Motorola, Verizon not excited about Windows Phone 7

Motorola, Verizon downplay Windows Phone 7
Motorola, Verizon downplay Windows Phone 7

While Microsoft is trying to propel interest in Windows Phone 7 by talking about the looming update (check out our video of it) and signing a deal with the world’s largest handset maker in the world, not everyone in the mobile industry is bullish about the smartphone platform. Executives from Verizon and Motorola downplayed Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress.

Motorola has made a huge bet on Android and it appears to be paying off so far, as devices like the Motorola Droid X have helped it become a relevant player again. The company used to work with Microsoft on Windows Mobile devices but it doesn’t look like it will be releasing a Windows Phone 7 device anytime soon.

“I don’t envision us using Microsoft. I would never say never but it’s not something we’re entertaining now,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services product management for Motorola, according to PC World. “We’re the only vendor who is 100 percent Android.”

If that weren’t enough, the largest carrier in the United States reiterated that Windows Phone 7 isn’t one of the major platforms. Verizon said the race in the United States is and will be between Apple iOS, Google Android and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.

“I don’t think Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship,” Verizon CTO Tony Melone said, according to CNET. “Right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM. ”

This doesn’t mean that Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is headed for death but it’s not a great sign when a major handset maker and a large carrier are publicly talking trash. One has to wonder how the Microsoft Nokia deal will affect the adoption of Windows Phone 7 by other handset makers, as the deal is more than just Nokia licensing the platform – the two companies will have a deep relationship.

As for Verizon, it always talks trash about things it doesn’t have. The “Droid Does” campaign took direct shots at the iPhone but that didn’t mean Verizon wasn’t happy to start selling the Apple smartphone.

[Via PC World, CNET]

  • Gaia

    Yeah, but Verizon *is* taking Windows Phone soon, and is not excited about it.

    That’s a sure sign that Windows Phone will flop when it does reach Verizon. It has already flopped on AT&T, which initially said it would take eight million Windows Phones, but now less than two million Windows Phones have been sold worldwide (which is not very many).

    • Anonymous

      True stuff. And it looks like the Nokia Microsoft thing will take some time before we actually see some products in the market. It’s not looking great for MS right now but it’s still very early

  • Anonymous

    More than 2 million phones have been sold world wide – where you guys getting your information from? Windows Phone app store has grown more than IPhone and Droid combined since Oct. Which means developers are making apps like crazy for this platform. Verizon dosen’t come close to selling the number of phones Nokia does. Nokia is the top phone maker in the world and Microsofts new partner. No wonder Verizon is upset. I would be to. But I bet now that Nokia is with Microsoft Verizon will be selling windows phone. For the young guys out there. Before there was an XBOX there was the playstation. The number one product in the world for games. Now look XBOX rules. Some of you didn’t know that because you were to young. Droid is in trouble with Windows Phone. Its a better product and with Nokia it has seriously improved distribution model. Its doing well know but I doubt it will be 4 years from now.

    • Anonymous

      I love lots of things about Windows Phone 7 but some of your points aren’t fair at all. Of course it’s grown faster (as a percentage) than iOS and Android in terms of apps, growing from 0% is always more substantial than growing from a larger number.

      • Anonymous

        That’s not the point dumbass. The point is Windows Phone 7 surpassed 10,000 apps far quicker than any other platform has.

      • Anonymous

        That’s not the point dumbass. The point is Windows Phone 7 surpassed 10,000 apps far quicker than any other platform has.

  • Anonymous

    More than 2 million phones have been sold world wide – where you guys getting your information from? Windows Phone app store has grown more than IPhone and Droid combined since Oct. Which means developers are making apps like crazy for this platform. Verizon dosen’t come close to selling the number of phones Nokia does. Nokia is the top phone maker in the world and Microsofts new partner. No wonder Verizon is upset. I would be to. But I bet now that Nokia is with Microsoft Verizon will be selling windows phone. For the young guys out there. Before there was an XBOX there was the playstation. The number one product in the world for games. Now look XBOX rules. Some of you didn’t know that because you were to young. Droid is in trouble with Windows Phone. Its a better product and with Nokia it has seriously improved distribution model. Droid doing well now but I doubt it will be 4 years from now. Windows phone has not been out 6 months.

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