HTC’s 7 Pro might be Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 device. The HTC 7 Pro is also known on Sprint’s networks as the HTC Arrive. We reviewed the Arrive here recently. The possibility that this phone was imminently going to be a part of Verizon’s stable was revealed when a gaming site that tracks and publicly displays the hits from various phone operating systems displayed some otherwise unknown model numbers. First off, hats off to the crew over at pocketnow for putting the pieces to this puzzle together.
The clever duders over at pocketnow came to this conclusion starting with this piece of unexpected information. On the list of phones was one known to be an up and coming Verizon Windows 7 phone (the 7 Trophy, or MWP6985), but there was another yet unknown model number, MWP6885. They did a little more digging and found that the MWP6885 was linked with an file labeled PC93-1.0.xml Then they remembered that the PC93100 is a designation for the HTC 7 Pro when it passed through the FCC last year. So if A=B and B=C then A=C right? Right.
Verizon picking up a WP7 device is good news for Microsoft, as they are seriously behind the game in the smartphone OS market. The quick shift in the way we interact with technology as a society has turned a lot of the technical world on it’s head. The market for traditional computers is flattening while an entire new style of computer is growing. I for one am enjoying the ride. I can’t wait.