We already know that Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T will support Microsoft’s brand new Windows Phone 8 operating system and will offer devices powered by the OS. However, a new report suggests that Verizon will offer a Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia sometime this year.
Nokia and Microsoft are holding a joint press event on September 5, where we expect to hear more on the existing partnership, but Bloomberg said that Verizon will not be mentioned during the event. Instead, the carrier will announce the device sometime before the year is up. Currently, AT&T is home to Nokia’s flagship Lumia 900 Windows Phone, and Verizon hasn’t been bullish on the platform in the past. Perhaps things are about to change.
The nation’s largest wireless carrier is apparently trying to look for alternatives to its “dependence on Apple’s iPhone and devices running Android,” Bloomberg explained. Windows Phone is the next best thing, besides RIM’s BlackBerry 10 OS which isn’t due out until the first quarter of next year. If it is indeed trying to lessen its dependence, then we expect Verizon to launch a high-end device instead of a mid-to-low-end Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
“Landing on the Verizon network is a positive development [for Windows Phone 8],” Needham & Co analyst Charlie Wolf said. “It doesn’t solve the problem, but it is a big step in the right direction.” Windows Phone is still fighting for market share in the United States and, overall, globally. However, IDC projects that it could surpass Apple’s iOS market share as soon as 2016. A flagship on Verizon Wireless would definitely be a good start, especially if it lands in time for the holiday season.