Microsoft on September 16th said that when Windows Phone 7 devices hit the shelves later this year, it’ll be only for GSM networks, and that there’ll be no CDMA verions until 2011.
“We had to make some trade-offs,” senior product manager Greg Sullivan told CNET today. “Even Microsoft doesn’t have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well.” The company made the decision to delay CDMA version earlier this year but had declined to publicly confirm it until now. While GSM is much more widely used in Europe, the decision means that WinP7 won’t be available on two of the four major U.S. networks at launch–Sprint and Verizon.
The public acknowledgement of no CDMA support came on a day the company announced its plans for YouTube and Twitter support on Windows Phone 7.