Verizon says it is the Summer of DROID and says NO to the iPhone

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Verizon says it is the Summer of DROID and says NO to the iPhone
If you haven't heard yet, it's the "Summer of DROID". Well, at least to Verizon and its customers it is. The carrier is closing its stores on Sunday amid what at first appeared to be a major name change to Verizon (no Wireless). It now seems that for an upcoming ad campaign, the Wireless part of the company's title will be made smaller which makes the "Verizon" part of the name more prominent. This has been one of the subjects that the company has discussed during a meeting for employees. The slogan that will accompany the new spots is "Verizon, Rule the Air". During the meeting, Verizon said that for now, it has absolutely no interest in carrying the iPhone and will focus on the DROID line of Android models that has been a major success for the operator. Verizon also announced an August launch for the DROID 2. Could anyone have foreseen this happening when the original DROID launched last November?

Motorola DROID 2 A955 Preliminary Specifications

source: Droid-Life









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58 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

burn to all the apple rumors

41. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Who cares? Its an iPhone that drops calls from holding it! Who wants that on the best wireless network? I'd rather have Android!

43. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

This is all just a diversion. Ofcourse Verizon will say that they will not carry the Iphone. That makes people who are holding out for the phone to make a decision on getting a new device sooner rather than later. This is also good for Apple for the same reason since people will decide to buy their phone now. Then come hell freezing over and Verizon carrying a phone made by Apple, everybody profits again.

2. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

Good, the droid phones are better anyways. apple products are a fad at best. eventually that i in front of their junk will be their downfall. what people want now is choice and variety. i think what verizon is doing is not only smart but will be successful. the i phone is all that att has to hold on to. why take that away from them too when they can destroy them with android? cant wait to see the reaction to this post by all the yellow spotted i phone four holders with no reception.. can you hear me now.. ? what ? .. what? lmao

3. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

Yeah sure... Just like the ipod is a fad. Haters always hate!

4. mg1326

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

I agree with theman414. HATERS ALWAYS HATE !! If Verizon wants to know what the true meaning of the #1 Wireless Company Is They Have To Bring The IPhone. Then More People Will Leave AT&T And Come To Verizon SIMPLE

5. bossmann20

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

ipods are going nowhere cause its good for music and non-iphone lovers but the iphone is a fad fortunately....cause clearly when a new iphone one comes out ppl jump on it and it has minimal changes

6. bossmann20

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

verizon is number one because they dont need the iphone cause i dont think you understand that DROID DOMINATES! and thats final!

7. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I thought Verizon is already number# 1? Im sure that they have gotten well acquainted with that role by now and did it without the iPhone. Thats whats funny about you fans that scream iPhone haters...you hate/envy Verizon and they dont even make phones. Wow.

9. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

verizon did it without iphone... but spent billions to buy alltel.... att's customer base is growing at a faster rate than verizon due to the iphone... soon att will be number one again... hate or not it is just fact. and by the way, verizon can only tout the "better network" crap for so long... because they too will soon feel the burden of having all those smart phones on their network burning up data and bandwidth that cause dropped calls and all other things people bash att about will happen to them... where will all you vzw fanboys be then, probably still saying iphones and att suck, but doing so from a number 2 slot once again... lol you people and your half-witted "burn" and "fail" comments are so amuzing... i will continue to use my N1 on att and enjoy not only my much faster network speeds but also my ability to carry on my work calls while i type this crap here on this site.... go suck it verizon boys, cause there's something your precious droids won't do...

14. gambino37

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 16, 2009

Are you a complete idiot? I love it when people pass their opinions off as fact. What a moron.

18. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

How did Apple revolutionize the computer industry? They took a lot of ideas from other products and made them easy to understand and use. How did Microsoft beat Apple? They took a similar operating system and let anybody make the hardware. Anyone see history repeating itself with Android?

19. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

what opinion... verizon bought alltel. att growth is faster than vzw. att hspa runs 3.6mb or more, evdo runs 2.0mb. att has had immense growth, verizon has not(just standard-excluding subsriber base increases due to mergers). they tout blackberrys as data phones using their network, and we all know (maybe not you) that bb's use less data(higher compression algorithms) vs apple iphones using mass amounts of data by comparison. att has simultaneous voice and data, verizon does not..... again, what opinion... check that whole brain to mouth thing you got going on before you comment on something you obviously know nothing about.

