Verizon says LTE support in Windows Phone is a "critical" featureAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
As I'm sure many of the Windows Phone fans out there have noticed, Verizon hasn't exactly been the go-to carrier for device's running Microsoft's new mobile operating system ever since it launched. To date, Big Red's only launched one Windows Phone device in the HTC Trophy, and we haven't heard a peep about any new products in the pipeline. Why the lack of support, you ask? According to Marni Walden, chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless, it has to do with three little letters: LTE. Speaking with CNET, Walden explained that Verizon has let Microsoft know that LTE is a big deal to it. "We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them," Walden said. The exec added that Verizon is working with Microsoft on the issue but didn't provide any further details.
The lack of Windows Phone love on Verizon is disappointing for all of the folks that would like to give the platform a shot, especially as high-end devices like the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S continue to make their way onto AT&T's shelves. The good news is that Microsoft has said that LTE-enabled Windows Phones are coming. We've also heard reports that Nokia and AT&T are teaming up on an LTE-enabled handset, and considering how important the U.S. is to Nokia, it wouldn't be a surprise to see an LTE Nokia handset hit Verizon at some point. And with CES a month away, who knows? We may end up seeing them sooner rather than later.