Recently, Verizon has literally kissed Microsoft’s Bing on its butt by forcing its Storm 2 Blackberries to use Bing only on their browser search boxes.
Well, I guess Microsoft is trying to do everything to get a share of the browser/search market since IE has fallen off world browser dominance.
Verizon has unilaterally updated user Storm 2 BlackBerries and other smartphones so that their browser search boxes can only be used with Microsoft Bing.
The move is part of the five-year search and advertising deal Verizon signed with Microsoft in January for a rumored $500m.
This has obviously upset some Verizon users:
This frustrates the heck out of me. On the phone with VZW right now. The rep is telling me that she can choose search options from her non-Storm phone, so she’s off to get a Storm to find out what the deal is. Will post results. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr,” writes one user.
My earnest wishes are the Microsoft concentrates on what they do best, which is in my mind making operating systems and mice. Of course, we will have to see if this Verizon/Microsoft deal is even illegal, there’s rumors that monopolizing browser search boxes could no long be legal soon.
I just hate to see companies such as Verizon trying to make a few bucks off people’s trust. In this case, they have sold that trust to Bing. I hope they change their minds if they want to keep their customers for long term.
Overall, I think users of the smartphones should “decide” on which search engine they want to use whether that be Google, Yahoo, or Bing. As for me, I am sticking with Google because it’s the best.
For those of you who want to revolt against Verizon’s new change, you do have a choice of also downloading a 3rd party browser such as the Opera Mini.