Exactly what they did to the Galaxy Nexus.
"Hi! You here for a new iPhone?"
"No, I want THAT one." (pointing to Nexus)
"Okay... but have you considered the Droid RAZR? It's Android and very popular!"
"I want THAT one."
The exchange just validated my suspicion that VZW pushes iPhones and locked Android phones with lots of un-removable bloatware. The Nexus was, and still is, a phenomenal device... but it was not marketed or demonstrated in the store. Not a single sign anywhere for it. Oh, they had one on the shelf: but it was tucked between the iPhones and the RAZRs and reps just led customers to either side of it. At least that's what happened in my store.
Sometimes the most heavily marketed phone in the store isn't the BEST phone in the store
But, as it turns out, it still sold very well. Well enough for Verizon to carry the X - IF it's locked, unlockable and has lots of bloatware on it. If it's not, Big Red will hem and haw about it, and we'll have another launch fiasco just like the Nexus.
I'm Banking on it.
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