WSJ.com - Microsoft Cellphone Software To Get Boost From Motorola "Motorola Inc., one of the world's largest cellphone makers, plans to launch a handset running Microsoft Corp. software later this year, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would boost the software titan's efforts to break into the market for software for the next generation of cellphones.
Verizon Wireless, the joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC that is the largest U.S. cellphone carrier, is likely to sell the phone later this year, according to a person familiar with that situation. This person said the phone likely will use a dual-mode chipset developed by Qualcomm Inc. that would operate both on Verizon Wireless's network in the U.S., which uses CDMA technology, and on the networks of operators elsewhere in the world, such as Vodafone's, which use a GSM standard. It is currently impossible for U.S. customers of Verizon Wireless or Sprint Corp.'s PCS unit to use their phones in much of the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, Orange SA, a unit of France Telecom SA and one of Europe's leading cellphone carriers, also intends to begin selling the clamshell handset in Europe later this year, according to one of the people familiar with that matter."