To meet the specifications of the Open Development Program, vendors must meet the E911 emergency standard, the ability to activate the device OTA, and have support for SMS text messaging. The third Android phone will also have Mi-Fi support so it can act as a personal router. This phone will be available in early 2010. Lowell McAdams, Verizon Wireless CEO, said that the first two Android hansdsets will be ready for launch in a few weeks. One is expected to be the Motorola Droid/Sholes/Tao. A recent story suggested that Verizon might be offering the Android powered HTC Hero sometime in November.
Verizon's Mi-Fi technology allows up to 5 devices to have access to Big Red's 3G EV-DO network and has antennas for both Wi-Fi and CDMA. Having Mi-Fi on a handset would be like carrying your own personal server with you, wherever you go. And for Verizon, it is a win-win because subscribers get to grab a fast 3G network from just about anywhere while the carrier still is getting paid for the use of its' network.
HTC Hero Preliminary Specifications (CDMA)
Motorola Droid Preliminary Specifications