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Verizon CEO Mead wants success for BlackBerry and Windows Phone

0. phoneArena posted on 08 May 2013, 13:19

Dan Mead, of Verizon Wireless, said on Wednesday that there is an important place in the industry's ecosystem for both Windows Phone and BlackBerry; thanks to its exclusive with the Motorola DROID back in 2009, Big Red has been seen as favoring Android devices but Mead said that having three or four operating systems is "good for the industry and good for us"...

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posted on 08 May 2013, 13:32 9

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 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...

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:54 7

4. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:14 3

8. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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."

posted on 08 May 2013, 18:43

21. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 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.

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:38

25. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:59 5

18. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 16:41 2

19. roscuthiii (Posts: 2246; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Yep, that was my exact first thoughts.

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:36 4

2. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Oh noes.. Another berry

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:49 2

3. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:54 2

5. kickrox (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Apr 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

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:57 1

6. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:09 2

7. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:23 1

9. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:42 6

11. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:42 1

17. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:41

10. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)

charges like T moblie , this is formula for success.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:54

12. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Doesn't everyone??

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:38

15. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

On the comments here? HA!

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:57 1

13. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 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...

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:18 3

14. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Windows maybe..Blackberry is already done! They suck

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:41 2

16. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 08 May 2013, 19:22 1

22. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

nice speech Mr CEO!

posted on 08 May 2013, 19:24 1

23. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 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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