Verizon, the most biggest and popular carrier in the Unite States, said in a recent statement that it will not sell Windows Phone 7 smartphones till 2011, putting an early dent in Microsoft’s plan to sell its device to a broad market and to dominate the US smartphone market.
Brenda Raney, a spokeswoman for the carrier, said that the company will still support the operating system, but not this year. Adding that the Verizon relationships with Microsoft won’t be affected by the move, Raney said: “Our relationship with Microsoft is solid.”
Michael Gartenberg, an analyst from Altimeter Group, said that the Verizon announcement of not supporting Windows Phone 7 phones this year is not a positive indication; but also not the end of the world.
Gartenberg said about the Verizon decision:
“The more carriers and the more devices they can bring early on, the more chance they have for mainstream success, but not having Verizon will not make or break it. Look at the iPhone — you don’t need Verizon to be successful in the U.S. in mobile. On the other hand, it would be good for Microsoft to count Verizon in as a named partner early on.”
Previously, Verizon sell the Microsoft’s Kin smartphone devices, but due to the extreme low sales, the carrier shipped back their excess inventory to Microsoft just two months after launch.
On the other hand, Microsoft has fallen to a 9.3 percent share of the smartphone market, slowly trailing the lead of Nokia’s Symbian, Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry.