Verizon arrogantly stamped its logo on Galaxy Note II's home button AND back
Why? Not only were users in the States forced to wait for months after the international launch of the Note II to get it, but on Verizon, the device comes with a shocking Verizon logo slapped arrogantly on the single physical key on the front of the device. Yes, you can’t scratch it off, it’s not a sticker, it’s actually Verizon’s logo there for good.
Now, that’s hard to swallow, but it’s not everything. To get its message straight on the back of the device the Verizon logo along with 4G LTE appears one more time in, written down in a font about twice as large as the name of the device.
Wow. We get it - Verizon subsidizes the Galaxy Note II, but this seems way over the top. The message that this is sending to us sounds like “we, the carrier, to whom you pay over $100 a month for service, own you.” The logo is absurd, atrocious, ugly. But it’s there. To remind you who’s in charge. Is it just you or could this be a dealbreaker for you as well?
1. BiN4RY (Posts: 80; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
That phone now officially looks sh*t thanks to Verizon
10. MeoCao (unregistered)
I don't understand how Verizon customers can put up with this. They should let this arrogant carrier understand how to behave.
40. spookytj (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
its the network man, say what you will, but i travel all over the country and get 4G where ever I go. Plus i have the unlimited data plan still, so i use it for mobile and even home interenet. Their outlook to their customers suck but they have it where it counts
42. Commentator (Posts: 2086; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Also, 99% of Verizon customers don't care and have better things to do than bit*h and moan about a tiny logo on a message board.
62. nofear (Posts: 147; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
No, you are wrong! I like the carrier for services but not that much. I do not want a stupid Verizon logo on my device. I'd do what I want or turned into anything that I.... wanted. FFFFFFFFing Verizon! just being their head up their A$$$$ again.
55. hybrid06339 (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 May 2012)
I did. Not on VZW anymore and unlikely to return due to the high price (look at their price for new customers - especially when you are sharing data with yourself and no one else). I guess that's why their profits are so good.
13. sinfulta (Posts: 266; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
The dark grey one it's not as noticeable in the front. The rear I don't care about as it will have a case on it or if I used it naked and bothered me that much I would replace it with a standard backing I find online like I did with my S3
58. lsneddeff5 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
yah and i also read that the colors come in gray and black they didnt say anything about a white color..so i dont think its that big of a deal at all.
19. threed61 (Posts: 114; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Who even looks at the logo? What a silly thing to get worked up about.
22. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i would agree on the back. but putting this on the home button that you look at and push everytime you use the phone is a bit much.
63. nofear (Posts: 147; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
No, It is going to be there like a sore thumb. I'm sure someone out there and I will pay them to remove it off.
77. TheMan (Posts: 338; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Agreed. I'm not crazy about it, but who cares? After a week you'll barely notice it.
23. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Carriers are not allowed to touch an iPhone and so am glad I bought an iPhone. It will be funnier if you find a Verizon logo on the s pen lololol.... Verizon trolled all droid users.. Lol
26. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
There scared to touch the iPhone in case they scratch it
36. pliskin28 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Yeah, but at least people buying the Galaxy Note 2 aren't paying out the ass for outdated technology like with the iPhone.
54. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Outdated? Even apple swift? You are a real fandroid.
66. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
And your a pathetic ifan so you can criticise anyone on fanboyism
27. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 253; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
In a way this could be a good thing. When the Android world moves on to Key Lime Pie and beyond, and you're looking at your phone pining for an upgrade, now all you have to do is look down at the button to see who the weak link in the chain is.
29. PAPINYC (Posts: 1956; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
You all sound like someone spilled wine on your wedding dress.
My favorite, though, is:
'Wow. We get it - Verizon subsidizes the Galaxy Note II, but this seems way over the top. The message that this is sending to us sounds like “we, the carrier, to whom you pay over $100 a month for service, own you.” The logo is absurd, atrocious, ugly. But it’s there. To remind you who’s in charge.'
I guarantee you, if this were that other company putting its' fruity logo on the Home button they would be exhaling in states of orgasmic fever, exclaiming how gorgeous and simply perfect it's placed.
