Smartphone maker ZTE has stepped up to the microphone and publicly expressed their disinterest in Windows Phone 7. This is not the kind of news Microsoft likes to hear as it struggles to gain traction for its well regarded but not well received OS.
ZTE mayn’t be a household name like phone makers Samsung, Motorola or Nokia, but it’s the fifth largest handset maker globally. Wu Sa, ZTE’s U.K. director of mobile device operations, told the Wall Street Journal that ZTE is testing WP7 phones in its laboratories but has no immediate plans to bring a WP7 phone to market. ZTE phones run the Google Android OS and it makes carrier-branded phones such as those running on the Orange network in Europe.
“Whether we expedite that process will be driven by the market demand,” Wu said.
ZTE isn’t the first handset maker to express disappointment with Microsoft over WP7. An LG Electronics marketing executive, James Choi, lamented in January that Microsoft’s marketing campaign for WP7 has made “the visibility less than we expected.”
However, but the news is that Sprint is going to start selling the HTC Arrive running WP7 tomorrow, and Verizon will begin selling the HTC Trophy on March 24th.