Windows Phone 7 release, U.S. Markets second in line?

While we all were getting excited about an October launch for Windows Phone 7, it appears the excitement will be over seas.

Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner recently gave a presentation on the new phone and in talking about release time frames stated, "October likely across Europe, November likely across the U.S.".

No explanation on why the U.S. markets will play second chair for the release. Maybe the wireless carriers need more time to "brand" their Windows Phone 7 device.  But as closed the WP7 system is supposed to be, should this be an issue? 

Regardless of the reasoning, one can't help but be a little disappointed with this news. We can only hope that with the extra month Microsoft will have, they will be able to release a more complete Windows Phone 7 package to the U.S. markets.


George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • The presentation is from July 15th: Engadget did this (cut it and slapped their watermark on it) to generate traffic an ad money. See they didn't even link to the source. This is basically old news that many have known about.
  • Phones have nothing to do with carriers. This bundling and restriction of markets should be illegal.
  • I agree. I should be able to choose my phone and mobile operator completely separately. Not least because mobile operators are up there with the airlines in their exorbitant pricing and flagrant disregard for their customers.
  • " We can only hope that with the extra month Microsoft will have, they will be able to release a more complete Windows Phone 7 package to the U.S. markets." Why? Does Europe deserve a less complete package, then? This arrogance is breathtaking. The United States will not recieve a "more complete package" for 2 reasons: 1. You obviously don't know much about how software and hardware development on such a large scale works. Windows Phone 7 is likely to RTM any day now. This will be the version that we receive on devices in a few months. It will be the same version the world over. Device manufacturers need this time to test with the final version to iron out bugs, and ramp up mass production in time for the launch date, so they have enough devices to actually sell on launch day. They don't all just magically appear in stores, you know. 2. Microsoft have already stated their update policy. Every device will be getting updates. No part of the world will be getting a better or worse experience on this. There is no reason to think otherwise, except pure American arrogance making you think you deserve better than everybody else. Please stop trying to analyse something you're so obviously clueless about.
  • Yep, we all have to have in mind that the US is not the prime market for everything ever invented. In the mobile phone market, Europe and Asia strike me as always top candidates given the markets over there (unlocked phones, flexibility of plans, etc). Here in the Americas we still live under draconian rules with phones forever tied to carriers. My guess is that MS would love to have a world-wide release but the local carriers are pushing back due to seasonality (perhaps November is a better shopping month?). The fact that we will have to wait is definitely a downer but is only a month. And there's still much to be learned about the phone and the capabilities, what has been shown so far is promising but still there's a lot of placeholders in the builds shown to the public.
  • By no means am I suggesting the European markets should have a WP7 phone of lesser quality than the U.S. markets. I apologize if my comments came across otherwise. The month difference in release time frames may give Microsoft the opportunity to iron out bugs or glitches that might be present. Giving them the opportunity to release a more complete (or bug free) version in the States with any necessary updates applied to previously released units. And yes, I would love to see the U.S. wireless industry be more like the European model. If the U.S. carriers influence on release dates ever weakened, we might see a little magic in how these phones appear on the shelves.
  • Sorry not buying your explanation. Where does Apple release to first and makes the rest of the planet wait 1-2 months? No reason why MS can't do the same. They announced this OS 2 years ago-plenty of time gear up USA-first release.
    Don't where you are from but please don't assume all Americans are arrogant. You sure made yourself sound pretty arrogant though...
  • Fck Europe. Those sue happy twats shouldn't just wait, they shouldn't even be entitled to it. Have to wait for your iPhone and WP7 you say? Go get your commie ass a Nokia and STFU.
  • And we europeans sounds arrogant and condescending...
  • I'm just trolling you to get your names to ad to the Special Search List G.B & Mainland Europe. You've been added.
  • But in all seriousness you don't see the hypocrisy and inherent arrogance when an EU vassel says its unfair when Microsoft Corp doesn't give them what they want, when they want it.
  • I might be wrong, but I think it was up to MS partners. MS might provide them the software, but at the end, they are responsible for manufacturing the devices, selling them, making ads, dealing with mobile companies, etc. For most for the partners - HTC, Samsung, LG (I don't know about Dell) - Europe is a more lucrative business market than the US. For most of their high-end smartphone, the european version came before the US one :
    - HTC HD never went to the US
    - US HD2 came half a year later than EU HD2
    - Drois Eris months after HTC Hero
    - EU Galaxy S was out here a month before the US releases (Captivate, Vibrant, and so on)
    - Even Dell Streak is here on the market since June and still not available in the US :D So either manufacturers can't produce enough phones for both continents within the same release timeframe, or each US carrier asked for customized versions of the devices, hence the delay. But I'm just assuming...
  • Hey guys, I think everyone needs to calm down a little.
    MS isn't making the US wait, this is simply how the markets work. The US has a different business model to Europe - there is a lot more carrier integration in the US - a process which takes longer to implement. And companies like HTC tend to release their products in the European markets first (again, this could be because its simpler to do so). As far as we know, the difference could be as little as a week or two. Also, I think you guys need to give the author a break here. I know exactly what he's talking about. Here in Australia, we generally get phones much later (not always) than the Europeans and American's and as a side affect, these phones often come with bug fixes and firmware updates already implemented into the package. Its a part of any hardware/software release, the real world finds problems and those that get it first are usually the ones to discover them.