Leaked Sprint document confirms no plans for new Windows Phones

Earlier today, we reported on the joyous news that Verizon Wireless customers will be offering "multiple Windows Phones" before the end of the year - a considerable improvement, considering that Big Red has only ever offered a single first-generation Windows Phone device, the less-than-thrilling HTC Trophy.

Customers on Sprint may well have been encouraged by this development but Sprint is another carrier that hasn't exactly given its full-throated support to Microsoft's mobile OS; it stopped selling its one and only Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive, last month.

But a Sprint internal training document leaked to WinSource appears to confirm that America's third-largest carrier has no plans to launch new Windows Phone handsets any time soon.

The document - assuming it is authentic - appears to have been written by someone with limited understanding of the OS. Under the subheading "Windows 8", it states that "there's buzz about this platform, which includes PCs, tablets and a Windows 8 phone". Not the most knowledgeable of commentary there, and all the more absurd given that it sits under a section entitled "Know the Facts".

It adds that the carrier is "evaluating this new OS and working with Microsoft on potential opportunities" but that there are "no announcements regarding Windows 8 devices at this time". Perhaps it's all for the best though - since Sprint seems to believe there's only one 'Windows 8 phone' on the cards and it appears that their commitment to the Windows Phone platform remains just as half-assed as it's ever been.

Source: WinSource | Top image via Sprint

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Another reason for me to leave. My Data is so slow. What good is unlimited when it only works like dialup. My Arrive is almost off contract and I'm ready to move on.

jasqid said,
Another reason for me to leave. My Data is so slow. What good is unlimited when it only works like dialup. My Arrive is almost off contract and I'm ready to move on.

Perhaps instead of complaining you should look into alternatives. Either alternative carriers that meet your needs better. Or possibly at Sprints plans for the future which are currently being rolled out, Network Vision.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/press_kits.cfm?presskit_id=19 - Official Press Kit about Network Vision.

http://www.s4gru.com - Unofficial community dedicated to tracking the rollout and education of Sprint's Network Vision deployment and the technical aspects of it.

Sprint is locked, or maybe trapped is the better word, in it's iPhone phase. Until it can get out of it like the other carriers before them it's going to be limited in what it can do in general.

GP007 said,
Sprint is locked, or maybe trapped is the better word, in it's iPhone phase. Until it can get out of it like the other carriers before them it's going to be limited in what it can do in general.

When will Sprint be able to sell 15.5 billion dollars worth of iPhone?

As a Sprint customer, I am deeply saddened by this. When my contract is up, I think it will be time to switch. What good is unlimited plans when you can't get hardware that you want.

Ryan Hoffman said,
As a Sprint customer, I am deeply saddened by this. When my contract is up, I think it will be time to switch. What good is unlimited plans when you can't get hardware that you want.

I feel the same. I used to get warm fuzzies about unlimited data until I actually looked at my monthly usage and realized I would never actually be bothered by any other carrier's caps. I'm not one of those jagoffs that (a) breaks my contract by setting up tethering without paying for it just to (b) whine and moan that everything I do on my illegitimate setup is totally acceptable because unlimited means unlimited in every possible interpretation and dammit if I want to seed torrents while playing MMOs and guzzling 30GB/mo and they want to penalize me which is well within the rights they laid out in the contract I was too lazy to read, I'll sue!!!1 And lose. And then post it to a forum where other egoists will cheer me on and anyone with sense will either ignore me or mock me.

So uh, yeah. I'll be switching to at&t. Android is feeling sleepy these days, iPhones offer a great ecosystem with a terrible, unusable piece of hardware for my needs, and WP8 is offering a new kind of unified experience that I want to tinker with to see if it offers a more interesting mobile future than Apple's CONSUME CONSUME CONSUME or Google's wait-what-we-make-an-OS?

The only reason I left Sprint 2 years ago is because they had ni Windows Phone at the time, same reason they might lose me as a customer for another 2 years, shame because I like them as a company.

Ely said,
The only reason I left Sprint 2 years ago is because they had ni Windows Phone at the time, same reason they might lose me as a customer for another 2 years, shame because I like them as a company.

I'll give you another reason: slow 3G EV-DO

"no announcements regarding Windows 8 devices at this time" != "no plans"

To me it sounds like they actively talking with Microsoft and possibly considering.

Hello_World_99 said,
Apple cleaned them out. Now they have no money to build out their network or expand their phone selections.

Total FUD.

This is why Sprint has spent $5 billion investing in their new Network Vision deployment? Replacing every piece of equipment on the 3G network and launching 4G LTE simultaneously while utilizing modular systems and universal interfaces that use less room, less power, and superior performance? All while replacing their entire T1 backhaul network with Fiber or AAV backhaul with a minimum 100Mbps to each tower?

The FUD spread by people who don't know the facts staggers me sometimes.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/press_kits.cfm?presskit_id=19

halcyoncmdr said,

Total FUD.

This is why Sprint has spent $5 billion investing in their new Network Vision deployment? Replacing every piece of equipment on the 3G network and launching 4G LTE simultaneously while utilizing modular systems and universal interfaces that use less room, less power, and superior performance? All while replacing their entire T1 backhaul network with Fiber or AAV backhaul with a minimum 100Mbps to each tower?

The FUD spread by people who don't know the facts staggers me sometimes.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/press_kits.cfm?presskit_id=19

This. Exactly why my comment above was made - the Hardcore WP supporters are one thing, the constant anti-Sprint bashing (particularly by authors) is just unbearable - they need to quit living in the past, it's not even the same company it was 5 years ago.

