Verizon to Sell HTC Trophy Next Week

Verizon plans to sell the HTC Trophy, a Windows smartphone focused on entertainment, on May 26 for $150 with a two-year contract.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based carrier said the Trophy is the latest device to run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software, allowing users to directly connect to Xbox Live to play games and challenge friends, access profiles and keep track of scores.

The Trophy also comes with a 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash and HD video recording, Zune Pass subscription to stream and download music and HTC’s “Hub” interface to quickly organize apps.

Verizon said customers who buy the Trophy before July 15 will receive their choice of a free Xbox 360 console game — either Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports and Lode Runner.

After a quick start, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform failed to keep momentum, falling behind beefier competitors like Apple and Google. But the software giant is planning for a comeback, after teaming up with Nokia to produce a new portfolio of products.

While the Trophy still runs on Microsoft’s lackluster Windows Phone 7 OS, a “Mango” update may include cloud-connectivity through Windows Live SkyDrive, access to Office 365, as well as integration with its “Lync” messaging clients.

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