Windows Phone 8 handsets being tested on all major U.S. carriers, except Sprint

Windows Phone 8 handsets being tested on all major U.S. carriers, except Sprint
On September 5, Microsoft and Nokia are hosting a press event, at which the next generation of Lumia smartphones are expected to be unveiled. Samsung appears to be working on Windows Phone 8 smartphones as well – at least two of them, to be more specific. And since these smartphones are most likely going to be unveiled in the near future, it should be not surprising that prototype devices are showing themselves here and there in various logs online. These logs rarely contain any spicy information, but a recent research managed to arrive at an interesting conclusion based on the data that was analyzed.

More than a few of the Windows Phone 8 devices that are currently in the wild are connected to a network linking them to a cellular service provider. AT&T (cingular), T-Mobile (tmodns) and Verizon (myvzw) are present on that list. However, not a single WP8 device appears to be running on Sprint, which leads us to believe that the nation's third largest carrier is still not planning on launching any Windows Phone 8 handsets anytime soon. In other words, it looks like Sprint will be playing it safe and observe how well WP8 hardware is selling with the competition before joining the party. After all, the carrier dropped a hefty amount of cash on the table just to carry the iPhone and might not be ready to spend any funds on potentially risky investments.

So yeah, if you are a Sprint subscriber hoping for a Windows Phone 8 smartphone to land on your carrier, brace yourself for a lengthy wait. Feel free to tell us how you feel about all that by dropping a comment.

source: WMPoweruser



1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

well that pretty much assures me that by Dec. Sprint won't have any wp8 out. Looks like i'll be looking into Tmo after all

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sprint doesn't have a bunch of discretionary cash available, what with the iPhone 'investment' and the debt pay down. Sprint probably did some research with their subscribers and came to the conclusion it was more important to drop cash on building out their LTE network.

12. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

it will probably be their loss

3. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I'm assuming sprint will be losing customers coming fall/winter. That's the "risky investment". IPhone is already readily available. No one has to go to sprint to get one. I don't forsee any customer loss or gains from the iphobes standpoint.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sprint had the highest churn rate this past quarter of the 4 major carriers. I suspect the churn was due to AT&T and VZW offering LTE service. Let someone else make the investment in proving the popularity of a new WP phone. Sure, they will lose some customers due to no WP phones. They will lose even more customers over no LTE network.

5. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

they will loose 2% of the market :D sgs3 alone has more

15. Sprintfan

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Wow you sure know what's up buddy. Maybe research before you post garble. Best ever churn, in third place. GG. Also due to Nextel decomission. Sprint "But the quarter also brought the best-ever churn, or rate of losing postpaid customers, on its main platform of 1.69 percent, the Overland Park-based wireless carrier (NYSE: S)" "Verizon's churn rate its postpaid accounts was .84% compared to the .97% churn rate for AT&T, 1.69% for Sprint and the ugly 2.10% rung up by T-Mobile"

6. lostdaynight

Posts: 31; Member since: May 16, 2011

As a Sprint HTC Arrive owner and fan of Windows Phone, I used to be upset about the lack of support, but honestly, Windows Phone still has a lot of work to be done. Euphoria will set in with the new features of WP8, then just like Mango, it will fade as the browser grows comparatively stagnant, carriers hold up subsequent updates (just like the Tango update), and bugs like the disappearing keyboard go unaddressed for months on end. The "new" hardware will continue to be Windows Phone stuffed into Android flagships from 6-12 months ago, except for Nokia, who probably won't land their flagship handsets anywhere but AT&T. It's a good OS, and I love Zune and Zune Pass like nobody's business, but in the next 3 months or so, I'm ditching the arrive for an iPhone 5, Galaxy Nexus, or SGS3 on Sprint. If I have to have Metro in my life, I'm fine with upgrading my laptop to Win 8 or grabbing a Surface tablet.

7. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

*facepalm* Yet Sprint will support Firefox OS, which looks like a cheap iOS and Android knock off. The HTC Arrive has the highest customer sanctification rating on the website, so obviously, customers did like the Arrive despite its flaws. Also, there are a lot of customers who do want WP8 phones to arrive (pun intended) on Sprint due to unlimited LTE.

