We have some important news for consumers in the US who are picking out candidates for their next smartphone purchase, as it has been confirmed that the highly anticipated Droid Bionic phone due to land on Verizon, will not be coming to any other US carrier in the future.
This is very disappointing news for those of you hoping that a variant of some sort would be hitting the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile USA or Sprint, but Verizon has confirmed that the handset will stay on their network permanently, due to compatibility factors for their 4G LTE network.
Spectrum differences between Verizon’s 4G LTE frequences and frequencies contained on other 4G LTE networks by different carriers is the sole reason why consumers won’t see the Droid Bionic land on any network other than Verizon Wireless. This now means of course, that the same process applies to the HTC Thunderbolt, the Samsung Droid Charge and the LG Revolution, all of which fall into the same category of being built for use on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Just for your reference, Verizon utilizes the 746-787MHz frequency range on their 4G LTE network, while AT&T make use of the 704-746MHz frequencies, as detailed over at Apple Insider. So which carrier in the US is likely to be the most frustrated knowing that the impressive Droid Bionic will stay on Verizon? We say AT&T, since the closest they have to the Motorola Droid Bionic at the moment, is the Atrix 4G, and that’s only HSPA+ supported. On the other hand, T-Mobile can boast faster network speeds with the HTC Sensation 4G, while Sprint customers are getting a double helping of pleasure with the HTC EVO 3D and also the upcoming Motorola Photon 4G handset.
With all this information digested, what is your reaction to the news? If you have a contract with another US carrier other than Verizon, are you secretly disappointed that a variant of the Droid Bionic will not be coming to your network, or are you happily satisfied with current and upcoming handsets on the way soon?
Verizon customers will see this news as perfect bragging rights material of course, but one player which hasn’t been mentioned and definitely needs to be kept an eye on, is the upcoming and elusive Google Nexus 4G. This handset is going to blow all current Android handsets out of the water when it’s out, so it will be interesting to see what carriers Google favor, as their last handset the Nexus S came to both T-Mobile and Sprint – will history repeat itself?
We’ll let you know when we have the latest release information on the handset. as the latest indication is that Verizon are preparing to unleash the handset after revealing a sign-up page for the device on their website.