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Verizon lassos Pre, Android, and Storm 2

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Looking for smart phones? Check out Verizon's upcoming lineup.

The largest US mobile carrier will soon offer almost all of the big smart-phone brands, according to CEO Lowell McAdam.

In the next six months, Mr. McAdam says, the company will introduce a revamped BlackBerry Storm, its own version of the Palm Pre, and the first of several Verizon phones that use Google's Android operating system. Also in the pipeline are another BlackBerry model, a "cousin" to the Pre, and the return of Motorola making smartphones for Verizon, according to PC Mag.

McAdam's announcement accomplishes two things. It demonstrates Verizon's clout in the cell phone industry, which is exactly where the company should be, considering the rapid decline of landline subscriptions. And it undercuts the smart-phone selection of its competitors – especially Sprint.

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