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Sprint expects it will offer 'new Windows Phone devices' in the near future

Earlier today, we reported that Sprint had stopped selling its two Windows Phone devices, the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo, on its website. We emailed the carrier for comment and just got a response back from its PR representative, and the good news is that Sprint still seems to be interested in selling future Windows Phone devices.

Here's the full statement we received from Sprint:

"At this time, HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo have been available for more than 18 months. There is still some inventory available in some of our retail stores, but the devices are no longer available on our website. We do expect to bring new Windows Phone devices to our customers in the near future, and Sprint is committed to offering a variety of operating systems to our customers."

Hopefully, Sprint will offer more support for the Windows Phone platform than they have in the past in the coming months.

101 Comments
  • Well aren't they rumored to get the 735? Despite barely suoporting windows phone, 18 months is a long time for two models that were basically irrelevant and likely combined sold less than 30k models. So it is no surprise they removed it and they at least are updating their phones.
  • You are thinking of Verizon for the Lumia 735
  • FYI
    http://m.windowscentral.com/microsofts-lumia-735-selfie-phone-could-be-s...
  • Other websites have suggested the 735 getting FCC certified for Sprint.
  • The thinking was originally it was a 730/735 but it looks like it might be a 630/635 instead.  
  • Ting, a Sprint MVNO, had a blog post on 19 August saying that they would be selling the 635 in mid-November. As it never shipped, I asked them via Twitter if they would still sell the device. Here is there response:
    Not at this time as a Sprint version of that phone hasn't been released yet. If/when that happens, we'll do our best to sell them:)
    So it looks like Sprint, at some point, worked out a deal to sell a CDMA version of the 635. I hope Ting gets to sell this device.
  • Isn't ting supposed to get GSM support soon?
  • Awesome
  • They are both Windows Phones so how are they "irrelevant"?
  • I'm curious as to where you got that 30k number from. Or where you would even begin to guess something like that.
  • It just feels bad... But on the brighter side, I don't have Sprint service...
  • I don't know if I can get Sprint service.  Oddly they've never factored into my thoughts and other than the article earlier saying they're #3 carrier, T-Mobile get so much more press I assumed they were #3. Have to take a look when they come out with a phone.
  • T-Mo is on track to take over third place by the end of the year. Might even be there right now.
  • Fact remains that Sprint and T-Mo COMBINED are still less than half the US market share of the number two carrier (ATT). I just made the move to ATT as it is the network that has arguably shown the greatest committment to the WP platform. ZERO regrets
  • I totally agree...
  • That's laughably wrong and about as far as "the fact remaining" as one can get. Individually, Sprint and T-Mobile are each about half as large as AT&T (from a subscriber perspective).  If you combined them, they'd be about the same size as AT&T.
  • An inadvertent "half" dropped into my sentence.  I stand corrected.I knew what I was intending to say... because I had just looked up the stats at http://www.statista.com/statistics/199359/market-share-of-wireless-carri... I managed to hork it up with the unfortunate addition of one word.  Joke's on me I guess.
  • Hey, I have Sprint, and I don't have Sprint service either, so join the club.
  • ^ This. I also have Sprint but don't get Sprint service. I'm pretty sure most of Sprint's customers suffer the same problem.
  • That's exactly why I switched to T-mobile... If I'm going to be on an inexpensive carrier with little service in my area, at least I'm on one that lets me use wifi where I am to make/receive calls ;) On a side note, none of the big 4 have coverage where I live, so there is that too.
  • Nope. I've got 4G mostly everywhere I go, I can safely say I'm pleasantly surprised.
  • Lol
  • I have since killer Sprint service at work, home, and even church ha. Guess I just have an enchanted life?
  • >Hopefully, Sprint will offer more support for the Windows Phone platform than they have in the past in the coming months. Ha! That's funny. They haven't in the last several years, why do we think that this will be any different?
  • Lumia 1030? Or Lumia 100?
  • As bad as it may seem it's more information than Verizon customers are getting.
  • SMDH
  • TBD
  • TMI
  • So I assume Windows 10, maybe?
  • W11
  • W11XT Neo
  • werent they rumoured to also get the htc one?
  • Which carrier is the best one for you guys in U.S.? Don't know why many of you are not satisfied with Sprint? Are differences so significant?
  • At&t has always been the biggest supporter of WP. At least at the corporate level. Trips to my local store are disappointing, as the employees tend to be sheep of apple or google.
