Everybody wants to play with Verizon, apparently.
First rumors began swirling about Apple working with Verizon on a budget iPhone and Web tablet device.
Now Microsoft has joined the party, offering Verizon a touchscreen, multimedia phone, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
The story suggests this is the Microsoft mobile product code-named “Pink,” which has been linked to the Zune group by previous speculative articles.
According to the Journal, it involves Microsoft software on phone hardware another company will manufacture.
Here’s my guess: The device Microsoft is offering to Verizon will be a blend of what Microsoft believes are its best mobile software products — a melange of the upcoming Windows Mobile 7, with groovy design input from the Danger group and Zune’s music discovery and social networking features.
I’m winging it there. More authoritative is BusinessWeek’s new piece on what Apple’s working on with Verizon. An excerpt:
One device is a smaller, less expensive calling device described by a person who has seen it as an “iPhone lite.” The other is a media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos, the person says. It would place calls over a Wi-Fi connection. One of these devices may be introduced as early as this summer, one person says.