Verizon promises “multiple Windows Phones” this year

While Nokia and Microsoft has been reticent about the distribution partners for their Windows Phone 8 handsets, Verizon has reassured readers that they will indeed not be sitting out this round.

"We’ll sell multiple Windows Phones in the fourth quarter," Verizon Chief Marketing Officer Tami Erwin told CNET.  She added that she had been excited by Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 announcements.

Marni Walden, chief operating officer of Verizon, told CNET that the carrier plans to work with Nokia, but not saying when.

"We continue to have healthy conversations with Nokia," she said.

She added that the work that Nokia has done on design, the use of colors, and the creating a portfolio of accessories is encouraging, but noted that the company still needed to work its way back into the U.S. market.

A variety of Nokia, Samsung and HTC Windows Phone 8 handsets are rumoured for the carrier.

Erwin said it was all about giving consumers choice, with the carriers wanting a viable third option, whether it be Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10. Erwin confirmed Verizon would sell a BlackBerry 10 smartphone when Research in Motion launches them in the first quarter, and that Android handsets like the Motorola Droid Razr remained important to them.