  • It's more apple and Samsung, at least here in Puerto Rico At&t always begin at the door with a greetings and I'm here to help you and go check out our new samsung note 4 or iPhone 6 and if you say no I'm looking for something else they'll offer you an LG g3 and take home its companion tablet for $.99 today.
  • Agreed that AT&T has shown a greater committment to ongoing support of WP. I was with Verizon for 10 years because of my belief in their marketing that they have a "superior network". After making the move to ATT a couple months back not only have I found Verizon's marketing in my area to be total rubbish, but their rates a full 25-30% higher. If you're frustrated that VZW continues to hold up Lumia firmware updates and WP 8.1, you do have a quality option and I for one have no regret of making the move.
  • The best carrier varies depending on where you live because they have certain areas locked down. For me AT&T coverage via Cricket is good. Sprint is hated because they have terrible coverage in many places with dropped calls, bad customer service (unless you threaten to leave) and they claim they are improving but never really do. They have been behaving like this for years and treat anything that isn't an iPhone (for which they paid a ludicrous amount of money to carry) like trash.
  • Cricket abandoned their 520 and left it with no updates...
  • For Cricket, it's better to get an AT&T branded phone and put a sim in it. My husband learned that with the 620 he bought from them.
  • That's exactly what i'm doing. The Cricket store up the road from me had the 1320 on display surprisingly.
  • Preview for Developers for the win. :-)
  • Agreed with ladydias about the AT&T branded phone. As for Preview for Developers, without firmware updates, it is very laggy on lower end devices. (Speaking from personal experience on 2 521s, Dev Preview caused tons of lag, a recovery with the Nokia Recovery Tool and proper firmware fixed the problem).
  • My ill attitude towards Sprint is strictly related to the lack of Windows Phone support. To be honest I was ok with the cellular service but became perturbed when they dropped Windows Phones around the time my contract ended. So I jumped ship to AT&T who has been the best in Windows Phone support. I'm a WP supporter first and carrier supporter second.
  • I support the carrier first (price, coverage, technologies, features), and then just buy unlocked phones. Phones come and go, but a carrier with terrible coverage, our bad pricing, or the wrong underlining technologies, our missing key features, often tends to stay that way.
  • True. I'm Sprint through and through, have great service and choose Widows Phone, ironically. Go figure, and price plus unlimited data is great,
  • I don't blame Sprint for not prioritizing Windows Phone. They've lost a lot of money on big risky launches in the past (Samsung Instinct, Palm Pre), and the lack of interest is mostly Microsoft and Nokia's fault. When those carriers did big, splashy and exclusive launches of WP7 flagships (Lumia 900) and WP8 flagships (920, 1020, etc.) exclusively on AT&T (and later, Verizon), Sprint was left with crumbs. If Microsoft won't invest in growing Windows Phone on Sprint, and Sprint customers want iPhones and Android devices, it's only natural that Sprint would sell what people want (Android and iOS) and stop selling Microsoft's lukewarm leftovers.
  • Let's not forget there were no second generation WP7 devices for any CDMA network using Qualcomm code over China Mobile code. Let's not forget how behind Microsoft was in making sure Qualcomm CODE was implemented for GDR2 which matched release dates for devices for Sprint and US Cellular (it was on February when Microsoft tripled the job postings for a Qualcomm certified CDMA coder to work directly with Team Windows Phone as GDR2's deadline to OEM was approaching). In regards to Nokia's mobile device division (now owned by Microsoft), every CDMA network in the US which has negotiated with them told them to use the current Qualcomm code for their radios or to purchase them from a certified vendor, as well as to work a deal with Sprint first (as most regional CDMA networks are in a Network America partnership via CCA). Microsoft still has not convinced most regional and prepaid CDMA carriers (excluding MVNO Ting) to sell any Windows Phone 8 devices because of the HTC Arrive debacle.
  • HTC for windows and 735 maybe? And that unamed Sprint phone.
  • I would kill for a Lumia to make its way to Sprint next year, like the aforementioned rumored 735.
  • Had such a bad experience with Sprint and my HTC Arrive. They never issued any of the three updates that Microsoft put out over my 2-year contract. Would take a miracle to get me to go back.
  • You have my condolences...regarding your HTC Arrive.
  • I'm still using the Arrive. What 3 updates were issued? The last one I got was 7.5. Is there not a work around to get those updates? Anyway, I'm so ready to jump on a new WP if Sprint were to get one. The "near future" thing has me worried, it usually is not a good sign that it's going to be anytime soon. Maybe next year. 
  • MONTHS* Fine...
  • They should get the Blu JR.
  • The BLU Win Jr. is an unlocked phone. It is not for a specific carrier. Besides, BLU phones are GSM and Sprint is CDMA. It will not work.
     
