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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: What the *$$%@ Is Wrong With Microsoft?
By Chaser on 12/6/2011 11:14:30 AM , Rating: 2
LTE is still immature and somewhat gimmicky because:

1) The LTE network is still being deployed by AT&T AND Verizon.
2) Present SOC's with LTE radios are battery hogs. It is estimated that the next shrinks expected early next year will make the battery drain with LTE on less an issue.

This is also why Apple went with the iPhone 4S instead of a 5.

However, I have an AT&T GS2 Skyrocket and while passing through Atlanta I got 14MB/s dl speeds on the speedtest app. But I'll enjoy it while it lasts :)


By Chaser on 12/6/2011 11:23:07 AM , Rating: 2
By the way that was 10 consecutive tests in a row from the airport. With peaks in the 18s at times. Not standing on one foot with a booster antenna next to the cell tower.


By Reclaimer77 on 12/6/2011 12:43:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not saying I agree with the OP, but how is LTE gimmicky because of those reasons? Sure there are drawbacks, but LTE is no gimmick. If there's an all around better standard for high speed mobile data than LTE, I would sure like to know about it.


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