Certain Verizon smartphone and tablet users to get exclusive AOL portal starting this summer
Verizon customers gaining access to AOL.com will find the portal providing them with streaming events and popular videos. The AOL.com portal will start to appear shortly, bookmarked on the default browser loaded on participating Verizon models.
source: BusinessWire via AndroidCentral
“This arrangement with an industry leader -- Verizon Wireless -- helps us deliver digital experiences, at scale, to millions of consumers in innovative ways.”
Beginning this summer, existing and new Verizon Wireless customers will have the AOL portal bookmarked on their smart phones and tablets’ web browsers. The multi-device experience will feature the recently refreshed AOL homepage -- with breaking news, weather and maps -- as well as live streaming events and popular videos. Personalization features will allow users to customize news sources, categories and other tools to their needs.
“We are always looking to reimagine how AOL delivers high quality content across multiple devices,” says Chris Grosso, General Manager of AOL Homepages. “This arrangement with an industry leader -- Verizon Wireless -- helps us deliver digital experiences, at scale, to millions of consumers in innovative ways."
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.
1. knowah (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I remember the last time I went to AOL's website.
1996 was a good year.
9. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Verizon is a pitiful and sad place to be no question. People are definitely capable of deciding what they want on the smartphones they pay for monthly. Verizon is THE WORST CARRIER in the country with it's stupid wifi notifications, internal alterations of devices, comical outer cosmetic changes which border on childish graffiti branding, and PISS POOR overall ability to update handsets. Its definitely ashame people actually pay for that kind of carrier every month.
10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1927; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
While I definitely agree with a lot of your points here, RIch, it has to be said that part of the reason why Verizon is so popular is because of their almost ubiquitous coverage. There are huge swaths of rural America that have no choice but to sign with Verizon simply because they can't get a decent signal from the other Big 3. It's their biggest advantage. That being said, I can't understand why anyone would choose Verizon over Sprint or T-Mobile if they live in an area where the service is comparable & don't venture out much.
2. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
People still use AOL/want to use AOL as their homepage?
3. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
does this also, by chance, come w/that old 1,000 hours of free internet usage CD-ROM (?) b/c if so i'm switching back to Android PRONTO.
5. ocilfa (Posts: 299; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I see this as being the next Bing. I despise Bing...
6. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
AOL? Part of Time Warner (Bros), ran by ex MSFT's, yet loyal employees, (like Nokia and Amazon are) AOL that owns many news websites that are biased against Android, owns CNN, HBO and many many other cable channels, jacking up and throttling your HS internet while offering insane prices, using their leverage to raise DirecTv and Dish Network channels? They are going to give people something no one is asking for from the hidden Goliath that is AOL? Sweet. Sign me up for another unremovable app...oh wait..is that a Nexus?
7. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 439; Member since: 20 May 2012)
I have to thank AOL as it introduced me to the world on online porn when I was 12.
8. TheMan (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I certainly hope this "exclusive" isn't "restrictive" -- we users hate these things (I'm ignoring Apple here). Remember when Microsoft paid a fortune to VZW shoving Bing down the throats of those choosing the wrong Android phone?http://www.phonearena.com/news
I can't forget how many asked, "Why would I want Bing (search) on my Google phone?
Anyway, these exclusives usually benefit VZW cashflow most and little else.
12. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
Pointless move for Big Red.... AOL has been bleeding customers for the last 10+ years, it's like buying a ship with holes in the bottom of it.
That said, if an AOL icon appears in my Android menu, heads will ROLL.