Verizon Wireless Gears up for Palm Pre, Android, BlackBerry Storm 2

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by Franz Bicar

Verizon Wireless will be swimming in hot new smartphones this summer if everything goes according to plan. The company plans to roll out a bunch of cutting-edge smartphones this year - and leading the pack, is the much anticipated Palm Pre. The Palm Pre will debut on June 6 exclusively on the on the Sprint network,but, it will be available to Verizon subscribers in about six months.

In addition, Verizon will also offer phones based on Google’s Android operating system. According to recent reports, at least 18 Android devices are slated to ship by the end of 2009. This could probably be a huge deal for Verizon.

Also, the company will sell the BlackBerry Storm 2, the second incarnation of Research in Motion’s popular touch screen phone.

The Palm Pre announcement is great news for smart phone fans who crave the Pre, but who’d rather not sign up with Sprint. Obviously, the Verizon announcement is very bad news for Sprint, which will have a much harder time convincing its competitors’ customers to defect. Its 6-month exclusivity deal for the Palm Pre is surprisingly short, and Sprint may be forced to offer very aggressive pricing plans to attract Pre fans.

Verizon’s interest in Android isn’t a surprise. As far back as 2007, CEO McAdam said Verizon planned to support Android, and it’s a fact that other Google phones will soon join the Android-equipped T-Mobile G1 in the North American market.

So what’s lacking? The iPhone maybe? That possibility can happen in the near future - 2011 to be exact as Apple’s exclusivity deal with AT&T ends by 2010.



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