Is Verizon going to release new Windows Phones?

Verizon has been somewhat cool toward Windows Phone in the past but that may finally be changing. News.com reports that during Verizon's quarterly conference call with financial analysts today, the wireless carrier's chief financial officer, Fran Shammo, claimed that the company was "fully supportive" of Microsoft's efforts with Windows Phone.

Shammo said that Verizon helped to launch the Android OS with the success of its Droid line of smartphones and added that the company is "looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem."

Standard & Poor's equity analyst Todd Rosenbluth said that Shammo's remarks today could be an early signal of more Windows Phone releases from Verizon, saying, "It hints that there's a Nokia device that could appear on the Verizon network in the near future."

Verizon currently only sells one Windows Phone device, the HTC Trophy which was first launched in October 2010. Verizon didn't sell any of the smartphones released as part of the Windows Phone 7.5 update in 2011.

A few months ago, a Verizon executive said, "We've communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us. We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them." With the newly launched Nokia Lumia 900 supporting LTE on AT&T's network, it's more than possible than Verizon that could finally be jumping back onto the Windows Phone train, especially with the early sales success of the Lumia 900.

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