There hasn't been any official announcement by Verizon -- nor any recent public chatter between the carrier and the FCC -- but for whatever reason, Big Read has gone ahead and smacked some ten devices off its premium "advanced device" list that it had used to determine whether a particular phone qualified for the gargantuan $350 early termination fee
. On the surface, it would appear that these guys might be looking to appease the feds now that even Chairman Genachowski is getting in on the offensive
, but the more plausible scenario is that they're looking to restrict it to smartphones and netbooks alone -- the ten phones removed were all featurephones, including the Motorola Krave
, Samsung Rogue
, and a host of LGs. For buyers of high-end dumbphones, it's great news -- but for anyone who prefers WinMo, Android, or a mythical, non-existent CDMA iPhone, the fight continues.
*Verizon has acquired AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.