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I Am Now On Android Again! Why?



Well, you know I was doing the Android to Windows Phone 7 conversion a couple of weeks ago, right? It went well and I found that Windows Phone could be used as my “Daily Driver”. I decided to go with a swapping back and forth between the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Titan. That went well for about a week. When I used the Skyrocket, I missed things about the Windows Phone 7. When I used the HTC Titan, I missed things about Android. I was all set to go back and forth. Something happened to change all that though. I changed my wireless carrier.

I am not going to discuss why I changed carriers, but I can tell you all certainty that it was not to purchase the Galaxy Nexus. Sure, it’s what I ended up with after a week with the Droid RAZR, but it’s not why I moved.

The downside to switching to Verizon is that I am left with no modern Windows Phone 7 device to hot swap back and forth with. This is something I didn’t think through. They do have the HTC Trophy, but until Microsoft can deliver LTE support, Verizon is not buying (or selling). Verizon did make a public statement not too long ago basically telling everyone that Microsoft and LTE is what’s holding up their Windows Phone support. Until then, I guess I will hunt for a HTC Trophy as my backup.

Why do I even need a Windows Phone backup? Well, I do have the Samsung Focus and HTC Titan, but I need a live device. I have an iPhone 4 at my disposal for testing, I have the Galaxy Nexus now, and I need a live Verizon Windows Phone 7 device to round out my coverage of apps, tips, and tricks here at GottaBeMobile. I need and want to cover all 3 platforms to keep my platform agnostic badge. I will admit, getting set up for coverage has taken longer than I thought, but I promise to be a functional member of the GBM Staff soon!

So, Android 4 aka Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy Nexus for now!

Make sure to check out our Galaxy Nexus review, my initial impressions, and my 10 Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy Nexus.



  1. Anonymous

    12/19/2011 at 11:58 am

    I suspect you will see some nice Verizon LTE devices from Nokia early next year

  2. djross95

    12/19/2011 at 12:15 pm

    I just bought an HTC Trophy and I absolutely love it.  It leaves my old BB in the trailer and is a joy to use.  I think you’ll like it as well !

  3. Ike Pigott

    12/19/2011 at 12:22 pm

    Does that mean you have this old Titan just sitting around..?

    • Chris Leckness

      12/19/2011 at 4:39 pm

      Kind of. I need to return it to HTC.

      • Ike Pigott

        12/19/2011 at 4:44 pm

        I’m trying to get my wife excited about a WP7 device when the contract is out on her Aria. (She only does very basic stuff with it. Only apps she uses are email and calculator — and she doesn’t navigate to the Contacts at all. She has no interest in “learning” a phone, she just wants to use it.)

      • issieman

        12/25/2011 at 3:30 pm

        Doesn’t the titan work on verizon? is your HTC TiTAN unlocked to work with any carrier?

        My uncle is on Verizon but finds the Trophy too slow for opening word.
        I suggested he could get an unlocked phone Titan/Nokia from Europe where am based and use it on Verizon network, is that correct?

        • Chris Leckness

          12/25/2011 at 11:19 pm

          No. The Titan will not work on Verizon. Different celluar technology. Verizon is CDMA carrier and the Titan is a GSM Phone.

  4. Anonymous

    12/19/2011 at 12:29 pm

    I’m a bit confused. You can’t keep using your old phone because you switched carriers ?

    • Chris Leckness

      12/19/2011 at 4:40 pm

      Because the technology between AT&T and Verizon are not shared. I can’t pop sim card from AT&T into a Verizon phone and vice versa.

      • Anonymous

        12/19/2011 at 5:35 pm

        Wow, that must suck. Come live in Europe, GSM everywhere, free unlocking after 3 months of contract… ^^ No clue about 4g though.

  5. Frank McPherson

    12/20/2011 at 8:17 am

    You could go the pre-paid route. Either get a T-Mobile prepaid SIM or a Simple Mobile pre-paid SIM then either automatically renew each month or turn the SIM on when you need it. (BTW, Simple Mobile is a MVNO for T-Mobile, so you need to use phones that support T-Mobile’s data frequencies to use 3/4G services.)

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