The "Zune Phone" does not exist...yet

Gizmodo claimed yesterday that the "Zune Phone" would debut at the Mobile World Congress conference in two weeks time.

Their original headline read "Zune Phone To Debut At MWC, Will Use Nvidia Tegra" which was quickly changed to "Windows Mobile 7 w/ Zune to Debut at MWC, Will Use Nvidia Tegra" after many began to question Gizmodo's source, a Spanish blog named MuyComputer.

MuyComputer claims that Microsoft intends to introduce the phone which has a 480 x 272 screen, HDMI video out, and weighs around 2.45 ounces (70 grams). The Spanish blog could be correct that Microsoft plans to introduce a company branded device but it will not be manufactured by Microsoft or referred to as the "Zune Phone".

Last week, references to 'Turtle' and 'Pure' devices were found in the latest Zune software update. These devices were originally revealed as Microsoft's "Project Pink" devices back in September 2009. "Project Pink" is an internal name used by Microsoft to refer to a set of devices built from the Windows Mobile 7 framework and Microsoft branded but not Microsoft manufactured. Recently, Microsoft employees and Danger employees (a company Microsoft acquired in 2008) have been Tweeting #tmdp which could be a reference to "Project Pink" as the Tweets all say "From Danger". When Neowin questioned Microsoft on the findings a spokesperson refused to speak about the references, simply stating "we do not have any comment at this time."

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed last week: "we have no plans to create a Zune phone." The spokesperson also stated that one day Zune could be "part of the phone experience" but added there had been no announcements by the software giant regarding how or if that would happen. Looking into this statement further, the hint at "part of the phone experience" could mean Windows Mobile 7 coupled with Zune integration is on the horizon. Neowin will be live at Mobile World Congress to bring you the latest announcements on Microsoft's mobile future.

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Two weeks can't pass fast enough now. All this speculation can, for the most part, be put to rest once MWC starts.

there was also codename "purple".

Tom, when you left the Mobius last fall, you sounded like you saw something amazing. I know you cannot mention much if anything, but can you tell us if you think we'll see at WMC what you saw at Mobius?

Honestly being as how much Microsoft likes to copy hardware practices of other folks i do not see as to why they would not create a phone out of it being that the iPhone has been out for so long.

littleneutrino said,
Honestly being as how much Microsoft likes to copy hardware practices of other folks i do not see as to why they would not create a phone out of it being that the iPhone has been out for so long.

Why would they? What good is iPhone?
Have you ever seen iPod Touch and Zune HD side by side? iPod looks like a fat heavy brick compared to thin lightweight and streamlined Zune HD. It's also very noticeable that the Zune HD's screen is better quality. Microsoft cannot copy Apple's logo. Why would they want to copy anything else?

they need not make a zune phone... that would take away from other companies that "want" windows mobile 7 in their products. a zune phone would be a slap in the face to HTC and other mobile computer phones.

Izlude said,
they need not make a zune phone... that would take away from other companies that "want" windows mobile 7 in their products. a zune phone would be a slap in the face to HTC and other mobile computer phones.

Microsoft would probably release something with the Microsoft branding, but manufactured by one of their partners, like HTC... I don't think it would hurt their relationship with these OEM's at all...

SVG said,
Gizmodo isn't a Spanish blog :S

And i never made ref to Gizmondo at all...

It was said as a joke but I can understand how it might have been taken as more.

Sorry about that Tom did not mean to make any trouble.

It was a good read.

Deacon Brown said,
So the moral of this story is ask the developing company 1st and not get your info from a spanish blog?

LOL

Deacon Brown said,

And i never made ref to Gizmondo at all...

It was said as a joke but I can understand how it might have been taken as more.

Sorry about that Tom did not mean to make any trouble.

It was a good read.

lol.. i overlooked "muycomputer".. casual approach to reading :D