In Short

Verizon is the largest mobile carrier in the United States with over 110 million wireless subscribers. Verizon Wireless is part of a large telecommunications company that provides wired home internet, phone and television service. Verizon Wireless is a subsidiary of Verizon and operates as the company's wireless carrier. You'll find many high-end and mid-range Windows Phones on Verizon.

As of September 2014, you can grab the Lumia Icon and HTC One M8 for Windows as Verizon-exclusives. However, the Lumia Icon is available internationally as the Lumia 930 and the HTC One M8 is expected to hit other carriers in the United States and abroad in late 2014.

Verizon's network consists of a CDMA 3G network and LTE 4G network, the latter of which has offered generally comprehensive nationwide coverage for a couple of years now. Verizon was the first carrier in the U.S. to launch an LTE device