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Live: Verizon’s CTIA 2013 Press Event

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CTIA 2013 is happening this week in Las Vegas and Tim is there in attendance for one reason, because Verizon scheduled a press event to take place, their first in quite some time. We have no idea what to expect once they take the stage, but you can probably think of a few good reasons. Will it be network related? Is their initial 4G LTE rollout complete? Will VoLTE make its first appearance? Or will we finally see the Verizon-branded HTC One? It could be a combination of all of those things for all we know. Verizon has been tight-lipped on this one, so stick with us during our live blog to see what happens.

The event kicks off at 11:00AM Pacific (2:00PM Eastern).

  • Deylune

    So when will Verizon actually announce their next HTC flagship?

  • brandon

    wait so is there another event coming today or is the htc one still not known if its coming to verizon?

  • William Murray

    i feel very sad now. After waiting on the forms for the htc One, this “announcement” breaks my heart.

  • Ruvim

    so glad i left verizon last month. coudnt be happier.

  • skinja99

    So to be clear, JLo was the big announcement today?

    Did I miss something?

  • Well this has been the least interesting year in technology since the dark ages.

    • j973

      I agree on that

  • j973

    Hmm is there any events scheduled for tomorrow

  • Rtoodeetwo

    *plays sad trombone sound file *

  • droidrazredge

    I missed the whole CTIA 2013 Broadcast is there an archive I can watch so I can see the whole fail in its entirety and laugh?

    • tomn1ce

      You really want to be tortured that bad…. o_0

  • Joe

    Will there be another announcement at ctia?

  • TJ Walsh

    After this abomination of an announcement I went ahead and ordered my GS4 today. Extremely disappointed (or should I say muy mal???)

  • SirLancelotTheBrave

    Well that completely insulted my intelligence.

  • ddevito

    J-Lo’s the new HTC CEO?

  • Michael Tate

    Who wants to take bets on how many of these stores actually open before the whole thing just flops?
    … and the question isn’t will it flop … the question is … will it flop faster then the HTC First? I’ll give it half a dozen stores max and maybe 3 months before it folds up as a failure.

    PS: I’m all for diversity … but this project is a train wreck waiting to happen.

  • SA_NYC

    Instant DL survey: Was that the worst press conference ever by any major US corporation? Survey says…

  • David Marzluf

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    I can not believe this.
    BIONIC please tell me a rumor please I need to get my mind off of the fact I want to throw my verizon phone across the street right now

  • CGull

    “By the end of this, you will have something to tweet about!”

    They sure were right! The entire viewer-base has proceeded to tweet about the stupidity and joke that is your “Press Event”!

  • mustbepbs

    What.

    The.

    F***?

    What is this I don’t even. Why did they waste everyone’s time with this?

    • Well… Sometimes, a arrogant carrier like Verizon Wireless will like to play with its audience.

  • Verizon es terrible. Espero que su empresa va a la quiebra. ¿Por qué no podemos tener ningún teléfono decente y mantener mis datos unlmited preciosas.

    • Espero que Google tenga una empresa telefónica que destruya la cobertura de Verizon.

      • Sí estoy de acuerdo. Google tiene el poder de hacer eso. Me gustaría cambiar.

    • SA_NYC

      Pero no le gusta a Ud que Verizon tenga moviles para hispanicos como Ud? Claro que hispanicos no pueden utilizar moviles para nosotros ingleses…

  • SITH77

    complete and utter waste of TIME and BANDWIDTH !!!! waste of my lunch break

  • Sean Plantz

    Everybodys like “HTC ONE FOR SURE!!!!” Then J-Lo steps out on stage “I hope shes getting naked with an HTC ONE!!!”

  • Craig Huffman

    Anyone who claims they saw that coming also won 600 million PowerBall.

  • Someone

    I got my Galaxy S4 today. I was hoping that if Verizon came out with a Droid DNA 2, I could return my S4. But now, I’m glad I got my S4! S4 rocks!

