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"The Horror! The Horror!"

Soldier down! That's right, even with the Lumia 900's Corning® Gorilla® Glass it seems that just the right drop at just the right height can shatter the beautiful 4.3" display.

Forum member fig dropped his Lumia from waist high and the screen darn near 'sploded. If he has the AT&T insurance, the best he can hope for is spending $200 on the deductible. That is rather high but it's a lot better than paying full price for a new device, so let us hope he has the insurance!

Get the full story in our forums: cracked display.....what should I do? Let us know in the comments if you have insurance on your device and if you think the $200 deductible is, you know, too high?

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Do you have a Windows Phone in your hand? Do you think you know everything it can do? Wouldn't it be nice to get some helpful hints, some insight in to what functions are available in Windows Phone?

That is exactly what today's hot thread is all about. In his thread "Not so well known WP7 functionality" (started originally on Reddit), WPCentral Forum member saintforlife has summarized a thread for us that covers a lot of these points. With the help from other forum members contributions his thread is quickly filling up with a lot of helpful Windows Phone functionality tips.

Here are a few that forums member Jet Life added to the list.

 "I've got a couple for the Zune player: 

  • When a song is playing in the Zune app you can tap the artists name and go to their albums list. 
  • If your playing music in shuffle mode and add a song to now playing through a tap and hold, it will be the next song to play. Same thing for an album
  • On the now playing screen in Zune you can tap below the song playing and it will list upcoming songs.
  • If you pin an artist to the home screen, you get the double tile."

Do you listen to the FM Radio in your Windows Phone? Forum member Winterfang added this one to the list.

  • Holding down a blank space while listening to radio on the headphones, gives you the option to use the speakers instead.

Do you have a lot of contacts in your contacts list? Having any trouble keeping them organized? We have some tips to help you with just that  posted by forum member VizagDude.

In the address book view, if a person has multiple iterations of their info from Live, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Linkedin, etc. You can combine them all by using the 'Link' icon from within their profile view. WP actually gives you suggestions on the names from your address book. This way, there is only one iteration of their contact which combines all the different profiles of that person.

Within the address book, you can create groups and add add people within those groups. I have Family, Close Friends and Co-Workers. I can view all their social activity at one place. I can also pin these group/s as a home screen tile.

You will find all of these and many more hints in saintforlife's thread  "Not so well known WP7 functionality". This is simply a must read for even the most advanced Windows Phone user. We even learned a thing or two from this as well as just being reminded of a few tips we forgot.

Have a tip to share? Review the list in the original post in saintforlife's thread "Not so well known WP7 functionality"  and if you don't see your tip, post it in his thread and he will add your tip to the list

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Did you know that in our Forums we have an area dedicated to Developer Beta testing? If you're holding that new Windows Phone and you're thinking, How can I help this operating system grow? Well how about beta testing some apps? Our Developers need your help to get their app right and to the Marketplace.

GPS Calculator PRO is one of the apps currently under beta testing in our forums. Developer and forum member kitya is asking for your help to test his app. From the app description:

"This app can be used to accurately calculate distances, get altitude information from digital elevation models, calculate areas, project locations and convert coordinates between several different formats, including UTM"

Insync is a Google Docs sync app and currently in beta testing here at WPCentral. If you use Google Docs this app has an extensive list of features. It is being developed by insynchq he describes his app and list all its features in his thread.

Chrync (beta) is used to sync Chrome to your Windows Phone. Developer dmehers is trying to get beta testers signed up now for the next version he will be testing. This is what he says about the current app.

"The current version of this app syncs down your Chrome Bookmarks, recently viewed URLs, and open browser sessions."

Developer and forum member Ronny Gydar posted his app "People search / Finn folk" in our forums and quickly filled up the 100 testers he needed. So if you're interested in beta testing some apps, be sure and keep an eye on the Beta test forums and join as soon as you can (or you might miss your chance).

Developers: this area is for you. We want to help you get those apps to market a soon as possible. If you are in need of volunteers, post up those trials as we have an army of beta testers ready to help out.

