Sprint seems to have forgotten the HTC Arrive, as they have just posted a Windows Phone landing page saying phones running the OS is coming soon.
The page notes:
Sprint plans to offer a pair of Windows Phone 8 smartphones by summer 2013. These initial devices will offer a robust operating system and lots of innovative features, all enhanced by Sprint’s Truly UnlimitedSM Data plans, all while on the Sprint network. Here’s what to expect from Windows Phone 8.
Windows Phone 8 helps connect Sprint customers to the people and information that matters most. With a similar look and feel, the same core technology, and the same built-in SkyDrive cloud service, Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows 8 computers, Microsoft Surface devices and the Xbox 360 console.
Despite the arrival of the page, the handsets are still aimed to arrive “by summer 2013” so it is probably too early to start holding our breath.
Sprint has said they would be bringing unique HTC and Samsung handsets to the network, saying in January:
“We’re working for current product launches, and not necessarily to launch on six-month-old hardware."
"We’re trying to work with Microsoft to make sure what we deliver is very high quality," he said. "The platform integration and the services that we want to bring aren’t the only things we want to make fresh."
Sprint used to carry the HTC Arrive but did not support it very well, suggesting buyers trade the device in for an iPhone a mere 6 months after launch.
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