39. understandrew (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Well... yes and no. If it were a Samsung logo I doubt anyone would care. This is more a case of... something such as, Best Buy branding all the TVs and gaming systems they sell.
This is just a poor marketing scheme that forces Verizon customers into being a walking advertisement.
43. PAPINYC (Posts: 1956; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Well, in situations like this, I can only follow the advice of followers so, I plan to use Duct Tape to cover it up (if it becomes an "eye"-sore)!!
51. Goldeneye (Posts: 344; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Nah Samsung logo is not a status symbol since they're anywhere from high ends to cheap prepaids plus uses too much space, so no Samsung logo would look as ugly as Verizon's.
37. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I must say this is a pitiful sad conclusion. Why does Verizon feel like they must be different from every other carrier it's pretty comical I must say. Looks like they have some kind of inferiority complex and honestly they should. I am glad I kicked them boys to the curb for Tmobile in June. Gotta say Tmobile s**ts all over Verizon pretty easy here in the east coast. Piss on Verizon and it's childish unnecessary branding disarming the cosmétics of the device only to make this look uglier than the Droid Razr Maxx devices. Everyone knows that's all Verizon cares about is there Droid Razr brands..
47. Mr.Verizon (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
Oh? I have worked for verizon over 6 years now and have to say. After looking at their coverage maps compared to ours... who is pissing all over who? Tmobile doesn't even have their own towers in pennsylvania, they have to roam off of at&t which is mostly garbage besides the big cities. We all get it Richard, you don't like verizon for whatever reason you have but its getting a bit hilarious and silly on how you take the time and effort to keep bashing us everytime you possibly can on every article that has to do with us. Maybe after you guys finally get your LTE network up you might be able to get the iphone and not have to use unlocked ones. And don't get me started on your "unlimited" but we throttle your data after the first 2gb data plan you all boast about. Its just as funny as Sprints "Unlimited" data but only while on the sprint network which virtually doesn't exist because most of their coverage is from roaming agreements with who do you think? Verizon. Were not the best carrier everywhere and i say get the carrier that fits your needs best but its funny to try and bash the largest carrier with the best coverage.
59. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 541; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Service carriers have fanboys too?! This is getting pretty interesting... I left Verizon because they hire morons. 40% chance I actually get something done in store with trained workers... and 20% chance I can get anything done with customer care over the phone.
For a company that charges an arm and a leg, you would think more effort would be put in training sales people.
And I speak out of experience (been a customer for 10+ years, looking to change).
75. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
trained to do what? ask yourself this...did you go into the store demanding this & that or with an attitude that everyone is a moron? how were you as a customer? i wouldn't want to help someone who thinks i'm a moron...maybe that's why no one took an interest in your needs. if you treat ppl w/no respect...you get that in return. know-it-all customers are the worst...b/c they know it all & in most cases they waste your time. hopefully that's not you, but it almost sounds like it. most customers can't take responsibility for their part in a bad experience. 10+ years dealing w/what you call morons...but isn't the fact that you have been there so long and are still there moronic in itself? looks like we have a case of the pot calling the kettle black...
79. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
I work for a retailer and I can't remember the last time I tried to go out of my way to help a customer who came in with that attitude. I'm actually pretty damn smart and can fix most customer's problems with phones/plans/etc but if you are rude and talk down to me.... yeah there's a corporate store down the street, have fun.
64. nofear (Posts: 147; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
One important device like this one, Verizon should do survey and ask the crowd thinks, Not being of single idiotic make this kind of decision. Again, I will pay someone to remove it or I will do it myself.
65. nofear (Posts: 147; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Next time with despite of being controlling, our beloved government demanding to all carrier and ask to put logo on every phone button is "IRS" on every devices. Just for thought! haha...sorry for being off the subject because it stands for Internal Robbery Service. Is it ring a bell for all tax payers?
52. Hammerfest (Posts: 346; Member since: 12 May 2012)
the lack of though behind thoughts like this amaze's me...
I would much rather have my carrier logo on a small button like the home button rather then along the top of the screen like my Galaxy Note (AT&T), my Evo3D (Sprint), and pretty much any other phone/device i have owned...
That space at the top on my AT&T Galaxy Note could have been used to expand the screen, but instead it was left alone for a carrier logo...
