Verizon on Windows Phone 7: Not happening this year, maybe 2011

All the signs for months have been pointing to the sad notion that Verizon may be holding out on Windows Phone 7.  

They were noticeably absent from the February Barcelona announcement, kept quiet on any leaks and of course who could forget the KIN fiasco? (Through in a dash of iPhone rumors to boot as well). See our earlier coverage on the issue.

Today, sadly, Verizon has officially confirmed that news in an interview with Business Week:

Verizon Wireless won’t offer a device at the planned fall introduction or at any point this year, Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokeswoman, said today in an interview. The carrier plans to support the new operating system and will probably release a phone in 2011, she said.

Raney also went on to say that their relationship with Microsoft was "solid", exercising some PR spin for sure.

So, Verizon peeps, looks like you'll have to wait a bit for WP7 to land on Big Red...or will you defect to other carriers? Take the poll, rage on in comments!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.