The world’s highly anticipated first Windows 10 Mobile flagships have killer specs, they can fairly easily turn into full-fledged PCs, one of them is even liquid cooled to handle the Snapdragon 810’s particular set of requirements, and just all in all, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL look like the beginning of a major comeback.
But what’s the use of developing some of the mightiest smartphones in history if you don’t plan on letting the world have access to them? Apparently, for a reason we don’t fully understand, Microsoft is “refocusing” its “channel strategy, narrowing it in the short-term and planning for broader operator availability long-term.”
In other words, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was right to get pissed at Redmond, which consciously decided to keep the Lumia 950 limited to AT&T stateside, even if Ma Bell’s rivals did show interest in the Snapdragon 808 5.2-incher and its 5.7-inch bigger brother.
In fact, MS tackles the question of US carrier interest head-on, claiming it was “across the board”, but “we’ve made the decision to have AT&T carry the Lumia 950, and then sell both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL unlocked through our own channel in Microsoft stores.”
Worse yet, it’s suggested operator restrictions will extend to European shores as well for starters, with Deutsche Telekom set to score the 950 and 950 XL, and afterwards “we’ll have more to share about other carriers shortly.” It’s like Microsoft gave up the fight just as it earned a spot playing in the big leagues.
Oh, well, for his part, John Legere stressed on Twitter T-Mo is open to pick up “the new Windows devices” later on, but only if “Microsoft wakes up.” Hopefully, Verizon and Sprint also still want in.