01
Dec
verizon

The endless teasing continues.

Verizon has posted the Galaxy Nexus version of their hideous visual voice mail app, despite having no way to, you know, actually use it. You can pay $2.99 a month for the privilege of using ...this:

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Why was this even made? Ice Cream Sandwich has APIs for integrated visual voicemail, carrier crapware like this is no longer needed. Get with the program, Verizon.

I'm sure those with cash to burn and a blind spot for aesthetics will appreciate this when it is finally able to be used, which right now is looking like sometime around 2054.

I'm not bitter or anything.

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Brendon

    Lol it also looks like they aren't using ICS api's,
    the menu key is in and the targeted version is gingerbread

  • SparklingCyaNide

    lol best. article. title. ever.

  • oddball

    breaking news. Galaxy nexus delayed until Verizon figures out how to load bloatware that can't be disabled by the user

  • MidgetMe

    Verizon has no release date set in stone at the moment. Right now there is a big infrastructure problem involved with their own App Store that they are trying to nail down (which possibly got dealt with just today) and Marketing isn't giving the actual tech guys a break in this development. Tech guys try to get the point across that they can ship without the App store and release it in an update later, Marketing guys insist it needs to be on the phone before it launches. Hopefully we'll have a solid date by Saturday.

  • Jacques

    So, now even the December 8 rumor is looking pretty damned unlikely to me. That's only a week away. One would assume they'd build in some pre-order time.

    I swear if they don't tell us a release date very soon I'm going to leave VZW and get an unlocked GSM Nexus on another network. Two of my friends have already done this. This launch has been as botched as can be.

  • Chris

    No way Verizon's app store is going to be preloaded on the phone before launch.

    • MidgetMe

      What makes you say that?

      • Chris

        I say that because my mind cannot comprehend such an abomination. It would be as if a million Android fans cried out and were suddenly silenced.

        • MidgetMe

          Verizon shoots lightning from it's hands at you sir.

  • taylordd

    If you're rooted, can you use visual voicemail (albeit not Verizon's app) without paying 3 bucks a month for it? Or is that privilege handled on Verizon's end? It seems like if you can use tethering without paying you should be able to use VV as well, unless I'm missing something.

    • Tkun

      Just use Google Voice, you don't even need to be rooted to use it.

      • taylord

        Oh, duh. I totally forgot about Voice.

      • http://www.detechticon.com Jordan

        I have the Rezound (placeholder for the GN), and I try setting up Google Voice and get an error, saying my carrier is not optimized for Google Voice.

  • Scott

    Shoot, Google voice which is free does the same thing.

  • MedioGringo

    Um, if this is for the Nexus, why the legacy menu button?

  • Christi

    I find this really interesting considering I just had Verizon replace my Droidx because in the last two weeks Visual Voicemail started doing weird things and then my Verizon Apps app updated and then wouldn't work correctly. Then my phone wouldn't download anything Amazon and some other various apps. I think Verizon is screwing with things they need to leave alone and just release the Nexus phone already!! Cuz they are losing a lot of consumer confidence. Why would you be so stupid in such a competitive market!

  • taylordddd

    If you're rooted, can you use visual voicemail (albeit not Verizon's app) without paying 3 bucks a month for it? Or is that privilege handled on Verizon's end? It seems like if you can use tethering without paying you should be able to use VV as well, unless I'm missing something.

  • john

    Agreed - great article title. Thanks for the laugh.

  • http://www.twitter.com/standateeze Aash

    Your phone companies and bloatware is probably the only time I'm happy not to be in the states to buy phones.

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