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Google Closes Motorola Acquisition, Sanjay Jha is Indeed Out as CEO

With China giving their approval of Google’s acquisition of Motorola over the weekend, both companies said it would be a matter of days before they closed. It took two, as they finalized the deal this morning.

Google made sure to mention that Motorola will remain a separate company and that they will license Android, which will remain open. They also noted that Sanjay Jha will step down as CEO of Motorola and that Dennis Woodside, a senior VP at Google, will take his place as the new CEO of Motorola. This move was rumored all the way back in February. Jha will help as he can to ensure a smooth transition. For those concerned about Jha, know that he made $47 million last year and also plans to take home a massive check for stepping down, now that this deal has been completed.

There were no immediate plans for change specifically noted in the press release this morning other than the fact that Woodside has brought on an all-star team of industry leaders to help the company going forward.

Now that the deal is done, are you ready to see this merger “supercharge” Android? 

Google Acquires Motorola Mobility

May 22, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 22, 2012 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) has closed, with Google acquiring MMI for $40.00 per share in cash. 

The acquisition will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business. 

Sanjay Jha, who revived Motorola’s Mobile Devices business and led the company through this acquisition, has stepped down as CEO, although he will continue to work with Google to help ensure a smooth transition. 

Dennis Woodside, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as President of Google’s Americas region, has become CEO of Motorola Mobility. 

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “I’m happy to announce the deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation. It’s a great time to be in the mobile business, and I’m confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come.

“Sanjay Jha, who was responsible for building the company and placing a big bet on Android, has stepped down as CEO. I would like to thank him for his efforts and am tremendously pleased that he will be working to ensure a smooth transition as long-time Googler Dennis Woodside takes over as CEO of Motorola Mobility. 

“I’ve known Dennis for nearly a decade, and he’s been phenomenal at building teams and delivering on some of Google’s biggest bets. Dennis has always been a committed partner to our customers and I know he will be an outstanding leader of Motorola–and he’s already off to great start with some very strong new hires for the Motorola team.”

Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said: “Motorola literally invented the entire mobile industry with the first-ever commercial cell phone in 1983. Thirty years later, mobile devices are at the center of the computing revolution. 

“Our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world.”

Dennis Woodside has hired a small number of leaders who will immediately join Motorola’s executive team, including Regina Dugan (former Director of DARPA), Mark Randall (former supply chain VP at Amazon and previously at Nokia), Vanessa Wittman (former CFO of Marsh & McLennan), Scott Sullivan (former head of HR at Visa and NVIDIA), and Gary Briggs (former Google VP of Consumer Marketing). In addition to these new leaders, many members of Motorola Mobility’s team will continue in their current roles: Iqbal Arshad (Product Development), Marshall Brown (Chief of Staff), Fei Liu (Mass Market Products), Dan Moloney (Home), Scott Offer (General Counsel), Mark Shockley (Sales), Mahesh Veerina (Software & Enterprise) and Jim Wicks (Consumer Experience Design).

Woodside added: “Motorola Mobility has many outstanding leaders, including people who were behind the original RAZR in 2004 and recent successes like the Droid and RAZR MAXX. Our colleagues joining the team come from varied backgrounds, from DARPA to Amazon and NVIDIA, but they all share a track record of leading innovation at speed, and a great deal of excitement about the mission ahead.”

About Dennis Woodside
Dennis Woodside oversaw Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and is former President of Google’s Americas region. He has worked with partners, governments and advertisers in more than 30 countries. Most recently, Dennis was responsible for Google’s Sales & Operations in the Americas. In the U.S. alone, Dennis and his team drove revenue from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in under three years. He also was the lead business partner for Google’s advertising product development team, helping launch new ad products globally. Dennis started his career at the company spearheading investment across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was responsible for the overall go-to-market, product offering and acquisition strategies in these markets, which boasted a 20-fold increase during his tenure. Revenues grew to over $2 billion. 

About Google Inc.
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

  • akhnaten

    I would rather see them take those millions going to the former Moto CEO and have it spread around the engineers that actually did the work and are now out. Where is their millions for stepping down?

  • Destroythanet

    Good riddance. Sanjay had no clue how to appeal to a broad range of customers like the guys at Samsung and Apple.


