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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: LTE...who cares
By jimbojimbo on 12/6/2011 12:07:22 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I actually got the Droid 3. I didn't care for LTE if there was a data cap at all and most of the time my phone's within a wifi network anyway so my speeds are just fine.

I tend to root for the underdog and I've been rooting for Android but now I kind of want Microsoft's mobile business to pick up. I hear good things about the phone from anybody that's used it but until they get their phones corporate friendly I can't even consider them.


RE: LTE...who cares
By Labotomizer on 12/6/2011 12:51:47 PM , Rating: 3
You're right, they're awesome. But I'm not sure what you mean by corporate friendly.

Their Exchange support is better than any other platform and if you use Exchange 2010 then the conversation layout for mail is sweet. They have a better Office app then the competition, SharePoint and OneNote support. So I'm not sure what features are lacking. VPN? You have to root a Droid to get VPN support and even then it's not that great.

Oh, and you can "root" your WP now with Chevron and unlike the others it doesn't void your warranty and is totally supported and sanctioned by MS. I guess I'm not seeing the disadvantage here. I have one and I LOVE it. So much better than the Droid 1 and 2 I had previously. I know the Droid 3 is pretty nice but it still stutters and hangs, probably locks up and crashes too. My WP7 has been rebooted once and that was when Mango was installed.


RE: LTE...who cares
By Spuke on 12/6/2011 2:50:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I know the Droid 3 is pretty nice but it still stutters and hangs, probably locks up and crashes too.
Wife has Droid 3 and it does no such thing.


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