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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Verizon WP8 Devices To Come Before Holiday Season Per CFO

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:45 AM

"Shammo also told Reuters that Verizon plans to make its new Windows Phone 8 handsets available later this year, in time for the holiday season, which should see the devices on sale shortly after Microsoft publicly launches the new mobile OS in the fourth quarter."

During Verizon's quarterly earnings report, CFO Fran Shammo voiced strong support for the Windows Phone 8 platform and believes it to be the third ecosystem along with iOS and Android. Also stated was that devices will be available from Verizon before the holiday season. Unfortunately this means there will be no WP7.5 device to supplement the HTC Trophy on Verizon's shelves.

Tags: hardware, verizon, wp8

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Verizon Expands LTE Wireless Network

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 11:16 AM

"Verizon Wireless announced 19 more cities that will get its faster LTE wireless network service starting Thursday, bringing the total to 74 metropolitan areas."

19 new locations across the country, including Sacramento, CA, Hartford, Conn, Boise, ID and many more. You can get the full list here in case you are wondering if your city made the cut. This just adds fuel to the competitive fires so to speak as AT&T is going to launch their own LTE 4G network this summer in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas Houston and San Antonio, while Sprint is rumored to be in the planning process to add LTE to it's 4G network. This can't come soon enough for me, with data speeds up to 10 Mbps it certainly will leave 3G in the dust.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Verizon's Trophy Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"The HTC Trophy is the first Windows Phone 7 handset to grace the Verizon Wireless network, and it is based on the HTC 7 Trophy that was released last fall...The Trophy still has the nice, rubberized soft-touch back and solid build quality that its forebear had, though Verizon has swapped out the bright yellow under the battery cover for a more appropriate bright red."

Mobileburn does a run through of Verizon's version of the Trophy and find not much has changed. It's still a phone with more than decent hardware specs, and whether you think it's right for you depends really on how you view Windows Phone 7 - which is probably what Microsoft had in mind when they set down the hardware parameters.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Verizon Trophy Release Dates Made Official

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:21 AM

"At last. I know many of you were eagerly waiting for this one: Verizon Wireless today said that the HTC Trophy, its first Windows Phone, will be available on its website starting May 26-and hit Verizon stores a week later on June 2. The phone will cost $149.99, after accounting for a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract."

The Trophy release dates have just been made official by Verizon Wireless. It will be available by their web sales on May 26th and in their stores on June 2nd. Verizon is promoting the launch with the offer of a free XBox 360 console game with purchase before July 15, 2011. With the addition of Verizon Wireless, Windows Phone is now available on the four major U.S. carriers.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Verizon HTC Trophy Press Shots Leaked

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:44 AM

"Like clockwork, here are the first press shots showing Verizon's HTC Trophy (minus the "7") from all angles."

The rumored May 12th launch date for the HTC Trophy is rapidly approaching and as clockwork, the official press shots have been leaked.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Verizon Preparing for Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 08:30 PM

"Verizon may finally be preparing to start offering a Windows Phone 7 smartphone, following months of rumors about the launch date."

Is it finally happening? It appears so. Verizon has launched a discussion forum specifically for Windows Phone. Unfortunately, the exact date that Verizon will be launching their first Windows Phone device still remains up in the air.

So, other than Verizon customers now having a new venue where they could speak to each other about how long Verizon is taking, there isn't anything definitive.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Verizon HTC Trophy Rumored To Be Released On 4/15/11

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:15 AM

"A friendly neighborhood tipster has sent along Verizon's upcoming roadmap for their Spring releases..."

Phandroid has acquired Verizon's spring handset release roadmap. Of importance to us Windows Phone enthusiasts is the device slated for release on 4/15/11. That's right, the HTC Trophy, Verizon's first WP7 phone. With this impending release, WP7 will soon be available to buyers on all four U.S. carriers.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Verizon HTC Trophy Offered To Microsoft Employees Take Two

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 07:09 PM

"Back in November, we covered the confirmation of the HTC Trophy coming to Verizon early this year... Now we are seeing offers on the Verizon website that details an offer for Microsoft Employees that expires April 1, 2011."

Last November Microsoft employees were offered the opportunity to pre-order a HTC Trophy on the Verizon network for an early 2011 release with the offer expiring on December 31, 2010. This led to speculations that the Trophy would be released in January. Well January came and went without a sign of the phone and it was long forgotten.