  • I think I just heard For Whom the Bell Tolls playing.

  • Nelson Munz

    Do not give a crap about Sanjay Jha. He has made his millions, so if he spent it all, then he deserves to be on the breadline.
    Good riddence and do not let the door hit you on the backside on the way out.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    Wait, he made $47 million last year, or is that his total net worth? If that’s not his net worth, wow, what kind of income did he have the year before, a measly $34 million? Haha! That poor bastard, he will be occupying and taking a dump in some park, while leaving trash everywhere, in no time! All the while blogging about it on the “Man’s” iPad.

    But I’d gladly step down after accumulating that amount of income, and having it topped off with a hefty severance bonus. It’s hard actually knowing who are your real and true friends when you have that amount of money in life. Money will always be the best at providing a nice lifestyle, food, shelter, medical, etc. But in the end it won’t truly bring you happiness, you have to make that for yourself. And this is coming from someone who grew up dirt poor, and even after that was escaped from, the love of family and real friends was always worth more to me.

  • nsauce7

    Was always a Droid brand fan but currently rock the gnex because of Motorola’s former restrictions on their phones. I am interested in seeing what Motorola does from here and if they’ll offer a skin free top end phone maybe a nexus device as rumored.

    • nsauce7

      While I’m on the droid subject, anyone know what the point of having droid-life and an.droid-life is? Its not as if droid-life is exclusive to “Droid” news.

  • Stop begging Google. Let Google to fight with their competitors like Microsoft, Oracle and Apple and once we as Google/Android fan win all of these, then I’m sure Google will never disappoint us!
    It’s time for Google to act like a Baawssss!

  • regkilla

    Dennis Woodside? Why do a lot of CEOs have funny names?

  • If the “all-star” team doesn’t immediately sell the handset business they’re probably going to ruin the Moto reputation for build quality. They’ll start to look a lot like Samsung.

  • sgtguthrie

    “fastboot oem unlock”!!! Set moto straight Google!!!!!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Not only is Sanjay out, but so are about 30,000 other workers apparently

  • paul_cus

    Looking forward to the future.

  • azndan4

    Hurry up and die Motorola

  • Good! Jha is a dumbass.

  • enigmaco

    I am looking forward to this, being a droid 3 owner I now have some hope things will get accomplished.

  • Rotkaeqpchen

    If Sanjah Jha is responsible for the bootloader desaster then 1. I hate him, 2. am very very happy he had to leave. Go Motogoogle build a Droid 5 that the world has never seen before!

  • AndrewScottRox

    My only wish is that Motorola will squash the multicolored phones. They don’t need pink/purple/red/white/blue/black phones. Keep it classy.

    • Droidzilla

      I like options, and so does the market. I have a black RAZR and my wife has the white one (looks fantastic in person); why would you not want the choice?

      • AndrewScottRox

        It reminds me of the slew of original razr flip phones that flooded the market back in the day. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a rainbow of the same flip phone. I think the quality dipped because they were churning out so many phones to accommodate the color palate.

        • Droidzilla

          The quality of the RAZR is very high; I chose it over the GNex. If I can get it in the colour of my choice as well, why not? I won’t accuse Motorola of ditching quality for quantity until they’ve done so, and that simply isn’t the case for the RAZR.

          • AndrewScottRox

            Please re-read my comment as I was referring to the old razr flip phones. Brand saturation is a real thing and if you flood the market with 20 different colors of the same phone, your brand loses impact.

    • sc4fpse

      I don’t see why they should. I always liked seeing multiple color options. The whole Model T color idea scheme for Android devices has been stupid. Black or dark grey gets really boring really fast. What companies like Motorola should NOT do, however, is release different colors over time and then charge a premium for them. If the device does not have gold flakes in it, a different color is not a valid reason for a price premium.

  • Gary Patrowicz

    It might be to late now that moto has run their mobile company in to the ground with shady advertising weekly releases and no support 3 months after a device is released
    If your still waiting for a update from moto or for them to unlock your bootloader please repost this to all moto announcments!!!

  • NorCalGuy

    Hey motor has a chance again as long as their marketing is for humans and not robots

  • A golden parachute of sorts for Jha: $61M. Not bad for a company that posted losses in the last few quarters.

