Verizon says it is ready to sell Windows Phone 7 devices as soon as Microsoft is ready
As we reported, no CDMA models of the Windows Phone 7 are expected until the first half of next year except for the HTC 7 Pro which is due to be launched on Sprint, with pre-orders starting December 8th. Despite the pre-order date, the actual model won't see the light of day until early 2011.
Maybe Verizon is too busy right now with the number of Motorola DROID spin offs that the carrier is offering like the Motorola DROID Pro and the Motorola DROID 2 Global. Of course, there are all of those other Android handsets like the HTC Merge. For those uninterested in the green robot, don't forget that the webOS 2.0 flavored Palm Pre 2 is also on Verizon's Q4 road map.
Verizon customers, if Android or webOS is not your cup of tea, and you like what you have seen so far with Windows Phone 7, don't blame your carrier for not having any models to sell you. Verizon says that it is ready to ring up some phones using Microsoft's new OS. All Big Red needs is the phones to sell.
1. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I wish they would just come out with them already... cut the crap and deal out the phones.
2. Alvin Ashcraft (unregistered)
How are they waiting on MSFT for phones? Isn't that up to the hardware manufacturers? Clearly, the wp7 OS is capable of running on a CDMA device (or will be shortly) if they're allowing pre-orders of a Sprint device.
It sounds like Big Red is feeling the heat for being late to the party with the cool new handsets (as usual). I think VZW is just taking their time trying to figure out how much proprietary crap-ware they can load on the new OS.
3. WP7Fan (unregistered)
Actually its been stated by Microsoft that the first target for a smooth transition in selling/testing the potential of the OS would be GSM networks. Greg Sullivan, senior product manager at Microsoft, said that Microsoft purposely targeted GSM-based systems first because they are available in more markets around the world than is CDMA.
Also even HTC the providers of the first CDMA WP7 phone showcased the device but the device "wouldnt/couldnt" be turned on. Clearly this was done cause the OS either had a problem and/or HTC had made an agreement with microsoft to no show the OS running on a CDMA device at the event or even maybe till 2011.
That said it seems that Verizon and Sprint are now on board as the both seem to have a device heading in as scheduled so this article is correct in stating its not the carriers fault. Its a combination of the OS maker(microsoft) and OEM's making the agreement to start launch with CDMA.