1. Dave Blake's Avatar
    I went in to my local AT&T store on lunch today and had a brief conversation with the manager here is how the conversation went.

    Me "When will you be getting the Focus S in stores"

    Manager "I don't know"

    Me "That's to bad I am really looking forward to getting away from Sprint and I think the Focus S will make that happen."

    Manager "All I can say is this. When we get something new in on Friday or Saturday we have a meeting to discuss it on Sunday. We can't talk about it with customers until it is on the floor ready for sale on Monday"

    Me "I guess I will see you Monday then"

    Manager "I'll see you Monday"

    Just a rumor guys but if it happened you heard it here first
    10-18-2011 01:30 PM
  2. Verkunder's Avatar
    I think you're reading into it a little much.
    10-18-2011 02:25 PM
  3. palandri's Avatar
    Won't hurt to check again on Monday!
    10-18-2011 02:38 PM
  4. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Sounds like a hint to me.
    10-18-2011 03:09 PM
  5. Coffee's Avatar
    he could've at least told you if he's working on sunday
    10-18-2011 03:12 PM
  6. Dusteater's Avatar
    I feel like AT&T and Microsoft would market this quite a ways before it was released. I still don't think we will see this phone until 2012.

    Just look at the HTC devices... been going crazy with them for weeks and not even close to release.
    10-18-2011 03:37 PM
  7. Dr.Phil's Avatar
    It would coincide with the timeline of the FCC filing. However, you may or may not be reading too much into this. He may not know what devices are coming, just the fact that they arrive on Friday or Saturday. It just seems odd that they would release a high-end device without any kind of formal announcement showing the looks and the specs of the phone. So I WANT to believe your story, but there's just so much doubt there that I am skeptical. Unless Samsung comes out this week and shows the device. I do, however, believe that the Titan could very well be released next week because it did have a formal announcement (not just an AT&T statement).
    10-18-2011 03:41 PM
  8. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Actually AT&T did announce they would be carrying the new WP7 devices. But nothing in the way of ads
    AT&T Announces Three New Windows Phone 7 Mango Devices: The HTC TITAN, The Samsung Focus S, & Focus Flash | TechGuySmartBuy
    10-18-2011 03:44 PM
  9. Verkunder's Avatar
    The way I see it, if you told him you'd see him Monday, he's merely saying he'll see you when you come in. Of course, we can't hear the intonation in his voice through text, but I'm not holding my breath.
    10-18-2011 05:50 PM
  10. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    The Focus is getting EOL'd today. [via front page]
    The way I see it, if you told him you'd see him Monday, he's merely saying he'll see you when you come in. Of course, we can't hear the intonation in his voice through text, but I'm not holding my breath.
    10-18-2011 06:09 PM
  11. Dr.Phil's Avatar
    Actually AT&T did announce they would be carrying the new WP7 devices. But nothing in the way of ads
    AT&T Announces Three New Windows Phone 7 Mango Devices: The HTC TITAN, The Samsung Focus S, & Focus Flash | TechGuySmartBuy
    That's why I said formal announcement in the way of actual photos and spec releases sort of like the Titan.
    10-19-2011 08:57 PM
  12. Dave Blake's Avatar
    With all the news that has hit us in the last 24 hours what do you guys say now? Am I reading too much in to this or will we see the Focus S in AT&T stores on Monday?
    10-20-2011 01:06 PM
  13. Dusteater's Avatar
    With all the news that has hit us in the last 24 hours what do you guys say now? Am I reading too much in to this or will we see the Focus S in AT&T stores on Monday?
    Still doubt Monday. I just cannot believe they'd release something like the Focus S without announcing a release date of any kind. I would expect at least a week or two notice. But, first week of November? Maybe, if they announce something soon.
    10-20-2011 01:08 PM
  14. Dr.Phil's Avatar
    With all the news that has hit us in the last 24 hours what do you guys say now? Am I reading too much in to this or will we see the Focus S in AT&T stores on Monday?
    It is possible, some phones have come to the market without a specific launch date before. I would say if not this next week then the first week in November. Engadget did note that the pictures of the Titan didn't show the prototype they handled, which means that what you see there is indeed what is going to be shipped.
    10-20-2011 01:22 PM
  15. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Sorry off topic post but its my thread. ;)

