Reports surfaced yesterday that Verizon Wireless will wait until 2011 to release a Microsoft Windows Phone 7 device, but as it turns out, that’s right in line with what the carrier planned for some time now.
Verizon never had plans to carry a Phone 7 device any sooner than 2011, sources say. A report filed by PC World back in July indicated as much; it cited an AT&T spokeswoman who said that AT&T would be the “premier carrier for Windows Phone 7.”
While nothing’s been confirmed on when AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity will come to an end, rumors have increased in recent months that a Verizon iPhone is in the works, leaving room for more Android and Windows 7 devices at AT&T.
Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS has been in desperate need of a revamp for some time now. According to comScore, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile only accounted for 11.8 percent of total U.S. smartphone subscribers in the three-month period ending in July.