Verizon has now renewed the offer to Microsoft employees for the opportunity to pre-order the Trophy and this time, the offer is valid through April 1, 2011. It looks like soon all four U.S. carriers will have WP7 offerings.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

HTC Trophy Due March 24 On Verizon

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 PM

We've now got a solid date for the long-awaited CDMA version of Windows Phone 7 - the HTC Trophy is due to launch March 24th on Verizon, which incidentally coincides with the equally long awaited NoDo update. Coincidence? Don't think so - both were originally supposed to come out in February, going by hints back when WP7 first launched. Still, better late than never, though Microsoft is slowly losing momentum on WP7. Will the Trophy help bring some needed market push? Hopefully so, and a successful NoDo rollout would be even better.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Be a World Traveler With the HTC Trophy

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"First some good news: the Verizon HTC Trophy is definitely a global CDMA/quad-band GSM phone. This has technically been known since November, but since then we have had little to no word on whether that would still be the case.Luckily, our insider managed to snag a screen shot of the Settings --> Cellular, where you can see the "Mode selection", from there you can see the CDMA/GSM settings being available to the end user. That's a huge win for Verizon customers as this makes the Trophy the first Windows "world" Phone for the carrier, something that many had wanted to Sprint to offer with the 7 Pro (especially if it's a business device). Incidentally, we hear the phone is very fast and fluid, specifically that the 'NoDo' update gets rid of the Marketplace "scrolling lag". Schweet."

A knock that is commonly used against Verizon and it's CDMA network is that the phones can't be used in other countries. The vast majority of the world uses GSM. So a CDMA phone in countries other than the US can often end up being slightly more than a fancy flashlight. But that won't be a problem with the HTC Trophy. With the ability to take on a SIM card, this phone will let you travel the world in style. And when it gets dark, you could use a regular flashlight. You wouldn't want to use up your phone battery since you might decide that you want to actually make a call.

Check out the link for more details. The world awaits you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Verizon May Get a Windows Phone Handset in March

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:30 PM

"Verizon officials may be planning to announce the device as soon as Monday February 28 according to people familiar with the company’s plans. Verizon will introduce the HTC 7 Trophy as its first Windows Phone 7 device for $200 on a two-year contract. Verizon’s CDMA rival Sprint announced their first Windows Phone 7 device on Thursday, the HTC Arrive will launch on March 20 priced at $200. WinRumors understands Verizon’s offering will arrive in late March around the same time as Sprint."

This could be interesting. Unlike their CDMA competitor Sprint, Verizon representatives have been pretty negative publicly regarding Microsoft's new mobile OS. As posted in a previous article here at Windows Phone Thoughts reported that Tony Melone, CTO at Verizon Communications stated:

"I do want a strong third OS out there. It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7."

Also, Chris Wyatt, Corporate Vice President of Software and Services Product Management added:

"We would like an opportunity to create unique value and we don't feel we could with a closed platform"

That doesn't exactly sound like a ringing endorsement for what could be their new and upcoming product, does it? How is Verizon going to market their Windows Phone devices? Will Tony Melone and Chris Wyatt end up eating their words? Only time will tell. For now, discuss it in the forums!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Not so Kind Word for Microsoft from Motorola and Verizon

Posted by Steven McPherson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:00 PM

Its always an interesting proposition when your sometimes alliance partners in Motorola and Verizon indicate that your latest and greatest isn't so great. Microsoft found themselves in that very position today when Motorola and Verizon both seemed to insinuate that the Windows Phone 7 OS has failed or at least wasn't living up to expectations in interviews with CNET at Mobile World Congress today.

"I do want a strong third OS out there. It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7."

Tony Melone, CTO at Verizon Communications indicated as such today. Mr, Melone went onto to state:

"I don't think Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship. Right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM"

Chris Wyatt, Corporate Vice President of Software and Services Product Management chimed in with comments from the same show:

"We would like an opportunity to create unique value and we don't feel we could with a closed platform"

Certainly over the years, Microsoft has established great relationship with both Verizon and Motorola, but the statements from Verizon and Motorola today seem to indicate that Microsoft has made their beds with these two partners, however, I think there could be another side to this story. Read more...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Verizon and Sprint Onboard With WP7 By June

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 09:30 PM

"Verizon Wireless and Sprint will start selling Windows Phone 7s by the end of June...In his keynote Wednesday night, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said the software would be ready for Verizon and Sprint. Today, I spoke with Aaron Woodman, director of the mobile communications business atr Microsoft, who said devices would be ready on both networks by June 30."

Unhappy with AT&T and T-Mobile? On another network but hankering for Windows Phone 7? You'll have to wait awhile, but news from CES 2011 indicates that Microsoft is working with Sprint and Verizon to get WP7 handsets by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2011. There's nothing yet beyond this bare news, like pricing plans or subsidies, and it's a little longer than expected, but having some official confirmation on the timing is nice - time to save up the pennies!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Evidence WP7 is Coming To Verizon

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 08:00 PM

"Looks like Microsoft took Big Red's challenge and decided to respond in kind, as the official Windows Phone Twitter feed claims that Windows Phone 7 devices are finally headed to Verizon. They'll allegedly arrive this holiday season, a good bit earlier than we were told, but we doubt you're exactly dismayed to get your hands on CDMA WP7 phones ahead of schedule."

