Verizon CEO Mead wants success for BlackBerry and Windows Phone

Verizon CEO Mead wants success for BlackBerry and Windows Phone
Thanks to its exclusive launch of the Motorola DROID back in 2009, Verizon has been seen as having a strong connection with Android devices. But during an address made Wednesday, Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead said that both Windows Phone (which he mistakenly referred to as Windows Mobile 8) and BlackBerry play an important part in the industry's ecosystem. "Three to four operating systems is good for the industry and good for us," the executive said.

Mead pointed out that Verizon's network contains many BlackBerry users and pointed out that there has been strong demand for the QWERTY equipped BlackBerry Q10, but would not give a firm launch date for the device. Referring to the phone, Mead said, "We're hopeful it will meet the needs for our customers who have been loyal BlackBerry customers." As far as Windows Phone is concerned, Verizon is close to releasing the Nokia Lumia 928, which will be an exclusive for the nation's largest carrier.

During his talk, which was held at an investor's conference, Mead also brought up the possibility of reducing or eliminating subsidies on new phones, saying that it is a part of the business being discussed. The topic of voice over LTE service also came up with the CEO confirming a launch of the service for next year. Mead said that Verizon plans on adding features like video calling and HD voice to the service.

source: CNET

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23 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Competition is good for consumers so more good new oses can't be bad besides WP8 is pretty good sadly BB10 I doubt will be able to save blackberry...

4. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Yes competition is good but the problem with the sales associates at Verizon is there lack of product info. They sell you what they think you should get or what they like not whats in the best interest of the customer. A lot of these supposed "sales" rep couldn't sell there way out of a paper bag with directions. Yes when Verizon goes to VO-LTE all you tiered data people are F'ed becuse there going to look for any possible way to nickel and dime you.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That certainly explains my parents buying the Samsung Brightside. What a piece of crap! And yet the sales rep probably said "oh you want a keyboard? Here, try this, it has a touchscreen. Don't you want a touchscreen? All the kids are using them."

21. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No sales associates at Verizon would try to sell anyone a Brightside, I promise you that. The idiots hide basic (or "feature") phones and force elderly folks and the technically challenged into smartphones. I used to work for Verizon, and I tell you as a fact that this behavior is encouraged from the top-down. They want that data revenue and they're also hoping you'll need to keep bumping your tiers up. And, go give yourself a reacharound if you walk into the door still sporting "Unlimited Data", because you're worthless to them and they want you gone, badly. Bunch of greedy bastards only look out for themselves. They used to sincerely care about their customers, but that whole idea has changed, and a big part of why I left almost a year ago. Verizon is filthy.

25. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Agreed. Not to mention the fact that they bash every other network, if it's not VZW, it's garbage, which of course is simply not true.

18. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 2013

Not even just competition. No carrier should want a single strong brand that draws people in. Imagine if Blackberries were a strong draw to Sprint...and then went south. It would kill Sprint's revenues. And although the iPhone was probably the best thing to ever happen to AT&T, we've learned that it is far smarter to diversify your line up. iPhones aren't for everyone just like Android isn't for everyone. If Google were to collapse, a company would hope they could rely on Blackberry, Apple, and Microsoft to keep people interested.

19. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Yep, that was my exact first thoughts.

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Oh noes.. Another berry

3. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Of course. So Verizon can bill the s**t out of more users.

5. kickrox

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

get ready to see your bill spike up again bc anything added to verizon is going to cost you rather than seeing it as a benefit

6. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

I agree, we should all have viable alternatives to Android and iOS. Being limited and confined to a certain eco-system due to the scarcity of apps elsewhere is an unfortunate state for 2013. I have a WP8 but cannot solely rely on it due to the lack of vital apps.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But those alternative OSes are unlikely to grow and add apps if everyone gives up on them. Everyone has to start somewhere. Android Market had fewer apps when it opened up shop, but as the customer base grew, so did the market for apps. It's just a matter of catching up sooner than later. I'm more concerned about quality of apps than quantity.

9. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Yes, the WP8 app market is growing without a doubt but unfortunately, there's probably 1 useful app out of the 20 new additions.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And have you seen all the useless crap on Google Play?

17. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

No, I have pretty much everything I need from my TD mobile banking app to swiftkey to instagram so I don't care what else is added beyond that.

10. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

charges like T moblie , this is formula for success.

12. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Doesn't everyone??

15. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

On the comments here? HA!

13. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I have a doubt... Whether after VoLTE arrives, even your calls to other mobiles will also consume data from your shared data plan or NOT ???? (even with unlimited calls free) It will NOT be fair if they do so... But since its verizon, there is a chance that they will say "You have unlimited calls FREE, but make sure you don't cross the shared data limit 3GB, incl VoLTE calls"... NO, I am NOT giving ideas to Verizon, because they already know how to $crew the customers, imho...

14. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Windows maybe..Blackberry is already done! They suck

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

When an OS with "Windows" in the name is cooler than yours...yeah, you're done. Blackberry might hold on another couple years, but I don't see them retaining 3rd place, let alone the popularity of their glory days.

22. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

nice speech Mr CEO!

23. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You guys are diluting yourselves, if you think Verizon gives a damn about competition. Only reason they want other platforms to do well, one simple reason, Apple. They want someone to dethrone Apple in the US, so they don't have to pay the high subsidies; remember how they were pushing the "Driod brand" and Android devices, cheaper for them. Only reason they caved to Apple, due to the defection of customers to AT&T. They hate the fact the fruit is their best selling device.

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