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No Windows Phone 7 on CDMA till 2011: your thoughts & plans?

By now, we're hoping that the news has sunken in, you've sobered up, gone back to your job and reacquainted yourself with your current beater-of-a-smartphone, sporting technology nearly a year old. The fact that there will be no Windows Phone 7 devices for CDMA (Sprint, Verizon, etc.) till "first half of 2011" was quite a blow, wuddinit?

This obviously puts a monkey wrench in a lot of our holiday plans and, like some of you, we're considering alternates e.g. getting an AT&T account (ahem, while keeping our Sprint SERO plan on the side).

But what are your plans? Switching carriers? Hold out with Sprint/Verizon till spring 2011? Going with Android, like so many Windows Mobile "power users"?

Take the poll and sound off in comments, we're curious and you need to vent!

 

 

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No Windows Phone 7 on CDMA till 2011: your thoughts & plans?

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Well, you left out one option.

Options 4:
I live in Europe and don't give a FUCK about carriers.

Thats my choice. Hehe

I live in Europe and is rely happy that it is GSM phones.
But do i get Zune and 7 phones in my country???? (Norway)
Don't know.

i will begrugingly wait for Verizon to stock WinPhone7. My contract doesn't run out 'til late December, so a couple of months wouldn't be that bad. However i hope news will circulate better when that time arrives; so i'm hoping 'early-mid' 2011 is closer to 'early'-'early', 2011....

I would love to hear any scrapings of news that might point to why this situaiton exits. Is it some type of driver problem for the CDMA radio?? It just doesn't seem like it should be that big a deal to produce a CDMA version. But it must be something for it to be ALL CDMA carriers and not just one, i.e. Verizon.

>I would love to hear any scrapings of news that might point to why this situaiton exits. Is it some type of driver problem for the CDMA radio?? It just doesn't seem like it should be that big a deal to produce a CDMA version.

We'll be asking around to find out in NYC.

If you think about it, MS is producing these CDMA phones for a single market (US). It's in their best interest to produce the GSM phones first for the entire world including about half of the US market. Then they can worry about developing CDMA radios, drivers, testing and separate assembly line batches to produce them.

That being said, I can't believe anyone is waiting with bated breath for the WP7 phones. They're just too far behind and there are a plethora of better options. Maybe someone can point out to me some reason/feature why you would want these phones over what's already available.

I'm all for competition because it keeps everyone on their innovation toes, but that's the extent of my interest in WP7 right now; I didn't see that option in the voting choices.

No interest for windows phone, multiple websites dedicated to winpho news and people waiting in anticipation. the day windows phone 7 comes out for ATT i will be dropping my iphone and getting the HD7. Actually I plan on melting my iphone 3g with some home-prepped thermite because it is a piece of garbage. but you are very wrong that people don't want it.

"Maybe someone can point out to me some reason/feature why you would want these phones over what's already available."

Because its something different that is not available and not the same old iconfest that android and the iphone offer.

USA is not the only country to use CDMA. China and S. Korea also use the superior CDMA technology (as well as some in Latin America). Anyone who has used AT&T (GSM) and Verizon (CDMA) can tell you that it doesn't work better just because Verizon has more towers than AT&T, CDMA signals often travel further and maintain a better connection over longer distances from the tower vs GSM. CDMA is better suited to the terrain and population density of the USA.

Long live CDMA!

Im waiting for Verizon to get Windows Phone 7, it works out for the better for me anyway. Im up for my annual upgrade now, but if I wait til the first half of 2011 when WP7 comes out ill be eligible for my New Every 2 discount, and by that time Verizon's LTE should be out, WP7 should be updated with Copy & Paste, maybe multitasking if they enable it, or any other minor updates that we get right when the CDMA version launches. So ill sit back and watch the GSM version launch with all the lacking features and bugs thats hopefully corrected by the time the CDMA version launches

I love the fact that you just made lemonade! I am exactly in your position regarding plan and new every two timing but am VERY anxious to get my hands on a WP7. I just hope my Omnia holds out until March 2011. I also hope that we get a crack at a phone similar to the Dell Lightning. Love the form factor. Thanks for the drink!

I am already on AT&T so I just have to wait until I am eligible for an upgrade. Still happily flashing my Tilt2.

In the same boat. My Tilt2 has been awesome for me w/ an Energy Rom and does just about everything I'd want (I copy&paste and multitask alot w/ this thing). Not in the biggest hurry to upgrade. Android didn't really hit its stride until version 2.0... so I would've waited til WP7 hit its 2nd year anyway.