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You heard that right, everyone. We are having our first ever Windows Phone Meet Up this Saturday April 14th in St Louis.

What is a Windows Phone Meet Up? The ideas is to pick a time and place, post it in our Windows Phone forums Meet Up area and then go hang out with other WinPhans in your area for drinks, food, conversation, and fun. This sounds like a great way to meet other WinPhans nearby and with your new Lumia 900 or Titan II you're sure to have a lot to share with others. 

Forum member speedtouch is famous for his WebOS Meet Ups and has insisted on hosting our first one ever for Windows Phone. What better way to show off your Windows Phone than to join speedtouch and other WinPhans at the Triumph Grill for drinks, eats and conversation?

The Triumph Grill is located 3419 Olive St. Saint Louis, MO 63103

We have all the details in our Forums including directions with links to maps of the area and more information on The Triumph Grill. You can also sign up at: St. Louis Windows Phone Meetup @ GroupSpaces

Everything you need to know is in this thread: [April 14] St. Louis Windows Phone Meetup

Forum member jabtano would like to get a Meet Up going in the Boston area but he hasn't had many replies to his thread "Boston MA Meet Up?" He has a great idea so if you live in Boston, let him know you're interested.

If you have thoughts for a meet up in your locale or if you want to show interest in getting a Meet Up set up, start a thread in our Meet Up forum. Also don't forget to show your support for the WinPhan movement.

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With the release of the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Titan II we are seeing a new group of Windows Phone users joining the fold. We'd love to welcome our new members and invite everyone to join our Forums as we have a great community full of people ready to help. 

Our Windows Phone 7 OS discussion forums is the place for your general Windows Phone questions. Think of "help and troubleshooting" when posting there. We even have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) thread stickied right at the top. For more information about Windows Phone (and a must tread for all new to Windows Phone users) check out our "WindowsPhone: Getting started!" thread.

Our Windows Phone 7 General Discussion forum is where we discuss just about everything else. We have some must-read stickies in this area as well. In our"Post Your Wallpaper" thread you will find lots of great wallpapers ready for download or where you can post your own to share with others.

The "Post your Mango phones Ringtones here" thread is a great place to find or post new ringers with hundreds available and ready to use already. This thread even includes instructions on how to make your own ringtones. If you can't find something or you're not inclined to make it yourself, post a request as I bet one of out Forum Members would be willing to make it for you.

We also have a new WinPhan movement underway and you can get more information about that in this thread: Windows+Phone+Fan=WinPhan: Take Part In The WinPhan Campaign    

Don't forget our device forums for all your device-specific questions. You can find help and support in our Lumia 900 Forums or Titan II Forums areas. 

Our Community of over 50,000 members and is a great place to get help with all your Windows Phone needs.  Remember, the forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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That's right folks it's delivery day. If you pre-ordered the Lumia 900 on AT&T you should have received your tracking number already. Most folks are reporting delivery should be by 3pm this afternoon. If you're like us, just sitting around refreshing your package tracking screen waiting for the 3pm delivery deadline, let us know in this thread: Delivery Day!! 

We are still talking in our "Official has your Lumia 900 shipped yet thread" thread. It seams that AT&T took their sweet time getting the orders out which has  caused a little anxiety for some. We have 22 pages and 435 posts in this thread at last count. For a one day total that's a lot of members trying to help each other on a somewhat stressful day. If you haven't received your tracking information, let us know in this thread:  (Official) Who's Lumia 900 did not ship?

Did you get your Lumia 900 already? This is the thread for you: (Official) I just got my Lumia 900

We have numerous discussions happening in our Lumia 900 forums, so don't just sit around looking at that tracking screen. Here are a few threads to get us going:

If you don't find anything of interest in this list or if you have a story to tell, go ahead and start your own thread. We want to hear what on your mind.

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If you pre-ordered the AT&T Lumia 900, today is the day for it to ship if we are to get it in our hands tomorrow. It was reported that if you Pre-order your AT&T Lumia 900 and you'll probably get it early right here on WPCentral and everyone is anxiously awaiting their tracking information from AT&T.

