But now Verizon has committed itself to the Android cause, leaving AT&T behind to snuggle with the Apple
These new models will undoubtedly be straight-up smartphones at first, because that hardware format seems ideally suited to show what the Android can do. If Verizon hopes to sell any serious volume of Android phones, the company needs to show us why we should care about this new offering. More bare-bones handsets and upmarket netbooks running Android will follow later.
At the same time, Verizon kicked off a new marketing campaign aimed right at AT&T's iPhone-fueled network issues. Weak 3G coverage? "There’s a map for that," a voiceover quips as a map of AT&T and Verizon’s networks are displayed together. The takeaway is that Verizon promises five times more 3G coverage area. Maybe there was something in the water yesterday that inspired the world to gang up on Apple, because Microsoft
Verizon will sell new Windows phones, too, as will nearly everyone else, and Verizon has upgraded its stable of high-end phone stallions to augment the BlackBerry Storm from Research In Motion
Should Verizon even bother to land an iPhone deal when AT&T's exclusive contract runs out next year? I don't think so, but your mileage may vary. Share your insights in the comments below.