At the very least Sprint could do to hold us over is give us visual voicemail, hotspot, and be current on the updates which I know we all want. Disappearing keyboard has been fixed and only waiting on Sprint to supply us with it. This is arguably the best OS with Sprint right now and they seem to belittle the WP users. Tough to continue to sell this OS if the only phone they have is the Arrive which is much bulkier that most phones. I know there are people out there who say "cool features, but that phone is too big" and then purchase a compact iPhone, etc. Give us more choices. I just read on WpCentral.com that Lumia is also exclusive to ATT at the Microsoft Store. This is getting ridiculous.
I agree with everyone posting here. I keep posting every couple months. I had a friend show me an Android phone via Virgin Mobile. It was a nice phone w/o a contract. Now, I like my Windows Phones and will stick with them, but my point is that the contract lock-ins suck. Been with Sprint so long it is hard to separate w/o costing some bucks! I do want more choices for Win Phones.
Sprint is lead at times, first with 4G but is moving to LTE now, kind of a burn for moving too fast? The thing is less than 5% currently use the new Windows Mobile 7 phones. You can't blame Sprint for going where the money is right now. If you have developed mobile software and know like I do Windows Mobile 7.5 is best you have to help changes things by getting the word out. I rarely past up the opportunity to tell people why it's the best phone OS today when they give me an opening. So you can say that but what if you need to back it up? Here are some talking points as to why...
XBox integration (best-selling game platform on the planet)
Office integration (best-selling office suite on the planet)
Social integration (others do but not as comprehensively as WM7.5 Mango)
Hubs (part of the OS design, active logical hubs, those perpetually updating titles)
Cross Platform, (this is coming with Windows 8, so on your phone, PC, and tablet you leverage your investments both from the future and past)
Multi Form Factors, (with iPhone you have only a hardware config that Apple provides, yes yes Sprint's not here)
Advanced support for HTML5 and Silverlight (Simply means apps get much more wow factor, Silverlight > Flash, fastest FPS HTML5 rendering)
Most email account types integration
Most of all it's NOT Windows Mobile 6.5 (so few understand it's a whole new OS and that's dogging the platform now)
The mobile landscape is fluid and you can bet it will look a lot different in the future than it does now.
If Sprint got a new WM7 phone today my vote be for this http://www.geekwire.com/2012/ces-htc-titan-ii-windows-phone-boasts-16mp-camera
Sprint just finally showed their colors regarding Windows Phone. They order the Arrive which wihle a good phone is not the best looking of the first gen WP7 models. Then they complain about it's sales and blame customers returning it based on poor user experience. USER EXPERIENCE?? Are you freaking kidding me? Sprints own website has it rated I think 4 1/2 out of 5 stars and you say people complained about user experience? The clients you usually hear from are the ones who don't like a product. They are the most vocal. Yet out of 262 ratings the phone has a near perfect rating. Thank you, now I know it's time to jump ship and get the 900 with ATT when it comes out.
Here is the article if you don't believe me. http://wmpoweruser.com/sprint-blames-htc-arrive-sales-performance-returns-on-user-experience-may-be-hinting-at-timeline-for-apollo-roll-out/
KCOVERT66 - Just to pile on to your point that user satisfaction with the OS is not the problem, take a look at the list of Top Rated phones on Amazon Wireless right now:
4 of the top 5 are Windows Phone devices, and the good old HTC Arrive is at #9 on the list!
I think you all need to read this: http://www.wpcentral.com/sprint-not-too-enthusiastic-windows-phones
Thank you Mr Owens for pushing me towards ATT. After 13 years with Sprint you sure are making it easier and easier to go elsewhere. I hope your Boss Mr Hesse sees this as well.
