Sprint ditches its only Windows Phone product

While the rest of the smartphone industry is awaiting the launch of Windows Phone 8 later this fall, along with a number of new smartphones to go along with the launch, one major US wireless carrier has officially said "Good bye" to its only Windows Phone product.

WPCentral.com reports that Sprint has removed the HTC Arrive smartphone from its family of products. Sprint first launched the phone on its service in March 2011, with Windows Phone 7.0 installed.

This leaves the third largest wireless carrier in the US without any Windows Phone products; Verizon still sells the older HTC Trophy and AT&T and T-Mobile sell a number of Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have all confirmed they will be selling smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 later this fall. The nation's fifth biggest wireless carrier, US Cellular, has also pledged to support Windows Phone 8 products.  While Sprint has hinted in the past they might offer a Windows Phone 8-based device, there has been no confirmation that the company will offer any Windows Phone 8 products at launch.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via HTC

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smooth3006 said,
Im doubting sprint or verizon will carry anymore windows phone. They got burned by horrid sales.

Missed the news that Verizon is coming out with a WP8 phone? Look on the FP a few topics down.

smooth3006 said,
its nothing but a rumor and not from verizons mouth. After the way the kin and windows phone burnt them i wouldnt be shocked if they brush micro$oft off.

You do mean after the way they burned the KIN and the Trophy right?

They sold the KIN as a Smartphone which it was never intended to be with a full price data package, and then killed off the KIN services very early, even to the point of making the original KIN phones completely 'dumb'. Even the GPS functionality was turned off...and that was hardware built into the phone!

That's why I finally dumped Verizon, even after having worked for them in years gone by.

Then there's the Trophy which was supposed to be launched by a certain point and Verizon kept delaying the launch over and over again.

Then again I don't expect a well-reasoned response due to your use of 'micro$oft'.

Shane Nokes said,

You do mean after the way they burned the KIN and the Trophy right?

They sold the KIN as a Smartphone which it was never intended to be with a full price data package, and then killed off the KIN services very early, even to the point of making the original KIN phones completely 'dumb'. Even the GPS functionality was turned off...and that was hardware built into the phone!

That's why I finally dumped Verizon, even after having worked for them in years gone by.

Then there's the Trophy which was supposed to be launched by a certain point and Verizon kept delaying the launch over and over again.

Then again I don't expect a well-reasoned response due to your use of 'micro$oft'.

not verizons fault some of microsofts products failed.

Mother****ers. Bell in Canada ditched their 2 Windows Phones months ago and I've never forgiven them for it

I'm a sprint customer by proxy (ting) and getting a wp8 device needs to happen quickly. The savings will keep me happy for a while but cheap android phones will not keep me happy forever esp since I use the other ms services and having my phone tie into them as well will be useful.

Who would buy a smartphone with a keyboard anymore? Would never understand why Microsoft let these companies make a keyboard on their brand.

ACTIONpack said,
Who would buy a smartphone with a keyboard anymore? Would never understand why Microsoft let these companies make a keyboard on their brand.

Some people still prefer having a physical qwerty keyboard. It's a little thing called choice.

ACTIONpack said,
Who would buy a smartphone with a keyboard anymore? Would never understand why Microsoft let these companies make a keyboard on their brand.

If you want to play the percentages game, a far larger portion of smartphone buyers want a physical keyboard than, say, give a crap about WebOS, MeeGo, and rooting Android, combined.

Yet people still cheered when WebOS went open source. Some people still think MeeGo will win in the long run. And some people still think rooting is an inalienable fundamental right.

ACTIONpack said,
Who would buy a smartphone with a keyboard anymore? Would never understand why Microsoft let these companies make a keyboard on their brand.

Actually it's the main reason I got the arrive. Nothing has keyboards anymore and touchscreens so compared

One word..well two....fingernails. My wife and mother have a hell of a time texting with screen keyboards. They can do it but they both prefer a physical keyboard.

My wife has had the Lg Quantum (arguably the worst WP) since its' release and it has a surprisingly rugged build and is still going strong. She says it's the best phone she's had..the OS and the keyboard.

Choice is a great thing!

Beaux said,
Sprint is the only carrier with real unlimited data. So now you can't get unlimited data with windows phone.

It's really an "Unlimited Experience"

This is from their CEO

Sprint touts itself as the only true option for unlimited mobile data, but CEO Dan Hesse said yesterday that even on the Sprint network, data hogs can be penalized.
"We can manage them and we do that quite aggressively," Hesse said at Citigroup Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference.
For 98 to 99 percent of Sprint data users, "it's an unlimited experience," Hesse said. "[But] for people that want to abuse it and really run up the big data charges, we can knock them off."

Beaux said,
Sprint is the only carrier with real unlimited data. So now you can't get unlimited data with windows phone.

Real (slow) unlimited data. Living near Seattle my fastest speeds would occasionally support a very low quality pixelated Netflix stream on my Arrive.

The Lumia 900 on AT&T always supports high quality streams with little to no buffering. Heck even with my 5GB data plan I still do not use the entire 5GB's each month, and I actually do a lot of net surfing, music streaming, and video watching on my phone.

Beaux said,
Sprint is the only carrier with real unlimited data. So now you can't get unlimited data with windows phone.

It sure is unlimited. Its soo crappy and slow you will never worry about using it up.

Am well over your number, like 2.2x. No slow down noted.
.5 to .8 3G & 1.5 to 12 on LTE. Speeds are highly dependent on signal quality. Not the first month of double digit data usage here.

YanksOnTop said,
Im actually being throttled right now by sprint. I busted 4.5GB this month and all of a sudden my download speed is capped at 500kbps when it has always been between 8-12Mbps. Im about to jump ship and head over to Verizon and ive been with Sprint for 12 years.

Id rather pay the extra $20 a month and enjoy faster service and more reliable service.

One of the largest carriers in my area has also dropped Windows Phone completely ... to this date I have only seen one single WP in public....and that was some time ago

one of the biggest problems is that their sales associated don't sell the phones. Limited phone options and sales associates that steer you away don't help the situation. went to at&t a few weeks ago to look at the lumia 900 and the guy kept trying to get me to buy an Android even after I said I didn't want

wv@gt said,
one of the biggest problems is that their sales associated don't sell the phones. Limited phone options and sales associates that steer you away don't help the situation. went to at&t a few weeks ago to look at the lumia 900 and the guy kept trying to get me to buy an Android even after I said I didn't want

smooth3006 said,
^ meant to quote you. I agree about the sales reps not pushing the devices. Been that way for years now.

Ive been working retail for a few years, and Ive learned products don't just sell themselves haha

I'm a Sprint user, and if they hadn't had just one crummy Windows Phone when i was shopping I would have gotten one of those.

I am a Sprint user as well and I WISH they had more Windows Phones to choose from. This phone is crap imo, if I'm going to pay for something at least make it good. If they had a bigger\better selection then I would have gotten a Windows Phone over my Nexus S 4G

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