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Verizon exec: We donít need Windows Phone 7 Ė or Nokia
Seattlepi ^ | February 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

Posted on 02/17/2011 11:45:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, is satisfied with its three smart-phone platforms and doesn’t need Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, the company’s chief technology officer said Wednesday.

Tony Melone told CNET News that the mobile industry could use a third major operating system to join Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. But, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he said he wasn’t sure Microsoft’s 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 Microsoft’s new partnership with Nokia? The companies will need support from U.S. wireless carriers, but it doesn’t sound like Verizon is a guaranteed ally.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: android; apple; google; hitech; microsoft; mobiledevices; nokia; rim; smartphones; telecom; verizon

1 posted on 02/17/2011 11:45:30 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Read between the lines:

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.

2 posted on 02/17/2011 11:55:54 AM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I don't know what the fuss is. I still am using the first phone I got in 1994 and it works fine. It's pretty smart too. It shows the number of incoming calls!


3 posted on 02/17/2011 11:56:57 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


4 posted on 02/17/2011 11:57:39 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Hodar

I think Nokia had better hire some brilliant UI designers and make their investment more pleasing to the eye than blue boxes.


5 posted on 02/17/2011 12:03:24 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Defiant

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.


6 posted on 02/17/2011 12:06:59 PM PST by Yet_Again
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To: CodeToad

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.

7 posted on 02/17/2011 12:19:26 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Hodar

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.


8 posted on 02/17/2011 12:27:39 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Yet_Again
beauty of blackberry - it’s rock solid stable

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.

9 posted on 02/17/2011 12:27:57 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
What an A-hole.

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.’

WTF!

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.

10 posted on 02/17/2011 12:35:07 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Hodar
If you can’t win marketshare - perhaps you can buy it.

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.

11 posted on 02/17/2011 12:41:00 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Lazlo in PA
plus it's 3 watts...don't need no stinkin booster.
12 posted on 02/17/2011 1:12:06 PM PST by stylin19a ("Marine Sniper - You can run, but you'll just die tired!")
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To: antiRepublicrat
Related thread:

Windows 8 tablet sooner than we expect? (Next Microsoft OS will embrace tablets better)

13 posted on 02/17/2011 1:25:40 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Lazlo in PA

LOL!


14 posted on 02/17/2011 1:26:43 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Lazlo in PA

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?


15 posted on 02/17/2011 1:30:10 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Yet_Again

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.


16 posted on 02/17/2011 2:37:22 PM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: dangerdoc; stylin19a

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.


17 posted on 02/17/2011 4:22:18 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

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.


18 posted on 02/17/2011 4:33:29 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Famous last words. What a dunce.


19 posted on 02/17/2011 4:39:47 PM PST by YankeeDoodleRebel
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