I’m a developer that worked for Microsoft a long time as well as a child company called Avanade. Fact is Sprint has had a bad attitude towards Windows Mobile for a very long time which I’ve known for as long. Back when I was an IT manager for Getronics and helped Sprint with their new PCMCIA wireless card for laptops by deploying to all my field technicians across the country I purchased Sprint’s first Windows Mobile phone, the Toshiba 2032SP. From this very moment, through the years even when Windows Mobile dominated the smart phone market Sprint field reps, techs, and corporate never put forth any effort to go large on the platform. Nothing has changed, still more of the same. I think Sprint was also ****** because the initial release of WM7 wasn’t on CDMA and they felt snubbed. Never been a good relationship and the customer takes the hit.
Still it’s not just Sprint, Verizon too has not been MS friendly. Surprisingly AT&T, the previously exclusive vendor of the iPhone has been serious about WM7. Sprint got a far larger snub then from Apple, but because of share got over any bad Apple attitude they might of had. That’s why my previous post is to the point, that only WM7 users can ultimately turn these companies around by getting other fad, not fact oriented users sold on the platform and increase market share.
Sprint has no dedication to the platform of my choice, therefore I none to them. Unfortunately they are the cheapest now and do have good coverage, I travel a lot. They are fainting at the removal of unlimited data in the future and might not be cheapest forever.
OK, looking through the comments in other sites, the VP of devices says they aren't really happy with the sales and I can understand that. They've done nothing to advertise it and, I'll even bash Microsoft for putting out a device that had a limited OS in the beginning that really didn't grow wings and become a contender until Mango. Even then there is need for improvement and features. But, that will come in time. Even iOS and Droid didn't really hit the gates running. I log onto my Spring account and see pretty much nothing but positive remarks for teh phone and higher ratings than most other phones, including iPhone. What I cannot seem to find is the option for me to rate and ad comments anywhere on my webpage/account. My only options are to shop for other phones or pay my bill or read about the features on my Arrive, which I'm pretty certain I know more about than most other people at the local Sprint store.
It's my opinion that Sprint isn't interested in the WP7 phones simply because they just don't want to be.
I did not read through all the posts so please forgive me if this has been said before. TAKE IT TO TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. These forums are great but Sprint is betting on what is popular right now and that is Android and iPhone. Unfortunatly they are still in the bad position of have a limited slection of phones to choose from when compared to AT&T and Verizon. I am a long time customer and I have 3 HTC Arrive phones and they work great! BUT I see now that I really do not need the keyboard and would llike to move to a big screen Windows Phone like the HTC Titan 2 or 3 or whatever... I dont think it is too much to ask to have 1 new Windows Phone on Sprint this year. If the voice of this forum is not loud enough to convince Sprint then take the message out to Twitter and Facebook... if there are really too few of us to matter then Sprint has nothing to loose, but if there are enough of us saying the same thing then they will have no choice but to listen. I don't want to go back to Android and I never left Sprint for the iPhone... COME ON SPRINT... IS ONE MORE PHONE GOING TO BREAK THE BANK?
Everyone I created a facebook page for the petition check it out. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Here is the link.
great idea there with the Facebook page - but I'd suggest to remove antagonistic comment ("Not Now Network") - I think if we treat everyone with respect we'll have better results.
Also, you should link to the other petition initiative: http://signon.org/sign/wp7-on-sprint.fb1?source=s.fb&r_by=1959438
I will be glad when Sprint gets more Windows phones! I've already had family and friends leave because of lack of Windows phones. I'm tryin to hang in there, because Ive had Sprint service for over 10 years. I have a back up AT&T Windows phone now, but want to drop it at the end of the contract, hoping Sprint will step up!! If not...well, I guess I have to move on, I hope not!! I've had every Android phone I believe from the best to the lower end, and none of them compare to the Windows 7!! Even without some of the features that Android has, I still choose Windows 7. Android always starts out good, but eventually end up as garbage. All the open apps, the force closing, the sluggishness, dropped calls, lack of space, and just down right overall unreliable! I didn't care too much for the Windows 6 series, but Microsoft really stepped their game up with the Windows 7! Great job guys! Such an awesome OS! I even like it soo much better than the IPhone I used to have, nothing can compare to me...
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