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The smartphone is set to launch in August

If you’re looking for a bit of variety in Windows Phone offerings, there are plenty to choose from — if you don’t mind most of them being from Nokia. While Nokia does provide a full range of Windows Phone 8.x-based smartphones that run from the budget-minded to the high-end, it would be nice to see other manufacturers offer their hardware for Microsoft’s third-placing smartphone operating system.
 
According to reports from Engadget and WP Central, HTC will soon be offering a version of its HTC One (M8) on Verizon Wireless that will run Windows Phone 8.1. However, the device will be saddled with the unfortunate name of HTC One (M8) for Windows. Regardless of how ridiculous the name is, you can’t argue with the hardware specs, which means that we’ll see a 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, BoomSound speakers, and the spiffy metal unibody design.

 
Engadget also reports that while the HTC One (M8) for Windows won’t support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) at launch, it will be enabled via Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1.
 
WP Central suggests that the smartphone will launch on August 21 with an off-contract price of around $600. Those that signup for a two-year contract will be able to secure the phone for $199.

Sources: Engadget, WP Central



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Exclusives, Blah.
By Gunbuster on 7/29/2014 9:35:33 AM , Rating: 5
IMHO Exclusives are one of the worst things for Microsoft and Windows Phone. Does an exclusive even buy them one day in the front of a carrier store or is it direct to the rear right dim corner of the store with an old blackberry?

They need to bring these phones out on all three major carriers at once.




RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By vortmax2 on 7/29/2014 10:17:13 AM , Rating: 2
While I'm glad this is happening on Verizon (my carrier), I have to agree with your statement...this needs to come out on all of the carriers. I'm guessing that Microsoft is 'testing the waters' in the non-Nokia, high-end range to see how well it sells.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By Labotomizer on 7/29/2014 10:25:51 AM , Rating: 2
Which is odd since the phones have done better on AT&T and T-Mobile than on VZW.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By vortmax2 on 7/29/2014 10:52:56 AM , Rating: 2
If they can make some serious inroads with Verizon, then maybe it will be a catalyst for the rest of their line.

I'm just hoping they worked a deal with Verizon to push this phone to the 'front of the store' to really see how it sells compared to Google & Apple. Time will tell.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By enlil242 on 7/29/2014 10:57:59 AM , Rating: 2
All that is good, but VZW needs to start promoting them as well. 9 times out of 10, the sales staff puts Windows Phone devices on the "pay no mind" list and seem to push Android. And that policy doesn't seem to be changing at any of the wireless retail outlets.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By retrospooty on 7/29/2014 11:44:39 AM , Rating: 2
They push what sells, not the opposite. MS needs to do something to generate interest int he platform as a whole.

I think anyone that looks at it agrees, WP8 is far better than it's small marketshare dictates. People aren't aware of it and/or are weary of MS in general. It's not cell phone store reps that are the issue.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By retrospooty on 7/29/2014 11:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
There were alot of "Droids" that sold the same model under a different name on other carriers. If enough people are interested, the OEM will find a way to sell the phone. WP's issue they need to work on is getting enough people interested.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By retrospooty on 7/29/2014 11:47:41 AM , Rating: 2
Derp... replied to wrong post... Damn no edit.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By pfdman on 7/29/2014 6:24:41 PM , Rating: 3
I would disagree with this. When the Lumia Icon came out on Verizon I went into a Verizon store with my girlfriend to get one for her. If I were a salesperson and someone walked up to me asking for something specific, I would get it for them, get them setup on it and move on to the next customer. Obviously this customer knows what they want and i will fulfill their need as quickly as possible. Instead, this sales person put in the effort to try talking her out of it. Then when he finally gave in and got the phone from the back to set it up, he couldn't activate the phone even with help from other sales reps in the store.

We went to a different Verizon store the next morning. That sales person was more accepting of her choice even though he too also questioned why she would want a windows phone. She was coming from an HTC Android phone she had for 2 years that was running extremely sluggish and overall she was not happy with its performance but didn't want to move to an iPhone. She has had the Icon for almost 6 months now and couldn't be happier with it.

