Sprint: Microsoft Needs to Work on Windows Phone Enthusiasm
If you’re a Windows Phone fan, you may have noticed that there’s not much love coming out of Sprint. Right now, the only smartphone on the platform offered by the carrier is the HTC Arrive – hardly a rich selection of models. David Owens, Sprint VP of product realization, recently discussed some of the carrier’s future plans, and touched on its dissatisfaction with Windows Phone.
Owens points to a lack of user enthusiasm for the platform, noting in reference to sales of the Arrive, “the number-one reason the product was returned was the user experience.” Sprint would like the platform to be a success, according to Owens, but it says Microsoft just hasn’t sold the public on Windows Phone quite yet – that there’s simply not the enthusiasm needed to encourage sales.
Sprint may reconsider Windows Phone late in Q3. Referencing such a specific time period may suggest Sprint knows something about big changes coming to the platform, like when we may see the first dual-core handsets, but Owens didn’t elaborate.