22. naes2385

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

Uhm ok, and AT&T didn't buy Cingular? And who cares about HSPA or ven HSPA+? Oh wait, thats right a company that has to spend well over 19 billion this year to *ALMOST* fix the voice and data drop issues they currently have. THEY EVEN MADE AN APP THAT ALLOWS CUSTOMERS TO MARK WHERE ISSUES W SERVICE ARE BC THERE ARE SOO MANY! I don't remember my Droid having that app.. lol (pathetic) Keyword buddy>> LTE

26. naes2385

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

Full comment didn't post. Will up date later

27. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

Cingular bought ATT idiot. And then changed the name back to ATT. Also they aquired more customers during there "buyout" of ATT and somehow still managed to be number two! Think before you speak!

28. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

I also want to add that the ATT network team has an account with Verizon. Why??? Because they need the service in areas that they are trying to put up towers. Trust me, I know this to be true. They came into my store to buy a car charger and he even had to use his ATT Corp card to pay for it.

33. gambino37

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 16, 2009

"att's customer base is growing at a faster rate than verizon due to the iphone" Really? Where do you get your facts from. I just read that 70% of the new iPhone 4 purchases were upgrades. That hardly speaks to new users signing up left and right. OPINION "soon att will be number one again... hate or not it is just fact" AGAIN OPINION "can only tout the "better network" crap for so long..." LTE idiot. Check your FACTS And as far as your rebuttle, I didnt know that knowing how to handle, i.e. higher compression algorithms, meant that the network was inferior. Work smarter, not harder is usually a good mantra. Also if you havent noticed, Blackberry hasnt been a spotlight brand for VZW for the last few months. Android smartphones have taken over a huge portion of it for the last six to eight months...something you obviously know nothing about. Have fun dropping calls with Gay T&T retard.

35. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

And you can have fun with slow-rizon hick...!!!

36. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Haha this is hilarious. I'm starting to check this site now just for all the comments that seem to be more amusing than the actual article. My opinion, of course Verizon is going to put out something like this. It's because they don't have an iPhone and can only relate to other carriers with similar phones, such as one of the best selling phones, the Evo. I think, considering how they are making more droid phones for each carrier, that yes, this will be a summer of a bunch of android phones and not specifically the iPhone. Do I think it will overcome the iPhone? Nope. Not at all. Just as Engadget stated in there review, iPhones are much more simplified polished better integrated smart phones that target the general population, while Android will grasp some, but gain more through what we call "nerds". Other than that, I believe the main support of Android is the carrier. Some aim for reliability and some aim for the monthly bill. For AT&T, they fall short in both categories honestly. But again, they have the iPhone and seriously, with no bias, that is a good enough explanation as to why AT&T is doing well. People are starting to pick smartphone over carrier, clearly as we see that there are antenna issues already. I switched to AT&T when the first iPhone came out and stayed with them for almost four years before switching (but thats because I like to switch phones a lot and now I'm on a tmobile plan with an N1) Again, these comments are too funny, but honestly, it's all the factors and interests of people.

38. naes2385

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

Original intended reply: Ok, and as far as mergers go ATT didn't buy Cingular? And do you read? Who just purchased over 2 billion worth of spectrum/customers from VZW from the Alltel merger? That's right, you guessed it, ATT. VZW was not allowed to keep it for monopolizing reasons in those markets. And you know I'd like to give you more than a grain of salt of belief but you speak @ how much more data the iPhone uses vs. a RIM device.... But you have yet to say why ATT was not READY for it's use and why their crap network got overloaded?? They are alone spending well over 19 Billion (yes that's a B) this year to *ALMOST* fix the voice and data drop issues that they are having. Last time I checked VZW doesn't have an app for crappy service for customers to mark where the problems are bc there are SOO many?! Furthermore if it's numbers that you like to quote why don't we look @ the last 10 years and see who has been the most consistent in the areas of profitability and churn, ARPU etc VZW wins. ATT didn't even matter until the first gen iPhone came out.That's what they've built themselves on. There aren't any other GREAT ATT phones that they sell. While VZW all along has built it's rep on the NETWORK and we all know (maybe not you) that's what you pay for month over month. So when your phone doesn't have a network what do you use it for? Doorstop? Paperweight? Flash it like a teenager @ highschool? Furthermore VZW is NOT going anywhere. One of its' parent companies is uhm Vodafone which is the world's largest carrier (by area covered). (China mobile is largest by subscriber base more than 300 million, but also govt run.) Keyword is >>>LTEcheck that whole brain to mouth thing you got going on before you comment on something you obviously know NOT ENOUGH about. =) Happy hunting for service, hope you're not a left handed iPhone user!

