We previously heard a rumor that the new Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones would be soldexclusively through AT&T in the US, Microsoft has now confirmed this.
Microsoft has now confirmed to Venture Beat that these new Windows 10 smartphones will be made available exclusively on AT&T at launch, you can see a statement from Microsoft below.
We’re refocusing our channel strategy, narrowing it in the short-term and planning for broader operator availability long-term,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “While there was interest across the board from U.S. operators, currently we’ve made the decision to have AT&T carry the Lumia 950, and then sell both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL unlocked through our own channel in Microsoft stores. In Europe, Deutsche Telekom will carry the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and we’ll have more to share about other carriers shortly.
There had also been rumors that no other carriers were interested in Microsoft’s new smartphones, this is apparently not the case, as T-Mobile CEO, John Legere confirmed on Twitter that they want the handsets on their network.
It is not clear as yet on why Microsoft chose to launch the handsets exclusively with AT&T, rather than offering the devices will all of the mobile carriers.
As yet there are no details on when the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets will be made available with other carriers, there are no details on how long this exclusivity agreement with AT&T lasts.