Another Windows Phone 8 rumor points to October 1st release

Another Windows Phone 8 rumor points to October 1st release
Last time we heard a rumor about Windows Phone 8 devices coming early, we didn't think it was too likely, but we thought that at least the announcement would be a good idea. It just didn't make sense that WP8 would be released before Windows 8 proper, especially with all of the effort Microsoft is putting into the Surface tablet, but leapfrogging Apple on the announcement seemed like a good idea. Sure, it's possible that Microsoft and/or Nokia would want to put out a device at the same time as the new iPhone, but of course releasing at the same time isn't really the same as competing with.  

It seemed to us that Microsoft would want to parlay the buzz from the Windows 8 launch at the end of October and roll it into the Windows Phone 8 launch in November, which is when the release had been rumored to have been delayed. Of course, there have now been multiple rumors pointing towards a September release for both HTC and Nokia handsets, so there could be some truth in it. 

The new info comes from two separate tips. First, pocketnow got a tip saying that the "initial announcement embargo date" for WP8 is September 30th, which is a Sunday, so that seems to point to October 1st as a possible release date. Second, Neowin has heard that Microsoft has already started seeding Windows Phone 8 handsets to "star developers" or "VIPs" from the WP7 lifecycle. The devs got handsets in return for a promise to have apps ready for the platform launch. Given how easy we've heard the coding to be for WP8, the 7 weeks or so until October 1st sounds like a reasonable amount of time for developers. 

Of course, we still have our doubts for one big reason: Microsoft has notoriously been terrible about keeping RTMs under wraps. If manufacturers are going to have devices ready for October 1st release, they should have gotten the RTM for WP8 by now, and we haven't heard that news yet. Maybe Microsoft has been far better about guarding this software than every other bit of software the company has ever made, but we'll believe that if we see devices on October 1st. 



1. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

I suppose for some it matters if Microsoft releases WP8 before or after iOS5 release, but to me it doesn't matter one bit. I'm getting the best available WP8 device available; iOS5 is not even a consideration.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I guess you were talking about iOS 6 not 5. :)

3. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

That's how far iOS is off my radar. Forgive my ignorance. It's WP device or bust at this point. But thanks for pointing out my shortcomings. :) That's a thumbs up for you!

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is ok, I just have noticed. :)

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

and i think nokia with pureview tech and a new design polycarbonate body will be the best WP8 device!

9. RichieRich379

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

if nokia did not put some type of pureview technology on their first wp8 phone, they just dropped the ball. nokia, wp8 needs a heavy hitting phone in order to succeed

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah... and will put iPhone and android royalties to dust! they need to produce something amazing!

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i'm really looking forward on what WP8 and BB10 can bring... i really want some competition!!! iOS and android is dominating but i hate that only both of them!! i want WP8 and BB10 to have equal shares in the market! i really wonder why Microsoft is still not releasing the OS to manufacturers... i guess there are still bugs... and i really hope Microsoft wont stick only to one chip maker which is qualcomm.. i hope to see Tegra, ST Ericson, Exynos and TI chips too... and for cheaper chips MediaTek i guess... i wish BB10 and WP8 the best1 :)

7. Reui79

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

hopefully the rumors are true, can only contain the excitement for short period of time.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It is going to be released in that timeframe. It may be about October 1st, or it may be closer to November. When it gets released does not matter nearly as much as the support it gets at its release. I find it hard to believe WP 8 doesn't improve in sales so long as the launch and the promotion are effective. I am excited. WP 8 is a serious upgrade, should put it in the same league as the big boys, and have some fun hardware. Color me ready.

10. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sounds good, I can't wait to see the final software and phones. Let's just hope Verizon finally starts carrying a variety of Windows Phone devices.

12. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have no problems with Android and iOS, I like them both. But at this point, I only have eyes for WP8. The turn around for me happened last December 2011 when I bought my first ever Windows Phone in the WP7.5 HTC Radar. Now, it's Windows Phone all the way for me. I hope the first WP8 devices get released sooner rather than later!

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I could care less about a date... Soon enough, it will come. As long as Verizon and Sprint and T-Mo get some love!! AT&T can't remain the only carrier with bomb phones!

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