Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T plan on offering Windows Phone 8 handsets

Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T plan on offering Windows Phone 8 handsets
After Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8 on Wednesday, PC Magazine checked in with the nation's top four carriers to see what their intentions are for the Windows Phone 8 OS. Three of the mobile operators were positive about adding Windows Phone 8 handsets to their lineup with Sprint being the lone holdout for now.

T-Mobile was brief and to the point. "T-Mobile is very bullish on Windows 8 and will be a partner at launch." AT&T added that it would, of course, be offering Windows Phone 8 handsets later this year. As the carrier reminded us, it was the first to offer a 4G LTE powered Windows Phone flavored handset. Verizon threw its hat into the ring as well, saying, "We have said publicly that we will support the Windows Phone 8 platform."
The coming look of Windows Phone 8

The coming look of Windows Phone 8

Sprint's comment was non-committal. "We have a very strong relationship with our Microsoft partners, but we don’t comment on products and services not yet announced," said the nation's third largest carrier. Sprint has previously shown a lack of confidence in Windows Phone 7 despite requests from its customers to sell the phones. Sprint also has already committed $15.5 billion to the Apple iPhone.

T-Mobile, which offers the Nokia Lumia 710, might be the most gung ho about Microsoft's mobile OS. On its website, the carrier noted that while Android makes up the lion's share of 4G smartphones on its network, Windows Phone has offered its customers a "simple and addictive experience" and the Nokia Lumia 710 has constantly been among the carrier's top five handsets sold each month since it was launched this past January. T-Mobile says many of its first time smartphone users are selecting a Windows Phone model with 55% of those upgrading to the entry level Lumia model coming from a messaging or feature phone. The nation's fourth largest carrier adds that its customers are very happy with Windows Phone and the two features that they like the most are the Metro UI and its ease of use.source: PCMagazine, T-Mobile

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19 Comments

1. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

This was what I've been waiting to hear! Six more months to go!!!! My HD7 will be upgraded to 7.8 plus I'll able to upgrade my plan first/second of December. Then by next year, Surface pro here I come.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

let's see what Verizon will bring. o:

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Thank you VZW for finally supporting WP. The HTC Trophy was getting lonely.

4. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Of course, Sprint late as usual.

7. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Sprint NEVER showed any support for the HTC Arrive, despite is being one of the HIGHEST rated phones by customers.

5. RoyalTroll

Posts: 32; Member since: May 16, 2012

Im pretty sure windows 8 in a year will be huge like my fatass

6. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

As a Sprint customer, I am VERY upset that they aren't supporting it. The HTC Arrive is one of their highest rated phones on the website with GREAT customer feedback. However, Sprint NEVER showed any support for it.! Every Sprint store I walk into, they NEVER have an HTC Arrive for demonstration. Sprint will be foolish NOT to support Windows Phone 8, especially since Nokia blatantly said they wanted to give each US carrier an exclusive phone. Come on Sprint, don't be left out.! Customers like options and many customers on your network are looking for something new. WP8 is it.! If Sprint doesn't offer any WP8 phones later this year or early next year, I will be VERY disappointed.

15. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Sprint spent a "billion" dollars just to have the rights to sell the iPhones. They need to recoup their money buy selling as many iPhones possible. Personally I think the deal with Apple stated they couldn't sell any other WP devices. :)

19. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

As a former sprint user, using the HTC Arrive. I remember sprint sending me plugs, regarding trading in my Arrive for the iphone. Fast forward a few months, now on T-mobiles network I am using the HTC Radar and looking forward to a WP8 device.

8. md227a

Posts: 224; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Sprint cant afford to get windows phones since they paid so much to get the Iphones lol

9. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Geez Sprint.... Can you at least TRY to look like you want to be competitive? Very happy Verizon is willing to give WP8 a shot. Hope HTC and Sammy join Nokia on it's shelves. Hope Sammy puts a little advertising muscle behind it's devices this time. Love the idea of a all in approach from them. Have faith in HTC still. Hope T-Mo gets a serious high end device for WP8. Their customers deserve it.

13. EvoHero

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 2011

Let me explain why Sprint doesn't care about WP8. NO ONE WANTS IT! WP has only 4.1% market share of smartphones since it became available November 2010. Customers might have liked the Arrive, but it really didn't sell. Can't blame Sprint for not wanting to get into a contract with MS for a product that probably wouldn't sell. My guess is that MS is helping with the subsidies of WP devices on the other carriers in order to promote sales.

18. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

no one wants those crappy kyocera phones either, sprint has no problems picking those up

10. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I agree with all of you, its about time for Verizon. This just may make my final decision for my fall upgrade path.

11. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 2012

All current Mango phones will get the 7.8 update is it?

12. lumialove

Posts: 75; Member since: May 16, 2012

sprint has given everything to apple and has nothing left for Window.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Not surprised Sprint isn't committed, they really bet big on Iphone. I hope for their sake that they're right and that interest in WP will continue to be meager and making only small gains in the market as it has so far. Would be a big slap in the face to Hesse if customers start leaving over no WP phones.

16. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

I'm on Verizon and I was pretty disappointed that the HTC Trophy was there only WP7, I hope that they get the really High End WP8 because AT&T usually gets those

17. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Of course Tmobile is happy... They're the only ones without the iPhone. Being that MS loves to shyt on Apple, Tmo will be right there with them.

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