Sprint will get Windows Phone 8 smartphones by Samsung and HTC by this summer
0. phoneArena 07 Jan 2013, 18:05 posted on
An announcement like this was bound to come sooner or later. After all, Sprint has already confirmed its intentions to carry Windows Phone 8 devices in 2013. That, however, is not going to happen until later this year. In fact, the carrier officially announced that it will start offering WP8-powered smartphones by this summer...
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1. skymitch89 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
And hopefully "by summer" the price of the Note 2 will have dropped some or the GS3 will be reduced to almost free.
12. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
GS3 is ancient technology now...an it certainly won't be free, unless you sign a contract.
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I truly feel sorry for anyone who has Sprint and is waiting for WP8 models to be released. Bad move Sprint, bad move.
4. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
My cousin and I have speculated that Microsoft will allow screen resolutions up to 768 x 1366 in the First Major windows 8 update that we also speculate will land in early April. While not ground breaking, it will allow for a 5 inch window's 8 device by HTC with a PPI of 313. That roughly translates into the equal screen PPI of the HTC One X which has 312.
Well wishful thinking......lol
5. snowgator (Posts: 3558; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Okay, so Verizon wanted to wait on the WP8 release, and Sprint wants to wait until the 1st major WP8 update. Got it.
Why is it I feel that most of the Arrive owners, the Now Networks WP fanbase, will have moved to one of their competitors by then??
6. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
not sure what the issue is between Sprint and Nokia, but if WP8 wants to stand a chance on Sprint, Microsoft needs to step in between the two and have them make amends. Its been 7 years at least since Nokia has had a phone on Sprint, 7!
7. rsiders (Posts: 867; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Oh wow, by summer? That soon huh?lol Sprint is a joke.
8. THEJET88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
whatever my update aint til june anyways. give me 7.8 for my arrive and wait patiently
9. GeekMovement (Posts: 2155; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I won't be swayed to switch to windows 8 phone unless they add Nokia to their list.
10. homersimpsons (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
As someone who was worked at "Spr***" for a while, I have witnessed first-hand the total lack of demand for Windows 7-based phones. Windows 6.x phones were issued frequently by Companies to their employees, but when the Windows Phone 7 OS/HTC Arrive was released, demand plummeted.
It is pure economics - Windows-based phones are not profitable because only a very small minority of people use them. However, for the few hundred of you out there who like the Windows 8 Mobile...enjoy!
11. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
There's a number of factors involving the failure of WP7
1) Sprint launched the device late in comparison to AT&T/T-mo
2) They only had 1 device choice
3) The HTC Arrive was one of the poorest speced initial WP7 devices.
4) It was a lazy phone design, it lacked the design caliber Win Mo 6 devices like the HTC Touch Pro 2 had.
5) WP7 itself was a flop, not uniquely a flop to Sprint.
6) Sprint was particularly stingy on pricing and promotions for the device, I dont think it had a single price drop until several months after its release.
That said, Sprint should have been more supportive of WP8. Its understandable their lukewarm response to WP7, but 8 has been doing better overall, and thus should have more excitement from the carriers.
13. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
ita about time they got some windows phones coming im tired of ppl always coming up to me asking why we dont have any