Lack of LTE models was the main reason for Verizon's slow Windows Phone adoption

Lack of LTE models was the main reason for Verizon's slow Windows Phone adoption
Verizon's Keith Lampron, Associate Director of device marketing, said at CES that Verizon will have almost every single device on its network carrying LTE connectivity from now on, save for the push-to-talk gear.

This "hard requirement" has been the main reason to snub Windows Phones devices until now, he said, whereas in fact Verizon is welcoming a third viable competitor in the mobile OS wars.

With the advent of the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T and the HTC Titan 2, both the first LTE Windows Phones, Verizon will be more likely to carry handsets with Microsoft's mobile OS.

In fact, as Nokia pointed out yesterday, Verizon is considered a very important partner, and the Finns are planning to supply it with a unique Windows Phone proposition of its own, that will make the carrier differentiate itself from the rest of the WP offerings. Mum's the word yet what this handset might look like, or when are we to eventually expect it.

source: CNET

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15 Comments

1. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Cant wait for my next upgrade on VZW. Its going to be a close competition between Moto, Sony, and Nokia.

11. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

don't get a moto :(

2. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

now verizon woke up on windows phone because of lte

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1124; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I hear that this is only slow at reatil from a friend that does b to b

4. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I'm gonna have to agree with Verizon on this one. Two years on the market and not much to show for, slow slow slow! My assumption is oems do want to make WP but MS strict rules does not allow for new and current technology! OEMs have little ambition to build WP but alot for Android. Apple, they just make beautiful quality products.

6. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

"Apple, they just make beautiful quality products." Answer, this question tell me which Apple phone that was released that didn't have a major issue? Since their quality is so beautiful. Please enlighten me with the bug free, battery free, calling free (antenna), non issues that the such "quality" apple device not have... you must be a comedian - because you're funny... I'm not an Apple fan but you won't find me on an Apple article bad mouthing them. Why, because I don't care about the product. And for the record WP was released in the states in Nov 10. Therefore, the was 14mths ago and not 24mths as you suggest. But I realize exaggeration is sometimes made just to make a point. You say slow, I say diligent. If you're not a WP fan good for you! Go and move on with your Android or iOS device. WP fans like me will someday issue this retort - those who laugh last laughs best!

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I follow you on the first thought, but I do disagree. I love my HD7 and next to an iPhone 4/4S it still appears competitive. The only obvious feature that is lacking is a front facing camera. But where the hell does the Apple comment come in? That has nothing to do with the WinPhone issue. Were you just trying to name drop to have something to say about Apple?

12. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

yea i'm kinda lost too about where the Apple comment came from... i could of sworn this was an article about WP. i don't even see anyone's previous comments about an Apple device. anyway, i do feel like WP is still a competitor. unfortunately on Verizon we didn't get a phone like the HD7, probably one of the best WP offerings at this point. HTC Trophy seems to be the "LG Ally/Vortex" of the WP line up - so i don't think too many people were enticed by it. i wouldn't mind seeing a WP power house why not even a Nokia branded device like the N9? we'll see what the future holds.

13. illegaloperation

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Too bad Windows Phone has only been on the market for a little over a year which invalidate your whole statement.

5. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

"Apple, they just make beautiful quality products." Answer, this question tell me which Apple phone that was released that didn't have a major issue? Since their quality is so beautiful. Please enlighten me with the bug free, battery free, calling free (antenna), non issues that the such "quality" apple device not have... you must be a comedian - because you're funny... I'm not an Apple fan but you won't find me on an Apple article bad mouthing them. Why, because I don't care about the product. And for the record WP was released in the states in Nov 10. Therefore, the was 14mths ago and not 24mths as you suggest. But I realize exaggeration is sometimes made just to make a point. You say slow, I say diligent. If you're not a WP fan good for you! Go and move on with your Android or iOS device. WP fans like me will someday issue this retort - those who laugh last laughs best!

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I call bulls**t. I think they just didn't put money up because there is no set demand from an established user base. Which is totally justified. Verizon already took a lot of risks and got burned from so much Palm webOS love. I think its all bulls**t because they've thrown a lot of money behind the cdma only iPhone. They didn't show it a closed door because it didn't have LTE. Although I guess they did offer a couple Windows Phones overall so they didn't totally burn WinPhone fans. But the limitation of no LTE support definitely isn't a reason why they couldn't get a very high end CDMA Windows Phone along the lines of the HD7S, that's all I'm saying.

14. illegaloperation

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

A couple of notes I want to make: 1. When there is no demand: create one! Isn't that what Verizon did with the DROID DOES commercials? 2. Sprint was the one that got burned the most from Palm/webOS 3. Verizon currently only have one Windows Phone: the HTC Trophy 4. I do agree that Verizon has been slacking in terms of Windows Phones.

9. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Doakie just absolutely hit the nail on the head with everything he just said. Why didnt Verizon close the door on the CDMA iPhone? Actually this is EXACTLY like the iPhone. VZW is using ATT as a test market just like they have always done in the past. There is nothing new here, just history repeating itself.

10. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

It has nothing to do with LTE. Read my comment above.

15. illegaloperation

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

OK, so now that Windows Phones support LTE, how come I don't see Verizon announcing any?

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