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Dec 062011

To have the wisdom of subscribing to Verizon Wireless’ superb service yet keep it all to yourself is, in one exasperated breath, er, somewhat greedy–especially if you have an Android smartphone that’s hotspot-ready.

Hotspot what? If you’ve ever hooked up your mobile device (say, your netbook or laptop) to the Internet over a Wi-Fi connection, then you’ve used a Wi-Fi hotspot before. The Wi-Fi modem/router shares its Internet connection to your mobile device and is acting as a hotspot.

A few Android smartphones have the built-in capability to share its Internet connection to other devices over Wi-Fi. This means that a hotspot-ready Android smartphone can serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for multiple devices. More importantly, by using a hotspot-ready smartphone, you won’t need to buy a separate mobile hotspot device so you could share your Internet connection from Verizon.

In this post, read quick overviews of awesome Android smartphones that are hotspot-ready and available on Verizon. Many of these are LTE-capable, which means that the Internet connection you share to your Wi-Fi devices will run at blazing fast speeds.

Get one of these devices and carry in your pocket your very own personal Wi-Fi hotspot with Internet connectivity at 3G or 4G LTE speeds from Verizon Wireless. Here, then, are the top 8 hotspot-ready Android smartphones from Verizon (arranged in no particular order):

HTC Rezound

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of superfast 4G LTE data connectivity and the indescribable deep bass and crystal clear sound from Beats Audio technology, then look no further than the HTC Rezound. Needless to say again, the HTC Rezound resounds with 4G LTE connectivity and superior audio technology from Beats by Dr. Dre.
Match that with the 720p HD display resolution on the HTC Rezound and it gets clearer that this Android smartphone is designed to give pleasure to both ears and eyes.

It would be such a bummer to watch and listen but experience lag and flutter. But, not on the HTC Rezound and its dual-core processor ticking at a scorching 1.5 GHz. Plus, throw Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense user interface into the mix–you get what HTC and Verizon’s idea of perfection is.

Aside from those notable features, the HTC Rezound also offers the following noteworthy key features:

  • free Beats by Dr. Dre headphones
  • Beats Audio technology for clear and superb sounds with deep bass and crisp levels
  • 4.3-inch Super LCD touchscreen display (1280×720 resolution)
  • 1.5 GHz, dual-core processor paired with 1 GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • 2-megapixel secondary camera
  • 16 GB internal storage and 16 GB microSD card preinstalled (expandable to 32 GB)
  • Li-ion battery (1,620 mAh)

“Listen” to the other rezounding details about the HTC Rezound
on its product page on Amazon. A $100 Gift Card comes with your purchase of this awesome LTE-capable Android smartphone, so make sure you check it out.


Fresh out of Motorola’s kitchen, the Motorola DROID RAZR is Verizon’s latest LTE-capable Android smartphone. It is the toughest, too, with its KEVLAR-coated backplate and the Corning Gorilla Glass on its touchscreen. So, with the DROID RAZR, you practically have an Android smartphone that you not only can use but also abuse. Not that we’re encouraging you to be reckless with your phone. Accidents happen sometimes, you know, and the Motorola DROID RAZR is designed to your momentary fits of recklessness.

You would think that “tough” also equates to “bulky.” That’s not the case with the Motorola DROID RAZR. In fact, its RAZR name says a lot about its thinness. It is the slimmest of all Android smartphones on Verizon–only 7.1 millimeters thin, in fact.

To complement the crazy-fast 4G LTE connectivity on the Motorola DROID RAZR, the Android smartphone also comes along with the following key specs:

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced touchscreen display (960×540 resolution) for sharp and vivid views
  • dual-core (1.2-GHz) processor and 1 GB of RAM — a very powerful tandem to match the device’s tough exterior and ultra-fast Internet speeds
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread for rock-solid foundation at the operating system level
  • 8-megapixel primary camera and 1.3-megapixel secondary camera for capturing great moments without delay and for clarity in video chats
  • Li-ion battery (1,780 mAh) for long-lasting life while using or abusing your Android smartphone

Interested in a RAZR-thin and super-tough Android smartphone? Learn more about the Motorola DROID RAZR on Amazon Wireless and get a chance to receive a $100 Gift Card.


