Friday Poll: What took you so long, Verizon?

The VZN is getting its first next-gen handsets, and its subscribers are understandably happy about that. But why the delay? Vote in our poll.

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A higher calling
Why did it take Verizon so long to get next-gen phones?

It was hoping for an Apple deal
It was waiting for Android 2.0
What's wrong with Windows Mobile?
When you're No.1, you don't need good phone
It hates its users

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A new option: the Eris. Verizon

Verizon on Friday is getting the Motorola Droid and the HTC Droid Eris, a duo of high-end Android handsets. These are the first next-gen handsets the VZN has offered, and its subscribers are understandably happy about that.

And it's about time. AT&T has offered Apple's iPhone for more than two years. Sprint users have been enjoying the Palm Pre for a while and can also opt for the HTC Hero, a sibling of Verizon's Eris. T-Mobile users have had access to Android devices for more than a year.

So why is Verizon so far behind the other carriers in offering these awesome new phones? Vote in our poll. And if you think of a reason we didn't mention, be sure to share it in our TalkBack section below.