According to Business Week, Verizon Wireless will not be offering a Windows Phone 7 device this year. The report goes onto say that “Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokeswoman, said today in an interview. The carrier plans to support the new operating system and will probably release a phone in 2011.” Really? We do know that this is the largest carrier in the U.S. right? Shouldn’t Microsoft pull out all the bells and whistles for this launch, while ensuring they bring on all carriers this year for the holiday season? Or does Microsoft have some other plan or idea in play?
Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with San Mateo, California-based technology research firm Altimeter Group, seems to think that this does not necessarily spell disaster for Microsoft. The example he used was Apple. Apple, even though they initially sought Verizon, achieved success elsewhere – AT&T. He stated that, “you don’t need Verizon to be successful in the U.S. in mobile.” While agree that you do not need VZW, I’m not sure I am ready to say that Windows Phone 7 is an iPhone. I guess we’ll see pretty soon!