The rumors of the HTC Incredible coming to Verizon (s vz) are rumors no more, as the carrier has a preview page up that confirms it is coming on April 29. It will be the Droid Incredible on Verizon, keeping the Droid product line active for another handset. The Incredible has largely the same specs as the Google (s goog) Nexus One, that has been expected to appear on Verizon’s shelves for a while. Given the similar nature of the Incredible and the Nexus One, why would Verizon want both?
Google’s Nexus One web page still claims the handset will be heading to Verizon in the spring of 2010. It’s been that way for months so Google must still plan to sell the Nexus One for the Verizon network. The Incredible is a tweaked version of the Nexus One, and will definitely be sold by Verizon so it begs the question — why would Verizon want both phones?
I suspect it is Google that wants to get the Nexus One on Big Red, it is Google’s own phone after all. Google has made no bones about wanting to get the Nexus One on all of the major U.S. carriers, so this is no surprise. I’m not sure why Verizon would want to support the Nexus One and the Droid Incredible both, however, and I can’t see Big Red offering good subsidies on both handsets. The Droid Incredible, as a network phone, yes, but the Nexus One, no. The Nexus One will be competing with Verizon’s own handset now, and that just doesn’t make sense.
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