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It would appear that Sprint plans on going full speed ahead in focusing on product development for its 4G LTE lineup this year. David Owens, Sprint's VP of Product Development made clear at CES Wednesday that Sprint "won't be introducing any more WiMax smartphones," adding "April, May, June, July, August, those will be very aggressive times for us." This may be a hint that we could begin seeing LTE devices as early as April, which is great news for customers holding out for a new device (like Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, which is poised to be Sprint's first LTE device).

While Sprint doesn't plan on releasing new WiMax smartphones, the carrier evidently plans on selling WiMax hostpots (like the Sierra Wireless hotspot we saw at CES) alongside LTE devices.

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Owens was also fairly candid regarding Sprint's plans for Windows-powered smartphones, indicating that the carrier has no plans to offer Windows phones in the near future, but that Sprint may carry them later, as the OS matures.

Finally, Owens said that Sprint plans on under-promising and over-delivering on its LTE build-out claims. The carrier has promised four LTE markets by mid year, but Owens said that "by the second half of the year" actually means "between now and midyear." Sprint also plans to significantly ramp up build-out in the second half of the year.

Via PCMag and Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Liam Spradlin
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  • RayQ

    So Sprint made the same deal Verizon did to get the iPhone...no selling WP7.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      Believe me, Verizon didn't get WP7 for a LOT of other reasons. You can even look back before the iPhone came out to see that Verizon's selection of Windows Mobile was terrible. They've had an almost childish battle over every little issue. Back then it had to do with VZW's insistence that ALL handsets use an identical interface. Now I think it's just that they don't want to work together if they can avoid it.

      Sprint on the other hand, I think they just aren't wanting to invest the money to stock the poorest selling Mobile OS. Don't get me wrong, I think WinPhone will be great pretty soon, but it's definitely not there right now. I would have to say, they are probably making a mistake cutting it out publicly right now.

      • http://buggin.me Phil

        I don't think it will take off. There are some problems that are much deeper than sales. They don't have the developer community they and other .Net developers claim they have. What they do have is in the wrong place. The devs are focused on internal corporate systems. They have no interest in the startup hacker community so they'll never really get a good strong app focus. Not to mention devs love Macs and Linux....no way to develop for WP on those.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

          What you say about devs is largely wrong. To begin with, you're generalizing that "devs love Macs and Linux", you obviously are either not a developer or you just don't get out much. There's a LOT of windows developers out there. Try looking at download numbers for the Visual Studio service packs which can only be run on Windows and doesn't even begin to account for the free IDE's that MS gives away.

          There's a massive developer community for .Net that far outnumbers other focused groups like iOS developers. If you want just a little way to see anecdotal proof of that, just look at how much the Mono framework has been downloaded for Linux and Mac; as an open source implementation of the .Net framework that (honestly) doesn't even work that well, it's got a HUGE user base...

          I'm a bit of a hybrid, I use a Mac, but I frequently run virtual machines just so I can do Windows Development. Any time I want I can be developing for Windows Phone, and I will be as soon as I finish the Android app I'm working on. It's true you can't build a WP app on OSX, but I pity any "developer" that can't figure out how to get a virtual machine running ;)

          I have one more thing to add about Windows 8, but that'll be in another comment below...

  • Ruperto

    I finally met someone who owns a WP the other day. I'm obviously biased here but I was not impressed. Interface seems too dumbed down.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      Funny, I just posted an article on my blog Tuesday night about why Microsoft was doing so badly with Windows Phone and then I ran into a girl on Wednesday night that was using one. This is the very first WP handset I've seen in the wild that wasn't being carried by a Microsoft employee. I wanted to go ask her how she liked it but I was meeting another girl there that night and I don't think it would have set quite the right tone if it looked like I was making an approach on a girl just as the other was walking through the door. :)

      It seems like a good enough OS (at least better than an iPhone), but it won't get traction if regular people have them and now a carrier sorta seems proud that they are abandoning it.

  • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

    Windows phone won't take off until Windows 8 is released. If Microsoft plays their cards right, the synergy of a Windows 8 PC/tablet/phone/media center ecosystem could gain a lot of ground.

    Keep in mind this is at the same time that Google is pushing an Android/ChromeOS/G-TV whole-house initiative. And don't forget about the fruit company.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      I tend to agree, Windows 8 is going to be key in the success of the smartphone line. That's why it's so confusing that they are putting a lot of effort into WP7 and spending so much money on marketing (planning on $200 million just this year). Somehow I kinda think they are making this push to ensure they have developer interest and compatibility for WP7 apps is probably going to be ensured on Win8 (at least with a recompile). It still seems like they are putting too much into WP7 when it's clearly going to be replaced in a little more than a year (I know Win 8 comes out before then, but there's no real chance it'll be released on a phone until 2013 or possibly christmas 2012 at the very earliest).

  • Kurt

    Seems to make perfect sense for Sprint not to join on WP7. They're heavily invested in Android now and took a pretty big bet on the iPhone -- they can't really afford Windows phones that don't sell.

  • Jeff

    The biggest problem windows phones have right now is how people have a negative perception of them because of both Android and iOS fan boys really swaying how the general public views the product. My wife has one with mango and really likes it. I myself have an Android, probably for a long while, but goes that people can get over their perceptions so maybe it can take off as a good OS.