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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.