Microsoft, Verizon in talks to launch iPhone rival

Microsoft, Verizon in talks to launch iPhone rival

Thursday, 30 April 2009, 02:45 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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San Francisco: Microsoft is in discussions with Verizon Wireless to launch a touch-screen multimedia cellphone in the US early next year in a bid to compete with Apple's iPhone.

While Microsoft is involved in the design of the phone's software and hardware, a third-party is expected to make the device, The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting sources close to the development.

Microsoft's project is code-named "Pink" and the cellphone would use the software giant's Windows Mobile operating system, the report said.

The news of a possible Microsoft-Verizon partnership came one day after another US newspaper reported that Verizon is in talks with Apple for the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon, with the goal of introducing it next year.

A deal between Apple and Verizon would mark the first time that Apple will produce a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, USA Today had reported earlier.

AT&T, whose wireless network uses GSM technology, now has exclusive US distribution rights to the iPhone. AT&T's exclusive rights will expire next year, but analysts said the company may try to persuade Apple to extend the contract for at least another year.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(6)
1: Um.... I hope it will the 3 secret combination buttons (like CTRL+ALT+DELETE) to restart the PHONE :)
Posted by:Pravardhan - 30 Apr, 2009
2: Can u imagine an i phone with bugs and restarts .... Microsoft is coming
Posted by:manomay - 30 Apr, 2009
3: tell me any three things that Microsoft did/invented than any of their other counter parts
Ctrl A (select All)
Ctrl C (Copy)
Crtl V (Paste)

Lolz ............. :)))))
Posted by:Cyborg - 30 Apr, 2009
4: wht else can Microsoft do
it will copy others ideas n sell them dats all ..... :))

Posted by:Cyborg - 30 Apr, 2009
5: iPhone had set the terms and every other player are now moving around it. why can't they bring something ahead of iPhone. innovation make the mark and not mere competition in the same line.. if apple could bring an iPhone, why can't they introduce a virtual phone.
Posted by:nimmy - 29 Apr, 2009
reason being when something to compete will be made by any developer then they will come up with improved version. that's the rule
ashish Replied to: nimmy - 30 Apr, 2009