Verizon has busy November coming (Storm2, Curve2, Desire, Droid)

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Verizon has busy November coming (Storm2, Curve2, Desire, Droid)
What a busy November for Verizon. According to our tipster, something big will be coming from Big Red on the 7th or the 8th of the month. Perhaps it is the HTC Desire/Hero which is a "with Google" Android device. That means no Sense UI. This looks to be Verizon's first Android powered model. Another huge event for the carrier will be the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 9550. Our source tells us that the improvements are huge and that the change to the screen makes the Storm2 a legit iPhone challenger. As for first-gen Storm owners, the tipster confirmed our recent report that Verizon will send out a firmware update that will appear in the days before or after the launch of the Storm2. That is now being penciled in for the first or second week of November. With the final software for the sequel unit not yet approved, those predictions of a release on October 21st or 26th now appear to be incorrect (kudos to Walt Mossberg). Another BlackBerry that our source had a chance to preview was the Curve2, which he loves. He says it is longer than the original Curve with slightly bigger buttons, same sized screen, perfectly operating trackpad and much better quality in a thinner package.

Lastly, the tipster liked both the Motorola Droid and the HTC Desire/Hero. As far as the Droid is concerned, despite releasing the "I don't" ad campaign, he says that a lot of software issues might delay the launch. He had tested three Droid test units and each had its' own problem. He says that there is a push going on to get a final yes/no on the handset by this week so that production can begin immediately. The screen gets high marks from him for quality and responsiveness, but he says that the keyboard is terrible as it has small flat buttons with little spacing although they do respond well. The HTC Desire/Hero flies on the Verizon network and works as expected.

Verizon customers are going to end up looking like Linda Blair early next month, head spinning around, not sure which way to turn. It sounds like a very promising and exciting month coming up for Verizon.

RIM BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Specifications | Preview
RIM BlackBerry Curve2 8930 Preliminary Specifications
HTC Desire Specifications
Motorola Droid Preliminary Specifications

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26 Comments

1. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Isn't the Sprint Hero "with Google"? It has the Sense UI so that kinda blows this theory out of the water. Here's to hoping the mystery HTC Android device a few articles back is the Desire like the commenters were saying on BGR.

7. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

No it is not a "with google" device, howver the Samsung moment is.

18. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

20. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

it is a with google phone. some of the early units dont have the branding, but they all do now. look at the engadget review and youll see the branding on the back

2. yaz19

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

Sense the omnia 2 was not mentioned I am guessing that is being moved to december?

4. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

At which point it better have 6.5 and not 6.1 like rumors keept suggestion. *lol*

3. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

I find it odd that for the most part these "tester" folks have either LOVED or HATED the keyboard. Calling either "comfortable" or "useless" ... so eithere there's very differed alpha models out there being tested, or like always, people just can't seem to appreciatte items and will always want more more more.

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i love the keyboard on the storm. the suretype is amazzzing.

6. Kain125

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 13, 2009

For most units it's either hit or miss. I loved it on one device but it was terrible on another

9. Iphoneisthesuck

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

My iBEER app is amaaaaazing. I can drink in my car, while driving and its perfectly legal. And then theres my iMILK app for my breakfast needs.

25. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

You use the iBeer too!? I LOVE THAT APP!

8. rtimi26

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

okay how come omnia 2 isn't mentioned. I thought you said it was coming out on November 1st

10. scroffy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Phone arena says lots of things, whether they know shit or not. They still say Nov 1. They also said Aug 23. And the diamond 2 was early october.

11. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

The alleged Diamond2 for Verizon which ended up being the Imagio came out in early October.

12. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

the omnia 2 is crap....and i say that in the nicest possible way....compared to the imagio....

13. JC_Agga

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 24, 2009

fuck omnia 2.it's been on samsung's site as coming soon for more than 2 months now. Coming soon? you can kiss my ass Samsung. You guys really disappoint me.

14. Big_Nick

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

i currently havee at&t, but i am switching to my brothers verizon wireless family plan to save money. If they dont release the omnia 2 or the droid within a month i will change my mind. by the time they release these phones, tmobile will have the HD2 which crushes all of these phone specs.

15. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

Phonearena dont u mean 8530

16. iberrystorm

Posts: 67; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

if verizon isnt gettin a phone sense, then whtat was the google-verizon thing about. it showed a phone with sense ui, and the motorola sholes so im lost here. so is verizon getting 3 devices or 2 devices with android?

17. DroidDoesVZW

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

Hmm... Curve2. Seems to be an 8900 with a trackpad. How come we haven't heard anything about this before? I'm super excited for the Droid.

23. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

It is same as the 8520 T-Mo has except CDMA.

19. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

"Storm2 a legit iPhone challenger". Didn't they say that about the first one and it flopped. Phonearena... what do you be talking about sometimes

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

every phone nowadays with a touch screen is a legit iPhone challenger.

26. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

no way.

21. beeper3000

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

ok phonearena, just so u know this tipster is full of B.S. My buddy told me they have a shipment schedule for droids next week. postponed my butt!

24. ggp unregistered

I've gotta go with this... I really don't think VZW would launch a massive ad campaign with a counter on the website and everything, just to say "whoops... just a couple more tweaks... hold please!" Although it's motorola, so I wouldn't doubt the calls will be flowing to tech support once it launches!

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