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Microsoft can't explain away why its communications hardware is deficient

With Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) already punting its plans to sell Windows Phone on the world's biggest market -- China -- to sometime in 2012, it's crucial that it does its best to capture U.S. sales in the meantime.

Recent comments from Verizon Wireless reveal that the dated wireless communications hardware on current Windows Phone models may be a deal-breaker for it.  Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD) -- controls over a third of America's subscription customer base.  Missing that massive chunk of sales in its largest current smartphone market (the U.S.) would be a huge blow to Microsoft's already struggling Windows Phone project.

Marni Walden, Chief Marketing Officer for Verizon Wireless sounded frustrated in her comment to CNET.  She remarked, "We've communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us. We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them."

Verizon LTE
Verizon: "Y U No have LTE, Microsoft?" [Image Source: Android Spin]

Thus far, Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android has been virtually the sole platform of LTE handsets in the U.S.  With Verizon and AT&T, Inc. (T) promoting their rapidly expanding 4G LTE networks [1][2][3][4] that's been a huge boon for Google and its partners.

The holdup with Windows Phone LTE support appears to be on Microsoft's shoulders, as many Windows Phone manufacturers like Taiwan's HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930already support LTE in their Android handsets.  Thus the hardware capability for LTE seemingly exists for Windows Phones, but the software is the limiting factor, thanks to Microsoft's sluggish response.

Microsoft has been on the defensive about its Windows Phone performance for some time now, as flagship Android smartphones seemingly have better specs on paper.  While its argument that Windows Phone runs faster on single core-CPUs than Android on dual-core CPUs is certainly plausible given real world evidence, it's hard for Microsoft to generate a convincing excuse for why its phones can't support the latest wireless communication standards.

Add LTE to a growing list of problems such as poor advertising and poor dealer incentives that have plagued Microsoft, turning a slick operating system into a market dud.

Source: CNET



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RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By vortmax2 on 12/6/2011 10:50:02 AM , Rating: 5
With that said, I don't see Verizon complaining about Apple's lack of LTE...just sayin'


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By Arsynic on 12/6/2011 10:54:24 AM , Rating: 5
They've been kissing Apple's ass since the iPhone release in '07.


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By AssBall on 12/6/2011 11:16:00 AM , Rating: 1
I thought i-junk has only been on Verizon for a year or so?


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By WLee40 on 12/6/11, Rating: -1
RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By Omega215D on 12/6/2011 1:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
It's been made clear that Verizon didn't want to play ball with Apple until they saw how many sheep were willing to line up for the new phone each and every time.


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By mcnabney on 12/6/2011 4:29:58 PM , Rating: 5
No, Verizon would have been the exclusive from the beginning, but they wouldn't agree to Apple's terms. Apple wanted top dollar for each device and a big chunk of data revenue too. Verizon told them to pound sand, so Apple went to AT&T.

And Apple suffered for it. AT&T agreed to their demands, but required long term exclusivity - which gave Android an opening which it used to steal Apple's crown.


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By Arsynic on 12/6/2011 1:08:21 PM , Rating: 1
They've been trying to get iPhone since then.


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By Omega215D on 12/6/2011 1:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not enough people to line up around the block for WP7 or Android phones. sad really as Apple can continue it's douchebaggy ways.


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By Mitch101 on 12/6/2011 1:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By DFranch on 12/6/2011 1:06:41 PM , Rating: 5
LTE drains battery too quickly at this point. They're better off waiting for the next gen LTE hardware, which will hopefully be able to get a whole day of use on a single charge. Verizon is just making excuses. They never wanted to support WP7, that's why they've only ever had 1 WP7 phone on their network. Why not just come out and say it.


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By dew111 on 12/6/2011 6:25:18 PM , Rating: 3
I was basically going to say all this. Anyway, Microsoft wants a platform that is consistent, and the 40nm LTE radios suck down power, offering a sub-par battery life. Next year the 28nm variants will be available and hopefully Microsoft will respond with updated support for them. Verizon carries iPhones which don't have LTE, this is just a poor excuse.


RE: Is Microsoft really lagging?
By kmmatney on 12/6/2011 1:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
"We've communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us. We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them."

I think its obvious that Apple has given them a timeline...


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