Aug 31st, 2011

If you’ve been keeping up with the rumor mill as of late, you would know that Verizon is preparing for a huge onslaught of premium 4G LTE equipped Android handsets later this year. Devices like the “Droid Prime, ” HTC Vigor and of course, the Droid Bionic. If you were feeling down and out having used your upgrade last year well, I have some good news for you. It seems some lucky customers are receiving emails from Big Red notifying them that they have an upgrade available a full 12 months ahead of schedule. That means if you weren’t expecting an upgrade for another year, well — you may want to check your email. Like NOW.

This news has popped up on just about every Android/tech/news blog and no one can seem to find a rhyme or reason for the lucky individuals chosen for the early upgrade program. I spoke with a close friend who works with Verizon and he was told that Verizon may be trying to reward some of their more “preferred customers” by getting them onto a 4G LTE device. 4G promotion? Sounds fair enough. I still feel like this could have something to do with the upcoming release of the iPhone 5 and Verizon trying to guarantee a successful launch but that’s pure speculation.

Anyway you slice it, this is an awesome move by Verizon and I don’t know of a better way to reward loyal customers (and lock them down) than by giving them an early upgrade. Bravo, Verizon. Hopefully the other 3 are taking notice. Any of our readers get their upgrade 12 months ahead of schedule?

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