In an interview today John Stratton, Verizon’s chief operating officer said they’d be distributing a Motorola smartphone to run on its 4G network. Verizon launched its high-speed LTE network earlier this month and tossed out a nice little USB modem to go with it but this phone is the first and only to be announced to be running on the network so far. Stratton noted, “We’ve got LTE smartphones on the horizon. Motorola will be right there.”
This phone should be released in 2011, but the exact timing isn’t yet known – on the other hand, this October Verizon Communications President Lowell McAdam mentioned that SIX phones and tablets would be on display at CES 2011 (January,) all of them expected to be in stores in the first half of the year.
Motorola has heard some concern from investors on their Verizon-heavy distribution as they turn into a stand-alone company on January 4, 2011. These investors worry that as the iPhone is introduced on Verizon early next year, Motorola might get pushed down to the ground. On the other hand, Stratton says that “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. They have been driving our Droid strategy.”
[Via Android Community]