  • Tony Byatt

    What made the conclusion even worse is that she said that the announcement would more or less blow up Twitter…

    • SA_NYC

      Agreed. That was the most absurd part.

    • Someone

      Come to think of it, she was right. Lot of people want to tweet about how crappy the whole press release was!

      • Tony Byatt

        True…

  • Eric

    My tweet to VZW “@VZWnews That was the most pathetic announcement ever. Are you gonna segregate shopping for all races? And where is the HTC one?”

  • SA_NYC

    Why is everyone complaining? I think it’s a great idea to have cellphones that speak Spanish. Hey, maybe one of these phones can translate for me, straight into Spanish. So this is a big deal, like the Verizon woman said at the start.

    • Eric

      You clearly no nothing about this announcement or phones in general.

      • SA_NYC

        Uh, well I guess all I can say is that, respectfully, you my friend know nothing about sarcasm. Unless your response was itself sarcasm, in which case, well played.

  • Matthew Jackson

    So do I stay on the page for the next luve stream? And when is it? This “big annoucement” was flat out stupid…

  • SpongeBob SquarePants

    We Just Got Trolled by Verion ROFL

  • Ronaldo

    So the X-Phone rumors were almost true. But it turned out to be the Mex-Phone?

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Ha!

  • possomcrast

    Knowing Verizon they’ll announce an HTC One equivalent device named the “HTC DNA 2” at CES ’14 being almost a year behind everyone else.

  • Geoff Johnson

    I’m watching Verizon’s stock go down faster and faster, LOL!

    http://quotes.wsj.com/vz

  • Steve west

    HTC zilch
    And now I’m ashamed to be a Verizon customer

  • Craig Huffman

    Lucy and her damn football!

  • Gary Heller

    Wow. I guess all of they hype and rumor about the HTC One on Verizon will remain just that. Big Red disappoints yet again.

  • Zack

    WHAT HAPPENED??? I MISSED IT

    • JohnBergman

      Nothing, don’t worry. Move along.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      J-Lo Announced the X-Phone for Latinos only.

  • rotz055

    So this is what VZW has been spending it’s profits from my insane bill on. Glad I could give J-Lo’s career a leg up.

  • cransr

    HTC UNO Exclusive for latinos. But seriously F**K Verizon and J-Lo,

    • tomn1ce

      Hell to verizon, but I’ll gladly F**K J-Lo

  • That conference was absolutely useless.

  • Ronaldo

    This event was actually staged by The Onion, right?

  • Eric

    WTF was that?!

  • Justin Larmay

    i cant believe we all just sat through 45 min of that crap

  • Josh Shaw

    So this is why no one goes to CTIA anymore.

  • And now Verizon presents the entertainment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    • Rawk

      that’s hilarious. there was a J-Lo banner right next to the video. that was too perfect.

  • Tony Byatt

    The Droid Life Show tonight should be good…I’m guess the first topic will be this disappointing Verizon announcement…

  • Zack

    So someone explained what they announced?

  • Tim242

    Verizon Trollololol. I hope you people hoping for a One, or magic x phone can move on now.

    • Warwick

      Now we can talk about who trolls harder. Verizon, HTC or Moto lol

    • droidrazredge

      Verizon does not just rule the air anymore! They troll the air at the same time!

  • alphanu22

    wtf did i just watch…

  • Sirx

    “Verizon has been tight-lipped on this one…”

    And now we know why–They had absolutely nothing to say. smh

  • David Marzluf

    wow i really am embarrassed to be a VW customer after that I cant believe this I want to hang myself

  • Jerry Huster

    What’s next? A service especially for gay customers called “Hayyyyy!! Mobile”? Blah.

    • JohnBergman

      Don’t give them ideas.

