A Windows Phone 8 unveiling is mere hours away, but it appears it's already been revealed Microsoft's new mobile operating system won't be an upgrade option for previous Windows Phone devices.
According to T-Mobile Germany support forum topic, the carrier won't be stocking the Lumia 900 because the phone can't be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. In response to a user's question on whether or not the Lumia 900 would be carried by T-Mobile in Germany, a support representative of the company stated the Lumia 900 will not be carried by the wireless provider as it is not "software-update-enabled" to support Windows Phone 8. The representative argued that people would be upset if they bought a "quasi-brand-new phone ... [that] cannot use the latest software."
A T-Mobile Germany spokesperson has denied the statements by the support representative, however, saying "This is something we would never communicate." The spokesperson said the Lumia 900 is not being carried because of "current market conditions" and "customer needs."
This isn't the first time news of Windows Phone 7 devices not being able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 has been revealed. Recently three sources have indicated the mobile operating system won't come to current Windows Phone devices. Instead, features of the new operating system would be added in a new version of Windows Phone 7, which will allow apps to work on both Windows Phone platforms. The new Windows Phone 8 platform is rumored to be based around Microsoft's Windows RT framework, according to the sources.
Later today, Microsoft will be holding a Windows Phone Summit, an event Neowin will be attending. Microsoft has teased a Windows Phone 8 unveiling at the event, which begins around noon eastern standard time.