Verizon may drop Windows Phone 8 support because it can't remotely manage the devices.
Daily Mobile calls exclusive on a report that could spell trouble between Microsoft and Verizon. The typical unnamed source has informed the site that Verizon may delay or even cancel support for devices based on the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform.
According to the source, Verizon Wireless requires smartphone manufacturers to implement remote access for provisioning and other device management. But Windows Phone 8, in its current state, doesn't allow for that kind of access, thus Verizon is now re-considering its support for the platform.
The source claims that remote access is required for optimal performance on Verizon's network. If the Big Red doesn't have direct access, then the phone could enter into a state where it stops responding to certain systems on Verizon's network.
Verizon Wireless is reportedly in discussions now with Microsoft about getting "waivers" to address the issue, but the Redmond company is said to be unwilling to cooperate. If an agreement isn't reached by the time the first Windows Phone 8 update is released, then Verizon may not carry the devices at all.
Of course, this is all rumor at this point, but we must point out that Verizon is one of Android's biggest customers as the Droid line has shown – the Big Red will survive without Windows Phone 8 coverage. However Verizon Chief Marketing Officer Tami Erwin indicated back in September that the company planned to launch multiple Windows Phone 8 devices in the fourth quarter, one of them manufactured by Nokia.