Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division, recently spoke widely about Windows Phone 7 to the Seattle Times.
Most answers were pretty standard, but one particular comment did strike me. When asked about 4G support in Windows Phone 7 he said:
"All the phones in the U.S. are 4G. What’s interesting with this release, instead of all the phones coming out on the same day, there will be a season that will carry on into the next year that will include LTE phones as well."
Presumably the first part of the sentence refers to HSDPA+, which AT&T and T-Mobile calls 4G. This will obviously not fly on CDMA networks, hence their rush to LTE.
Andy confirmed that LTE phones will be coming, and that they will be part of this wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets, which will extend into next year.
Now I may be over-interpreting, but with the Tango release, rumoured to bring LTE support, supposed to drop early next year, I suspect we will likely see a CDMA handset sport LTE first, likely on Verizon, in the first 3 months of next year. A season can not be 9 months long after all?
Are we parsing a bit too much into a throw away statement? Let us know below.