Sprint halts online sales of Windows Phone, but says still committed to platform

Sprint halts online sales of Windows Phone, but says still committed to platform
If you have been shopping for devices online among the major US carriers lately, and happen to be a fan of Windows Phone, you might have noticed that you cannot order any device with Microsoft’s operating system from Sprint’s web site.

Sprint was not a carrier with a significant Windows Phone line-up to begin with. The two most recent models in the stable were the HTC 8XT and the Samsung ATIV S Neo, both entry-level-spec devices.

The HTC 8XT fared well enough in our review for the device it is. Samsung’s ATIV S Neo was less than stellar. In the bigger picture of smartphone offerings however, both are comparatively forgettable though, and we suspect that these devices were not flying off the shelves at Sprint.

Sprint says that newer Windows Phone devices are on the way, however. “We do expect to bring new Windows Phone devices to our customers in the near future, and Sprint is committed to offering a variety of operating systems to our customers,” according to an emailed statement by Sprint. Naturally, no details about what devices, when, or how much, were offered, but we expect the Lumia 735 to make an appearance.

The strongest carrier partners for Windows Phone in the US are AT&T and T-Mobile, who, along with their pre-paid brands, easily dominate the landscape with a wide variety of devices at the low and high end. While a distant third, Verizon offers a three Windows Phone devices on its web site, notably the HTC One (M8) for Windows, though sadly no longer the Nokia Lumia Icon.

Microsoft has brought on a number of new hardware partners for Windows Phone and Windows-based tablets, though ostensibly, many of these are aimed at developing markets. Even the most recent Lumia handsets introduced by Microsoft, the Lumia 830, Lumia 730, and Lumia 735, are not banner bearers in any particular spec area.

Lacking other details, we will have to wait and see what announcements Sprint makes as it adjusts its smartphone line-up.

sources: PhoneScoop and FierceWireless

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51 Comments

1. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Hopefully everything will change after Windows 10 is officially released to users.

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

80% android, 13% ios, 2.5% WP8, are you joking me? There is no possible way to catch up with iOS since iOS is competing in the high end market. So WP10 will be competing with the low end where Android is the king(not that android is doing badly in high end just its a clear king in the mid to low end). How the hell will everything change when you can buy a 100$ moto E, and 50 other great chinese phones that run 4.4, and 5.0 with an app store miles ahead of WP8?

7. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Windows 10 would be able to run is PC , XBOX and Phone

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is still big stumbling blocks. As long as developers make programs with specific x86 code or Arm, then the apps do not cross each others platforms. This is the current situation with all the WP and Windows apps on the Microsoft store. It takes time for developers to change and shift into making universal apps for Windows. Look at Apple is in the same boat and is going with Apple swift. This is where Android has a leg up on its competition, its an agnostic platform. So the vast majority of apps run on any CPU. Right now the same can't be said for WP and iOS. This is also helping to bring project Ara faster to the market. A project Ara for iOS and Windows would be impossible. Both MS and Apple have too much control over their respective OS's making it impossible for something like project Ara to ever work on those platforms.

15. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft already says universal apps will run everywhere. http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/2/5574596/microsoft-universal-apps-run-across-windows-tablets-phones-pcs If you are going to doubt MS at least show some actual evidence that goes against what they said.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you are here to lie and make up crap again. First of all I know all about universal apps and how they work. I never said that universal apps would not work. I did say that existing Windows and WP apps are not universal apps. Why? Because the vast majority of existing apps are compiled for either WP (ARM) or Windows (X86) and do not work cross platform. Developers have to make or convert their existing apps to work as universal apps. Like I also said this takes time for developers to change.

35. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Let me put it this way for you all the apps users now enjoy on their WP and Windows desktop operating systems will be available in the unified Windows Store. Keep yapping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf9OufkzV8Y

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

According to Strategy Analytics YOY WP worldwide marketshare as of the third quarter is 3.3 %, not 2.5 %, it slid from 4.1% even though Microsoft sold more WP devices that latest quarter than ever before, over 10 million, that's because the marketshare of other grew quicker than WP so the marketshare slid even though sales are up. Googles Android last quarter had 83.6 and Apples IPhone had 12.3%. So basically for every 4 Iphones sold one WP was sold, in other places of the world WP has surpassed iOS marketshare. When you put things in perspective it doesn't paint a negative picture as some would like. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2379036/android-hits-836-percent-marketshare-while-ios-windows-and-blackberry-slide

10. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

But all the WP sold is mostly CHEAP WP that sold at HEAVILY DISCOUNTED PRICE. In other word, sell at lost!!! The future of WP is very gloomy as Huawei said that none of WP manufacture make a profit. They all just a victim that were blackmailed by Microsoft.

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Many Androids are also cheap Android, many OEMs sell Android at a loss. MS already has taken different aspects of its business into account, more WP in individuals hands the better. Simply because a OEM like Huawei says something doesn't make it true, its there opinion, they hardly place any real effort into backing WP yet they complain. Windows 10 is largely a consumer feedback driven OS, users dictated what they wanted in Windows 10 that's why many like Intel are happy with it. http://microsoft-news.com/intel-very-enthusiastic-and-optimistic-about-what-microsoft-is-doing-with-windows-10/ Windows 10 will be taking Windows 10 phone along for the right afterall the are basically the same OS at different hardware sizes.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Stating the obvious won't help WP any better. (more WP in individuals hands the better). I guess that is why Microsoft is still taking major losses and selling WP devices for dirt cheap. Lumia 635, 530, 520, and more for $35 - $59. If Microsoft is selling its own devices at a loss, then why would any other OEM want to join in that loss goodness that Microsoft themselves has established. Please liveitup anyone with half a brain can see that their truly is no money to be made with WP. Its funny how people see Apple only supporting the high end market, which is awesome for Apple, but with Androids numbers and 84.4% of all the sales for the last quarter, which works out to be 283 million Android devices sold globally in Q3 2014. If Android sales rise another 30 million. This would mean Android devices would be selling the equivalent of the entire population of USA per quarter. Is that a bad thing. Well its great for Android, but it sucks for everyone else. WP has gone down to 2.9% globally. Its was stated that Android sells 19.8% high end models another 21% mid range, and 59.2% low end. So when you look at those numbers, 56 million high end Androids, 59 million mid range Android devices, and 167 million low end Android devices. So let's get real liveitup, do you honestly think 167 million low end Android devices are sold at a loss each quarter? Not likely. If they are crappy devices, then that OEM does deserve to go under or learn and fix their mistakes. http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp

37. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You act as though Microsoft is in the market to make a killing immediately, look at Xbox and other MS products, MS has the deep pockets to cushion whatever loss they may face, the patents fees from Android OEM's further helps to cushion whatever loss. MS knows what they are doing, youre not part of their team. You keep saying that their is no money to be made in WP as ive stated one can say pretty same thing about Android yet that does not stop OEM's who's taking a loss to stop making Android. MS should keep flooding the market with dirt cheap devices, get more WP into users hands more MS services into users hands, revenue sharing agreements of apps etc, amongst other strategies. Android may dominate marketshare but different OEM's certainly face losses. We have heard of HTC facing losses, Sony amongst others, One plus being sold "at Cost" etc, In Android some dominate while others scrape by. You keep bragging about Android, no one is saying Android doesn't dominate in marketshare and sales but you keep forgetting this is technology one day on top another you are on your #ss don't get too cocky, BB, Nokia, MS have all in the past learn that lesson.. Bottom line is this if you think and keep wishing MS is going away you got another thing coming.

41. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

You mean MS extort the android manufacture with questionable patent? The one that samsung refuse to pay, and will be followed by others?

51. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Followed by others? Refused to pay ONLY because of the Nokia purchase and not because of their validity. In fact they rely heavily on 2 patents, including one in their very own KIES software. If MS voids the use of that, android will no longer be able to sync with a pc using active sync. And over night, business etc that rely on it, would not work. Until a hack came out by 3rd party. But in the world of business 3rd party hacks are not always loved. Even Motorola has lost the patent war against MS, even when Motorola tried to cross sue the xbox etc, they lost. Face it no one is following anything.