The Motorola DROID BIONIC took its sweet time to finally arrive on store shelves. Ever since Motorola announced it earlier this year, millions of fans eagerly awaited its arrival. And, when it finally landed on Verizon, many people swooped on the Motorola DROID BIONIC like vultures who haven’t eaten for weeks.

Some people felt that the Motorola DROID BIONIC came too late. Most others, however, felt that the wait was worth it. We tend to agree with the latter. After all, the Motorola DROID BIONIC is the first-ever dual-core Android smartphone blessed by Verizon with its 4G LTE speeds.

Apart from the numerous options for connecting a variety of devices and peripherals to the Motorola DROID BIONIC, it also includes the following key features:

  • 4.3-inch touchscreen display (960×540 resolution) for crystal clear display of images, videos, and photos
  • 1.0-GHz, dual-core processor for uncompromised performance and multi-tasking
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread for smooth-sailing operating system that pulls the strings together
  • 1 GB RAM to complement its superfast processor
  • 16 GB internal storage for apps and files
  • 16 GB microSD card preinstalled for additional storage
  • wireless access to remote desktop through ZumoCast for unimpeded file sharing between your phone and computers
  • 8-megapixel primary camera for snapping quality photos of your life’s precious moments
  • Li-ion battery (1,735 mAh) for hours of non-stop use

Amazon Wireless is giving away a $100 Gift Card if you purchase the Motorola DROID BIONIC today, so make sure you check out its product page on Amazon to learn more about this powerful Android smartphone.

HTC ThunderBolt

If you want an LTE-capable Android smartphone with Zeus’s lightning bolts, the HTC ThunderBolt is a good choice. Apart from the lightning speeds of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the HTC ThunderBolt also comes with matching hardware that was the juiciest of its time.

With an elegant body and design that only HTC seems able to come up with, the HTC ThunderBolt runs on Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread) wearing the extremely easy and user-friendly face of HTC Sense UI.

The HTC ThunderBolt’s other powerful specs include the following:

  • 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen (800×480 resolution) for superior display
  • 1.0-GHz processor and 768 MB of RAM for optimized performance and multitasking
  • 8-megapixel primary camera (with dual-LED flash) and 1.3-megapixel secondary camera
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 32 GB microSD card preinstalled
  • 1,400-mAh battery

Eager to experience electric? Check out more flashy details about the HTC ThunderBolt on its product page on Amazon. You could also get a $100 Gift Card if you buy it from Amazon Wireless.


Now, here’s an Android smartphone that won’t need you to bark “Charge!” at just to make it go faster. Also powered by Verizon’s 4G LTE, the Samsung DROID CHARGE carries quite a charge with its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. Showing a display at 800×480 resolution, plus with its 1.0-GHz processor and Android 2.2 Froyo onboard, the Samsung DROID CHARGE can easily be your perfect choice if you need a no-delay Android smartphone for your downloading, uploading, browsing, or streaming habits.

Record 720p HD videos and quickly capture detailed photos with the 8-megapixel main camera on the Samsung DROID CHARGE. Enjoy swift and smooth video chats with the 1.3-megapixel secondary (front-facing) camera on the DROID CHARGE.

Store your files or install apps into its 2 GB internal storage or onto the preinstalled, 32-gigabyte microSD expansion card. Do everything you want on your phone for hours, courtesy of the 1,600-mAh battery on the Samsung DROID CHARGE.

With the Samsung DROID CHARGE, who’s in charge? You, of course!

Get ready to charge and learn more about the Samsung DROID CHARGE from Amazon Wireless. A $100 Gift Card is waiting for you, should you decide to buy it from Amazon.


When HTC decided on the name for this Android smartphone, it wasn’t lying at all by calling it the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2 simply because there are many things that make this Android smartphone truly incredible.