    • Droidzilla

      And that was headed for bankruptcy before he took the helm. We can hate on Jha for locked bootloaders and Blur all we like (and we do have some reason), but let’s not pretend he wasn’t good for Motorola.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      But those losses were after the Google merger began and Jha was relieved of his duties. He hasn’t been seen or heard from in months. He has nothing to do with the recent losses.

  • moelsen8

    Good riddance sanjay

  • florious80

    Moto Nexus is the logical step here. That’s not to say there won’t be other Nexi(?) since Google already stated that more than one company will carry future Nexi. Looking forward to them.

    • Droidzilla

      Agreed. I really think that this was Google’s strategy from the acquisition start: make their own “Nexus” device annually via Motorola, but all other OEMs are welcome to make a Nexus, too. Competing Nexuses, anyone?

      • Big_EZ

        Since Google requires certain specs and hardward it would be nice if all roms/kernels were universal for all the new nexus phone regardless of manufacture. That would be amazing for devs and users, with a simplified ecosystem. I’d like to think all the arguing would stop , but I doubt it.

  • RedPandaAlex

    We all agree that Motorola is not going to be the one and only Android OEM ever. But I can definitely see them being part of a corporate strategy where Google offers complete solutions, including hardware, to businesses–things like chromebooks and tablets. They seem to be more enterprise oriented than Google tends to be .

    • Fattie McDoogles

      You don’t think that Googles plan is to slowly phase the other OEM’s so they can just make phones themselves like Apple does? Samsung is already working on their own OS to rival Android. Wouldn’t it make sense to cut the cord?

      • RedPandaAlex

        No. They don’t want to push OEMs to other platforms, and they still make money off of other OEMs by selling apps and showing ads. Android is not a zero sum game, especially with the variety of android devices available.

  • Droidzilla

    Now we’ll see if this deal was really made for just patents. Google may be altering the deal; pray they don’t alter it further.


    • florious80

      Actually I pray that they alter it further to include new phones with unlocked bootloader, efuse removed, stock android, etc…. =)

      • Droidzilla

        I do, too, but that wouldn’t have gone well with the Robot Chicken video.

  • amosk

    Poor Sanjay. I’m going to give him a call, and see if he’s ok

    • Butters619

      His $10 million severance packages says he is going to be ok.

  • hkklife

    Instead of a massive check, Jha needs a massive foot to the ass on his way out the door. Good riddance! Now, if we see an official ICS update release and a Droid RAZR HD announcement within the next few weeks, this will be Moto’s best-ever month in a long, long time.

    • Stewie

      We need true innovation, not a rehash of previously used ideas such as bringing back the RAZR meme though.
      time fo Moto to again make what I call “The 4 year phone”, you know the one that is truly different and groundbreaking, we had the orig RAZR, then the OG, now ….

  • r0lct

    I guess this will be a good indication what Google wants to do as we all know they aren’t going to run them separately for long. If they want to be OEM independent I’m sure we’ll see them sell off the handset assets within a year as rumored previously to a Chinese oem. If they keep Moto then I think their long term strategy is going to be to have Android development and Moto part of the same division.

    • hkklife

      Personally, I am convinced that a sale to a Chinese was going to happen from the get-go but a lot of the other DLers vehemently disagree. Remember, a handset manufacturer’s roadmap is pretty much planned out 12-18 months in advance, there is not a whole lot that can be done in the short term that was not already put into motion by the Jha regime.

  • eddieonofre

    Now its time for google to open the bootloader of all moto phones

    • htowngtr

      Google still can’t fight the carriers unless they plan on only selling unlocked GSM phones.

      • Droidzilla

        Why not? Apple does.

        • Google needs to take a stance like Apple did. They need to stand up to Verizon and ask them if they can really make a go of it with just the iPhone and Windows Phone. The problem is Google might push the carrier while Samsung and HTC and LG all cave and say sure we will lock it down and much as you want. This is where Google has some power now. Motorola is a brand that no matter how much you hate them remember we are the minority. I know a lot of people that will never root or ROM but they will only buy Motorola phones because they have always had a good experience with them. Is Verizon willing to lose these customers to other carriers if Google leans on them? This applies to all carriers but since this is a VZW/Droid based site I only used them as the example. You can substitute Verizon for any carrier and the it still works.

