Verizon's third Android device to have MiFi capabilities

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Verizon's third Android device to have MiFi capabilities
Verizon recently came away from their meetings with Google with the plan to have 3 Android phones in its line-up by early 2010. While two of the handsets will be branded with well-known names, the third handset will be manufactured by a small company and will have the ability to act as a personal router. Unsung has learned that it will be the first Android phone certified through Verizon's Open Development Program. This program is supposed to make it fast and easy for a handset to make it onto Big Red's CDMA network.

To meet the specifications of the Open Development Program, vendors must meet the E911 emergency standard, the ability to activate the device OTA, and have support for SMS text messaging. The third Android phone will also have Mi-Fi support so it can act as a personal router. This phone will be available in early 2010. Lowell McAdams, Verizon Wireless CEO, said that the first two Android hansdsets will be ready for launch in a few weeks. One is expected to be the Motorola Droid/Sholes/Tao. A recent story suggested that Verizon might be offering the Android powered HTC Hero sometime in November.

Verizon's Mi-Fi technology allows up to 5 devices to have access to Big Red's 3G EV-DO network and has antennas for both Wi-Fi and CDMA. Having Mi-Fi on a handset would be like carrying your own personal server with you, wherever you go. And for Verizon, it is a win-win because subscribers get to grab a fast 3G network from just about anywhere while the carrier still is getting paid for the use of its' network.

HTC Hero Preliminary Specifications (CDMA)
Motorola Droid Preliminary Specifications

.source: Unstrung

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18 Comments

1. ggp unregistered

pondering... would vzw require full time mobile broadband connect feature? if not, sounds like a sweet setup to have mifi on an android phone!

2. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Maybe I will wait to upgrade my LG Voyager even longer. ((Still bitter that I missed out on the 24-Hr 79.99 sale of the enV Touch))

3. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Phonearena, I think you got it wrong: WIFI on a phone is a win-win since VZW still gets paid for a data connection but it doesn't take its network bandwidth. MIFI goes through a cellular network, so the win for Verizon here is additional data revenue through tethering plans. And make no mistake, you will have to add a tethering plan if you want to use this phone as a mifi.

4. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

One more thing, MIFI is not Verizons technology it is Novatels, and Sprint's card has more options and through various 3rd party tests performs better.No offense VZ people( i embrace competition) but Sprint has launched the Hero and the Moment comes Nov 1st, stop sucking Big reds big red pecker and talking about this "partnership" Sprint has had a "partnership" with google for over a year and a half, not too mention is a charter member of the Open handset alliance. Oh and google has also partnered with Sprint, clear wire and intel for Wimax. You are so clouded, the only reason VZW jumped on android is because they HAVE TOO. This is nothing innovative. Once again to all you VZ people this is no disrespect to you and not meant to be inflamatory, I have many good friends that work for Verizon., sorry for the spelling and grammar errors I am on my way out the door to try and put food on my family's table. Oh and Phonearena, can you please stop posting unofficial and biased information on this site, it is worse than the enquirer.

5. Pitt4l

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Hey sprint master-- why don't you go to your poor customer services- second rate service and not worry about what BIG RED is doing! Ohh No disrespect.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sprint has had a partnership with google for 1.5 years? and is JUST NOW releasing a phone? sad. chill out. geeze. anyways, android phones on tmobile with cupcake 1.5 rooted can do this for FREE and have been able to for quite some time. its not new. its news for VZW, but i guess they realized at some point they wont be able to keep people from rooting their phones n using free tethering so why not just make it part of the phone? dont believe me? make sure your android is on version 1.5, root the thing (which is way easy), and googles site gives you the tethering app. its free. codes.google.com if i remember right. FREE WIFI TETHERING with multiple device connections. MIFI on tmobile, for free :)

7. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

GO fuck yourself I have worked for both companies and Know how they both operate. I just pulled 200 lines from VZW because I sell with integrity and dont Bash my competition, the irony is that the VZW rep sat there and Bashed me and still offered a quote that was 43% higher than what I through on the table. I have now learned that the best way for VZW reps to pull deals off is not by selling but by making up false news to make their pricing seem worth it. You should get a new job and learn facts before spouting off shit that is untrue, I know more than you, I am better than you and I will shit on your shit. Good Day sir. And no disrespect.

8. Pitt4l

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

So angry big guy. I am just saying if you dig Sprint so much stay on there jock and do not get so caught up in what VZW is doing. Give your self a fucking heart attack.

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

things are starting to heat up!!

14. moss500a unregistered

VZW IS THE SHIT

15. moss500a unregistered

YOU SUCK VZW ROCKS

9. prettyboy1974

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Wow, somebody is really mad. You are ridiculous though and quite frankly I think it's funny. Oh and how are you going to put food on your families table when sprint goes under, aren't you guys sucking on T-mobile's pecker right now, no disrespect of course.

10. phonedude

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 05, 2009

Geez phoneguy you are absolutely ridiculous! You sure seem like the "family type of guy" who's trying to provide for his family.. with all the trash you talk! We're talking phone's and wireless providers on here for crying out loud! You act like someone insulted your wife or something. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and get a grip and a life! I will give you credit though for saying that no one should trash talk the competition. There is way too much on that going around. As much as cell phones and cell phone companies are a large issue these days, people get way too bent out of shape about this stuff.

12. Symbianlover

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Excuse my while i yawn... I'm guessing Joikispot is an unknown App? That "Feature" to use your phone as a Mifi device is not new. It's been around for atleast two years now.

13. dubracer223

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

people really need to calm the down over this my phone company is better than yours. do you think they really care what goes on in these forums?? is your phone company getting money to bash other companies? Its not a gang!!!!!

16. Pitt4l

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

No it is not a gang--- It is fun--- we all to much time on our hands to begin with writing on these forums. I do however like VZW.

17. scroffy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Dang, you mean I've been imagining using my vzw omnia and ozone as wireless routers? Damn the drugs!

18. dubracer223

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

....and we all know "drugs are bad...mmmmkay" cheesy i know but i had to do it anyway since im on it

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