News by Luke Jones on Wednesday August 20, 2014.
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When the HTC One M8 launched on Windows Phone yesterday it caused a significant stir for all kinds of reasons. However, like other Windows devices, it was tied to one carrier, in this instance Verizon, with the general thought being that the M8 for WP was exclusive to the biggest carrier in the United States. However, it seems that is not entirely the case as Big Red?s big rival AT&T is also getting in on the act.AT&T, the second biggest carrier in the United States has confirmed that it too will carry the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone. That can only be a good thing as the exclusivity to Verizon set off all kinds of alarm bells. It is no secret that Windows Phone struggles in the United States, and a huge part of the problem is the fact that much of its better handsets are carrier exclusives. That of course limits their availability as people tend not to change carrier just to get a specific smartphone, no matter how stellar that device may be. The One M8 for Windows is that stellar device, but being tied to one carrier would have been a massive deal breaker for a great many people. At least launching on the second gives the M8 for Windows Phone a better chance of finding a wider audience, especially as that audience is spread across the two biggest networks in the nation. AT&T has also rained on Verizon?s parade a bit here as Big Red was getting plenty of attention for being the only carrier with the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone. AT&T has said it will reveal pricing details and launch roll out specifics in due course, but we expect the company to match Verizon. That means a $99 price on contract or a $600 tag off plan. The HTC One M8 for Windows Phone is seen as a real coup for Microsoft's mobile platform and is arguably the best smartphone available running the OS. HTC has plans to release more of its devices on the Windows platform if this initial release goes well and who knows perhaps the HTC One M9 launching next year will arrive on Android and Windows simultaneously. source: AT&T
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