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Sprint won't launch any Windows Phone handsets until August

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Sprint won't launch any Windows Phone handsets until August
There is no denial that Windows Phone is picking up momentum, and the newly announced Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II are only going to help it keep up that pace. However, Sprint does not seem to be too excited about any of that and is not planning on pushing Windows Phone handsets in the near future.

That is what became apparent after David Owens, Vice President of Product Realization at Sprint, said that the carrier will be focusing on Android devices and on promoting its LTE network for now. Allow us to remind you that at CES 2012, Sprint unveiled its first LTE smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper, both of which are Android devices.

"We have a Windows device in our lineup, but honestly, it hasn't done well enough for us to jump back into the fire. We told Microsoft: You guys have to go build the enthusiasm for the product.", Owens added, followed by Lois Fagan, Director of Product Development at Sprint, who stated: "We want to participate in the market, but we can't build that brand by ourself. We're cautiously optimistic, but [Windows Phone] just hasn't taken off." 

Still, Sprint is not giving up on Windows Phone entirely. Owens mentioned that a Sprint-bound smartphone running Microsoft's platform can be expected within the “August-September time period”. Will it be an exclusive Windows Phone device made by Nokia? Only time will tell.

source: PCMag via wpcentral

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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:20 1

1. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

Sprint just got the iPhone, now they think they're in hog heaven. They need to sell as many iPhones to justify the amount they had to pay out just to sell them. Plain and simple, they do not want any new device competing with that.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 22:59 1

10. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

not to mention this windows phone has a higher user rating on sprint than iphone 4s...

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 12:22

15. Gotchafone (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

And where did you get that information?

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:36 3

2. rsiders (Posts: 1097; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Wow and I was crying about T-Mobile only getting the Radar 4g and the Lumia 710. At least I can say T-Mobile has given us something. Sprint is ridiculous and this sucks for Windows Phone fans. This is crap. Oh well, T-Mobile get us the Titan.lol

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:54

3. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I know right.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:00

4. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

I've wanted a windows phone for so long its unreal, since when it first came out because it was the os for me! I wanted to get a samsung focus on at&t but I had to switch becuz of family. but the problem was with sprint is they do not have a diverse lineup at all! at&t rite now has the best and the most diverse lineup of devices that it makes me want to go back over their so bad! they need more windows phones, and no dip that wp7 wasnt selling great because they relied on 1 windows phone and not have a variety of windows phones like at&t has. its so irritating to hear this its ridiculous. i want to knock the 5h!t out of the ceo and vice president and everyone else who determines the lineup that it comes out of their mouth!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:03 3

5. dkpitman (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

I feel pretty confident saying that the "arrive" wouldn't have been too popular on any network... the thing was a brick. I bet the samsung "focus" would have been a different story. what do you expect though when you decide to launch a model that doesn't have people say, "wow thats cool." I feel like sprint took a, "ehh, yeah that'll do. we'll see what happens" approach to WP7.

if they had the new "focus s" on Sprint id own it by now.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:26

7. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I think you hit the nail on the head. I also think the same is true for Verizon, although arguably to a lesser extent since the HTC Trophy (Verizon's WP7) may be a step up from the Arrive.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:09

6. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I've wanted a WP7 on Sprint since last winter, and there is no way in hell I way in hell I want an iPhone. You are so limited on any other OS it is insane.

Hopefully they have a decent one in a year and a half when my contract is up. :/

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:26

8. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

It sucks for those of us on sprint who would like more WP7 options. I would get one for my mother when hers was up if it didn't have a keyboard because that's what she wants. The funny thing about this is he says they're not selling but you look at AT&T they have like 7 of them. Would they pick up so many if none are selling?

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:38 2

9. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

F%ck Sprint!!! I have the HTC Arrive and its a great phone but I would love to have more options with Windows Phones! They better step it up in August or September with some new Windows phones like the HTC Titan 2, Nokia Lumia 900, or a Samsung Windows phone! My contract is up in March of next year which will be two years since the HTC Arrive arrived. Thank you Sprint for helping me save money for my next Windows Phone!

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 00:18

11. pdpaiste (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 May 2009)

Alright listen up guys. I'm in the same boat as all of you but in my opinion, the only way this can be excusable is if the next WP phone they introduce is packing LTE and actually looks nice. I have the Arrive and I love the software but I'm definitely not crazy about the hardware. Give us two phones comparable to AT&T's WP lineup and you'll see them selling like hotcakes.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 00:50

12. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

sprint why not bring in a samsung or nokia version of the phone for sprint. please

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 06:56

13. Losdog25 (Posts: 29; Member since: 28 Aug 2009)

I feel sprint should have added a high end windows phone instead of the arrive . It was outdated the moment it hit the shelves last year. Windows phone never had a chance with the variety and success of android phones. With the iPhone selling like hot cakes maybe they don't want window phones to compete. It would be nice to see something like the Titan 2 or new Samsung models to come soon. Time will tell!! I feel bad for the window fans with no option on Sprint!!

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 09:46

14. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)

Screw you Sprint, it's companies like you that make products like WP7 and WebOS fail!

That Windows Phone better be NOKIA and have LTE. SERO or not, I'll be leaving you for AT&T.

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