This is not a doomsday post, but still not great news for those of you waiting for a Windows 7 Phone on Verizon. According to Bloomberg, Verizon will be one of the launch carriers and thus will not release a phone powered by Windows Phone 7 this year. Brenda Rainey, a Verizon spokesperson, did confirm plans to support the new operating system and “will probably release a phone in 2011″. Despite the debacle that was the KIN, Rainey confirmed their relationship with Microsoft is “solid“.
If you are a Verizon customer, you’ll have to wait it out a bit longer. This isn’t uncommon. Both Verizon and Sprint took their time releasing Android devices and now it’s surprising if a week goes by without a new Android phone. In all seriousness, this allows the carriers to flush out any issues with the OS. Regardless, this isn’t just about Verizon and Microsoft. Microsoft doesn’t make phones. HTC, LG and Samsung make phones and they are all on board with Windows Phone 7. Expect Verizon to get on board early next year.