Microsoft Addresses Flagshipgate and the Future of Windows Phones - Thurrott.com. I agree with Paul's desire to see Microsoft sell their new flagship Windows phones direct and unlocked, but doing so would be very much out of character for Microsoft. Microsoft's mobile products have always been about operating within constraints, one of which are the carriers. I suspect Microsoft values what little relationship they have with carriers to take the risk at appearing to be competing. If Microsoft really wanted to make some noise, they would sell direct, unlocked at compelling prices. Push the price of a flagship to $400 or less and you might at least make some noise. (See the new headlines: Microsoft Aggressively Selling Smartphones).