Verizon Communications, Chief Technology Officer, Tony Melone confirmed that he wanted a strong third player in the smartphone OS market, as it gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties.
Despite the concerns about Windows Phone 7, the company will still release models running that OS later this year, although that happens before Nokia is expected to get its own models into the market.
Nokia has traditionally been weak in the US market, partly due to its lack of CDMA handsets for the Verizon and Sprint networks. The carriers themselves were generally wary of offering Nokia handsets due to its – since resolved – CDMA patent battle with Qualcomm, which they could have been dragged into.
Melone added that even if Nokia starts building CDMA devices again, it would be very difficult for the company to get its handsets into Verizon shops in the near future.
He stated that Verizon’s device pipeline for 2011 shows strong relationships with LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and now Apple.