News by Luke Jones on Monday December 08, 2014.
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Windows Phone has made some gains in emerging markets but Microsoft's platform still struggles to make an impact in its home market in the USA. That is not going to get better anytime soon and if you are on the lookout for a Windows handset this Christmas your options have just lessened. Sprint, the third largest carrier in the United States no longer sells Windows Phone smartphones on its website.Of course, that sounds like terrible news on the surface and reads like the Now Network has abandoned the platform. However, you breathe a sigh of relief WP fans because the company only sold the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo to begin with. As you may know, they are both gaining and entry level handsets, so Sprint cutting them loose makes sense anyway. Sprint has hardly been a big Windows Phone backer then, but the company says that will be changing soon. In a written statement the company said, "We do expect to bring new Windows Phone devices to our customers in the near future, and Sprint is committed to offering a variety of operating systems to our customers." The carrier did not offer which devices they would be, but I expect the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 735 will make an appearance soon enough. Windows Phone does have some solid backing in the US, with AT&T and T-Mobile offering a solid line up of devices, while there are plenty of retailers selling WP handsets.
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