For the past few months it’s been all quiet on the Sprint front in regards to carrying Windows Phone 8 devices. While previously one of the carriers executives gushed about the platform and gave it some hype, the company did not join its three rivals in the first wave for Windows Phone 8 devices.
Today PCMag’s Sascha Segan managed to get a statement out of the carrier about its relationship with Microsoft and Windows Phone. Here’s part of the emailed excerpt:
“Sprint and Microsoft are partnering to bring Windows Phone 8 to Sprint’s customers – operating on its 4G LTE network – next year,” the company said in an emailed statement.
Yup, that’s it. Sprint says they’ll be carrying their first Windows Phone 8 devices in 2013, and they’ll be packing in support for the carrier’s fledgling 4G LTE network. While that’s great news for patient Sprint customers, it might also hurt the company in the short term since they won’t be able to capitalize on the holiday season hype surrounding Windows 8 and Windows Phone’s celebrity-packed marketing campaign.
Regardless, now it’s time to take bets on when Sprint will announce its first Windows Phones. We’re betting on next January’s CES 2013, but historically Sprint has not released very many new devices during the event. Let’s hope Sprint isn’t too late to the party…again.