More often than not, the way it works overseas is you pay more for a phone up front, then save on the carrier plan. But Vodafone UK's now offering (a day ahead of when we expected) a deal that you simply can't refuse: A free HTC HD2 with a data plan of at least £35. That's 4.3 inches of screen, 1GHz of Snapdragon processing power, Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro and the possibility of an upgrade to Windows Mobile 7 (that's still not official though, so simmer down). For free. Don't bet on finding that kind of deal in the U.S. [Vodafone via coolsmartphone]
Starting today, Windows phone customers can browse, buy and download applications online at the Windows Marketplace for Mobile site. The selected applications are delivered wirelessly to the customer’s Windows phone and install the next time the Windows Marketplace client runs on the device. This creates another way for customers to easily find and purchase applications and gives developers a whole new level of exposure.
There also are a number of improvements for developers, including increased security to prevent app piracy.
So you still can't get your hands on an HTC HD2. Tough. But you can get a look at its insides, thanks to the fine folks at XDA China. Because, really, who doesn't love ripping open the hottest phone out there and seeing what makes it tick? Couple more shots after the break, and loads more at XDA Developers. [via pocketnow]
And the march toward Windows Mobile 7 continues. This time, it's ZDNet Taiwan [via wmpoweruser] saying that WM7 is beginning its "Maldives" program in Q1 of next year, which basically means testing for device manufacturers. We'd heard "Maldives" in passing before, but in relation to Windows Mobile 6.5.1. So we'll have to see here.
ZDNet Taiwan's also saying that we should see Windows Mobile 7 launch in the third quarter of 2010, which is in the same window as most other rumors floating around. We've seen one that it's already been in beta. Another that it'll RTM this spring. So, work continues. Here's hoping for an announcement at CES.
We're generally not the types who cry that the sky is falling. But there are a few disturbing reports swirling today regarding Samsung. The first comes from Electonista, which states that Sammy will significantly reduce its use of Windows Mobile.
HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Noh understands that the Korean company's use of Windows Mobile will crash from 80 percent this year to just 50 percent in 2010 and will lower further still in future years. Just 20 percent of Samsung's phones should use the platform by 2012.
That's a huge drop. Word on the street (er, and in just about every blog today) is that Android will pick up a good amount of the slack.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider,today announced the launch of its own open mobile platform, Samsung bada [bada] in December. This new addition to Samsung’s mobile ecosystem enables developers to create applications for millions of new Samsung mobile phones, and consumers to enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience.
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How badly do you want an HTC HD2? For a little more than $800US, you can import one now from Devicewire. That said, it'll be lacking the U.S. 3G bands. But you'll still have EDGE and WiFi, and the knowledge that you're the first on your block to have the biggest and baddest Windows phone on the market. [Devicewire via Coolsmartphone]
Conditional call forwarding uses the *28xxxxxxxxxx code, where the xxxxxxxxxx is your phone number. Note that your original number still rings before forwarding happens and you'll need to futz with your Google Voice settings if you want to send calls directly to voicemail before ringing your Google Voice number. There's plenty more information in this forum thread. Dial *38 to turn it off. Direct *72 call forwarding still costs you $.20 per minute.
That's it, folks. We'd still like to see Sprint drop the fee for direct call forwarding, however. But we all know how carriers feel about us messing with their voicemail.
Anyhoo, what got him there in time for the keynote was Google Maps, and its inclusion of NYC subway maps. They've been there for a while now, but Google's recently publicly announced them as a feature in the Layers. To turn it on (or just test it if you're outside the city), point the map to NYC, then go to Menu>Layers and turn on the Tranisit lines. Zoom in and you can get station info. It's That simple. [Google Lat-Long blog]
There are some pretty cool technologies involved in the hardware that is being crammed into our Windows Phones these days. WiFi, various cellular technologies, GPS, et al. My vote for the coolest of these is GPS. The fact that some very intelligent person somewhere came up with the idea of putting machines into orbit around the globe and then using these to navigate is extremely impressive to me.
Harnessing the full power of the GPS on a Windows Phone can be a difficult proposition. Free tools such as Google Maps and Bing/Live Search are capable of utilizing a GPS receiver, but they don’t give you all of the benefits that we have come to expect from a full featured GPS.
Copilot Live is one of the premier GPS applications for Windows Phones. Now in version 8, ALK Solutions has re-worked their pricing to make this amazing software accessible to just about anyone with a Windows Phone. (See my review of Copilot 7 here.)
To see the new features that Copilot Live 8 offers, check out the review after the jump.