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4 years ago

AT&T: Do not upgrade your memory on Focus

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Looks like AT&T and Microsoft aren't reading from the same playbook, but are now.

While ample evidence suggests AT&T had no problem with the end user adding extra memory (see here and here), it looks like the giant is now back stepping a bit. In a post yesterday from Paul Thurrott and confirmed by one of our readers at an AT&T store, the employees are now telling customers do not upgrade the microSD card on the device.

In short, there appears to be a problem with reliability when using non-approved memory. Microsoft is fixing this and it will come out in some OTA update, presumably that one in January that is rumored. The good news is this whole use it/don't use it approach to memory may end once Microsoft sorts out the problem on their end.

For now, we say: take the risk if you know the implications. If your device starts crashing, or having performance issues, well...take out the card and start anew. You're adults, you can figure this out.

Source: Windows Phone Secrets, reader Gregory from MA

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4 years ago

Hawaii Five-O just Bings it: WP7 makes another TV appearance

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So last night on CBS, the new series (of an old series) Hawaii Five-O had a snazzy Windows Phone 7 placement. At about 18 minutes in to the show, two of the characters are in a museum. The male character suggests that the art piece was an original Clifton Bowles, the female doesn't believe him (they never do, amirite?), so he tells her to "Bing it!".

The female lead then pulls out an LG Optimus 7 and proceeds to Bing the gentleman's name. After this the show evidently went to commercial, where not one but reportedly two ads appeared. Not bad Microsoft, not bad.

Things I learned: Hawaii Five-O has a lot of pretty girls in it and I'm glad I'm vegetarian.

Thanks, Joe C & Tim O., for the tip!

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4 years ago

AT&T accepting Pre-orders on the LG Quantum

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As supplies on the Samsung Focus and HTC Surround were flying off AT&T's shelves today, it appears that the LG Quantum will soon be joining the action.

AT&T is now accepting pre-orders for the LG Quantum with a expected ship date of November 15th with all orders processed on a first come, first served basis. Pricing is consistent with the other Windows Phones, $199.99 with contractual discounts or $499.99 out of contract. Of course you could also just pre-order it from LetsTalk for $99 and save yourself a bundle.

So, if you're holding out for a Windows Phone 7 device that has a side-sliding keyboard... now's your chance.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD7 now on backorder too. HTC Surround anyone?

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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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4 years ago

Slingplayer now live in Marketplace, costs $29.99

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Guess this is a big day, as Slingplayer is now available too in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The app, first demoed a few weeks ago (see the video after the break, if you need to convince yourself), promised resolution "4 times that of previous Windows Mobile devices" which sounds impressive.

The downside is the price, which we all knew was coming: $29.99. That's not unusual for Sling but it's still a bit pricey for an app for TV. But hey, you need it, you now got it. Hit us up in comments and let us know how it works!

Thanks, @Avi_Franchise, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Halo Waypoint is now Live in the Marketplace

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Just in time for the U.S. launch, Halo Waypoint is finally released in the Marketplace. Though not even close to being a game (it's a game companion for you Halo nerds), it's a least a start. Plus we're sure there's a few of you wanting this little guy.

Head over to the Marketplace now!

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4 years ago

Samsung Focus "Out of Stock" on Amazon Wireless

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Well that was fast. For awhile, the Samsung Focus wasn't even listed on Amazon's Wireless site for actual purchase. Then it was. Briefly.

And at  7pm EST, the site is now listing the phone as "Out of Stock" even though the HTC Surround is still available (for $99 no less).

With reports of stores only have as many as 12 and as little as 2 devices on hand, we guess it's no surprise that they sold out so quick. Not to mention, 43% of you said the Focus was going to be your phone today, blowing away the the HD7 (16%) and the Venue Pro with a whopping 26%, not bad considering how hard it's to find that one.

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4 years ago

Samsung Focus: Installing the MicroSD Card

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We've known for sometime now that the Samsung Focus has an easily accessible microSD card slot. While Microsoft has been cautious, AT&T has voiced no opposition to using an expansion card and even Samsung points it out in the packaging material. But this expansion slot acts differently than what we are used to with Windows Phones.

