First Sprint Windows Phone 8 device, HTC 8XT, now on sale

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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Sprint dropped windows phone 7 awhile ago because it didn't sell. well it didn't sell because they brought in a SINGLE windows phone 7 that was unbelievably dated. Now they bring in two wp8 that are once again dated. really? who's running this company?
also, if you're gunna get wp8 don't half ass it. at least pull to get a nokia device.

Didn't help that whenever you were in a Sprint store, the employees would try to convince you to get Android instead, because they had a bias for it.

brianshapiro said,
Didn't help that whenever you were in a Sprint store, the employees would try to convince you to get Android instead, because they had a bias for it.

Or maybe they went with Android because it was a situation of it being the safe option to offer the customer where as with the Windows Phone 7 was an unknown quantity and maybe he/she didn't want to risk having an unhappy customer who comes back to blame him/her for giving bad advice. I know if I was in a similar situation I'd probably steer clear of Windows Phone in favour of more established players - heck, I'd push BlackBerry over Windows Phone simply because it's brand is more recognisable to more people out there.

Well the only time these companies will change is if someone brings their competitive services to the consumers. Like Google finally bringing fiber optics technology to use here in Austin, Texas. Time Warner aint happy about that.

After being a Sprint / Nextel customer for over 13 years ... I think I've just about had enough of.... well whatever it is they are doing over there. Initially, I was upset that Sprint was so slow to carry any sort of WP8 device. I was excited when I first heard about this phone but now... it just seems so dated. I don't understand why they can't carry a wider range of phones, like AT&T or Verizon. I look at some of the phones on the Sprint website and I think to myself "why are these even being advertised??" Even now, I have had an upgrade available since January but, there's just not much that I am interested in. Don't want a Galaxy, iPhone... ehhh... HTC One is alright I guess... But no Nexus 4 and STILL no Blackberry Q10. I just don't understand...
Oh and the service... Its decent outside of my place but if I didn't have the Airave device I would be dead in the water. Meanwhile another family member of mine in the same vicinity who has Verizon has perfect service... go figure!!??
All in all.. I get a cheap rate from Sprint and the service is 'decent' most of the time. I'm just.. I dunno.... Waiting for Sprint to get their act together but things move so slowly. (end of rant)

Man...Sprint is on a roll. First, they announce they are putting in LTE, maybe it will arrive in 10 years. Then...they get their first WP8 device....and it's a year old phone they are selling at new Contract pricing. I'm all for competition (to keep AT&T and Verizon from getting to powerful)..but man, Sprint is really just giving them the market.

greensabath said,
Man...Sprint is on a roll. First, they announce they are putting in LTE, maybe it will arrive in 10 years. Then...they get their first WP8 device....and it's a year old phone they are selling at new Contract pricing. I'm all for competition (to keep AT&T and Verizon from getting to powerful)..but man, Sprint is really just giving them the market.

There is a reason for that - they're short of cash and carrying a tonne of debt due to stupid investments. Maybe the new owners will turn it around now that there is a line of cash available.

greensabath said,
Yea, their first mistake was investing in WiMax. They should have started w/ LTE from the git-go

True, I could never quite work out the wisdom in the idea of going with WiMax when there were better alternatives out there but then again this goes right back to when they decided to go with CDMA2000 rather than the industry standard of GSM which ended up creating a migration path forward that would be more problematic in the long run for them. I just had a look then - they've got their CDMA2000 network sitting on 800Mhz which would have provided great coverage for GSM/3G. I know where I am there is a big move by the big two companies to take advantage of the lower frequencies (850Mhz and 900Mhz) which are particularly useful in hilly environments and where populations are sparsely located.

I'm about ready to drop Sprint like a rock. Poor coverage in this area since I got them last Oct. I need an Airave to actually get a signal where I live which requires me to have internet for that.

I recently have been having signal loss everywhere and when I called the technical support agent told me that it would last up to 2 months while they're doing tower upgrades in the area. Frankly I'm not going to sit through two months of hell. ETF or not, they're about to lose me as a customer.

Will be looking into Verizon Wireless for the 8X, not a fan of the 928.

Grinch said,
I'm about ready to drop Sprint like a rock. Poor coverage in this area since I got them last Oct. I need an Airave to actually get a signal where I live which requires me to have internet for that.

I recently have been having signal loss everywhere and when I called the technical support agent told me that it would last up to 2 months while they're doing tower upgrades in the area. Frankly I'm not going to sit through two months of hell. ETF or not, they're about to lose me as a customer.

Will be looking into Verizon Wireless for the 8X, not a fan of the 928.

So you're saying you don't want them to upgrade their infrastructure so that they can provide a better quality of service in the future? Dafuq?

Mr Nom Nom's said,

So you're saying you don't want them to upgrade their infrastructure so that they can provide a better quality of service in the future? Dafuq?

They don't need to knock most of the towers in this area down constantly for two months to accomplish this. The remaining towers cannot pick up the traffic without failing out which is causing a lot of drops in this area for anyone on the Sprint network.

Grinch said,
They don't need to knock most of the towers in this area down constantly for two months to accomplish this. The remaining towers cannot pick up the traffic without failing out which is causing a lot of drops in this area for anyone on the Sprint network.

It depends on what the regulatory requirements are, planning permission etc. You're making the assumption that these decisions are some how made in a vacuum without any sort of outside factors that are influencing said decision making.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

It depends on what the regulatory requirements are, planning permission etc. You're making the assumption that these decisions are some how made in a vacuum without any sort of outside factors that are influencing said decision making.

Actually this was all stated to be by a Sprint Technical Support agent. She stated that it appears they have started upgrades in the area on 4 of the 6 surrounding towers and that likely the other 2 cannot pickup the traffic well enough and that these upgrades are planned to be completed in about 2 months time.