Windows Phone 8 gets US Cellular's thumbs up

Earlier this month, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all confirmed they would offer smartphones for sale based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS later this fall. This week, US Cellular, the fifth biggest wireless carrier in the US, has also joined the ranks in supporting Windows Phone 8 devices.

In a statement sent to PCMag.com US Cellular states, "We believe in giving our customers the latest technology and device options and we are excited about the Windows 8 phone. It will be an important part of our device lineup going forward."

This show of support means that when Windows Phone 8 devices launch this fall, they should be available more widely in the US than when Windows Phone 7.5 launched in 2011, when only AT&T and T-Mobile had devices for sale. (Verizon and Sprint had Windows Phone 7 devices in 2010 but declined to offer Windows Phone 7.5 devices last year).

The announcement of US Cellular's approval means that Sprint is the biggest holdout in terms of their official Windows Phone 8 involvement. Sprint has hinted in the past they might offer a Windows Phone 8-based product but so far they have yet to officially announce any plans to do so.

Source: PCMag.com

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What the **** is HTC Arrive? Plus HTC does the ********* devices for WP so I am not sure how they intended to crack the market with one bad device. Sometimes I feel like I am a genious or is it the stupidity of "executives"?

neufuse said,
wake me when one of the big three says the same thing

Yeah, let me know when Sprint decides to offer a Windows Phone 8 device. My aging EVO 4G is almost unusable and I'm just waiting around for Sprint to release a new Windows Phone this fall.

neufuse said,
wake me when one of the big three says the same thing

Ask and you shall receive: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404115,00.asp

AT&T is already on board with several Windows Phone models as well, and Verizon is keenly away that Android isn't preventing the 70% and rising of iPhone marketshare sold on its network with huge subsidies.

They are looking for competition so they don't need to pay Apple an extra $100 to subsidize their phones.

M_Lyons10 said,

All but Sprint officially have... Your post confuses me...

Sprint was last to the iPhone game, I guess they don't want to jump on something like WP8 so quick and show Apple they're not happy with what they begged for. I have no love loss for US carriers but that iPhone deal is pretty one sided.

GP007 said,

Sprint was last to the iPhone game, I guess they don't want to jump on something like WP8 so quick and show Apple they're not happy with what they begged for. I have no love loss for US carriers but that iPhone deal is pretty one sided.


Indeed, and it hasn't really helped Sprint much either...

neufuse said,
wake me when one of the big three says the same thing

The Prime Evils - Mephisto, Diablo and Baal will surely like Windows Phone 8. On behalf of them, I approve of this phone OS.

And I'm going to guess that on WMPoweruser, this headline would read "US Cellular Bullish about Windows Phone 8"

Surur or Pradeep always use that word "bullish" haha, that's the only place I ever hear it used!

Anyways more carriers the better. We need some Windows Phones on Sprint and Verizon. I'll be switching from T-Mobile to AT&T soon so I'll be good at least

andrewbares said,
And I'm going to guess that on WMPoweruser, this headline would read "US Cellular Bullish about Windows Phone 8"

Surur or Pradeep always use that word "bullish" haha, that's the only place I ever hear it used!

Anyways more carriers the better. We need some Windows Phones on Sprint and Verizon. I'll be switching from T-Mobile to AT&T soon so I'll be good at least

Funny, you write for that site but take potshots at them over here. Why not post directly on Surur and Pradeep's posts how you feel?

efjay said,

Funny, you write for that site but take potshots at them over here. Why not post directly on Surur and Pradeep's posts how you feel?

That's not taking a "potshot" at them. I find it amusing they use that word in nearly every headline about cell companies supporting WP. Taking amusement in something != "potshot"