Verizon apps show up in WP7 Marketplace

It's not like we needed any more confirmation that Verizon would be releasing WP7 devices at CES, as Neowin recently reported. But now we have near definitive confirmation that the platform will make its debut at CES.

BGR, while searching though the WP7 marketplace, found a couple of apps that are used exclusively by Verizon. The apps, "My Verizon Mobile", "Netflix", and "Slacker", all appear under the Verizon umbrella and can now be found in the marketplace.

While the news isn't as shocking as an iPhone release, it's more evidence that WP7 will make its CDMA debut at CES as Microsoft continues its push of the platform. While the devices are not specified, it is widely believed that the HTC Trophy will be among the launch devices for the CDMA carrier.

For those on Verizon, your wait for WP7 is almost over, and for Microsoft, Verizon represents a huge market and an area of growth. With the carrier surpassing 93 million users, it's a market that Microsoft can use to help propel its platform.  

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Geniusguy said,
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what's this?? Typo error?

...And you call yourself a genius.

It's looking like CDMA will go live on the 5th when MS does it's CES keynote, or the day after when verizon shows up at the show. Either way it's sooner rather than later.

GP007 said,
It's looking like CDMA will go live on the 5th when MS does it's CES keynote, or the day after when verizon shows up at the show. Either way it's sooner rather than later.

Yeah, I can't wait. I want a WP7 device now! lol I hope they have some good devices coming too. A Samsung Focus with Quad Band would be a dream...

Well Verizon customers will get there dream of WP7 on CDMA. Hope CES will bring more news than CDMA to windows phone 7

Xypro said,
Well Verizon customers will get there dream of WP7 on CDMA. Hope CES will bring more news than CDMA to windows phone 7

Maybe not, they'll probably hold some news for MWC in February.

Come on Sprint!

Why would the Netflix application be specific for Verizon/Sprint? Or am I understanding incorrectly?

Nimdock said,

Why would the Netflix application be specific for Verizon/Sprint? Or am I understanding incorrectly?

I agree. That seems very strange. Particularly since there already IS a Netflix application up there from what I understand (I'm still waiting for Verizon to get WP7 before I can upgrade). And Verizon's app developers are horrendous, so I shudder to think what they would have done to a Netflix app...

Nimdock said,
Come on Sprint!

Why would the Netflix application be specific for Verizon/Sprint? Or am I understanding incorrectly?


The Netflix and Slacker apps have specific versions for T-Mobile (HD7) as well

Nimdock said,
Come on Sprint!

Why would the Netflix application be specific for Verizon/Sprint? Or am I understanding incorrectly?


The Netflix and Slacker apps have specific versions for T-Mobile (HD7) as well

Nimdock said,
Come on Sprint!

Why would the Netflix application be specific for Verizon/Sprint? Or am I understanding incorrectly?

There is confusion here, and the story doesn't explain it properly.

Verizon has their 'area' of the marketplace on WP7, that they place their own applications and applications that they license and also install by default on phones they sell.

Verizon also does this on Android if you are a Verizon customer, you will have a specific Verizon VCast Apps tab. This list includes titles specifically made by Verizon, ones they modify like Skype that uses a cell call instead of network bandwidth, and just the Applications that they install and recommend on new phones.

So on Android under the Verizon Tab, you will find My Verizon, Skype Verizon version that are exclusive to Verizon. However you will also find Apps that are not exclusive or modified, like Bing, Tetris, Discovery Health, Rhapsody, etc

So Netflix could just be a Verizon recommended/default installed App, or it could be a slightly modified version of Netflix that might use some special proxy/bandwidth setting needed for Verizon customers.

However Netflix is NOT exclusive to Verizon, and chances are it is just listed this way because it is a 'default installed' application on Verizon Phones and recommend to Verizon customers that don't have it pre-installed.

zerokool316 said,
Hmmm the question I have is, will this win7 phones run on lte?

So far they has been no specific information from Verizon.

A good guess would be, no, the first WP7 phones for Verizon will not be LTE.

This guess is based on the information that WP7 phones should be shipping in January, and Verizon has said they won't have LTE based phones until Februrary.

The good news though is, several phone MFRs like HTC, LG, Nokia have talked about LTE versions of WP7 phones being available in 2011. So at least we know they are coming.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Verizon push for an LTE based WP7 device sooner rather than later so that they can rollout and spotlight the LTE technology along with the press the WP7 phones will generate for them.

So if you factor in the device availability, and Verizon's politics with Microsoft and their politics with the Motorola LTE phone they have announced, etc etc... Any guess would be good.

There is also the possibility that Verizon and T-mobile have their versions of the applications running on specific ports so they can guarantee quality of service to those applications to give the users a better experience. They can also monitor specific usage of those services as well to determine where best to upgrade their network. The easiest way to guarantee this is to have their own versions of specific applications.

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