Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

Summary: Talking smack about a platform that competes with your own company's offerings is nothing new, but the bluntness of recent comments by executives of Motorola and Verizon about Windows Phone 7 was unusual.

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Reactions to the Nokia/Microsoft deal to put Windows Phone 7 on the Finnish company's smartphones has been varied, but none so blunt as those by Verizon and Motorola. Neither company had anything good to say about WP7 and Nokia in conversations with attendees of the Mobile World Congress. Talking smack about a platform that competes with your own company's offerings is nothing new, but the bluntness of the comments made by executives of both companies was unusual.

Verizon's CTO Tony Melone: "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." Melone went on to give his thoughts on the Microsoft deal with Nokia to put Windows Phone 7 on its handsets. "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."

Ouch, that's as blunt as executives making statements in public can be. Unfortunately for Microsoft (and Nokia), Motorola was even more direct.

Motorola VP Christy Wyatt, in reference to the company's reasoning behind dropping Windows Phone 7 from Motorola's smartphone plans: "There were a bunch of things that we believed about Microsoft that ended up not being true, mostly about what functionality it would have in what period of time."

Personally I believe both companies are premature as I find Windows Phone 7 do be a breath of fresh air in the smartphone space. Microsoft has come out of the gate with a good showing, and has the resources and ability to stick around for the long haul. Windows Phone 7 will improve over time, and it will be interesting to see if either of these companies changes its tune about it.

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

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  • Sounds like sour grapes. But then this is the same Verizon that said

    "we don't need the iPhone"

    I wonder what changed their minds ;)
    AllKnowingAllSeeing
    • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

      @AllKnowingAllSeeing It is more like Apple needs Verizon to block Android rise. That is the reason why they are planning new form factors for the iPhone with even qwerty keyboards.
      Fox-Info
    • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

      @AllKnowingAllSeeing
      If you dont know, please change your pen name.

      Its called money.
      choyongpil
    • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

      @AllKnowingAllSeeing

      Well, I don't know about that. Yes, they have the iPhone now, but I don't think that they really needed it; they seemed to have been doing pretty well with their Android lineup. Also, though Verizon questions whether it will be successful, they do have a WP7 phone coming (in the spring, I believe).
      NetAdmin1178
      • That's why I wonder what its all about.

        @NetAdmin1178
        They don't need this / they do need this,
        RIM is selling fine / most upgrades are from RIM usres.

        Everytime they speak lately its a mixed message.

        I for one wonder if it's sour grapes, or looking for a deal as the other factor here is that early on Verizon sold lots of Nokia phones (when they started out as Bell Atlantic) until Nokia pulled out of the CDMA market because it's overall tiny size, worldwide.

        This forced Verizon to scramble to find other suppliers, so they may still hold a grudge.
        AllKnowingAllSeeing
    • Ha! Turns out they really didn't

      @AllKnowingAllSeeing it looks like Apple's shine is startkng to Dull as the Verizon iPhone sales are lackluster at best! I guess the Android Army really is whipping Apple and Jobs knows it!
      slickjim
    • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

      @AllKnowingAllSeeing

      Its called FEAR!!
      Verizon already set to release the HTC TROPHY WM7 !!!
      MOTOROLA doesnt want to have a competitor.

      Motorola is a dying company that got a little life from Droid... so they are teaming with any verizon rep to bash this deal.

      I think The Verizon rep should check with his bosses first before opening his mouth to appease another vendor.
      JABBER_WOLF
  • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

    The maker of "Droid" and the official "Droid" carrier bashing Windows Phone 7? Shocker.
    illegaloperation
    • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

      @day2die

      Yeah no surprise there. They're heavily invested into Android (Droid).
      dave95.
  • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

    [i]But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7[/i]
    Well if you keep degrading them like that they won't gain when Verizon finally gets WP7 phones. This is not a smart move by Melone because he's going to end up turning WP7 buyers away. That is less sales which is less revenue for Verizon. After hearing his comments its time I started looking at other carries. Perhaps Sprint will get a WP7 soon.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

      @Loverock Davidson

      You don't own a Windows 7 Phone. Don't come in here talking them up when you haven't even purchased one yet.

      "I can't wait to get one"...

      LOVEROCK FAIL.
      Ron Burgundy
      • Neither do you, doesn't stop you from bashing

        @Ron Burgundy<br>At least I'll give Loverock Davidson the benefit of doubt and assume he walked into an AT&T store and actually used one for a few minutes.<br><br>I'm curious as to whether you have or not?
        AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

        @AllKnowingAllSeeing I played around with one at an AT&T store and it sucked, the tile system is too huge and retarded, the colors are meant for a 3rd grader, and it's just a complete mess compared to the iPhone. Not interested in the slightest. Care to try again?
        Ron Burgundy
      • Care to try what again?

        @Ron Burgundy
        I asked a question. You answered.

        Isn't that what these boards are [i]supposed[/i] to be all about?
        AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

        @Ron Burgundy have you ever used a WP7? I own a samsung focus and I must say that it is the most amazing phone I have ever used. It is so fast and user friendly. I can find apps so much quicker than I can on an Android or iPhone. The screen is bigger and better than an iPhones. I must say that the iPhone is nice, almost as nice as the WP7. Either way, it is just my opinion... I appreciate your opinion as much as you appreciate mine!
        apetti
      • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

        @Ron Burgundy
        Your insight is about as deep as the real Ron Burgundy.
        Try owning one first - the reason for the big tiles is ease of use via one hand. It doesnt freeze or studder like Droid or iphone do.

        I guess when someone's intelligence and know-how are tied to something they own. That when its old and useless, so are they. This is why the big defense of iphones and droids.

        Nokia apparently made a good choice.
        Everyone seems scared. Otherwise they wouldnt be mouthing off so much.
        JABBER_WOLF
      • Ron Burgundy - We knew you're a paid TROLL !

        @Ron Burgundy - We all knew that you/Android camp and DonneyBoy are really worried (MOTO/Verizon including) are really worried about DELL/NOKIA trying to team up with MS to make Mobiles/Smartphones configurable like PCs in the next 12 months. <br><br>Don't worry Android will've life for few more months.

        With just playing for some min you're able to speak about WP7 this much, did you ever thought about how much NOKIA might've spent time in evaluating WP7 to DUMP their 10+ yrs the best selling Mobile OS for WP7 ? Stop Trolling pls. I beg you.
        jinishans
    • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

      @Loverock Davidson

      Which Win Phone buyers? The 5 that really care?

      It's nice to see some CEO's tell MS to F-off. Refreshing.
      itguy08
      • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

        @itguy08
        Try again. Can you prove that there are only 5 users of Windows Phone 7. Please. Also those two who spoke without any thought were VPs not CEOs. First of learn the differences and then rant. Now go back to your trolling.
        Ram U
      • RE: Verizon and Motorola put the smack down on Windows Phone 7

        @Rama.Net Microsoft can't even provide real sales figures, so yes, he's right, there are only 5 that really care.

        Bye bye shill.
        Ron Burgundy