Verizon LTE is back up, Motorola DROID 4 is a no-show

December 8, 2011
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Yesterday Verizon had an embarrassing hiccup in its nationwide 3G and 4G LTE service, with no prospective time for repair. Well, reports are coming in that service has been restored around the country, including the Midwest, where the outage was particularly severe. But there may have been at least one casualty: the Motorola DROID 4, which was set to release today in various internal documents.

There's no official confirmation on the latest entry in the original DROID line, so it's not as if the phone is delayed. And perhaps the company had already pushed the launch back, as it appears to have done with the Galaxy Nexus. Again. But a major outage of 4G service just before the LTE-equipped DROID 4 appears in stores may have dampened the company's zeal for a big release - it's certainly caused no end of frustration to to its customers. The outage came just a day after Consumer Reports ranked Verizon the most reliable wireless provider in the country.

If you're craving LTE speeds with a full QWERTY keyboard and cutting edge specs, the DROID 4 is pretty much your only option on Verizon, unless you'd like to settle for the Samsung Stratosphere. The DROID 4 matches the DROID RAZR almost note for note, with the exceptions being its 4-inch LCD screen, removable battery and an understandably thicker profile. It's quite likely that Verizon will make the official announcement soon, as they've already officially shown two new DROID XYBOARD (AKA XOOM 2) tablets and a white-clad DROID RAZR.

 


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  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    I say push it back to July so it’ll be brand new when I’m up for a new phone!

    • linuxguy

      by then you can buy a DROID 5

    • linuxguy

      by then you can buy a DROID 5

    • linuxguy

      by then you can buy a DROID 5

  • Ceria Mitchell

    I like how not officially announcing a device means that its release can’t be “delayed”. It’s like lying through omission. Verizon knows what rumors are out, and what dates have been leaked, and if they didn’t want to give the “false” notion that a device will be released according to those leaks, they could say “Pay no attention to those leaks – those dates are incorrect”. Hats off to Big Red. It has found a way to have its cake, and eat it too.

  • Hpuxconsulting

    Droid 4 was never announced by Verizon. I call into question the theory that this unannounced phone was held up by a Verizon network issue. The resources required to resolve a network issue are not the same resources required to market a phone and get it into stores. Quite simply the rumors about the Droid 4 were not correct. As noted in other sources Verizon commonly has a pre-order period before a phone release. That did not happen. I will be snapping up a Droid 4 when it is available.

  • Emissionofsgnl

    DROID 4 has a removable battery?? huh?

  • Makai_carter

    im really hoping that this droid 4 comes out because if it doesn’t then its just going to throw my plans out of wack.

  • linuxguy

    I REALLY REALLY want to buy the DROID 4. Can’t wait!

  • linuxguy

    I REALLY REALLY want to buy the DROID 4. Can’t wait!

  • linuxguy

    I REALLY REALLY want to buy the DROID 4. Can’t wait!