Cricket exec thinks Windows Phone 8 is "pretty impressive"

Microsoft may not be talking officially about Windows Phone 8, at least not yet. However, that isn't stopping other companies from talking about Microsoft's next major mobile OS and Verizon Wireless has already confirmed it plans to release Windows Phone 8 devices. Earlier this week, a Sprint executive said that the company is "bullish" on Windows Phone 8.

Now you can add Cricket Wireless to the list of companies that is strongly hinting about its plans to release Windows Phone 8 smartphones. PCMag quotes Matt Stoiber, Cricket's senior vice president for devices, as saying, "We have not committed to Windows Phone 8, but we're likely to soon. I've seen Windows Phone 8, and it's pretty impressive."

Cricket Wireless is currently the sixth biggest wireless carrier in the US with over 6 million users. The company currently does not sell a Windows Phone device; it only offers Android and Blackberry smartphones.

Stoiber wouldn't say which Windows Phone 8 phone makers would be sold on Cricket Wireless. Even with sales of Blackberry phones on the decline, Stoiber said, " ... we'll continue to have a BlackBerry product" in the future.

With Verizon confirmed and Sprint and Cricket very likely to join in, it looks like there will be a lot of options for Windows Phone 8 when it launches, most likely this fall.

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the Nokia collection has been changed with the tango update to nokia marketplace, yes. Why is that such a problem. Nokia has invested way more time and money on app development than all the rest put together, Nokia has become Microsofts main partner in this respect. Maybe if Samsung and htc invested more in the ecosystem then they would have the same as Nokia.

The point to note here is that Apple just almost added new features to its otherly pretty similar OS.

Those features can be disabled on older devices (multitasking, Siri).

If Windows Phone 8 is going to be a big big change (which we can expect due to how the development of Windows 8 is taking shape) I believe it will be only fair to restrict it to the newer devices.

If its like a feature set addon how we see with OSX or iOS, then we should expect it to be available to all of the devices and not just the 2nd Gen.

And I don't know much about ICS but isn't ICS like a big upgrade and requires a lot of ram to perform well? and ROM aswell? reason it isn't compatible with older devices?

BONUS: How can u expect to compare dual core phone running ICS with Windows Phone 7 phones? they run on single core hardwares. So MS is finally making the jump to multicore processors don't u want ur phone OS to have all the bells and whistles possible with such hardware?

I want windows phone 8 to be full of amazing awesome features. REAL MULTITASKING one of them!.. so it will require more juice... I hope Nokia don't ruin the OS (like the icon on lumia devices). why do u even need that?

next every cellular provider is going to use its own phone tile icon? (MS please don't let this happen)

Zain Adeel said,
I hope Nokia don't ruin the OS (like the icon on lumia devices). why do u even need that?

next every cellular provider is going to use its own phone tile icon? (MS please don't let this happen)

What icon are you talking about? I haven't noticed any different icons on the Lumia.

Enron said,

What icon are you talking about? I haven't noticed any different icons on the Lumia.

The Lumia 900 in the UK has a Nokia 'n' on the maketplace shopping bag icon

andrewbares said,
That Nokia marketplace icon is ridiculous. Sucks to be a Nokia owner!!

Yes, sucks to have the best looking, best selling and best supported windows phone because of one icon that can be ignored. When do you switch to android then?

Zain Adeel said,
The point to note here is that Apple just almost added new features to its otherly pretty similar OS.

Those features can be disabled on older devices (multitasking, Siri).

If Windows Phone 8 is going to be a big big change (which we can expect due to how the development of Windows 8 is taking shape) I believe it will be only fair to restrict it to the newer devices.

If its like a feature set addon how we see with OSX or iOS, then we should expect it to be available to all of the devices and not just the 2nd Gen.

And I don't know much about ICS but isn't ICS like a big upgrade and requires a lot of ram to perform well? and ROM aswell? reason it isn't compatible with older devices?

BONUS: How can u expect to compare dual core phone running ICS with Windows Phone 7 phones? they run on single core hardwares. So MS is finally making the jump to multicore processors don't u want ur phone OS to have all the bells and whistles possible with such hardware?

I want windows phone 8 to be full of amazing awesome features. REAL MULTITASKING one of them!.. so it will require more juice... I hope Nokia don't ruin the OS (like the icon on lumia devices). why do u even need that?

next every cellular provider is going to use its own phone tile icon? (MS please don't let this happen)


Nokia is not jumping onto the multicore cpu wagon... They said many times before that they think it's a waste of battery... Sad :-(

Jarrichvdv said,

Nokia is not jumping onto the multicore cpu wagon... They said many times before that they think it's a waste of battery... Sad :-(

so far they dont need too go on multicore CPU's... as their single core lumia outruns most dual cores and challenges quadcores for the same speed/performance/fluidness/responsiveness.