8. lostdaynight

Posts: 31; Member since: May 16, 2011

The customer satisfaction rating was indeed very high, and yet, they claimed it was one of their most returned devices and most certainly didn't sell that many in the grand scheme of things. Keep in mind, Sprint is supporting Firefox because it's cheap and they can sell it as a pseudo smartphone to prepaid customers, plus it'll be a "next step" for their remaining featurephone users to get on data plans. Windows Phone isn't any of those things. And Sprint has tried out two consecutive "new" operating systems - webOS and Windows Phone - and neither has sold. To be fair, they did the same with Android. The HTC Hero and Samsung Moment arrived on Sprint - without too much fanfare - about a year after T-Mobile launched Android. It was only after Verizon blew up the "Droid" brand and proved it could sell big that Sprint went all-in with Android. Someone will have to do the same with Windows Phone, and no one has yet. Even the Lumia 900 just sold ok on AT&T, and they have way more customers than Sprint does.

9. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I im not mistaken Sprint was the biggest supporter of webOS and put the biggest advertistment behind it too. When it flopped EVERYWHERE of course that left a bad taste for Sprint. I remember Sprint pretty much was the forerunner for WM so its weird to me that they dont give more support to WP. I dont remember ANY advertistment or push for WP. I really think Sprint is just tapped out on funds hence why they would support firefox, an OS not even out but they heard cheap

14. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

That sounds good and makes some sense but both of the Nokia WP devices are cheap. There are even more low end phones out there. So Sprint could get a decent WP7 IF they want and grow the platform just as they did Android with the Evo. *Which did ok as well* While the iPhone sold about 1-1.5 million and I am sure that it will continue to do well it will not make many switch. They need a breakthrough device like how the Evo started to do but the failed to maintain.

10. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I'm a WP user but I can't blame Sprint for waiting to see which way the wind blows. Windows Phone hasn't exactly taken the world by storm.

11. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Once again Sprint will be late to the party.

13. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Good strategy Sprint. Wait till the platform has already taken off so that you miss the opportunity to capitalize on any potential growth, and buy into it right when it's at its priciest peak. Seems about right. Just like you did with the iPhone. And now you don't have money for any other strategy.

16. Sprintfan

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

I'll be the first to say I am excited about the WINDOWS 8 device. But ask yourselves, how many people you think besides nerds really are anticipating the "updated" OS. This is like someone waiting for an Android upgrade from ICS to JELLYBEAN. You think there are a a ton of Sprint customers anxiously awaiting this? NOPE. In a customer care position in 4 months have I gotten one call about "When is the new windows phone 8 coming." Nope. With a less than 3% market share divided by the total number of Sprint customers you guys think that the amount of people going to Churn is going to matter or be siginficant? It's still an uproven OS. If anything the tablet will be the difference maker first. Than once people realize the tablet is good they will switch to the phone.

17. scorpeyun

Posts: 27; Member since: May 18, 2012

I was looking forward to Windows Phone 8 and was hoping that Sprint would at least invest in one phone running the OS. I'm disappointed and will consider going to another carrier if I find a WP8 device that really appeals to me on Big Red or AT&T. If they wouldn't have but themselves into such deep debt to get the iphone maybe they would have the money to invest in some diversity in there phone lineup for those customers who don't care for apple products.

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think Sprint will have a Windows 8 Phone in 2013. They are in no Hurry to have one due to Windows 7 series smart phones not selling well. the Windows 8 smart phone is a horse of a different color. it will use a version of Windows 8 soft ware that will be used on Desktop/Laptop computers, Windows Tablet computers and Windows servers. this OS is robust and powerful and folks will be on Windows smart phones for more than 2 years, Microsoft will keep adding features to the Windows 8 smart phones Which are right now better than the Current windows 7 series smart phones. many developers will now devote time to the Windows 8 smart phones because they have the Right stuff to work with now.

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

Sprint is such an android fan..

20. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

WTF Sprint! I have been a loyal supporter for logical reasons for a long time, and now I'm rewarded with this BS!

21. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

they will still look of what will WP8 bring to the market... will they outsell android or iPhone.. after all this is business...

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