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.
In a conference call yesterday, Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, stated that he was “fully supported” of Microsoft’s mobile efforts and suggested that Microsoft would have a willing, capable partner in Verizon.
“We created the Android platform from the beginning and it is an incredible platform today that we helped to create, and we are looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem,” Shammo told listeners.
Apple’s iPhone accounted for more than half the smartphones Verizon sold last quarter, but the carrier has made a substantial investment in Android and is arguably the go-to carrier for anyone looking for the latest Android smartphones. That, for obvious reasons, makes Shammo’s comments all the more interesting.
Reports of tensions between Google and carriers (and device manufacturers) are not new, and while it’s not clear that Google will have an Android mutiny on its hands any time soon, there are good reasons why carriers like Verizon would welcome a strong third player in the ecosystem.
Whether that third player is Microsoft’s Windows Phone remains to be seen. The Lumia 900 has put Windows Phone on the map, and that may give Microsoft the opportunity to entice Verizon into becoming a stronger supporter of Windows Phone, but don’t expect Verizon and others to completely snub Android until Windows Phone proves it worth with its new users.