Microsoft confirms launch partners for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft today confirmed the hardware partners for their upcoming Windows Phone 7 due later this year.

Senior product manager for Microsoft, Greg Sullivan, confirmed with Pocket-lint that consumers can expect to see handsets from Dell, Asus, LG, HTC and Samsung later on this year at launch. Microsoft also mentioned that the preview headset that was sent out to developers isn't actually a finalized headset from Samsung, and will not be launching.

In a surprise move from Microsoft, Sullivan mentioned that they would not be giving exclusive carrier rights to any company in the U.S. or UK, saying “we want as many people as possible to be able to get it.” A smart move by Microsoft, something which has crippled availability to other phones in the U.S. that force consumers into a certain carrier or plan for a phone.

That will be five handsets Microsoft will have on launch, all with a full QWERTY keyboard and full touch screen. Microsoft firmly believes that it can quickly jump in with the top four mobile phone makers, along with the likes of Google (Android), RIM (BlackBerry) and of course Apple (iPhone).

Microsoft is looking to dominate yet another market, as they have already had success with Windows 7, Office 2010 and Visual Studios 2010 this year, Windows Phone 7 looks promising to many consumers and enthusiasts. Windows Phone 7 devices are expected to go on sale in October.

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FMH said,
I wish Motorola was included in this list.

They'll probably wait and see how it goes before they make a WP7 phone or not.

Don't give the darm carrier rights to one company in Australia either please. We want to be on something other than Telstra network.

Microsoft should invest a massive chunk of Q4 profits into WP7 and Slates and it will become a market leader alongside Google, Apple, RIM.
And to make Apps it would be a good idea to hire cheap labor of software engineer in China, India, Pakistan to make a number of Apps. Because sadly people really like to compare the number of apps, but not the quality(in which Apple is leader in with 230,000 apps). There is only a few hundred apps useful to the 99% of the public while rest of it is useless. Like the fact that Mozilla has over 2 Billion add-ons!!!

FMH said,
Microsoft should invest a massive chunk of Q4 profits into WP7 and Slates and it will become a market leader alongside Google, Apple, RIM.
And to make Apps it would be a good idea to hire cheap labor of software engineer in China, India, Pakistan to make a number of Apps. Because sadly people really like to compare the number of apps, but not the quality(in which Apple is leader in with 230,000 apps). There is only a few hundred apps useful to the 99% of the public while rest of it is useless. Like the fact that Mozilla has over 2 Billion add-ons!!!

Hmm, if memory serves, Microsoft is giving a bonus to people writing apps for WP7. There were some news regarding that recently. As such, I don't see a point in them hiring people to do something they're already paying for.

In a surprise move from Microsoft, Sullivan mentioned that they would not be giving exclusive carrier rights to any company in the U.S. or UK, saying “we want as many people as possible to be able to get it.”

Huh? And why would this be a surprise move since Microsoft has NEVER modeled any of their product launches on this business model? Windows Mobile, the predecessor to Windows Phone, is available everywhere... This line seems misinformed...

M_Lyons10 said,

Huh? And why would this be a surprise move since Microsoft has NEVER modeled any of their product launches on this business model? Windows Mobile, the predecessor to Windows Phone, is available everywhere... This line seems misinformed...


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M_Lyons10 said,

Huh? And why would this be a surprise move since Microsoft has NEVER modeled any of their product launches on this business model? Windows Mobile, the predecessor to Windows Phone, is available everywhere... This line seems misinformed...

While that may be true, they have given money to software devs in the past to release a certain piece of software only for a specific platform. StarCraft: Ghost, for instance, that was supposed to come out ONLY for Xbox? There would have been a major influx of Xbox sales when that game hit the market.

Metodi Mitov said,

While that may be true, they have given money to software devs in the past to release a certain piece of software only for a specific platform. StarCraft: Ghost, for instance, that was supposed to come out ONLY for Xbox? There would have been a major influx of Xbox sales when that game hit the market.

Yeah, but that's completely different... That was limiting a partner's market penetration, not Microsoft's... And that's how the console business works anyway... Some games only get made because of that financial backing...

Will there be such a thing as putting a sim card (for top up of course) into any phone that will run phone 7? i simply just don't use the phone that much, only for contacting my thai gf... also i like sittin at mcdonalds while wifi'ing away for free. i'm one of those people that just wants an expensive gadget handy but doesn't use it for more than 3 contacts and doesn't surf that much... simply, I MUST HAVE IT!

sorry if i double post, i dont see my comment anywhere anyway i just wondered if there will be such a thing as putting a top up sim card in any phone that will have phone7 on it. i am the type to call only like 4 or 5 people, surf on free mcdonalds wifi or where available. i currently use an HTC Apache that has no phone service on it but has wifi. i make phone calls on an old virgin mobile wildcard. seems like a waste, but i just want to have phone7.

vice le von said,
I would call Office 2010 a success just yet, reports are saying sales aren't as good due to summer release.

I hope MS Office 2010 will jump in sales for businesses and home users when the whole 2010 line comes out like share-point 2010,Server 2008,and all the new .NET tools will help the boost of sales and with WP7 and other phones having office 2010 it will be a great it. MS made a great move with the restriction of device quality so there will be minimal problems with devices. HTC will hopefully impress me. I would want more vendors of hardware though for 2011.

Edited by Xypro, Jul 23 2010, 7:07am :

Wait so there all the same type of smartphone (touchscreen with keyboard) and they've all got the same interface, how are they going to stand out from each other to the consumer?

Suppose it just comes down to consumer preference, and having multiple manufacturers provides more competition and will hopefully mean lower prices, making it harder for the device manufacturer to charge what they want, like say ....... the iphone.

thealexweb said,
Wait so there all the same type of smartphone (touchscreen with keyboard) and they've all got the same interface, how are they going to stand out from each other to the consumer?

Price tag, phone design, preferred brand?

thealexweb said,
Wait so there all the same type of smartphone (touchscreen with keyboard) and they've all got the same interface, how are they going to stand out from each other to the consumer?

It gets better. Rumors are going around that Google will try to "discourage" the use of 3rd party UI skins for Android 3.0. Also look at the rise of "secured" bootloaders on some of the more recent Android phones (especially from Motorola).

Metodi Mitov said,

Price tag, phone design, preferred brand?

Exactly. Plus, they can include some OEM specific software, make changes to WP7 bits like the camera interface, etc...

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. Plus, they can include some OEM specific software, make changes to WP7 bits like the camera interface, etc...


I really hope there will be an option for a device WITHOUT oem-branding. I hate these! Can't stand them on pcs either...

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