Verizon HTC 7 Trophy spotted in the wild ahead of public unveiling

By Tom Warren, on 28th Feb 11 10:45 am with 7 Comments

Verizons’s HTC 7 Trophy Windows Phone device has been spotted in the wild ahead of its public unveiling.

A tipster sent an image of the device to gadget blog Engadget on Monday. The image confirms the Verizon branding on the Trophy which is close to release. WinRumors previously revealed that Verizon officials may be planning to announce the device as soon as Monday February 28 according to people familiar with the company’s plans. Verizon will introduce the HTC 7 Trophy as its first Windows Phone 7 device for $200 on a two-year contract. Verizon’s CDMA rival Sprint announced their first Windows Phone 7 device on Thursday, the HTC Arrive will launch on March 20 priced at $200. WinRumors understands Verizon’s offering will arrive in late March around the same time as Sprint.

Both Verizon and Sprint devices will ship with Microsoft’s “NoDo” update. “NoDo” is Microsoft’s first platform update and will include the highly anticipated copy and paste feature. Windows Phone 7 copy and paste has been demonstrated recently in full thanks to an unlocked emulator. Microsoft’s first update will also improve application start-up and resume times.

“NoDo”, the codename for Microsoft’s first Windows Phone 7 update, has been ready for some time. The software giant RTM’d the update in December and has been busy preparing the Zune client software and Marketplace to handle the updated software. WinRumors understands the update has been delayed a number of times due to concerns from operators and device manufacturers.

Microsoft said in September that no CDMA versions of Windows Phone 7 devices would be available until 2011. Microsoft Senior product manager Greg Sullivan said the company had to make trade-offs. “Even Microsoft doesn’t have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well”, Sullivan said in an interview with CNET. The software giant made an active choice earlier in the year to delay CDMA versions of Windows Phone 7 but confirmed the decision in mid-September.

Verizon HTC 7 Trophy - Credit: Engadget.com

  • Manish

    I dont understand why verizona CFO denied partnering with MS for launch of WP7.

    • Anonymous

      Because microsoft didn’t have software support for Verizon’s network at launch, it didn’t have CDMA support at launch.

  • Manish

    I dont understand why verizona CFO denied partnering with MS for launch of WP7.

  • Larry

    Another reason I would never go with Verizon, arrogance.

    • http://twitter.com/bc3tech Brandon

      tell me you’re not an iOs fan, then… or that’s just hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/jgmis Joshua Greene

    Sexy, sexy. And there’s one more notch in the availability for WP7. And hopefully that many more users. :)

  • MLyons10

    I hope Verizon is going to get more WP7 devices… I’m surprised there aren’t leaks of a Samsung WP7 device at this point honestly given Verizon’s longstanding relationship with Samsung… Verizon really has to get on their game here.