If the NoDo silliness hadn’t happened, my number one question about Windows Phone this year would have been, “When is Verizon going to start selling a Windows Phone?” The answer to that question, finally, is soon.
Of course, we’ve heard that before. Months ago, I started receiving emails from various Verizon employees that the first demo devices had appeared in retail stores, an event that usually occurs just weeks before the public launch. Some sent along photos of the device—the HTC Trophy—along with various demo station materials.
And then silence. I’m not sure if it was the NoDo disaster—which sort of makes sense—or the launch of the Verizon iPhone—which sort of makes sense too—or something else entirely, but the Verizon Windows Phone launch, which was going to happen in February, and then March, and then April, just kept getting pushed back.
But it appears that it’s finally happening. There are two pieces of new evidence:
Verizon Windows Phone at Best Buy. PocketNow has published a screen grab of the Best Buy web site which shows the HTC Trophy on Verizon. “The unsubsidized price shows up as $600, although that figure could well be just a placeholder,” the site reads. “Notably, the listing confirms the model number we had been anticipating for this device, which is MWP6985.”
Verizon launches Windows Phone help forum. Verizon Wireless has launched a Windows Phone help forum (and yes, it’s live) where users will be able to discuss the device and OS in community forums, learn about products and services and so on.
So you have to think this device is going to appear soon. I just wish that Microsoft and/or Verizon would break the silence and explain when.