Sprint quickly cuts prices of both of its new Windows Phone 8 devices

Microsoft finally got the third biggest wireless carrier in the US, Sprint, to start selling Windows Phone 8 devices for the first time earlier this summer after it abandoned the Windows Phone platform soon after it launched. Sprint started selling two products that were exclusive to the company in the US. Now it appears that the prices of both of those smartphones, the Samsung ATIV S Neo and the HTC 8XT, have been drastically cut just a few weeks, or in the case of the Samsung phone, a few days after they first went on sale.

The price of the HTC 8XT, which became available in mid-July, is now free on Sprint with a two year contract, after previously having had the price of $99.99. The Samsung ATIV S Neo, which Sprint first put on sale just 10 days ago for $149.99, now has a price of only $49.99, again with a new two year contract.

That's a pretty drastic move by Sprint, and it has to be a bit of a disappointment to Microsoft, which started promoting Sprint's return to the Windows Phone fold in January in CES 2013. It's more than possible that Sprint's initial sales of their first Windows Phone 8 products were much less than anticipated.

Source: Sprint and Sprint via WPCentral | Image via Sprint

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MrHumpty said,
A little bit more thought could be put into the home screens of those product shots. Such a wasted opportunity.

Yup, that about sums up Windows Phone...a missed opportunity.

Thanks for this. In the past 10 days I have ordered two ATIV S Neos and one 8XT. I just called and got the difference refunded This article just saved me $400.

They were overpriced to begin with. They're almost 1 year old, so what if Sprint JUST got them? They can't charge brand new prices for 1 year old phones just because it took them so long to get them. A brand new, unlocked ATIV S can be imported from Europe for $275 after shipping and customs. Subsidies are regularly $300 or more. Why should the ATIV S Neo cost $150 after contract?

Our local carrier service stores never feature Windows phones. They may offer them. But, the sales people rarely know that they even carry them. When the average person walks in not knowing about Windows phones they are less likely to ask for one if they are buried in the back of the display. It's a sad state of affairs. No one seems to be championing Windows Mobile at the top carriers such that they not only get moved into view but are featured and pushed to the customer.

seeprime said,
Our local carrier service stores never feature Windows phones. They may offer them. But, the sales people rarely know that they even carry them. When the average person walks in not knowing about Windows phones they are less likely to ask for one if they are buried in the back of the display. It's a sad state of affairs. No one seems to be championing Windows Mobile at the top carriers such that they not only get moved into view but are featured and pushed to the customer.

I can see the conversation now..."Oh, so you want a phone with more style than substance! You don't care if it doesn't have any apps? OK, have I got the phone for YOU!"

Sprint needs to get a Nokia WP8 device. I want a WP8 device but not any of these two. This is not how you re-enter into the WP8 market!

Did you ever think that this may be more a Sprint issue, as opposed to a handset issue? Sprint is, at best, third in terms of customers (behind AT&T Mobility and VZW) and both are also currently running promotions to spur handset upgrades (as is T-Mobile). Sprint has no such promotion running - instead, they are cutting prices on handsets, as opposed to allowing more liberal upgrade terms for existing contracted customers (which is something that all of Sprint's competition is doing). Sprint is trying to avoid getting into a "me too" promotion battle, and especially with the deeper-pockets AT&T Mobility and VZW.

sorry .. most people buy what you sell them no matter what OS is on it or who manufactures it. i can get people to buy just anything if they ask me for help

John Nemesh said,

MOST people are too intelligent to want Windows Phone!

I think you and Trollercoaster should swap usernames, because all you do is mindlessly and uninformedly bash WP.

Mulsivaas said,
I think you and Trollercoaster should swap usernames, because all you do is mindlessly and uninformedly bash WP.

What?

Trollercoaster said,

You were implying I bash Windows Phone though.

No, you misunderstand. I was implying that he is a troll and you aren't, and that your name fits him better.

Mulsivaas said,
I think you and Trollercoaster should swap usernames, because all you do is mindlessly and uninformedly bash WP.

When Microsoft releases a phone people would actually WANT to use, I will stop. If they could PROVE that this phone is worthy, I would stop. Everything I have seen, from developers commenting on the platform to users who have tried (and failed) to use this garbage, shows me that I am right.

Tell me something? How is it that Microsofts "Flagship" phones can't even interface properly with their OWN MS Exchange software? Why is it that Windows MOBILE had VPN support, but Windows Phone 8 does not? These are GLARING ommisions, and not even an Instagram app is going to fix WP's woes.

Interesting. And now the BlackBerry Q10 is going on sale this Friday in store for $199.99.... Too expensive at this point in time but not sure about the price cuts on the Windows Phones..

Figure 8 Dash said,
Sales must be pretty poor if they're already dropping the price. Here's a crazy idea, Sprint/HTC/Samsung

ADVERTISE-YOUR-WAREZ

Why would you advertise for a dying platform?

John Nemesh said,

Why would you advertise for a dying platform?

i suggest you change your username,or create another account,because you just embarrassed yourself so much,thats theres no chance to redeem yourself. windows phone is the fastest growing mobile operating system.

vcfan said,

i suggest you change your username,or create another account,because you just embarrassed yourself so much,thats theres no chance to redeem yourself. windows phone is the fastest growing mobile operating system.

Yawn! Wake me up when they break 5% market share. Its been over 3 years, and they still havent been able to do even that.

Trollercoaster said,

dying?

source or gtfo

What else would you call a platform missing MOST of the major apps, that has been on the market over 3 years and hasnt managed to break 5% global market share?

John Nemesh said,

Yawn! Wake me up when they break 5% market share. Its been over 3 years, and they still havent been able to do even that.

at the same time, apple,with all its popularity and online professional clappers,has dropped from having the majority, to only %13,barely treading double digits. windows phone held its own,from not having that advantage. they could have been wiped out, but instead they now have momentum,and is seeing great growth. saying its a dying platform is uninformed. the momentum is going to help awareness,and maybe push oems to start adopting the platform,and to put some effort in marketing and sales. nokia has shown that they can do it.

go read digitimes article today where their research shows android may start dropping on the low end,because android needs some beefy hardware to function fluidly. as more apps are developed with the higher sdk, the apps and features people like of android will not be available on the low end, making windows phone that much more compelling.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130826PD209.html

John Nemesh said,

What else would you call a platform missing MOST of the major apps, that has been on the market over 3 years and hasnt managed to break 5% global market share?

Most? False

Also the numbers of users are growing which isn't the same as "dying"

Poor troll. 1/10 for replies.

Yeah, well, I am sure Nokia sold off their business to MS at "fire sale" prices (analyst words, not mine) because they were making SO much money on it, right?

Maybe the part where Microsoft's stock sank (another) 5% on the news, while Nokia's ROSE 35% on the same news would inform you? No?

Windows Phone is a DOG...it may be "rising", but it's easy to double your numbers when you are near the bottom. The FACT remains that it is a VERY niche phone, and the VAST majority of WP sales aren't the "flagship" models, but budget phones sold to people who have never owned a smartphone before. Once they realize what they have bought, I doubt many will return for a 2nd helping.

Just for the record here, I am not "trolling" but stating FACT. The FACT is that Windows Phone sold under 8 Million phones in a quarter, or about the same number than Android sells in a WEEK. Until they can "move the needle" and get global marketshare over 5%, they will continue to be a failing platform, regardless of your personal preference.