While AT&T (T), T-Mobile and Verizon (VZ) bask in the glory of carrying the best Windows Phone 8 smartphones made by Nokia (NOK) and HTC (2498), Sprint (S) will reportedly wait until 2013 to decide whether Microsoft’s (MSFT) new mobile platform is worth the investment, according to TechCrunch. Although the carrier hasn’t released any official statement as to why it is choosing to wait, TechCrunch suggests it might be too busy with its $20 billion acquisition by Softbank and losses to have resources devoted to promoting an unproven platform. Sprint could also be playing it safe seeing as how Windows Phone 7 was mostly a bust. Whatever the reason is, if you’re in the market for a Windows Phone 8 device, don’t bother looking at Sprint until next year.

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.