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

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.


source: BusinessWire via AndroidCentral

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13 Comments

1. knowah

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I remember the last time I went to AOL's website. 1996 was a good year.

9. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

2. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

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

3. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

4. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

MOAR BLOATWARE!

5. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

6. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 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?

11. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

AOL andvTime-Warner split 3 years ago.

7. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

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

8. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

12. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 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.

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Okay... why? :-/

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