Verizon making Bing only search option?

Phones Review is reporting that Verizon may have struck a deal with Microsoft, putting Bing as their search engine of choice. The news comes from CrackBerry Forums, as well as the Official Verizon Forum, where BlackBerry users are reporting their default search engines set to Bing. Not only does Bing seem to be the new default, but it's also the only available option. Up until now, you could always change these settings, but from what people are saying, Bing is locked into place.

Some users in the forums mentioned above have noticed the change, but many say that their options are still in tact. It's still unclear what's going on here, but in the midst of users claiming to still have their original search options, zerog32, on CrackBerry Forums, says that "After a few battery pulls your choices will be gone." Many users seem to be in agreement with this. On the Official Verizon Forum, some users have reportedly called Verizon and received no help, as their tech support seemed to know nothing about a change. User HMM said that "A supervisor then also told me it me the change came from Blackberry, not Verizon." AzCellUser posts that after a Verizon tech connected with RIM, they told him that "VZW has partnered with Microsoft and has pushed BING to the 9550, 9530 and I believe the 9630. You can no longer use the other previous default search engines unless you go directly to their search page. This is a Verizon push and has nothing to do with RIM, I apologize for this inconvenience."

Did Verizon really strike some sort of deal with Microsoft? If so, does the deal only apply to BlackBerry smartphones, or is this change happening across the board? Maybe BlackBerry made the deal, but wouldn't that leave BlackBerry devices on all carriers with the same outcome? It's not uncommon to see a company set a certain search provider as a device's default choice, but removing all other options is unheard of. News is still coming in and Verizon has yet to make an official statement. Leave us a comment; let us know if you've noticed anything on your phone.

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This could be one of the unintended consequences of shifting to Microsoft's ISV Royalty Licensing Program

It would appear from the outside as though Verizon Wireless is deeply rooted in M$ technology now.

dotf said,
This could be one of the unintended consequences of shifting to Microsoft's ISV Royalty Licensing Program

It would appear from the outside as though Verizon Wireless is deeply rooted in M$ technology now.


With all the money you are saving not using Microsoft's products, how can you not afford to purchase a new "S" key?

omnicoder said,

With all the money you are saving not using Microsoft's products, how can you not afford to purchase a new "S" key?

LOL

Id like to hear the MS fan boys opinions, I remember them all saying Bing was a step in the right direction for MS and that we should forget their anti competitive ways. When will people learn, you cant trust any company.

Edit.. for some reason words are repeating themselves in this post yet when I click "Edit" there is no problem.

BigBoobLover said,
I've seen that glitch before too. Sometimes the last word in a line will repeat on the next line.

Probably has something to do with neowin not updating IPB for a year or two, some bugs that were fixed later won't have been applied.

Orange Battery said,
Id like to hear the MS fan boys opinions, I remember them all saying Bing was a step in the right direction for MS and that we should forget their anti competitive ways. When will people learn, you cant trust any company.

Edit.. for some reason words are repeating themselves in this post yet when I click "Edit" there is no problem.

Well, I don't see this as being a Microsoft issue. A lot of companies make deals like this. Search deals aren't exclusive to Microsoft... Verizon probably made a boo boo when pushing the search update... They're programmers are far from the best.

I'm still trying to figure out why my volume bar zooms in on my voice mail rather than increase the volume! LMAO

WhoTheF said,
If Verizon gets the iPhone then there's gonna be a problem.


Verizon can't get the iPhone. Their network is CDMA which this iPhone is not.

Nashy said,
Verizon can't get the iPhone. Their network is CDMA which this iPhone is not.

There are both CDMA and GSM iPhones.. America isn't the whole world.

Nashy said,
Verizon can't get the iPhone. Their network is CDMA which this iPhone is not.

1) Verizon's 4G network with they are readying is GSM.
2) A Verizon iPhone has been rumored for ages. Not saying that means anything, but adding a CDMA transmitter wouldn't be all that difficult I'm sure. At the very least it would be worth it for them if they wanted it on the Verizon network.

M_Lyons10 said,
1) Verizon's 4G network with they are readying is GSM.
2) A Verizon iPhone has been rumored for ages. Not saying that means anything, but adding a CDMA transmitter wouldn't be all that difficult I'm sure. At the very least it would be worth it for them if they wanted it on the Verizon network.

Converting the phone to cmda isn't really the issue. Having to maintain two seperate product lines, one specifically for one US carrier isn't Apple's style. Now, apple making a LTE iPhone and Verizon using it as a launch phone on their lte network is definitely a possibility.

This is ridiculous, they need a ballot so I can choose what search engine is installed by default!


Just kidding.

KSib said,
This is ridiculous, they need a ballot so I can choose what search engine is installed by default!

And while your at it their should be a ballot when you turn the phone on for the first time so you can select which telco to connect to :)

After all, how unfair is it that the telco you buy the phone from gets to provide you with the service!

dvb2000 said,
And while your at it their should be a ballot when you turn the phone on for the first time so you can select which telco to connect to :)

After all, how unfair is it that the telco you buy the phone from gets to provide you with the service!

That WOULD be nice. But I imagine the cost of phones would go up substantially without the subsidies...

I think with the wide array of services there are now with how big the internet is, companies shouldn't be so precise with what services will take care of what, this will broaden demographic as well.

LAMj said,
I though Verizon was in some kind of kahoot with google and their android?

Doesn't hurt to play the field a little :P

LAMj said,
I though Verizon was in some kind of kahoot with google and their android?

Verizon has been pretty impartial unless I missed something... They pushed the Droid pretty hard, but I think that's because they thought it had potential (Which it does). But they still have Windows Phones and stuff...

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