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[Click to enlarge] Leaked images reveal that the HTC Trophy will be one of Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 models to launch in January.  (Source: Engadget)

Sprint will also reportedly air handsets in January  (Source: LISA POOLE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Sales haven't been great, but WP7's slow and methodical approach reminds one of Android

One underemphasized point during the launch of Microsoft's much ballyhooed Windows Phone 7 operating system was that it was only available at launch on two networks in the U.S. -- T-Mobile (America's fourth largest carrier) and AT&T (America's second largest carrier).  Noticeably absent were WP7 offerings from Verizon (America's largest carrier) or Sprint (America's third largest carrier).

But the good news for prospective buyers is that according to, sources are confirming that WP7 will become available in January to Sprint and Verizon's 100 million+ customers. 

A leaked Verizon ad shows one of the phones to be released will be the HTC Trophy, which packs a 3.8-inch touch screen, 16.5 GB of Flash memory, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 5 MP camera.

WP7 handsets on Sprint and Verizon will have to be reengineered to include CDMA (3G) receivers.  T-Mobile and AT&T operate on a different 3G standard, GSM.  It is highly likely that some of the coming WP7 models will feature both types of 3G receiver hardware.  Indeed the HTC Trophy flier bills it as a "quad band global phone", which means both CDMA and GSM are likely included.

It'd be far too easy to criticize Microsoft for not launching simultaneously on all carriers.  However, while initial sales reportedly have left something to be desired, WP7 reminds us of an early Android.  Much like Android gained steam through a methodical schedule of hardware and software releases, WP7 is looking to pull off a similar feat.

Microsoft is reportedly going to unleash a pair of major OS updates in January and February, which should bring the OS up to speed with its next-gen competitors.  With a slick look, growing list of carriers, and growing selection of hardware, don't be surprised if WP7 bumps Apple to third place, sometime in the 2012-2013 time frame.

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Based on that flyer
By cjohnson2136 on 12/15/2010 9:42:27 AM , Rating: 2
are you writing this entire based on that flyer because that flyer just says Mircosoft employees can get a WP7 phne from Verizon. And that news is WAY old. So if you are just basing it on that flyer there is nothing to read here

RE: Based on that flyer
By cjohnson2136 on 12/15/2010 9:42:46 AM , Rating: 2
sorry entire article*

RE: Based on that flyer
By Spivonious on 12/15/2010 9:59:00 AM , Rating: 2
It's common knowledge that WP7 will be launching on Verizon. I'm not sure what the point of this article is, either.

RE: Based on that flyer
By cjohnson2136 on 12/15/2010 10:03:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah what I want to know is a release date to public which this article gives no information about

RE: Based on that flyer
By callmeroy on 12/15/2010 3:37:54 PM , Rating: 2
Same...pointless article...

Aren't articles suppose to reveal "NEWS"....and doesn't "news" imply "new"? :)

I'm looking forward to a forthcoming article on how water is wet as well.

By SuperFly03 on 12/15/2010 10:39:55 AM , Rating: 2
Give me a WP7 w/ LTE and then we'll talk... till then I'll stick with my DINC.

By Luticus on 12/15/2010 10:59:12 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think that'll even matter for a few years, not till the coverage gets "mentionable". as of now there's not a speck of lte in my whole state.

I'll upgrade my phone when there's a verizon phone that's worthy. till think my omnia will have to do.

By cjohnson2136 on 12/15/2010 11:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
I am within the LIE area :D now just have to wait for my upgrade in June

By SuperFly03 on 12/15/2010 3:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Houston, TX is a large LTE area and most of the cities I travel to are LTE equipped now... so it's a big deal for me if I am going to upgrade off contract.

Show me some...
By TheRoadWarrior on 12/15/2010 2:27:12 PM , Rating: 2
Tethering love MS!

RE: Show me some...
By Taft12 on 12/15/2010 5:19:14 PM , Rating: 2
They'd love to - carriers do not and you're not gonna get it

RE: Show me some...
By Alexvrb on 12/22/2010 7:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. If it was up to MS tethering would be a prime feature of WP7 - it's actually already capable of tethering, but its just not *normally* accessible to regular users. The carriers start frothing whenever free tethering is brought up (even though you already PAY for your data plan).

If they could, they'd kill it in older devices/OSes that escaped their manipulation. They only want you to tether for extra cash money (double dip, charge for wireless data twice), which is probably the only way tethering will be brought back to WP7 (hacks and workarounds notwithstanding).

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