We haven’t yet seen this page launch from AT&T yet so it’s new to us and as far as we know it’s not linked to by AT&T on any of their other sites yet. But if you head to http://www.att.com/windows you can take a look at how the carrier will be promoting Microsoft’s new wares this fall.
We’ve been told through our sources that AT&T will be the only Windows 8 4G vendor to launch with the new OS. That means at least out the gate, Verizon and T-Mobile (forget about Sprint) won’t have tablets running the new OS. That could change later of course, but AT&T is the premier partner not only for Windows Phones but for Windows tablets as well.
We find the page interesting only because clearly there is no spot there for Samsung’s ATIV S smartphone. That’s not to say it won’t come later to the carrier but a few of us around here are kicking around the notion that the ATIV S may not get US carrier support at launch--after all, Samsung did announce the AT&T ATIV Tablet, so why not co-announce the companion AT&T ATIV S phone?
That might be because Samsung just won’t have the devices ready in time as opposed to the carriers shying away from them. But we are getting a little late in the game and so far AT&T has been quiet about such a device.
Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, AT&T clearly is the biggest Microsoft carrier partner. It remains to be seen if Verizon will try to edge in on that territory in 2013 as presumably the Windows 8 ecosystem (including Windows Phone) begins to take off.
Do you think AT&T will get the ATIV S? Sound off in comments. Thanks, Ethan, for the link!
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