I'm in. Was hoping to hear a new WP announced at CES that will come out around the time to upgrade but it's doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon
I was also hoping that they would announce a new WP7 device, but it didn't happen. Oh well, they still have CTIA, which is usually more of Sprint's game anyway, as well as Mobile World Congress. There is still time, and Nokia did make a point to say that they are getting back into CDMA networks, so hopefully they can bring that beautiful Lumia 900 to Sprint. ME WANT!!!!
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
Doesnt Sound like a new phone anytime soon.
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-...
Here's an article proving how wrong Owens is http://www.geekwire.com/2011/windows-phone-7-customers-love-phones-android-users
Can you say set up for failure
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 pissed 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.