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AT&T Champions Windows Phone

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has crowned itself the Windows Phone leader as it announced Monday three new smartphones running Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s latest operating system, Mango, and committed to updating the rest of its portfolio to the 7.5 version.

The new HSPA+ smartphones include the large-screen High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Titan, Samsung Corp. Focus S and budget-friendly Samsung Focus Flash, all set to launch in the fourth quarter.

AT&T claims to sell more WP devices than any other carrier, but a spokesman wouldn't divulge actual sales. The carrier already sells two HTC WP smartphones, the HD7S and Surround, the Samsung Focus and the LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) Quantum.

Why this matters
Commitment from the U.S. wireless operators to sell Windows Phone devices will be crucial for the platform's recovery, and AT&T is amongst the first to show it's not giving up on Microsoft. The carrier said it will update its four existing Windows Phone devices to Mango by this fall, bringing its total WP Mango portfolio to seven.

Comparatively, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US Inc. currently list only one HTC WP device on their online stores, and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) offers an HTC or Windows 6.5 Motorola Mobility LLC option.

For more
Read up on Microsoft's Mango update below.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:54:11 PM
re: AT&T Champions Windows Phone

Handset-maker support will also, of course, be important. So it's bad news that our sister pub InformationWeek is reporting that Samsung might abandon the OS at the end of 2012 in favor of its own OS, bada.

jdbower 12/5/2012 | 4:54:05 PM
re: AT&T Champions Windows Phone

"AT&T claims to sell more WP devices than any other carrier"

Rumor has it, BOTH WP7 devices sold last month were from AT&T!

Sorry, couldn't resist...

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