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Motorola Droid From Verizon Gives Business Users A New Anti IPhone

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 10/29/2009

Droid from Verizon targets iPhone users in new ads.

The smartphone market for business users just got a lot more interesting with the addition of the Motorola Droid from Verizon Wireless, a touchscreen smartphone on Google's Android 2.0 operating system that aims straight at the iPhone.

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This could be great news for small business owners looking for smartphones for their employees, because the Verizon Droid supports Microsoft Exchange for business email. The iPhone 3GS also supports Exchange, but older iPhones do not have an encrypted connection.

The Droid features a touchscreen slightly larger than the iPhone, but comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. The device is also preloaded with Google Maps Navigator for turn-by-turn GPS directions.

Although Droid ads paid for by Verizon depicting the iPhone as the "iDon't" target rival telecom AT&T, which has the iPhone contract exclusively until next year, there are news reports of Verizon's interest in getting a deal to carry the iPhone.

One Wall Street analyst predicted this week that Verizon will get the iPhone contract next year, because AT&T has been burdened by subsidizing the true cost of the handsets, Computerworld reported.

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