Google, Verizon Line Up vs. Apple, ATandT

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2009-10-06 Print this article Print

At least in public, Verizon had been particularly chilly toward Google since then. Today's news blows that perception out of the water.

Now it is AT&T that seems to be Google's No. 1 wireless enemy. The carrier complained to the FCC that the Google Voice call management application blocks telephone calls from consumers who call numbers with inflated access charges. Apple has already rejected Google Voice.

Google and Verizon, it seems, are lining up to go toe-to-toe with Apple and AT&T.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt on the call today sounded surprised at how open Verizon Wireless seemed to be, noting that the seeds of this partnership were actually sown 18 months ago when McAdam flew to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., to discuss how they might work together. 

Schmidt also praised Verizon's data network as the best in the United States by far: "We had known of that reach, but we did not know until we spent a lot of time getting to know each other that they would also take a leadership position on openness, which was frankly enormously surprising given the history and old-line nature of telcos."

Case in point: McAdam confirmed that Verizon Wireless will support Google Voice, noting that "you either have an open device or not, and this will be open, and we expect to bring that application to market when we bring the first device out."

Verizon Wireless said Android phones on the Verizon Wireless network will come from leading handset manufacturers. Specific names weren't mentioned, but HTC would be a safe bet, as would Motorola, which makes the soon-to-be-launched Android Cliq smartphone.

Consumers will be able to purchase the phones in Verizon Wireless retail and online stores.

"Over the next several weeks, we'll begin to announce the initial devices and this family of devices that you'll see from us over the next several years." McAdam promised.


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