AT&T Will Be Premier Vendor For Windows Phone 7

The jury is still out as to whether or not Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, will succeed but if AT&T has any influence in the matter, things are looking good for the Redmond-based software manufacturer. Via email, an AT&T spokeswoman said, "We'll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7." She continued saying, "We haven't given guidance on timing."

Last week, well-known Altimeter Group analyst Michael Gartenberg sent out a tweet that claimed AT&T had signed up to purchase 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices. He cited an email from a "trusted source" though his comment could not be confirmed. To help put this in perspective, approximately 55 million smartphones shipped globally in the first quarter of this year.

Thus far, we haven't heard much from any of the top four wireless carriers concerning their plans for Windows Phone 7. However, at the announcement of Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress in February, Microsoft confirmed that its US partners included AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

For Microsoft, there's great value in getting as many carriers on board the Windows Phone 7 ship as possible, especially considering the company's recent failure with the Microsoft Kin line and the move away from the Windows Mobile 6.x platform. With support from the major US carriers, Microsoft has a better chance for success with Windows Phone 7. In addition to getting carriers on board, Microsoft has also been working with at least five major smartphone manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung, LG, ASUS, and Dell to gain support for the platform.

Carriers are likely watching developers' reactions to the reference hardware phones running Windows Phone 7 that were recently distributed by Microsoft. There have been mixed reactions to the mobile OS, especially with regards to some of the features that will likely be missing from the OS, including support for full multitasking, copy and paste, and a native Twitter client. Some have speculated these features will be coming in future generations of the software.

In recent months, AT&T has praised Microsoft and Windows Phone 7. Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of mobile devices for AT&T, indicated at the CTIA show in March that the carrier was looking forward to selling Windows Phone 7 handsets when they become available. According to Bradley, Microsoft "raised the bar substantially" with regards to Windows Phone 7. He also mentioned the upcoming OS made the devices "very, very comparable to any smartphone on the market."

Super Dave 4 years ago

I don't believe that any informed consumers would choose AT&T if given the choice of another carrier.

inspector 4 years ago

i surly wouldn't... :D. Can't believe that they can't even handle their current load. yet they put more and more stress on to it...

acarzt 4 years ago

AT&T and Win Mobile have gone hand in hand for a while now... this comes as no surprise :-P

acarzt 4 years ago

[quote user="Inspector"]

i surly wouldn't... :D. Can't believe that they can't even handle their current load. yet they put more and more stress on to it...


They can handle it just fine.... They want you to beleive they can't so that they can cap your data plan and charge you more.

Inspector 4 years ago

HEHE, sadly thats not what my phone is telling me... dam slow connection! I'll trade my unlimited plan for a faster connection :D "Wishes what acarzt said was true but he charging me more part...!)

3vi1 4 years ago

Via a cell phone, an AT&T spokeswoman said, "We'll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7." She continued saying, "We haven't giv... [call dropped]"

Chainzsaw 4 years ago

I thought I just read a report that Windows Phone 7 was a complete waste of time and money?

I guess time, and markets will decide that.

acarzt 4 years ago

You read someones opinion from an other website.... that was posted on this website.

I read over on cnet that they are having mixed feelings about it.

Somethings they like, others they do not.

I would like to get hands on with it tho to form my own opinion.

animatortom 4 years ago

AT&T controlled by the Gov, now they are trying to gain a monopoly on all communications? Isn't that what the lefties are supposed to be against! I guess if they don't know, then they are all for it?

acarzt 4 years ago

uhhh.... not sure i'm following you Tom lol

Chainzsaw 4 years ago

Before AT&T was AT& was AT&T.

They were broken up by the government because they got too large, then all those companies that got broken up finally pieced back together over the years.

Ahh well, any place that can use 3G is still light years ahead of where I live...

acarzt 4 years ago

ATT Wireless breifly became Cingular too... lol

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