Verizon, which was famously burned by Microsoft with the Kin earlier this year, has announced it will not carry phones using the service at launch – or at all this year. It will be some unnamed date in 2011 before the company begins supporting the OS.
Brenda Raney, a spokesperson for Verizon, made the announcement in an interview with Bloomberg Thursday.
The announcement that the nation’s largest cellular provider was bypassing the launch came as a surprise to onlookers – but is a positive for AT&T, which has already been identified as a premiere partner for the phones.
Windows Mobile 7 is the company’s best bet for regaining some of the marketshare it has lost in the mobile space to Android and Apple’s iOS. Analysts don’t expect it to be a market leader, but have praised its unique design as well as its coordination with other Microsoft units, including the Zune media player and Xbox Live.