    • mike cignarella

      NPH will be their celebrity partner

    • Warwick

      HAHHAA. Now I feel like an idiot for laughing too loud in a quiet office! Thank you, you have made this “announcement” funny lol

      • Jerry Huster

        LOL you’re welcome… 🙂

    • Bionic

      LOL, this, so this

    • Tim242

      I hope so! I need a store in rainbow colors to make me more comfortable in getting screwed in their store. Hopefully, JLO is still available to choose the fonts.

      • Jerry Huster

        It’s my hope that our stores would at least offer reach-around service.

        • Diablo81588

          LOL

    • Guest

      Never mind.

      Thought you were another douchebag Republican.

      • Jerry Huster

        Nothing! We are fabulous! 🙂 hence, my point.

      • bob

        douchebag liberal..

      • KleenDroid

        I am sensing from your stupidity that you don’t like the fact that you have to work for a living. That or you fear that your welfare is in jeopardy.

    • I’m gay, and even if they had a gay themed verizon store…I wouldn’t shop in it. I want to go into a normal store like everyone else. Why should I be treated differently? Why should latino’s be treated differently?!!!!!

      • Jerry Huster

        That’s my point, Lucas 🙂 I’m gay and I shop where everyone else does.

      • Tim242

        Exactly! They should offer everybody lube, at EVERY store.

    • sc0rch3d

      your Creative Director Jay-Lo will pick out the colorsss and fontsss and casssess. @ warwick – about spit out my drink when i read @ jerryhuster post 🙂

      humanity took a step backwards today

    • tomn1ce

      That will be announced at IFA…

  • Nick

    And the ship sinks a little bit deeper…

  • Guest

    shocking. verizon fails to announce anything that anybody is remotely excited about.

  • BigMixxx

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????

    and Verizon stock price goes down more…

    I should go over and just beat someone feet off….

    • Thomas

      Oh geez…angry black guy. Everybody…RUN !!!!!!

      Just kiddin’ dog, we cool bro 😉

      • BigMixxx

        at least it wasn’t a chicken or collard green comment! lol

        • PhoenixPath

          Leeeeroy Jenkins!

        • Thomas

          Lol. Now that would be racist 😉

          *passes the buffalo wings*

  • Bionic

    The X phone is for white people only, just saying.

    • SA_NYC

      Well played.

  • Aardvark99

    So J-Lo opens what is basically a authorized Verizon reseller store…. and that’s news?

    • Jason

      This is the best comment I’ve heard so far. You hit the nail on the head. What a waste of a press announcement.

  • Eric

    WTF just happened…

    • aQuickBit

      NOTHING ;(

  • huh

    So this was basically a commercial for a verizon reseller?

    • SA_NYC

      Ha, yeah exactly. Well, I think actually for an MVNO, but close enough.

  • Warwick

    a good 30mins wasted from my perfect workday, what a conference.

    • SA_NYC

      Worst press conference ever? Survey says…

      • Warwick

        ever!

  • Zacharypt

    My brain hurts….

  • Tony Byatt

    Wow…Thumbs up for diversity but I am very disappointed…

  • Jason Kahn

    That was the worst presentation I have ever sat thru in my life, and that includes final presentations in college

  • mike cignarella

    lol..

  • thumper

    wha a complete waste of time

  • So essentially they made a Latin themed Verizon Store? How much of a waste of time and money was this for Verizon. Now I know exactly where that 30$ new phone charge goes

  • MatthewSimmons

    I have seen it all. I was so sure there was going to be a VZW HTC One today. Wtf Vzw?

  • ToddAwesome

    One word sums up my feelings right now. FACKWORS!

  • Wha… what just happened? I can’t even wrap my brain around what in the hell just happened.

    • sc0rch3d

      “I hope we are the most exciting thing to come out of CTIA this year” – i don’t even know how to respond to that

      • tomn1ce

        I can’t believe she said that with a straight face…That witch…

  • Mark Schleupner

    Are you kidding me? No HTC One?!?

