Confused by how US carriers are approaching Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL? There’s no way we could blame you, and following yesterday’s launch of the phones, uncertainty immediately descended upon reports of carrier interest. AT&T officially said it would be offering the Lumia 950, but then a now-refuted report claimed that the network would have an exclusive on both the 950 and the XL. Then T-Mobile spoke up, saying that only AT&T would be selling the 950 amongst carriers, but you were welcome to buy your phone from Microsoft and bring it to the TMo’s network. Now a new report attempts to fill in some more blanks, offering insight into how the rest of the big US carriers are reacting to Microsoft’s new phones.
According to anonymous carrier sources, neither T-Mobile, Verizon, nor Sprint will sell the Lumia 950 or 950 XL, not out of any exclusivity arrangement between Microsoft and AT&T, but simply because they aren’t interested.
Right now the only Windows smartphone Sprint directly sells is the Lumia 635, while Verizon has the Lumia 735, HTC One M8 for Windows, and the budget-priced LG Lancet.
T-Mobile isn’t offering any Windows models, but like we just mentioned, is totally cool with you buying a compatible handset elsewhere and bringing it to its network for service. Any of you Windows fans planning on doing just that with the 950 or 950 XL?
Update: T-Mobile’s John Legere isn’t buying this report, and insists that AT&T’s access to the Lumia 950 is totally a decision Microsoft made.