With Windows Phone 7, Verizon joins AT&T with largest smartphone selection

With Windows Phone 7, Verizon joins AT&T with largest smartphone selection

Summary: Verizon will soon get a Windows Phone 7 device and when it does it will become only the second US carrier with smartphones running each of the major smartphone platforms, including iOS, WP7, Android, webOS, and BlackBerry.

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Updated and Corrected: Mary Jo Foley posted on the rumors that a WP7 device, likely the HTC Trophy will be coming to Verizon Wireless by the end of March. With this phone, Verizon Wireless will become only the second carrier in the U.S. to have smartphones from all major mobile operating systems giving their customers the widest choice and truly ruling them all. I completely forgot about the AT&T version of the Palm Pre Plus that is rarely ever advertised and thus AT&T also has devices from every smartphone OS, including Symbian.

iOS

It had been a long time coming, but we all know that Verizon Wireless now offers the Apple iPhone 4 on their network. PC Magazine reported that Verizon's CEO stated the iPhone 4 had initial sales better than any other device they have had on their network.

Android

I strongly believe that Verizon and Motorola helped make Android the success it is today with strong marketing and product emphasis when it launched the Droid back in 2009. The Droid was also one of the first smartphones to launch at the now standard $199 price that helped make it successful too. Today, I still hear people referring to every Android device as a Droid, even when they are not on Verizon or made by Motorola. T-Mobile had the G1 first, but sales were quite slow for Android until later in 2009 when the first Motorola Droid took off. It looks like Android is still very good for Verizon and I think they will continue to focus on this platform where they can move quite fast with things like LTE.

webOS

Verizon followed Sprint with Palm (now HP) webOS devices and actually ended up getting the better devices while Sprint was left behind. Buying a webOS device on Verizon is actually a great deal since they throw in the WiFi hotspot tethering service for free (not on the new Pre 2 though). Just a couple of weeks ago, Verizon rolled out the Palm Pre 2 so you can now get a new webOS device running the latest version of the operating system. HP recently announced the Pre 3 and Veer and in all likelihood Verizon will get these as well.

Windows Phone 7

As I posted back in December there are apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace that have Verizon branding so I truly believed we would already have had a device in our hands. It seems the Windows Phone update is taking a bit longer than planned and the update is needed for CDMA support. Sprint looks to be getting the first CDMA WP7 device with the HTC Arrive, with rumors that Verizon will be close behind them. Like Windows Phone on other carriers, I don't think we will see too many offerings for several months as manufacturers do not seem to be rushing to release WP7 devices. They may be waiting for the fairly major update coming towards the end of 2011 that will bring Twitter integration, some kind of multitasking, and more.

BlackBerry

Verizon has been known for years as a solid RIM BlackBerry carrier, especially for businesses with its world BlackBerry devices that supported both CDMA and GSM networks in a single device. Verizon continues to carry a wide assortment of BlackBerry devices and will certainly continue this business.

In addition to offering every major smartphone platform, Verizon also has the fastest 4G network with LTE that will soon be coming to smartphones as well. Given all these choices, it is tough not to at least consider Verizon as a mobile carrier. Granted, they are one of the most expensive, but they have the widest selection and coverage out there so your premium cost is paying for the best.

UPDATE: As I stated in the first paragraph, AT&T actually does sell the Palm Pre Plus. I completely forgot about it because it is never advertised or promoted.  In looking at AT&T's lineup, they actually have devices running Symbian so AT&T is the real king of selection with truly all of the smartphone operating systems represented.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Verizon, Windows

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  • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

    You do realize AT&T has all of those operating systems too right?
    kool2zero
    • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

      @kool2zero That is my thought as well? Verizon is the second Major carrier to have them all... Weird headline.
      condelirios
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @condelirios Add "Verizon Fanbois" to the list of reasons why ZDNet is about as fair and balanced about tech coverage as that one news organization is on things in the news that are politically driven...
        nix_hed
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @condelirios if you want to call half the speed of ATT a major carrier, and of course since the ISO lowered the standards for what can be called 4g EVERYONE now has a 4g even though 2 months ago, the same system was called 3g, or HSPA+....
        nickdangerthirdi@...
    • Glad you didn't come off too condescending

      @kool2zero

      Since the last time I checked, AT&T doesn't have WebOS, which is most definitely listed above.
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @LiquidLearner
        Just checked and AT&T has both Pixis and Pres (ableit only refurbs left at this point for the Pre, but they're probably just clearing out inventory) and are getting the Pre 3 when it comes out.
        egoNC
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @LiquidLearner

        AT&T carries the Palm Pre, which most definitely runs the WebOS. So Verizon is still the 2nd carrier to have all of the OS' listed in the article.
        Harley_Dude
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @LiquidLearner

        Well, the egg is on my face sirs. Perhaps I should check my facts.
        LiquidLearner
    • Wow, completely forgot about the AT&T webOS device

      @kool2zero You are completely correct and I just completely blew past the AT&T Palm Pre Plus. It is rarely ever promoted or advertised and I didn't even recall it. I changed my headline and updated my post to reflect that AT&T was there first.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • I do not see Symbian phones on Verizon but they are there on at&t

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller) I did not see Symbian Phones on the Verizon online store, but did see them on at&t, so that makes at&t the largest selection of them all.
        jaherrera26
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller) No problem.. mistakes happen. But they happen more often when you harbor ideas about the 'best' carrier and you are just waiting for reasons to promote them. Many of those who want to elevate Verizon over AT&T make the same mistake. I surprised that anyone even bothered to correct the mistakes since they happen so frequently. Even the 'correction' is suspect. Does Verizon really have as many smartphones as AT&T now... don't think so. Did you do the research before re-writing the headline, or will you need to do it now? I rest my case.
        frazierwa@...
    • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

      He would have to do research to know that.
      john_gillespie@...
    • Read the headline

      You do realize that fact is hidden in the large type of the headline, right?
      tech_wreck
    • Headline

      You'll find that the article acknowledges that fact...... Mr. Miller hid it in the LARGE PRINT... in the headline.....
      tech_wreck
    • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

      @kool2zero AT&T's android phones blow.
      snoop0x7b
    • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

      @kool2zero Did you read the headline? Verizon joins ATT. Learn to read
      larsonjs
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @larsonjs & @tech_wreck
        Nope, Matt changed it after @kool2zero mentioned about it. Read Matt's response (@palmsolo) to @kool2zero's message. I think you both were too quick without realizing the facts.
        Ram U
  • And

    Look who is at the top of his list... the leader! the one that started it all and opened up a new market in tables.. I hope Steve is OK... imagine a tech world without Apple
    Hasam1991
    • The top of the list is Verizon

      @Hasam1991
      without the carriers, iPhones would just be a more expensive iPod.
      Will Farrell
      • RE: With Windows Phone 7, Verizon becomes the carrier to rule them all

        @Will Farrell Spoken like a true Fandroid... Without AT&T taking the chance that it did with the iPhone there would be no iPhone... and without the iPhone Android would be a Blackberry clone rather than an iOS clone.
        athynz