Shadowzz said,

so far they dont need too go on multicore CPU's... as their single core lumia outruns most dual cores and challenges quadcores for the same speed/performance/fluidness/responsiveness.

All OEMs are going to make the jump. Im talking about WP8 here.

Windows phone first major upgrade.

however to use that, you will have to get a new phone.

+1 apple
+1 android
-1 windows

Moker said,
Windows phone first major upgrade.

however to use that, you will have to get a new phone.

+1 apple
+1 android
-1 windows

Unconfirmed rumour mill stuff. The only thing confirmed is that apps made for 7.5 will run fine on WP8 - that's it.

I agree the lack of news from MS is unsettling, but that's all it is at this point. Apple never speak before they need to - so you could argue MS are doing no different here.

duddit2 said,

Unconfirmed rumour mill stuff. The only thing confirmed is that apps made for 7.5 will run fine on WP8 - that's it.

I agree the lack of news from MS is unsettling, but that's all it is at this point. Apple never speak before they need to - so you could argue MS are doing no different here.

That's pretty much what they're doing, holding back till they're ready to show or talk about something. We'll find out in June when they have their big Windows Phone Dev conference.

Moker said,
Windows phone first major upgrade.

however to use that, you will have to get a new phone.

+1 apple
+1 android
-1 windows

Y U NO install iOS 5 on iPhone/iPod 2g or IceCream sandwich on some old android phone?

Moker said,
Windows phone first major upgrade.

however to use that, you will have to get a new phone.

+1 apple
+1 android
-1 windows

LOL Android updates

Moker said,
Windows phone first major upgrade.

however to use that, you will have to get a new phone.

+1 apple
+1 android
-1 windows

So every single Android phone on the market has allowed upgrading? I know when I had an iPhone, I got one major update before it became obsolete - and we have already had one major update to WP7. And the iPhone 4 has not received all updates. Apple disables Siri on the iPhone 4 even though people have been able to hack the phone to enable it, meaning Apple is selectively disabling features to push people to upgrade.

nohone said,

So every single Android phone on the market has allowed upgrading? I know when I had an iPhone, I got one major update before it became obsolete - and we have already had one major update to WP7. And the iPhone 4 has not received all updates. Apple disables Siri on the iPhone 4 even though people have been able to hack the phone to enable it, meaning Apple is selectively disabling features to push people to upgrade.

Well depends what you mean be selectively disabling. They did do it for the iPhone 3GS with tethering, but each iPhone should expect 2 major updates at least. It's actually a good system if you look at most contracts lasting a full duration of 24 months. The reason why Siri was disabled on iPhone 4 was, yes it was because the 4S wouldn't have as many features to sell itself, but also feature wise, the chip inside the iPhone 4 lacked a sensor which when you speak to the phone, Siri will automatically answer your commands.

And Android updates are done very poorly unless rooted, you have to wait weeks or months before you will see an update for your phone. I guess it's true that you paid for the device whilst it was in it's working position, and expecting an upgrade is better then not having any at all, but this is one of the small problems Android has to overcome. I think applications like the Google Chrome Beta for Android requires Ice Cream Sandwich.

Lunfai said,

Well depends what you mean be selectively disabling. They did do it for the iPhone 3GS with tethering, but each iPhone should expect 2 major updates at least. It's actually a good system if you look at most contracts lasting a full duration of 24 months. The reason why Siri was disabled on iPhone 4 was, yes it was because the 4S wouldn't have as many features to sell itself, but also feature wise, the chip inside the iPhone 4 lacked a sensor which when you speak to the phone, Siri will automatically answer your commands.

And Android updates are done very poorly unless rooted, you have to wait weeks or months before you will see an update for your phone. I guess it's true that you paid for the device whilst it was in it's working position, and expecting an upgrade is better then not having any at all, but this is one of the small problems Android has to overcome. I think applications like the Google Chrome Beta for Android requires Ice Cream Sandwich.

Apple devs are the best in the world - at least that is what Apple fans want us to believe. If they are so good, then they should be able to figure out a workaround for the iPhone 4. Emulate this sensor in software, use the voice mic with some software to figure out when the user stops talking.


this is one of the small problems Android has to overcome

So with Android it is a small problem. For WP7, it will lead to the failure of the device? I have an Archos Android 2.2 device. I never got updates for it. There have been many other devices out there that did not receive updates, and I think Android has been doing quite well, it has not led to the failure of the device.

