Verizon today opens its developer's conference. Among BREW road map and development tools and network APIs, Verizon also reminds its application development community that it's a carrier who cares about smartphones with the latest BlackBerry Tour smartphone leading the pack.
Here is more info on what Verizon is pitching to the developers:
"Business professionals and consumers ? be it the mom who has to juggle after-school schedules for her kids; the college student who needs to e-mail his professor; or the couple who wants to share their travel experiences with family members around the globe ? will find a smartphone that matches their lifestyles.
Verizon Wireless smartphones offer:
* Global Capabilities ? A smartphone from Verizon Wireless with global capabilities allows customers to access their e-mails and corporate data in more than 180 destinations and place voice calls in more than 220 destinations. Global devices include the BlackBerry Tour, BlackBerry Storm smartphone, HTC Ozone, Samsung Saga and the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone in Silver.
* Touch Screen ? Customers can choose from a number of touch screen smartphones, including the world?s first ?clickable? touch screen on the BlackBerry Storm. Other touch screen smartphones include the Verizon Wireless XV6900, Samsung Omnia, Samsung Saga, HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro.
* Access to Verizon Wireless Services ? Only Verizon Wireless smartphones offer the company?s signature services, such as turn-by-turn directions with VZ Navigator, Visual Voice Mail that can prioritize messages, and V CAST Music with Rhapsody?s library of millions of songs to download and enjoy. Most smartphones also can be tethered to notebook computers, turning a Verizon Wireless smartphone into a modem to access the wireless leader?s Mobile Broadband network.
* Selection of Operating Systems ? Customers can also choose a smartphone that runs their preferred platform: Windows Mobile or BlackBerry.
* WiFi ? Customers wanting the option of using WiFi will find that Verizon Wireless has a selection of smartphones that can run on the nation?s most reliable network and are also WiFi-capable.
Verizon Wireless? ongoing investments and enhancements of its network ensure smartphone customers can stay connected from coast to coast. The company has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed in 2000 ? $5.5 billion on average every year. In each of the last four years, Verizon Wireless invested $6.5 billion or more to expand and advance its network.
Pricing for Verizon Wireless smartphones begins at $9.99 with the Verizon Wireless XV6900 (while supplies last), with models such as the new BlackBerry Tour available for $199.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate on a new two-year customer agreement on voice plan with e-mail feature or e-mail plan. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Email and Web plans for smartphones begin at $29.99 monthly access when added to any Nationwide voice plan.
Customers can select from these Verizon Wireless smartphones: * HTC Ozone * Verizon Wireless XV6900 * Motorola MOTO Q 9m * Verizon Wireless SMT5800 * Samsung Saga * Samsung Omnia * HTC Touch Diamond * HTC Touch Pro * BlackBerry 8703e * BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone * BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone in Pink and Silver * BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 smartphone * BlackBerry Storm smartphone * BlackBerry Tour smartphone(with and without a camera)
For information on smartphones from Verizon Wireless and voice and data plans, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com Business customers may contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ."
More news coming out of Verizon Developers Conference:
Verizon Wireless announced an agreement with Qualcomm to promote growth on the BREW platform. Verizon and Qualcomm are focused on rolling out new features, including a recommendation engine, powered by Qualcomm subsidiary Xiam Technologies, that improves the discovery experience for customers, tapping into a catalog with thousands of BREW applications.
To encourage innovation and feed the consumer appetite for discovering and using new apps, Verizon intends to introduce an open catalog that simplifies certification and on-boarding processes. For developers, this means:
? Supporting free applications to encourage discovery ? Simplifying certification ? Improving the on-boarding processes, including time-to-market and transparency