Microsoft extending Windows Phone 8 support to 36 months, as if you'll keep your device that long
0. phoneArena 11 Jul 2013, 16:08 posted on
Windows Phone has had a big week so far. Yesterday, T-Mobile announced the release of the Nokia Lumia 925. Today, Nokia made the official announcement for the Lumia 1020. And, Steve Ballmer laid out his plan to reorganize Microsoft's corporate structure. But, there is also news that Microsoft is extending Windows Phone 8 support to 36 months...
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1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4735; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I think the 3 years coverage is for those who buy on the tail-end of the WP8 lifecycle. Knowing the product you were about to buy was going to be EOLed half-way into your contract would seem to have a chilling effect on the decision to buy.
2. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
This is an area Microsoft can shine. After WP7 and Window Mobile was left to die on the vine, this is welcome. While I am not the kind of person who can last 3 years with a device, I do know some people who milk the life out of their phones. One just recently gave up his BlackBerry Curve of over three years. Another had the original Droid until like early last year.
It is a great selling point for business for sure. But, why not pump it like car manufacturing companies do their warranties?
3. Bootutu (Posts: 117; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Six months down the line and they have to throw away that WP, unbearable boredom i guess lol, nokia leave that WP already...oh how i hate those flipping and tossing tiles
4. djripster (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
All i keep thinking about is my poor Lumia 800 which Microsoft quit supporting after 6 months
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6. Bedz81 (Posts: 39; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)
I think it's a good idea, not everyone gets a phone every 6-12 months. Besides look how some Android OEMs drop support after a measly one year **cough**HTC One S**cough**
7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Not everyone buys a phone on contract...this might not make sense for you people who do that but for the rest who buys a phone off contract, this is something to look up to. I've been using mine for more than 3 years now, granted it's not WP, but for someone who cannot afford one every year, this is good news...
Michael, your headline...i'm seriously against the finishing part.
11. phil2n (Posts: 458; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
because he can buy anytime he wants. Which makes me think that he thought everyone is rich to buy new phone after 6 - 12 months.
Well that's Michael by the way, and we know how he loves WP **cough! cough! .. *(sarcasm)
8. volcano (Posts: 197; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
its more than great to see them supporting their plateform not everyone buying their phones with contracts a lot of people i know prefer to buy their smartphones off contracts and there is a lot of countries doesn't offer contracts with cheap price like in US / Europe
its more than welcomed support
9. demarmj (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Honestly, they said the same thing about WP 7.8...they would "support" lumia 900 in 2014...here it is 2013...and the app production for WP 7.8 is virtually non existant with only a few mediocre apps coming in every few days if any...Meanwhile, after switching back to Android, I've found that Microsoft's support for its apps there are the same if not better than on their own platform. Microsoft needs to really go all in for WP 8 incorporating everything its got in order to build a healthy ecosystem. Right now I don't see it
10. TechEnthu (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 May 2013)
it will be great in countries like India where people have no carrier contracts nd tend to keep phone for a longer time..