Well, well, it looks like a CDMA Windows Phone 7 device will be coming sooner than expected, as one has just been FCC approved. If you recall, we noted how Microsoft made it clear that we shouldn’t expect CDMA Windows Phones until “the first half of 2011,” leaving Verizon and Sprint subscribers stranded for the remainder of the year. We speculated that it could have just been marketing speak in order to keep the focus on GSM launch devices, but we figured that was simply us being overly optimistic.
With the recent approval, as well as the unexpected appearance of Sprint’s HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone at the NYC launch event, it’s likely we’ll see a CDMA device at the end of the year or very early next year. That’s certainly a better time-frame to aim for than the entire first half of 2011. Seeing how Verizon has yet to announce a WP7 handset, the device approved is probably the aforementioned HTC 7 Pro from the nation’s third largest wireless carrier, Sprint. See videos of it (almost) in action in an older post here.