Sprint has never been a great friend of Windows Phone, famously suggesting HTC Arrive recycle their handsets for iPhones.
Speaking to AllthingsD, Sprint VP David Owens suggested that Sprint will not be releasing a Windows Phone 8 handset at the launch of the OS, saying:
â€œThe market impact of both Windows 8 and the next iPhone are also key factors that are a bit hard to predict, Owens said.
As for Windows 8, Sprint said it wants to be actively involved, but may not lead the charge. It sees some clear opportunities but is also mindful that its last Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive, was one of the more returned products in the companyâ€™s recent history. Owens said that many buyers of that phone were coming from Android and found Windows Phoneâ€™s unique operating system hard to get used to.â€
He did however tell Phonescoop they will not be sitting out the Windows Phone game completely, suggesting at least one token handset will be coming to the carrier eventually.
"We think Windows Phone 8 is a solid product that they are bringing to market. We’re interested in watching it unfold over the course of the next year. And we won’t be watching from the sidelines. We’ll be participating. We may not lead it, but we’ll participate."
He noted that Sprint already had 90% of their late 2012-2013 lineup in place, and Microsoftâ€™s place was still unclear.
With even Sprintâ€™s MVNO promising a Windows Phone it seems likely that anyone hoping for a great Windows Phone selection on the carrier will have a very long wait.