Droid Daily 7/8/13: Galaxy S4, Facebook Home, Verizon and More

July 8, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Galaxy S4 Arrives at MetroPCS Today

On Monday, MetroPCS began selling Samsung’s 2013 flagship phone, the Galaxy S4. The device will cost $549, remember you’re paying full price since MetroPCS is a prepaid carrier and does not have contracts. But their plans start as low as $40/month.

Twitter Updates all Its Apps


On Monday, Twitter decided to update all seven of their official apps with a feature that we are surprised was never there in the first place. Direct Message Syncing. Twitter has also improved search on all the apps.

Samsung Partners with Boingo  for Exclusive Deal


For those of you purchasing the Galaxy Note 8.0 and/or the Galaxy Tab 3, you’ll be delighted to know that you’ll be getting free Boingo hotspots thanks to a new partnership between Samsung and Boingo. This is similar to what Google has Boingo for it’s Chromebooks.

Verizon Raising the Price of their insurance plans


Verizon insurance plans, also known as Extended Warranty and Total Equipment Coverage, is now being raised to $3 and $8 respectively per month. The new change will go into effect July 25th.

Why the price change?

We work to deliver a superior customer experience and to maintain costs so that our customers can protect their wireless investments. To continue to offer customers the best choices in wireless equipment protection, the EW and TEC price is changing.


-New customers: effective date is 7/25/13. New customers include those who are:

  • New to Verizon Wireless and to EW or TEC.
  • Existing customers adding EW or TEC for the first time to an existing or new line of service.

-Existing customers with EW or TEC service: effective date is 9/26/13.
-Existing customers will be sent notification letters of the price change between 7/10/13- 7/26/13.

Facebook Home Gets Updated


On Monday, Facebook Home got updated bringing a few new features. Most notably the ability to have folders. Here’s the full changelog from Google Play

What’s in this version:

Update Facebook for Android and Facebook Messenger to get the latest Home features.
Get Facebook for Android here: http://bit.ly/fbandroidapp. Updates include:
– Organize your apps with folders—just drag one app onto another to create a folder