Sprint to launch two Windows Phone 8 devices by 'this summer'

Sprint to launch two Windows Phone 8 devices by 'this summer'

Summary: Sprint is adding a Samsung and an HTC Windows Phone 8 device to its network 'by this summer.'


Sprint, the one of the four major U.S. carriers which has been the most reticent to back Windows Phone, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 7 that it will have two different models available by "this summer."


According to Sprint's press release: "Sprint will bring two initial handsets to customers by summer – one each from Samsung and HTC." Neither Sprint nor Microsoft specified which Samsung or HTC models will be added.

Verizon and Microsoft also announced today at CES that Verizon will finally make the "Odyssey" Samsung Windows Phone 8 device available some time in "the coming weeks." (A shot of the Odyssey is featured at right.)

The Samsug ATIV Odyssey, a sister device to the already shipping Samsung ATIV-S, will feature a 4-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED display, a 5 megapixel rear camera with 1080p recording and playback, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 2100mAh battery. It will come with 8 GB of storage and support up to 64 GB microSD cards.

In October, Microsoft officials said that the Samsung ATIV would be available on Verizon in December 2012. The alleged specs for the ATIV Odyssey leaked a couple of months ago.

Verizon already is selling the HTC 8X and the Lumia 822 Windows Phone 8 handsets. The Odyssey is the only Samsung Windows Phone 8 handset slated to reach the U.S. market at present.

Topics: Windows Phone, Microsoft, Samsung, Verizon


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • That's what i call riding the wave (or ripple?)

    Sprint is a US carrier, I understand. Even all the UK ones have Windows phones now. What a weird market. Why so slow at adopting?
    • Too Slow

      I dropped Sprint for just this reason and switched to AT&T to get the Nokia Lumia 920 (and very happy I did too).
  • Good news

    I've been using an HTC WP7 from Sprint ever since they first came out and have been very happy with it. I got my girlfriend one as well. She's non-technical and was a afraid that a smartphone would be too complicated for her. Instead, she loves it and often shows me stuff about it I didn't know. My Sprint contract will be up in March and I want a WP8 with a larger screen than my HTC has. As usual, I've been debating ditching Sprint and going with a different carrier, but Sprint still has unlimited everything, so I don't want to give that up. This good news make the choice easier. An upgrade to 4G will be nice too.
    Sir Name
    • Oops...

      Apparently no 4G for me. Sprint doesn't seem to be planning 4G LTE coverage to the PDX area anytime soon. Maybe I will need to switch carriers. Sprint has one, and only one, thing going for it - its unlimited plan. I guess they're using that to make up for their shortcomings in other areas.
      Sir Name
  • Windows Phone for Virgin and Boost

    Does this mean that other cell phone carriers that use Sprint's CDMA software (Boost Mobile; Virgin Mobile etc) will be getting a Windows Phone as well. Unless those other providers get access to windows phones I see the whole windows thing being a bust. With more people leaving contracts because of cost any phone that caters to this market will get a huge increase in customers.