Verizon Will Not Have Windows Phone 7 Until 2011

Ryan Whitwam

Verizon is the largest mobile carrier in the US, but subscribers to the network won't be able to get a Windows Phone 7 device until sometime in 2011. This news comes from a Verizon spokesperson who also said they would probably release a phone in 2011 . When in 2011? We have no way of knowing, but this might be a tough pill to swallow for Microsoft, who is hoping to make a splash when the revamped Windows Phone 7 hits the streets.

Windows Phone 7 is a complete rewrite for the software giant intended to replace the aging Windows Mobile platform. Microsoft has been wooing developers in an attempt to make the platform more appealing to users at launch. Will the lack of Verizon support put a damper on that plan?

Neither side is talking specifics about who has the cold feet. It could have something to do with the Kin debacle. Verizon could still be a little sore about the poor sales, and quick cancellation, of Microsoft's pseudo-smartphone. What do you think is behind this? Will it hurt the launch at all?

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