Sprint: Windows Mobile 6.5 being tested, look for official updates early next year

Sprint Exec David Owens took part in a virtual chat today, and Gearlog kibbitzed. Here's the pertinent Windows Mobile info:

  • They're currently testing official Windows Mobile 6.5 updates for the HTC Touch Pro 2 and other phones. Look for them early next year.
  • They want Windows Mobile 7 "as soon as possibly, but dependent on Microsoft."
  • No tethering for any phone that needs a Simply Unlimited plan, which means smartphones.

So, absolutely nothing there we couldn't deduce ourselves, but it's nice to get it from the horse's mouth. Read all of Gearlog's bullet points here.

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