Verizon says it will offer Android phone by year end; 20 to 30 markets to have LTE in 2010

Verizon says it will offer Android phone by year end; 20 to 30 markets to have LTE in 2010
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam was in a chatty mood on Thursday. Besides making comments about his firm offering "devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm" within the next 6 months, as we earlier reported, the executive also made some comments about Big Red offering an android powered handset in "the near future". Speaking at the Barclays Capital Worldwide Wireless and Wireline conference, Mc Adam said that in the next half year, Verizon would be offering the Palm Pre and a cousin model, the BlackBerry Storm 2 and the BlackBerry Tour along with an Android powered phone.

Running down some of the carrier's future handset portfolio, the CEO talked about a possible combination CDMA/GSM device offered in tandem with Vodafone, the overseas GSM networker that is a part owner of Verizon. The BlackBerry Tour, Mc Adam pointed out, is an upscale version of  RIM's QWERTY equipped devices. He added that his company has had good discussions with Google about bringing Android to Big Red's line-up and he also mentioned that a Motorola branded smartphone is in the carrier's future plans.

McAdam discussed how Verizon would be making a quick move to the 4G LTE network. Instead of commenting on EV-DO Rev. B, which could double the speed of the carrier's current network, he pointed out that 25 to 30 of Verizon's markets will have LTE service at 8-12 Mbps by year end 2010, with full national coverage by the end of 2013. And what will his customers do with all this bandwidth? Mobile video was one application on his mind.
"Facebook and Hulu and all the other video apps that are coming ... and clearly, you will see mobile video links so you can have videoconferencing coming.", he said.

source: PCMag


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8 Comments

1. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

1st.....Bring on the Android phone!

2. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Are they gonna put their own version of android? (possibly crippled)

3. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Here come the ID-10-T comments. Do you mean like they crippled Windows Mobile? Wait a minute... They didn't cripple Windows Mobile, did they?

4. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Oh, if sarcasm only translated into text.

5. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Cripple... Opposite of Enhance... I would agree and say, in my opinion, that when VZW puts their random software crap on phones, it definitely does not enhance them; therefore, it cripples them. (I won't go into the "ID-10-T comments about hardware crippling... we've all heard it before)

6. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Here's my question for everyone and anyone... What are your opinions of which operating system is best and why? For Android, I love google's online applications, such as Maps, Picassa, and Calendar. But I also Love WM for its' ability to use Micrsoft office programs! Hmmm outside of that, I'm not sure what else I really love about Windows Mobile OS... I'll tell you what I hate about WM, I hate the fact that in WM 6.1 you still have to press that stupid tiny "x" to close a screen! And as for the Iphone's OS, you gotta love all those applications that's available, also allowing multi-touch functions. My personal favorite, though not substantiated and only speculated thus far, is the new Web OS. I love that "cards" approach to running multiple programs. It's so organized! Chime in what you think. I'd love to learn more about these topics and also about what others think!

7. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The cards approach is pretty cool, but I still think they stole that concept from the Xperia X1 from Sony-Ericson. The little [X] on the screen doesn't even close the application really... it more just minimizes... I think it should have the [-] and [x] buttons just like on the desktop... There should also be hidden taskbar just like on a desktop where the minimized running programs can be docked. That would be cool for WM. I hope the WebOS does well.

8. bb33

Posts: 4; Member since: May 18, 2009

BGR rumors that the android phone will the Motorola Calgary. It's a furtuistic looking touch screen phone with a QWERTY slider. Should be pretty awesome.

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