Verizon to back Windows Phone? Perhaps the rumoured Lumia PureView HD?

| April 20, 2012 | 16 Replies


Verizon was very early on, rumoured to be taking on Nokia Lumias back in January, but we are yet to see any confirmation of such things. Verizon has been pretty lukewarm to Windows phone but now, CNet reports that Verizon are willing to assist Microsoft’s 3rd ecosystem, and therefore Nokia.

Verizon is said to be ‘fully supportive’. With a third major option, Verizon, like AT&T, can be less dependent on iOS and Android devices. As the largest network in America, Verizon also has a huge base of basic phone users, to which, Nokia Lumia WP is an excellent option for them when they decide to upgrade. Over a week ago we heard of some rumours of what one of the handsets for Verizon might be.

  • Lumia PureView (possibly 12mp)
  • ClearBlack HD display
  • Dual Core MSM8960
    • “The new Qualcomm S4 chip blew out the competition on the two Web-browser-based benchmarks.”
    • “Adreno 225 GPU. Graphics performance was solid, and surprisingly, better than the Nvidia chip’s (NVidia’s tegra powered device apparently being the fastest android device they’ve tried)”
    • Basically, this is a very decent chip. But for Now. We already know how fast Lumia are on a single core processor. They might see a performance increase when WP8 meets dual core much more so than an equivalent Droid. It’s very much needed for marketing at least (e.g. If you say the 900 has dual core, the daily performance might make some folk believe that’s the case – the same ones that mock simply based on specs).

An equity analyst (we love that word) at Standard and Poor, Todd Rosenbluth, speculated:

It hints that there’s a Nokia device that could appear on the Verizon network in the near future

Verizon CFO pointed out that Verizon’s backing of Android is why it has caught on. The Droid branding belongs to Verizon – it’s the term a lot of us might refer to those handsets as (though possibly prior to Verizon claiming a stake on it). With Verizon’s muscle, perhaps they can also help push Lumia/WP further.

We created the Android platform from the beginning and it is an incredible platform today that we helped to create, and we are looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem

Source: CNET

Cheers prashant for the tip


Category: Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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  • Just me

    I believe the verizon lumia from at&T lumia is as big difference there were att verizon iphone against normal iphone when it came.

  • nomorewindows

    Please note, can you recognise Verison below? Is this the same Verizon?

    In memoriam: Microsoft’s previous strategic mobile partners
    Feb 11, Author Horace Dediu

    Microsoft’s new “strategic partnership” with Nokia is not its first. For a decade the software company has courted and consummated relationships with a variety of companies in mobile and telecom. Here are the ones I can remember:

    LG. In February 2009 Microsoft Corp. signed a multiyear agreement for Windows Mobile to be included on devices from LG Electronics Inc. LG would use Windows Mobile as its “primary platform” for smartphones and produce about 50 models running the software.

    What happened? LG made a few Windows Mobile devices but with WinMo uncompetitive, they abandoned the platform and moved to Android losing years of market presence and all their profits.

    Motorola. In September 2003, Motorola and Microsoft announced an alliance. “Starting with the introduction of the new Motorola MPx200 mobile phone with Microsoft Windows Mobile software, the companies will collaborate on a series of Smartphone and Pocket PC wireless devices designed to create a virtual “remote control” for the Web-centric, work-centric, always-on-the-go mobile professional.” In addition, the alliance includes cooperation on joint marketing and wireless developer programs.

    What happened? Motorola launched a series of Windows Mobile phones culminating in the Motorola Q “Blackberry killer”. As Motorola hit the rocks in profitability new management reached for the Android liferaft. The company now relies exclusively on the Droid franchise.

    Palm. In September 2005 Palm and Microsoft announced a strategic alliance to “accelerate the Smartphone market segment with a new device for mobile professionals and businesses. Palm has licensed the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system for an expanded line of Treo Smartphones, the first of which will be available on Verizon Wireless’ national wireless broadband network.”

    What happened? Palm shipped a few Windows Mobile, famously dismissing Apple’s potential entry as something “PC guys” could never achieve. A new CEO, a private placement and an acquisition later the company is a division of HP making its own operating system.

    Nortel. When Steve Ballmer was famously laughing at the iPhone and saying that he likes the Windows Mobile strategy “a lot” he was sitting next to the then-CEO of Nortel (Mike Zafirovski formerly of Motorola) with whom the company had just closed a strategic deal. ”an alliance between Microsoft and Nortel announced in July 2006 … includes three new joint solutions to dramatically improve business communications by breaking down the barriers between voice, e-mail, instant messaging, multimedia conferencing and other forms of communication”.

    What happened? Nortel declared bankruptcy two years later.

    Verizon. In January 2009 “Verizon Wireless has selected Microsoft Corp. to provide portal, local and Internet search as well as mobile advertising services to customers on its devices. The five-year agreement will go into effect in the first half of 2009 when Microsoft Live Search is targeted to be available on new Verizon Wireless feature phones and smartphones.” The deal would ensure Bing distribution to all of Verizon’s smartphone customers.

    What happened? Bing did ship on some devices but in October 2009 Droid came to Verizon.

