It's been a long time in coming, but today Sprint customers can finally buy a Windows Phone 8 device on the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. As promised earlier in the month, Sprint is now selling the HTC 8XT for $99.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The 8XT is the first Windows Phone product sold by Sprint since the Windows Phone 7 HTC Arrive, which the carrier started selling in March 2011. The smartphone should be available now at Sprint stores nationwide, and the company's website now has the HTC 8XT available for order as well. The phone is Sprint's exclusive variant of the older HTC 8X, with a 4.3-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD memory card slot that supports up to 64GB memory cards and an eight-megapixel camera.
It will be interesting to see how Sprint markets and promotes their first Windows Phone 8 device. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have gone out of their way to promote many of their Windows Phone 8 smartphones and have apparently been rewarded with solid sales for many of those products.
Sprint is also supposed to start selling its second Windows Phone 8 device, the Samsung ATIV S Neo, sometime later this summer for $149.99 with a new two-year contract.
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