I am also already on AT&T and using a Tilt 2 but plan on switching on Day 1. Yes I will pay full price, but I am willing to do that.

I've been itching for WP7 for a long time now and I don't think I can wait till mid 2011 for a CDMA phone on Sprint so I'll look to T-Mobile for a good phone. I'll buy it unlocked so that I can easily switch once I see something good come out on Sprint next year. But, if I don't see a great WP7 phone on T-Mobile this year (hopefully a good one with a keyboard), then I'll temporarily jump to Android to tide me over. Highest up on that list are the G2/Desire Z.

I gave up on Windows Phone/Windows Mobile - and went over to the iPhone 4 / Telus HSPA about two weeks ago.

I'll keep my Touch Pro2 around and still hit it with XDA Developer's magic but for my primary phone, I'm having a much better experience on the new device.

Microsoft/HTC pretty much killed my interest in Windows Phone 7.

I've got SERO, so i'm going to get a T-mobile WP7 in the meantime (cheapest plan & off contract), and wait for Sprint to offer WP7. When that happens, i'll sell the t-mo or give it to my wife.

Back in August I got the Droid X because my Touch Pro 2 was having problems and I had a feeling something was going to happen. I just thought the initial phones would suck so I wanted to have something to get me into early 2011 if necessary. Looks like I made a wise move. Though if when the time comes the Verizon phones aren't very good I will switch to a carrier that has a phone I want (HD7 style).

That being said I really think there's more to this story than just not having time to code for CDMA as well. I think it's a big mistake if they don't have CDMA phones shipping by March at the very very very latest.

I'm on Sprint and was holding out for a WP7 device, but the day they annouced it wouldn't be until next year I made the move from my Palm Pre to the Epic 4G. I just couldn't wait that long with my Pre. Also, the timing may be better since MS seems to do better with Version 2. Hopefully when the time comes to receive another upgrade, most of the bugs will be worked out. My last experience with a version 1 device (Palm Pre/webOS) has been anything but reassuring.

My contract came up in June. I'm on sprint with a SERO plan. I waffled long enough on making a phone choice that the sero premium news came to light. When I heard w7p and sero premium would both be in october, I was super excited. iphone 4 has reception issues. Android has fragmentation issues. The new that sprint won't get w7p until 2011 means I could be nearly a year off contract before I get a new phone. I don't know if I can wait another 6-9 months to get a real smartphone. I guess my choice now is if I want to deal with android for the next upgrade cycle, or if I want to pay ~$15-20 a month more get a w7p on ATT with my discounts.

Well, the news was certainly very sad for me on Sprint. I don't think I will leave Sprint just because I like their plans so much and have some data cards on it paid for by work.

I currently have a BB Tour, which I hate with a passion. I was due an upgrade in July but was waiting for WP7. I guess I will keep waiting since I don't ever want to deal with RIM again and I have to support the local team! (Live in WA).

I am on AT&T CMDA what is that ? (JK) . I am thinking that Engadget Mobile is right there is not going to be a CMDA Windows Phone 7 at all it may only come as LTE/4G. Think about LTE is going to be out before the end of the year and CMDA is old technology no phones for VZW, when do you think that they will start to have their first 4G phones.
PS CMDA needs to die all ready

#1 it will take many years to upgrade all of the old CDMA network to LTE.
#2 Anyone who has used AT&T (GSM) and Verizon (CDMA) can tell you that it doesn't work better just because Verizon has more towers than AT&T, CDMA signals often travel further and maintain a better connection over longer distances from the tower vs GSM. CDMA is better suited to the terrain and population density of the USA.

Long live CDMA!

Folks, we are probably overseeing the fact that Verizon will enable LTE networks next year. This is important as LTE will be backwards compatible with GSM devices, so in an indirect way we could use unlocked phones with the crazy price tags associated with them.

Anyhow, now being forced into this waiting period may not be such a bad thing. We will let the Win7 market establish itself, see how it plays out (will it blow? will it succeed?) and then make a better decision once CDMA/LTE networks are supported.

I think this poll should have a fourth option for "Im already on a GSM network and look forward to WP7!" I think many would fall into this category, including me!

Well, this was primarily for people with CDMA right now who were expecting WP7 device in the next few weeks.

I assumed GSM already have more flexibility and wouldn't need to re-think their carriers for this launch.

We get replacement phones after 12m on sprint and Verizon so I ordered 32 EVO's end Epic 4G on sprint, a few on Verizon. Maybe people will go back to WM at some point but we will have a year to decide.