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We covered LG complaining last week about the somewhat dissatisfying performance of the Windows Phone 7 platform, which was expected with iPhone and Android absorbing majority of the news. However, the comment made was still received with mixed feelings.

Contradictory feedback - reported by Yahoo! - from German carrier Deutsche Telekom, largest mobile provider in Europe and mother of T-Mobile:

"We are ahead of budget, Microsoft is very pleased."

Which Ingo Hofacker, Head of Consumer Marketing at the mobile giant, provided. It is a good sign that they are witnessing WP7 devices selling off shelves at speed, and one can only predict this trend to continue as updates come this year.

Thanks Philipp for the tip!

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On Sunday we covered some user complaints about the reception on the HTC HD7, specifically that holding it a certain could diminish the reception significantly. While we started off skeptical about the complaint, by the end of the video we were left a little more convinced that indeed something awry.

Now HTC has responded to the charges in a statement to Computer Weekly stating:

Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person's face or hands while the phone is in use.

However, it is inevitable that a phone's signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user's palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate

While we don't think the HD7's reception issues are nearly as bad as the iPhone 4's, it certainly is demonstrably worse than other handsets available today, including HTC's own Mozart. Still, we'll take them at their word that they do testing and take this seriously but we'll still rank the HD7 has having below-average performance when it comes to reception. And T-Mobile's network doesn't help the situation either.

Source: Computer Weekly; via wmpoweruser

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AT&T isn't the only one offering a BOGO sale on Black Friday. T-Mobile has joined the fun by offering a "buy one, get one free" on select smartphones.

The good news for Windows Phone fans is that the HTC HD7 is included on the list.

 The BOGO offer is for new and existing customers (those eligible for upgrade) who sign up for a T-Mobile family plan with a two-year agreement and purchase one of the featured devicesa can get a new featured smartphone free (which includes the HD7). The new in-store BOGO promotion will be available Nov. 26 through Jan.18, to allow those who want to avoid the Black Friday crowds have the opportunity to take advantage of the offer.

Source: T-Mobile

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And now it looks like the HD7 is on "backorder" as well (see Samsung Focus).  According to TmoNews, when you try to place an order through Tmobile's website, you get the above message. A quick call to customer care results in the same message with the caveat that they don't know when it will be back in stock.

For now at least, you can still get it through Amazon Wireless, which being $50 less is a better deal anyways. Although funny thing, my HD7 order still hasn't shipped from Amazon, so who knows what's up.

Source: TmoNews

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Dell Venue Pro: $199.99

With just hours before the big day, we just received word (unconfirmed, but highly probable) that the Dell Venue Pro will sell for $199.99 on contract. No word on cost without a contract, though we imagine it to be in the $550 range. The source of the price quote is none other than a Microsoft store, who will be selling both AT&T and T-Mobile phones tomorrow morning.

This sounds right as every other phone is selling for $199.99 (Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC Surround) so this fits right in with the current line up, no more, no less.

Now that you know the price of the Venue Pro, which should be showing up online any hour now, is your decision made for you? If so, take our poll!

Thanks, Joel K., for the tip!

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This whole microSD/expandable memory thing is pretty crazy. As we've heard, it depends on if the carrier supports and endorses such behavior, as well as if the device has access e.g. Samsung Focus does, HTC surround does not.

Now we're hearing from T-Mobile in an email received by one of our readers who asked. In short, replacing the memory on your HD7 will void the warranty. Now for some, that's not a big deal, but others it is something that you should at least beware of before you commit to upgrading the storage card.

Thank you for your interest in T-Mobile and the HTC HD7. Please be advised that the HTC HD7 is equipped with 16 GB of internal memory. Any attempts to modify the device would result in voiding the device’s one-year Limited Warranty.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at ExecutiveResponse@T-Mobile.com.

Very truly yours,

T-MOBILE USA, INC.

Aaron Marshall, Executive Customer Relations

We just sort of wish everyone was on the same page here as mixed messages will cause confusion.

Thanks, AtomicAgeZombie, for the tip!

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Although you can get it through Amazon.com for the same price plus free 2-day shipping, if going with Wirefly is your thing, then here you go.

With a new 2 year contract, the HTC HD7 on T-mobile runs you a very fair $169.99 for the pre-order or if you want contract freedom, you can have it for $529.99.

Update: Price drop! Reader Saad lets us know that Wirefly has dropped the price to $149.99, undercutting Amazon.com by $20 and making us a little envious...

