Microsoft this month announced new features to its Windows Phone 7 operating system and a strategic partnership with the worlds largest handset maker Nokia as part of its effort to become a larger force in the mobile phone market.
That is not causing great excitement at Verizon Wireless, the joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group PLC. Nokia no longer makes handsets incorporating the CDMA technology that Verizon Wireless uses, and Verizon Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone told CNET News that Nokia would have a tough time breaking into Verizons portfolio of products even if the handset maker began making CDMA devices.
If you look at our device pipeline for 2011, we have very strong relationships with LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and now Apple. So I think it would take a really compelling device from Nokia or any new vendor to break in,” Melone said in an interview with CNET at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. It doesnt mean that it cant happen but it would have to be really good.”
Melone said it was important for the mobile industry to have another major operating system, but he is skeptical that Microsofts Windows Phone 7 platform would be the one.
I do want a strong OS out there,” he said. “It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties,” CNET quoted Melone as saying. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7.”
Last week Nokia announced plans to form a strategic partnership with Microsoft, representing a potential threat to Nokia’s rivals in the burgeoning smartphone market.
The partnership calls for Nokia to adopt Microsofts Windows Phone software and for the companies to collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap in connection with future mobile products.
Although Nokia is the worlds largest handset manufacturer, the company has struggled in the North American market for smartphones sophisticated mobile devices that feature computing capabilities.