First Windows Phone 7 device sold in New Zealand

As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows Phone 7 across Europe, lucky kiwis have got their hands on the devices.

The first Windows Phone 7 device has been sold today over in New Zealand. Lucky shopper Jourdan Templeton picked up the world's first Windows Phone 7 at a store in New Zealand. Shoppers across Europe and in the UK are anxiously waiting until tomorrow morning when devices go on sale at 7am. Microsoft has teamed up with Capital FM in London to promote and sell the devices at Orange's Oxford Street store tomorrow.

Capital FM show presenters Jonny Vaughan and Lisa Snowdon will be heading to the store following their morning breakfast show and will be offering prizes to those in store from 10am. Microsoft will be handing out a number of freebies to those wishing to get a Windows Phone 7 device tomorrow morning. For now though, the first device has gone on-sale and we await initial reactions and reviews of Windows Phone 7. Stay tuned to Neowin where we will be posting a Windows Phone 7 review in three hours time.

Image Credit: Bradley Borrows (@bradbor)

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Joho said,
Nice! what device did he get?

Edit: Ha, looks like a Mozart.

HTC Trophy. We only get the Trophy (Vodafone) and HD7 (Telecom) in NZ.

exciting stuff.. at first i was jealous it was going over seas before stateside yet now, i kind of like seeing it from a distance and being able to compare that to what may or may not happen here.

Wonder if MS stock will reflect the launch at all

blahism said,
Wonder if MS stock will reflect the launch at all

Ozzie announced his retirement yesterday, and MSFT shot up 0.84%.

I'm pretty certain only one thing will ever positively impact MS stock...and it won't be Phone.

M_Lyons10 said,
Cool. I can't wait for WP7 to come to the states (And on Verizon)... Oh the waiting is going to kill me. lol

Considering we (verizon) has the droid x, which has me tempted... but i'll try to wait!

ZenVenT said,

Considering we (verizon) has the droid x, which has me tempted... but i'll try to wait!

Yeah, I know. I'm just not crazy about Android personally. I will wait, but I do hope that Microsoft gets CDMA support in to these phones soon.

I heard though that Verizon won't be requiring phones to support their 4G (GSM) service until close to the middle of the year, so it might make sense to wait for a phone that is going to support that anyway. I'm curious though. If Verizon's 4G is GSM based, then then phone would have to be dual band to support that and Verizon's CDMA network. Does that mean that when traveling abroad it would be easier to get service as you would be in GSM areas?

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I know. I'm just not crazy about Android personally. I will wait, but I do hope that Microsoft gets CDMA support in to these phones soon.

I heard though that Verizon won't be requiring phones to support their 4G (GSM) service until close to the middle of the year, so it might make sense to wait for a phone that is going to support that anyway. I'm curious though. If Verizon's 4G is GSM based, then then phone would have to be dual band to support that and Verizon's CDMA network. Does that mean that when traveling abroad it would be easier to get service as you would be in GSM areas?

CDMA version is supposed to launch sometime in the first half of next year. That means it can be as early as January or as late as June. I'm on Verizon now and really don't wanna switch to ATT but I'm really tired of waiting.

I had ATT before the iPhone and had no problems but seeing how their network is taxed not sure I should make the move but eager to get my hands on a WP7 device.

IMO, Vodafone really missed a golden opportunity. First country in the world and their sole launch event is parking a large truck in central Auckland. I even detoured my way to work to pass a Vodafone shop and nothing was going on.

Windows Phone 7 is going to live or die by the buzz it creates.

Temperingpick said,
I like those shirts in the second picture. I heart Windows Phone.

And look! That guy solved his Rubix Cube.

Yeah. I wish those were the shirts Microsoft was giving out at the WP7 events...

Lucky bugger!!!
In the mean time the cash for my unlock HD7 is piling up. extended warranty, shipping cost,duty. ...Rogers I hate you.

zkid2010 said,
I want one of those "i <3 windows-icon phone-icon" shirts!

thats been my laptop background for the past month..

kezzzs said,
Can I dub this the wPhone? I genuinely think I may be getting one in December when my iPhone contract runs out!

Me too, except I have another year for my at&t contract.

Nothing new here we sold all 6 we received by noon. Fun devices (htc mozart) might grab one myself once the next batch arrive.

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