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I know lots of you have been waiting for the CDMA release of Windows Phone, and today we’re one big step closer! Sprint is now taking pre-orders for the HTC Arrive.
The HTC Arrive is a great new addition to the Windows Phone family, featuring a full, sliding landscape QWERTY keyboard and a tilt-up display. It will cost $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade, and be available in all Sprint retail locations and from Sprint.com.
To pre-order your phone, head into any Sprint store and purchase a $50 gift card. Your name will be added to a wait list. Starting March 20, Sprint will begin contacting pre-order customers to complete their purchase.
See the Sprint website for more detailed specs on the HTC Arrive, or to find the Sprint store nearest you.
So I got all jazzed up about doing some WP7 at Mix 11. Lo and behold my Touch Pro 2 happened to break while I was out there so I marched into the Sprint store at UNLV and picked up an HTC Arrive. It worked great...until I returned home to St. Croix which is in the USVI. Apparently the Arrive isn't working in Puerto Rico or the USVI yet, despite the fact that both of these American protectorate's get normal Sprint coverage and have Sprint store's. As of right now they won't sell them in the Sprint stores here or in PR because they know of the issue. When I called Sprint support they had no idea what was going on but they basically said tough luck, exchange for another phone. So right now over 3 million prospective Sprint customers are being told "f off" when they inquire about the only WP7 device available to them.
I will post further updates on my blog: www.blendblog.net/.../Default.aspx
Hello all! It’s a shame... One week prior to the release of this phone on the Sprint network, they DON’T even have it advertised on their website!! As opposed to when they released the EVO with Android. I have always been a Sprint customer and I have only owned Windows based Smartphone, and since my Moto Q 9c is shooting its last bullets, I had huge expectations about upgrading to WP7 this month. But it seems that all carriers don’t care about if this new platform succeeds or not, and that’s why Sprint (and everyone else) are releasing low-quality versions of their top-shelve OEMs. Furthermore, it seems that they just want to allocate all of their marketing resources to iPhone and Android. After reading all these negative comments (certainly with legitimate reasons), I feel that I will have to delay my so expected exposure to the new Windows Phone. It’s a shame that a company such as Microsoft, with the power and resources they can dispose of, delivers a product that was highly advertised as the new revolution in the Smartphone market, but it plagued of bugs and shortfalls. BUT the real problem here is their inability to accept that they’ve erred, that they have not yet delivered what they promised. Grab the bull by its horns and make of this phone my new inseparable friend. What a shame!
i had planned on getting this phone until I learned the task feature wasn't in the phone. The work arounds are cute, but my Palm Pre already syncs all INCLUDING tasks. WM7 shouldn't just have tasks, they should allow us to see tasks as flagged emails and prioritized by color just like Outlook. Do it BETTER, otherwise there's nothing to gain.
Fix this and i'm in. I like the platform. I just need this function as do many others.
Sprints first WP7 phone is a HTC Touch Pro updated and enhanced for WP7 called Pro 7 or Arrive, GRR! I want a WP7, to show my iPhone crazed friends what a good open-source phone can do. I would not even begin to compare WP7 to Android as Android is nothing more than iPhone's shadow.
However, if quality does not come from phone manufactures WP7 will die. I hope Sprint will get the ASUS, ACER, or a equivalent, as I want a Volvo S60 over a Toyota Camry. I am willing to pay $200 to $400 for quality. Much like I am willing to pay for quality applications, over millions of free crappy applications.
I'm a little disappointed in the 3.6" screen... would prefer a 4.x" screen like the HD7, but I'm not switching to T-Mobile just to get one. So now I have to decide whether to compromise on the screen size or hold out and see what summer brings... but I really want a WP7 device!
Meh. The EVO is 4G, tons more apps, mature support, and costs the same. What's the compelling reason to buy this phone? Maybe for $99 or $49, you might have an argument...
Good news. Hopefully Sprint will care other Windows Phone devices so customers have an option to get a device with or without a keyboard.
Quick follow up to my original comment. So, we know that with the March update, WP7 will support CDMA. My big question is, does WP7 even support global roaming between CDMA and GSM? And if so, how will it work? What level of control will we have for selecting the network our phone connects to while overseas?
Ugh, I have been waiting months for WP7 on Sprint, and all we get is this? Any phone that does not have global roaming is worthless. Please give us some real "Pro" hardware that works overseas. Until then, I am stuck with RIM. =(
CDMA, that's good news. Now you only need to add Asian languages support and I'll be "finally" able to buy a WP7 in Japan ...
Here is hope that when you finally bring them here they'll come with MANGO straight out of the box :)