HTC Has Decided Not To Sell One Of Its Signature Windows Phones In The U.S.

windows phone 8xSteve Ballmer and HTC CEO Peter Chou introduce the Windows Phone 8x and 8s.

HTC announced this week that it would not sell its upcoming Windows Phone 8s in the U.S., according to a company statement provided to Engadget.The 8s is a budget version of HTC’s well-reviewed Windows Phone 8X, which is currently on sale through AT&T and Verizon. Both phones were announced in September with the promise of a November release date.

HTC didn’t mention the 8S wouldn’t make it to the U.S. when the phone was first announced.

There are two ways to look at this: 

  1. U.S. carriers aren’t interested in offering another Windows Phone, especially since Nokia already makes several budget-friendly variations of its Lumia phone.
  2. HTC thinks it only needs one “hero” Windows Phone in the U.S. to gauge consumer interest in the platform.

Now don’t miss our review of another Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 920 >

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