In an interview with FierceWireless, MetroPCS COO Tom Key said that the regional carrier is looking into bringing a Windows Phone 8 offering to its customers. When asked what his view on Windows Phone 8 was, Key replied:
Windows Phone 8 we think has a place in the portfolio. We’re actually working with a manufacturer right now on bringing Windows Phone 8 to marketplace.
He went on to liken Microsoft and Windows Phone with Apple and the iPhone, saying that much like a consumer will have an iMac on their desk, they will want an iPad for the couch and an iPhone in their pocket to compliment each other. Such is the value to Microsoft consumers. Key also said that the competition, led primarily by Nokia, is good for the mobile OS ecosystem.
Whatever the reasoning behind it, it's great to see another carrier trying to bring Windows Phone into the mix. Hopefully, word of what manufacturer they are working with will come soon.
On a sad note, it looks like MetroPCS, who uses Sprint's network, could very well beat Sprint to the Windows Phone punch. Sprint has been wishy-washy at best about whether or not they plan bring WP8 into their repertoire, and now that they have officially brought the HTC Arrive to End of Life status, they have become the only major US carrier without a Windows Phone offering.
Correction: MetroPCS owns its network and is the fifth largest facilities-based carrier in the U.S. While they have roaming agreements with various carriers, they actually own and operate their own network, including their 4G LTE system.