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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

Thanks to our anonymous tipster!

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. biggles (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Oct 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 15:02

7. phoneguy (Posts: 193; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 18:42

18. biggles (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)

Maybe you should tell Sprint that... http://nextelonline.nextel.com/NASApp/onlinestore/en/Action/DisplayPhones?phoneSKU=APA6277KT "HTC Hero with Google"

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 21:31

20. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 14:15

2. yaz19 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 14:17

4. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 14:16

3. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 14:41

5. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 14:43

6. Kain125 (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 15:20

9. Iphoneisthesuck (Posts: 59; Member since: 13 Oct 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.

posted on 20 Oct 2009, 10:25

25. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 15:04

8. rtimi26 (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 15:38

10. scroffy (Posts: 40; Member since: 23 Aug 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 16:38

11. biggles (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 17:25

12. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 17:38

13. JC_Agga (Posts: 36; Member since: 24 Aug 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 17:42

14. Big_Nick (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 18:03

15. Hotzb22 (Posts: 109; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)

Phonearena dont u mean 8530

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 18:28

16. iberrystorm (Posts: 67; Member since: 12 Jun 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?

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 18:38

17. DroidDoesVZW (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Oct 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 23:02

23. Fan_of_Fanboys (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2008)

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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 19:34

19. theman414 (Posts: 132; Member since: 08 Jun 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

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 22:22

22. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

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

posted on 20 Oct 2009, 13:47

26. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

no way.

posted on 19 Oct 2009, 21:42

21. beeper3000 (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Oct 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!

posted on 20 Oct 2009, 00:22

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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