Verizon could be preparing to announce a possible March WP7 device launch, as soon as this coming Monday (28th February). The device that will be introduced is the HTC 7 Trophy for $200 on a two-year contract. Verizon, attempting to combat Sprint with their announcement of the HTC Arrive (opens in new tab), plans to offer their WP7 entry at around the same period of release.
Both networks will have the "NoDo' update for WP7 on their device, which will allow customers to use copy & paste amend other highly anticipated amendments. This is great news for newcomers and already established WP7 owners.
Microsoft stated back in September that no CMDA versions of Windows Phone 7 would be available until 2011 while they focused resources on prioritised tasks. The coming months will prove to be an exciting time for the community, and the addition of Verizon and Sprint can only increase market share within the industry.
Editors Note: We've received a fair number of anonymous tips this week saying the same thing. We didn't run them because there was nothing to back them up outside of "highly plausible/duh". Still, it helps in our mind to corroborate this current story.
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The Trophy is the worst possible device they could launch and they have the nerve to charge 200 bucks for it when AT&T sell the Focus for 100. I'm beginning to think Verizon is dedicated to making the platform fail. In any case I guess I'll cling to my increasingly frustrating blackberry until they get something in the realm of the Omnia 7 or move to AT&T.
In fairness, I played with the Trophy in Barcelona--it was nicer than I had thought. I know it's still not an HD7, Focus or 7 Pro--but it feels pretty solid in the hand and was of higher quality than I had anticipated.
I bought my girlfriend the Trophy and I found it to be pretty solid when comparing it to my Omnia.
I know for a fact that Verizon does not care to have Windows Phone devices in their arsenal. Remember what that one guy said? About not needing Windows Phone...and that Nokia should have gone with Android?I think that Verizon is too focused on making their failed iPhone 4 launch succeed, instead of trying to give their customers more variety and properly support Windows Phone platform.
For those of you complaining about mid-range, I want to remind you that this is a "quad band global phone". It support CDMA AND GSM.
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