Sprint to launch Windows Phone 8 device sometime in 2013

With Verizon and AT&T now taking orders for new Windows Phone 8 devices, and T-Mobile and even US Cellular planning to do the same very soon, you might be wondering if Sprint will ever jump back into the Windows Phone pool again. Now, there's word that Sprint will do exactly that, but it may still be a while before their first smartphones with Microsoft's mobile OS are launched.

PCMag.com reports that, according to an official statement from the US's third biggest wireless carrier, "Sprint and Microsoft are partnering to bring Windows Phone 8 to Sprint's customers - operating on its 4G LTE network - next year."

Yes, that's the year 2013, which means that Sprint could launch the unnamed device very soon, in January, or wait until later in the year. However, this is still a change from what a leaked internal document claimed in September, where Sprint said there were " ... no announcements regarding Windows 8 devices at this time."

Sprint did offer the HTC Arrive in March 2011 as part of the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices. However, the smartphone was not a big seller and Sprint officially ditched the product earlier in 2012.

Source: PCMag.com | Image via Sprint

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Maybe I won't have to leave Sprint after all. But next year usually means Dec 31, 2013. We will see what they have when May rolls around. If they have something crappy like the Arrive, I am probably going elsewhere.

YanksOnTop said,
How about launching some towers that actually work?? My data has sucked ass since August with no fix in sight..

Exactly why I left in Sept to Verizon. I don't regret changing. Wow what a difference. Oh and I'll have a shiny new 8x Thursday to boot!

Well, better late than never as far as WP goes. If Sprint also gets a few devices when it does instead of just one like last time it's only good for the platform as a whole. So even if you aren't on sprint but you're a WP owner when they start selling phones, if they do a good job at least, then it's good for you as well.

I don't like Sprint's resistance to WP8 but can you blame them? Their rejection isn't completely without merit. Hopefully the 920 makes it way over to them or something like it in Q1.

seebaran said,
I don't like Sprint's resistance to WP8 but can you blame them? Their rejection isn't completely without merit. Hopefully the 920 makes it way over to them or something like it in Q1.
AT&T has a six month lock on the 920...

Ohhh, sorry Sprint. The answer you were looking for was "launch partner". "Launch partner".

But we have some lovely parting gifts: you and I have already parted.