Verizon putting the kibosh on the DROID 3, LG Revolution and the current Mi-Fi Hotspots crop
0. phoneArena 01 Jan 2012, 13:04 posted on
Just before the impending CES 2012 expo in Vegas, Verizon is said to discontinue several handsets and its 4G Mi-Fi hotspots. The most notable handset about to be EOL-ed in January is rumored to be the Motorola DROID 3, after barely six months on the market...
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2. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
6 months of life? are you kidding me? what a joke....i thought cellphones were supposed to last 2 years or at least up to 18 months with an upgrade or be available...not discontinued.
motorola droid rzr will be next one, next month.
8. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
who told you that pack of lies?
just because its only sold for 6 months doesnt mean its no longer a good phone.
nothing is more annoying than people whining because life goes on. every 6-8 months the vast majority of the phone line up is changed. techs evolve. if all phones waited on some imaginary 18 month cycle we would still all be running single core phones.
3. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
Just because the phone is discontinued doesn't mean the phone is any less capable of performing the tasks now as the day you bought it. I'm sick of all you people complaining on here about manufacturers being proactive in placing the latest technology in their devices.
A consumer who is eligible to upgrade 9 months after you were shouldn't have to buy 9 month old outdated technology or wait another 9months to purchase the new device just to justify you having the "latest" technology for the 18 months before your next carrier subsidy of a new phone.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 6199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Completely agreed. I mean, what do they want? A market where the tech remains largely stagnant, or even a market where one phone with minor hardware and feature upgrades gets released a year?
12. ogre150 (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
It's not a problem of not having new phones released. Bring on new tech, and fast. No it's the fact that the phone you got only 6 months ago is no longer being supported or maintained. That's what seems to be the problem. I mean, you can still get an EVO from Sprint and it's been out for over a year and a half. Has Sprint only had the EVO in that time? No. So it's not a matter of stagnation but of early abandonment of devices that's troublesome.
13. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
did you get a software support guarantee with your device? no? OK then.
And there is a big difference between a carrier no longer selling the device and it no longer getting bug fixes and updates. I dont hear anyone screaming about how the droid 3 is full of bugs, so its probably not.. so whats left to update? ICS? There was no guarantee on that. If you want great shots at future updates, then you make sure you get the hottest and most powerful handsets they have.
14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5427; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Droid 3 owners can pretty much rest assured that they're going to get ICS though.
10. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 237; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Exactly! I see all the new phones coming out, then I look at my Thunderbolt, I can't help but feel envy. But when I think about it, it does everything it did the day I got it. There's very few *important* things a phone released recently can do one released a while can't do! The Droid 3 had a good run, it still has current hardware and software. But it on to the next thing! Otherwise phones would be moving at a snail pace.
11. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I kinda agree but id prefer to see phone successors yearly and have them be huge steps forward than have a new moderately upgraded phone every 4 months like the way it used to be. That way we would get the droid 4 in the summer with ICS for sure and quad core.
4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5427; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh this is good! exchanging my Droid 3 for a 4 via warranty exchange just became a little easier. it's looking like CES is going to bring some Droid 4 and some Spectrum action to Verizon.
9. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 278; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
can't wait for the LG Revolution 2... really hoping LG comes with some hard hitting phones... id love to have an LG but right now i'm firmly in camp HTC... give me something with at least a 1ghz processor and 1gb ram and no larger than a 4" screen i'll be happy.
mmm Droid Incredible 2.