MetroPCS also working on a Windows Phone 8 handset, not impressed with Sprint’s strategy

imageLast time we wrote about MetroPCS it was to note that they have not yet declared for or against Windows Phone 8.

Now we are happy to be able to confirm that they will in fact be supporting the OS.

FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein spoke with MetroPCS COO Tom Keys about a variety of issues, including Windows Phone and the iPhone.

The regional US carrier confirmed it will be offering a Windows Phone 8 handset, with Tom Keys saying:

Windows Phone 8 we think has a place in the portfolio. We’re actually working with a manufacturer right now on bringing Windows Phone 8 to marketplace. We think we want to offer it. Similar to what Apple did–you have the iMac at the house, you have the iBook for the office, you have the iPad for the couch and you have your iPhone. If you own the home screen, now with multiple devices, they have a very good opportunity for calendars and sharing content, and this looks like it’s Microsoft’s opportunity to go there. Secondarily, I think Nokia is going to be the bellwether there for how well it does since they’ve made a large bet on Windows Phone 8. So at the end of the day, we think it’s interesting and competition among operating systems is good for the ecosystem.    

When asked if they will be courting the iPhone, Keys appeared rather critical of Sprint’s strategy, without naming the CDMA carrier by name.

Keys said:

An LTE version of an iPhone would always interest MetroPCS. Since we’ve never had the technology match up together because it’s not AWS-compatible, we’ve never gone down the steps, because if you can’t get your technology together you’ve probably not negotiated it. We are mindful of the handset roadmap that we have and the commitments that we have–not by quantity commitments but by commitments to future handsets and roadmaps. It would be harmful to MetroPCS to have to cut out part of our handset portfolio to accommodate one phone from one provider that the economics could be at risk. Meaning, it’s so high-priced that we couldn’t sell that volume. We think we can sell volumes of higher-priced phones, but smaller. A large commitment could be detrimental to the entire handset lineup.

The announcement leaves only Sprint and Cricket who have not confirmed they will be offering a Windows Phone 8 handset.

Read the rest of the interview at FierceWireless here.

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