One is its all-black sleek design that simply reflects HTC’s superior taste for esthetics. Second is the HTC Sense user interface (running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread), which wins hands-down as arguably the most user-friendly and easiest Android user interface that does not skimp on eye candy. Third is its being global ready, which means that you can use the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2 for voice calls in 220 countries around the world, for data connectivity in 200 countries worldwide, and 3G Internet in 125 countries.

As if those weren’t incredible enough, the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2 also has the following key features:

  • 4.0-inch Super LCD touchscreen display (800×480 resolution)
  • 1.0-GHz processor and 768 MB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel primary camera capable of 720p HD video recording
  • 1.3-megapixel secondary camera
  • 16 GB microSD card preinstalled
  • Li-ion battery (1,450 mAh)

Learn more incredible things about the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2 on its product page on Amazon. You could get a free $100 Gift Card for buying this incredible Android smartphone.

Motorola DROID X2

The Motorola DROID X2 packs two powerful processing cores clocked at 1.0-GHz for blazing trails with your browsing, downloading, streaming, or gaming. One of the well-loved dual-core Android smartphones on Verizon, the Motorola DROID X2 comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display (960×540 resolution) that you can mirror in 1080p Full HD to any high-definition screen through HDMI.

If you’ve ever used the DROID X, this Android smartphone beats the elder DROID by showing you 26% more pixels. That simply means yummy and sharper displays.

The Motorola DROID X2 also includes the following key features:

  • 1.0-GHz, dual-core processor
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • secondary camera
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 8 GB microSD card preinstalled (expandable to 32 GB)
  • Li-ion battery (1,540 mAh)

Learn more about the Motorola DROID X2 on its product page on Amazon and get a chance to receive a $100 Gift Card with your purchase.

Motorola DROID 3

Of all the QWERTY Android smartphones currently existing, nothing has surpassed the Motorola DROID 3 so far (except, perhaps, the Motorola DROID 4, which is still to come).

A global-ready Android smartphone, the Motorola DROID 3 carries a full, 5-row QWERTY keyboard that slides out from the side. That’s a complete keyboard ready for you to type on. Where other QWERTY Android smartphones have only 4 rows of keys, the Motorola DROID 3 has five. The top-most row is dedicated to numbers, so you won’t have to waste time looking for that ALT or FN key just to type in numbers. The Motorola DROID 3 simply makes your typing life easier than if you use a virtual keyboard.

Apart from the power provided by the QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola DROID 3, you also get a 4.0-inch touchscreen displaying images, videos, and photos as 960×540 screen resolution.

In addition to those, the Motorola DROID 3 also includes the following other key features:

  • 1.0-GHz, dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Li-ion battery (1,540 mAh)

Satisfy your QWERTY lust. Find out more about the Motorola DROID 3 on Amazon and get a $100 Gift Card with your purchase.

HTC Rhyme

Men and women alike have been drawn to the stylish purple body of the HTC Rhyme. HTC was able to break the stereotype associating purple as a feminine color. Now, with the HTC Rhyme, purple seems to have become the new black or red.

The HTC Rhyme may not have the muscle that its fellow newcomers on Verizon have, but among the bunch, the HTC Rhyme is the most accessorious. It comes with tangle-free headphones for uncomplicated experience of sound, a charging dock (which can also be used as external speakers and as an alarm clock), and the HTC Charm (a call indicator that glows when there are incoming calls).

The 5-megapixel camera on the HTC Rhyme is also capable of detecting faces so you don’t have to worry about focusing on your subjects’ faces and snapping great quality photos.

Besides those, the HTC Rhyme also comes with the following key features:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen display (800×480 resolution)
  • 1.0-GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 5-megapixel primary camera
  • VGA-resolution secondary camera
  • 768 MB RAM
  • 4 GB ROM
  • 8 GB microSD card preinstalled
  • Li-ion battery (1,600 mAh)

Join the revolution of making purple the new black or red. See what other amazing stuff the HTC Rhyme can do for you by visiting its product page on Amazon. You could earn a $100 Gift Card with your purchase of this lovely purple device.

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