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Verizon: More Brew Phones with Better Store On the Way

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Jun 1, 2011, 7:41 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless today announced that it plans to debut a handful of new handsets running Qualcomm's Brew MP platform in the coming months. These devices will have a completely updated application store, according to Verizon. The new storefront will feature a redesigned user interface that Verizon claims is easier to use. It allows customers to preview applications before buying, features a new recommendation engine, and claims to have a better discovery process. Verizon points out that the new application storefront for Brew MP handsets will allow developers to offer in-app payments and direct carrier billing to customers' Verizon Wireless accounts. Verizon didn't provide any specifics about these forthcoming handsets. Brew has been the foundation of Verizon's feature phones for almost a decade.

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Jun 1, 2011, 9:00 AM

Direct carrier billng for Brew phone apps but not Android?

Whats the deal with this? For what reason are they willing to offer carrier billing for Brew apps but not Android?
I think I read a while back that Sprint has some carrier billed apps in it's market. Don't quote me on that.

I hope to Gawd that carrier billed apps never appear where I work. I don't provide support for those apps, so why should I be responsible...
They are probably unhappy with Google's lack of security in purchasing apps, apparently you don't even have to enter a password to complete a sale. Who wants to deal with the ineviatable fallout when someone downloads $500 in apps that he said he d...
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