    Does anyone think Microsoft might be planning a multi phone launch covering many carriers. Something like the Mango Roll out maybe?
    10-20-2011 01:33 PM
  16. Dusteater's Avatar
    Sorry off topic post but its my thread. ;)

    Does anyone think Microsoft might be planning a multi phone launch covering many carriers. Something like the Mango Roll out maybe?
    Well, it is possible they are trying to, but knowing how bad US carriers are, I'd think that would be near impossible. No one like cooperating.
    10-20-2011 01:35 PM
  17. palandri's Avatar
    Sorry off topic post but its my thread. ;)

    Does anyone think Microsoft might be planning a multi phone launch covering many carriers. Something like the Mango Roll out maybe?
    I don't think so, I think the timing is wrong, but I could be wrong. Sprint is infatuated with the iPhone. Verizon is infatuated with the Droid Bionic and LTE. T-Mobile is worried about trying to increase their subscribers with low rates.

    I still think you stop by the store on Monday. Maybe they won't have the phone, but they may have more details for you.
    10-20-2011 01:44 PM
  18. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    How are US carriers bad?
    Well, it is possible they are trying to, but knowing how bad US carriers are, I'd think that would be near impossible. No one like cooperating.
    10-20-2011 02:11 PM
  19. Dusteater's Avatar
    How are US carriers bad?
    In alot of ways. They want to have total control over everything and refuse to work together on standardization etc...

    Also, I have had phones in various countries in the world, and carriers don't charge hardly anything for international roaming. Price gouging for international roaming is strictly an American thing.
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    10-20-2011 02:14 PM
  20. palandri's Avatar
    How are US carriers bad?
    In alot of ways. They want to have total control over everything and refuse to work together on standardization etc...

    Also, I have had phones in various countries in the world, and carriers don't charge hardly anything for international roaming. Price gouging for international roaming is strictly an American thing.
    I have to agree with Dusteater. My wife and I go to France. Things are lot different in Europe. They have more consumer protection regulations. If you buy a phone outright, rates are much cheaper. They are all GSM so your phone will work on any network by just changing SIM cards. They wouldn't allow Apple to restrict the iPhone to one carrier, because it made for unfair competition. When I go to France I just stop by an Orange or SFR store and get a couple of pay as you go SIM cards. It saves us a bundle.
    10-20-2011 03:09 PM
  21. Dr.Phil's Avatar
    How are US carriers bad?
    Think about all the phones manufacturers offer overseas and how many of them come over here. That's one example. I swear I wish carriers would offer more phone choice. There are some tight phones they have in Europe but they never come here or when they do they are either really late or unlocked. Also, I remember a couple of years ago I bought my first smartphone, the Samsung Blackjack from AT&T. At that time, you could buy a smartphone and assume the responsibility of if you went on the internet without a data plan, you would pay the charges. I didn't have a data plan and at that time didn't have the need to go on some mobile internet (which at that time was really nothing). Then, they changed their rule to if you bought any new smartphone you had to buy a mandatory data plan. I did that too, which at the time was UNLIMITED and was really good. Now, we are limited to 2GB for almost the same price as unlimited and they lie saying that only 5% of users use more than that amount. I can't even imagine buying one of those PC cards from them that allows your laptop to connect to their network. With that you are limited to 4GB a month. It's just absolutely crazy. And then we have companies at the bottom like Cellular South...errr C-Spire that offer unlimited data, good coverage, but with a pretty bad lineup of phones. You can't win....ever.
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    10-20-2011 09:33 PM
  22. Peter McCain's Avatar
    I hope they are not coming out this monday. As much as I want a new wp device, it would be disappointing that there were no ads or any marketing to push these new device.
    I would hope that after Nokia World, MS will just air an ad with all their new devices marching on national tv.
    10-21-2011 12:58 AM
  23. benjiprice's Avatar
    Seems the new phones will have to come out in the next couple of days. On the Windows Phone page you can "check prices" for them on AT&T. Click on each check price button takes you to ATT where only have the focus and hd7. I'd imagine they need to fix that awkwardness soon.
    10-21-2011 08:41 AM
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