Scumbag Sprint - we wont support windows phone until it is more successful
A quick meme I made.
Seriously though, Sprint has been pissing me off, and I have been a loyal customer for over 10 years. I would praise Sprint 'til I was blue in the face and bash at&t every chance I got. Now I'm seriously looking into having my family switch to at&t (only thing holding us back is the fact we pay 5 phones, unlimited everything, $250).
Ever since the iPhone came on board, and this happens to every freaking carrier that gets it, the network slows down to being **** poor and it takes a while for the carrier to get back on its feet. But sprint simply does not have the resources to fix their overloaded network, let alone launch an entire LTE 4G network and ditching their WiMax efforts.
So what does Sprint do? Not support an OS that received negative feedback and wasn't a hit. But the thing that downright boggles my mind is the fact that they are supporting Tizen and Firefox OS. Only possible thing I can imagine is that the licenses are significantly cheaper/free.
This bugs me a lot, and I got an Arrive on launch day. Love it to bits. I even broke it and revived it by buying parts on ebay to fix it. And all the while, I hate the darn thing. It's old, it's clunky, it's not that attractive, but it also represents Sprint's lack of enthusiasm for Windows Phone.
For a little while, I had 2 carriers and sprung on the Lumia 900 when it came out. It was a grand month of how Windows Phone ought to be, with LTE, a faster processor, a gorgeous screen that I could see in the sun, and a sexy form factor. But alas, I had to return it because I could not simply afford at&t.
Had they have gotten 1 other phone, a more "consumer centric" phone that was a typical form factor (like the Focus or maybe even the Trophy since it was also CDMA) they probably would have had better sales. The Arrive is a very niche product, with its stark design that is off putting to most people. The keyboard was also a drawback. They also advertised it as a business phone. Understandably so, for years they knew Windows Mobile as a business centric device and basically saw it as the Touch Pro 3. But everyone knew that Windows Phone overall wasn't exactly something that business people sought after, even with all the Microsoft Office and Exchange whistles.
Windows Phone on Sprint needed a dueling force to make it appear reasonable. They should have offered at least 2 devices. There was immense success in making the Evo and the Epic. They made people create a microfanboyism within sprint. It was HTC v Samsung, keyboard vs virtual, but at the end of the day Android and Sprint won in the long run. Had there been the Arrive and perhaps the Focus or Omnia 7, to have the same idea of internal competition; there would have been much more activity in Windows Phone.
All of this though, I guess, is just stupid banter. What's done is done and I have no faith in Sprint to support Windows Phone, which is a shame. I may be swooned into using Android later on, if there are no signs of hope for Windows Phone on Sprint or if Sprint just wallows up and dies I'll move my family to at&t. I really hope that Windows Phone becomes a huge success and that Sprint changes their mind and gets a decent Windows Phone 8.