lumia 900

Verizon courts Microsoft, but will it snub Android?

While it may take a quarter or two to figure out just how well Nokia and AT&T’s launch of the Lumia 900 did or didn’t go, the device which both companies have bet big on has brought the kind of attention to Windows Phone that Microsoft was certainly hoping for.

That apparently has AT&T’s biggest rival, Verizon, taking note.

What the Lumia 900 means for Nokia and Microsoft, and how they’re bringing it to market

Nokia and Microsoft’s sharp-looking new phone, the Lumia 900, is coming out today, and while there are no visible signs of panic, both companies desperately need a winner.

Nokia has been struggling for years now to compete in the rapidly changing mobile market, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS has achieved only 2% penetration. Both companies are in danger of being locked out entirely, and need a smash hit.

So far, the results of their labors look pretty good. But will that be good enough? Nokia lost $1.4b in 2011, which includes a fourth quarter cash payment of $250m made by Microsoft. If the Lumia isn’t a breakout, is Microsoft willing to keep Nokia afloat?