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Although publishing articles on our front page is a big part of WPCentral, the back half is our user forums (forums.wpcentral.com). With nearly 230K registered members and almost 15K that are online at this very moment, the forums are the best spot to debate current and upcoming hardware.

Equally, if you have a problem with your phone, general questions or something to share, nothing beats searching or posting a new thread and response.

As the Microsoft ecosystem continues to expand, we have a few new forums to add to the mix, or highlight in case you have missed them before.

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Attention all Windows Phone fans! We've just passed the 1 million post marker on the Windows Phone Central community forum! The forum is the backend of the overall website experience, just like other Mobile Nations technology blogs. Not only do they provide a centralized location for folk with similar interests to band together and engage in conversations, but also receive support, share tips and more.

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One of the many features of Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to add a third row of tiles to your Windows Phone Start Screen. We’ve already gotten used to seeing the third row in action on the larger screened Nokia Lumia 1520 but how is it performing on the smaller screened devices?

WPCentral member nexialbinding has started this discussion in the forums asking just that. Nexialbinding updated a Lumia 920 and is a little put off on how terrible things look with the extra row added.

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The Windows Phone Central forums are the absolute best place in the world to talk, share, and experience the Windows Phone and Microsoft community. All of that news Microsoft announced just today? We've already got forums and threads aplenty set up for your discussion pleasure. Jump in now and let us know your take on all the day's events!

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Some will argue that the one device missing from the Windows Phone ecosystem is a smartwatch. There are plenty alternatives out there but nothing that lends itself to the Modern UI of the Windows family.

Windows Phone Central member taymur has started this discussion in the WPCentral Forums suggesting we may see an announcement of a smartwatch from Nokia sooner than later. His hunch is based on the upcoming press conference from Nokia and the presser’s announcement graphics. The event tagged as “More” has a rotating set of symbols for the ‘O’ in More that includes a clock face.

We still expect to see the Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 930 announced at the press event, but our sources say no smartwatch will be on the table for Wednesday's event. Instead, look for something more towards September after Windows Phone 8.1 gets its first update. But what does the future hold for a Windows Phone smartwatch?

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Once again, we travel to the Windows Phone Central forums to help a reader in need. This week, we are looking at a question by SocalTouch, who just purchased his Dell Venue 8 Pro. SocalTouch wants to know what the “best” podcast application for Windows 8 is. Let us see if we can help him out!

Before everyone screams out the Zune desktop application (because we know it is a favorite of many), let us note that our reader is looking for a Windows 8 application – something that is touch friend for his 8-inch Dell tablet, so think apps from the Windows Store.

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With the light at the end of the tunnel becoming visible with Windows Phone 8.1 an interesting discussion is taking place in the WPCentral Forums.

We are expecting Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed “Blue” to be announced next week at Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference. New Windows Phones running Blue should arrive sometime this summer and current devices are expected to be upgradeable. Rumored features for Windows Phone 8.1 include Cortana, actionable notifications, dual-SIM support, a file picker, and micro-SD card support for apps.

But what if you could only have one of these features?

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Our forums here at Windows Phone Central is the place to hit if you are seeking advice, support, or friendly chat for anything Microsoft related.

This week, within our Microsoft Surface 2 forum, reader, ThoughtHalo, wanted to know if he should keep his Nokia Lumia 2520 or trade it for one of Microsoft’s brand new Surface 2 units with LTE. Let us see if we can help him out.

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We have all been there. Through no fault of our own, our Windows Phones have been dropped, scratched up, sent sailing from a bicycle mount, or otherwise put in harm’s way at least once (more for some).

The latest chapter in Windows Phone horror stories comes from Windows Phone Central member abel920 who connected his loyal Nokia Lumia 920 to the micro USB charger before going to bed. He awoke to the smell of burning wires and wrote it off to someone toasting bread downstairs in the kitchen. While toasting bread in the middle of the night has happened, what generated the burnt wire smell was abel920’s Lumia 920 and charger.

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When Facebook Messenger released for Windows Phone devices a couple of weeks back, it marked the third official way to chat with your Facebook friends on Windows Phone. No kidding!