I'm still wouldn't call this confirmed until Verizon actually make an official announcement , but with a CDMA handset ready in the wings, there's a fair chance that WP7 get a bite of more than the GSM market, and soon. Note that the tweet above has been followed up with a less committed one on the timing, but it seems just a matter of time until Verizon customers can get their hands on a WP7 phone.

Monday, November 15, 2010

HTC Trophy Coming to Verizon Early 2011

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:35 PM

Engadget has the scoop for all of you waiting for a Windows Phone 7 device on the Verizon network; looks like the HTC Trophy is coming to Big Red in 2011...I'd guess no later than the summer. Looks like a decent phone with a 3.8 inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB of on-board storage, and the usual wireless (802.11n and Bluetooth).

Friday, November 12, 2010

Back From the Dead, It's Microsoft's Kin! Sort Of...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:03 PM

"Microsoft's ill-fated Kin One and Kin Two are returning to Verizon, a leaked fall roadmap revealed tonight. Despite having sold just 8,810 phones, the phone designer is bringing the two devices back as the OneM and TwoM. PPCGeeks' copy of the roadmap would have both sold as basic feature phones and consequently dodging the $30 smartphone plan requirement widely credited for killing the popularity of the devices in their brief six-week initial run."

It's hard to say who's driving this - seems like Verizon - but it's interesting to note that in this re-incarnation, the phone will be usable without a data plan; and a $15/150 GB plan would be a much cheaper option if someone did need data. What about all that rich, back-end/cloud functionality? I hope we see the Kin Studio get resurrected as a Windows Phone 7 cloud service ASAP...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Verizon Will Not Offer Windows Phone 7 Handsets at Launch...Nor Will Any CDMA Carrier

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:30 AM

"Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, won't sell handsets with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7 operating system when it debuts this year, a blow to the software maker's efforts to reach a broad market."

Oh snap! It looks like earlier reports were on target: Verizon will not be launching a Windows Phone 7 device when the new platform has its big day. Initially I thought this was happening because Microsoft royally screwed their relationship with Verizon with the debacle that was KIN, but it's looking like the real reason is that the CDMA version of Windows Phone 7 just isn't done yet. Sorry all you Verizon/Sprint customers in the US, and Telus/Bell customers in Canada. Does this change your plans for your next phone? Were you a CDMA customer hoping to get a Windows Phone 7 device?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Verizon Offers Prepaid Data for Android, Sorry Windows Mobile

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 12:30 PM

"BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced it will be expanding its portfolio of prepaid offerings to include a new 3G Prepaid data package that lets customers access unlimited data on select 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones for $30 monthly access. Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage). These new prepaid data packages will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Store today and online at beginning Sept. 28."

Verizon still has Windows Mobile devices (Although perhaps not for long), yet those don't get in on this $30 a month prepaid unlimited data offer. I'm not sure what their reason for snubbing WM here is - I can't imagine it costs them any more money to add it to the other smartphones in their line, and perhaps they just didn't mention the WM devices in the press release. Perhaps some brave soul should test it out when it becomes available!

However it looks like most, if not all, of the Android offerings do (Oh yea, those blackberries and palm devices are eligible too...). Not a bad price if you just want a non-contract data device lying around. Anyone Android-fan going to take Verizion up on their deal?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Verizon Clearing The Deck

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:00 PM

Every Windows Mobile device that Verizon is currently offering, including the HTC Touch Pro 2 and the Samsung Omnia 2, will be off the shelf by the first quarter of next year according to a leaked end-of-life document. You can take this one of two ways - either Verizon is completely fed up with Microsoft after the Kin debacle, or they're placing a big bet on Windows Phone 7. I wouldn't lay odds either way. Hit the link for the details.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Not Going To Verizon?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:30 PM

"One of our Verizon Wireless sources has dropped a whole bunch of info in our laps. We're talking intimate details of Verizon Wireless' plans for the rest of 2010, 2011 and even some 2012 plans. Android tablets, LTE MiFi units, Android 3.0, video conferencing, and a whole lot more."

The Boy Genius Report have gotten their hands on Verizon's roadmap for the next year and a half. Lots of exciting stuff...unless you're waiting on Windows Phone 7. Android's the order of the day, and I suspect there's more than a little of Verizon getting their own back against Microsoft for the KIN debacle.

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