Is No Carrier Other Than AT&T Ready To Sell Microsoft’s Lumia Phones?

Is No Carrier Other Than AT&T Ready To Sell Microsoft’s Lumia Phones?
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Microsoft launched its flagship phones at the “Windows 10” devices event on October 6. The company performed beyond expectations and raised its standard once again with all of its Windows devices. May it be the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, people are eagerly waiting for the release of these devices.


In the midst of all the goody-goody things, here comes the bad news. It seems that AT&T is the only carrier that will sell Lumia 950. It’s still not verified if the carrier will sell Lumia 950 XL. Microsoft said that it is open to selling devices by collaborating with other major carriers. While talking about the partnership, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones Tuula Rytila said that by associating with AT&T the company is looking forward to work on building “connected table” displays at AT&T stores to demonstrate how Lumia smartphones connect with Windows desktops and Surface Pro tablets. She further added, “Partnering with AT&T is executing on that focus and we’re very happy to work them.”

Read Also: ‘Lumia 950′ Vs ‘iPhone 6S’ And ‘Samsung Galaxy S6′; Will This ‘Windows 10′ Device Win Over Them?

Where the tech industry is still trying to make sense of what is going on here, John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, tweeted, “If Microsoft wakes up, we’ll talk about T-Mobile carrying.” Major carriers cannot afford to skip Lumia smartphones if the demand for these Windows-powered devices only increase with time. The possibility looks very high. Having said that, even Microsoft cannot afford not to sell their devices on T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless or Sprint as they may lose a large chunk of customer base.

Read Also: ‘Lumia 950′ Strategy: Will Microsoft’s Slow And Steady Approach Win The Race?

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  • Ricky75

    That’s why I changed from sprint to at&t in the first place, of course the bad service was another reason.
    Every carrier should have one high en phone from each platform. I will change from my cell phone provider without doubt if I can not buy the phone I want!

  • JCFan1979

    If they don’t get the phones out to the people who are interested then they will lose any excitement for the platform. People aren’t going to go crazy for something they can’t get.

  • Nerdy Woman

    TMo CEO stated, they’ll carry it if “Microsoft wakes up.” I’m not sure if that means that Microsoft is making demands they won’t meet or if demand is low and they’re waiting for it to increase. They might want to consider the possibility that often times, people will choose an alternative if their first choice is not available.

    Not many people can afford the up front cost of an unlocked phone, but they will be available through Microsoft and people who love their carrier (really?) can BYOD.

    My Lumia 920 is ready for retirement, my ATT contract is beyond the 2-yr mark, and I am soooo ready to get my grabby hands on a 950XL!

  • Troy Lambert

    Rumor has it that Microsoft wants to control OS updates, the same way Apple does, and AT&T is the only carrier to allow that.

    Otherwise we are following the Android model, where the users only get an update if the carrier wants to allow it.