Verizon says it will have more than just one Windows Phone 8 device for sale

Verizon says it will have more than just one Windows Phone 8 device for sale
Verizon  never really got into Windows Phone 7. After all, the carrier was kicking butt with Android and the Apple iPhone. And with the market share for Windows Phone not exactly setting records, it seemed as though Big Red had made a conscious decision to ignore the platform. But with Windows Phone 8 more able to compete with iOS and Android, it seems that Verizon is willing to take more of a chance with Microsoft's mobile OS. Talking to CNET, Verizon's CMO Tami Erwin said, "We'll sell multiple Windows Phones in the fourth quarter,"and we're pretty sure she wasn't talking about total sales figures.

Microsoft would love to see Verizon repeat the success it had with Android. When Big Red put its marketing muscle behind Android 2.0, which launched with the Motorola DROID in the fourth quarter of 2009, it changed everything. As the nation's largest carrier, having Verizon standing behind the platform would give Windows Phone 8 a nice boost. At present, the carrier offers only the HTC Trophy in the Windows Phone camp, and it is an older model that really can't compete with Verizon's top-shelf devices.

Marni Walden, chief operating officer of Verizon, says the carrier will work with Nokia, meaning that we could finally see a Lumia branded handset available from Verizon. Walden acknowledged the work that Nokia has done with the design, colors and accessories for the just announced new Lumia models, but added that Nokia still needs to work its way back into the U.S market. CMO Erwin says that adding more Windows Phone models to Verizon's lineup is all about giving the customers a choice. But the truth is, no carrier wants to be totally dependent on just one or even two platforms. And while she isn't sure if Nokia will have a new model at Verizon for the fourth quarter, she says that she is excited by Nokia's announcement on Wednesday.

While Verizon hasn't decided when it will add a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone, Erwin says that Verizon will carry a BlackBerry 10 smartphone when RIM launches the new handsets in the first quarter of 2013.

source: CNET

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14 Comments

1. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Good for big Red. I might switch to Verizon and say F@#$ Sprint! Let this be a lesson Sprint, get on the bus!

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

you are so funny to depend on carriers to choose your phone I buy phone at shop and couldn't care less about carriers

7. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

you are so funny... because your comment doesn't make sense =D ...I mean, I literally dont understand what the hell you're saying :)

8. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You need to get out more, bucko... United States has cell phones/carriers all backwards. In other countries, other than Canada, you purchase a phone, and then choose your carrier. We do it all backwards here.

12. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

My friend, I get out quite a bit. I've lived 10 years outside the US. Last year alone I traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, and the Bahamas. I carry a Movistar, Tigo, RedPocket, and Kolbi SIM cards in my wallet for when my plane lands... Im well aware of how the market works worldwide. I will gladly pay the subsidized Verizon price for my phone versus the full retail price. I feel bad for ppl over seas that pay well over $650 for an iPhone when they are now $150 on contract in the US. However, my comment was regarding the poor grammar that made it impossible to understand the message that denied911 was trying to convey. I'm glad you understood it.

10. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

dude, get off me, lazy pinguin

2. LiveFromMN

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Sprint is so far behind. To see Nokia back with Verizon will be a good thing. I'm excited

5. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Good!!! Finally, LTE Windows Phones! I love my HTC Trophy, but I'll definitely upgrade once these come out!

6. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

This is good news, but why add news about blackberry in a Windows Phone article

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It is related. Verizon is confirming what non-Android/non-iOS devices they are picking up. I am glad they are getting a BB10 device. The more options, the better.

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The rumors I have heard (through WP Central, where a couple of the usual posters claim to work at Verizon and have been fairly accurate in their gossip. Take that as you will.) said that Big Red will carry one from each WP provider- HTC (maybe branded as the Trophy 2), Samsung, and of course Nokia. The HTC and the Nokia are pretty serious, with the HTC device "all but official". They say the Sammy offering is the device they have heard the least about. This is so important to WP's growth. How can you have a prayer of improving your standing and building your rep in the US market without being on the largest carrier in the country?

18. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Thanks for this post... Makes my comments unneeded.

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

wow.. kinda love verizon!! so samsung and htc (huawei, acer blah blah blah manufacturers that will produce WP8) wont get the love of carriers in the WP platform like nokia have with its lumia?! shame... oh well, if people will buy a WP, its gotta be a nokia lumia... nokia's share was just down because of symbian.. so WP will be good! besides lumia 900 was a best seller for months... i love verizon,AT&T and T Mobile... sprint sucks!!! and i love that they will support BB10 too!!! but this will just end up on decisons on the pricing of the phones.. it should be lower to iPhone and the next beast of android!!! s3 and oneX is now at $200 oc-contract... so i think $99 will still gonna be good|! :) i just wish WP8, BB10 the best and Nokia and BlackBerry to be on top again... they should get back their righful thrown...

20. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Glad too see Verizon jumping on WP, I'm sure Sprint won't join anytime soon. They still got this iPhone debt

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