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A new report out from BusinessWeek has Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier aiming to release two phones from Microsoft, around May or June, two people with knowledge of companies' plans spoke about.
The phones would be targeted toward the teenage age group with easy access to social-networking sites, and would provide keyboards for text messaging, according to one of the sources. The phones would be made by Sharp Corp. and carry the Microsoft and Verizon Wireless brands, said the other source.
Prior to now, Microsoft has usually taken the approach of providing its mobile Windows software up to phone manufacturers, rather than providing its own. The approach is similar to what Google took with its Nexus One which utilizes the company's Android software. The move is an attempt by Microsoft to get back some market share that the iPhone took from Windows customers. However, the approach is somewhat different where Google's phone is only available directly from Google, Microsoft's would be sold by Verizon.
Microsoft exec Robbie Batch said in January that it would be "very, very difficult" for Google to sell its own phone while keeping manufacturers happy and carriers for other Android handsets happy. Reps from Verizon, Microsoft and Sharp all declined to comment. The phone stemmed off from a Microsoft project which was code named "Pink."
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