Microsoft’s Windows Phone may be getting the boost it needs to begin seriously battling iOS and Android. That boost comes in the form of support from the Nation’s largest carrier, Verizon. During “Big Reds” earnings call this morning, Fran Shammo, Verizon’s Executive Vice President and CFO, said they [Verizon] believe they need a strong third ecosystem (I guess even Verizon’s written off BlackBerry too). From the sounds of things, it looks like Verizon’s ready to put support behind Windows Phone the same way they did for Android (i.e. Droid branding and marketing) and we all know how well that turned out.
I do think, though, it is important that there is a third ecosystem that is brought into the mix here, and we are fully supportive of that with Microsoft. And as we said that we created the Android platform from beginning, and it is an incredible platform today that we helped create, and we are looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem. So that is how I think that we plan to go into the future here.
While nothing was officially announced, I think it’s safe to expect some big Windows Phone news to drop on Verizon in the coming months. We may hear even something at CTIA, the next big wireless show, which happens in May. It is also entirely possible that Verizon, much like Samsung, won’t be pledging support to Microsoft’s OS until Windows Phone 8 is released, either way, it’ll be nice for the HTC Trophy to finally have some company on Verizon store shelves.
Source: Verizon Wireless