  • Bionic

    I feel discriminated against

  • fakekellex

    oh. my. gawd. EPIC presentation.

  • zmberven

    Umm… am I imagining things? Or did that seem super-racist?

    • CaptainHowdy13

      I was thinking the same thing the whole time. I just feel so bad for Tim having to see that in person. Brutal

  • GarnetandBlack

    We all just got trolled. Hard.

  • bigdav1178

    Can I have the last 42 minutes of my life back now…

  • Zach Armstrong

    What a fail

  • Seriously? Thinking of dropping Verizon because of this horrid announcement. /s

  • Jeff Stevens

    is this necessary? no offense to latinos but they can not go to verizon they need their own store really?

  • Jack

    this is stupid we need HTC one

  • Stephen Freeman

    Damn I can see her hips from the front. The stories were all true!

  • Sirx

    Yes! All we need is Dave Chappelle to introduce the “Dat N***a Crazy” mobile partnership! That won’t be offensive or stupid at all! #multicultural

  • Josh C

    This is a joke.

  • BigMixxx

    Damn she is hot…who is that in the white…

    Oh hell, that’s J’Lo…

  • Derek Lockovich

    Verizon just tops themselves on stupid moves. Seriously, each and every “announcement” is always hilariously stupid thanks to Verizon.

  • col3rsc

    Who is J-Lo sleeping with at Verizon? I’m doing it wrong.

  • yay a $70 by JLO phone case

  • BloodiedWraith

    This is pure racism at its finest. Next we’ll see stores for white people only, black people, and coming in 2020; Asians! Also I can’t believe this was their big announcement. There has to be more or else I’ll be canceling VZW.

    • verizon is all about PROFIT by any means necessary, with the least amount of investment i may leave next may when my contract is up

  • WungFu

    It took them 18 months to come up with this plan….makes sense why the update process on Verizon takes so long doesn’t it?

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    In other news, I pooped twice today.

  • D.J. Cannon

    This is borderline worse than what microsoft did yesterday…

  • WungFu

    This is just awful She has no business being up there. It is a slap in the face to people who actually work in the space.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Thank God I switched to T-Mobile last week. Hello Nexus 4 🙂

    • Diablo81588

      Thank god no one cares.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Sheesh relax buddy lol

        • Diablo81588

          I’m tired of people announcing their switch from Verizon on EVERY article related to Verizon.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Why is it such a big deal? Everyone here is crapping on Verizon anyway. Don’t be so hurt

          • bob

            Im switching to sprint!! and glad about it.

  • Rhino

    we’ve been rick rolled!

  • Drifty

    I feel someone should just be that guy and ask “so…. we’re not getting the one?”

    • LionStone

      Hah, I nominate Tim!!! Do it!!

  • Rawk

    Verizon totally trolled everyone.

    • PhoenixPath

      That…was…epic.

      It would absolutely kill if an hour from now they tweeted: “Hey guys; Got ya! oh, by the way, $99 AOSP HTC One’s are now available in store and on the web!”

    • I thought the Xbox One announcement was bad. This is just a new low.

      • Ian Smith

        Low-pez FTFY

  • Bionic

    Im gonna go get some Taco Bell

    • Thomas

      X Taco 😉

      • Bionic

        lmao, with X fire sauce

      • nick rigsby

        @thomas is this the low end x taco, or the x taco with the s4 pro?

        • Bionic

          the low end x taco is just a taco with lettuce and cheese. The other x taco is the one with sour cream and tomatoes

    • I’d rather see someone’s hershey squirts after eating Taco Bell than ever see that press conference again.

  • huh

    Ha! J-Lo answered the store experience store better than Marni did. (which is to say Marni completely avoided it)

  • I have an unlimited data plan with Verizon for almost 10 years. The second I heard that stupid song playing I started searching AT&T plans. I am sick of this

  • Nick Norman

    Maybe the announcement will be the HTC “UNO” phone, only on Viva Movil

  • Bionic

    Oh my god so lame

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Where’s the XFON when you need it? Talked to Sarge lately?

