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Nokia Looking to Offer Each Network Its Own WP7 Flagship

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Sounds like a plan

by Vmac39    Jan 11, 2012, 2:12 AM

As much as I like Windows Phone 7, Nokia will have a hard time getting Verizon on board. I remember reading an article stating that, Verizon would only support WP7 if it has LTE. Both Nokia and HTC have such phones planned for this year and Verizon has yet to want to support the platform. I believe that they don't feel the mind-share of WP7 isn't strong enough for them to actively support, despite the positive reviews from people who have tried or own the phones. It wouldn't hurt to have some of the low end Nokia WP7's on the smaller carriers, like Metro PCS and Cricket to increase exposure.

I can understand the mindset behind it but, at the same time, it really shows the bias that the carriers have towards WP7. Yes, Android sale and so do iPhones. But, I know as a customer, I would appreciate another option. Oh, did I forget the every failing Blackberry? Don't get me wrong, Blackberry has a very loyal customer base but, that is starting to get much smaller and they need a choice other than Android or iPhone.

If carriers other than TMO and ATT actually supported and pushed the phone, they would see great sales of the devices. It's about showing people that it is a great OS option, with great things to offer and has nothing to do with the old Windows Phone experience that seems to be plaguing the mind share of potential customers. The "But it's a Windows Phone mentality" is a major reason for keeping the sales down. Microsoft need to work more with OEM's and carriers to change that.

Hopefully, this year will be much different in the marketing strategies. Nothing against Android or iPhone. They are both great OS's in their own right and offer some unique qualities aside from each other. WP7 is not different and is every bit as good as either of them. It really all depends on what you want and need. With 50,000 plus apps in the WP7 market place and steadily growing at a rapid pace, you will be sure to find apps that will fit your needs. Granted, some major app from Android or iPhone have yet to be developed for the OS but, they will come.

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