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Windows Phone 8 to land on Sprint this summer

Ian Paul | June 27, 2013
America's third-largest carrier announced Wednesday that it will introduce two new Windows Phone handsets this summer.

You also get a $50 mail-in rebate card that will bring your total paid cost down to $100, if you bother to fill out the form and mail it in.

Samsung's Ativ S Neo offers similar specs to its HTC counterpart including a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a microSD slot, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The handset has a larger display than its HTC counterpart at 4.8 inches. There's no official word on what size of SD card the Ativ S Neo takes or the amount of onboard storage, although some sites are reporting the Samsung phone will come with 16GB onboard.

Other features include a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, and NFC (near-field-communication capability). The Ativ S Neo will go for $200 upfront with a new, two-year contract. As with the 8XT, the Ativ S Neo offers a $50 mail-in rebate. Both rebates are paid out in the form of an American Express Prepaid Reward card.

The two new Windows Phone devices will run on Sprint's LTE network, which is currently available in 110 markets across the U.S. including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles. Sprint says its LTE service will cover more than 200 million people by the end of 2013.

Further specs for the HTC and Samsung phones were not announced, and a Sprint spokesperson declined to offer more details.


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