      • Bionic

        no he isnt available

  • Sean Stone

    Didn’t take long to crown a new “Worst Keynote” King (Queen?)

  • zmberven

    I am absolutely speechless.

  • D.J. Cannon

    So for latinos only?

  • BWOOD

    JLO should just stop speaking…

    • tomn1ce

      You mean reading…

  • BWOOD

    worst thing I’ve ever watched live

  • Tony Dimovski

    I think everyone is speechless as to how pointless this is

  • huh

    Um… the majority of the sales associates in the Verizon stores in my area speak Spanish already.

  • Tony Dimovski

    this cant be it?!?! Seriously?

    • Tyler Casilio

      Well if the border was better and OB didn’t welcome illegal aliens we probably would have got the One

  • Oscar

    Sorry, im Latino but this does not strike home one bit!!!!

  • Jeremy_Bowling

    A service created just for Latinos? Pretty sure this is racism at it’s best.

    • D.J. Cannon

      That’s what i’m saying. Way to racially categorize…

    • aQuickBit

      It’s about creating “niche” content/services so that they look really good as a company to the government when it comes to regulation. Nothing wrong with it, but not very popular among majorities.

    • Right, what about us white folks

    • DoubleStandard

      It’s ok though, because it’s reverse racism.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Well, the in-store play areas are exciting. We all know Latinos have millions of children.

    No offense.

  • pubasnacks77

    As 1st generation Latino-American, I find this stupid conference ridiculous and condescending

    • Bionic

      For the Win

    • Futbolrunner

      Same.

      She really felt no shame reading that teleprompter word for word slouched over the podium.

      • tomn1ce

        Not to mention she couldn’t stop moving. I guess she not used to high heels….She was very professional slouched over the podium… -_-

  • Tyler Casilio

    I feel like I was kicked where it truly hurts. My heart.
    Why did I have to get my hopes up for the htc One?

    • Tyler Casilio

      I think I’m gonna throw up

  • Jeff Stevens

    whooptie doo

  • col3rsc

    yawn

  • Tony Dimovski

    what the hell is this? J-Lo? Really?

  • stem8987

    facepalm

  • aQuickBit

    Please let this just be an intro….this can’t be all :'(

  • all that just for this crap?

  • gamaliel hood

    i guess ill jus go study for my test again

  • Tyler Casilio

    I feel hurt. Hold me DL 🙁

  • possomcrast

    This livestream is really slow( I know it’s not droidlife it’s the site Verizon chose). I get 50Mbps down and it’s still choppy.

    • wordmoss

      I have no issue. MLB.tv streaming in the background, downloading a file at 1.7 MiBs, and its smooth as butter for me.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Is this a Joke? Seriously, the XBOX ONE was a joke yesterday, but this!?

  • Eric

    I could care less about vivamovil

    • Fozzybare

      couldn’t*

    • Joshua Fowler

      If you “could care less” then why don’t you go ahead and start caring less? I’m confused by your choice of words.

    • Start caring less, they don’t care

  • did we really come here for a partnership

  • are you kidding me with this vivamovil? This is the big news

  • Michael Robinson

    Android Police @AndroidPolice

    We’re live at Verizon’s CTIA press conference – be warned, we were told the announcement is “not an android.”

  • Tyler Casilio

    HTC UNO?

    • Guest

      HTZ Zero

    • James_75

      HTC ZERO

      • aQuickBit

        HTC CERO
        FTFY

      • Jonathan Williams

        HTC Cero

  • Andrew

    LOL

  • this is not looking to good for an htc one

  • Jack

    HTC ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • coolsilver

    Damn that was loud in my headset

  • Perhaps they’ll announce they’ll be carrying every Nexus phone from now on. HAHAHAHAHAH

  • Bionic

    why does it say my comments are in moderation? lame

    • bakdroid

      Sarge didn’t approve them yet. 😛

    • Tyler Casilio

      Me too 🙁

  • JohnBergman

    Personally, I’m hoping for no more contracts and HTC One! (Or something better of course…)

    However, I am expecting KY Jelly and a bad date.

