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Verizon's third Android device to have MiFi capabilities

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Verizon's third Android device to have MiFi capabilities
Verizon recently came away from their meetings with Google with the plan to have 3 Android phones in its line-up by early 2010. While two of the handsets will be branded with well-known names, the third handset will be manufactured by a small company and will have the ability to act as a personal router. Unsung has learned that it will be the first Android phone certified through Verizon's Open Development Program. This program is supposed to make it fast and easy for a handset to make it onto Big Red's CDMA network.

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

.source: Unstrung

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. ggp (unregistered)


pondering... would vzw require full time mobile broadband connect feature? if not, sounds like a sweet setup to have mifi on an android phone!

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 05:55

2. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


Maybe I will wait to upgrade my LG Voyager even longer. ((Still bitter that I missed out on the 24-Hr 79.99 sale of the enV Touch))

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 06:59

3. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Phonearena, I think you got it wrong: WIFI on a phone is a win-win since VZW still gets paid for a data connection but it doesn't take its network bandwidth. MIFI goes through a cellular network, so the win for Verizon here is additional data revenue through tethering plans. And make no mistake, you will have to add a tethering plan if you want to use this phone as a mifi.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 08:09

4. phoneguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)


One more thing, MIFI is not Verizons technology it is Novatels, and Sprint's card has more options and through various 3rd party tests performs better.No offense VZ people( i embrace competition) but Sprint has launched the Hero and the Moment comes Nov 1st, stop sucking Big reds big red pecker and talking about this "partnership" Sprint has had a "partnership" with google for over a year and a half, not too mention is a charter member of the Open handset alliance. Oh and google has also partnered with Sprint, clear wire and intel for Wimax. You are so clouded, the only reason VZW jumped on android is because they HAVE TOO. This is nothing innovative. Once again to all you VZ people this is no disrespect to you and not meant to be inflamatory, I have many good friends that work for Verizon., sorry for the spelling and grammar errors I am on my way out the door to try and put food on my family's table. Oh and Phonearena, can you please stop posting unofficial and biased information on this site, it is worse than the enquirer.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 09:23

5. Pitt4l (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Hey sprint master-- why don't you go to your poor customer services- second rate service and not worry about what BIG RED is doing! Ohh No disrespect.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 10:31

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


sprint has had a partnership with google for 1.5 years? and is JUST NOW releasing a phone? sad. chill out. geeze. anyways, android phones on tmobile with cupcake 1.5 rooted can do this for FREE and have been able to for quite some time. its not new. its news for VZW, but i guess they realized at some point they wont be able to keep people from rooting their phones n using free tethering so why not just make it part of the phone? dont believe me? make sure your android is on version 1.5, root the thing (which is way easy), and googles site gives you the tethering app. its free. codes.google.com if i remember right. FREE WIFI TETHERING with multiple device connections. MIFI on tmobile, for free :)

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 10:56

7. phoneguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)


GO fuck yourself I have worked for both companies and Know how they both operate. I just pulled 200 lines from VZW because I sell with integrity and dont Bash my competition, the irony is that the VZW rep sat there and Bashed me and still offered a quote that was 43% higher than what I through on the table. I have now learned that the best way for VZW reps to pull deals off is not by selling but by making up false news to make their pricing seem worth it. You should get a new job and learn facts before spouting off shit that is untrue, I know more than you, I am better than you and I will shit on your shit. Good Day sir. And no disrespect.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 11:07

8. Pitt4l (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


So angry big guy. I am just saying if you dig Sprint so much stay on there jock and do not get so caught up in what VZW is doing. Give your self a fucking heart attack.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 14:02

11. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


things are starting to heat up!!

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 17:53

14. moss500a (unregistered)


VZW IS THE SHIT

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 17:54

15. moss500a (unregistered)


YOU SUCK VZW ROCKS

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 11:09

9. prettyboy1974 (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


Wow, somebody is really mad. You are ridiculous though and quite frankly I think it's funny. Oh and how are you going to put food on your families table when sprint goes under, aren't you guys sucking on T-mobile's pecker right now, no disrespect of course.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 12:13

10. phonedude (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Mar 2009)


Geez phoneguy you are absolutely ridiculous! You sure seem like the "family type of guy" who's trying to provide for his family.. with all the trash you talk! We're talking phone's and wireless providers on here for crying out loud! You act like someone insulted your wife or something. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and get a grip and a life! I will give you credit though for saying that no one should trash talk the competition. There is way too much on that going around. As much as cell phones and cell phone companies are a large issue these days, people get way too bent out of shape about this stuff.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 17:12

12. Symbianlover (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Excuse my while i yawn... I'm guessing Joikispot is an unknown App? That "Feature" to use your phone as a Mifi device is not new. It's been around for atleast two years now.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 17:25

13. dubracer223 (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


people really need to calm the down over this my phone company is better than yours. do you think they really care what goes on in these forums?? is your phone company getting money to bash other companies? Its not a gang!!!!!

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 18:51

16. Pitt4l (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


No it is not a gang--- It is fun--- we all to much time on our hands to begin with writing on these forums. I do however like VZW.

posted on 13 Oct 2009, 19:32

17. scroffy (Posts: 40; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)


Dang, you mean I've been imagining using my vzw omnia and ozone as wireless routers? Damn the drugs!

posted on 16 Oct 2009, 13:31

18. dubracer223 (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


....and we all know "drugs are bad...mmmmkay" cheesy i know but i had to do it anyway since im on it

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