If Nokia wants to offer a device stateside through Verizon, the handset maker will have to rethink its OS strategy. According to The Verge, Verizon originally had plans to offer a Nokia Windows Phone 7.5 device last month but decided to pull the plug due to the OS’s lack of Verizon LTE support.
Microsoft retail stores were apparently prepared to carry the Nokia device, known as Om, until Verizon had a change of heart. In addition, AT&T’s impending launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 may have swayed Verizon to back off of a Windows Phone launch of its own.
Still, that doesn’t mean a Nokia-branded Windows Phone device won’t hit the carrier sometime later this year. The same source said that Verizon is looking to turn its attention to a Windows Phone 8 (possibly dubbed Apollo) device being developed by Nokia. Verizon hasn’t launched a new Windows Phone device since the HTC Trophy.
Verizon is arguably the largest U.S. carrier and this news certainly doesn’t bode well for Nokia’s chances of competing with the iPhone and Android-based devices stateside – at least until the next version of Windows Phone is released. Hopefully for Nokia and Verizon customers, however, that’ll be sooner rather than later.
[via The Verge]