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Windows Phone 7 to Hit Verizon During Holidays

Back in September Verizon revealed that it wouldn’t be getting any Windows Phone 7 devices at all until the start of 2011. Though the reason we wouldn’t be seeing any Verizon handsets until next year was initially not known, it later emerged that Microsoft had elected to produce GSM-only WP7 devices until 2011.

"We had to make some trade-offs," product manager Greg Sullivan said in an interview with CNet at the time. "Even Microsoft doesn't have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well."

Sullivan went on to say that users could expect Verizon handsets in the first half of next year, describing his estimate as a conservative one.

“For the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, so we focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011," Sullivan said. "That's device availability in the first half and we're very confident of that. That's probably a conservative estimate.

Very conservative indeed, it seems. This past weekend a tweet from the Redmond camp confirmed that the network would be getting WP7 devices in time for the holidays. In response to a user’s impatient tweet about a lack of CDMA devices, Microsoft had this to say:

@joeyjoyjoy #WP7 devices will be rolling into Verizon stores this holiday season and more will arrive in early 2011!

The Tweet has since been pulled, but Microsoft hasn’t offered any explanation or correction, so here’s hoping it’s still on track for the holidays.

Source: UberGizmo

  • firebee1991
    Let's hear it for some WP7 devices on Sprint!
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  • wotan31
    And like every Windows phone before it, it will be a miserable failure. Nobody is going to buy this crap. Sorry Microsoft, stick to the desktop, you fail hard at mobile devices.
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  • Vladislaus
    wotan31And like every Windows phone before it, it will be a miserable failure. Nobody is going to buy this crap. Sorry Microsoft, stick to the desktop, you fail hard at mobile devices.Actually the past versions of Windows Mobile were good for the time they were launched. The problem was that Microsoft rested on it's laurels much like nokia did, At the time Microsoft and Nokia dominated on it's respective markets and now are loosing market share every passing day for that mistake. Or have you forgotten that Microsoft first smartphone OS was launched in 2001, 6 years before apple.
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  • FLanighan
    ill stick with my iPhone 4 :)
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  • Yay, I want a verizon windows phone.
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  • Here are the Isheep, bashing on MS...So, be happy with your Iphone and travel the road less travel with your Idevices...I for one will get a WP7 as soon as freaking Verizon get them and if not, I am moving to AT&T where, the humanity, I will glance to some of you in the AT&T side of the wood.
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  • wotan31
    VladislausActually the past versions of Windows Mobile were good for the time they were launched. The problem was that Microsoft rested on it's laurels much like nokia did, At the time Microsoft and Nokia dominated on it's respective markets and now are loosing market share every passing day for that mistake. Or have you forgotten that Microsoft first smartphone OS was launched in 2001, 6 years before apple.No, actually, they were not good. They were quite horrible as a matter of fact. I was working at Compaq Computers in 2003, remember them? (or are you too young to remember?) They gave me a shiny new Compaq iPaq phone. It ran Windows Mobile 2003. It was one of the first PDA / Phone devices on the market. It sucked royal ass. Most of my co-workers at the time agreed. Nothing worked right in Windows Mobile, it crashed and locked up ALL the time. Sorry, Microsoft has an abysmal track record when it comes to Mobile devices. Yes they've been making them for many years - and nobody buys them.
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  • thillntn
    hmmm, the phone nobody wants, on a network most people can't afford. sounds like a great deal!!! actually the touch pro 7 would be nice,other than that I dunno......
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  • The WP7 is one of the best phones out there, give it a try before commenting. It is a worthy contender and will be playing good with both iPhone and Android in terms of market share. Only ignorant fools will claim it as DOA, I am using it and the UI and overall experience is better than anything out there. In terms of marketshare, lets wait for the official sales numbers, no point in listening the fanbois
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  • eddieroolz
    I'd like to see more WP7 models in Canada.
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