Cyborg_X said,

LOL Android updates

My phone came with froyo when it was in its prime, I got my gingerbread update and now it's been confirmed I'm getting ICS, u mad bro?

thealexweb said,

My phone came with froyo when it was in its prime, I got my gingerbread update and now it's been confirmed I'm getting ICS, u mad bro?

Official updates?

nohone said,

Apple devs are the best in the world - at least that is what Apple fans want us to believe. If they are so good, then they should be able to figure out a workaround for the iPhone 4. Emulate this sensor in software, use the voice mic with some software to figure out when the user stops talking.

So with Android it is a small problem. For WP7, it will lead to the failure of the device? I have an Archos Android 2.2 device. I never got updates for it. There have been many other devices out there that did not receive updates, and I think Android has been doing quite well, it has not led to the failure of the device.

I think Apple are known to be hardware developers not software, so I figured this is their reason.

thealexweb said,

Yep, i don't bother with rooting

You're the rarity. It's a well known fact that Android updates are extremely unreliable.

Nevertheless, it blows that Apollo isn't coming even to the newest Windows Phones on the market right now (Yes, my friend at MS has confirmed that current phones won't be updated)

andrewbares said,

You're the rarity. It's a well known fact that Android updates are extremely unreliable.

Nevertheless, it blows that Apollo isn't coming even to the newest Windows Phones on the market right now (Yes, my friend at MS has confirmed that current phones won't be updated)

I think your friend at MS is wrong, I think you will find that the Nokia phones will get updates to apollo, for the other phones I don't know. Nokia will be updating there devices.

nohone said,

So every single Android phone on the market has allowed upgrading? I know when I had an iPhone, I got one major update before it became obsolete - and we have already had one major update to WP7. And the iPhone 4 has not received all updates. Apple disables Siri on the iPhone 4 even though people have been able to hack the phone to enable it, meaning Apple is selectively disabling features to push people to upgrade.

hahaha. Apple is the king of this!
iPad 2 & retinaPad for example, or stealing the cydia mods/BBM/Android Notification bar and using them in an official update..

for MS just starting out with heavy competition from Apple and the androidOS shunting people to a new phone is a sure way to drive them to a competitors cheaper and better preforming model.

Moker said,
Windows phone first major upgrade.

however to use that, you will have to get a new phone.

+1 apple
+1 android
-1 windows


I must have stumbled into a parallel world for Mango not to be considered a major upgrade.

srbeen said,

hahaha. Apple is the king of this!
iPad 2 & retinaPad for example, or stealing the cydia mods/BBM/Android Notification bar and using them in an official update..

for MS just starting out with heavy competition from Apple and the androidOS shunting people to a new phone is a sure way to drive them to a competitors cheaper and better preforming model.

Apple hired Peter Hajas who did "mobile notifier". So they didn't steal that.

Apple has done iChat for awhile and started FaceTime and iMessage is the same concept. Yes did blackberry do it first? Sure. But apple made it as simple as possible. You dont need a pin or etc. it's all built into the device and your apple ID is your authentication / username for FaceTime, iMessage etc.

Notification Center is an obvious rip off from android. At the same time ICS added stuff that apple did first.

Regardless the best notification center is IntelliscreenX. iOS or Android or just windows phone needs to do this. A lot better.

Sikh said,

Apple hired Peter Hajas who did "mobile notifier". So they didn't steal that.

Apple has done iChat for awhile and started FaceTime and iMessage is the same concept. Yes did blackberry do it first? Sure. But apple made it as simple as possible. You dont need a pin or etc. it's all built into the device and your apple ID is your authentication / username for FaceTime, iMessage etc.

Notification Center is an obvious rip off from android. At the same time ICS added stuff that apple did first.

Regardless the best notification center is IntelliscreenX. iOS or Android or just windows phone needs to do this. A lot better.

srbeen said,

hahaha. Apple is the king of this!
iPad 2 & retinaPad for example, or stealing the cydia mods/BBM/Android Notification bar and using them in an official update..

for MS just starting out with heavy competition from Apple and the androidOS shunting people to a new phone is a sure way to drive them to a competitors cheaper and better preforming model.

Amazing how "Cricket exec thinks Windows Phone 8 is "pretty impressive"" turned into this

boumboqc said,
He's a lucky one.
I can't wait to see it !

Plus one! It's the biggest perk of a telecommunication job. You get to see unreleased devices.