- 08-03-2012, 11:36 AM #1
Figured I'd let you all know... I went down to the Sprint corporate store on 42nd street in NYC the other day for kicks and noted that the HTC Arrive was nowhere to be found. The same could be said for the three Sprint Authorized Retailers around where I live. No Arrives in stock and 2 out of the 3 had no demo units on the floor (the one that did had a non-working dummy).
I asked a rep about it and he told me that as of the last signage/price changes and updates, the Arrive was listed as EOL but it's in their systems and on sprint.com as $49.99 after $50 mail-in rebate should someone want to order one.
(For those who don't know, EOL = End of Life)
Hopeful for a Windows Phone 8 announcement or has Sprint officially given up?
Last edited by iknowsingh; 08-03-2012 at 12:02 PM.
- 08-04-2012, 12:34 PM #4
IMO, I don't think Sprint has given up. The device has been out for a very long time, putting the Arrive on EOL shouldn't be shocking. Only reason you don't notice it with other OS (for all carriers) is due to the fact that they release so many other devices or are the iPhone.
Sprint released the EVO 4G LTE, Galaxy S3 and soon the Photon... but did any one notice the 9850 getting EOL or HTC Design 4G? or all high-end premium devices with a slide-out keyboard being EOL?
- 08-04-2012, 01:50 PM #5
One interesting thing to note is that I was told today by a rep I'm friends with is that the old HTC Touch Pro2 technically was never put on EOL and is still available, they just dont advertise it. He assumes its for business customers. It's $100 for a Touch Pro2 on contract... still more than an Arrive which made me laugh.
- 08-04-2012, 04:55 PM #8
I really liked the idea of the Arrive. I wanted to grab Sprint, and was very happy with the idea of the wonderful keyboard. Had Sprint just had a LITTLE better reception in my little Burb, we would have made the switch.
Yes, of course the Arrive wasn't going to last forever. The Trophy on Verizon is due as well. AT&T EOL'd the LG Quantum, the HTC Surround, and the Samsung Focus as well. So, the first Gen WP's are going away. It happens.
Difference is the AT&T of course was all over Gen 2 devices. Big Red is Bull-ish on WP8/LTE devices and have made no bones about it. They will give the next Gen of WP a shot and so when the Trophy goes at least the vocal support is there.
The Arrive is dying without that support. Yes, there are rumors of a Nokia WP8 device for Sprint, but the Big Brass in general has done nothing to make anyone think they are interested. Heck, Sprint has been mentioned as a MeeGo supporter for their next device when the start-up Jolly tries to get it off the ground. But WP8? Not a nice thing to say. That leaves Arrive owners scratching their heads.
It is sad to see such a highly regarded device get so little respect and no successor."So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work during the days God gives them under the sun."
- 08-04-2012, 06:06 PM #9
It's disappointing considering its the only wp7 phone on sprint but not at all surprising because of how long the phone has been available, hopefully this means a replacement windows phone will be at sprint soon. FWIW, it is still available at sprint.com for 50 bucks.
08-05-2012, 02:05 AM #10
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- 08-05-2012, 09:33 AM #11
- 08-05-2012, 09:47 AM #12
Aside from that quick 6 month fling with Android, I've been Windows Mobile/Phone all the way. It's why I'm strongly hoping Sprint announces something... my contract runs up on Oct. 3rd, but I'll wait around until the end of the year.
- 08-05-2012, 11:21 AM #13
- 08-06-2012, 01:51 AM #14
- 08-06-2012, 12:39 PM #16
On the Sprint Community forums, the one moderator that chimes in once in a blue moon makes it seem like no OEM is offering Windows Phone devices to Sprint for them to sell. She (I'm assuming it's a she) always makes claims as such.
How about your company MAKING A CLAIM that you will support and advertise devices that support that OS? Maybe then OEMs will show faith in you and approach you with devices.
It's like saying that you can't sell fishsticks because the Gorton's fish people haven't approached you... YOU have to make the effort to reach out to Gorton's and say you want to sell their product, make the order, etc.
People aren't going to come to you, especially when you're not the #1 or even #2 carrier in the country. It's ridiculous.
- 08-06-2012, 09:21 PM #18
Sprint is literally 10 mins or less from having me locked in for another 2 years. All I need is an announced Windows Phone 8 device for their network. Once its released, I order it, renew my contract and that's it. I'm satisfied and they keep a subscriber... it really is so simple.
They have until the end of the year... and then I make my decision.
- 08-07-2012, 08:22 PM #19
...and we wonder where Windows Phone support on Sprint went to... look no further -
Sprint CEO says paying over $15 billion for the iPhone was money well spent | iMore.com
Quoted from the CEO Hesse himself -
“I think the No. 1 thing was getting the call from Apple that they were interested in at least having the opportunity,” Hesse said. Of course, the company and its board had to take a hard look at the economics. Selling the iPhone is good for the long term, Hesse said, noting that customers are more valuable in the long term. But, in the short term, it is costly, as the company spends more in subsidies to attract those iPhone buyers.
“We committed to $15.5 billion over four years in purchases,” Hesse said. “That’s a large commitment. ”He said Sprint looked at Apple and its popularity, and “we saw no reason to bet against Apple.”
- 08-14-2012, 08:45 PM #20
Just recieved a heads up that as of Q4 2012, the old WM6 HTC Touch Pro2 is finally being put out to pasture. This move leaves the (expensive!) Motorola ES400S (WM 6.5.3) as the sole non-EOL'ed Windows device in the Sprint lineup.
It's being recommended that all enterprise consumers with Touch Pro2's move to Android-based devices such as the Galaxy S2 (Epic Touch) or the LG Optimus S, as they are listed as possible replacement handsets.
I can understand all of the EOL moves and everything... it would just be nice to hear of a replacement that's not Android!
08-14-2012, 11:00 PM #21Nokia Lumia 900 - OS: 7.10.8112.7 - Firmware: 2175.1002.8112.12084
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- 11-05-2012, 01:22 PM #22
I heard a rumor that since the Arrive is EOL, and was categorized as such before the two-year contract window was up, that Arrive owners can break their Sprint contract without an early termination fee. Is that true or BS?
11-05-2012, 01:47 PM #23
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Someone mentioned on another thread that they were able to cancel without an ETF because of this. I had planned to make that argument anyway, but I'm glad to hear it worked. If the first person tells you no, ask for a supervisor. Sprint hasn't even sent updates in the past, I'm not paying for an ETF for a phone and OS they no longer support!
- 11-16-2012, 07:22 AM #24
The updates for the Arrive were sent through Zune because they were big, especially Mango. I am not sure what was the holdup on Tango since that device was also considered EOL by Microsoft, which is in the same category as every WP7 device after 7.8 is offered