Hello_World_99 said,
Apple cleaned them out. Now they have no money to build out their network or expand their phone selections.

Not to mention that Sprint's actual LTE coverage is only 15%-20% of what's shown on the coverage map.

It has been two years. I've had this ****ty HTC EVO 4G for over 2 years now, waiting for a Windows Phone. Sprint is so slow with everything. I'm going to look into other options now.

evacc44 said,
It has been two years. I've had this ****ty HTC EVO 4G for over 2 years now, waiting for a Windows Phone. Sprint is so slow with everything. I'm going to look into other options now.

That Evo 4G is a fracking beast!

warwagon said,

That Evo 4G is a fracking beast!

It's an alright phone, but Android sucks. I'm tired of it. It's slow. It crashes multiple times per day.

it was a beast... for a year, then it became slow and useless after the gingerbread update. Like the Hero before it... 1 update and useless. Installed cyanogenmod to get another year out of it. If Sprint drops the ball on Windows Phone 8, I'll probably drop them and go to t-mobile. AT&T has no service in my house, despite Sprint having 5 bars. Verizon is a terrible company and I refuse to support them.

warwagon said,

That Evo 4G is a fracking beast!

it was a beast... for a year, then it became slow and useless after the gingerbread update. Like the Hero before it... 1 update and useless. Installed cyanogenmod to get another year out of it. If Sprint drops the ball on Windows Phone 8, I'll probably drop them and go to t-mobile. AT&T has no service in my house, despite Sprint having 5 bars. Verizon is a terrible company and I refuse to support them.

warwagon said,

That Evo 4G is a fracking beast!

evacc44 said,
It has been two years. I've had this ****ty HTC EVO 4G for over 2 years now, waiting for a Windows Phone. Sprint is so slow with everything. I'm going to look into other options now.

That ****ty EVO 4G is still an extremely popular device. Most Android devices are built for one OS version and subsequent updates mess them up. The Nexus S was exactly the same way when it got its official ICS update. They are built and designed for what is available at the time. Future versions will run better on future hardware, that's a no-brainer. I'm surprised how many people forget this from an older PC generation where a PS truly was obsolete with in a year or two. Phones are much the same way. What a surprise, old hardware with new software doesn't work as well as the new shiny stuff.

ndoggfromhell said,
it was a beast... for a year, then it became slow and useless after the gingerbread update. Like the Hero before it... 1 update and useless. Installed cyanogenmod to get another year out of it. If Sprint drops the ball on Windows Phone 8, I'll probably drop them and go to t-mobile. AT&T has no service in my house, despite Sprint having 5 bars. Verizon is a terrible company and I refuse to support them.

This is the sad reality of Android handsets. Official updates might take you one or two Android updates into the future--though if there were any Eclair launch phones that received official updates to ICS, I can't name them. Unofficial updates may take you further, if your phone is popular enough to attract hobbyist developers, let alone CM. Even then, taking an Eclair phone to Jellybean is an exercise in frustration.

Responsiveness is universally reduced as upgrades move to the unofficial path. A stock Gingerbread device will almost always feel smoother than the same device upgraded to an unofficial ICS/JB. There's no equivalent in the Android universe to the jump to Windows 7 or to Windows 8 in terms of raw speed and fluidity, even on obsolete hardware.

I blame it in large part on Google's apathy toward Android, in medium part to the Java VM, and in small part to the enthusiast's willingness to set the bar as low as possible to still feel like 'openness' makes it all worthwhile.

I am thinking to drop T-mobile if they don't carry Nokia 920. They didn't have the Nokia 900/800. I don't want the low end Nokia phones.

ndoggfromhell said,
it was a beast... for a year, then it became slow and useless after the gingerbread update. Like the Hero before it... 1 update and useless. Installed cyanogenmod to get another year out of it. If Sprint drops the ball on Windows Phone 8, I'll probably drop them and go to t-mobile. AT&T has no service in my house, despite Sprint having 5 bars. Verizon is a terrible company and I refuse to support them.

evacc44 said,

It's an alright phone, but Android sucks. I'm tired of it. It's slow. It crashes multiple times per day.

your doing something wrong then im on jellybean ( early alphas ) and have not crashed once

hell i ran ICS and jellybean perfectly on my samsung captivate

(Spork) said,

your doing something wrong then im on jellybean ( early alphas ) and have not crashed once

hell i ran ICS and jellybean perfectly on my samsung captivate


Pay no attention to this comment. You could probably load up the very thread on XDA for the exact build Spork is using and find several crash/reboot/force-close related issues being discussed. Not even the developer himself maintaining it would claim that users experiencing crashes are "doing something wrong", and wouldn't approve of Spork's comment any more than I do.

Spork is the very example of the attitude I described, where fanboys are lowering the bar however far they have to to feel like what they're using is the best possible decision they could've made.

This article might have finally convinced me to leave Neowin for good, after a solid 7 years of reading.

This used to be a great tech news site, lately it's just become the Faux News of the Tech World.

A day late, a few dollars short, and much to be desired in regard to unbiased commentary.

What FUD.

SkinAddict said,
This article might have finally convinced me to leave Neowin for good, after a solid 7 years of reading.

This used to be a great tech news site, lately it's just become the Faux News of the Tech World.

A day late, a few dollars short, and much to be desired in regard to unbiased commentary.

What FUD.

I'm in a similar position, the WP hardcore supporters have been unbearable lately.