No WP7 Devices on Verizon Until 2011, Tweet from Microsoft Was Wrong

Verizon Wireless will not be getting any smartphones running Windows Phone 7 until next year. Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Twitter account (@windowsphone) replied to a question with, “WP7 devices will be rolling into Verizon stores this holiday season and more will arrive in early 2011.” @windowsphone quickly deleted the post and sent another reply saying, “Verizon is a valued partner and we look forward to seeing Windows Phone 7 devices in their stores in 2011.” Okay, so what’s up?

Verizon is not expected to receive any WP7 powered smartphones until early 2011 with the first being the HTC Trophy. Sprint is also receiving WP7 phones in early 2011. Both carriers use the same CDMA technology. Was this just an honest mistake by a Microsoft employee or was Verizon going to get a phone other than the Trophy in time for the holidays? Possible one that is also coming to Sprint? Hmm.

Neither Verizon nor Sprint has made any official announcement of the Trophy yet. The rest of the first batch of Windows Phone devices headed to Verizon have not been leaked yet either. Oh and no one has any idea what Sprint will launch WP7 with. Basically, WP7 on CDMA is drawing a huge blank right now. AT&T and T-Mobile have already launched their WP7 models so why the delays from Verizon and Sprint?

Verizon’s tone about Microsoft’s latest attempt at making a smartphone OS has fluctuated drastically. First they didn’t care and then they embraced it. So what is it? How much does Verizon support the platform?

Apple’s iPhone is widely expected to launch on Verizon’s network in early 2011 as well, meaning the first smartphone offering with WP7 will probably be just a blip on Verizon’s radar. You can’t argue with the fact that a Verizon iPhone is bigger news to a lot more people than the HTC Trophy. How big of a splash Microsoft can make this holiday season is key to the platform’s success. AT&T and T-Mobile have enough subscribers for some momentum to start but Microsoft’s January update that adds copy and paste functionality isn’t going to help sales prior to its release.

What do you think is up over at Verizon? Does the company ever say what it is really thinking? Was a WP7 device on the network in the works but supply issues got in the way? Let me know your opinion on all this.

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