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Verizon Will Have a 4G LTE Motorola Phone

Verizon’s COO John Stratton, confirmed today that Motorola will indeed have a 4G LTE offering some time next year.  And while we’re pretty sure that phone is codenamed “Etna“, no one would confirm any other details including Moto.  Stratton did however, offer up the strength of the relationship between them and the “DROID” founders, which likely means this device he’s talking about will fall under our favorite brand name…

“We’ve got LTE smartphones on the horizon,” Verizon’s Mr. Stratton said. “Motorola will be right there.”

“Over last 13 months, they have done a very good job in supporting our business and have worked their way up into almost a preferred vendor,” Mr. Stratton said. “They have been driving our Droid strategy.”

None of you are surprised though, right?  The interesting thing here is the fact that they could have multiple 4G LTE devices out at the same time since the Motorola Everest tablet is also rumored to be capable of utilizing their new network.  15 days from now and we’ll know everything.

Via:  WSJ, Engadget

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Moto should make the next Nexus phone. Then they can't use Blur. {{-_-}}

  • Pete

    My original DROID 2-year contract is up in the fall of 2011; here's my Verizon 2011 Motorola Android wishlist:

    Front-facing camera with Google Talk support. Yes, this needs the vendors to work with Google, but they would blow up FaceTime with integrated video chat in GTalk.

    Get us a higher resolution to beat that Retina display crap. Take back the high-resolution crown that you had when the original DROID came out over the iPhone 3GS

    Unlockable would be nice, but honestly I haven't messed with it. As long as the stock install doesn't get in my way or slow things down I'm OK with it. I do like having the stock Android vs the motoblur and whatnot.

  • NYCLawyer

    I guess that is what my next phone will look like. I love my D1, but the thought of Slingbox at 4G speed? Yeah, that would make me smile. I guess the 4G data plan might make me think twice about it, though. I agree with you guys about Rooting – I did that for a while, and enjoyed it,but now am at stock, with few complaints (mainly memory space issues). And I don't know what Motoblur is – a friend of mine had a DX, and I couldn't see what people are talking about (she did get the DX very early on from a friend who works at Motorola, so maybe it wasn't loaded?).

  • Myoung7997

    looks like a Droid X? R u kidding me? Have you guys ever seen the Fascinate? This phone is Identical to the Fascinate. Look again and replace the Motorola Logo with Samsung and you have the fascinate.

  • chistian

    thats nice! looks like a really nice phone; if it runs stock vannilla 2.3 gingerbread

  • Asdrsa5
  • MegaSam

    Question. If you buy a 4g phone do you HAVE to pay for a 4g data plan?

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      Yes. Or at least, that's how Sprint does it, and I can't imagine VZW letting that opportunity to get a little bit more money pass them by.

  • Ryan C

    Usually a good tell tail sign of the custom UI overlays like Motorblur and Sense can be seen in the touch buttons placement and icon designs at the bottom. and this my friends has the same Droid 2 and Droid X icons and placement of icons. We can still hope its a open bootloader and no Blur tho

  • larry vashon

    As was addressed below. Please with the bloatware . I just had a friend of mine scratch a laptop reinstall an OS and the drivers. *Nobody wants the crap*.

  • Xbutler27

    That looks like the NEW DROID X WITH FRONT FACING CAMERA

    • J_McClane

      The Droid X looks better imo. This looks rather plain and uninspired.

      • Tarsis Brito

        i agree the droid x looks better and the key bottoms are also better. I hope they upgrade the droid x to a new droid with facing camara and hd display and that phone will be perfect

  • Gfcgfc
  • FortitudineVincimus

    the pricey 5gb cap on LTE that could be eaten through in 32 minutes concerns me

  • Michael_NM

    Mr. Stratton said. “They have been driving our Droid strategy.”