We have a thread started in our forums Official 'Has your Lumia 900 shipped yet?' thread where I am certain we will get our first indication that they are on their way. This is the thread to watch as a lot of us are refreshing our AT&T order status awaiting any changes. If you want to know the minute these devices start shipping, this is the thread for you.

If you just want to show your excitement for today's activity, forum member txaggies07 has started this thread "Shipping Day!!!". Come share your excitement. We are also still talking about any potential delays of our phones in this thread "Backordered Status?". We have heard many opinions about this and it has put everyone on edge. We share in your anxiety, so don't despair. Come join us as we're the best support group around.

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Wow! What a week we have been having so far. If you haven’t heard, Nokia is launching a new device in the US on AT&T called a Lumia 900/ We have all the news on the front page and even more discussions in our forums.

This week we are approaching the April 8th release date of the Lumia 900 so we are trying to curve our excitement by talking with some AT&T reps that already have the device.  If you are interested in talking with an employee of AT&T that has a Lumia 900, you can check out one of these threads.

We started the week in anticipation of the March 30th date when we would be able to pre-order our Lumia 900. Forum member scrapple started this thread “Preorder time on the 30th?” so we would have a place to talk about something we could only wait to do and we spent the 30th talking about who has already pre ordered there Lumia 900. Then comes this thread “Backordered Status?” where we discuss our order statuses. You can catch our official opinion on this topic on our main page: AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 sold out of pre-orders? Probably not.

If you’re in the St. Louis area, sporting a Windows Phone (Lumia 900) and if you would like a chance to hang out with other people who love Windows Phone, come join speedtouch at our first ever Windows Phone Meet up. You can get the full details in this threads: [April 14] St. Louis Windows Phone Meet up.

Our developers have been hard at work giving us lots of new Windows phone apps. You will have to visit our Spotlight forums to get in on all the App goodness. Here are just a few of the titles that have been posted:

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

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We heard earlier in the week that Nokia will be paying AT&T for exclusive employee use of the Lumia 900 which basically means that some lucky AT&T folks are able to get there hands on the flagship Windows Phone early. 

Our hottest thread this week is posted by forum member siriviz, who happens to be an AT&T rep and he has a Lumia 900 on hand. He started this thread "Nokia Lumia 900 (AT&T Rep)" for us and is ready and willing to answer your question about the new Nokia phone (he has also posted some nice pictures of his Cyan Lumia 900).  It seams that our forum members have a lot of questions for siriviz as this thread has already reached 7 pages and 130+ posts. If you are interested in getting a Lumia 900 there is lot of good information to be gleaned.

The WPCentral Forums are no stranger to AT&T reps stopping by as we also have another rep named mhopii who has joined our forums and started this thread: Just Got My Lumia 900. He was nice enough to post some nice pictures of his Black Lumia 900 and he too has offered to answer any questions you might have.

So hop in those threads and go satisfy your curiosity!

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We don't have a Windows 8 tablet just yet but they are coming soon. What we do have is plenty to talk about and where better to discuss all things Windows 8 Tablet than here at WPCentral? Come join us in the Windows Phone Central Forums where we are preparing for full support of all the new Windows 8 tablets. Our Tablets Discussion and Upcoming and Rumored Tablets forums are live and filling up fast.

Some of the more popular threads in our Tablets Discussion area are threads like "Will you get a Windows 8 tablet?" (Take the poll) and "How Windows 8 Tablets Could Seriously Challenge the iPad".

Likewise, in our Upcoming and Rumored Tablets forum the most popular thread is our "Nokia to launch Windows 8 tablet later this year"

We have lots to learn about Windows 8 Tablets and WPCentral will be in on the ground floor breaking all the news and covering it all.

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We have seen many requests for a area in the forums to buy and trade devices. We love to abide so with no further delay come join us in the Windows Phone Central Barter Forum.

Note: you must have 50 posts to sell your wares. For a complete list of rules please see this thread: Rules for posting in the Barter Forum

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Windows Phone 7's Upgrade to WP8 Apollo is Now Unclear. That's what forums member 3lackdeath thinks after reading an article from tom's Guide. In this article Terry Myerson, the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone is quoted dancing around the question.

