Windows Phone 8 devices are rolling out to carriers around the world this month, but one US carrier is conspicuously absent: Sprint. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – which sat out the launch last time around – are already on board. Thankfully, there’s hope on the horizon for Sprint customers, many of whom have been clamoring for Microsoft’s latest smartphone OS. According to a new email from the company, “Sprint and Microsoft are partnering to bring Windows Phone 8 to Sprint’s customers – operating on its 4G LTE network – next year.”

The biggest worry, of course, is that Sprint will repeat its past mistakes and only offer a single Windows Phone 8 handset throughout the life of the product. The company released the HTC Arrive in March 2011, but it wasn’t the product of HTC and Sprint’s best work. The device reached its End of Life (EOL) earlier this year, so customers have been unable to get their hands on a Sprint Windows Phone for some time now.

With any luck, Sprint will release an excellent device – like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC – on its network early next year and continue to add new handsets over time.

[PC Mag]