Possibly no WP8 on Verizon because Microsoft forgot to implement a basic feature necessary for CDMA phones
This isn't spyware, as some new sources (particularly pro Windows Phone news sources) are trying to twist it. This is a crucial piece for both enterprise (a large portion of Verizon's customers) and CDMA compatibility.
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This is a large reason why it took so long for WP7 CDMA phones to be released, and I expect a similar situation for WP8 as well.