Verizon takes over the home button on its version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Verizon takes over the home button on its version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
You might remember the uproar that followed when it was discovered that Verizon had its logo stamped into the home button of the Samsung GALAXY Note II. The nation's largest carrier was accused of being arrogant and acting way over the top. Would anyone even think of looking at the home button to see which carrier had launched this particular model? Verizon took plenty of heat and was the butt of so many jokes that you probably would have thought for sure that Big Red would not make the same mistake again.

But a tweet from evleaks reveals what is supposedly a picture of the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and lo and behold, the home button is once again adorned with the Verizon logo. Earlier today, we showed you leaked pictures of the same phone for AT&T and Sprint and neither carrier felt compelled to stick its logo on the home button.

So what is it about Verizon that makes them different from other mobile operators? Is it an ego trip or does Verizon consider it a form of advertising in an attempt to keep the carrier's logo in your mind every time you press the home button?

source: @evleaks via AndroidCentral

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Galaxy S4 mini
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1900 mAh(12h 3G talk time)



1. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

we already paid for the phone and the services, a lot already , verizon have to pay us to advertise them on our phone.

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This has "ego" written all over it. Must be Fran Shamu's idea. I'm so glad I ditched these guys a few months ago.

11. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I really did not notice the logo till I read this artical I have a note two. Plus rhe picture looks like its actually a note 2

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That looks hideous.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What is Verizon doing in their HQ? Who was the guy who thought it was cute to put the Verizon logo on the home button AND on the back? Smh.

8. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

More likely a female. She was correct on the Note 2 and is correct now . Customer response and overwhelming consensus be damned, those are merely facts, she knows better.

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

His name is Fran Sham-o.

4. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

wtf verizon? i thought you learned your lesson -_- needs to be schooled

5. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

why cant they be more like sprint and just not put a logo on their phone? even the sprint version doesnt have a any logos on it

6. misiu9091909

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

Great! Now put your f...abulous logo in the middle of the screen :)

15. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

lol +1

7. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

We have to pay a lot of money for the phone and contract. Why would you invade us like that, we already have to deal with loads of crapware from you And now you make a perfectly good phone look like crap!

12. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

At least they didn't put it on the Note 3

13. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Didn't they come up with a sticker that goes over the Verizon note 2 last year? If i was to get this phone id do that and be content and shut up. Now if i brought a cobra mustang and it didn't have the emblems on the side....I'd be pretty pissed....

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

was ---> were I'd* bought* I'm glad I left Verizon in '11. No stupid locked bootloaders, carrier bloatware to the max, stalled updates for months, and ridiculously over priced plans. As a person who loves to root phones, I feel sorry for VZ customers.

16. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

over priced ---> overpriced

17. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I hate to say it but it makes sense from a business standpoint. Its called good marketing. most logos are put on the back of the body which most of the time gets covered by a case. Verizon isnt trying to sell phones to geeks but to your average Joe. my mom has the Note II: at almost 60 alot of her friends gravitated to her cool phone. instead asking what carrier she was on, it was more about how they are gonna switch to verizon or upgrade and stay with Verizon. Personally ill never buy this phone but Verizon plays chess not checkers.

18. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i love verizon,but verizon is just to much to say.. always verizon here verizon there everywhere verizon. stop it verizon stop stop!..

19. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Glad i ditched them '10. Now enjoying AT&T and T-Mobile.

21. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Companies can do stuff like that when I they loyal customers. People defend them no matter what they do.

22. jimb-21

Posts: 1; Member since: May 19, 2013

I for one think everybody over reacts to logos on their phone. If you think its that bad, there is one simple solution... don't buy it! Its not a bad logo anyway. Its not like you got some hideous monstrosity taking up half the phone. Its like 1% the size of the phone! I find it hard to believe that this many people complain about something so piddly. Do you guys remove the Honda, Toyota, or Ford decals off your cars too? And I am sure your TV's at home still say Sony, Samsung, or LG on them. Is that not the same? How about your cable boxes? Did you personally remove the DirecTV, Comcast, or Dish Network logos off them? Like I said, over reacting! How about we get past this high school behavior and concentrate on real issues. BTW, I am not a Verizon customer but recently was and I was never bothered by a tiny logo on the face of my phone. That is just a ridiculous thing to complain about!

23. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I was considering Verizon and notice a fee for visual voice mail. Surely they don't tack on a monthly fee for this? The plans all seem so high already.

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