After pinging and repinging various Microsoft spokespeople as to whether this was true all day long on October 10, I still couldn't get an official confirmation -- or a denial.
Nokia launched the Lumia Icon, a k a the Lumia 929, exclusively on Verizon in February 2014. The launch gave those of us Windows Phone users on Verizon hope that Microsoft/Nokia and Verizon had begun smoothing out their rocky relationships. But since that time, unfortunately, it doesn't seem like much has really changed.
With some Microsoft products -- for example, the Surface Pro 2 -- the decision not to continue to manufacture and restock means there's a new flagship in town. But there haven't been any new or recent rumors of new Lumia flagship phones coming to the U.S. market before 2014 ends. One new rumored Lumia flagship phone, codenamed McLaren, has either been scrapped completely or postponed, according to various sites tracking Windows Phone. The Lumia 830 and 730 are more in the mid-range phone market, spec-wise. There is a nice non-Microsoft-made alternative: The recently introduced HTC One M8 for Windows, which I loved form-factor-wise more than the Icon. But the HTC's camera is so-so, and a noticeable downgrade compared to the 20 megapixel one on the Icon.
It's tough to be a Verizon Windows Phone user.
As of October 10, Verizon had still not made available to Icon users the Windows Phone 8.1 update, which includes support for Microsoft's Cortana digital personal assistant; a notification center; and a variety of new enterprise-focused features. No one from Verizon or Microsoft has provided an estimated date as to when Verizon might push Windows Phone 8.1 to Icon users. There's also no word when Icon users will get the Cyan and Denim firmware updates from Verizon, which provide some needed updates to the camera on the Icon phones.