Windows Phone 7 to launch on October 11?

Microsoft is expected to kick start the launch of Windows Phone 7 devices at a New York launch event on October 11, according to reports.

UK tech blog Pocket Lint reports that the software giant will hold a lavish launch party in New York city on October 11. The date is exactly a week after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is due to hold a "special event" in London regarding Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft COO, Kevin Turner, originally revealed Microsoft's launch plans in early August. Turner confirmed that Windows Phone 7 devices would be available in October for Europe and November for the United States. Asus, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung are all expected to launch devices on Windows Phone 7. Several recent FCC filings have revealed a number of HTC Windows Phone 7 devices, a Samsung device and an ASUS device - all expected to arrive at the end of October. Pocket-lint's report confirms the launch will be a soft one, meaning devices will be available later in October.

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 also published a Windows Phone 7 'advert' earlier this week with the tagline "the revolution is coming".

Neowin is not able to immediately verify the launch date. Microsoft officials refused to comment on the date, stating: "We do not comment on rumour or speculation".

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Android for the win.

After the CRAP that I've lived with from WinMo for the last two years... NO WAY.

I love my iPod Touch...but I'll be damned if I'm going to be locked in on a cellular data device by their OS. (Jailbreak for the win.) I'm more than capable of cracking it but then you figure in the baseband bs and...it's just getting on my nerves. I'm finally tired of having to crack each and every device that I buy. (OPEN SOURCE FOR THE WIN.)

I'll still have to root my Droid-X when I get that here in October... But beyond that, I don't see any need to change the firmware to anything custom. Android already seems to do whatever I want it to.

Android... FANTASTIC operating system. Fast (on most devices) and very useful. Open source apps that are growing in numbers.

Android is clearly overcoming other markets. Even the tired iPhone.

Yep. Android for the win. Deny if if you want. It's taking over and...WinMo 7 sure as hell isn't going to be able to keep up with that.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
Android for the win.

After the CRAP that I've lived with from WinMo for the last two years... NO WAY.

I love my iPod Touch...but I'll be damned if I'm going to be locked in on a cellular data device by their OS. (Jailbreak for the win.) I'm more than capable of cracking it but then you figure in the baseband bs and...it's just getting on my nerves. I'm finally tired of having to crack each and every device that I buy. (OPEN SOURCE FOR THE WIN.)

I'll still have to root my Droid-X when I get that here in October... But beyond that, I don't see any need to change the firmware to anything custom. Android already seems to do whatever I want it to.

Android... FANTASTIC operating system. Fast (on most devices) and very useful. Open source apps that are growing in numbers.

Android is clearly overcoming other markets. Even the tired iPhone.

Yep. Android for the win. Deny if if you want. It's taking over and...WinMo 7 sure as hell isn't going to be able to keep up with that.

For the sake of emphasis...

http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_16042718

on the windows phone devices list it only shows ATT so far. if im gonna be stuck on a crappy network I'll keep my iphone. Im hoping its on different carriers because i would love to get rid of my iphone

downhillrider said,
on the windows phone devices list it only shows ATT so far. if im gonna be stuck on a crappy network I'll keep my iphone. Im hoping its on different carriers because i would love to get rid of my iphone

We had a guy from Microsoft's moblie division come up to my place of employment from cincinnati and demoed an LG prototype phone for us. He stated that AT&T has a two week exclusive deal with Microsoft at launch. After that we will start to see phones from other carriers.

Not sure how true it really is, so it is second hand info for what it is worth which maybe not much at all. :\

Oh yeah, as a side note. His LG had ATT showing as the carrier.

The real fight is now between Google and Microsoft. Apple is behind big time with their iPhone. They had a good 3 or so years to really pounce on this market and failed. Hoping Verizon gets a WP7 phone soon.

First round is SIM. That's why you will see a delay in full roll out in US. Particularly Verizon will not fully roll out until early 2011.

I hope this comes to Canada soon. I'll be waiting for people's reactions and obviously hoping that either Samsung or HTC make a great phone with WP7. It better be SIM cause that's all I got.

Sylar2010 said,
Pricing anyone and will these be contract phones I assume never had one in my life?

You can buy any phone with or without a contract. Without one, they'll probably cost $500 or more, so most people get contracts. Then with a 2 year contract smartphones usually cost about $200

andrewbares said,

You can buy any phone with or without a contract. Without one, they'll probably cost $500 or more, so most people get contracts. Then with a 2 year contract smartphones usually cost about $200


£200 as mutch as I love wp7 I dont think id go that far....

