Verizon Wireless will soon be selling its first Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone beginning May 26th online, and in stores beginning June 2nd. On top of that, Verizon will be eliminating its Unlimited data plan.
As the Seattle Times reports, Verizon will offering its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone, called the HTC Trophy, for $150 with a two-year contract and a mail in rebate for $50.
The HTC Trophy is already available from AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile USA, and Sprint in the United States and has a 3.8 inch touchscreen display, 1GHz processor, 16 GB of storage space, and a 5MP camera.
“We’re adding Windows Phone 7 to our lineup so we’re giving customers more options. We put our phones through a lot of testing and when we feel that the device is ready for our customers given the best customer experience, that’s when we will put out a phone for launch,” said Verizon spokesperson Albert Aydin.
Microsoft and Verizon have both had a shaky relationship as of late. Remember the Kin phone? Microsoft ended up pulling the phone two months after launch due to poor sales and maybe because Verizon was charging too much.
On a side note, Verizon will be eliminating its unlimited smartphone data plan this summer. No longer will one be able to pay 30$ a month to have unlimited data. This move is designed to “force heavy data users to pay more for mobile data.”
Verizon CEO Fran Shammo confirms that the unlimited data plans would be replaced by tiered service plans. No idea yet on what the tiers will be but many reports are indicating that Verizon might copy AT&T and offer 250MB for $15 a month, and 2GB for $25 a month.Further reading: Microsoft, Verizon, Windows Phone 7