Small logo on button over massive waste of screen space... ya, ill take the small ass logo button.
3. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Is that how far they would go just for a logo? Next year the logo will be on the display's glass itself. Verizon took a huge shit on this phone.
4. Savage (Posts: 431; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Wat r u doin??..
5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I wonder why the U.S carriers have to put their logo on the phones of other manufacturers
28. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 253; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
A desperate bid for relevance and brand recognition.
34. Markizzle21 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Desperate or marketing? Verizon is rich and making money stfu please
7. chemhaz (Posts: 148; Member since: 04 May 2012)
The re-sale of the handsets will be seriously reduced. Oh well, there are always grey imports which will probably be cheaper anyway.
9. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 415; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
And you people will still buy it......no matter what.....
11. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
I hope. Verizon doesn't ruin HTC DLX! Please!
45. mc1191 (Posts: 28; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
don't say it out loud. they are gonna hear you.
12. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 350; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Im making a sticker design just for that right now. Stay tuned
14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2842; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I said it about the Razr HD and I am sure hell going to say it about this phone too. Verizon needs to STOP with the ridiculous branding on their devices. I cannot believe they thought this was a good idea. Here's what you do, get a plain color sticker that matches closely with what color the phone is, cut out a piece of the sticker in the size of the home button. I really wish I was joking but if I was on Verizon and wanted this phone, that is EXACTLY what I would do.
Or didn't PhoneArena review some crystal screen protector for the iPhone and SGS3 and it had a colored cover for the home buttons? Lets hope maybe they do the same with this device.
Thank you PA for posting this article, ever since I first saw that horrible Verizon logo on the home button i have been warning everyone I know about it. They all agree, it was a really bad idea lol
15. Cyberchum (Posts: 174; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I hate the ugly logos/names that carriers etch on products - disgusting. If i could, i will even remove brand logos/names on my devices but i guess they have to be there, if anything, for identition but this move by VZN is out of line.
16. Cyberchum (Posts: 174; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
For identification, my mistake before sharp thumbs start thumb-downing.
17. rcwfox2002 (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
what about people who pay full price for the phone Verizon didn't subsides it then. I think it should be discounted on and off contract. That makes the phone look very silly
18. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Doesn't matter, really. No matter what you do to the looks it's still the same beast of a phone.
20. k1ng617 (Posts: 229; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
I've already decided because of that I won't be getting it from Verizon. Thanks jerks!
21. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
Yup, Verizon has lost it. They have by far the best network, but stuff like this happens all the time and just screams of them not caring about their customers.
I think paint might work better than a sticker. Maybe.
24. jsd0108 (Posts: 19; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)
It must be a slow news day if this is what made the cut.
Maybe the next time you need a filler you can do a story about the ugly brown option for the Galaxy S3.
67. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
have you seen the brown one in person? if i wasnt getting the Note2, i would have gotten the brown GS3...
25. goos2134 (Posts: 19; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
the sprint one has no sprint branding at all but on the esn sticker behind the battery
30. ajac09 (Posts: 1167; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
someone will figure out a way to remove it! if I was still on Verizon I would paint over it its just hideous.
31. Beholder88 (Posts: 80; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Wow, all this over a logo? Who cares, seriously? Get a case or go to skinit.com or something and cover it up. So it's on the button... and? Does it prevent you from using it? Does it impede the function of the device? Verizon is the service provider after all, so they should be allowed to have the logo on the device somewhere. Don't like it, get a different device or a different carrier.
32. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
amen...jesus christ. talk about throwing an unnecessary hissy fit.
33. Markizzle21 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
This has to be the ignorant post I have seen by phone arena outside of ray with his iproduct biased self. Really is this just so degrading that they separate their galaxy note from others. honestly sits and stares at the logo like wow this is a nightmare. Gtfoy Victor pay cheaper and get s**ttier service or have phenomenal coverage in more the 2 times the cities using Lte than the next closest carriers. Some find it worth while and apparently Verizon just keeps growing so they must be doing right. Their is a reason why your a blogger and Verizon is what you right about and you aren't the CEO OF VERIZON and their corporate team who makes this decision whose hourly probably murders your monthly pay. Geez people bitch and complain