It's Not Just Verizon, No CDMA Windows Phone 7 in 2010

Ryan Whitwam

We heard news yesterday that Windows Phone 7 would not be available on Verizon until 2011. Now Microsoft has clarified the situation, and the reality is a bit of a bummer. There will be no support for CDMA networks in Windows Phone 7 until 2011. That's why Verizon is not planning for handsets.

A Microsoft senior product manager told Cnet, "We had to make some trade-offs. Even Microsoft doesn't have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well." The two major CDMA networks in the US, Verizon and Sprint, will just have to wait. The GSM standard is much more common in the world, which is why Redmond decided to go that route.

This isn't the first time CDMA has been kicked to the curb. Until Android 1.6, there was no support for CDMA. In fact, when HTC launched the HTC Hero on Sprint (running Android 1.5) they had to roll their won code for the CDMA network. If you've been waiting for WinPho7, will you jump ship to a GSM carrier, or wait for it to come to you?

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