It's hard to say too little, too late when you see how quickly iOS rose to dominance and how quickly Android looks to surpass it. But I think Microsoft is too late with this one. While this will be better than their current mobile OS, it won't be enough to shake Nokia, RIM, Apple, and Google from respective dominant markets. It doesn't mean I think they shouldn't release it. The smartphone market is rapidly growing. So there is room for another player. I just don't think WP7 will attract more than a small segment of the market. Though I'm sure that segment will be enough to see them earn billions of dollars.

MS are late but they are such a big gorilla with enterprise and mass market products under their belt that they really won't fail to be make a dent and then they will go on from there. Tough competition, but they don't have too far to go until they get to the same level and maybe surpass others. The phone market changes rapidly, they should gain a foothold eventually. If they lose, it will be their fault not the dominance of Apple, RIM, Nokia and Google.

What is it with this notion of "late"? Late relative to what? It's a growing market with very high device replacement rates. No-one can really be late to this party, because the party has no end in sight (and the party is changing all the time). Okay, enough parties.

Wishful thinking of a fanboy. The only way MS could'va been late is if they didn't bring what they're bringing. Just think of this, XBOX live , Zune, Office, Facebook Social Network, Universal Email Support with MS popular Exchange (heck! even Google and Apple pay to have this), and best of all, the Metro interface which the majority of people will love. Believe me, the Zune HD interface is a joy to use.

So, MS won't miss you because the majority of Android and Apple mobile customers are just regular people who only want the best phone with the best feature. That's the reason they're chosing iOS and Android phones right now.

mart24x7 said,
Going to be ditching my iPhone for one of these, can't wait!!!
Who paid you to say that? How do you know WP7 is better than the iPhone? It's not even released yet. The previews don't show all features either. So, my question to you is, who paid you to say that? I want in as well.

mart24x7 said,
Going to be ditching my iPhone for one of these, can't wait!!!

Same! iPhone 3G was my first smartphone and my last Apple device! Using that phone for 2 years has been hell.

Jebadiah said,
Who paid you to say that? How do you know WP7 is better than the iPhone? It's not even released yet. The previews don't show all features either. So, my question to you is, who paid you to say that? I want in as well.

actually, there is more than enough videos, previews, and a couple of reviews that give you more than enough information to make an informed decision

anyway, i haven't decided between wp7 & iphone yet. Apps will be the determining factor.

Jebadiah said,
Who paid you to say that? How do you know WP7 is better than the iPhone? It's not even released yet. The previews don't show all features either. So, my question to you is, who paid you to say that? I want in as well.

iphone been there done that time to move on...

Jebadiah said,
Who paid you to say that? How do you know WP7 is better than the iPhone? It's not even released yet. The previews don't show all features either. So, my question to you is, who paid you to say that? I want in as well.

Did apple pay you to say that?
All he needs to know is how bad he finds iOS/Apple to look at other models....

ZeroHour said,

Did apple pay you to say that?
All he needs to know is how bad he finds iOS/Apple to look at other models....

+1

I don't get why some people, if they really think this or not, can't understand how others like something if they don't like it.

mart24x7 said,
Going to be ditching my iPhone for one of these, can't wait!!!

same here my contract ended in July and I've been patiently holding on for WP7. w00t!

Jebadiah said,
Who paid you to say that? How do you know WP7 is better than the iPhone? It's not even released yet. The previews don't show all features either. So, my question to you is, who paid you to say that? I want in as well.

He never said anything about WP7 being better than the iPhone. You read way too into that.

Perhaps its preference. I prefer using the Windows Phones but the iPhone is CURRENTLY the more powerfull device avaliable as Microsoft doesn't have a competitor to it (yet).

Please, take your Apple-ego some place else and stop treating the iPhone like it was created by God.

Jebadiah said,
Who paid you to say that? How do you know WP7 is better than the iPhone? It's not even released yet. The previews don't show all features either. So, my question to you is, who paid you to say that? I want in as well.

Nobody paid us for this.
I'm also going to replace my iPhone with a WP7.
Sorry apple, your 'phone' is just a toy + mp3 player .

Can't wait to get my hands on a WP7 device come Nov or Dec depending on what models are out other than the ones we know about already.