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Sprint will launch "current" Windows Phone 8 handsets, "open" to Tizen and Firefox OS

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The first Windows Phone handsets picked up by Sprint did not do too well in terms of sales, but the carrier is now ready to give Microsoft's platform another shot. By some time this summer, Sprint has promised to start offering its first two WP8 smartphones – one made by Samsung and the other by HTC. But will they be devices we're already familiar with, such as the Samsung ATIV S or the HTC Windows Phone 8X? The answer to that question is "no", it seems. 

Ryan Sullivan – Director of Device Delivery at Sprint, said that the carrier will introduce "current" Windows Phone 8 smartphones. "We're working for current product launches, and not necessarily to launch on six-month-old hardware", he added. Good news indeed! What boggles the mind, however, is what will Sprint do to differentiate its Windows Phone 8 offerings from alternatives sold by other carriers. The platform is already pretty limited when it comes to customization and it is made to run on Qualcomm hardware – dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 512 or 1024 megabytes of RAM. Something innovative in the camera department, perhaps, or HD voice support, or maybe some other fancy tech we haven't heard of yet? Oh well, we'll have to wait and see.

Interestingly, Sullivan also hinted that Sprint, which currently offers only Android and BlackBerry smartphones, as well as the iPhone, might spice up its lineup even further. In addition to Windows Phone 8, the carrier is open to smartphones running Tizen and even the new Firefox mobile operating system. Of course, these will have to materialize first before we hear any official confirmation regarding their availability through Sprint.

source: PC Magazine

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posted on 09 Jan 2013, 13:41

1. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


posted on 09 Jan 2013, 15:06

2. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Sprint could be working with microsoft to bring out the Surface Phone.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 23:54 1

7. THEJET88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

no that would be hella dope

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:55 1

3. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

should be nokia!! coz people will flock a nokia WP not on samsung or HTC! the latest stats prove that! nokia holds the tiger share on WP!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:09 2

4. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

I like Nokia myself but HTC and Samsung have huge followers as well. I know people who will only buy an HTC. Why not have all 3 like Verizon.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:57 1

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

What about BB10 Sprint? Are you gonna give them a shot?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:28 1

6. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

I don't think Sprint can afford not to give BB10 a shot. Sprint has far too many enterprise/government customers to give up on the BlackBerry.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 02:31 1

8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Got an idea for Sprint, Windows Phone 8 does not need 2GB RAM i know. But for marketing purpose Sprint could slap 2GB RAM with 13 Megapixel camera.

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