While the Facebook integration is one of the touted features of the platform and you can chat with your Facebook friends from within the messaging app, you can also do the same using the official Facebook app developed by Microsoft. And now, there’s Facebook Messenger. All of which brings us to the question, "How do you chat with your Facebook friends from your Windows Phone?"

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Our forums here at Windows Phone Central can be considered the breath and soul of the site itself; a place where fellow "Microsofties" can talk about the technology they hold dearest. In a post this week, WPCentral Member Dallas Gaston asks whether he should grab an Xbox One to pair with his Windows 8.1 Desktop, Surface 2 Pro, and Nokia Lumia 1520 or grab a PlayStation as he always has in the past.

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The decision to use a case with your Windows Phone is an age-old debate that has been re-kindled in a recent discussion going on over in the Windows Phone Central Lumia Icon Forums.

WPCentral member johnnyshinta presents the question here in the forums while considering a case for his Nokia Lumia Icon. The case he tried with the Icon had small crevices on either side of the display that captured dust and was difficult to keep clean. In addition, it seemed to ruin the clean looks of the Icon.

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Microsoft made it official a few weeks ago during the 2014 Mobile World Congress and relaxed the hardware requirements for future Windows Phones; namely removing the mandate for the three front facing buttons and camera button (the front buttons will be virtual, instead).

This will make some manufacturers happy in that they could use existing designs to run the Windows Phone OS without the need for re-design. Instead of hardware buttons, we could be relegated to on-screen buttons from some Windows Phone makers. While Samsung and HTC may be happy with this announcement, will consumers be happy with on-screen buttons and no camera button?

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As the title states, everyone loves a great deal, especially when it comes to apps for smartphones. There are a number of deals we have covered on our main publication, but there are offers that pass our watchful eyes but are caught on our forums. If you're looking to add to your app arsenal, be sure to check our community for some irresistible app deals.

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Every now and again we run across a discussion over in the Windows Phone Central Forums that reminds us how creative our readers can be. WPCentral member TheKinkajou has created a stand for the Nokia Qi Wireless charger out of Legos.

It is the latest of such creations that we have seen over the past year or so in the forums and appears to fit the bill rather nicely.

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Over the past week we’ve seen a huge influx of new information on Windows Phone 8.1. You can thank the beta Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak for supplying us with info that’s helping to give a better sense of what’s coming next for Windows Phone. The next big update is a mix of headline grabbing features, like Cortana, and small improvements, like muted conversations, that together add up to create the best version of Windows Phone yet. You don’t want to miss the entire list of Windows Phone 8.1 features that we just compiled earlier today. It’s a pretty impressive set of features coming, but is it too late?

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We have an interesting conversation going on over in the Windows Phone Central forums debating on whether or not the new Verizon Nokia Icon is too boxy.

WPCentral member Keith Petrovich poses the question after visiting the local Microsoft Store. The lack of colors also comes into question after seeing all the color choices with the Lumia 1520 and 1020 models.

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So you are new to Windows Phone, loaded a ton of apps and games on to your phone and now face a hard reset that will wipe out everything. Or even better, you bought a new Windows Phone. The good news is that all the apps and games you’ve purchased won’t have to be re-purchased, as those licenses are linked to your Microsoft Account. The better news is that you can backup your app listings to make re-installing things a lot easier.

While many of the seasoned Windows Phone users already know this, we have a few discussions going on in the Windows Phone Central Forums asking about re-installing apps and games after a hard reset. WPCentral reader WaseemAkram poses that very question in this forums discussion and several readers quickly stepped up to offer reassurances that he would not have to re-purchase all his apps and games.

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One of the biggest decisions a game developer, especially an independent one, needs to make is whether or not charge for their product. One way the other, they run risks.

A free, ad-supported game, can bring in more downloads, but runs the risk of annoying players. At the same time, a pay-to-play game seems like a sure way to limit the number of downloads you get. Of course, there’s always the in-game purchase route, but not all games lend themselves to that model.

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