Smartphone OEM Infosonics has told PCMag that carriers continue to demand Windows Phones, despite the low market share of the OS.
“The operators are demanding solutions other than Android,” Infosonics CEO Joseph Ram said. “We met with a very large operator today and with their top exec on the handset side, and they said, it’s a top-down CEO requirement that you have to bring more Windows phones into the carrier.”
Low-end phones in particular appeared to be in demand, as these could reasonably be sold unsubsidized.
“The carriers are under tremendous pricing pressure. The iPhone is costing them a tremendous amount of money, and that’s a transfer of money from the operators to Apple,” Ram said.
Ram felt Windows 10 would be an important catalyst for the OS.
“Once Windows 10 is available, it could be a game changer because of the way the apps and services are going to work across all the universal devices,” he said.
At Mobile World Congress 2015 Infosonics was showing of the Verykool Phantom, a $299 LTE smartphone with bands for both AT&T and T-Mobile.
The handset can be seen in the Vine below.