    • JohnBergman

      Looks like that’s what I got, minus the KY Jelly.

  • I would get an HTC One MAXX only. Need that Motorola battery life.

    • Bionic

      agreed

    • Jack

      the battery on the htc one is already amazing it last me 2 days without charge. with havery use a full day and few hours

      • Not for power users.

        • Bionic

          this, 2300mah isnt big enough

  • Bionic

    Hell ill watch, why not, maybe we’ll see x phone mini

  • cransr

    Looks like im Getting an HTC One after all

  • BRIM

    An HTC One variant where instead of the “HTC” logo in front it’ll have the Verizon logo, just like they did with the Note II.

  • BigMixxx

    We know the DNA will be gone….
    Gonna be a ONE, prolly with an SD card. Could be increased data. but I betcha some verizon labeling is gonna be on the back of the one somewhere….

    Droid DNA DLX with 64 gig of internal storage…

  • Derek Lockovich

    Something dumb like usual. It’s Verizon. Come on!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    if it’s the One…I”m with that. If it’s increased data on plans, i’m with that. If it’s no contracts, even though i just signed one for the note 2, i’m with that. I don’t see myself leaving vzw so i’m with all of that.

  • possomcrast

    My GS3 is getting really boring…

    • Good News for U! GS4 out tomorrow on Verizon.

      See they got your back 🙂

      • possomcrast

        Yes but I have a contract.

  • Jack

    HTC ONE or an HTC phone for Verizon

  • coolsilver

    Last chance to keep me Verizon. That GS4 Google Edition is looking good.

  • Thomas

    Video feed ?

  • Geoff Johnson

    No more contracts! We have followed T-Mobile closely and realized that in this day and age, contracts are a thing of the past.

    • Warwick

      Only in a parallel universe.

    • Steve Thornton

      except tmobile still has contracts… if you get a phone that is a contract… yes its not a plan contract its a phone contract. You cant leave tmobile if you have a phone contract

      • Geoff Johnson

        I wouldn’t consider it the same thing though. With AT&T and Verizon you sign a 2 year contract and you can’t break that without paying an ETF. With T-Mobile, your phone is not on contract, you are simply financing your phone, which you can pay off at anytime and cancel service.

        • Steve Thornton

          i think you meant to say “you are signing a 2 year CONTRACT for your phone” call it whatever you want. you cant leave until you pay it all off, contract/financing/morgage/loans etc they are ALL contracts!

        • Adam

          same thing when you are on contract pay the phone off and end the service(ETF) is the reminder of the phone price its the same with or without contract.

      • Johnny Volare

        Sure you can, they just send you a final bill for the equipment, right? They shifted the contract from the plan to the phone.

        • Only if you choose to do a payment plan.

          • Steve Thornton

            well in that case you could ALWAYS by phones outright on EVERY carrier people are just fooled on T-Mobile to think they are “contractless” even though they just shifted it to the phone instead of the plan…. Please tell me EVERYONE sees this?

          • PhoenixPath

            Yes, yes, Steve. The contract moved from the plan to the phone. We get it.

            You can chill out now…

          • Steve, what you’re not seeing is that a payment plan for a device is a “contract” for 600 dollars. A 2 year contract for service is a commitment for thousands of dollars.

  • pubasnacks77

    If they do announce the HTC DROID ONE ZERO ONE ZERO ONE ONE, I may consider it. My GNex is starting to get a little stale

    • possomcrast

      They better not slap “Verizon” across the lovely HTC One design.

    • Zach Armstrong

      You forgot Droid Incredible One or Droid DNA One