Remember the article we posted about ten days ago that mentioned Verizon CTO Tony Melone stating that it would take a lot for Verizon to sell WP7 devices? Well, it seems Verizon has finally decided to accept a third OS (along with iOS and Android). According to WinRumors, Verizon is planning to announce the HTC 7 Trophy as early as February 28, 2011 as their first Windows Phone 7 device. It is believed that the phone will arrive on March 20 to compete with Verizon’s rival Sprint, launching their own HTC Arrive on the same day. Take this with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made, but it would make sense that Verizon has something brewing with Sprint releasing a new device.
“So I think it would take a really compelling device from Nokia or any new vendor to break in. It doesn’t mean that it can’t happen, but it would have to be really good.” Verizon CTO Tony Melone
Looks like Tony Melone, along with the rest of Verizon, now accepted the HTC 7 Trophy as a “compelling” and “really good” device. The HTC 7 Trophy is expected to release on March 20, 2011 as Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 at $200 on a two-year contract.
What do you think about rival companies already using WP7 to compete, do you see it as a good or bad thing? It definitely brings good publicity.