Sprint and T-Mobile said to get HTC One M8 with Windows Phone too

HTC, at the moment, is only selling its hot new Windows Phone on Verizon. The HTC One M8 with Windows Phone looks to be the top player for the Windows Phone market and while AT&T has said that it too will sell the phone, new reports are saying that Sprint and T-Mobile will offer the device as well.

It makes quite a bit of sense that Sprint would get the device too as it already has a CDMA/LTE chip inside which is the same type of network that Sprint uses. The only limiting factor would be if Verizon had a long term exclusive on the deal but seeing that AT&T will get the phone, we cant imagine Verizon writing a contract that would only prohibit Sprint.

This is all a rumor until Sprint and T-Mobile confirm the device but based on the leaks, it looks like HTC is going to push this device on to as many carriers as possible, a good sign for Windows Phone fans as well as Microsoft.

For Microsoft and HTC, they surely will hope that this device will attract the attention that Windows Phone needs at this time. With a shrinking market share for Microsoft and HTC having its own troubles finding its niche, if the One M8 is a success you can bet that HTC might take another serious look at Windows Phone.

Source: Phone Arena

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This is a great start for finally trying to push WP.

Locking down the high end phones to only one network meant Microsoft wasn't serious about growing the Marketshare. Either that, or they were naive to think people would switch networks just for the flagship WP devices. I hope they follow the same strategy with their own Nokia phones.

Also, I would like to note that I read that the WP M8 is suppose to have the exact same hardware as the Android version. If this is true, shouldn't that mean existing Android M8 Owners could install WP on it. I would think MS would want to push this as a feature for the Dev community.

NICE! Sprint customer here and I'm glad to see they will be carrying this phone. I purchased the Blackberry Q10 when it was released late last year on my own so I think my upgrade is still intact ;)
I will be watching this closely now, hopefully Sprint doesnt drop the ball on this one.

derekaw said,
This is a huge test for Windows Phone, if this phones does not sell then nothing can save it. Its dead.

Just getting the device on the carrier is about 50% of the battle. The other battle is getting the know-nothing salespeople to actually do what they're paid to do, you know, to sell the product.

Windows Phone's user base is not shrinking the market is growing at a faster rate than Windows Phone's user base is growing. BIG DIFFERENCE. And don't forget Android Phones are Microsoft licensed. So that makes it Microsoft licensing 75% of smartphones. You lose.

John Nemesh said,
That's huge! It's going to quadruple their business! Now, instead of 10 customers, MS will gain 40! ;)

That was about as funny as a funeral.

If it is under $200 on T-Mobile with no contract, I may get one. I saw somewhere it was $49 on contract with Verizon through a sale.

I kind of doubt it will be under $200. This is a high-end device that's likely to sell for $500+ off contract. For me, the biggest weakness is the camera--which is why I really, really want a high-end device on T-Mobile.

Yeah.. $200 off-contract is a little insane to ask for that device. Though personally I'll probably stick with Lumia devices for WP.

mark.coppock said,
I kind of doubt it will be under $200. This is a high-end device that's likely to sell for $500+ off contract. For me, the biggest weakness is the camera--which is why I really, really want a high-end device on T-Mobile.

It actually sounds like the rumored Lumia 830 will be a more high-end device compared to last time and the odds of T-Mobile getting it could be good since they had the 810. That's looking like it'll have the pureview camera, maybe the one in the 1520/Icon, the 20Mpix version.