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Windows Phone 7 to be Available on all Networks


Windows Phone 7 to be Available on all Networks

If you’re thinking that Microsoft might have something good going with Windows Phone 7, then you’ll be pleased to know that once the platform launches later in the year you’ll be spoilt for choice for networks.

While it’s not a major surprise, Microsoft has today confirmed that Windows Phone 7 handsets will be available from, in alphabetical order, 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone. It will also be stocked by The Carphone Warehouse, and Phones 4U.

Microsoft’s new platform will offer an integrated experience across the phone, PC desktop and Xbox console, and was recently boosted by the announcement that the Zune Pass and Zune services will be available in the UK when Windows Phone 7 launches. While this is impressive sounding, we’re still baffled by the lack of cut-and-paste.

Either so, we await the imminent launch of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets with great interest.

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Michael 2

September 22, 2010, 10:35 pm

any word on a release schedule as yet?

or date an announcement will be made?


September 22, 2010, 11:06 pm

Screw the carriers. Buy unlocked!

I'm kinda getting caught up in the hype for WP7 but need some questions answered. The leaked handsets we have seen all have under 8gig of available memory free and we know (don't we?) that the OS doesn't offer SD card support so, thats a dealbreaker right there.

I have had these discussions on engadget but some people are actually defending this no sd stance, like it's somehow okay, or even good. Whats the thoughts here?

Either way WP7 needs multitasking and expandable memory before I would consider it but other than that i'm liking what I have seen so far. Google really needs a kick up the ass to sort out manufactures and carriers not updating their products. If it continues then I will be looking elsewhere myself.


September 22, 2010, 11:31 pm

I mean, I'm trying not to be sniffy about this. It looks much nicer and more focussed than Android. But will there be An App For That? That is the defining factor now in whether a new platform takes off in the consumer space. Without the app store of The App Store, the sheer horsepower of the Android phones' hardware, or the corporate monopoly of RIM's speciality in messaging, this is far from a home run yet just because it's Microsoft. It really could get squeezed out and the phone world has changed so dramatically, partly because of MS's negative contribution, people won't put up with poorly maintained crap anymore.


September 22, 2010, 11:43 pm

world + dog sigh and move on.


September 23, 2010, 12:06 am

I was committed to Win Mo from the early days of Windows CE and the Orange SPV's. Six months ago I gave up and decided to give Andriod a go (big step for me as I don't like change :-). Sorry Microsoft but I'm hooked and its going to take something really really special for me to dump my Desire, and I don't think they will cut it....but I wish them all the best in what will be a tough battle.

john g

September 23, 2010, 1:38 am

Because I remember back to computers that had to be switched off before a new task could be undertaken, and everything was done in green text using customised keyboard overlays for every program, I've always been grateful to Microsoft for what they brought to everyday computing. And, before anyone says that Digital Research/Apple did it first, I'd point out that it was actually Xerox Parc that brought us Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointing devices - but Microsoft made it ubiquitous. And who has bought a Xerox computer recently? Or, to name another pre-1980s Colossus, ICL? Or IBM? The point is that computers and electronics are still emerging technologies, albeit ones that are starting to settle, and companies that are giants today might be minnows tomorrow. Sadly, I suspect that Microsoft may be one that has had its day.

I nearly bought an HTC HD2, even when I knew that its Windows Mobile 6 point whatever-it-was, was a dead-end. It did what I wanted a smartphone to do but, in the end, the feeling that I might still lust after unknown applications and future-proofness, and the feeling that Android was about to make it big, held me back. So am I now thinking about Windows Phone 7? No! Android does everything I want now and think I might want in the future. Microsoft's offering will start from several hundred metres back down the track and might never catch up. Why place a bet on an unproven might-be when you can cash in on a certainty?

I wonder where Microsoft will be in ten years time?

jamie hancox

September 23, 2010, 12:16 pm

As a recent mover from iPhone to Android (cheeky little Wildfire for a practice), and even though I'm still running 2.1 on a smaller screen, I can't see WP7 getting anywhere near Android. What google are doing is putting users back in control of the device by making it infinitely configurable... Apple took that control away. Once Android looks better (2 releases away?) I can't see it being beaten for a few years. 3rd place Microsoft, or 4th behind Nokia.


September 23, 2010, 1:29 pm

Hadn't realised Windows 7 didn't support micro SD cards! That's another blow and I think ill be bowing out of getting one now :-( its so annoying that even with the 3 big OS's that are here/coming soon (iPhone/Android/Windows 7) there is still nothing available for someone looking to have a media creation device (as well as a media consumption).

By that I mean a mobile phone that I can plug a micro SD card into in order to save the photos/video ive taken (Iphone doesn't have SD), view and edit those photos and 720p/1080p videos (Android doesn't have a video editior). The closest device to this at the moment is the iPhone as there are loads of apps to do this work, but as the iPhone is a very closed system you cant get the video onto the phone and even if you could the iPhone doesn't support all formats :-(


September 23, 2010, 4:14 pm

@john_g - Look at post 2



September 23, 2010, 7:09 pm

@Stelph - You can edit your photos and video on the Nokia N8. It also has 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to 48GB with a 32GB MicroSD card. Take a look:



September 25, 2010, 4:02 pm

@ john_G

Microsoft wil be bigger and stronger than ever in 10 years time. I am in no way a fanboy, i use a HTC Hero and linux wherever possible but next year you'll see MS change shape like a Decepticon into full business platform with sass.

They will then be well placed to completely overhaul their licencing structure to a rental scheme. This will put many businesses out on the street and will probably upset a large amount of OEMs but it isn't technically anti-competitive because alternatives exist already for this kind of hosted solution.

Looks like a good time to get out of the IT business.


September 26, 2010, 10:38 pm

I wont be jumping from the android ship anytime soon, Microsoft are not offering anything different apart from xbox live on a mobile phone.

Id like to see Microsoft intergrate a smaller version of the kinect motion sensor & camera, that could potentially change the way how we use mobile devices. It's probably too expensive at the moment but maybe in the 2nd generation could be achievable.

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