Nokia Lumia 900Verizon Wireless may be preparing to follow in the footsteps of AT&T by showing future support for Windows Phone. During the carrier's earnings call on Thursday, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed that he believes today's mobile market is in need of a third ecosystem, specifically highlighting Microsoft's growing Windows Phone platform.

As the smartphone market continues to grow, Verizon relies more and more on Android and iOS sales; the carrier has only ever released one Windows Phone device, but that was "little more than an afterthought," CNET said. Shifting focus to Microsoft's mobile OS would help wean Verizon away from dependence on both Google and Apple and allow the carrier to put its considerable resources behind targeting "basic phone" customers with Windows Phone devices.

AT&T's release of the Lumia 900, then, is one example Verizon will want to follow. Nokia's device has reportedly "exceeded expectations" on AT&T, and has even sold out on the carrier's online store.

"[Shammo's comments] hints that there's a Nokia device that could appear on the Verizon network in the near future," Todd Rosenbluth, equity analyst at Standard & Poor's said.

Verizon has previously gone with a "wait-and-see" approach with Windows Phone, but Shammo's comments suggest that the carrier is eager to embrace an Android and iOS competitor. Another factor could be because of the high subsidies Verizon has to pay Apple to carry the iPhone, CNET said, which is the highest in the industry.

"[Verizon would] like a third suite of devices and operating system to be able to offset the subsidy issue," Rosenbluth explained.

Could Windows Phone be Verizon's answer?

[via CNET]