    Ericsson. In September 2000, “Ericsson and Microsoft Corp. today launched Ericsson Microsoft Mobile Venture AB. This previously announced joint company will drive the mobile Internet by developing and marketing mobile e-mail solutions for operators. The first solutions are expected to be on the market by the end of the year. The company is part of a broader strategic alliance between Ericsson and Microsoft”

    What happened? Ericsson divested itself of the mobile division forming a joint venture which would go on and make more strategic alliances with Microsoft over Windows Mobile culminating in a loss of profits and eventual flight to Android.

    Sendo. In February 2001, Microsoft announced a partnership, in which Microsoft bought $12m of Sendo shares and a seat on the board. Sendo was to be Microsoft’s “go to market partner” for the Stinger smartphone platform that would become Smartphone 2002.

    What happened? Sendo after litigating IP issues with Microsoft went bankrupt in 2005.

    And finally,

    Nokia. No, not this OS deal, but in August 2009 ”The worldwide leader in software and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Today, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Öistämö announced the agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity. This is the first time that either company has embarked on an alliance of this scope and nature.”

    The plan was to bring “Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices.”

    What happened? One and a half years later the same Stephen Elop announced that Symbian will be deprecated.

    And what is one year later? Fantastic financial effects? 0.5% of market “occupied” by Nokia Lumias? Disappointed customers? Elop effect? Haters gona hate? Lovers gone love? Elop and Nokia gona hesitate all?

    • vicktor von d.

      step out of your house. go to a park. sit down on the grass, inhale some good air into your lungs and take a well deserved break. you’ve earned it buddy. i understand it’s very hard to troll every article of this blog.
      better yet, how about you do a blog of your own, call it like your username ”nomorewindows” and go on a killing spree against microsoft. and i can tell you for sure after you do that nokia will surely 100% give up on microsoft and their evil empire and go with meego and symbian again. definetely

      • weirdfisher

        He is talking aboit facts. They are real.

      • mdev

        Facts do not mean anything in realms of WP religion. The “facts” of WP believers is that WP7.5 is best there is but WP8 “will change everything and will be much better and will fix everything”.

        Go figure!

        • Janne

          No, actually I – like many – agree with all those facts – yet I still believe there is merit to Nokia’s Lumia strategy as well. I/we also enjoy the products. The strategy might fail. Or not.

          But go on, feel miserable and spread the misery. It sure helps to enjoy this hobby. Not.

          • mdev

            Well, if I cross a busy street on red light it is possible that I may survive. However it is much more likely to be hit by a car.

            The rational person knows that and is very hesitant to cross on red light. The believer “knows” that nothing bad will happen to him.

            Yes, it is more happy life when one goes through life as a believer. But sooner or later reality catches us with you. Much more sooner when your beliefs are absolutely detached from reality.

            • Janne

              mdev: Thank God we have you to show us the way. How did we ever do without?

              Oh wait, we had our eyes wide open always but we chose to live instead of get depressed and roll in pity.

              This is just tech for F’s sake. Not the end of the world. Go be miserable yourself, rest of us have products to like and use.

              • noki

                Janne seams you are not having to much fun as well, you might have take your hown advice….Since you decided to give one on what people have to feel and what not.

                Like you many here care for nokia and believe it managed in an identical suicidal way, and facts so far prove them right… You and others believe that despite the problems the curve will pick up and roses will be on the other side of the pit…
                Now apparently booth side strongly believe in the merits of their argumentation and see the same fact as evidence of the rightness…

                Aka I see the plunge on nokia sales as a sign of its imminent dedth mainly coused by elop…. you and others see the plunge as a sign of the crapyness of symbian and the beguiling of a wonderful future with WP…

                for the time being you guys are the believers and have faith on the future proving us wrong…we are the ones that cant see that bright future and would hope for some change that might provide us a future at all… that all, all positions have merits but none a complete final uperhand and that the reason we keep on repeating them.

                We fight because we care, all of us…

    • Mark

      Yeah, homie. Verizon are a carrier with a wide range of optiosn who aren’t tying themselves to one OS – they will still iPhones and Androids.

      So… uh… not the same thing really.

      They’ve probably seen that AT&T is doing reasonably well with the 900 and want a piece of the pie if it takes off. Speculate to accumulate, chaps.

    • Keith

      Wow, you’re quoting press releases. I guess no one ever told you they are worthless? You can find hundreds or thousands of them for every company if that is your thing and the vast majority do not turn out like the initial marketing spiel.

  • Keith

    It would be massive to have Verizon on board.

  • manu

    i cant believe nokia will produce a phone with that specs.
    If it does and is priced competitively .then thats gonna be good.

  • Doffen

    It’s indubitably a good strategy for the carriers to diversify their product range and to ensure that none of the phone manufacturers gets dominante. This ensures the carriers a strong bargaining position when buying in addition it ensures the customers choice.
    I think one of the reasons for Nokias previous difficulties with penetrating the US markets has been its strength. The US carriers prefere weak suppliers and will chose those unless the strong supplier has a product they can not be without (e.g. Apples iPhone),

    • noki

      It’s indubitably a good strategy for NOKIA to diversify their product range and to ensure that none of the other OS’s companies gets dominant.

      there fixed it for you 😉

      • Keith

        Apparently you haven’t heard of Apple. That wasn’t a very well reasoned fix.