    Dear Mr. Stratton,

    Prepare to take the wheel on the Droid strategy. As VZ gets further in to bed with the fruit factory, your rise to “preferred vendor” will be in jeopardy. Here's an idea for driving the Droid strategy… Listen to the customers who actually use them: 1. Unlock the bootloaders. 2. Give us an easy way to remove Blur, and quit believing the myth that Blur has contributed to Droid's success. 3. Unlock the bootloaders. 4. Slow down on the number of devices you release, and accelerate the process of updating those in use. 5. Unlock the bootloaders.

    Thanks,
    A Concerned Droid Citizen

    • http://twitter.com/cheese Andrew

      im sorrry, but the average layman mainstream user is not going to care if they have an unlocked bootloader. heck they won't know what you're talking about.

      • Mr.Joe

        So true. I wouldn't be surprised if they actually love TouchWiz, Blur, and Sense. Though since the small majority want it I don't see the harm in unlocking it.

        • Cgmartin33

          Then I guess ignorance is bliss…I have been rooted since day two of owning my DX so I haven't had much to compare with. Since then I have turned three family members on to it. They all complain about the things that I don't…”this thing is slow and glitchy, etc.” It baffled me that the powerful flagship smart phone on VZW would get that kind of feedback. I can't tell you how important it is to root and use titanium backup. Forget flashing ROMs and the rest of the so called complicated stuff if you are a newbie. Just the ability to remove the crap and freeze the Blur items that you don't use has these phones performing like they should have out of the box. It blows my mind how many running applications there are the moment you activate a DX…let alone after a few weeks of downloading apps on your new toy. Just playing with that stock launcher to fix their phones had me sick to my stomach (thanks Fede). Bottom line is that it matters to a large number of people…I just don't get why they are still complaining. Im rooted, ROM'd, and OC'd and I have a “locked bootloader.”

          • vic

            how do you get rooted if you know nothing about phones. uggg.

    • J_McClane

      That goes both ways though, if VZ decides to abandon the Droid brand in favor of the fruit than Moto can then end their VZW exclusivity for their high end phones and make them available on multiple or all of the carriers. Since VZ doesn't own the Droid brand Moto could even license it from Lucas and be the exclusive Droid manufacturer if they wanted.

      Also, slowing down the release of devices is antithetical to Moto's business model so don't expect that to happen. Your average Joe blow doesn't give a crap about updates either.

    • EC8CH

      best part of your comment:

      “quit believing the myth that Blur has contributed to Droid's success”

  • http://twitter.com/cheese Andrew

    Its coming with Motoblur. Its confirmed, from an anonymous tipster given to androidandme blog. The phone is code named, 'Motorola Etna,' and will be the same spec-wise as the Motorola Olympus coming to AT&T in late January.

    OEM : Motorola
    Device : Olympus in preproduction
    Type : Phone
    Chipset : nVidia Tegra 2
    ABI : armeabi-v7a
    PRODUCT : olyatt
    FINGERPRINT : MOTO/olyatt/olympus/olympus:2.2.1/OLYFR_U4_0.145.0 /*********:userdebug/test-keys
    MEMORY : 837332 kB
    CERTIFIED? : NO
    UserAgentString : Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; en-us; MB860 Build/Blur_Version.4.0.1450.MB860.ATT.en.US Flex/P013) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

  • 1bad69z28

    Hopefully “NO BLOATWARE”, Yes, we are looking at you Moto and no bootloader either. How many times do we have to keep blasting through those pesky Bootloaders :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

    *Crosses fingers for Unlocked Boot-loader*

  • The350zWolf

    It looks like this bad boy will be the Droid “XXX” , Vin Diesel edition :^)

  • Droid Dizzy

    Can we get a stock android lte phone please! Excited to see what's coming.

  • Bigrob60

    Can't wait to see what this thing will do.

  • gns

    “almost a preferred vendor”

    Not exactly flattering.

  • BULL3T

    ok not first…..

  • BULL3T

    First. that looks to be a nice phone if its a 4G LTE device or not

  • Xeneize480

    Nexus S LTE Verizon maybe?

    • Keithsmnr

      that phone has nothing to do with Nexus..

  • JW

    MOTO not Motor

  • JW

    That only motor device that could get me excited for CES is one that isn't locked down.

  • Freddy1234

    First!!!!!