It sounds to me like the Surface Phone will be a total non-Lumia device with none of the old Nokia DNA. 100% pure Microsoft, designed by the team that brought us the Surface tablet and Surface Book.
I just wish that Microsoft would tip it's hand a little just to clarify if something is indeed, in the works.
Time to pull out my soapbox....
If there is, and the reports are correct of an April 2017 release, Microsoft really needs to put the next 11 months to good use and do everything in its power to make the rollout as smooth as possible.
If the Surface Phone faceplants out of the starting gate, it could ruin any chances of a sustained presence of mobile devices running Windows.
Continued sidestepping of Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers, for ANY purpose...including cost cutting...needs to end.
Despite imperfections, 4 new Lumia models are available for customers of GSM carriers to choose from even though not all are being stocked by the company stores. No such luck for VZW and Sprint customers.
VZW...if Microsoft does release variants designed for this network, and, the devices are to be sold in your stores, please stop the practice of trying to dissuade customers from buying them and pushing iPhones. If someone wants to purchase an iPhone, they will.
I'll put my soapbox away now. 🐵
Well I would not hold out much hope for the HP Elite x3. Block C, Band 13 (The only frequency that Verizon is contractually obligated to the FCC to allow any bring your own phone from is not listed in the devices supported frequencies. I am an avid Verizon Windows Phone supported and have not owned anything but a Windows Phone since they were originally released or been on any other network, but this would most likely be the last straw. Verizon can complain about lack of supportable phone's all they want, but my answer now is then build a network people are willing to build a phone for. I will switch carriers before I switch OS and none of the windows phone Verizon offers are anything close to the cutting edge windows phone users want.
I think that Verizon Wireless still has a fine network. Still, as long as Verizon Wireless continues to steer potential customers away from Windows phones over to Android or iPhones, it will be the same old same old.
The only way around sales associates over enthusiasm for iOS is to either purchase from Verizon Wireless online, or, look to an outside party such as HP, Microsoft or electronics retail outfits like Best Buy. Going the outside route will eliminate stretch pay options, then again, these new Windows phones are aimed at the Enterprise market...not the Consumer market.
If the Surface Phone is released with a Verizon Wireless variant, I will give it strong consideration if it is eventually made available to consumers. If I like what I see, I'll open my wallet and plop down my credit card. If being part of the "crowd" was a concern, I'd unload my Surface 3 & Surface Pro 3 and replace them with an iPad Pro & MacBook.