Forums member blehblehbleh has posted the full transcription including audio for us. We can't draw any conclusions from his comments as he is clearly trying to not answer the question. That is enough to get us thinking there might be some truth to the whole "Will Windows Phone 7.5 devices be upgraded to Windows 8" issue.

Will we see Windows 8 on our current Windows Phone devices? Will generation 1 phones be left out of the upgrade process, only letting Generation 2 devices to get it? Why hasn't Microsoft come out and made a statement? It seams easy enough to us to just say yes or no. Is there more involved: Could the upgrade of your device rest on your carrier to decide or is it that some devices simply can't run Windows Phone 8 without ruining the user experience?

Microsoft reps claiming Windows Phone 8 definitely coming to second gen handsets, probably to first gen In an article posted on WMPowerUser, Thomas from WP7app.de claims to have spoken to Microsoft employees one who stated second generation handsets, like the HTC Radar and Nokia Lumia handsets will definitely get the update, and that first generation handsets “in some form” will probably get the update. All this conflicting information leaves us with more questions than answers.

We think the biggest question that needs an answer from Microsoft is simple. Who gets the update? Come join the discussion in our forums and let us know what you think. Help us find the answer to big question on everyone's mind.

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Sources: tom's Guide, WMPower users

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Do you have a Windows Phone? Do you like to share your experiences with others? What better way than to sponsor a "Meet Up" in your area? Plan your event, then when you have the details post your Meet Up in our Forums so others can join in on the fun. Come join us in our Windows Phone Meet Ups area and post your event. We would love to see you there.

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We have Windows phones lots of Windows Phones available and more to come. Some of the early adopters of the OS are reaching the end of their carrier contract and it's decision time.

Forums Member RiseAgainst94 wants to know "What's your next windows phone?" and so do we. With AT&T's gearing up for TITAN II and Lumia 900 release  we will soon have more top-of-the-line hardware to chose from making the decision even harder. Are you at the end of your contract and looking for information on what new Windows Phone will be best for you? Our What's your next windows phone thread is the place for you--it's our top thread in the forums for a reason. 

It seems everyone has an opinion when you're making an investment like this, so it's best to have as much information as possible. When you have made your choice and think you have the device that is right for you in mind, you can then visit our device forums where we have all the details on all these devices. Come and join the discussion and let us know what shiny new Windows Phone you will be carrying. 

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Mobile World Congress 2012 has ended and we got a lot of news out of the event but not necessarily what you were hoping. We have some threads from Forums Members that are skeptical about the future of Windows Phone. For instance, in  "Ride the boat till it sinks, or jump ship?" forums member DizztMaker predicts the end of Windows Phone.

We also have a discussion about Microsoft, Nokia and what they would do (or more importantly wouldn't do) at MWC 2012 in: Prediction: Microsoft/Nokia will disappoint at MWC Without the announcement of a new high end windows phone and without news about Windows Phone 8 (aka "Apollo") was MWC 2012 a success? We think Microsoft has done enough to silence some of the critics. For example, we have a new device from Nokia, the Lumia 610, we also have a new device from ZTE, the Orbit,  both of which are low-end/emerging market devices more suited to the upcoming release of "Tango".

We also learned this week that Microsoft is opening up in 23 new markets. All that combined has the future of Windows Phone looking up, telling us that Microsoft is in it for the (very) long haul. We don't yet have a clear picture of the future so we are discussing that as well in threads like this one: Windows Phone 7's Upgrade to WP8 Apollo Now Unclear, which is sure to elicit some heated discussion.

 

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Mobile World Congress 2012 (Tag: MWC12) is in full swing and the Mobile Nations team is there. Our Mobile World Congress 2012 Events Forum is filling up with all the news and discussions thereof--we have lots to discuss, so jump in the forums and join the fun. We also have new forums up for the Lumia 610 and the ZTE Orbit,  both of which were announced this week.

There is a lot already posted and more to come, so go get the news from our Main Page then jump in the forums for the in depth discussion and community sprit you can only find in the WPCentral forums.

