AT&T was rumored to have already ordered a cool 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices.
Whether that’s true or not is unclear right now, but it might have just been a bit of wishful thinking based on facts such as AT&T being ”the premier carrier” for Microsoft’s newest mobile operating system. Which is exactly what an AT&T spokesperson now claims.
That could mean that they have some sort of exclusivity arrangement going on, where the first WP7 phones will only be available on AT&T for a certain period of time. Or just that they’ll have the most devices on offer.
This would be an interesting strategy for Microsoft, to aggressively push WP7 on the only network that currently sells the iPhone in the US.
Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile representatives either declined to comment or couldn’t be reached.
Back in February when WP7 was announced, Microsoft stated that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will be its carrier partners in the US, and that may or may not have changed since then.
This can all be meaningless marketing speak from AT&T, or, for reasons unknown, they could have gotten a tad more important for Microsoft than their competitors.
Only time will tell.
Via PC World
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