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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).

  • Josh Shaw

    So this is why no one goes to CTIA anymore.

  • David Marzluf

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

  • Sirx

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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 ;(

  • 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.

  • Guest

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

  • Jerry Huster

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

    • mike cignarella

      NPH will be their celebrity partner

    • JohnBergman

      Don’t give them ideas.

    • 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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.french1 Lucas French

      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…

  • Mark Schleupner

    Are you kidding me? No HTC One?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    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…

  • ToddAwesome

    One word sums up my feelings right now. FACKWORS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zkrpan Zach Krpan

    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?

  • mike cignarella

    lol..

  • thumper

    wha a complete waste of time

  • 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

  • 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….

  • GarnetandBlack

    We all just got trolled. Hard.

  • bigdav1178

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

  • 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

  • Bionic

    I feel discriminated against

  • fakekellex

    oh. my. gawd. EPIC presentation.

  • Zach Armstrong

    What a fail

  • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

    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?

  • Stephen Freeman

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

  • Jack

    this is stupid we need HTC one

  • Derek Lockovich

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

  • BigMixxx

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

    Oh hell, that’s J’Lo…

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • http://twitter.com/Milleniumlance LANCE

      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

  • http://twitter.com/Milleniumlance LANCE

    yay a $70 by JLO phone case

  • col3rsc

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

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    In other news, I pooped twice today.

  • D.J. Cannon

    This is borderline worse than what microsoft did yesterday…

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • http://profiles.google.com/jdemuria Jonathan DeMuria

    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

  • huh

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

  • 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

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

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

  • 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!”

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

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

      • Ian Smith

        Low-pez FTFY

  • 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.