Verizon to Bet Big on Windows Phone Moving Forth

The carrier appears determined to help the platform grow

By on April 20th, 2012 10:01 GMT

Verizon Wireless is expected to add to its lineup some more Windows Phone devices in the not too distant future, the latest reports on the matter suggest.

The wireless carrier has already had Windows Phones available for its users, but it appears that it plans on making far more of them available for purchase.

In fact, the carrier is said to plan on offering its full support for making Microsoft’s mobile operating system a successful product.

For the past few years, Verizon has been focused on expanding its Android lineup, which helped the platform become the top mobile OS in the United States.

Now, the company appears set to step back a little from pushing Google’s software up and to focus on helping another platform take off.

In fact, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo has been cited stating that the carrier was "fully supportive" of Microsoft and of the ecosystem it is building in the mobile space.

"We created the Android platform from the beginning and it is an incredible platform today that we helped to create, and we are looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem," Shammo reportedly stated.

No specific info on what Windows Phone devices could arrive at Verizon has emerged for the time being. However, rumor has it that there could be Nokia phones en-route to Big Red (most probably with support for the carrier’s LTE network).

"It hints that there's a Nokia device that could appear on the Verizon network in the near future," said Todd Rosenbluth, an equity analyst at Standard & Poor's.

But Nokia is only one of the manufacturers expected to launch new Windows Phone devices. Samsung has already confirmed the availability of such smartphones powered by the next version of the platform, and companies like HTC and LG are also expected to make the move.

With Verizon on its side, Microsoft will have Windows Phones on all major networks in the United States. Sprint also confirmed that it was considering the launch of such devices, while AT&T and T-Mobile already made the move.
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