Dodge Retort: Droid X Debuts, Verizon Continues Smartphone Blitz


By John Dodge

Verizon, which offers more Smartphones or cell phones for that matter, added the Droid X to its expanding stable of hot Android phones.

Motorola’s Droid X not only competes with its intended target, Apple’s iPhone 4, but other Verizon offerings such as the HTC Droid Incredible, which if you ordered today would not be shipped July 22nd. I chatted with “Charity” on the Verizon Wireless’ site and she offered me $30 off the the Incredible if I bought an accessory. Discounting a phone I can’t get for month!? Seems weird.

Verizon’s strategy is simple: blitz the market with powerful Android-based smartphones, which offer a great web experience, cam/camera, video, music – you know, the stuff brought to us first by the iPhone – and get all those customers to sign up for two years of Verizon wireless. Verizon could care less which phone you buy. It wants to send you those monthly bills which include a data plan.

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8 thoughts on “Dodge Retort: Droid X Debuts, Verizon Continues Smartphone Blitz”

  1. I have been sense a little heat this morning from several people not seeking to think that the Droid X inventory may be confined on launch day, as we reported before. Well we have just got five extra screenshots from 5 pretty significant markets and I would point out again of which inventory looks to end up being pretty minimal to me. A few associated with the major suppliers get upwards of sixty equipment, but some might just have 5 units. Now maybe these numbers are over typical for a Verizon introduction, nevertheless for a device this huge, I think I simply just thought stores might could have tried to have been overstocked.

  2. I officially can’t wait around for this phone, only only two days left and I just wish I can get my hands on one,. I have been reading a lot about the Android two.2 update which will come in August, just one more purpose to be psyched about this fantastic phone. Motorola and Verizon claim they will update the phone to Android 2.2 “late summer time.” It will probably be an over-the-air update. However out-of-the box on its July 15 launch it may have Android 2.1.

  3. Sure Verizon is in it for the money. So are all the rest of the wireless carriers. I’ve been with Verizon for 10 years. From what I’ve read, they have the best network coverage. The fanciest cellphone isn’t worth anything if you can’t make a call or download any data.

  4. Verizon was not even thought of until sometime after 94. I got my first mobile bag phone then, used Southern Bell as provider. Verizon is a conglomerate of several phone companies that banded together to form Verizon some time after

  5. The problem is that the plans aren’t cheap and you cannot get Media Phones without an ADDITIONAL $9.99 Charge on top of it
    Nor can you get Smart Phones like the Droid without tacking on the additional $29.99 Fee/month
    You get the Unlimited Talk/Text Plan and you are looking at some serious money Verizon wants you to shell out/month

    If they had varied Plans for Data usage as well as Phone service that’d be great but to broadly tack on another $30 to your phone bill is a bit excessive to me.

  6. I have been with Verizon for quite some time now, and 2 months ago got my Driod, which I have been watching since it’s inception. I totally love the Driod, and the service has never failed me. The apps are good, the coverage execptional, even out in the mountains of Idaho and Montana. As far as smart phones go, don’t get on that you cannot understand, don’t get a supped-up MP3 player and expect to make phone calls on it, and shop around for the phon and plan that will work for you.

  7. I object to your opinion of what Verizon is thinking to he stated as fact as if you have a clue. They care about every customer and want to be the biggest and the best wireless network. I have been a customer since 1990 when I started using my first handheld phone. They have always been genuinely interest in pleasing me. It is good business after all.

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