AT&T has made an aggressive bid for the Windows Phone 7, repeatedly supporting the technology and Microsoft’s progress.
Now, AT&T has announced that they would be the main provider of Microsoft’s upcoming device.
“We’ll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7,” a spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to PC World.
The assertive statement shows more confidence than other providers—most conspicuously Verizon—who are likely hanging back to see the results of the launch before jumping headlong into the fray.
Perhaps even more telling have been reports that AT&T signed up to buy 8 million WP7 devices last week. The buy would add a massive portion to the 49.1 million smartphones currently in use in the U.S.
Both Verizon and Sprint-Nextel have kept mum about their plans for the WP7.
While Verizon and Microsoft likely have some latent rancor after the Kin capitulation, all carriers are likely poring over reactions by developers, weighing their reviews and testing the WP7’s merit.
Some of the outstanding demerits with the WP7 include the lack of multitasking, no copy-and-paste and not native twitter agent, according to ComputerWorld.
The AT&T announcement comes amid clamor that AT&T’s soon-to-be-expired contract for the iPhone will result in other providers selling the device, which has been the engine propelling AT&T to the number two spot among cell phone providers.
A steadily-swelling wave of discontentment with AT&T from iPhone users has prompted speculation that the exclusive contract will end in late 2010, which is when the WP7 is slated for release.
However, recent reporting reveals that the contract, signed by the companies in 2007, was not to expire until 2012. It is unknown whether that contract has been amended.