Microsoft is reportedly working on two new phones for release on the Verizon Wireless network. The phones are reported to have an emphasis on social networking and data usage.
The two phones (internally named Turtle and Pure) could be available in late spring or early summer. Availability is rumored at May or June, although it seems strange Microsoft hasn’t confirmed anything concrete yet for such a close launch date.
The code-name Project Pink is supposedly far along in development, but Microsoft and Verizon both haven’t commented to media sources.
Since Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Series OS remains delayed — and Windows Mobile 6.5 has been unsuccessful — the new Project Pink phones could help provide a stop-gap.
The new phones are rumored to build upon the design and history of the popular Sidekick phones. Sidekick phones run on Sharp hardware and were designed by Danger Inc, a company that was purchased by Microsoft.
Microsoft’s Danger Inc division faced high profile issues last November when T-Mobile subscribers suffered a major service outage that led to pictures, video, and data loss among Sidekick owners.