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.
Sprint Selects Samsung and HTC for Windows Phone 8 Launch with Truly Unlimited Sprint 4G LTE
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE:S) today joined with Microsoft to announce the upcoming availability of Windows Phone 8 smartphones on the Sprint nationwide network. Sprint will bring two initial handsets to customers by summer – one each from Samsung and HTC.
"Sprint has had a strong relationship with Microsoft for many years so we are excited to reinforce our commitment to the Windows 8 platform by sharing the details and timing for our first Windows Phone 8 smartphones"
Sprint is the only national carrier with Truly Unlimited℠ 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages. Sprint will bring the unlimited data experience to Windows Phone 8 with Sprint's Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM including unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month. This is a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon's comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).
"Sprint has had a strong relationship with Microsoft for many years so we are excited to reinforce our commitment to the Windows 8 platform by sharing the details and timing for our first Windows Phone 8 smartphones," said Fared Adib, Sprint senior vice president, product development and operations. "These smartphones combine a robust new operating platform with the benefit of Sprint's unlimited data plans. There is no doubt these phones will quickly become an extension of your PC experience right in the palm of your hand."
Both the Samsung and HTC smartphones will offer Sprint 3G and 4G LTE and impressive lists of features including dual cameras enabling video chat, dual-core processors for enhanced internal speed between applications and support for expandable external memory. Additional device details, including pricing, will be shared closer to their availability dates.
Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal phone experience, connecting Sprint customers to the people and information that matters most to them. With a similar look and feel, the same technology core, and the same built-in SkyDrive cloud service, Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface devices and the Xbox 360 console.
"We're looking forward to bringing two new Windows Phone 8 devices by Samsung and HTC to market with Sprint this summer, adding to our strong Windows Phone 8 portfolio," said Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Phone Division. "These devices, coupled with Sprint's unlimited 4G LTE data experience, will make it easy for Windows Phone 8 customers to have the most personal smartphone experience possible, wherever they are."
Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 49 marketsi. Sprint has announced nearly 150 markets that will see an official LTE launch in the coming months. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint's 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE. For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.