          • Droidzilla

            Google can also say things like, “No Google services on Android phones if you encrypt the bootloader signature and/or use eFuse.” Good luck selling Android phones with no nav, Maps, GMail, Talk, Voice, Play Store, etc. It would be a big bet, but Google seems to be about the big bets these days.

          • Google could but this would be a huge shift from the current ACP which I don’t think is a step they are willing to take. Like you said though they are taking some big steps. I don’t mind having a bootloader locked because it does cause people to stop and think about what they are doing. As long as when they are unlocked we get the full feature set. A change to ACP requiring these features would be the easiest way to get it done. You will see devices more like the kindle though then. They have no regard for the ACP and are still selling a lot of devices. Gmail has pop access and other features that most people would never miss. Things like Google talk all have counterparts though. Amazon appstore and sideloading could become the norm. Google needs something that no one else provides to make OEM and customers want their apps. I personally love the syncing but most people don’t relize how nice this is.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          Apple has the number one selling device of all time… 4 years running… and there is only one company that makes iOS hardware. The carriers have no leverage with Apple. With Android they can say “we don’t have to use you. We can go find another OEM that would be happy to have us backing them.”

      • Fattie McDoogles

        No they are planning on selling Nexus phones out right to customers to use on whatever carrier they want. Like what they did with the Nexus One

    • Let’s be clear in what we want we want not only unlocked bootloaders but we want efuse removed as well. We don’t want this to turn into a HTC fiasco where you get an unlocked bootloader but are forced to use their kernels. What we really want that is the easiest way to put it is Custom Kernel Support in Motorola devices. We also want all kernel source code released so that new versions can be built easily.

      • moelsen8

        wait really.. you can’t flash kernels at all to unlocked HTC devices?

        • Not all of them look at the One X I believe it is. There is a difference now not all of them are obtaining S-Off Some can some cannot. it is not universal but there are devices that they are “unlocking” but not granting S-Off.

  • RedPandaAlex

    I wonder how fast we’ll start to see big changes at Moto. On one hand, institutional inertia takes a long time to change, but on the other hand, the leadership team and Google had a year to plan before the deal went through.

    • And they really did bring in an all-star cast of people to help run the company now. I hope we see some massive changes right away, well, as long as that means that most of their workers (non-execs) get to keep jobs.

      • htowngtr

        30k lost jobs is pretty hefty so one way or another the regular guy will get shafted

      • Butters619

        Yeah the list of execs that were brought in looks like an all star team. Hopefully we will see some good from it.

  • Illinipoke

    I’m ready to see what Moto can do with Sanjay gone and a Google man in charge.

    • I think we all are.

    • Hopefully not fail again. No matter what people say Jha brought back a company that was on it’s way out. There is a reason he made 4 times his pay last year than the previous year. His job was to come in save a brand and sell it. Mission accomplished. Now we can only hope that Google will help Motorola make a meteoric rise back to the power it once was.

      • LiterofCola

        Agreed, Jha did help bring Android to the forefront, so major props for that. Now, with fresh blood, let’s see what’s in store for the future.

      • Stewie

        I disagree, he stifled innovation coming from his own software backround. He could have stuck with what they do best – MAKE damn good HARDWARE and leave android to Google as in the OG.
        He didn’t, and furthermore, when out of ideas he goes back to the last thing that all remember moto for, the RAZR, to milk the last bit out of that line.
        Moto has had a history of waiting until their asses and company are ont he line before they truly come out with something different and innovative.
        Jha got lucky that they got the OG, plain and simple. If they hadn’t – then we don’t know what would have been the OG, but we know for sure Moto Mobility woud have dropped out of the phone game much quicker than RIM has.

        • Stifled what innovation? Lets not start confusing a more customizable software with more innovative software. Far as I can tell the ICS ROM on my Razr doesn’t make anything more innovative, a little nicer to look at but not much else.

          The Razr was a good move, regardless of how hard they milked that name in the past, it was generally a good phone and owners remember theirs fondly. It’s also a great name for what was the world’s thinnest phone, and still is the thinnest LTE phone. Brand identity sells plain and simple, and it’s been a success. You can’t fault him for that.

