Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

Summary: Is Verizon about to launch its first WP7 handset, the HTC 7 Trophy?

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WinRumors reported last week that Verizon was poised to announce its first Windows Phone 7 device, possibly as soon as this week. In spite of Verizon's claim that it "had not set a date for a (WP7) device launch," there may be some of the expected Verizon HTC 7 Trophy devices floating around.

On February 28, Engadget posted a screen shot of the purported Verizon Trophy handset. And on February 25, PPC Geeks posted a screen shot, also said to be of a Verizon HTC 7 Trophy. The PPC Geeks shot showed an alleged shot of the handset running the Windows Phone OS 7 build number 7.0.7355.0.

(The PPC Geeks screen shot is at right. Click on it to enlarge.)

As Istartedsomething's Long Zheng noted, that particular build is not the "NoDo" update for Windows Phone 7, which Microsoft officials have said they plan to roll out in early March. Instead, Zheng said, the 7355 build is an interim build, which might be a pre-RTM build of NoDo. (NoDo, by the way, is the Windows Phone OS release that adds support for CDMA -- which Verizon requires -- among other features.)

The HTC 7 Trophy features a 3.8 inch screen, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 5 megapixel camera. MobileTechWorld.com has a walkthrough of the HTC 7 Trophy device.

Microsoft officials are not offering any new clues or updates about Verizon's planned Windows Phone 7 launch. "We have nothing further to share beyond our earlier statement: 'Verizon announced they will bring Windows Phone 7 to market in the first half of 2011,'" a spokesperson repeated when I asked.

WinRumors said last week that Verizon is expected to make the first WP7 Trophies available in late March. Sprint, the other U.S. carrier that only last week unveiled its first CDMA WP7 handset, is going to start shipping the WP7 HTC Arrive devices on March 20 for $199.

In related news, there is still no refreshed release available from Microsoft of the first OS update for Samsung WP7 handsets. Microsoft ended up yanking the version of the update for Samsung handsets last week after complaints by some users of a variety of problems, including some that bricked their handsets. This first OS update is the precursor to the coming NoDo refresh.

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

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  • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

    Hrm. 3.8" - i was hoping for a 4" device as my first smartphone, it seems to be the "sweet spot" for screen size. Now the only question that remains is, do i wait for the other wp7s to show up on vzw? or jump on the first one in the door??
    bc3tech
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @bc3tech , dpeneds on long you are wiling to wait. The "7.5" Mango devices will be available around Christmas and *may* have, (I repeat MAY) have the Kinect front facing cameras. If you can't wait 9 months then get a device now if you find one you like.
      frankwick
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @bc3tech I totally agree.
      logicdev
  • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

    We can only hope this is true! If Verizon can get WP7 out the door as soon as possible that will be a huge boost in revenue for both Verizon and Microsoft. There are millions of people out there waiting to upgrade to WP7 on Verizon. I'm staying positive that this rumor is true.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @Loverock Davidson
      Dude go with iPhone, much better platform and the apps rock! stay away from Android!!
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

        @Hasam1991
        iPhones have antenna issues, android phones have linux issues. So the only contender left is WP7. Verizon should be doing all it can to promote WP7 if it wants to see its sales increase.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

        @Hasam1991 WP7 > iPhone.
        jhughesy
      • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

        @Loverock Davidson

        "iPhones have antenna issues, android phones have linux issues. So the only contender left is WP7."

        WP7 will have Windows issues.

        Gee, most people would choose the LESSER of evils.
        I12BPhil
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @Loverock Davidson It will be a significant boost to us WP7 app developers too. The Sprint and Verizon WP7 offerings have a chance of increasing our revenue by 50% I believe. Very exciting because we're already making decent money as it is and we only started rolling out apps towards the end of January.
      Tiggster
      • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

        @Tiggster
        Agreed, I am also welcoming this because I have chance of increasing more downloads for my apps. :-)
        Ram U
  • YAWN.

    Another Turd....
    itguy08
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @itguy08
      Even this turd is probably much better than any Android device out there...
      Hasam1991
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @itguy08

      Just like you?
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • What? You have a twin?

      @itguy08
      Will Farrell
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @itguy08
      agree! Verizon should steer clear of windoze!
      Linux Geek
      • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

        @Linux Geek are you always an a$$hole? you must also be a fan of the gaystation as well. cant tell who is worse. iFanboys or Linux Fanboys/Fandroids
        Eric12341
      • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

        @Linux Geek you are the other turd that itguy08 was referring to
        nomorebs
      • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

        @Linux Geek Yeah, I don't see the point. With W8 reportedly a bare 10 months away? No time to get traction before the inventory is slagged as obsolete. No way you can get enough volume production to get the unit cost down. Stranded customers aren't repeat customers. And competing against the Preferred Partner, Nokia? It's NoWin all the way around.

        Asus, purportedly a launch partner has given up the WP7 ghost without launching a single phone. Moto has gone all-Android. Sony Ericsson thinks being number one in Android is "a goal for the whole company to unite around": http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-03-01/sony-ericsson-to-add-u-s-china-developers-in-android-push.html

        HTC is still playing both sides because if they don't they'll get sued. But you can bet they know which side of this bread has butter on it, and it ain't the Microsoft side. Anybody can see that. Just go down to your local phone store and count the handsets on display. For HTC to put WP7 on some phones that are very similar to their Android phones and dish them in sample quantities is just a cost of staying in business. Gotta pay the troll at the bridge.
        symbolset
  • Why would Verizon want a WP7 device?

    I hear they only sold about.... 1,000.

    Or maybe they sold more, can't be sure from the talk around here.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Verizon to offer a Windows Phone 7 device sooner rather than later?

      @goff256 <br><br>The facebook numbers as of a month ago confirmed 840,000 unique WP7 handsets integrated with Facebook. Android has a 1:4 ratio of handsets integrated to Facebook vs not. Using a range of anywhere from 1:1 to the Android 1:4 gives a range of 1.6 million to 4.2 million in the wild as of a month ago.<br><br>Based on the slow-launch-gather-steam look to the graphs I would guess that anywhere from about 2million to 5.5 million WP7 devices are in the wild at this point
      SlithyTove