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HTC Arrive was well loved, but not a sales hit

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has drawn a modicum of support from top phonemakers such as Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) and HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) with its Windows Phone smartphone operating system. However, it has struggled with these vendors devoting their premium product to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android.  And Microsoft first exclusive vendor, Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V), took its sweet time to deploy actual product to the market and has had mixed results since.

Now even as Microsoft looks forward to Windows Phone 8 and attempting to bring America's largest carrier -- Verizon Wireless -- onboard, word has come that its been essentially dropped by Sprint Nextel Corp. (S).

Sprint, the nation's third largest carrier, moved the HTC Arrive Windows Phone to end-of-life.  The Arrive (HTC 7 Pro) came out in March 2011 and was somewhat limited due to being stuck on Sprint's CDMA network, a shortcoming that rendered it incapable of sending multimedia messages, and had a 160-character SMS limit.

HTC Arrive
The HTC Arrive on Sprint [Image Source: Sprint]

Never a real sales contender, the phone nevertheless had a small and devote following boasting the highest customer satisfaction rating on the Sprint network, for a time (though not anymore).  Sprint never updated the handset to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, although it did deliver an earlier update that allowed copy & paste and some other improvements.

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RE: bailed?
By ritualm on 8/23/2012 8:21:21 PM , Rating: 0
I have an iPhone 4S and I'm definately NOT looking forward to 5. When the anti-Google "thermonuclear war" diatribe extended all the way into iOS 6, removing Google Maps with Apple's much inferior solution, amongst other petty changes designed solely to remove any mention of Mountain View, CA. from an iDevice, forget about calling the move boneheaded - it's too far past that point.

There was an entire oversight board installed at Redmond by the DOJ, as part of the MS antitrust trial settlement. It had very wide, disruptive power over anything MS put out over the past decade. Don't blame Ballmer for being behind the times, blame the government instead. But you won't because you're too busy drinking Samsung's cyanide-flavored Red Bull.

Your arguments make no sense at all, how's that for being flawed.

RE: bailed?
By mocyd on 8/23/2012 9:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
The government has nothing to do with how much excitement MS generates for a platform.

When MS omits things like copy and paste from the initial release of WP7 (when it had it on Windows Mobile 2003), I think we can pretty much conclude that Microsoft is shooting its own foot, and is going to have a hard time getting people to adopt when Android and iOS both trounce it in terms of features and device selection.

Microsoft is guilty on its own for poor product planning and execution.

On the other hand- Microsoft is generating plenty of excitement for Surface and Windows 8- I'm practically drooling over the x86 version as a replacement for my iPad+laptop (but I'm willing to consider dropping down to the RT/Arm version). They actually look like they're on the ball on this product.

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