Leaked Sprint document says no Windows Phone 8 Devices in the near future
A leaked internal training document shows that Sprint has no plans to release any Windows Phone 8 devices any time soon. The so-called playbook, which offers talking points about both "Windows 8" and "RIM,", says that, despite the buzz, Sprint continues "evaluating" Windows Phone and has no plans to announce any devices at this time. Not only does this include Windows Phone 8, but also Windows 8 PCs and tablets.
The entire section reads:
Right now there’s buzz about this platform, which includes PCs, tablets, and a Windows 8 phone. Currently, we’re evaluating this new OS and working with Microsoft on potential opportunities. However, we have no announcements regarding Windows 8 devices at this time.
While there isn't anything shocking here, it is just further confirmation that Sprint has little to no enthusiasm about Windows Phone, despite the fact that their only WP7 device, the HTC Arrive, had the highest customer satisfaction rating of all of their phone offerings. In fact, it meant so much, that Sprint said goodbye to the Arrive all together last month.
That leaves Sprint alone on an island as the only major carrier in the U.S. not prepared to offer Windows Phone 8 devices. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all signed on and plan to have WP8 devices, including Nokia's Lumia line of phones, which we saw today. MetroPCS is also working on bringing Windows Phone to their lineup. It is expected that Sprint will eventually catch on, perhaps early next year, but we'll believe it when we see it.