  • It's not impossible they could design a Sprint variant, but it does seem unlikely.
  • Do that and maybe i'll check into their latest switch promotion. Sprint customers in my area are pretty happy with coverage. But until they get some Windows Phones, I'm staying where I am.
  • The last sentence would read better like this " Hopefully, Sprint will offer more support for the Windows phone platform in the coming months than they have in the past."
  • If sprint didn't carry cheap windows phones they'd do better. Those knock off versions of the 8X deserve bad reviews.
  • So yeah, the 8XT is a knock off?  Boom Sound speakers w/Beats, SD Card Slot, HTC Camera app...its a better phone than the 8X.
  • Look at the specs'. I can't imagine it handling multitasking well. They made a cheaper one that looks bad as well. I love anything with Windows on it with the exception of a select few.
  • I'm still not sure how the 8XT I'd a knock-off of the 8X. Care to elaborate?
  • I care, no to elaborate but to ask you kindly if you could research the specs.
  • You're making the claim, but you want me to research and prove the claim for you? Sheesh. Nope, I'm moving on to a more reasonable discussion.
  • You wouldn't be proving them to me being that I know the answer. You'd be proving my answer to yourself.
  • Mass - Don't sweat it...he's clearly just playing dumb to get a rise out of someone... Thanks for the crazy posts Norris!  
  • Spoken like someone who's never used one.  We have 3 in our house...they do everything perfectly fine.  Games, no problem...I play Star Wars Commander all the time, while my Band is hooked up, movies are fine, stream from Flixster, no problem.   Stick to what you've actually used rather than broad assumptions on what you 'think'...but sure, it's crap b/c you said so...pffftt.
  • 8XT is pretty decent, but if I were on Sprint, I would take the ATIV S Neo.
     
