Windows Phone News

Though we're expecting to see this and all the other Windows Phone 7 devices in person, looks like all the OEMs are gearing up their press info, with LG posting then pulling the info on their Optimus 7 series phone (this is the previously known as the "C900").

The device features a 3.8" screen, 5MP camera, 1500 mah battery and thankfully 16GB of on board storage--all confirmed from earlier reports.

More interestingly, LG has added their own goodies to the mix as the Optimus 7 features "DLNA-based Play To, augmented reality and Voice-to-Text". The DLNA Play To (seen here in action) basically allows to wireless connect to LG TVs to stream media content. The Voice-to-text feature is no slouch either, allowing users to update Facebook and Twitter by just speaking.

Unfortunately, no word on whether this will be available in the U.S. but all signs so far suggest this is a European release, at least initially.

[LG Press release via Slashgear]

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We're just a couple of hours away from the official launch of Windows Phone 7 -- and you will be joining us for the liveblog -- but that doesn't mean there's not already a bit of news about.

First up is the Samsung Omnia 7, which broke its cover on a Russian Sammy site before pulling its head back its shell. We've seen it before, but there it is, folks, in its officially rendered glory.

Then there's an update to the Zune desktop software, which you're going to need to rock a Windows Phone. (And besides that, it's just a killer multimedia contest system.) [Samsung via Slashgear]

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We're live from the Greatest City in the World (that'd be New York City, folks) for the launch of Windows Phone 7. To say it's been a long time coming is quite the understatement. So join Phil Nickinson and Daniel Rubino (aka Malatesta) after the break, as the bring you the happenings as they, erm happen. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. EDT/6:30 a.m. PDT.

Windows Phone 7 launch

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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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WMExperts is now wpcentral!

With Windows Phone 7 launching tomorrow, we figured it was time to update our site to match the new branding and new vision coming out of Redmond. Enter wpcentral, the new home for your Windows Phone fix!

We have a new domain and a new look that's better fitting with the times but doesn't pretend that the great interface that Microsoft created for phones is what you want visiting a website on your browser (a mobile version is coming soon!). We've updated our commenting system too and you can expect plenty of improvements there in the coming weeks. Up top we've added the Billboard, which features the top stories from wpcentral so you can quickly find the most important content.

Expect plenty of Windows Phone 7 content coming your way as well - in-depth how-to articles, game reviews, and of course the news you've long come to expect from WMExperts - actually, make that wpcentral.

Let us know what you think in the comments below and please be forgiving if you see a bug here or there - we're working feverishly to quash them all.

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Microsoft has been quietly updating their Windows Phone site to include Windows Phone 7. The links to see the phone line-ups is a dead-end, taking you to a page that simply reads, "No Devices Found".  But the Help and How-to link has a lot of information on the upcoming phones.

Everything from the basics to email to Office Mobile is covered. You have information on how to set up your Windows Live ID and your XBox Live Account. There is so much information in the Help and How-to site that it's a little overwhelming.

The site is basically an online owners manual for Windows Phone 7 and is a good way to get familiar with OS before it hits the shelves.

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Microsoft Showcase has added three new videos highlighting Windows Phone 7. The first video highlights speech recognition while the other two touch on the personalizing the Start screen and the search function.

The videos run about 1.5 minutes and will definitely add to the anticipation.  They're also a good way to become familiar with the new system.

You can catch all three after the break.

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Police Scanner for Windows Phone 7, developed by Carmelo Milian (developer of PhotoWiz), is dialed in and ready for release. The application taps into Police and other emergency service feeds from various cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Based on the demo video, locations range from Los Angeles, California to Memphis, Tennessee to Manitoba, Canada. The application browses for feeds, pick country, then state, then get all feeds (a little over 2,000). You also have a handy "Ten Code" reference to make it easy to interpret what "10-09" or "10-20" means.

Police Scanner is an interesting application that brings a new twist to Windows Phone 7. It will be nice to see this one in action.

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WP7 Rumor: 2,000 apps at launch

Rumors of Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in Europe on October 21, 2010 isn't anything new. But we are now seeing signs that the Windows Marketplace will have over 2,000 applications at launch.

A leaked Three UK (wireless provider) document indicates that the Windows Marketplace will be well populated with applications at launch. A clear sign that developers have been working in high gear to give users plenty of choices at launch.

 

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Microsoft is sharing a new promotional video for Windows Phone 7 over at the Microsoft Showcase. The video highlights Windows Phone 7's cloud capabilities.

