One of the biggest stumbling blocks to Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone making a serious challenge to Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android in the smart phone arena has been the reluctance of certain carriers to add the phones to their stable of offerings. AT&T (NYSE:T) has been on board for a while heavily promoting the Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Lumia 900 but without Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Windows Phone was unable to pull in more than 3.5% of the U.S. market. Overseas the platform is performing better but the U.S. market is still the prize that has to be reached for.
According to the rumor mill it looks very plausible that Verizon is indeed going to be carrying the latest Windows Phones when the OS is officially released on October 26th. This is very good news for the platform as the latest phones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC are all feature comparable to the latest iPhone and Android offerings. The Samsung AiTV is arguably a Galaxy 4S re-badged with Windows Phone 8. So, now with the latest hardware on the nation’s top 2 carriers and an OS that engenders loyalty and praise usually reserved for Apple, Microsoft and its partners can now finally find out if all that work will be accepted by consumers outside of the current generation of converts.
HTC’s 8S, a true entry-level phone has not been confirmed for any other carrier than AT&T at this point, but the other GSM provider, T-Mobile, will likely pick it up along with the Noki Lumia 820, but nothing concrete has been reported yet.Previous Post » Quiet Monday Has Yen Testing Support