I guess this means no iPhone either
Everyone here keeps wants the iPhone to go to Verizon. But this is a perfect example of why it will never happen. Verizon PR people say they support open devices. But Verizon has time after time locked their phones and crippled functionality (unless it is their functionality such as VCast).
They don't want another company making millions using an App store. They want all the money to themselves. Verizon and other telcos fear of becoming a "dumb pipe" and want access and control over content and how the pipe is used.
So I say thumbs down to Verizon. They may have the most reliable and extensive network. But they don't play well with others.
There will never be an iPhone on Verizon (unless it is an unlocked LTE version). But I am sure Verizon will find some way to block even unlocked LTE phones as well. Boo on Verizon.
said by dcdeadbeat5:Yea ... but Blackberry App world. Before App World came out, VZ had their own app store that you could download on their Blackberries. I forget what it was called, but it was slow, buggy, and didn't have that many apps in it. The only thing I liked about it was that you could download and bill to your account. They barely promoted it, it wasn't pre-installed on any of the devices, and you pretty much had to know about it to get it.
... They don't want another company making millions using an App store. They want all the money to themselves. Verizon and other telcos fear of becoming a "dumb pipe" and want access and control over content and how the pipe is used...
Now, Blackberry App World comes out, and they go ga-ga over it. All the new BBerries have a shortcut on the main screen to download App World, and VZ's advertisements are big on promoting Blackberries with all the Apps. Now, just like AT&T with Apples app's, VZ isn't getting a cut of any of that.
So, I don't think we can use the App Store argument as a cause to why Apple/Verizon won't happen. IMHO, it's not happening because VZ turned Apple down, and it seems like the Apple/AT&T relationship is "OK." On the other hand, if Apple seriously wants to be a contender in the smart phone market, and give Black Berry a run for its money, it can no longer have exclusive deals with just one carrier in each country. It will have to spread out.