2. Carlitos

Posts: 649; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

At this rate Windows phone market share will continue to decrease. Would have loved to see a third big platform to compete with iOS and android

3. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I think Satya Nadela will kill Windows Phone in very near future, and move the controversial Steven Elop to another department, and Steven Elop will leave Microsoft to pursue another interest. Why I think this? Because Microsoft now is more interested to pursue Android user by making apps for android, and also iOS. Microsoft not interested to make their apps a bargaining option for WP.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I never trusted Microsoft therefore I will not use Microsoft apps in my Android devices.

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That's your opinion, others feel differently. Live and let live.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just doing it for my Android phone health, Microsoft could easily compromise the phone with the security rights given to them. In case you think i am a pure Microsoft hater, let you know that my company has sent me to a number of Microsoft Enterprise Software Training so i know their products well to design and implement their solution. In other words, its part of my livelihood. Just that for my personal life i like to keep Microsoft out of it. A leopard will never lose its spot.

30. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

That's my opinion too. and that's why I +1 joey_sfb. Microsoft have done something bad in the past to DR-DOS, Netscape, WordPerfect, OS/2, etc. I don't think I will trust microsoft or give microsoft my trust, or even give microsoft any money.

36. asphaltpilot

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You have trust issues but you use Android devices. Mkaaaay......

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The thing becomes the fact that with the unification they will be less worried about apps and just making the OS layer. And if they start making a tool, where you can convert legacy apps with minimal effort, or through vm of older legacy stuff, then why waiste time on worrying about wp8/8.1 other than to hold people off and interested. To me it this it the kitkat situation for android. Kitkat has been out for a year, yet 5.0 is already here being rolled out.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I bought lumia 1520 few moths after it came out to give it a shot. HORRIBLE app store. Most of apps are out of date, some big ones havent been updated in months and mos of them arent official. Not to mention most of the apps have less features and contest than the ones on google play and app store. What's worse WP8 is moving slowly with its updates. It took MS to add a notification center only 2 freaking years and by then even the closed OS iOS has more features. Sorry but WP8/10 whatever you call it is dead and hopefully MS will realise it sooner before they waste more billions. Ye it will be kinda same OS as on PC but still you will need to optimise your apps and games for touch screen of a phone and who the f**k will do that for a 2.5% market share,

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I don't believe you. I think you are simply a WP basher, you carry on about the HORRIBLE app store but left no examples, you said most of the apps are out of date yet left no evidence that shows us most of those 340,000 apps which you stated are out of date, you compare most of the apps compared to other platforms have less features again no examples. MS is actually one of the platforms that are most up to date you saying that MS took two years to add a notification reminds me that it took Google four years after WP to go Flat, feature come to different OS at different times, there are many features that has come to Android years after WP had them. Windows 10 phone is not even out as yet you call it a failure. You never had a WP if so then broccoli is my favorite food. By the way applications will be scalable across devices but again when you bash without educating yourself the truth evidently takes a holiday. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2844072/windows-10-excitement-growing-among-dell-customers.html

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

See post14.

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Congratulations you have finally had a post worth reading and one that isn't two miles long filled with opinions packaged as truth.

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Sorry that I am wordy, maybe that's what always confuses you. It always amazes me how people complain about long posts, but yet can bear to read an article. Or maybe they don't and just talk out of their a$$.

44. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Nope I just find your post filled with lopsided nonsense. If I want to read a long post I'll read one from a professional not a bs poster like yourself.

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Right, but all your posts, pure gold. Considering your way of thinking, no wonder you call it nonsense.

50. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The funny thing is, I wasn't even talking to you, because apparently you don't want me responding to you, so I decided to ignore you. And the you start hounding me. Nobody is forcing you to read my posts or respond to them. If my way of thinking irritates you so much, move one. And are these "professional" bloggers the same ones you accuse of favoritism? OK then.

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