Source: Wirefly

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T-Mobile has announced pricing for the HTC HD7 and based on a twitter post, the Windows Phone will be in stores on November 8th. So much for AT&T's exclusivity rumors.

The HD7 will runn $199.99 after contractual discounts. If you would like email notifications on the HD7, you can sign up for those as well over at T-Mobile's HD7 webpage.  Hopefully, the "available November 8th" on the web page and "in stores" on Twitter mean the same thing.

via TMoNews

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Lest we forget our valiant HD2 on T-Mobile, it appears HTC is set to roll out a nice ROM update tomorrow. This will bring the software version to 3.14.531.1, will reportedly fix a lot of bugs, improve stability and introduce some new apps including Shazam and Amazon MP3. The following issues will be fixed with the update:

  • Browsing Facebook photos is slow
  • White screen while browsing the internet
  • Cannot delete GMAIL messages from the preview screen
  • SMS sends to the wrong person
  • Twitter errors
  • Cannot unlock the phone
  • Cannot unlock the phone with the correct password
  • No space bar on company directory keyboard
  • Can’t hear Visual Voicemails
  • Speakerphone stops working after using the Call Assist app to call 611

Dang, those are some serious bugs! Users can navigate to www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade or receive a text message of the update automatically. Very cool and good luck HD2'ers!

Source: TMoNews

 

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Assuming it's not a scam (an admittedly huge assumption), some anonymous soul is selling an HTC HD7 on Craigslist for a whopping $950. That's one heck of a premium over a phone that will be out in about 4 weeks.

The pictures given don't even appear to be of the actual phone, as the weather curiously shows New York City, not Chicago. Perhaps HTC is missing a phone or two from the Open House? Or maybe we're just cynical.

Anyways, we're sure we'll probably get this listing pulled now that we've publicized it.  On the other hand, if you actually buy it, let us know how it feels to spend nearly a $1k on a phone, m'kay?

Source: Craigslist

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Looks like T-Mobile is joining the ranks of other mobile carriers by imposing a 5GB cap on data starting October 16th, this is down from the original 10GB cap. On top of this, if you do go over the cap, you'll receive a text message of the overage and that your speeds will now be reduced, at least until your next billing cycle.

This will only have an effect on less than 1% of customers, according to T-Mobile and it is sitll better than AT&Ts 2GB cap.

Still, data caps and throttling speeds look to be the new norm as our phones keep getting more and more powerful (e.g. HD7, Dell Venue Pro)--sort of the exact oppposite of what we want and expect as paying customers. On the other hand, which is better: throttling speeds or charging money for each MB of going over your data plan (like Sprint, AT&T, etc)?

via T-MoNews

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Yup, of course we got to play with the Dell Venue Pro (an odd name) aka the 'Lightning'. Featuring a 4.1" screen with 8GB of storage, the device felt pretty solid in our hands. It was a bit top heavy with the keyboard out, but nothing serious. Speaking of, the slider is fantastic--you really feel the springs and quality with this one.

The keyboard itself is also quite nice, though a bit cramped (being a portrait slider, this is natural). Here's a funny thing though: yeah, the onscreen keyboard is really, really as good as everyone says it is. Seriously. Phil and I were both banging away on the HD7 and were shocked at the speed and accuracy. All of this almost, almost makes the hardware keyboard feel redundant. Still, we know some of you want this bad boy and we don't blame you--it's a sold device.

In fact, all the phones today feel fast, smooth and top quality. We like these new hardware restrictions as we get consistency for once.

The Dell Venue Pro will be on T-Mobile, features a 5MP camera and Gorilla Glass for the screen. A few more shots after the break!

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While we only have a few hours left till the big Windows Phone 7 launch in NYC (Phil is in the air as we speak...I'm getting ready to, well, take the LIRR), some good news has come regarding the HD7.

Though we expect to see this bad boy tomorrow at around noon for ourselves, TMoNews is reporting that the U.S. T-Mobile branded version of the HD7 will indeed have 16GB of storage, up from the European 8GB.

For many, that small bit of storage was a deal killer but 16GB is certainly a lot better. Other than that though, the specs are the same and as you can see, that's a new pic of it with the branding. Full specs after the break. Oh and expect this sucka for $199 after contract.

Tune back in tomorrow for our live, all day coverage in New York City. Remember, here is the schedule, Eastern time.

