Verizon pushes Bing app to owners of BlackBerry Storm 9530

Verizon pushes Bing app to owners of BlackBerry Storm 9530
Those who purchased the new BlackBerry Storm2 9550 found a Bing application pre-loaded on the device. Earlier this year, Microsoft and Verizon shook hands on a 5 year deal that will make Bing the default search engine on many Verizon phones, even those using Google's open source Android OS. Keeping up with the attempt by Verizon and RIM to making both Storm models the same when it comes to software (it's called a guilty conscience!), the carrier "pushed" the app to owners of the first-gen Storm on Friday. Besides offering the Bing search engine, Storm owners can check out the top stories of the day in different categories including Sports, Business and Technology. Using the handset's unlocked GPS, directions can be computed for either driving from one location to another, or walking between places. A single click will reverse directions and send you back to the original starting point. A link on the bottom of the screen will help you find out which movies are playing in your area and which theater they are at. Synopsis and ratings are available for each movie and tickets can be purchased in advance at specified theaters. For NFL fans or fantasy football players, type in a player's name andyou will see stats for the current year and lifetime. Punch in a teamname and get recent game results and upcoming match-ups. All in all, a very useful tool for BlackBerry Storm owners. 

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source: Erictric


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8 Comments

1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

The story is technically correct but factually inaccurate. The deal doesn't make Bing the default search option but merely places a Bing search app on devices which the user can delete. And in the case of a BlackBerry the app itself isn't installed. It's a link to the app. Most people search from their browser and VZ isn't changing the default search on the browsers.

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

you could always "hide" the app

3. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

The comment about "guilty conscience" is completely BS. I would estimate that, if anything, the software upgrades and pushes are being made now because they are available now. Phonearena for the lose.

4. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

The app is actually pretty useful. But are you surprised Phone Arena is giving out misleading info? Oh and Shaunio is a tool.

5. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

I love all the passive-agressive asides PhoneArena likes to make.

6. DF334

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I haven't gotten it yet, for some reason!

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

me neither!!!

8. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

try registering your host routing table and/or sending service books. cant hurt.

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