Quick Note: Sprint Bails on Windows Phone, as HTC Arrive Hits End-of-Life
August 23, 2012 5:12 PM
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HTC Arrive was well loved, but not a sales hit
Microsoft Corp. (
) has drawn
a modicum of support
from top phonemakers such as Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) and HTC Corp. (
) with its Windows Phone smartphone operating system. However, it has struggled with these vendors devoting their premium product to Google Inc.'s (
) Android. And Microsoft first exclusive vendor, Nokia Oyj. (
took its sweet time
to deploy actual product to the market and
has had mixed results
Now even as Microsoft looks forward to
Windows Phone 8
attempting to bring
America's largest carrier -- Verizon Wireless -- onboard, word has come that its been essentially dropped by Sprint Nextel Corp. (
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.
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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This article is rife with inaccuracies
8/24/2012 12:22:36 PM
I'm still using my Sprint Arrive, I can tell you first hand the following;
1) It did get 7.5 Mango officially.
2) It can send multimedia (picture) messages just fine.
3 sorta) The 160 character limit can be solved by a registry tweak.
RE: This article is rife with inaccuracies
8/24/2012 2:44:05 PM
Your #3: I had always thought the 160 character limit was an SMS requirement? My old Nokia, Nextel, HTC Mogul, and the EVO all had the 160 char limit....it would just send multiple txts (split them automatically) if you went over...
Maybe there's something else to the limit that I'm not aware of?
RE: This article is rife with inaccuracies
8/25/2012 9:15:45 PM
I think that was the point of mentioning #2. If it can text images, then they're MMS, not SMS.
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