Taking you to from the phone to the web to the PC, the video touches on several ways you can use cloud services via Windows Live and Xbox Live. It also touches on the upcoming Windows Phone Live services that can be used to secure and locate a lost phone.

via: istartedsomething

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AT&T increases Early Upgrade pricing


AT&T has increased their Early Upgrade pricing that may impact how quickly Windows Phone 7 devices move off the shelves.

Effective October 3, 2010, upgrade pricing for Smartphones will increase from the two-year commitment price plus $75 to the two-year price plus $200. The example used on an internal document obtained by BGR has the Blackberry Torch would carry a $399 early upgrade price ($199 two year price pluse $200). According to AT&T this still represents a savings of $100 off the non-commitment price of $499.

The justification for this change; "As smartphones become increasingly more sophisticated, the cost of these devices has also increased.".  Smartphones are becoming more sophisticated and capable, but a 166% increase? 

The new policy doesn't apply to iPhones or basic/quick messaging phones. No word as of yet if the new Windows Phone 7 devices will be exempt or not. 

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Ever wished Bing would use one of your photos for their wallpaper image? Windows Live and Bing are holding a photo contest to give you that chance.

Designed to promote BING and Windows Live's Photo Gallery, the contest will run through October 22, 2010. Submissions should be sent to WLcontest@hotmail.com and include your image, image title, short description, and your contact information. There is a limit of five entries per person and the following requirements:

  • No recognizable people.
  • No 3rd party trademarks or logos (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors / interiors) owned by others.
  • No objectionable content, such as alcohol, smoking, guns, violence, or nudity
  • No content that is defamatory to any group or individual and/or violates any law.
  • JPEG format only with minimum photo dimensions 970px width by 528px height.
  • Preferably the image should be submitted in its original size and aspect ratio, which will allow us the most flexibility when sizing and cropping to meet the needs of the homepage.
  • Horizontal orientation and at least 1MB in size.
  • No watermark, signature or photographer name can be included in the image file. The photographer credit for the winner will be added to the page separately.

Ten winners will be selected to have their photo featured in a Windows 7 theme pack and the grand prize winner will have their photo featured on the Bing's homepage (mobile and desktop) on November 8, 2010. You can find the complete contest rules and guidelines here.

via: windowsteamblog

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Garmin-Asus has ventured into the Windows Phone market before with the M20 but it really never got off the ground. Some had hopes that chances for success would improve when Garmin was introduced as a Windows Phone 7 launch partner earlier this year by Microsoft.  It now it appears Garmin will be late to the party.

Digitimes is reporting that Garmin-Asus will not launch a Windows Phone 7 device this year but instead is targeting the first quarter of 2011 to join the Windows Phone 7 lineup. Instead, the company is focusing on a few new Android based smartphones they plan to release by the end of this year.

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Word on Twitter is that the winner of the French Microsoft Windows Phone 7 application contest is a nifty game called Arcane's Tower Defense by GraphicStream, which admittedly has some pretty 'wow' graphics going for it.

The contest was announced back in July and was held this morning (U.S. time) with Steve Ballmer present and serving as a juror.

Congratulations to the team!

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Though we reported awhile back that BitTorrent applications had an uncertain future in the Windows Phone Marketplace (for perhaps obvious reasons), it looks like Microsoft may have decided what to do about potential app submissions.

'TorrrentRemote' is a new app from codeJoker and it looks like it's near complete. What's more impressive and pertinent though is evidently Brandon Watson from Microsoft told the developer it "should be fine" for the Marketplace. Of course, this isn't a native BitTorrent application but instead accesses uTorrent running on your PC remotely. Presumably this is why it can get approval through the marketplace, as opposed to DTor.

Of course we know mistakes can be made in these areas, so we'll wait and see what happens. But if accurate, we're at least a little excited.

[via 1800PocketPC]

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With just a few days left before the big showcase, looks like Microsoft is still showing off some coolness, this time related to music.

Though we all know about Zune on the device, it looks like Microsoft isn't anemic towards competition either. At CTIA they evidently showed off Slacker Radio (see review for Windows Mobile), iheartradio and Lyrics (by MusiXMatch).

All sounds very good to us, especially Slacker which we've always got a kick out of. Combined with Spotify, which is coming soon as well, Windows Phone 7 users will have plenty of options for media. But where's Kinoma?

[via mocoNews.net]

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T-Mobile's new data plans, part two

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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