lumia 928 Windows phone by Verizon Wireless for review, all experiences and opinions expressed are my own.  Please note that I often tweet using #VZWBuzz – VZWBuzz tweets include a 24/7 conversation and a Friday mobile lifestyle Twitter chat with an emphasis on providing information and education about devices, apps and tools useful to consumers. While the hash tag is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the opinions I express tagged #VZWBuzz are my own.

Is The HTC One For Verizon Now Delayed? Blame the Moto X?

August 1st, 2013 by Rod

Verizon Wireless - Gets HTC One  Picture - Divas and Dorks [Credit: Slashgear]

I hope you weren’t holding your breath for the HTC One for Verizon.  Word on the street is that is just got pushed back two weeks to August 15th.  According to a document received from Droid-Life, you will have to wait a bit more for HTC’s flagship Android device.

HTC One for Verizon Delay - Divas (2)

Why is the HTC One for Verizon Delayed?

It was originally pegged for an August 1st launch date but with the Moto X launch kicking off that day, they decided to give each device their own time to shine.  Either that, or carrier testing got in the way but I’m leaning more towards the first reason.  We don’t expect any changes to come to VZW-branded One other than having Verizon’s 4G LTE network behind it. Is the Moto X in the same lane as the HTC One?
HTC One for Verizon Delay - Divas (1)
Is the long wait for the HTC One for Verizon have you leaning over to other smartphones and/or carriers? Sound off! Let us know what the launch period should be after a carrier and brand announce a new smartphone.
You can check out our review on the HTC One here.



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