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Verizon interested in Windows Phone as its 'third ecosystem'

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During its first quarter earnings call, Verizon's EVP and CFO expressed renewed interest in Windows Phone.

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During its first quarter earnings call earlier today, Verizon expressed renewed interest in Windows Phone emphasizing its need for a "third ecosystem" to analysts and investors. It's a significant shift in the provider's stance on the platform, which currently only offers one Windows Phone device, the HTC Trophy, and reportedly abandoned plans to add a Nokia device to its lineup in January citing concerns of limited CDMA LTE support. Despite the company's prior ambivalence to the platform, however, Verizon's EVP and CFO, Fran Shammo claimed that Microsoft has the provider's full support:

I do think, though, it is important that there is a third ecosystem that is brought into the mix here, and we are fully supportive of that with Microsoft. And as we said that we created the Android platform from beginning, and it is an incredible platform today that we helped create, and we are looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem. So that is how I think that we plan to go into the future here.

Shammo offered no further insight into the company's plans for the platform, though it's possible that we may learn more at the CTIA Wireless expo in May, where Verizon's CEO Dan Mead will be a keynote speaker.