39. RS9568

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

Well said sir.

46. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

yes att and cingular merged... just like all the bell companies merged to make cingular back in the day... and even further back than that airtel, gte, bell atlantic and primeco all merged to make verizon, jackass! we are not talking about mergers.... and yes, just like att had to sell off spectrum in areas that att and cingular both had service... and guess what, verizon bought that shit,... anytime spectrum comes open(for any reason) someone is going to buy it, because there is only so much of it to begin with.... att's network got overloaded because they've activated and been supporting millions of iphones... ten times the amount of what verizon's network has had to support. of course there are going to be issues, because all the iphone has been the single largest and best selling phone ever and when you sell and support so many phones that use data(because before the iphone--nobody really used internet on their phone) then of course you're going to have growing pains. now, everyone wants to hop on the bash att bandwagon because of the bitchy tech bloggers in NYC and San Fran that bitch about anything and everything, and guess what... most of those assholes have iphones!! so they may bitch and moan but guess what, they still buy and use iphones-- verizon doesn't have an app for network, because they still don't have anywhere near the number of asshole iphone customers using up bandwidth on their network, just small but growing number of asshole droid users like you that like to tote that verizon is "oh so awesome" but in reality most of their customer base are dumbass baby boomer generation customers who don't give a damn about technology and could give a shit android phones, so they don't buy them, but guess what, as soon as their old ass neighbor shows them an iphone, guess what, they are in my store buying one because they don't read comments from people like you and go on their own judgment of the network and they sit back enjoying their iphones and are none the wiser, because their neighbor is more than happy on att with their iphone and that's why they referred them to get an iphone and thats just what they did. app has spent billions to play catch up to what growth the iphone has brought, which is no different than what verizon did a couple years back when we were just trying to play catch up to cingular and att. and now they are spending billions on trying to bring LTE to fruition, because their network is slower than ATT and they need LTE to catch up to speeds that people with iphones are already getting on att. Att doesn't sell any other great phones, because they don't need to, they have the iphone!! As far as Vodafone owning part (45%) of verizon wireless, where the hell is the support for global roaming... nowhere!! Att at least has partnerships to use their phones almost anywhere on the globe. att doesn't NEED to move to LTE because their HSPA is already faster and easily upgraded to faster speeds if needed, but they too are bumping up to LTE in the next year just for the added capacity it will grant. don't be such an ass.....

48. Debunkr

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 02, 2010

or did it by customer acquisition from purchasing alltel o.O

49. Debunkr

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 02, 2010

Cingular bought the rights to the AT&T name since it's more recognizable worldwide. And AT&T is moving to LTE too.

51. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

you sir are a moron, you do know that before verizon bought alltel, at&t bought cingular to become number one in the country secondly the reason at&t is having all the problems is because they are gsm, which because of the way that network works, its bound to have problems with more people on it, cdma does not have these problems

8. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

It's kinda odd, but I've never heard anybody refer to any phone as a "Droid Killer" Now, what is everyone saying about envy? LOL

10. neutrality

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 28, 2009

It has gotten to the point where the term "iPhone Killer" is irrelevant. The iPhone has been killed, time and time again. The specs and features of the latest Droid phones throw the iPhone's out of the water. So many smartphone's surpass the iPhone in pretty much every category, yet no 'fanboy' of apple will acknowledge that.

23. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Probably because specs on a sheet of paper dont mean much if the entire package and user experience is not up to par. Nobody says Droid killer because the Moto Droid is not considered to be at the top of the food chain. People try to knock off the top not the 3rd or 4th man. When 1 Droid phone outsells an iPhone then we will see that term used. But as of now, it has not even been close. Sure, a 25 to 30 phone lineup made great strides in the 1st quarter while many people were waiting for the announced iPhone 4 to be released but judging by the first day sales, iPhone wins again. It will outsell the Droid X, Droid 2, Captivate, Vibrant, and EVO combined. I don't own an iPhone and not a fanboy but I am not nieve. I can see the sales and see the impressions that the iPhone has put on consumers and most of them say they would not own another device. Brand loyalty is hard to break my friend. See Ford F-150 truck sales for what I am talking about.

29. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Amen, brother lol

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