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.