Windows Phone 7 gets no CDMA love until 2011
Yesterday some news broke in regard to WP7 making its way into the American marketplace. Don’t fret it will indeed be here around October or November. However, if you’re a Verizon customer there will be no WP7 soup for you! A company spokes person gave the insight to Bloomberg and basically ousted the WP7 handsets at least for a little while.
Brenda Raney a Verizon spokes person went on the record yesterday saying that WP7 would not make it to their network until 2011. Why you ask? Well Microsoft’s strategy, simply put. Raney did go on to confirm however that Verizon and Microsoft’s relationship is “solid” so it’s not a falling out if you will. Today however brings a little more information surrounding Microsoft’s strategy and it looks that there will be no CDMA WP7 devices until at least 2011. Microsoft’s senior product manager has gone on the record with Cnet.Com and explained the idea, summing it up simply saying;
“For the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, so we focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011. That’s device availability in the first half and we’re very confident of that. That’s probably a conservative estimate.”
While it is understandable to take on the larger part of the market from the jump, this will surely disappoint some Sprint and Verizon users that are truly Microsoft fans and were waiting to check out this new OS. But again, business is business right and the size of CDMA based customer compared to GSM worldwide is most likely staggering.
Anybody disappointed? Or do you see this as another way to doom WP7 before it even launches. As a Sprint customer I was surely looking forward to taking look at WP7, but the wait continues, I guess.Sprint, CDMA, windows, gsm, WP7