Verizon promise Windows Phone 8 handsets for the holiday season

Verizon Wireless has not exactly been supportive of Windows Phone 7 so far. Now in a surprise announcement Verizon’s chief financial officer Fran Shammo has told Reuters said the company wants a third strong software competitor in the mobile market and were prepared to do what it takes to make Windows Phone that operating system.

"We’re really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that’s a differentiator. We’re working with Microsoft on it," Shammo said in an interview following Verizon’s earnings conference call.

Shammo said that Verizon Wireless expects to have phones based on the next Microsoft software in time for the 2012 end of year holiday shopping season.

Of course we have already seen evidence of such handsets in testing, with a prototype Windows Phone 8 handset Qualcomm Fluid showing up on the carrier’s network.

So far however the carrier only hosts one Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, but possibly as a sign of their new commitment, has pushed out the latest OS updates to their lone handset recently.



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