Sprint will start carrying Windows Phone 8 devices in 2013 according to a PCMag report.
Sprint previously carried one Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC Arrive, which didn’t sell very well according to Sprint. Sprint director of consumer acquisition, David Owens said he’s “bullish” on Windows Phone 8 earlier this year. Despite his stance on the OS he still decided against bringing a Windows Phone 8 device to the network this year.
In the U.S. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Microsoft’s “signature” Windows Phone 8 device as well as a variant of the Nokia Lumia 820. AT&T also carries the high-end Lumia 920 and Verizon will exclusively offer the Samsung ATIV Odyssey next month.
It’s not clear if Sprint will carry one of the current devices, a variant of a current phone, or an entirely new device next year. With Windows Phone 7 new phones came to market relatively slowly, but if Windows Phone 8 takes off manufacturers and carriers may choose to bring out more phones at a quicker pace. Sprint’s new Windows Phones could be part of the second wave of phones next year.
Microsoft’s rumored Surface phone will likely come to market in early 2013 if Microsoft moves ahead with that plan. It’s not known which carrier Microsoft will bring the phone to, however.
When Sprint does carry Windows Phone 8 the devices will make use of the carrier’s 4G LTE network. Sprint is slowly rolling out its new network, and recently made a deal to buy markets and spectrum from U.S. Cellular to help complete the rollout faster. The carrier is also in the middle of an acquisition from Japanese carrier Softbank which will also help the 4G LTE rollout because Softbank will be able to help fund the network.