Smartphone Thoughts has a mini-bombshell: Microsoft is giving away Windows Mobile 6 to its vendors (ex. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Palm, etc) in case they're interested in making it available for upgrades. HTC has already stepped up and said they'll offer upgrades to QWERTY devices. Whether or not these upgrades will make their way through the morass of carrier testing and approval is another story, but I have my fingers crossed. Twice. I wish I could say I was hopeful that everybody would follow T-Mobile's lead - they've already announced future upgrades for the Dash.

We've just learned that Microsoft has given a free license to vendors who will upgrade their devices.

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