WP7 coming to Verizon and Sprint in January

When Microsoft released Windows Phone 7 for GSM carriers, those on Verizon and Sprint wanted to know when the platform would be coming to their preferred carrier. While it has been widely assumed that Microsoft and Verizon/Sprint would announce WP7 in Q1, Neowin can confirm that the platform will be announced for the carrier this January.

The source stated that Windows Phone 7 would be coming to Verizon and Sprint in January but did not state if the devices would be announced at CES. Also, the specific devices were not mentioned, but thanks to a leaked flyer from Microsoft, we do know that the HTC Trophy will be among the first devices on Verizon.

While this information may be known to some, it is always reassuring hearing from another source that WP7 will be landing on Verizon and Sprint in the very near future. With CES happening in early January, it seems logical that it would be the venue of choice for the carriers.

For those on Sprint and Verizon, your wait for WP7 is almost over and for Microsoft, Verizon and Sprint represent a huge market and an area of growth. With the two carriers combined users surpassing 100 million users, its a market that Microsoft can use to help propel its platform.  

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Yep, I guess the fate of WP7 hangs on the availability on two US carriers alone, the other 2 US carriers and the rest of the world dont count...

i believe sprint is getting only 1 wp7 device. ive seen the upcoming lineup and it's mostly android phones. the only phone that might get me to leave my evo and android is a new webos device running 2.0. id try wp7 if and when i can customize the UI and theme it. im much to into themeing my devices now to just stop.

I think it's fairly obvious to state that Windows Phone 7 is coming to Verizon and Sprint since they've both stated that previously...

Am wondering why are you guys going bonkers for those phones? I mean you have the SD card issue, where Microsoft clearly stated it wasn't part of their plans,so now you have a phone that practically renders your card useless, and if the SD card wasn't part of their plans why are this phones being made with such little storage capacity, 3 how could this phones compete with the droids and iPhones which come with 16gigs and up? What was ms plan if the SD card wasn't part of their picture?

zerokool316 said,
Am wondering why are you guys going bonkers for those phones? I mean you have the SD card issue, where Microsoft clearly stated it wasn't part of their plans,so now you have a phone that practically renders your card useless, and if the SD card wasn't part of their plans why are this phones being made with such little storage capacity, 3 how could this phones compete with the droids and iPhones which come with 16gigs and up? What was ms plan if the SD card wasn't part of their picture?

1. Not everyone in this world needs more than 16gb of storage space on their phones. Sure you may have 32gb of music on your laptop that you would love to have on your phone...but why not just get Jukefly? It's free and you can play all the music from your laptop on your phone (as long as you have a 3G / wifi signal).
2. The SD card isn't rendered useless. All you need is a card reader that actually follows the SD spec, some do some don't. Not to mention I don't know anyone who actually re-uses their old microSD cards...I've changed the one on my smartphones a few times (first one I got was 2gb, then upgraded to 8, and now to 16g) and I essentially have 2 microSD cards gathering dust since I have no use for them.
3. You can expand the storage on phones that don't have the microSD card is some ridiculous place (like the Mozart), all it requires is a hard reset.

zerokool316 said,
Am wondering why are you guys going bonkers for those phones? I mean you have the SD card issue, where Microsoft clearly stated it wasn't part of their plans,so now you have a phone that practically renders your card useless, and if the SD card wasn't part of their plans why are this phones being made with such little storage capacity, 3 how could this phones compete with the droids and iPhones which come with 16gigs and up? What was ms plan if the SD card wasn't part of their picture?

You speak like Android and iPhone doesn't have problems. Also, WP7 devices come in 8GB and 16GB by default.

What is this SD card issue? Any Kingston or SandDisk would work. The SD Card can be erase by any device that support the SD read/write protection.

What is so awesome about your Droid Incredible anyway?

Edited by illegaloperation, Dec 15 2010, 4:00am :

Well I bought a 2gb when I got this phone then upgraded to 16 now am up to 32, and I do plan on carrying this 32 gig SD card to the next Droid I buy.

/- Razorfold said,

1. Not everyone in this world needs more than 16gb of storage space on their phones. Sure you may have 32gb of music on your laptop that you would love to have on your phone...but why not just get Jukefly? It's free and you can play all the music from your laptop on your phone (as long as you have a 3G / wifi signal).
2. The SD card isn't rendered useless. All you need is a card reader that actually follows the SD spec, some do some don't. Not to mention I don't know anyone who actually re-uses their old microSD cards...I've changed the one on my smartphones a few times (first one I got was 2gb, then upgraded to 8, and now to 16g) and I essentially have 2 microSD cards gathering dust since I have no use for them.
3. You can expand the storage on phones that don't have the microSD card is some ridiculous place (like the Mozart), all it requires is a hard reset.

day2die said,

You speak like Android and iPhone doesn't have problems. Also, WP7 devices come in 8GB and 16GB by default.

What is this SD card issue? Any Kingston or SandDisk would work. The SD Card can be erase by any device that support the SD read/write protection.

