UPDATED: Verizon and Google to make Tuesday morning announcement
This article contains unofficial information.
*UPDATE*: Verizon Wireless and Google have just announced a newly-established agreement, according to which both companies will cooperate in order to deliver devices and services, based on Google's Android platform. As the press-release states, the carrier will make announcements of new Android handsets within the next few weeks and these devices will be developed by leading manufacturers (although it isn't specified which manufacturers will take part). Did you expect this? Not one, but an "array of [Android] devices" should soon be available through Verizon, and that's official! More details about this newly-formed agreement will be announced later at the live webcast event, so stay tuned!
*UPDATE*: The webcast has come and gone, but unfortunately Eric Schmidt and Lowell McAdams did not disclose which will be the handsets we should expect. However, they did stress on several things and to start with, Verizon is to roll out two Android-based devices by the end of the year. Second, they intend to keep releasing such devices during the next several years and finally, all these offerings will be loaded with applications, developed by the carrier, Google and 3rd party developers. And that's basically it! Now we wait for the announcements...
1. shaunieo (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)
And now we wait........Gotta love Verizon. All they do is wait. and wait. and wait. Wasn't the Omnia 2 announced about a year ago? I'd be astonished if this bears any fruit before Summer 2010.
2. C_H (Posts: 23; Member since: 06 Oct 2009)
If Verizon can't deliver before summer 2010, then I'll just wait for September and get an iPhone when my VZW contract expires. I'm a loyal VZW customer with 5 lines on my account, but if they keep making us wait for good phones, I'll move all 5 to AT&T
7. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
the storm is a great phone. and so is the env3
11. laceejay (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Oct 2009)
Switch over all you want, AT&T's exclusive contract expires by the end of 09 and VZW will soon have it along with many other great phones. 16 new phones will launch with VZW between now and Christmas. You will be missing out!! Happy October! :)
12. laceejay (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Oct 2009)
Remember, theres a map for that!!!!!! You're Iphone won't be so great on the second smallest 3G network.
3. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)
by C_H!!! Can't stand when people make a threat that they are going to AT&T if Verizon doesnt get better phones when they probably are the cheap ones who dont use internet and dont want a Blackberry or Windows based phone! How about you just go to AT&T, try out their crappy service and nice iPhone and then im highly confident you will port back and wait patiently for "good phones."
4. C_H (Posts: 23; Member since: 06 Oct 2009)
It's B-Y-E, btw I've used a WinMo phone for a couple years, and I'm tired of phones with crappy interfaces. I want something powerful that "just works," and doesn't need constant massaging like WinMo, or is limited and outdated like PalmOS. I'm planning on getting internet with my iPhone/Android/Pre when I get it, but I haven't been willing to pay the high costs of VZW internet to surf the internet on a phone with a crappy interface. And I've heard on the internet about AT&T's "crappy service," but several of my friends and family have them and report no problems, so I think that might be over-inflated. As far as my threat being empty, I was ready to jump ship this last September when I realized one of my lines is contracted through September 2010, not September 2009, so I was already ready to pull the trigger on the switch
5. NightFox50 (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jul 2008)
ummm i suggest you dnt listen to family and friends who have only been on AT&T and never on VZW. I was always a BIG RED HATER, for many many years. I always trashed talked their crappy phones, while i enjoyed the fruits of having many different AWESOME phones from Europe on the AT&T network. About a year later and after breaking two phones, i realized the problem wasen't the $500 or $600 phones i was buying. After i made the switch...i was never happier with any other carrier (and i've had them all except sprint), even as i was stuck with a crappy phone for two years. I have the original Samsung Omnia, and although it's not the best touch screen device, I've never been unhappy with the service.... its always a huge plus to enjoy my 5 MP camera as well
8. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
I suggest you get the iPhone. I had the Verizon smartphones that cost me and arm and leg and still sucked. my iPhone bill is cheaper and Apple vs Vcast is like a grown man vs an unborn child. Don't get me wrong I like Verizon and was a very loyal customer but I couldn't be happier.
6. prettyboy1974 (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)
Maybe, I just don't understand. Verizon just dropped a bombshell that no website has reported and you have a problem with waiting a little. It's October they said 2 Android devices by the end of the year, hello that's two months. I will be the first one to tell you that Verizon needs to get their head out their ass and start getting phones that people want, but it seems as though the frustration is paying off. Let's understand something the only thing that AT&T has is the Iphone, there is not another phone you can name that people really want. Also the exclusivity between Apple and AT&T is coming to an end, do you think Apple is not going to find another carrier, especially while the FCC is breathing down their neck, give VZW the credit they deserve at least on this announcement.
9. TheEclectic (Posts: 77; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)
Well, I suppose it's down to WebOS vs Android for me. Assuming that VZW gets the Palm Pre early next year. I just gotta figure out which platform is going to pump out the most (quality) apps. Of course all if that will be null and void of a CDMA version of the iPhone comes out for Big Red.
10. charlie bucket (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2009)
Pro's and Con's of Hero vs. sholes/droid? Anyone have an opinion? Will the flash based web support on the htc make a huge difference? I was leaning towards sholes but I can never make up my mind. And don't hate on some of us for wanting a better phone, most of us have used Verizon's smartphones and have been left disappointed in some form of crippling (wifi, gps, apps, etc...), you can't rest your laurels on the network forever otherwise you look silly when everyone catches up. Also, my wife's env3 drops calls and reception like crazy and could have some more features for a feature phone. That being said, I'm overall satisfied with Verizon, and now I'm excited that they're finally getting on the android wagon and I'll be sticking around to enjoy the new phones as well.