          • Buh?

            Agreed. The Droid RAZR is my first Android and what caught my eye initially was the name. Not only is the Droid RAZR a good device in-of itself, the name also sells familiarity and nostalgia — something that works when a company is trying to expand it’s customer base. Is it milking the cash cow? Definitely, but so what? Familiarity works, and in the end Motorola still rolled out a device that received praise after praise from numerous tech. magazines — and not just for it’s slim profile.

          • Buh?

            Agreed. The Droid RAZR is my first Android and what caught my eye initially was the name. Not only is the Droid RAZR a good device in-of itself, the name also sells familiarity and nostalgia — something that works when a company is trying to expand it’s customer base. Is it milking the cash cow? Definitely, but so what? Familiarity works, and in the end Motorola still rolled out a device that received praise after praise from numerous tech. magazines — and not just for it’s slim profile.

          • Buh?

            Agreed. The Droid RAZR is my first Android and what caught my eye initially was the name. Not only is the Droid RAZR a good device in-of itself, the name also sells familiarity and nostalgia — something that works when a company is trying to expand it’s customer base. Is it milking the cash cow? Definitely, but so what? Familiarity works, and in the end Motorola still rolled out a device that received praise after praise from numerous tech. magazines — and not just for it’s slim profile.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Now that there’s a Google VP (well, ex-Google VP) in charge, maybe Motorola will finally stop locking down their bootloaders?

    • Fattie McDoogles

      I wouldn’t count on it on anything other than a Nexus device. They still have carriers to worry about. And locked bootloaders and E-fuses make the carriers play ball. Just look at the One X on AT&T…

  • Chris

    god i hope they can do something with moto

  • Jha stepped down? Or was he forced out for being a silly goose?

    • He was probably asked to step down. 😛

    • Droidzilla

      It’s been known since the merger started that Google was going to replace Jha with Woodside.

    • Butters619

      His severance package to ‘step down’ was probably motivation enough.

  • Next step, unlock all of the bootloaders!

    • Scott

      Plus removable batteries.

      • usm_itcboy

        Why are people so worked up over removable batteries? The MAXX has a relatively slim form factor with an internal battery that rival external ones. Maybe people enjoy holding a brick to the side of their face…

        • Buy This

          If you flash a lot it is a failsafe for freezes and boot issues. I like the option of choosing extended/normal battery. Generally a removable battery also means expandable storage too. Use your brain before you post. Obviously, it isn’t about liking a brick.

          • Alot of devices nowadays have the ability to reset themselves with a button combo, especially tablets where the batteries are generally not removable.

          • moelsen8

            delete please.

          • moelsen8

            i don’t trust it.. i’ve found this generally doesn’t work like it should. maybe i’m doing it wrong. i need that battery pull.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            I have had to reset my XOOM several times and it works like a charm. More and more devices are going to have non removable batteries… as time goes on. Moto was just ahead of the curve. And with the RAZR MAXX selling extremely well due to the large battery that isn’t removable its only going to make them more common.

          • Mike Petty

            You are. The buttons are actually connected to hardware that toggles reset lines. It is pretty much foolproof, you’re just not comfortable with it yet…

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Thats not the case at all… The Nexus has a removable battery and no external storage while the RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and the DROID 4 have built in batteries and have expandable storage.

          • SolipsisticPsychologist

            Yeah I prefer to have a removable battery and storage as well, and I don’t see myself ever buying a phone that doesn’t have both. Plus, I really like comfort of knowing I can completely shut my phone down, with no possible way of it booting up and doing things unknown to me, by being able to remove the battery. I’ve read about some truly creepy programs that start the phone back up after it being shut down. But I know that’s absolutely impossible if I don’t have the battery connected to it. But in the end it’s all about personal preference, and I just personally like having the choice of removing the battery and SD card, makes things that much easier for my life.

