'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.
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?
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?
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.
The Motorola ES400 will be added to AT&T's rugged device lineup. Michael Antieri, President of Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions for AT&T stated, "The Motorola ES400 extends our leading portfolio of mobility devices and is an example of our commitment to helping organizations of all sizes – large and small – mobilize their business for maximum efficiency and profitability."
The Motorola ES400 uses Microsoft's new embedded OS that is built on Windows Mobile 6.5.3. It is powered by a 600mhx ARM 11 processor, has 256mb RAM and 1GB of flash memory, a 3" 640x480 touch screen, GPS/Wifi/Bluetooth and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It is a "rugged" device designed to withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes.
No pricing and availability information was available and you can find the full press release over at AT&T.
Lately, Paul Thurrott has been keeping the flame going, with both hopes of support for the Zune HD (unlikely, evidently supported, indirectly) and Windows Phone 7 (more likely). Audible dropped a possible hint in a conversation with a listener that a WP7 app would be ready "within the month", but alas, it appears they may have been talking about WM6.x:
Thank you very much for contacting Audible.com about the upcoming Windows 7 Phone. As of right now, there is no information regarding the release of this application for the Windows 7 Phone. However, the version will eventually be supported once we have resolved the current issues with the Audible Air Application for 6.0 and 6.5. This being said, there is no estimated time frame or release date for this device.
Oh Audible, we want to love you but seriously...you need to get your act together on this already :-/ Well, at least their may be hope for you Windows Mobile users who will be sticking with the platform for a bit. Silver lining?
The first complete 3D mobile phone interface, offering an extremely fast and natural user experience. User interactions become much more intuitive in a real 3D environment.
Single place to access all smartphone features: combining traditional widget based homescreen and application launcher via stunning 3D homescreen.
Fast switching between screens with a single gesture.
There's no date on when you can buy it and unfortunately, SPB seems to be aiming at OEMs and carriers as their #1 customers. Lets hope they didn't cut our the end-user! Stay tuned...and check out that swipe at HTC Sense in the video. Hello!
While we're in the final lap of the pre-Windows Phone 7 launch, it's not too shocking to see WP7 devices start to populate carrier's invoice systems and that's what we have here for our UK brethren.
The "ultras slim" HTC 7 Trophy (seen here), a solid looking device, just showed up in Vodafone's network as a contract handset, as the picture clearly states. Featuring a 1GHz CPU, 8GB internal storage and a 3.8", 16million color screen, looks to be a decent starter phone for many.
No info on pricing or exact availability, though we're sure "in the next few weeks" is a safe bet.
Oh we love it when Ballmer gets feisty, even if his company is the underdog at the moment.
At a UK Tech Days event today, Ballmer gave his spiel about Windows Phone 7 and made some remarks about his competitors, specifically Google. He brought up the whole fragmentation issue, which is sort of a thorn in the side for developers. In short, when an update for Android is made, not every phone gets it, nor does the phones that do get it, get the same version due to OEM customization. When this happens, developers have to update their apps for specific phones to get them working.
Ballmer promised this not to be the case with WP7: "Unlike Google, if you write an app for Windows Phone 7, it will work on all Windows phones" which yeah, is a good selling point to developers. Also, with some humility, on Windows Mobile Baller noted that "We got ourselves in to a little bit of a pickle with phones, but now we're on track".
In a nice little screen shot posted by @arnehess (from theunwired.net), we can see more apps populating the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace as expected.
While the ubiquitous "tip calculator" is there, the biggy appears to be a Google Voice app called 'GoVoice'. We're not sure if this a call-back method or one that auto-dials/logs in your Google account, but either way it's a good sign some of us will be able to continue using our Google Voice number when we get our new phone.
Microsoft had just three or four developers responsible for the software development kit needed to write applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft has increased these efforts a hundred fold having 300 to 400 people working on the tools and resources developers need to write programs for Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft has also made efforts to get their employees behind the Windows Phone movement. The company stopped reimbursing employees for non-Windows mobile devices some time ago and has pledged to give every full-time employee a Windows Phone 7 device. Microsoft is also looking into amending employment terms to allow employees to profit from any Windows Phone applications they develop.
Microsoft dubs their long term Windows Phone development efforts as "Selah", Hebrew for "stop and listen". Microsoft has tremendous efforts to stop and listen to developers; either through offering technical and marketing help, holding developer seminars, guaranteeing prime real estate in the Marketplace, or financial incentives. Based on all the Windows Phone 7 apps we've seen in development, the "stop and listen" approach seems to have worked.
In just under a week, the curtain will rise and Windows Phone 7 will be officially announced. It will interesting to finally see the Windows Phone 7 journey begin as well as the phones that will be running the OS. Microsoft will have a little catching up to do against the competition but will all these efforts, do the trick?
Yes, despite some confusion, we know for a fact HTC and T-Mobile will be on hand (in a separate location) for a special preview of their "latest device".
Of course, we'll be at all of those events during the day, covering it all for you folks. And yes, I'll be joined by our very own Phil for a very special, curmudgeony day, plus George and Dieter handling our server-side setup (to keep it all going someone has to feed the hamsters).
Should we guess that the former is a camera-featured phone while the latter is...ummm...sound/media specialized? Yeah, we like literal names for our devices. Of course, actual specifications and images are missing at this time.
Combined with the Samsung Cetus, LG C900 and GW910 that brings the number to FIVE, and yet according to Engadget AT&T will have a total of SIX Windows Phone 7 devices. Yowza.