All UK mobile operators planning to offer Windows Phone 7 devices at launch

Microsoft said on Wednesday that all of the mobile network operators in the UK will offer Windows Phone 7 devices at launch later this year.

Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Three have all committed to offering devices running Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7 will also be ranged by UK retailers The Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u.

Alex Reeve, Director, Mobile Business Group, Microsoft UK, said:

“Following our announcement at Mobile World Congress that Orange will be our lead partner, it is wonderful now to have all of the UK’s network operators supporting the launch of Windows Phone 7. This means we can provide network choice and also a range of phones across networks for customers to choose from, all with the power of Windows Phone 7. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with these major industry players.”

Microsoft did not comment on when Windows Phone 7 devices will be available in stores however. Microsoft recently released the final build of Windows Phone 7 to manufacturing and claimed the company is "ready". Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone engineering said the company is just getting started. "This has been one of the most incredible product development efforts I’ve ever been a part of" said Myerson. Microsoft workers celebrated the RTM news with an iPhone and BlackBerry funeral at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond.

The software giant also demonstrated its support for Twitter and YouTube on Windows Phone 7, features that were absent in preview versions of the OS. Microsoft also announced that Zune services are going international for Windows Phone 7 launch. The company will hold an open house event in New York City on October 11 where company officials are expected to detail worldwide launch plans.

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PaulCabby said,
Yaay! If they make flight control for WP7. I'm switching over straight away >_>

*edit* which they are!

Lots of apps that I hear are big hits on the iPhone seem to be getting ported to WP7. The fact the dev tools are free, top notch and SL/XNA is easy to work with make porting quick and painless. I expect to see lots of WP7 apps before the end of the year on the marketplace.

GP007 said,

Mid to late Oct? I'm sure we'll hear about things after Oct 11th.


oct 11th is my birthday... this will be a nice present to myself

The main thing in my opinion holding up complete coverage in the USA is the different types of networks (CDMA and GSM) where as in the UK all networks use the same system.

TheDisneyMagic said,
The main thing in my opinion holding up complete coverage in the USA is the different types of networks (CDMA and GSM) where as in the UK all networks use the same system.

I think in the end all the carriers in the US will end up on LTE/4G or w/e you wanna call it, then this GSM and CDMA BS will be put to an end.

TheDisneyMagic said,
The main thing in my opinion holding up complete coverage in the USA is the different types of networks (CDMA and GSM) where as in the UK all networks use the same system.

Believe it or not, that doesn't always guarantee every phone is on every carrier, some carriers just LOVE to be picky about what phones go on their network. For example, the HTC Desire was released in Janurary on all major networks bar O2, who released it on theirs 3 months after - citing "testing to make sure it works on their network" - which is stupid.

Well, this is good news. If only all of the carriers in the US were able to make the phone available as well... Hopefully soon...

It will be nice to have a choice. I ended up buying my HTC HD2 unlocked last year because 3 didn't offer anything decent but I didn't want to leave their network. They've never really offered any Windows Phones so it will be interesting to see what sort of range they offer this time around.

This is great news.

October would be an excellent time to look at getting a new phone. Even better for me as I know what I am getting so prices may be cheaper/better deals

Woo!