CEO of smartphone manufacturer says carriers are beginning to demand more Windows Phone units to sell

CEO of smartphone manufacturer says carriers are beginning to demand more Windows Phone units to sell
Smartphone manufacturer Infosonics is the company behind the Verykool line of Windows Phone handsets. At MWC in Barcelona, company CEO Joseph Ram has been showing off the Phantom, an unlocked handset that supports AT&T and T-Mobile's 4G LTE networks, and is priced to sell at $299. In making the rounds between carriers, Ram says that larger carriers are beginning to seek out more Windows Phone models to carry.

The executive sees the cross-device universal compatibility of Windows 10 as the feature that will start a new wave of demand for devices powered by Microsoft's open source OS. "Once Windows 10 is available, it could be a game changer because of the way the apps and services are going to work across all the universal devices," Ram said. Lower priced Windows Phone handsets are exciting the carriers the most, according to the CEO, which explains Microsoft's focus on new low to mid-range Lumia models.

And even though the new larger-screened Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus are selling well, Ram believes that "The carriers are under tremendous pricing pressure. The iPhone is costing them a tremendous amount of money, and that's a transfer of money from the operators to Apple."

Will we see a surge in Windows Phone demand later this year? The CEO explained that he met earlier in the day with a non-U.S carrier who has ordered his staff to bring more Windows Phones into the company. Once Windows 10 is here, we might be hearing more stories like that one.


source: PCMag

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39 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Well...great.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

This is great. It's about time we see a new windows phone flagship also.

14. Furbal unregistered

Need a 5.5-5.7inch follow up to the 1520. Looking forward to running windows 10 on my yellow ping pong paddle though.

41. sgodsell

Posts: 6846; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I have a major problem with "powered by Microsoft's open source OS". When did Microsoft say their Windows Phone 10 will be open source. They didn't. So Alan F. you should correct your article, because its not an open source OS.

49. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Well a 5.5-5.7 inch follow up to the Lumia 930. I believe 6" is the magic number for a phablet (especially with the new iPhone 6+ and Nexus 6, both with "6 inch screens".) Although I am fully aware that the Note has decreased its screens to a sub 6" zone. I have the Lumia 1520 and LOVE ALL 6" of real estate I get. I do not mind the size of the device at all. In fact I would be ok with a larger screened device if the overall phone size does not increase too much (thinner bezels!) But prefer to keep capacitive buttons! ^But that's just me.

25. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

And we will. Well... I think the new flagships coming with WP10 are worth the wait.

42. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Verykool.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

When you are on Top the only way to go is down. Well WP10 may have a bright future yet.

5. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Pretty much. Leapfrogging is the way of the world.

11. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

WP7 should fix the Windows Mobile 6.5 (did NOT!!) WP7.5 is the true WP, sales will goes up with WP7.5 (did NOT!!) WP8 is a LEAPFROG, it will surely fix the WP7.5 (did NOT!!) WP10 is a GOD OS, it will fix WP8, and have lots of demand (really??)

27. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Yes... It's on par ios features,app gap Is almost finished,only thing remaining is that devs update their apps...some apps like tumblr and pinterest are not updated for years....yes I have used w10...it will increase demand to some level but not how ms want,that's what I think

34. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

App gap almost over? Developer update their apps? Last time I read developer were pulling out the apps on WP.

35. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

@gueAhok The way this universal stuff Microsoft selling is that, say these people make the app for windows computer so it can work on the surface pro or any other laptop or tablet, those same apps will work on the phone. In other words since windows 8 or windows 8.1, and windows 7 will upgrade for free to windows 10, thats millions of customers who will be using windows, these companies cannot ignore the computers, so once they make the app for the computer, the phone and every other product gets it, so yeah, the app gap will be almost over in a short period

47. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

no it won't the apps that work on tablet or computer WON'T work on the phone. The interface will be awfull!!! You just making this up

28. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

the article said windows 10 is Open-Source , is it ?

40. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

almost, .net just went open source i believe

33. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

True, its impossible to go higher or stay the same when you are on top. Impossible.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sounds about right. Especially for employees, all their pcs are windows and now their work phones will be compatible. The business sector rules and when all ur techs run android simply because they do there is a huge mental shift to not use anything else. But then try to do my job with a chromebook or android OS and it becomes apparent you simply cant. Lets see if their bet pays off. Now devs have access to 1billion or so customers and immediate access to the tvs through millions of consoles. That is attractive to any indie or big time dev.

6. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Wp is an unwanted platform, by consumers and tech websites.

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You want a carrot troll?

18. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Pull that one out of your a$$ and give it to him, tough guy...

9. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Yes, that's right. 90% of lumia that were sold is the one bellow US$50. Maybe they need to add that user want is a CHEAP bellow US$50 WP device.

13. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

There are approximately 1.5 billion devices worldwide that can be upgraded to Windows 10. Hmm, seems like we might have one or two people that are interested.

17. TerryTerius unregistered

The future of Windows Phone is most likely in enterprise. It'd be the wisest place for them to push, and where the integration of their services would matter most. I don't realistically see them suddenly gobbling up market share in the consumer market after failing to do so for nearly 5 years. They may eat up Blackberry's share and the other OS's that the average person has no idea exist, but i'm highly doubtful they'll make a significant dent into android's share. They're basically an also-ran at this point. We shall see I suppose.

23. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Enterprise is a natural place for them to focus, definitely. But Windows is huge in the consumer world as well, and they will focus heavily on cross compatibility, specifically in gaming, with Windows 10. Microsoft today announced that if you buy a game on one platform running Windows 10, you'll have access to it on any other. Think XBOX --> PC --> Phone. That's a huge consumer draw I think. When it comes to market share, it's really just a function of time as someone astutely pointed out above. Leaders will be replaced, competitors will come and go. We can't be sure where Windows will land in the fray, but they have both the concept and the resources that could turn into success. While the U.S. is not a strong market for WP, we do also have to consider that there are other major markets where WP currently is sustaining double digit market share, so there is potential there.

8. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

"The executive sees the cross-device universal compatibility of Windows 10 as the feature that will start a new wave of demand for devices powered by Microsoft's open source OS." Is this a typo or miss information?? Microsoft open source OS?? Open source??

15. Furbal unregistered

Well .net went open and they are about the most cross platform service right now (office/onedrive). Things are changing

22. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Cross platform is not open source!!! open source is not cross platform!!!

37. Beijendorf unregistered

Open source can be cross-platform (Unix for example), but the two are definitely not synonymous. Microsoft's OS is as closed source as they come. The article writer desperately needs to edit his article at the risk of looking dumb.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I currently can't see myself leaving my note 4 but if Microsoft came with something good i wouldn't rule me getting one as a second phone

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