Huawei Ascend W1 passes the FCC headed to TracFone’s Net10
The Huawei Ascend W1 is definitely headed to places that aren’t in Africa, and where it won’t be branded 4Afrika. That much is clear. Also a fact – the entry-level Windows Phone 8 device is going to be sold in the US as well.
However, where exactly it will be offered might surprise you as it did us. If you were expecting the Ascend W1 to get picked up by one of the ‘big four’ US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile), you’d be wrong. If you were expecting the W1 to at least land at a smaller ‘tier 2′ carrier such as C Spire, US Cellular, or MetroPCS – wrong again.
In fact, it looks like Huawei’s first Windows Phone will be available at TracFone in the near future, probably at its Net10 brand. Net10 has been adding smartphones to its roster recently, such as the incredibly TouchWiz-free Samsung Galaxy Discover that we told you about a couple of weeks ago, so this makes some sense.
The image above comes straight from the FCC and validates what you just read. However, there’s still a chance that while the W1 will be sold by TracFone, it won’t be an exclusive, so it may make its way to other, more well known carriers too. For the sake of Huawei’s Windows Phone sales in the US, let’s hope so.