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4 years ago

HTC HD7 Priced

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HTC HD7 Priced

The HTC HD7 has been priced.  At least with the European wireless carrier O2.

A leaked pricing list indicates the HD7 will run you 559 Euros out of contract (about $730 US Dollars) and with contractual discounts, as low as 79 Euros (about $104 US Dollars).  The pricing list also indicates availability during week 42 which is the week after Microsoft's October 11th event.

So, is $730 a little on the steep side for the HD7?  Do you think the price will drop or does this open the door for LG and Samsung to offer their Windows Phone 7 devices at a more competitive price?  Will T-Mobile (expected to offer the HD7 possibly as the HD3) discount their prices as much? 

Luckily, October is right around the corner.

via: wmpoweruser.com

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Checkers Classic

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4 years ago

Samsung Cetus i917 caught on tape

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Samsung Cetus i917 caught on tape

The Samsung Cetus i917 was caught on tape recently during a Channel 9 "Inside Windows Phone" taping. Charles Kindel, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 program manager, shows off the phone during the brief interview.

The Cetus is reported to have a 4", 800x480, AMOLED screen and looks really nice in the video. The Cetus is thin enough to be carried in your front pants pocket but does the phone looks small for a 4" screen?

While the appearance was brief, the video of the Cetus also reveals a home control system app that can control lights, thermostat settings and garage doors. 

You can catch the full video excerpt featuring the Cetus after the break and the full, seventeen minute video of Channel 9's "Inside Windows Phone" video here.

via: wmpoweruser.com

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4 years ago

Review: AddressBookOne

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Review: AddressBookOne

Now that AddressBookOne has launched, giving users the ability to pool together contacts from multiple sources to make management of contacts easier, we decided to take it out for a test drive. We found it to be an interesting service with room for improvement. However, Toffa International Limited, developers of AddressBookOne, have built a nice foundation.

Follow the break for more on AddressBookOne.

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4 years ago

HTC Sense Hub video pulled

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HTC Sense Hub video pulled

Yesterday we ran across a video of HTC Sense running on Windows Phone 7 as a hub over at Pocketpt.net. Apparently, HTC has requested that the site pull the video, giving things a little more credibility.

The site commented (translated), "Unfortunately, HTC did not like to have seen the video of its new interface released before it was officially presented, and I was warned that this could have legal repercussions for both the PocketPT either to the author of the article. To avoid any legal embroglio decided to remove it."

While this video was pulled, if you missed it, the demo video is still circulating (for now).

read: mobilitydigest.com

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4 years ago

TimeDancer for WP7 Introduced

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The developers over at Chaoscreated has introduced their first Windows Phone 7 application, Timedancer.

Timedancer is an application that combines video with interactive elements and puzzles. As described by Chaoscreated, "Set in the near future, Timedancer chronicles the lives of Tempus, Vivien, Ben, Kazuo and Adam each of whom have their own agendas, but whose fates are intertwined across the fabric of time and space through the mysterious Timedancer Corporation.".

Post production of the application should be finished on September 22, 2010 and for more information on this interesting application, visit timedancercorp.com.

thanks phil for the tip

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4 years ago

No Windows Phone 7 for Sprint as well (for 2010)

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Well, the other shoe just fell: there will be no phones featuring Windows Phone 7 on Sprint in 2010 as well.

Reason? It's Microsoft, not the carriers.  

According to an interview with CNet with senior product manager Greg Sullivan:

We had to make some trade-offs,...Even Microsoft doesn't have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well.

For the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, so we focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011,That's device availability in the first half and we're very confident of that. That's probably a conservative estimate.

Evidently, Microsoft made this decision earlier this year but are just now going public with it, perhaps to give Verizon a little respite from their public announcement today, which seemed to sell-short Microsoft's new mobile OS.

So that's that folks. Yours truly is also crestfallen, so guess I'll get an AT&T account in addition to Sprint. I suppose we can call the hounds off of Verizon, eh?

[Thanks, Stephen, for the tip!]

 

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4 years ago

Verizon on Windows Phone 7: Not happening this year, maybe 2011

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All the signs for months have been pointing to the sad notion that Verizon may be holding out on Windows Phone 7.  

They were noticeably absent from the February Barcelona announcement, kept quiet on any leaks and of course who could forget the KIN fiasco? (Through in a dash of iPhone rumors to boot as well). See our earlier coverage on the issue.

Today, sadly, Verizon has officially confirmed that news in an interview with Business Week:

Verizon Wireless won’t offer a device at the planned fall introduction or at any point this year, Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokeswoman, said today in an interview. The carrier plans to support the new operating system and will probably release a phone in 2011, she said.

Raney also went on to say that their relationship with Microsoft was "solid", exercising some PR spin for sure.

