So far, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have all confirmed that they will be offering new Windows Phone 8-based smartphones to their customers when devices based on Microsoft's next OS will be ready later this year. Now, another wireless carrier in the US has hinted strongly it will also join the growing Windows Phone 8 bandwagon.
In an interview on the Fierce Wireless website, MetroPCS's chief operating officer Tom Keys was asked about the company's plans for Windows Phone 8. He stated, "Windows Phone 8 we think has a place in the portfolio. We're actually working with a manufacturer right now on bringing Windows Phone 8 to marketplace. We think we want to offer it."
He added that Microsoft has a chance to own the "home screen" with multiple devices, a reference to Microsoft's plan to offer similar UI experiences with Windows 8 for desktops, notebooks and tablets combined with Windows Phone 8 for smartphones. Keys also said that the success of Nokia's Lumia line of Windows Phone products will be a "bellwether" for how Windows Phone does in general.
While Keys doesn't 100 percent commit MetroPCS to offering a Windows Phone 8 device in the interview, he does say, "So at the end of the day, we think it's interesting and competition among operating systems is good for the ecosystem."