CDMA Windows Phone 7 may only come by June 2011

Microsoft has admitted to CNET that the lack of Verizon and Sprint Windows Phone 7 devices at launch has been because the company has not been able to implement support for the technology in time.

“We had to make some trade-offs,” senior product manager Greg Sullivan told CNET. “Even Microsoft doesn’t have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well.”

“For the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, so we focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011,” Sullivan said. “That’s device availability in the first half and we’re very confident of that. That’s probably a conservative estimate.”

Sullivan’s statement hints at CDMA Windows phone 7 devices in Q1 2011, but of course “first half of 2011” encompasses all the way up to June 2011.

“It’s exactly the same decision dynamic,” Sullivan said. “Look, we could do more things, or we could do fewer things really, really well. We chose intentionally to do fewer things really, really well.”

“We absolutely have to build that quality first and then we have to quickly achieve reach and scale,” he said.

With more than half of the important US market running on CDMA the delay is however difficult to understand – CDMA is an established technology, and Microsoft’s KIN phones, which run on the same platform as Windows Phone 7, were of course also CDMA, suggesting to us at least there may be more to this issue than meets the eye.

Read more at CNET here.

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