What is so awesome about your Droid Incredible anyway?

wow relax little boy I was just asking why are you guys interested in wp7. I only know what I've read about it so far and most of it has been bad news to me, a lot of people complain about the black part of the screen as wasted space, I haven't seen 1 in person yet. Others complain of the SD card issue, so far my Droid incredible hasn't done me wrong, I love how I can swap my card from the phone to my pc without needing some new hardware, but like I said am here to learn what you guys love about it, not to argue which phone is best, cause I never did I say Droid was best or iPhone, I was referring to the storage, so relax and breath

/- Razorfold said,

1. Not everyone in this world needs more than 16gb of storage space on their phones. Sure you may have 32gb of music on your laptop that you would love to have on your phone...but why not just get Jukefly? It's free and you can play all the music from your laptop on your phone (as long as you have a 3G / wifi signal).
2. The SD card isn't rendered useless. All you need is a card reader that actually follows the SD spec, some do some don't. Not to mention I don't know anyone who actually re-uses their old microSD cards...I've changed the one on my smartphones a few times (first one I got was 2gb, then upgraded to 8, and now to 16g) and I essentially have 2 microSD cards gathering dust since I have no use for them.
3. You can expand the storage on phones that don't have the microSD card is some ridiculous place (like the Mozart), all it requires is a hard reset.
by the way thank you for the mature answer I was looking for razorfold

Anyhow, I have not heard of anybody who actually own the phone complain about wasted space. It seems to actually be those that doesn't have the phone that's complaining. As for the storage, it is pretty much a permanent thing since the OS combined both the main memory and the SD card. It's a pain in the butt to figure out if an app is install on the main memory or the SD, so this solution make sense.

zerokool316 said,
wow relax little boy I was just asking why are you guys interested in wp7. I only know what I've read about it so far and most of it has been bad news to me, a lot of people complain about the black part of the screen as wasted space, I haven't seen 1 in person yet. Others complain of the SD card issue, so far my Droid incredible hasn't done me wrong, I love how I can swap my card from the phone to my pc without needing some new hardware, but like I said am here to learn what you guys love about it, not to argue which phone is best, cause I never did I say Droid was best or iPhone, I was referring to the storage, so relax and breath

Ok, I'll relax when...

1) You realize that SD in microSD means SECURE DIGITAL, and that is EXACTLY how WP7 is using the SD, as it was designed to secure a user's content. There is NO issue.

2) You take a minute to look at a WP7 and see what it does well or better than the other options. There are a lot things that are GOOD about WP7, but we are not here to educate you or force you to watch Microsoft Commercials. (Hint: Faster, Smarter Live Tile UI, Better Programming Model, Entire OS and Applications are Inherently GPU/3D Accelerated, DirectX Mobile that is faster than OpenGL ES, Extensive Audio and Video Codec support, Zune Pass, Mobile Office, etc.)

As for memory sizes and WP7, unlike an iPhone, if the unit has a microSD card, you can reset the device and install a larger SD card, like if you bought an 8gb model and wanted 32gb. And unlike Android, all your data on the SD is secured, so that if someone steals your phone or SD card, they can't simply plug it in and know everything about you. It is something called privacy and security. (So you get a semi-open hardware model without the security issues and unlike Apple's model you can change things like the microSD card and your battery yourself.)

zerokool316 said,
Well I bought a 2gb when I got this phone then upgraded to 16 now am up to 32, and I do plan on carrying this 32 gig SD card to the next Droid I buy.

Exactly, and if you leave your phone somewhere, I can pick it up and not have to worry about even hacking your phone, and just stick the microSD card in my laptop and have access to every bit of information about you and all your contacts. Massive security issue that Android does not use any encryption or secure the SD card.

(PS My main phone has been an original Droid for over a year now, but I understand what I do and don't like about the device. As a developer, I also know what I do and don't like about both devices, and from my developer mind, Android is ancient technology with duck tape in comparison.)

Edited by thenetavenger, Dec 15 2010, 7:05am :

ah thanks for the info, hopefully my local bestbuy or verizon store has a working 1 on display for me to look at

thenetavenger said,

Ok, I'll relax when...

1) You realize that SD in microSD means SECURE DIGITAL, and that is EXACTLY how WP7 is using the SD, as it was designed to secure a user's content. There is NO issue.

2) You take a minute to look at a WP7 and see what it does well or better than the other options. There are a lot things that are GOOD about WP7, but we are not here to educate you or force you to watch Microsoft Commercials. (Hint: Faster, Smarter Live Tile UI, Better Programming Model, Entire OS and Applications are Inherently GPU/3D Accelerated, DirectX Mobile that is faster than OpenGL ES, Extensive Audio and Video Codec support, Zune Pass, Mobile Office, etc.)

As for memory sizes and WP7, unlike an iPhone, if the unit has a microSD card, you can reset the device and install a larger SD card, like if you bought an 8gb model and wanted 32gb. And unlike Android, all your data on the SD is secured, so that if someone steals your phone or SD card, they can't simply plug it in and know everything about you. It is something called privacy and security. (So you get a semi-open hardware model without the security issues and unlike Apple's model you can change things like the microSD card and your battery yourself.)

Definitely good news! opening up to those large markets will be nice and maybe sprint will do some of their own marketing to push it as well

Heh. On the front page of the mobile version, the title just says "WP7 coming to Verison and Sprint". Imagine the expression on my face

Anyway, good news for those who've been waiting.

Joe05 said,
I'd love Sprint to carry the Samsung Focus in January, here's to crossing my fingers.

You won't get the Samsung Focus as it is a worldwide exclusive for AT&T. It's not impossible that you might get the Samsung Omnia 7 that is available in the rest of the world. Essentially the same phone but with a different shell and a fixed 8GB storage. No card slot but with the card problems there's been that might not be as much of an issue.

medium_pimpin said,
Thank God. I refuse to sign back up with at&t when my contract is up in March.

Maybe I'll cancel my order for the Again DELAYED Dell Venue Pro. Honestly don't wanna be on T-Mobile's network because I don't really know what their reliability is like. Then again, the Venue Pro is my favorite of the WP7 devices.