Sprint: "Windows Phone 8 is coming soon!"

Over on Sprint's support page, a new section has appeared for Windows Phone 8, teasing some sort of announcement by saying that "Windows Phone 8 is coming soon!" Currently, Sprint is the only major wireless carrier in the United States who don't offer a Windows Phone 8 device, but it appears as though that's about to change.

We first heard Sprint would be delivering a Windows Phone 8 device in 2013 through an official statement made to PCMag. Back in November it only said that a device would be coming "next year" to its 4G LTE network, but beyond that there was no other information into what sort of device it would be or specifically when it was going to arrive. The recent support page listing could indicate a launch very soon, perhaps with a device we already know about.

Since Windows Phone was first launched, Sprint has only offered one device using Microsoft's successor to Windows Mobile – the HTC Arrive running Windows Phone 7 – but that device was hardly a sales success. Perhaps the introduction of a newer, flagship Windows Phone 8 device would boost Sprint's confidence in the platform.

Source: Sprint via: WMPU

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So finally Windows Phone will get the marketshare and momentum it deserves...right?
Is there a precedent where a late to the game platform like Windows Phone 8 beat the incumbents like Android and iOS from so far behind? Can Windows Phone ever be considered anything more than a third place fighting it out with the others for third place or less?

Edited by derekaw, Jan 7 2013, 6:23am :

derekaw said,
So finally Windows Phone will get the marketshare and momentum it deserves...right?
Is there a precedent where a late to the game platform like Windows Phone 8 beat the incumbents like Android and iOS from so far behind? Can Windows Phone ever be considered anything more than a third place fighting it out with the others for third place or less?

example precedent 1: Nokia mobile giant and MS with windows mobile the only option for years. Apple release the iphone and change the game.
Example precedent 2: Nintendo and sega rule gaming, sonly walks in with playstation and changes the game.
Example precedent 3: Sony rule gaming, MS walk in with xBox and live and have a huge hit which by 2nd gen starts to do better than Sony (apart from Japan).
Example precedent 4: Apple ruling smartphones with the iPhone, Google coming out with android and within 3 years taking over more market share than apple.

I think that's enough but there are plenty more. Nothing stays static in tech, people flip flop about and want to use the latest stuff but also coolness and fashion play a role in overall public acceptance and popularity. Like all fashions they seem to change and revolve, sometimes going full circle in a seemingly random fashion.

the phone market is differnet. there really isn't platform loyalty with the general consumer. they will dump whatever it is they have when something cooler is released. just look at all the platforms in the past that were once dominant. they have all fallen. palm,blackberry,windows mobile, Symbian,etc..

when you're leading the market,you can't really make drastic change ,because you risk screwing up your success if the users reject it. so all you can do is improve or add a feature here and there. meanwhile,another company is strategizing and coming up with something that will blow yours away. so they come in and you become boring,uninnovative. they're the new cool kid on the block. and the cycle goes on and on.

I really want to see Windows Phone 8 succeed. Nokia has made the worst decision by allowing 'carrier-exclusives' which they need to halt ASAP in order to create more marketshare.
Glad Sprint has also jumped aboard, but my fear is they will only offer a cheap model.. sort of like Verizon and the ATIV Odyssey. What a piece of crap that will be.
So glad that here in Australia, all the carriers are using the same LTE frequency (1800MHz) and all phones these days support 900MHz (Optus/Vodafone) and 850MHz (Telstra/Vodafone). Plus you can walk into any Telstra shop and buy almost any phone outright. USA sounds like the worst place to buy a mobile phone with all their carrier branded and exclusive crap.

I would bet that the WP handset that Sprint carries is the HTC Windows Phone 8X. It's already on the other major carriers, and HTC has a CDMA/LTE version already with Verizon -- they'd just need to tweak the CDMA and LTE radios for Sprint frequencies and VOILA -- Sprint WP8.

In addition, the ATIV Odyssey is just one device on VZW -- the 8X (a very capable device) is also on Verizon.

no,the carrier exclusives are important. carriers will promote the **** out of your device if they are the only ones with it. nokia is trying to get the lumia brand known,so they need this promotion. Once their brand is established,then they can start pumping these phones out everywhere.

rogers in Canada for example, has been doing a great job promoting the lumia. its exclusive to them. they also carry the 8x,but bell and others have it to. they have full page spread showcasing the 920 with their windows 8 Samsung tablet. I've never heard a windows phone ad on the radio until rogers start doing the lumia 920 radio ads. people now actually know what a lumia is.

Sartoris said,
Well U.S. Cellular is selling off a chunk of its customers to Sprint. You may be in luck!

Im not in one of the markets that is being turned over to Sprint. Which is okay I have had Sprint before and wasn't a big fan of them.

I know US Cellular is getting one I just wish that they would hurry it up a little. Im getting impatient over here.

"Sprint is the only major wireless carrier in the United States who don't offer a Windows Phone 8 device"
Why don't you just buy phone and sprint SIM separately?

Whatever it's calling they have something similar. We have SkyLink CDMA operator here. They do have "SIM" cards.

-Razorfold said,

LTE phones have SIM cards. EVDO phones don't.

Correct. And the second step is making sure the phone you buy supports the correct frequencies.