  • Sprint is horrible. Horrible company and service. Tmobile has even worse service but is better as a company.
    I hope tmobile surpasses sprint. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • They have great customer care for high value customers
  • It's so interesting that Sprint was the number one supporter of Windows Mobile, but not with Windows Phone. I still remember getting my HTC Touch, Diamond, and Touch Pro 2 there. Then switched to the 7 Pro, and had no more options for two years. Switched to T-Mobile for the 925.
  • Microsoft completely screwed Sprint with the Windows Phone launch. You couldn't even get a CDMA Windows Phone until eight months after launch, because Microsoft didn't build CDMA into WP7.  So Sprint, the biggest Windows Mobile carrier in the USA at the time, sold all their customers on Evos. Then, to add insult to injury, the only devices released for CDMA were lackluster HTC devices (the Arrive on Sprint, the Trophy on Verizon). Then, Microsoft and Nokia did a bunch of imbecilic "carrier exclusive" launches on AT&T and later Verizon, and stuck Sprint (and T-Mobile) with their leftovers. It's no surprise that Sprint and T-Mobile have repaid this by deprioritizing Windows Phone and focusing on the devices that people want to buy -- Android and iOS devices. Why on earth should Sprint lose lots of money and promote a struggling mobile platform like Windows Phone, when Microsoft has such a history of screwing them over? I suspect they'll continue to offer token support with a handset or two.  Just like T-Mo sells the 635 and 535, Sprint will probably sell one or two very basic handsets to say "we still offer it."
  • Have a sense US carriers have given up on WP at least until WP10. Sad but a reality. It will only thrive on low end markets in developing countries.
  • Not a reality at all.  AT&T has been a strong supporter of Windows Phone and continues to be.
  • True. Everytime I go to AT&T I see a nice selection of windows phones. Great service providers.
  • Almost every carrier in Canada got the Lumia 830. Most carriers have the Lumia 635 too. Windows Phone availability has never been better in Canada than it is right now, and last I checked we weren't a developing country. Ditto the UK, Italy, etc. The big missing pieces of the puzzle are the U.S. and Asia, when it comes to carrier support.
  • Funny thing Sprint responds to the site which has been so anti Sprint and anti CDMA for quite some time. How does it feel being proven wrong directly from the source? Not a good day for the site, I say.
  • Agreed. They should cease all operations and have a very hard think about how pointless their lives have been thus far.
  • It sounds like an announcement is coming soon. Hopefully it's multiple Lumia's and it's for the holiday rush. That would make the most sense but when does US cell phone companies make sense?
  • Has it really been 18 months? I'm going to have to double check that because it seems like it hasn't even been a year yet. But regardless, they're just like Verizon, they're only carrying WP devices just to say they do because they could care less. They don't support the platform at all.
  • One of them cout in June of 2013...so yeah, 18 mos. or so!  Honestly, the device has held up really well!
  • I'd be shocked if they even exist by the time Windoww 10 hits smartphones.
  • I sure I could buy the phone I like from Microsoft and use it on the carrier of my choice. I hate the current model.
  • Second that, however, if Microsoft did that it would lose any carrier support that it does have. Unfortunately most people in the states go to there carrier to buy the phone in contact. If Microsoft can find a way to successfully circumvent the carriers in the US without backlash it would be serious accomplishment.
  • Microsoft can take a page from Google if they use the Nexus approach (one model, support for all GSM and CDMA bands used in the US).
  • I'll believe it when I see it.
  • Smells like One m8 for Windows I'd say...
  • LIE. It's a LIE.
  • I hope this is true - I'm running out of patience.  
  • They are probably picking up the HTC windowsphone since it's not locked down by exclusivity. As for another device a low end phone would make sense. 
  • I have had Sprint for 10 years now as that was the first carrier that actually worked at my home.  AT&T and Verizon now work, but T-Mobile is still a dead zone.  I have the Samsung Neo running the Dev 8.1 preview and it works just fine.  I would love to jump over to AT&T as they have some great WP selections and coverage, but thier rates are just too high even with a discount thru my employer. 
  • What a lot of people do not realize is you can have phones locked to ATT and still use a MVNO service with those phones. You get the good AT&T choices for phones, the good AT&T upgrade process, the great AT&T network and prices that are about half what AT&T charges. I have three phones on Consumer Cellular (820, 925, Moto G lte) and pay 75$ a month. There are other choices out there. USE THEM.
  • $75 is still alot for anything less than unlimited :-( I'm a 20gb user,I need that data, and TMo didn't cut it. I'm happy on Sprint :)
  • I think they needed to focus more on the tower upgrades... Dropping WP devices will allow them to do that quicker....
  • No it won't. That's not how that works. Selling Windows devices and upgrading towers are two completely separate work forces with two completely separate budgets from a corporate standpoint. You don't just get more tower upgrades by stopping sales of a device.
  • They had the chance of grabbing one from the latest batch so its hard to see what they are waiting for.
  •   All you need to do is check the sprint community forums over the last year. You will see posts by irate customers (including myself) over sprints lack of support for WP. You will also see hundreds replies from "customer care" agents reiterating similar verbiage as what they sent you. I will believe it when I see it....    
  • Bet they get a mid range Lumia (735) and HTC One with Windows. If they really cared about the platform they would have a flagship from Microsoft. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Probably a budget 635.
  • It will be good if Sprint stays in the game but it won't really affect me one way or the other. I have the Samsung Neo and there's nothing on the upcoming device radar that would make me switch.