Simply sliding in the microSD card into the expansion slot won't do the trick and apparently not all microSD cards will work.  If you are going to use microSD card, we highly recommend you install it early. The reason being is that in order for the Focus to recognize the extra memory, you have to perform a hard reset on the phone.

Read more after the break on changing your microSD card!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Focus

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Hands-on with the Samsung Focus

It was nothing short of an adventure this morning tracking down a Samsung Focus. Apparently a few of the AT&T retail stores in my area missed the memo and started selling them yesterday.  This made finding a Samsung Focus in stock a little bit of a challenge.  Regardless, I was able to track one down and after using it for a little over half the day, I have to say it is an impressive phone.

It's thinner and lighter than the HTC Surround and feels really good in the hand.  I'm looking forward to setting up the Windows Phone to see how it performs.  Stay tuned and we'll have a full review of the Focus up shortly.

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4 years ago

The WPCentral forums are open. Come discuss your new phone!

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Okay, now that hopefully some of you manged to get a phone today (or a few weeks ago, for our international readers), you may want a place to hang out and discuss it. So why not give our forums a crack?

In there we'll discuss your favorite games, apps, tips, device reviews and news ripped from today's headlines. Have a problem about your specific device? We have a sub-forum for help.

Also look for the writers of this site, including myself, to be posting and answering questions regarding Windows Phone 7. So grab a coffee and ask away!

Hop right in: http://forums.windowscentral.com/

-WPCentral Team

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4 years ago

Windows Phone Market nears 2,000 apps

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Yeah, we know, it's quality not quantity and we agree with that 100%. On the other hand, this number helps give an idea of rates of adoption and growth of the platform. We always thought Microsoft would hit 2,000 by launch and it looks like they did it. Heck, it was just 2 weeks ago they hit 1,000. In short, although there are some hiccups here and there (the Guitar Hero app was fubar'd for awhile, fixed now), the store seems to be a success.

And only 1,800 of those apps are flashlights and tip calculators. We keed, we keed

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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4 years ago

Google Search launches for Windows Phone 7

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Well, we admit it is a little unexpected but Google has indeed launched a Search tool for Windows Phone 7. They say it's available now in the store, though we don't see it.  Just give it a few hours. Busy day, ya know.

It's nothing fancy, just your basic search engine for websites, images, local, and news. It also has that new fangled Google Instant, where it gives you live results as you type instead of typing the whole word/phrase and hitting search. Cool.

Now where's Maps, Latitude, Buzz, Voice, etc?

Source: Google Mobile Blog; Thanks, Phil Nickinson, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Software Review: Yelp!

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Software Review: Yelp!

Yelp! is a free application being offered over a the Marketplace for Windows Phone 7. Yelp! is a search engine that locates business that are close to your current location.

Searches are done from the various category tiles or you can narrow down things by using the search field. In using the search fields, you can also search different locations.

You can pull up detailed information about each business that includes contact information (phone number, web site, address) and reviews generated through Yelp's main website.

Locations can be displayed on a BING map as well as travel directions. The only thing missing is a "home" button to send you back to Yelp's main page. As is, the app is very dependent on the back arrow.

Yelp! (link opens your Zune browser) is a stable application for your Windows Phone that can come in handy when your traveling or simply looking for a new place to eat.

Check Yelp out in action after the break.

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4 years ago

Ilomilo: AT&T Exclusive game?

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Ilomilo: AT&T Exclusive game?

Just though this was interesting. The game Ilomilo, one of the most talked about (see video demo after the break), is a free download for AT&T Windows Phone 7 users. On top of that, it's an exclusive to the carrier as the game is not yet available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

No word on how long AT&T has this game all to themselves, but if you were thinking of getting that Samsung Focus or HTC Surround, there' s one more reason. But it stinks for non-AT&T customers!

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4 years ago

First U.S. customer to buy Windows Phone 7: Richard Mungeer

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Though we don't know how Microsoft exactly calculated this guy to be the first (perhaps at the Microsoft flagship store?) but evidently Richard Mungeer is the first official person to buy a Windows Phone 7 device , replacing his iPhone (snicker). Anyways, a big congrats to him and welcome to the team!

Get your phone yet? Share your story in comments!

Source: Twitter (@windowsphone)

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