Posted by: Kevin Everett in Operator News, Windows Phone 8, tags: Operators News, Verizon, Windows Phone 8
I received a tip from an insider source that tells me Windows Phone 8 could be delayed or could even be canceled. According to the source this is due to the fact that Windows Phone 8 software will not allow Verizon proper device management. Verizon phones are required to to be able to be accessed remotely for provisioning purposes and such. Apparently WP8 phones do not meet that requirement so Verizon can not use any WP8 phones in it's current state.
This matter is so serious that if this remote access is not granted the devices can enter a state, albeit rare, that they stop responding to certain systems on the Verizon network. Also according to my source that Microsoft and Verizon are in discussions about getting waivers so this issue can be fixed. However from what I am told Microsoft seems unwilling to give any waivers on this issue.
While I have received no knowledge of these waivers would include I am assuming it is something major for Microsoft to jeopardize selling it's fledgling operating system on the United States largest carrier. Word is that if these waivers can not be agreed upon very soon or at the absolute latest by the first update of WP8 Verizon is likely never to launch a WP8 phone and cancel the whole deal. Which would be a HUGE blow to Windows Phone OEM's (Nokia would hit the hardest) therefore I predict that this high stakes game of chicken will end sooner rather than later and the Verizon Windows Phone 8 launch will only be slightly delayed.