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We got our first in-depth look at the new Lumia 830 'affordable flagship' phone yesterday, and I briefly talked about Qi wireless charging. The Lumia 830 comes with the popular standard built into the removable back cover, leaving two contact points on the phone itself to get a charge.

AT&T has announced that they are getting the Lumia 830, and through our sources, we have pinned down a date for Friday, November 7. This sale date is reportedly the same for the AT&T HTC One for Windows.

The big question for many is will the Lumia 830 have the Qi wireless cover or is it removed?

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If you are on Verizon Wireless, you may well be thinking of dumping the carrier after their early retirement of the Lumia Icon. Blame poor sales and denounce their staff, but the fact is Verizon is a tough carrier to love when it comes to Windows Phone. Luckily, the blackout from getting your itchy fingers on the svelte, cold metal of the AT&T HTC One (M8) for Windows just got an end date, at least according to our sources.

I reported earlier that Friday November 7 was the planned launch date for the Nokia Lumia 830, which is shaping up to be a prevalent launch for that phone (example: all of Canada). Additionally, it looks like Microsoft is going to have some welcomed competition that day as we hear AT&T's version of the HTC One is also launching the same day.

If you have been waiting for a new Windows Phone, your choice now becomes a little more complicated.

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Recently, Rogers became one of the first carriers in Canada to acquire the Lumia 830 'affordable flagship' smartphone. At the time, we noted that this did not preclude other carriers from getting the phone as well, which is great for those who have a strong distaste for Rogers.

Windows Phone Central has now confirmed with people familiar with the matter that Bell is slated to launch the Lumia 830 on October 15. Unfortunately, pricing information is not available, though we have seen internal references for the launch to verify its authenticity.

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The Lumia 530 is being position as one of the most affordable Windows Phones available, despite growing completion from the likes of BLU and others. T-Mobile announced back in July that it would be stocking the ultra-budget phone, although no pricing or release date was given with only a generic "later this year" promise.

Windows Phone Central now expects the phone to launch in mid-October at a $69 off-contract price.

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It looks like Microsoft and their Nokia Lumia 830 are getting ready to begin hitting markets worldwide. An upcoming press conference in India may reveal the time and pricing for that phone and its sibling the Lumia 730 sometime tomorrow.

Likewise, we are now hearing from one of our sources that the Lumia 830 for AT&T should be hitting shelves the first week of November. This time­­ falls in line with Microsoft's Stephen Elop's previous ' by the holidays' declaration for the US carrier.

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Usually when it comes to smartphone image leaks, it is the high-end flagships caught in a flash. A few days ago though, Celkon's new Win 400 was spied for the first time on Gizbot revealing its white or black color schemes.

If Celkon does not ring a bell, the company is yet another white-label, budget smartphone maker popular in India and other emerging markets. Back in June, the company came forward with an announcement for supporting Windows Phone, hot on the heels of fellow rival Micromax and Cherry Mobile.

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Update 12 PM ET - WPWorld.pl has now retracted the story, claiming the source is not reliable or a Microsoft employee.

According to a report over on wpworld.pl, Microsoft's Cortana is coming to Poland. Microsoft clearly plans to bring (and further develop) the virtual assistant to other markets, but time will tell just when the feature is rolled out across multiple regions.

As well as Cortana allegedly for Poland, there are also some supposed details on Windows Phone Update 2, including a release date for those on the Preview program.

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The Windows 9 leaks keep coming. Today we have a video of the rumored Notification Center on Windows 9 in action. Yesterday we were treated to two videos showing how multiple desktops would be supported in Windows 9 and how users could disable Live tiles in the Start menu. A new video, again from German site Winfuture.de, shows off a Notification Center running on the desktop in Windows 9.

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Multi-desktop support may be coming in the next major version of Windows. At least if what alleged video leaks are to be believed. Germany-based site called WinFuture.de has been leaking screenshots and video of an early build of " Windows 9." So far we've seen a screenshot of the new Start menu and a video of said Start menu. Now we have two more videos: one showing new multi-desktop support and the ability to hide Live tiles in the Start menu.

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File this story under 'likely', but a few photos of the display bezel for a Lumia phone are making the rounds. Although factory parts are run of the mill, this one is unique since it allegedly sports Microsoft near the top instead of Nokia.

The photos were obtained by French site Nowhereelse.fr a "few weeks ago," although they supposedly held back on them due to lack of corroborating evidence. Yesterday, Geeks on Gadgets gave them that confirmation as they reportedly got their hands on an internal document revealing the phasing out of Nokia in exchange for Microsoft in the coming months, with Lumia being the brand name going forward.

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