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Mobile World Congress starts on Monday February 27th and the Mobile Nations Team will be there. We are getting ready in our Forums for all of next weeks excitement. We have opened our Mobile World Congress Events Forum we put the forum right at the top of the Windows Phone Central forums so we can easily keep up with all of the news. You can get the breaking news on our Main Page then come join us in the forums for all the in depth discussions. 

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This week in the forums we have been keeping ourselves busy trying to keep our mind off of Mobile World Congress which is just around the corner. You would think that all this waiting would lead to slow times in the forums but that's not the case. Windows Phone Central Editor George Ponder kicks things off with a give away in this thread "WPCentral Nokia Lumia 710 Giveaway!" That's right, we are giving away a Lumia 710. Now you have a reason to register in our forums that way you can join the discussions--you might even win that Lumia 710. A quick look through our most popular threads might help you find something interesting to discuss.

Forums Member rabit1 wants to know what is the best of the best WP phone? Everyone has an opinion on this one and it's not just a "what's your favorite phone discussion", you'll need to have good reason why your device is better than the others.

In this thread "Windows Phone Questions" Forums Member Spiify Is thinking about getting a Windows Phone and as the title suggests he has questions. It seems like every answer leads to another question in this thread, so join the discussion and let's see if we can get all the answers together for Spiify.

We talk a lot about the people who sell Windows Phones in the forums too. It seems we all have our own story about our experience and this thread is one of those: Looks Like I could be Jumping Ship to Orange. Forums Member Big Supes had a great experience in his local Orange Store.

This thread in our Off Topic Forums is drawing a crowd: "Windows Logo Redesigned for Windows 8". Change is good, right?

When you're done with those popular threads take a tour of our Applications and Games Spotlight forums and pick out a fewnew titles. Our developers have been generous again this week, here is a small sample of what has been posted:

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

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That's right people we have an Off Topic Forums and you should check it out. This is the area of our site where we kick back, share and relax. In our Off Topic forums we have mini-adventures like in this thread: Ban the post above you! Game! If you want to take a shot at me, come get some, just remember it's all for fun. We also take time to share our personal lives, like this example from forums member Se1fcr3ation who is bored at work this week and needs help staying awake (we are helping him by posting up some good YouTube music videos). Forums member baseballbert is keeping us up to date on his daughter's life. He is a proud poppa and wants us to know "My daughter had her first real meal!!!"--now that some great news to share. It's all about community and friendship in the off topic area of our forums--it's where we share our lives and adventures.

We also share more serious non-Windows Phone topics in this section. Did you know that the Windows Logo will be Redesigned for Windows 8? Now that's an interesting non-WP7 discussion. Forums member muvolt Shared this thread with us: The truth about Greece... catching up on some current topics in the world.. It's interesting for us to read what our forums members have on there mind, so post a thread and let us know. Forums Super Moderator TheWeeBear posted this thread: Ketchup Graffiti Now that's is amazing and everyone should go check it out. 

The Off Topic Forums at WPCentral is for you, our Members, to post what ever you want, all non-Windows Phone topics are welcome, so come tell us what's on your mind.

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Sometimes in our forums we come across a member who stands out. Someone who likes to give a little more of himself to help our community. Se1fcr3ation is one of those type of people. He has created a thread in our Windows Phone 7 OS Discussion this stickiest thread is a must read for anyone interested in Windows Phone. We like to think we know a thing or two about WP7 but Se1fcr3ation has taken this to a new level buy adding all the new and old Windows Phone information to his thread--we could all learn something from it. It's also a great tool for quick reference with links to a lot of Windows Phone information.

Basically I’m going to be breaking down a phew things related to WP in General that are not that OBVIOUS and hopefully help some of you out

First things first: If you have questions here at WPcentral we have a GREAT community (on most parts and MOST of us are willing to help and answer any question you may have.

So don’t be Shy

That quote from Se1fcr3ation thread sums it up, so jump in the forums and catch up on all things Windows Phone right here: WP7 -the NOT so Obvious

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