So, Verizon peeps, looks like you'll have to wait a bit for WP7 to land on Big Red...or will you defect to other carriers? Take the poll, rage on in comments!

 

Will you stay and wait for Verizon or look to other carriers for your Windows Phone 7 experience?Market Research
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4 years ago

Official YouTube support for Windows Phone 7 revealed

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In addition to Netflix, Flixster, official Twitter and all those other apps demoed today by Microsoft, they also finally gave us a look at their official YouTube app, which will presumably be an optional download in the Marketplace.

While you can't stream YouTube videos directly in Mobile Internet Explorer (not yet at least), when  presented with a YouTube link a separate program launches and streams the video. So, familiar territory for Windows Mobile users. No mention of HD streaming though, which is offered on such high-end devices as the Android HTC EVO.

One of the nicest aspects is how the video history is stored under the Pictures/Media hub automatically, allowing quick access (and pinning to a Start Tile) to your videos. That should be great if you're that guy who likes to constantly show off the latest viral videos to your friends...are you that guy? Stop it.

Anyways, between Xbox LIVE, Netflx, YouTube, Zune (music + videos), Twitter, Facebook, etc., Windows Phone 7 finally looks to have nailed down all the corners of social/media tent of 2010.

[via WMPU]

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4 years ago

Final WP7 Developer Tools Released

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Developers, Developers, Developers! Microsoft’s mantra has been one of the key elements to promoting Windows Phone 7. We’ve seen the developer tools in the Beta and Release Candidate stages, but now as promised we get the full version available today. Though currently the release is English only, more languages will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

The timing of the release gives developers a couple of weeks to finalize their apps before the Marketplace opens for submissions. New features include the promised Panorama and Pivot controls, as well as a Bing Maps control. The free download includes all of the development tools in one package; Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Emulator, Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, and XNA Game Studio 4.0.

[via Windows Team Blog]

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4 years ago

Microsoft Demos Netflix, Twitter Apps

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Are you starting to get the idea that third party applications are a major part of Microsoft’s strategy for Windows Phone 7?

Microsoft has released a video on their Channel9 site that gives brief demonstrations of Netflix and Twitter applications as well as offerings from Flixter, OpenTable, and Travelocity. Netflix we saw fairly early at the Mix Conference, an official Twitter app is new (though we have seen a Twitter client from Seesmic) and the other tools are new as well.

Head on over to Channel9 for the video (direct link). Individual videos after the break.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Announces and Releases Mobile Advertising SDK

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In addition to the final release of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools, Microsoft has provided an SDK (Software Development Kit) to enable developers to create ad-supported applications. The SDK allows you to create text or banner ads, and uses Microsoft’s Mobile Ad Exchange to monetize your applications. The Ad Exchange is “the first bidded ad exchange for mobile.” Additionally, the SDK is integrated with Micrsoft pubCenter, which gives you reporting on how different ads are performing within your applications.

Nice to see Microsoft integrating and emphasizing all of their established services, which should be a strength of the Windows Phone 7 platform.

[via Windows Team Blog]

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4 years ago

USB Tethering coming to WP7 at no extra charge?

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USB Tethering coming to WP7 at no extra charge?

 

A recent tweet has us positively giddy at the thought of being able to tether Windows Phone 7 devices over USB without additional contract costs. Granted this is an unsubstantiated rumor, but it isn’t entirely farfetched either.

The tweet states:

Official word--Windows Phone 7 will support USB tethering, carriers can NOT charge extra, above the data plan.

Just to throw some fuel on the fire, perhaps this is a contributing factor to the AT&T data plan changes from June. Given the fact that AT&T is described as “the premiere launch partner” and is rumored to be on the receiving end of six different Windows Phone 7 devices to the tune of 8 million units; I'd like to believe there is some truth in the rumor.

What do you think? Ridiculous or plausible?

Update: The source of the original tweet, Richard Dudley of ComponentOne, tells me that his source is one of the Windows Phone 7 FireStarter events. Have any of our readers attended one of the FireStarters?

Update 2: Apparently, there was a misunderstanding of some kind. Mr. Dudley tweeted this morning that tethering "is not official, may not happen." Chances are that this will be something that carriers can optionally enable at minimum, though I like the way that Microsoft has been throwing their weight around.

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4 years ago

Second Look: Seesmic Twitter app for Windows Phone 7

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Although we've seen Seesmic's Twitter app for Windows Phone 7 demoed before (see here and here), this looks to be their finalized, polished up version complete with video tour.

Considering it's looking less and less likely that Windows Phone 7 will support Twitter directly (though see here for contra), Seesmic's app looks to be a winner.

Like all Seesmic Twitter apps (e.g. desktop, Android), we can expect this to be a free offering as well. Can't be that.

Best part in our opinion? The ability to customize the look/layout of the program, followed by the solid and evidently seamless integration with the OS.

[via TechCrunch]

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