            But really what it boils down to for manufacturers and carriers is, it gives them more of the same product to sell. Instead of letting the consumer have the choice to upgrade their battery and storage, they figured they were losing out on money and saw how people would buy different versions of the iPhone, at ridiculous prices compared to if you just bought an extended battery and bigger SD card yourself. And they figured they would take away that choice and sell different versions of phones like the Droid lines. Plus, a consumer is much more likely to go and purchase a new phone sooner if their battery dies a lot, or they run out of storage. Instead of like before when you were left with the choice of being able to buy a new regular or extended battery and a larger or extra SD card, and the ability to swap both out at your leisure. It is all just about the money to them, and the more choices they take away from us, the more chances they have to sell us those choices back, although in a much more limited and overpriced way. And like I said, if that’s your personal preference to follow suit and buy these phones, well more power to you. I just personally don’t like where this greed mindset is going, especially at the expense of my choices and freedoms with my device. To each their own though, but I’m sure some negative Nancy will find fault with my accurate assessment. 🙂

          • David

            I actually agree with your opinion. But their are a few benefits of having a built in battery, By not having a removable battery they don’t have to include the plastic around the battery compartment that’s used to “hold” the battery in place, so it does give them a little more space to work with, thus allowing a bigger battery to be placed in the device. Other then that, I don’t really see the benefits to the consumer.. at all. I’d take a phone with a removable battery anyday for the simple fact that If i like the phone, it should be my choice to take a new battery, or get a new phone. I shouldn’t be forced into one way or another the way it is now (which means “new phone” most of the time). I don’t care if it doesn’t have as “slim” of a form factor. You should have a choice, But you really don’t anymore.

        • Rotkaeqpchen

          Because if I want to use my device 10 years later, then there is surely no chance of having a living battery then.

          • why the hell would you wanna do that? Have you got one of those youtube channels that only puts up videos of chinese gameboy knockoffs and ancient electronics?

          • Big_EZ

            Internal batteries can be replaced, just a little more involved. Plus you would be out of luck with a removable battery as well since they will not be produced after about 3 years.

        • moelsen8

          i need a removable battery so i can pull it and show my phone who’s boss when it decides it wants to go crazy on me. will never buy a phone without one unless i have no other options.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            You do know that there is a way to force reboot on all devices that don’t have removable batteries right? You don’t NEED a removable battery if thats the ONLY reason you have for it.

          • moelsen8

            yes, i do. it hasn’t worked consistently for me on devices that supposedly have this method.

        • Raven

          It is very nice when you fly. I use up a whole battery on the flight and then just swap in a new one when we land and I am good to go. Without that ability I would have to resort to carrying around one of those external power packs in my carry on.

          • j__h

            The external is a better option for me at least. More charge and easier charging options for the external battery. It also works for other devices.

          • dqw

            Why not just buy a portable charger? You can get them from 1000 mah to 10000 mah

          • j__h

            That is what i was referring to and already have one. I was replying to raven.

      • mecevans

        I thought a removable battery was a big deal on my DROIDX. I hounestly never removed it. My MaXX gets such good battery life i dont even care.

    • LiterofCola

      Yes, to quell the Moto-haters.

  • AhsanS

    YEEEEES. Too bad their bootloaders will still be locked.

    • Jon

      I have more than a glimmer of hope that this will change. New leadership is a start of some fresh thinking over there.

      • htowngtr

        Still can’t fight the carriers and what they want. Verizon won’t ever let a non-VZW phone on their networks, I imagine, so you’re probably limited to GSM variants.

        • florious80

          Unfortunately I agree with you. Someone previously mention that LTE version may eventually be unlockable in the future as Verizon moves away from the CDMA network. But I have a feeling that V is not going to allow unlocked phones for their network, LTE or not. They love their bloatware….

          • Jon

            Just curious to your thoughts on the Galaxy Nexus then. Do you think its not really an unlocked phone then? I know Verizon has delayed an update that should have been out months ago, but I guess it’s still pretty much an open and unlocked phone right?

          • florious80

            I guess Gnex is a “unlockable” phone. My point is that V will want control of the phone in the future just like Gnex. Thus, you can’t buy an “unlocked” phone from another outlet without V’s approval. Which is precisely the reason why Google can sell GSM variant unlocked Gnex and you can buy it and use it on ATT (and Tmobile?) network without a problem. This has to do with the radio software that V is holding hostage and Google can’t do what they want with the updates. We have “more” freedom with Gnex than any other phone on verizon, it’s just not the total freedom a GSM version an owner may enjoy. T.T

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