One carrier to rule them all?

From engadget:

Think you’ll have to wait until June 6th for all the Pre surprises to emerge? Think again. A breaking Reuters report has just dropped one of the biggest cellular bombshells of the year: Verizon Wireless, America’s largest mobile operator, will soon be carrying Palm’s Pre. Oh, that’s not enough? No worries — it’ll also be selling a “new version of the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm,” which is obviously the Storm 2 that we’ve been toying around with. The report makes clear that both phones would be cleared for shipment in around six months, which certainly jibes with whispers we’ve heard about Sprint’s mighty short exclusivity period. The news came from the company’s Lowell McAdam, the top executive for the venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. To quote: “Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm.” First Sprint, then AT&T, and now Verizon? T-Mobile, where you at?
[Thanks, E]
Update: Seems Mr. McAdam continued on by noting that VZW would get the Palm Pre “and a cousin.” Hmm, Eos, anyone?

So Verizon is getting the Palm Pre, the Palm Eos, the Blackberry Storm 2 (now without inherently limiting click screen) and we keep hearing rumors from trusted sources about Verizon getting some variant of the iPhone. Probably not just a CDMA version of the 3G, as that would potentially violate their contract with AT&T, but I’ve heard rumors that Verizon may be getting either or both the iPad tablet and the iPhone Mini.

Admittedly, this is all speculation, but I’ve pointed out before that each major US carrier seemed to have a standard bearer smartphone platform. Verizon pushed Blackberry, Sprint had the Pre, AT&T had the iPhone and T-Mobile had the Android G1. Now it seems Verizon might be moving to consolidate everyone else’s marquee phones under their own banner. Anyone got any good Android on Verizon rumors?

Blackberry Blah

While I will concede that Blackberries have become real smartphones rather than the uppity pagers of yore, I have to wonder at the thought behind this particular announcement.

AT&T Relevant Products/Services is preparing for a Election Day sales surge on Nov. 4, when Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Bold will launch at AT&T’s stores nationwide for $299.

Communications – BlackBerry Bold Set for Election Day Launch

So they’re releasing a new product on the same day as the most important election in many of our lifetimes? Because that won’t be a distraction.

There have been rumors floating about for a while that RIM has some serious problems with the Blackberry Bold, among them heat and battery life. Despite the hopeful, happy tone of this press-release-masquerading-an-article, I have to seriously wonder if RIM/AT&T picked this date in hopes of turning what had been a hotly anticipated launch into a safer, lower-profile “soft launch” in hopes that any early adopter complaints would be lost in the hubbub around Obama’s election. And if there really isn’t anything wrong with the Bold, why choose to launch it on a day when absolutely no one will be talking about it?