Skip to comments.Verizon exec: We donít need Windows Phone 7 Ė or Nokia
Posted on 02/17/2011 11:45:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Verizon Wireless, the nations largest mobile carrier, is satisfied with its three smart-phone platforms and doesnt need Microsofts Windows Phone 7, the companys chief technology officer said Wednesday.
Tony Melone told CNET News that the mobile industry could use a third major operating system to join Googles Android and Apples iOS. But, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he said he wasnt sure Microsofts platform is the right one.
I do want a strong third OS out there, Melone told CNET. It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7.
And Microsofts new partnership with Nokia? The companies will need support from U.S. wireless carriers, but it doesnt sound like Verizon is a guaranteed ally.
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Verizon is getting the Pre3 when it comes out, and wants lots of HP business in the future. I don't think he means RIM when he talks about a third OS--Blackberry OS is a very simple OS and not really in the same category as Android and iOS.
Microsoft is taking a unique approach to marketshare .... pumping BILLIONS into Nokia (Sr. Managment at Nokia are now ex-MSFT execs ... so no chance of bias in Nokia’s selection of Win7).
If you can’t win marketshare - perhaps you can buy it.
Unfortunately, the marketplace response to the Win7 Mobile OS has been tepid, to say the least. I do not expect this to be ‘win’ for MSFT; and a loss for Nokia - and thousands of thier soon-to-be-ex-employees.
I think Nokia had better hire some brilliant UI designers and make their investment more pleasing to the eye than blue boxes.
That’s part of the beauty of blackberry - it’s rock solid stable compared to Android. Of course Apple and its iOS are in another category altogether, and are the BMW of tech products.
I don't think a UI will help. The market response to a partnership with MSFT seems pretty apparent - and it isnt' good.
The again, where I see a Short, other's see a Buy Opportunity. Me, I wouldn't want anything to do with it. MSFT has earned ill-will; people rush out to buy Android, iOS or RIM phones... people hold their nose and buy MSFT products because they have to. In the mobile market, they don't 'have to' buy MSFT.
Nokia has the international market’s attention and has had for 15 years. I see them as going forward with Win7 embedded but applying their own graphical and application standards. Most people haven’t a clue who Microsoft is or isn’t and just want a good device that wows them.
I laughed out loud at that. I've never had so many problems as I have constantly experienced with my BlackBerry Storm. It locks up several times a week requiring me to remove the battery and wait for as long as an hour before it will reboot.
Sheese! Verizon in my market is the single most expensive carrier - I currently am Alltel - and we have no access to the ‘iPhone’ in this state (of course I understand Verizon is/has it now).
My current carrier will change to AT&T late this month or early March. We get new phones, etc.
I really don't mind my Android phone, but Google’s TOS for any of their apps includes ‘listening to my voice calls.’
I miss my Windows 6.5 phone and would have opted for an iPhone but too many applesauce extremists have completely driven me away from anything new from that company.
Frankly, in the long run I feel Apple is completely done as a corporation. In 30 years we'll all laugh at them like Atari.
I very much look forward to a new Windows Mobile 7 phone within the next month or so.
Verizon - and APPLE! - can eat me. I categorically refuse to do business with them.
Why not? It worked for the XBox. Microsoft worked up a multi-billion dollar loss leader for years and bought up some of the best game studios so they'd write games for the XBox. The division finally started turning a profit in 2008, and it'll probably take years more to pay off the loss leader built up over the previous seven years.
However, give Microsoft credit for taking the long view, they're now firmly established, and even respected, in the gaming industry.
Somebody is pulling our leg.
I’m sure that phone worked better than all of the new phones until analog went dark a few years ago.
BTW, does it play tetris?
I think Blackberry is great, and certainly was fantastic for the times. But people now want a little computer in their phones, and Blackberry can’t provide a very good all around experience, although its email and messaging is fantastic. That is why Blackberry itself developed a new OS for its tablet, and that OS looks like it copies WebOS for its GUI.
Back in my good old (single) days, just out of college, that Motorola was the biggest chick magnate around. I would set that phone on the bar with my drink and have someone call me on it. Just like Billy Dee Williams used to say about Colt 45 “It Worked Every Time”.
I haven’t used it for a decade but I still got it. I heard before they changed signals that they brought big money because they were the still the best phone for getting signals and reception around.
Yeah, I remember when people paid good money just for a cell phone antenna to mount on their car, for similar reasons.
The old OnStar systems also used high power analog too, apparently you could call in areas that a contemporary cell phone couldn’t dream of finding a signal.
The nice thing about those phones is that they made a pretty decent weapon if the situation became unpleasant.
Famous last words. What a dunce.