WP7 to hit Verizon this holiday season [Update]

Those on Verizon have been waiting patiently as the world has gotten its hands on WP7. Released first to GSM carriers around the world, the official Twitter account for the Windows Phone team has just announced that Verizon will be getting multiple WP7 devices by the holiday season.

This should come as good news to those on Verizon who want to try out Microsoft's newest mobile OS. This news will also come as a welcome addition to the Verizon portfolio which has primarily only supported the Blackberry and Android platforms as of late. The specific devices that will be hitting the carrier are not known but with the holiday season nearly here, it shouldn't be long before the devices are revealed. 

Microsoft is also dependant on getting WP7 on as many carriers as possible so that it can report strong sales. With Verizon being the largest carrier in the United States, it only makes sense to get the platform to the carrier as soon as possible. 

 

[Update] A follow-up tweet has been posted that appears to debunk the earlier statement that the devices will be hitting Verizon this holiday season. At this point it is still up in the air if Verizon will land a WP7 in 2010.

    

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Great news! Wonder if there is a minor revision of the OS that people will get to support CDMA or if it was just hardware shortages all together stopping the dual GSM / CDMA launches

blahism said,
Great news! Wonder if there is a minor revision of the OS that people will get to support CDMA or if it was just hardware shortages all together stopping the dual GSM / CDMA launches
CDMA requires different drivers and firmware I believe.

/- Razorfold said,
CDMA requires different drivers and firmware I believe.

CDMA should already be in the radio stack of the OS, as the base OS is a variation of WM6.x/WinCE6.x.

So ya, a hardware driver is all that should be needed with it incorporated in the OS firmware.

thenetavenger said,

CDMA should already be in the radio stack of the OS, as the base OS is a variation of WM6.x/WinCE6.x.

So ya, a hardware driver is all that should be needed with it incorporated in the OS firmware.

Windows Phone 7 is not a variant of Windows Mobile, in fact, Microsoft is pretty proud of the fact that Windows Phone 7 is a clean break from Windows Mobile.

Microsoft has said that they were focused on a GSM version of the OS first, and then were going to focus on getting the CDMA drivers and software working next.

I will definitely get one if it comes to sprint for the holiday although I am not a big fan of version 1.0 of any product. I am sure if the emerging importance of mobile for the next decade. we can be alll sure that Microsoft wll be providing update as much as possible. Anyway, they have been in a roll as for as Kinect, Windows 7 and windows live. Microsoft security Essential,

Release one on Sprint already! I'm over two years due to renew my contract, and ATT or VERIZON are no-no, plus my TP2 is getting too old for my liking! I hope Microsoft Santa doesn't keeps this in mind for my "holiday season"

wow. if this is right, all predictions for cdma were not too accurate. for them to be releasing this so soon, they must have been working on it for a while. or maybe they found it easier to modify abgsm phone and make it work on cdma?