Yesterday we got the first sneak peek at Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s upcoming version of its latest mobile operating system. That said, we’ve seen no actual new devices – it was a presentation geared more towards developers.
As for release time frames, WP8 should arrive in time for this year’s holiday season, so there are still many months left until that happens. But when it does, three of the big four US carriers will offer WP devices running the new OS version.
Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all confirmed that they are planning on supporting Windows Phone 8. That’s certainly good news if you’re a customer of one of these companies and are looking forward to purchasing a WP8 device.
However, Sprint doesn’t seem convinced about WP8 and hasn’t said anything definitive on the matter. So maybe we can assume that the Now Network will miss out on the initial rollout of WP8 devices. But perhaps it will change its mind in the time remaining between now and when the first WP8 hardware will be in stores.
As for smaller carriers Cricket and MetroPCS, things aren’t clear. None has come out and said they will embrace WP8, then again we haven’t heard the opposite either. So it’s ‘wait and see’ if you’re a customer of one of these companies.
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