Verizon vows to back Windows Phone as ‘third ecosystem’

Microsoft and Verizon Wireless have been through some difficult times together over the years. (Anybody remember the Microsoft Kin? No, didn’t think so.)

But Microsoft’s Windows Phone got a shout-out and a promise of support from the wireless giant this morning on its earnings conference call with analysts.

Francis Shammo, the company’s chief financial officer, was asked a question about the company’s ability to control (i.e. minimize) iPhone subsidies covered by the company, and he concluded with this:

“I do think, though, it is important that there is a third ecosystem that is brought into the mix here, and we are fully supportive of that with Microsoft. And as we said that we created the Android platform from beginning, and it is an incredible platform today that we helped create, and we are looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem. So that is how I think that we plan to go into the future here.”

(That’s from the official transcript, which is available here.)

In short, it is in Verizon’s interests to have a strong No. 3, to give the company leverage in its negotiations over Android and iOS devices.  The statement by the company’s CFO amounts to Verizon declaring Windows Phone the inevitable winner over BlackBerry, as Research in Motion struggles to find its find its footing.

It also raises the question of how, exactly, Verizon will show its support. The company currently sells the HTC Trophy Windows Phone, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a Nokia Windows Phone come to Verizon based on Shammo’s comment.

Nokia earlier today said sales of its Lumia Windows Phone line have been strong in the U.S. but not as good in other parts of the world, such as the U.K.

For the record, CNet News.com notes that T-Mobile was the first U.S. carrier to offer an Android phone, so Verizon didn’t quite create the Android platform from the beginning, but it did make it a hit with the Motorola Droid.

  • Guest

    Talk is cheap.

  • http://twitter.com/bluechrism Chris Martin

    “And as we said that we created the Android platform from beginning, and it is an incredible platform today that we helped create”
    How did verizon create Android?  I know they had a certain motorola that was very popular, but claiming credit for creating the platform is a bit much surely.

    • Kyle

      My thoughts exactly..

  • Guest

    Verizon should tread carefully with their relationship with Blackberry and its user base. Unlike these other so called “ecosysyems” many very happy corporate BB users like myself control who and what gets our quite substantial company data and voice contracts.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuckop Charles Oppermann

    This was too late for me.  I jumped to ATT from Verizon after being with them for nearly 15 years.  I was sick of Verizon’s lackluster Windows Phone support with only the HTC Trophy being available.  It’s an okay phone, but I wanted a Lumia 900 and decided to go to ATT.  In the process I got LTE-like speeds and Visual Voicemail as well.  Woo!