DEBUNKED: Verizon Bing Deal Not as Bad as Initially Thought

Okay, so the rumor about Verizon’s intention to block Google Search in favor of Bing can be put to bed.  Business Insider has confirmed the details of the arrangement with a Microsoft representative.  What’s the deal?  Bing will come loaded on a handful of phones, but will not be exclusive to Verizon.  Further, it will not be on all of Verizon‘s devices.  In a nutshell it will be like this for some of Verizon‘s phones.  However, it’s not fully explained whether or not Google Search will be restricted on future handsets as it is with the Fascinate. I’ll assume that it will be unless we hear otherwise.

Sounds considerably better than before, however we still have a complaint.  Setting Bing as a default search is one thing.  Blocking alternatives is another.  Feel free to load all the bloatware and licensed apps/services you want.  Just don’t handcuff us if we decide to clean the phone up and adjust it based on personal preferences.

For what it’s worth, this is pretty much what our editor Chuck was thinking was going to happen.

  • +1 for Chuck

  • CJ

    The problem with the current MS story is that their press release from immediately after the deal was done,, clearly states that they were going to be the default for all Verizon phones. And as I recall Verizon started force feeding shortcuts to BING onto BlackBERRY devices, my Storm included.

  • Matt

    I don’t think that google search is blocked at all on the fascinate… I got one this morning. True, it is not in the market, but google search was not in the market until 2.2 since the fascinate is running 2.1, it is not visible. Don’t believe me? Search for google in the market on your Droid X…. search is not there. As soon as 2.2 is pushed out, it will be available. Also, I’ve had no problems with the GPS – it is perhaps slow to get a signal in google maps, but it does come up inside of 30 seconds.

  • Given time verizon will see the error of their ways. Verizon is in this business to make money And to make money they need to keep customers happy. Sprint is the only major carrier i’m aware of that does not care what is customers think.

    • WrlsFanatic

      LOL… yeah, clearly the large behemoth force-feeding search and navigation apps down its customers’ throats cares what its customers wants, but the downtrodden come-from-behind carrier with the cheapest data pricing in the industry is the carrier that doesn’t at all care what its customers want.

      Give me even one example of where Sprint doesn’t care what its customers want. It’s why I won’t give Verizon or AT&T my money… they’re just too big to care.

      • Annonymous

        Sprint really doesn’t care all that much… tell them you want to cancel and see. Trust me, I work there.

  • Still enough to get me to switch to Sprint. Epic 4G, anyone?

  • How well did the Backflip sell on AT&T? It is a unique form factor but the lack of Google search really sunk it as a consumer phone.

  • LOL… Sprint bleeds customers every month to other carriers. Read the news wanker! I was with his friend for 6 years… they do not care!

  • synoodle

    Bing on Fascinate? A phone I’ve been waiting for since March? Not with me,I went to Sprint because of this and vwz crappy customer service. Vwz didnt want to honor my NE2, after 2 months of arguin and getting nowhere,I went to Sprint because of that and I want GOOGLE with my ANDROID. If I wanted microsoft i’d would have purchased a windows phone. If Sprint did this I”d do the same again. I get so much more with Sprint,after 5 years CYA ugly red. I have the Epic and lovin it with GOOGLE!

  • mikeeeee

    lately, i’ve been getting better results from 1800GOOG411 than from 1800555TELL which is bing.

    i’ve been using tellme for almost 10 years now and it’s a shame that it’s going down the tubes like this.

  • SV
    I can’t believe this… Verizon sucks!! I don’t understand how even Microsoft pushes big, it obviously needs a lot of work still. As it stands, its a useless search engine. The worst part, if you call Verizon to complaint, they blame it on RIM!! see below the email i got from Verizon… After i complained again and called their lie, they admitted that its them who blocks Google. Bot how can a company that size have a policy to lie to their customers and blame it on their partners is beyond my comprehension

    Form Verizon:

    Thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless. We greatly value your business and we are committed to provide you the best customer service possible. I am sorry to hear about the difficulties that you have been experiencing with your service. Since I was not able to reach you by phone, I wanted to send you an email to provide as much information as I can.

    RIM controls this feature of the phone, not Verizon Wireless. Please contact Blackberry if you have further concerns.

    Most questions regarding your device can be answered by visiting

    I hope that this information is helpful to you. However if you need additional assistance, please reply to this email with a daytime number to reach you. You can also give us a call at 800-922-0204 and press option 3 for technical support. You will want to make sure that you are calling from a separate line and that your device is available so that we can assist you further. We appreciate your business and thank you for using Verizon Wireless products and services.

    Shane K.

    MW Data Analyst Team