If she wasn't determined enough that she wanted that particular phone, the sales reps would have just pushed her to another Android or iPhone sale. The Verizon sales reps have an attitude that Windows phones are not as good as iPhone and Android phones and try to make you feel dumb for getting one. Many of them are uninformed that Windows phones are just as capable if not better in some ways to their competition. Unfortunately, there being uninformed can have an affect on many of the uninformed consumers who walk into their stores looking at them as knowledgeable employees. That is just my experience with 2 different Verizon stores and I had seen more people online complaining of the same thing.

Imagine how many sales Microsoft is losing with regard to customers who may not have a specific phone in mind when they walk into a store (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc...). Even though a Windows Phone might actually fit their needs better than an Android or iPhone, because of the outlook of the sales rep(s), the customer is just told to ignore that section and look at the iPhone or Android sections.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By NellyFromMA on 7/29/2014 10:41:50 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Verizon seems determined to snag up any exclusivity rights for any Windows Phone that would be worth buying this year.

That's a real shame, because I am exactly the type of person that REALLY WANTS a Windows Phone (I know, a rarity) and also EXACTLY the type of person who paid for a Galaxy S3 for ATT in FULL mostly to spite VZW and leave that garbage carrier by voting with my dollars (or absence of).

Well, I also left because my Droid Incredible was also really lame and it was a good opportunity to upgrade.

There isn't ANY device conceivable that will get me to switch from any carrier to VZW. If there was a viable ATT variant WP device in the passed two years at any given point in time I likely would have bitten-the-bullet and purchased it.

However, those devices are essentially non-existent, and the phones that I would purchase are strictly VZW exclusives at this time.

You would think MS can hardly afford to not make a phone available for me to buy.

Someone must think "exclusive means people will WANT IT MORE" but they are clearly not thinking about the big picture, being MS needs to put devices in people's hands and most tech-savvy people hate VZW which happen to also be the same type of people interested in getting their hands on one in the first place.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By Labotomizer on 7/29/2014 11:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't be so bad if they brought the 930 to ATT. The fact the Icon is the US variant and it's only available on VZW is insane. Sure, you could buy it full priced but there are issues with the LTE bands that ATT uses.

And it sounds like MS is going to use Nokia to focus on the low-mid range after cancelling McLaren. Which means they'll need Samsung and HTC to focus on high end Windows Phones. Sadly.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By Alexvrb on 7/29/2014 9:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
McLaren was just a prototype. It didn't meet their standards, so you won't see it in a store. That doesn't mean they don't have other high-end Nokia phones coming, although who knows when AT&T will decide to pick one up.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By retrospooty on 7/29/2014 11:04:46 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno.It may still come. The term "exclusive" isnt really what it says. It may be released on another carrier under a different name, or it may be released some time later after the exclusivity period is over. It could be 2 weeks, 1 months, 3 months, or it could never come. No way of knowing though.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By NellyFromMA on 7/29/2014 11:16:27 AM , Rating: 2
None of the WP VZW exclusive phones (that are worthwhile) have become available on other carriers to date as far as I am aware.

So, I'm going off history.

Seeing as this phone is the biggest tie-in to a revered phone brand, I don't think its going to be any time soon.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By retrospooty on 7/29/2014 11:48:24 AM , Rating: 2
There were alot of "Droids" that sold the same model under a different name on other carriers. If enough people are interested, the OEM's will find a way to sell the phone. WP's issue is that they need to work on is getting enough people interested.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By DanNeely on 7/29/2014 11:56:15 AM , Rating: 2
Because all the carriers are like: "If you don't give it to us as an exclusive, instead of putting it in the unlit back corner with the old dingleberry, we'll make it online only and with an undersized subsidy that makes it horribly overpriced compared to the rest of our lineup so you only sell 10 of them before we decide to stop selling it."


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By Alexvrb on 7/29/2014 10:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
Bingo. Many people seem to think "MS wants to sell their new phones to less people I don't get it hurr hurr."

