AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon approve of Windows Phone 8

It's not exactly a shock to hear this, but AT&T has issued a statement that basically gives a big thumbs up to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 reveal earlier today. PCMag.com reports that the brief statement from the wireless carrier says:

AT&T plans to carry a new line of Windows Phone 8 smartphones launching later this year. The unmatched leader in Windows Phone –offering the very first 4G LTE Windows Phone smartphones in the U.S. – AT&T is home to the most robust Windows Phone portfolio of any carrier.

AT&T has indeed offered more Windows Phone devices for sale than any other US wireless carrier so far. Of course, it went big with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 in April but it also has offered other Windows Phone devices from Samsung and HTC.

T-Mobile went even further with its public Windows Phone support. It posted a long blog entry on its site, stating, " ... we’re excited to bring new, innovative Windows Phones to market."  T-Mobile says it has had a lot of success with the Lumia 710, stating, "We continue to see strong sales and adoption of the platform with the Nokia Lumia 710 consistently being one of our top five selling smartphones since it launched in January 2012."

Verizon and Sprint released Windows Phone 7 devices in 2010 but declined to offer Windows Phone 7.5 products when they were launched in 2011. PCMag.com got a statement from Verizon that said, "We have said publicly that we will support the Windows Phone 8 platform." No other details were revealed. Sprint and other smaller carriers have not confirmed or denied any Windows Phone 8 plans.

Microsoft said earlier today that Nokia, HTC and Samsung, along with Huawei, will offer Windows Phone 8-based smartphones for sale later this year.

Source: PCMag.com

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cmon verizon... we've all been waiting for more than a year now... nobody wants to buy a two year old trophy.. common now...

MioTheGreat said,
Come on VZW. I'm counting on a good phone in your lineup when I go to get a new one this xmas.

I hope they have them as well, but don't hold your breath. They had 7.5 devices and LTE devices in hand testing Nov 2011, and POed MFRs by deciding to dump Windows.

Notice the only WP7 device is $179 on contract with Verizon now, and they issued a statement last week to our company that they had NO plans for ANY future Windows devices.

I cannot wait for more information. Especially What VZW brings to the table. Microsoft, Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Orange, other European carriers, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile seem to be behind this product. Hopefully that will mean that there will be more than one phone per carrier besides AT&T.

What's funny is that with the new tiles, If a person wants a grid of icons, they can have one. but why would you? Microsoft has got to be careful how they handle Windows Phone/Windows 8 app compatibility so that they don't run into iPhone/iPad issues with Apps that are iPhone/iPod only being blown up and super pixelated on the iPad. I love this idea of supporting new screen resolutions, but I worry about what's going to happen for game developers as time goes on. It seems like in the beginning Microsoft was trying to avoid Android/Windows Mobile-esque fragmentation. Now, however, they are adding features that are slowly fracturing the OS. For example the Tango OS update that only went to certain phones in certain countries until recently. I love the new features shown off today, but I fear the future of windows phone returning to its fragmented roots. We will see what happens, but heed my words, five years from now if Microsoft doesn't rein itself in soon, Windows Phone will be just as fragmented as Android is today. Being a Microsoft fan I fear that by trying to become more competitive they will turn the Operating system into something that was never their original intention. This Nokia deal doesn't help my feeling at all, actually it worsens it. Come on Microsoft, DON'T SCREW THIS UP like you did with IE. Microsoft is a great company, but they do really stupid things. When HTML5-capable browsers became widely available, Microsoft ignored the technology for a few years until they realized that other browsers were slowly eating away at their marketshare. Then, instead of using a technology that was already established in the HTML5 market, like webkit, they went ahead and used their old Trident technology just updated for HTML5. I understand the reasoning, and love IE9 when I don't need the more advanced features of HTML5, however, It is the WORST product Microsoft produces in terms of developer opinion and hampers their ability to do truly anything in the HTML5 race. sorry about the rant and irrelevancy on the last, like, 5 sentences, it's just one thing about Microsoft that really frustrates me.

DO NOT TRUST AT&T. THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN UPDATES OR FIXES TO CURRENT WINDOWS PHONE 7 OWNERS, EVEN THOUGH MICROSOFT RELEASED THEM IN 2011. GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AND CLICK ON SUPPORT AND COMMUNITIES AND YOU WILL SEE THE FRUSTRATION OF CURRENT CUSTOMERS.




JSYOUNG571 said,
DO NOT TRUST AT&T. THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN UPDATES OR FIXES TO CURRENT WINDOWS PHONE 7 OWNERS, EVEN THOUGH MICROSOFT RELEASED THEM IN 2011. GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AND CLICK ON SUPPORT AND COMMUNITIES AND YOU WILL SEE THE FRUSTRATION OF CURRENT CUSTOMERS.

This is quite annoying. The more technical people can use Cab Sender to manually update their phones, but this sucks for the majority of people, especially those having the disappearing keyboard bug.

BoyBoppins said,
Verizon and NFC Payments. How will it work with no SIMs?
Microsoft mentioned that AT&T, TMobile, and Verizon have put their bet on ISIS and that they are working closely with ISIS to enable NFC "tap-to-pay" technology in the states.

BoyBoppins said,
Verizon and NFC Payments. How will it work with no SIMs?

What does Verizon have to do with SIMs, seriously? CDMA also has a SIM, it is just not normally removable; however, there are phones with a removable CDMA SIM.

Go look up CDMA technologies.

It has been more of a 'practice' to use SIM locked phones, but that has nothing to do with the core technology. And as another person noted. LTE also has SIM.