Like it or not, but a carrier’s support, especially in a country like the US, can make or break a phone – or even a platform’s – chance for success. Sprint’s been chatting a bit about its expectations for the remainder of 2012 and 2013, giving us a little insight into its attitudes towards some upcoming launches.
We all know that RIM has a tremendous amount riding on the launch of BlackBerry 10, and a failure for BB10 to catch on could very well mean the company’s demise. Sprint seems cautiously optimistic towards the platform, with a carrier spokesman pointing out what it sees as “some really good characteristics”. Sprint’s concerned, though, that the level of control RIM exerts over everything from hardware, to software, to the back-end, has rendered it a bit slow to react to the market. While it’s hoping to see RIM find a new place for itself in the smartphone ecosystem, Sprint’s being quite realistic about the company’s prospects, and doesn’t expect to see it regain the level of import it once had.
It’s a bit harder to read Sprint’s position on Windows Phone 8. Again, it has a number of glowing things to say about the platform, but is downplaying the role it will have in WP8’s arrival. Sprint describes itself as a participant in the deployment of WP8, rather than a spectator, but makes it clear that it won’t be leading the rallying cries; that may mean a limited selection of handsets, and possibly not arriving immediately at launch-time.
As far as other platforms go, Sprint’s a bit unsure about what to expect from Motorola Androids, pointing to the Google acquisition as creating a bit of a lull in news about the manufacturer’s future offerings. Sprint should also be releasing some new Tizen gear in 2013, but hasn’t committed to sharing any details just yet.