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AT&T isn't about to let Verizon Wireless get away with a Windows Phone exclusive

Just when we though that the HTC One (M8) for Windows would be a Verizon Wireless exclusive, AT&T tonight issued a short press release stating that it too will offer the smartphone.
Just like the variant that is now available on Verizon Wireless’ network, AT&T’s version will share hardware specs with the [Android-based] HTC One M8, but will run Windows Phone 8.1 complete with the Cortana personal digital assistant.
Unfortunately, it appears that AT&T just wanted to steal a bit of Verizon Wireless’ thunder this evening, and hasn’t yet announced pricing or availability (although we’re sure that it will be priced similarly).

Microsoft was sitting at just 2.5 percent global market share with Windows Phone during Q2, which was actually a pretty steep drop compared to the 3.4 percent it held during the same period last year. So partnered launches on Verizon Wireless and AT&T are key to getting buyers accustomed to high-end smartphones to actually take a look at the Windows Phone 8.1 platform. And on the low-end, Microsoft has devices like the Nokia Lumia 530 to appease the penny-pinchers.
Whether this high-low approach will be enough to put a dent into Android 84.7 percent global market share remains to be seen, but you can’t fault Microsoft for bringing out the big guns.

Source: AT&T

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Its nice to have the option
By stm1185 on 8/19/2014 11:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
Just in case you wanted to overpay, and have a crappy network.

RE: Its nice to have the option
By retrospooty on 8/19/2014 11:58:30 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... If I were stuck on AT&T I would be more concerned about how to get unstuck with AT&T than what new phones they come out with.

RE: Its nice to have the option
By inighthawki on 8/20/2014 12:16:22 AM , Rating: 3
We just went over this in the last article... The quality of service depends on where you live. I've been in plenty of places where I have 5 bars and my friends who all have Verizon have nearly no signal.

RE: Its nice to have the option
By hpglow on 8/20/2014 12:45:40 AM , Rating: 2
I got 0 bars with Verizon at my house and 3 with ATT. I don't care less about who my service is through but not having service at home was a show stopper. Plus my wife's work gets us 25% off our bill which make them not so inflated. 4 phones with "unlimited" data runs us $130 a month. If they force us into a capped plan at some point I'm sure we will ditch them.

RE: Its nice to have the option
By Alexvrb on 8/21/2014 12:58:12 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. In my area Verizon has the best coverage, although AT&T isn't too far behind. But in many areas the reverse is true. I know people who do just fine on Sprint too, around here. It really varies. Either way, having this device on the top two networks really boosts its appeal.

OS Selection
By ezinner on 8/20/2014 5:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
If both Windows 8X and Android OS 4X support this hardware, can you reflash or have the carrier change OS's? Why don't they support this? I understand Windows phones have button requirements which obviously this meets.

RE: OS Selection
By Florinator on 8/21/2014 2:15:23 AM , Rating: 2
Starting with 8.1 Windows Phone doesn't require hardware buttons anymore. Software buttons are now supported and you can see that in some of the HTC M8 photos available on various websites.

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