Well, personally. I don't think verizon will sell a phone that has WiFi. IF they do, they will find a way to control it so you have to pay for it to be active and usable. And I also agree. If this is true then I can really see the beta leaks for the Storm stopping completely because they will be working on the 'Storm 2'. This is actually bitter sweet news. imo.
They have the Omnia and the HTC pro...both have Wifi. I think they're beginning to listen to their customers. One more thing that people need to realize.....Verizon is owned by Vodafone, a European Company.....and Verizon may simply not be able to make all of the decisions on its own...it probably has to listen to "Daddy" company. Just my thoughts....
I came from a long line of Samsung smart phones from VZ, the I700 through the I760.
All had wifi.
Turn on the wifi and you could almost hear the battery draining, and that was with the extended battery that stuck out the back 1/4" or so. Samsungs battery was twice the size of the Storm's.
Wifi is great and needed, but there is a downside.