Windows Phone 7 Could Be Coming to Verizon Soon

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Strong clues are pointing toward the first Windows Phone 7 device for Verizon being released earlier than initially thought, as Verizon-compatible applications have already begun to pop up in Microsoft’s official software store for this operating system.

Verizon appsWhile it has been rumored for some time now that the Windows Phone 7 will be available for Verizon customers in 2011, these apps, including “Netflix” for Verizon and “My Verizon Mobile”, point to a release that could take place shortly after the turn of the new year.

Given the timing of these apps being released to the martketplace — and suggesting a release sometime in the near future — this could possibly mean that a Verizon Windows Phone could debut at CES, which takes place at the beginning of January.

Verizon customers were initially out of luck when the Windows Phone 7 launched, as it only supported GSM networks and the smartphones were therefore available only to AT&T and T-Mobile users. But since Microsoft has been working on adding CDMA support for the operating system, Verizon and Sprint could soon see WP 7 handsets.

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