Leaving the Droid3 and Motorola
Well, its been almost a year on the Droid3.
I got a call yesterday from Verizon. They offered me a Galaxy Nexus for free ($30 "upgrade fee") keeping my Unlimited Data and the rest of my current plan. I wasn't actually DUE an update until next year or so, but Verizon offered it early, they said, because they want to move everybody off 3G, as quickly as possible. All I had to do was pick a 4G phone out of a short list with the Nexus (and Razr...) on it and extend my contract something less than an extra year. Two years from now, instead of two years from July 2011. OK. Free phone, why not ? As long as I can keep unlimited data, not that I ever use over 2gigs a month, I am fine with that.
Its my last upgrade ever with Verizon. I'll pay full retail of buy used from now on.
I have to face that the Verizon network is the only one that really provides me the level of coverage in NC that meets my needs. My company provides me with an ATT 3G USB dongle, but I find the Droid3 with the TBH tethering is much more useful. I know there is no way to wifi tether for free with a "4G" LTE phone, but the GNexus is exciting in a number of ways, and it is free (if you ignore the $30 upgrade "fee" Verizon recently imposed...arbitrarily...)
So, I get a phone that shipped with ICS, and that is someday - probably - going to be running JellyBean (not immediately, thanks again to Verizon). I can just keep my current Droid3 activated and let the Nexus hang around as a backup smartphone in case I have an accident.
Motorola and Verizon, between them, broke promises. I was promised when I bought the phone at a Verizon company store, that the phone would be upgraded to ICS, but it will not be and there is no real reason for this failure, technically. We were all promised that this and other Motorola phones' bootloaders would be unlockable, but that has not happened (probably due to Verizon pressure).
I know that with the GNexus I am entering into a whole new world of different issues, but at least I will now have a more or less Google phone, with real Android on it. If it didn't have to have the damn power wasting Verizon 4GLTE radio in it, I would be even happier, but I signed a contract and I'll honor my end...or pay the $175 (from the phone order confirmation system) Early Termination Fee and find a carrier that better suits me, if possible.
Besides, I don't have to actually activate the Nexus !
Took the Droid3 out on a kayak run in the White Oak estuary this afternoon, and it recorded the trip using Trimble's app while stuffed in a leaky zip-lock bag. Droid3 is fine. I'll probably switch back and forth now and then, for a while at least. Maybe I will do some elementary development on the Nexus.
Thanks for all the fish, Motorola !