Sprint will start selling Windows Phone 8 devices in 2013

Sprint will start selling Windows Phone 8 devices in 2013
Sprint is the only one of the big four U.S. carriers that does not offer a single Windows Phone 8 device, but this will change in 2013.

"Sprint and Microsoft are partnering to bring Windows Phone 8 to Sprint's customers - operating on its 4G LTE network - next year," Sprint said.

Sprint actually did offer Windows Phone devices, but in their earlier form, when running Windows Phone 7. The nation's third-largest operator offered the HTC Arrive, but it had mediocre sales, according to Sprint's consumer acquisition director David Owen.

Owen was then optimistic about Windows Phone 8, but not to the point to speed up things and get WP8 devices on Sprint in time for the Holiday season. And it's not that huge of a surprise given that probably the hottest WP8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920, is an AT&T exclusive for 6 months anyway. AT&T also seems to be the preferred partner of Microsoft and Nokia, even though the carrier is known for selling the most iPhones.

Currently, Sprint offers the LG Optimus G and Galaxy Note II, and also the latest iPhone 5. It has also added the iPad to its lineup, so it definitely looks well covered for the Holidays.

source: PC Mag

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19 Comments

1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Good to see another major carrier join in, and that sprint is realizing its iphone-centric strategy may not be a winning one. I wonder if it was a mutual thing, as Microsoft wouldn't have wanted to release LTE phones for a mostly non-existent LTE network?

10. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Having the iPhone is a winning strategy but so is having WP8 devices. Choice is good my friend. As for the LTE ordeal I doubt that has much to do with it. Afterall Tmo is getting Windows devices and they lag behind Sprint in LTE.

19. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

UUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sprint, if u didn't know, that's 3-4 MONTHS from now so u better hurry that late date up

15. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I also think the IPhone and the deployment of LTE from WIMAX is breaking Sprint but Softbank is helping them out with their debt. Even though Sprint has the IPhone, it's good to have choices. I will be one of the happy Sprint customers when Windows Phone 8 arrive! Hopefully Sprint will have some 2nd wave/generation Windows Phones at that time.

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Probably because all of their previous Windows Mobile releases have BOMBED; smart on their part, see if WM8 BOMBS on the other carriers before committing!!

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

if im not mistaken Sprint was the forerunner for WinMo. If the releases bombed why did they continue being the forerunner?

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Okay, you keep believing that.

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

No, it's because they have a big 15 billion dollar Apple deal to protect

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm sure the HTC Arrive will be happy for the company it's going to receive.

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I help but think Japan's Softbank is the reasoning behind this and not actually Sprint. Unfortunately they are too late, I'll be severing my 11yr relationship and 25% discount and leaving to Tmo this month.

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Awwwwwwwh........, poor baby. Look on the bright side, at least now you'll truly have 4G!

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Smart decision for sprint, since WP7 was a dud in sales and it took them a good while to offload their HTC Arrive stock, and a lot of that was just from the FIRST production run they had of it. Sprint itself did a poor job promoting it, but every other carrier besides AT&T did too, and the sales figures didnt really bump up that much from advertising.

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's kinda a dumb move when WIndows PHone is already on AT&T and T-Mobile and Verizon is gettin theirs later this holiday season. If they push their date same with Verizon for those that want WP8 it will drive their sales up a bit

13. GeekMovement unregistered

Looking forward to it. Windows 8 has a lot to bring to the table at Sprint.

14. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Glad to see Sprint is finally bringing Windows Phone 8 to the masses. Obviously, they're going to get the HTC 8X in order to replace the Arrive. However, I think the release date is all wrong. If the sales are going to be lackluster, it's only due to Sprint not getting WP8 during the holiday season.

16. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i hope nokia phones again!!! i mean nokia offers the best! so why would sprint offers what's less?!

17. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I'm wondering when Windows Phone 8 devices will start shipping to Belgium, what a disaster Nokia , HTC & Sammy !!!

18. aldridhl

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Sprint, too little too late (again).

20. IamGadget

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

I held the new Samsung windows 8 sd card and more..and you do not have to remove the cover to get to the card .I also believe you can change the battery...and some of the other windows 8 you are stuck. I think the name on the Samsung is something like ativ

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