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Certain Verizon smartphone and tablet users to get exclusive AOL portal starting this summer

Posted: , by Alan F.

Certain Verizon smartphone and tablet users to get exclusive AOL portal starting this summer
Verizon customers with Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices have something to look forward to this summer. That is when the AOL.com portal will be made available to Big Red customers on an exclusive basis. The AOL.com portal will provide users with the recently revamped AOL.com homepage. The portal will offer breaking news, weather and maps and will also offer personalized content.

Verizon customers gaining access to AOL.com will find the portal providing them with streaming events and popular videos. The AOL.com portal will start to appear shortly, bookmarked on the default browser loaded on participating Verizon models.

"We are always looking to reimagine how AOL delivers high quality content across multiple devices. This arrangement with an industry leader -- Verizon Wireless -- helps us deliver digital experiences, at scale, to millions of consumers in innovative ways."-Chris Grosso, GM, AOL Homepages

source: BusinessWire via AndroidCentral
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posted on 06 May 2013, 22:39 8

1. knowah (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I remember the last time I went to AOL's website.

1996 was a good year.

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:58

9. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Verizon is a pitiful and sad place to be no question. People are definitely capable of deciding what they want on the smartphones they pay for monthly. Verizon is THE WORST CARRIER in the country with it's stupid wifi notifications, internal alterations of devices, comical outer cosmetic changes which border on childish graffiti branding, and PISS POOR overall ability to update handsets. Its definitely ashame people actually pay for that kind of carrier every month.

posted on 07 May 2013, 05:01 1

10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

While I definitely agree with a lot of your points here, RIch, it has to be said that part of the reason why Verizon is so popular is because of their almost ubiquitous coverage. There are huge swaths of rural America that have no choice but to sign with Verizon simply because they can't get a decent signal from the other Big 3. It's their biggest advantage. That being said, I can't understand why anyone would choose Verizon over Sprint or T-Mobile if they live in an area where the service is comparable & don't venture out much.

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:41 1

2. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

People still use AOL/want to use AOL as their homepage?

posted on 06 May 2013, 23:09 1

3. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

does this also, by chance, come w/that old 1,000 hours of free internet usage CD-ROM (?) b/c if so i'm switching back to Android PRONTO.

posted on 06 May 2013, 23:11 2

4. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


posted on 06 May 2013, 23:29 3

5. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

I see this as being the next Bing. I despise Bing...

posted on 06 May 2013, 23:57 1

6. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

AOL? Part of Time Warner (Bros), ran by ex MSFT's, yet loyal employees, (like Nokia and Amazon are) AOL that owns many news websites that are biased against Android, owns CNN, HBO and many many other cable channels, jacking up and throttling your HS internet while offering insane prices, using their leverage to raise DirecTv and Dish Network channels? They are going to give people something no one is asking for from the hidden Goliath that is AOL? Sweet. Sign me up for another unremovable app...oh wait..is that a Nexus?

posted on 07 May 2013, 09:17 1

11. threed61 (Posts: 246; Member since: 27 May 2011)

AOL andvTime-Warner split 3 years ago.

posted on 07 May 2013, 00:19

7. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

I have to thank AOL as it introduced me to the world on online porn when I was 12.

posted on 07 May 2013, 00:41 1

8. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I certainly hope this "exclusive" isn't "restrictive" -- we users hate these things (I'm ignoring Apple here). Remember when Microsoft paid a fortune to VZW shoving Bing down the throats of those choosing the wrong Android phone?http://www.phonearena.com/news/Bing-Attention-Verizon-Android-users-your-new-search-engine-is-here_id12959

I can't forget how many asked, "Why would I want Bing (search) on my Google phone?

Anyway, these exclusives usually benefit VZW cashflow most and little else.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:08 1

12. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Pointless move for Big Red.... AOL has been bleeding customers for the last 10+ years, it's like buying a ship with holes in the bottom of it.

That said, if an AOL icon appears in my Android menu, heads will ROLL.

posted on 07 May 2013, 23:17

13. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Okay... why? :-/

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