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Verizon interested in Windows Phone 8 as third smartphone platform

News by Dan Seifert on Thursday April 19, 2012.

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Verizon Wireless hasn't done much with Windows Phone to date, but that may change soon if the carrier's CFO, Fran Shammo, is to be believed. Speaking during an investor conference call today, Shammo said that Verizon is actively working with Microsoft on the software giant's next mobile phone software, Windows Phone 8.

"We're really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that's a differentiator. We're working with Microsoft on it," said Shammo.

To date, Verizon has only released one Windows Phone smartphone, the HTC Trophy, an older model that was originally designed back in 2010. The carrier's lack of support for Windows Phone has led many to question whether or not the platform can be a strong competitor to Apple's iOS and Google's Android that currently dominate the smartphone market.

Verizon apparently feels that Windows Phone 8 will do the trick, though, and Shammo said that the carrier plans to have new Windows Phone smartphones on the market for the 2012 holiday season. Shammo even went on to say that Verizon could do for Windows Phone what it did for Android when it gave the original Motorola DROID a massive push in 2009 and put Android in the spotlight.

Though Microsoft has not revealed much about Windows Phone 8, also known by its codename "Apollo," it is largely expected to be released in time for the holiday shopping season, or right around when the next-generation Windows 8 desktop software arrives. [via Reuters]

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