Sprint will get Windows Phone 8 smartphones by Samsung and HTC by this summer

Sprint will get Windows Phone 8 smartphones by Samsung and HTC by this summer
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, meaning that we will most likely have to wait for months until we get our hands on any of them. 

So, what Windows Phone 8 smartphones is Sprint getting? Well, the thing is that we don't know yet. What we do know, however, is that the carrier is planning on introducing two of them – one made by Samsung and the other made by HTC. These could be variants of existing Windows Phone 8 smartphones, but we'll keep our fingers crossed hoping to see Sprint getting some totally unique WP8 handsets. Furthermore, both of these upcoming devices will run on the carrier's 4G LTE network, allowing their owners to reap the benefits of truly unlimited mobile data.

Currently, all of the major U.S. carriers have Windows Phone 8 smartphones in their portfolios, with the notable exception of Sprint, which chose to wait and see whether Microsoft's mobile platform will gain enough traction. The carrier did offer Windows Phone 7 smartphones back in the days, yet eventually moved away from the platform citing poor sales figures.

source: Sprint via Engadget


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13 Comments

1. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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: Oct 30, 2012

GS3 is ancient technology now...an it certainly won't be free, unless you sign a contract.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I truly feel sorry for anyone who has Sprint and is waiting for WP8 models to be released. Bad move Sprint, bad move.

3. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Nokia too please!

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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: 3616; Member since: Jan 19, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 1895; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Oh wow, by summer? That soon huh?lol Sprint is a joke.

8. THEJET88

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

whatever my update aint til june anyways. give me 7.8 for my arrive and wait patiently

9. GeekMovement unregistered

I won't be swayed to switch to windows 8 phone unless they add Nokia to their list.

10. homersimpsons

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 07, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Dec 29, 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

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