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Sprint preps LTE Windows Phone, own warranty for iPhone

updated 09:20 am EDT, Tue March 20, 2012

Sprint LTE WP8, iPhone Total Equipment Protecion

Some of Sprint's wider-ranging plans were outlined in a pair of leaks early in the week. Following earlier rumors, SprintFeed heard that the carrier would return to Windows Phone with an LTE-based model using a modern, dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960. Past rumors had attached Nokia to the project, but that wasn't certain to the more recent tipsters.

The hardware still faced months of testing and might not be available until the fall. Given the timing and the dual-core support, it would most likely use Windows Phone 8, or Apollo. The OS is expected to be the first significant rethinking of Windows Phone since it appeared in 2010 and could bring some platform compatibility with Windows 8 on the desktop, new interface elements to match, and support for higher-resolution screens.

In the nearer term, tips to the same site had Sprint "in the process" of adapting its Total Equipment Protection coverage to the iPhone. It would serve as an alternative to AppleCare+ and cover not just flaws and accidental damage but lost and stolen devices.

Timing wasn't clear, nor whether TEP would vary from the $8 monthly fee Sprint asks for its usual devices.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Mr. Strat

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    Good strategy

    Yeah! Let's make a phone using an operating system that nobody is buying.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Good strategy

    Well, not everyone can have your strategy, which is, um, what again? Oh, right, just sell the iPhone because that's all anyone wants. Who cares whether Apple actually wants you to sell it, or if your users want something else.

  1. areb5030

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    Windows Phone: The Best Smartphone OS...PERIOD

    I say this as a life long cellphone smartphone fanatic who's career is ironically directly aligned. I have used the iPhone, I have used high end Androids, (And by used I do NOT mean for 5 min on my friends device) Software wise: Windows Phone is bulletproof, no need for battery pulls, soft resets, restores, it doesn't crash I'll pull the battery or reset an iPhone/Android 25 times before having to on my WP. More importantly than even that: It's FAST, it will boot up in under 20 seconds (And that's on my first gen 1gz*) it launches apps as fast or better than it's dual core/1GB RAM rivals. WP is also, by far, the most elegant. It starts after initial setup when it says to you: "Have fun" then you see the live tiles for the first time and instead of the typical static icons or obnoxious widgets you're looking at your favorite people, favorite pictures, and favorite music all on the home screen beautifully laid our for you. The PEOPLE hub (Address book if you will) links into your social networks facebook etc. and will give you updates in the WHATS NEW section. You don't need to open any apps to see this information which is really revolutionary if you think about it, its built into the phone's OS, meaning it works just as fast, just as smooth as the rest of the phone's OS. The Zune player is amazing, the ability to show your current song's album art as the lock screen to your phone is sweet visually and audibly exciting. (Nice touch MS) The MESSAGING hub will thread all of your conversations into one Facebook, twitter, and text messages I send to my friends all in the same thread! (Nice touch MS) XBox live Games and achievements on the the phone you can start playing Sonic on the XBox and finish on the phone (Nice touch MS) you can control the media on your Xbox from your phone as well. SEARCH button is fantastic, whether you want to Bing something, have the local scout feature find you a place to eat/drink/see & do, use the built in QR code reader to shop savvy, or identify the song your listening to, its all there one touch access at any time, and again it is built in to the OS so it's smooth, fast, and intuitive. Email/Calender on the phone are perfect...Period... The IE browser is awesome, the Marketplace is a great experience, unlike the rivals' markets.OFFICE on the phone is a great thing to have, Word, Excel, OneNote, Powerpoint all official Microsoft programs (better compatibility/security) The OS' multitasker is Smarter, Quicker, More Efficient, and Better Looking, than IOS/Android, no need to babysit your background apps, or download an app that babysits the other apps for you (what a joke)..the onscreen tap keyboard is the best I've used, the camera experience is fun, and the battery life is far better than it's rivals' because MS knows that without good software dual cores and 1gb specs only means one thing: Poor battery life. When MS does this with Apollo they will do it right and I'm already anxious for it...

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