[via TMoNews; Thanks to all who sent this in]

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Earlier this morning we reported on T-Mobile's changes to their broadband data plans. Now we are seeing that T-Mobile is also has plans in store for their phone data plans.

According to TMoNews, effective October 20, 2010 T-Mobile will introduce these new pre-paid plans:

  • $70 Unlimited Text and Talk with 2GB of Data.
  • $50 Unlimited Text and Talk with 100mb of Data.
  • $30 1500 Talk and Text with 30mb of Data.

All of which basically eliminates the current unlimited data plans while lowering the cost just a smidgen. No words as of yet what going over the data limits will cost you.  Charges could be levied by the byte or similar to AT&T's new plans that charge you a flat rate to extend your data allotment for that billing period (e.g. $10 for an extra 100mb).

Curious, are these data limits a good thing or bad?  Will you miss the unlimited data or is 2GB's more than enough?

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T-Mobile new data plans leaked

It appears that T-Mobile is joining the ranks of wireless providers who are restructuring data plans but this time, it deals with broadband data. A leaked employee training sheet shows T-Mobile will offer three, pre-paid data options for their mobile broadband devices.

Termed "passes" the three options are as follows:

  • $10 Week Pass: 100mb of data or 7 days.
  • $30 Month Pass: 300mb of data or 30 days.
  • $50 Month Pass: 1GB of data or 30 days.

As the training guide indicates, "Prepaid plans give the customer the option to have Mobile Broadband and pay for it as needed."

Currently, T-Mobile offers two broadband options; 5GB per month at $39.99 and 200mb per month at $24.99. It appears the key difference between the new plans and existing is that the new plans will not require a two year contract.  Still, the difference in the top two plans is a little puzzling.

Expect the new plans to come into effect later this month. No word if T-Mobile's smartphone data plans will be restructured.

via: Endgadget

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We've been saying it for weeks now: Microsoft will be launching Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th and while others doubted, it looks to be confirmed by none other than Microsoft.

What's even more odd, is that T-Mobile is the featured guest and we bet a certain HTC HD7 will be the star. Guess that rumor we heard about AT&T's exclusivity being only two-weeks may be accurate after all:

Some confusion though: there may be two events, one for the big media, the second for the public (Edit: first event is the AT&T Open House). Either way, we'll be there at 3pm doing our best to cover what we can, while you sit back and relax.

[Microsoft via Engadget]

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HD7 Specs List surfaces

The HD7 has gotten a lot of attention lately with photos, sketches, and GCF certification on what we suspect is the European version.  Now we are seeing a spec sheet surface for the Windows Phone 7 device that gives more detail on the HD7 than we've seen before.

The spec list, surfacing over at wmpoweruser, if it holds true, shows the HD7 supporting T-Mobile's US 3G frequencies, giving credence to the speculation that this will be their Windows Phone 7 flagship. The 4.3" 480x800 WVGA device will have 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM and a 8gb non-removable microSD card.

The power source is a 1230 mAh battery which sounds a little on the small size for such a power house of a phone. The rest of the specs (kickstand and all) match up with the photos that surfaced the other day.

The accessories include a wired remote and a mono bluetooth headset. We also note that the widgets (part of the HTC Sense Hub?) noted include a bedside clock, voice recorder, and parking meter widget along with the other apps we've heard rumors of.

Still no word on when the HD7 will be available in the U.S. Hopefully, we'll have a better picture on things as October 11th gets closer.

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It's unusual to read so much into a leaked T-Mobile accessory road map.  However, with this road map, we might have a better idea when T-Mobile will have Windows Phone 7 devices available.

TmoNews has obtained an accessory listing with availability dates that show items such as a HD7 Charge Shell coming on November 15, 2010 or a HTC HD7 Leather Sleeve (black) arriving November 1, 2010.

There are two schools of thought on this. One has the accessories coming after the actual device hits the market.  This would have the HD7 landing on shelves late October.  The other has the device and accessories landing at the same time which puts the Windows Phone 7 device on shelves early November.

Either way, that holiday season target date that was set by Microsoft way back in February is still looking really good.

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While there is still some speculation that HTC will unveil the HD3 next week in London, another rumor has surfaced showing the HD3 (known to some as the Shubert) is heading to T-Mobile on November 17th.

We've heard rumors and seen signs that the Shubert is headed to T-Mobile and it's nice to see a release date being projected. Now we just need to figure out if the Shubert, the HD3 and the HD7 are one in the same.

via: tmonews.com

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