Today Verizon Wireless and Google announced a new partnership whereby the two companies plan to offer a range of Android devices for Verizon's 3G and 4G networks. The devices will include form factors such as smartphones, netbooks, and other machine-to-machine hardware. Along with the devices, which will come from a wide number of manufacturers, the companies will make sure that an array of new and innovative applications are available for these devices. Verizon Wireless said that the first Android devices are set to be announced within the next couple of weeks, and two will be available before the end of 2009. The companies believe that their combined strengths will offer customers the best selection of hardware, services and network-based applications. The Android Market will be included on any Android phones that Verizon sells. Verizon said that it will offer applications such as Google Voice.
I was thinking the same thing. Myself, my wife, and my daughter all have Google voice accounts as of today. Just do not know how it will work with adding the numbers to A-List, but, that's the thought that I had.
I did not read this as Verizon embracing Google Voice, but rather Verizon entering a partnership with Google for Android phones. The two companies may remain at odds on issues which they disagree upon, but VZW would be foolish to mess over money due ... (continues)
There are ways to figure out what numbers are GV numbers. All it would take is provisioning in their T&C that GV numbers are not included in Friends and Family. But even not considering that... to get Friends and Family, you need a higher rate plan... (continues)
Verizon tends to be industry leaders when then know they're going to lose an argument. Take two examples: local number portability and open handsets. On the issue of LNP, all the carriers were fighting the issue saying they would lose customers. But w... (continues)
The VZW homers are going to be unbearable now. When criticized about phone selection, they always turn to the Network as the answer. "What good is a cool phone if it is on a sub-par network?" Well once VZW gets new phones that are cool and exciting the "We are the best carrier ever." comments are going to be all over the place. *Shudder* It's going to be a long winter. LOL
I hope RIM takes the initiative to get to work on a hybrid touchscreen/qwerty for Verizon like the rumored Magnum/Dakota for AT&T. Unfortunately they will probably let this Storm2 play out for the next six to nine months before we see such an innovation.