Doesn't work like that.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By FITCamaro on 7/29/2014 12:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Microsoft isn't helping themselves with them.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By Reclaimer77 on 7/29/2014 12:40:49 PM , Rating: 1
It's like I always say, it's almost like Microsoft isn't even all that committed to the Windows Phone thing. They barely advertise for it, the phones are very meh (apparently Microsoft is above making halo-phones), and the updates take FOREVER. Seriously the 8.1 update was at least six months late.

And on top of all this, they don't seem to care to launch the few good phones that DO run Windows Phone on multiple carriers.

As far as hardware, design, internals and audio quality, this is probably the best Windows Phone made to date. You would think there would be just a bit of hype and fanfare from Microsoft on this. Just a bit??

Hell this is the first I'm hearing about it, and I read smartphone news every day! I guess the plan is millions of people will just walk into a Verizon store, somehow see this phone, and buy them?


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By maevinj on 7/29/2014 1:19:41 PM , Rating: 2
As far as advertising goes, I just saw the new Cortana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0pjD4qpIpg commercial this morning, so they are putting some effort behind WP8. I think you'll see more push once they have all of their systems synced up.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By Labotomizer on 7/29/2014 1:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
The launch is a month away, maybe. I had read the rumors, although it was going to be called the W8 according to the rumors. Maybe One WAIT was a bad name?

I don't think the 801 is that substantial of an upgrade over the 800. And I prefer the Icon over this for the camera.

Anyway, I'm sure we'll see some ads when it gets closer. And it will have prominent space in the VZW stores for a few weeks. The salespeople will take care of that though. Even when I've gone to buy my phones I get "well, what about the apps you'll be missing?". Not sure how you fix that before the phones sell. And the phones won't sell when you have salespeople saying that.


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By Reclaimer77 on 7/29/2014 3:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And the phones won't sell when you have salespeople saying that.


Saying what, the truth?

quote:
Maybe One WAIT was a bad name?


lol well..it's catchy!


RE: Exclusives, Blah.
By ritualm on 7/30/2014 4:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Saying what, the truth?

(context: The salespeople will take care of that though. Even when I've gone to buy my phones I get "well, what about the apps you'll be missing?". Not sure how you fix that before the phones sell. And the phones won't sell when you have salespeople saying that.)

The salespeople aren't interested in saying the truth. They're trying to make the customer buy expensive phones with all sorts of features they'll hardly use, why? They work on commission, they get a cut for selling those expensive phones, or worse... both. WP8.x phones don't go well with such selling strategies.

Apps? What apps? Not every phone user sells their old phones when they shop for a new one.


Camera
By maevinj on 7/29/2014 9:36:34 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if the camera is going to be better than the one on the Android M8.
If it is, then I'm definitely going to snatch this up at launch.




RE: Camera
By Labotomizer on 7/29/2014 9:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
I'd be hard pressed to think it's better than the Icon camera. And with the Cyan update it's supposedly even better. I guess we'll have to see though.


RE: Camera
By maevinj on 7/29/2014 9:50:56 AM , Rating: 2
It probably won't be. I just hope it is as I like the body style of the M8


RE: Camera
By Labotomizer on 7/29/2014 10:04:16 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, it's a great looking phone. And with Microsoft owning the Nokia apps maybe we'll see more of those roll out to the other hardware vendors. Nokia's apps are one of the best reasons to have a Nokia phone. But supposedly WP8.1 GDR1 will support things like the M8 dot case.


RE: Camera
By ritualm on 7/29/2014 8:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
If it's the same 4MP "UltraPixel" crap as the Android self, I'd rather use the money for a RX100.


The exclusive stuff is lame, BUT...
By Wolfpup on 7/29/2014 1:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
...it's cool to see another company bring out a high end Windows Phone. Actually the first excellent seeming Windows Phone not by Nokia that I can recall...not that it's rough having a bunch of great Nokia phones to choose from LOL




Dual Boot Would be Bad Ass
By Assimilator87 on 7/29/2014 4:00:22 PM , Rating: 2
Since this is a rerelease of a phone, just with a different OS, I'd imagine that it'd be easier to get a dual boot working.




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