BGR Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!

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    August 9th, 2010 at 10:41am


    One of our Verizon Wireless sources has dropped a whole bunch of info in our laps. We’re talking intimate details of Verizon Wireless’ plans for the rest of 2010, 2011 and even some 2012 plans. Android tablets, LTE MiFi units, Android 3.0, video conferencing, and a whole lot more. Read on for the full details!

    • In addition to the Motorola DROID 2 and Motorola DROID X, we’re told Motorola will launch a new DROID handset, the Motorola DROID Pro. It is supposed to have a 1.3GHz CPU, 4″ screen and global roaming capabilities. Estimated launch of November 2010
    • Motorola is working with Verizon on a “slab form-factor” device that sort of looks like an old Motorola Q but features a full touchscreen and global roaming. It will run Android 2.2. Maybe this will be a lower cost, MOTOBLUR handset?
    • There are a lot more Android invasions happening before the end of the year, we’re told. This includes a global Android device from both Samsung and HTC.
    • Samsung is working on a 7″ screen Android tablet with front-facing camera. Motorola is also working on a tablet as well, except it will sport a 10″ screen, either 1GHz or 1.3GHz CPU, front-facing camera, and Android 3.0. Don’t expect the Motorola so soon though, as we’re informed that while the launch was supposed to happen in December, Android 3.0 will probably hold up the release of that device and we should expect it around February 2011.
    • Verizon Wireless is aiming and on track to have at least 75% of the country covered in LTE coverage by April 2012
    • There will be a Novatel LTE MiFi device available in January or February that will apparently support up to 10 simultaneous Wi-Fi users.
    • Lastly, we’re told LTE data pricing will stick at $59.99/month, though it’s unclear what the data allowance will be.
    Regardless of whether an iPhone comes to Verizon Wireless anytime soon, it’s obviously clear they aren’t slowing down with their huge Android push.

    With LTE coming up, and a major stable of high-performance smartphones, it seems like Verizon has positioned themselves to win. We’ll see how the end of the year and 2011 shape up before making any concrete judgements, though. Did we get anyone excited?


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    While getting the iPhone on Verizon would be a good move for Apple and Verizon, I don't think they'll be biting any time soon with the rush to Android and the rush from customers BUYING Android. Besides, the contract with AT&T isn't up yet.
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    I am excited! I can tell you that for sure!! There is also a few more things to come above and beyond this too before the end of the year... We just cannot talk about them yet. :D
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    If thats true, then there goes the notion that the droid pro will have a 2ghz dual processor.
    Oh well, on to the next rumor. Will there be any phones with dual core.......
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    Forgive my ignorance on the subject, but what exactly is the whole LTE thing? I've heard it mentioned, but know virtually nothing about it, and $59.99/month for data is a scary, scary figure.
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    pretty much 4g
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    lte=4g. :)
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    +1, hopefully they have tiered options that start much less than 60/month..
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    jesus christ $60 a month ...if thats true...sprint here i come ...in 2 yrs anyhow lol
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    While getting the iPhone on Verizon would be a good move for Apple and Verizon, I don't think they'll be biting any time soon with the rush to Android and the rush from customers BUYING Android. Besides, the contract with AT&T isn't up yet.[/QUOTE]

    Many indicators pointing to January 2011 for Iphone on VZW.
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    Early reports indicate that LTE data packages will be tiered, but those same reports said that 3G would be unlimited forever, and we're already hearing rumblings that it won't. Probably the $60 is unlimited and details on the lower tiers will be forthcoming.

    Of course, once phones start the switch to LTE/4G then the demand on the 3G network will drop and there'll be no reason to tier access to it -- we hope.
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    Couldnt agree more, i guess only time will tell. especially with this recent OTA debacle, no one really knows WTH is gonna happen
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    I would LOVE to pay $60 a month for LTE data...That is if they allow me to drop voice/text plans and go completely IP.
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    Many indicators pointing to January 2010 for Iphone on VZW.[/QUOTE]
    And further research on my part has indicated the contract will be up soon. My bad. I thought it was in effect till 2012.

    That may be why they're trying to lock everyone into Android handsets now, so that when the ViPhone rolls out they can sucker people into buying it at full cost. So what's up with all the knocks on Apple via the Droid Does ads? Or was it just a victory dance?

    In any case, unless Verizon botches something here, it'll be good news for them.
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    The $59.99 LTE data plan is for Data Card (Mobile BroadBand) Plans. Its the same price as it is now. Nothing to freak out about.
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    EXACTLY. $60 a month with no voice/text plans is perfect. If not, then my jaw just dropped. If they allow tethering, I guess I could get rid of my Cable if I had strong 4G, then it would be worth it.
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    Thank you for clearing that up Mojo... and as far as the iPhone on VZ. i really couldnt care less, i will NEVER use an OS that is that locked down.. i like the freedom. But i just know that millions will jump to the VZ iPhone ASAP.. but i wont be one of them
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    +1 to Mojo, +1 to alm0614

    Yeah, however I can see how all those iPhoners jumping on our Verizon will impact connectivity and data transfer rates in areas where it's already iffy or congested...

    Lucky for me I'm out in the boondocks and a second nearby tower went up last month -- just needs to be turned on... :D
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    60 is for data cards only!..not phones
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    So we kind of know the specs for the Droid Pro, any inkling whether or not it'll be 4G enabled?