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Verizon: No Windows Phone 7 for Us at Launch

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Sep 16, 2010, 2:55 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Sep 16, 2010, 3:03 PM

Verizon Wireless has indicated that it will not be one of the first carriers to offer Microsoft's yet-to-be-released Windows Phone 7 platform, which is set to launch later this fall. Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney told BusinessWeek that it will probably support the Windows Phone 7 platform at some point in 2011, but didn't specify when. Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7 in February, and has recently made the Gold Master available to phone makers. Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it has finalized the tools that developers need to create applications for Windows Phone 7 devices. Microsoft is expected to launch its new smartphone line in the coming weeks. Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless ceased selling Microsoft's Kin line of devices after a few weeks. Despite the Kin debacle, Raney said that Verizon's relationship with Microsoft is solid.

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Sep 16, 2010, 3:03 PM

No Windows Phone 7 for Us

Actually they just won't be a launch partner.

Think WebOS. sprint was the launch partner, Verizon (and att) got it later
I agree with trojandrew, but would also add a third scenario: VzW are resting on their laurels with Android (as successful as it's "Droid" branding is) instead of offering a WP7 competitor.

I doubt exclusivity deals are an issue since there are s...
Who cares who gets it? WP7 is garbage from the get-go. Bloated, no copy and paste, etc. Who in their right mind would even want this piece of garbage?

Sep 17, 2010, 10:37 AM

Windows Phone 7 will be nice.

Really nice.

I've been looking at the UI and I really think it's going to knock the socks off a LOT of other OS's.

It still needs a lot of stuff (read: copy&paste) for it to be a great OS, but it has a lot of the basics down pat from what I see.

Verizon is going to be disappointed when it realizes how much they will lose by not taking it now.

DON'T WORRY though, it won't be long before Verizon gets the Windows Phone 7 and acts like they are the only company that has it!!!

Sep 16, 2010, 11:47 PM

Thank You Big Red!

Now I don't have to worry about Microsoft employees coming straight from their campus to our store demanding a free Windows 7 phone even when they have no qualified upgrade! Some of the most arrogant and stuck up customers ever, Redmond can be such a drag.
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