Lack of LTE Could be Deal-Breaker for Windows Phone on Verizon
December 6, 2011 10:15 AM
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Microsoft can't explain away why its communications hardware is deficient
With Microsoft Corp. (
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.
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. (
) and Vodafone Group Plc. (
) -- 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
Windows Phone project.
Marni Walden, Chief Marketing Officer for Verizon Wireless sounded frustrated in her comment to
. 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: "Y U No have LTE, Microsoft?" [Image Source: Android Spin]
Thus far, Google Inc.'s (
) Android has been virtually the sole platform of
LTE handsets in the U.S.
With Verizon and AT&T, Inc. (
) promoting their rapidly expanding 4G LTE networks [
] 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. (
) and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
already 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.
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.
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RE: LTE...who cares
12/6/2011 11:37:58 AM
+1 Gruntboyx about reaching the data cap faster.
However, as long as you can turn off the LTE radio independently from the other radios, you should be okay. Just turn on the LTE radio when you need a fast download speed(assuming you are in a LTE area). Then turn it off when you are done to save battery. Get the best of both worlds!
RE: LTE...who cares
12/6/2011 12:48:08 PM
That's a perfectly fine strategy to take. I know many of thunderbolt users who simply turn off the 4g radio because.
1. They don't have LTE coverage
2. They don't have an application demanding the speed.
However, my counter point is. You could have gotten the Incredible 2 practically the same phone for 100 dollars less. If the extra speed warrants the 100 bucks to you. That is awesome. I know sometimes with promotions it can drastically sway buying decisions.
However, I think we could do a lot to nudge the data caps higher by simple rejecting Verizon's 4G phones. I think you are beginning to see this with Verizon releasing promotional increases to their data caps. In time as the network matures and capacity is increased the data caps should go up. However, there needs to be a compelling usage model.
RE: LTE...who cares
12/6/2011 1:04:45 PM
No problem here and I am on Unlimited Data. Despite leaving LTE on when out of the house (otherwise it's on wi-fi) I never see more than 1GB usage. The LTE comes in handy when wanting to quickly browse the web for something or using Google Maps and find a point of interest. It also helps to get updates/ maps on various transit lines in NYC in a really short amount of time.
LTE is not only meant for streaming videos.
RE: LTE...who cares
12/6/2011 4:38:28 PM
I watch movies on my Droid RAZR all the time. Charge it every night, but never had it below ~25% battery. I also use Motorola's management software and it surprised me how well it works. LTE and wifi are default off. If a data application starts it checks for known/public wifi and if one is not found it turns on LTE. The 'net affect' is about 3-4 seconds of 3G before it connects to wifi or LTE. When the app exits or 'sleeps' it disconnects. I have been using about 700MB a week so far with fairly heavy use. I really like the phone. The only weakness is the non-720p screen. Otherwise it has been great.
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