Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone devices are available in UK from EE under expensive carrier contracts. If you are not a fan such contracts, you can now buy a 4G compatible Nokia Lumia 820 device now and take advantage of 4G network when needed.
Unlocked-Mobiles is now taking pre-order for this Nokia Lumia 820 device for Â£394.98 including taxes. It will support the following bands,
System: GSM Quad Band 850/900/1800/1900 3G/HSDPA & 4G LTE
Source: Unlocked Mobile
Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division, recently spoke widely about Windows Phone 7 to the Seattle Times.
Most answers were pretty standard, but one particular comment did strike me. When asked about 4G support in Windows Phone 7 he said:
"All the phones in the U.S. are 4G. What’s interesting with this release, instead of all the phones coming out on the same day, there will be a season that will carry on into the next year that will include LTE phones as well."
Presumably the first part of the sentence refers to HSDPA+, which AT&T and T-Mobile calls 4G. This will obviously not fly on CDMA networks, hence their rush to LTE.
Andy confirmed that LTE phones will be coming, and that they will be part of this wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets, which will extend into next year.
Now I may be over-interpreting, but with the Tango release, rumoured to bring LTE support, supposed to drop early next year, I suspect we will likely see a CDMA handset sport LTE first, likely on Verizon, in the first 3 months of next year. A season can not be 9 months long after all?
Are we parsing a bit too much into a throw away statement? Let us know below.
The HTC Radar 4G has shown up on T-Mobile USAâ€™s website as coming soon. The handset is currently expected to hit stores on the 2nd November, and T-Mobile is touting its HSDPA+ abilities, which the carrier and AT&T are both labelling as 4G speeds.
While the handset is welcome, many T-Mobile USA subscribers are still complaining that they will not be getting the HTC Titan, a somewhat more premium handset, that may have to wait for the T-Mobile/AT&T merger to be available to all.
Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America, spoke at the Mobile Future Forward conference in Seattle about a wide range of topics, including Windows Phone 7.
Noting that the iPhone is now so ubiquitous that it is losing its cachet and cool, he recounts:
â€œ I brought my daughter back to college â€” sheâ€™s down in Portland at Reed â€” and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: â€˜My dad has an iPhone.â€™ Thereâ€™s an interesting thing thatâ€™s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufactureâ€™s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids donâ€™t find them that cool anymore.â€
On Windows Phone 7 he revealed an unexpected Achilles heel for the OS.
â€It has shortcomings in some areas, so I am quite happy to see how Mango has improved all of that. I think Windows Phone 7 is probably a bit hampered by the whole energy in the industry right now for 4G. All the carriers are pushing their 4G networks and with Windows Phone 7 not yet supporting that â€¦ there is a shortcoming there that is not so much a problem for the end-consumer, but it is a problem for the consumer not being pushed towards Windows because another phone might be more attractive to cell phone carriers.â€
I suspect as US head of HTC he is likely revealing a real issue which is preventing carriers like Verizon, who is now heavily promoting LTE, from increasing Windows Phone 7 adoption.
4G is more a marketing term than a real technology, and it seems that Microsoft is not in sync with the agenda of the carriers to move customers to more expensive higher tier data plans for only slightly faster downloads, all the time removing their unlimited data plans.
Do our readers think Windows Phone 7 is suffering from not having LTE handsets in the market yet? Let us know below.
It is pretty clear the Samsung Focus S is the Samsung SGH-i937, shown off by Microsoft at their Partner Conference a few weeks ago.
Now that the specs have been released it is worth another look.
We now know the handset has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, an 8 megapixel camera in the back and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and is only 8.55 mm thick, making it thinner than the iPhone 4 which is 9.3 mm thick.
More relevant to our Windows Phone using readers, we can calculate, using a bit of Pythagoras, that the phone will be about 67 mm wide and 125 mm high, which compares very well with the Samsung Focus, which is 64mm wide and 125mm high.Â The Focus is 10.2 mm thick, making the Samsung Focus S 16% thinner than the Focus. The screen size was clearly gained mainly by adding width, rather than height to the device.
Unlike the Samsung Focus the Samsung Focus S has HSDPA+, which should offer speeds from 8-13 MB/sec down and 1-2 MB/sec up, and of course has a 1.4 Ghz processor and newer generation GPU.
Do our readers feel this is a worthy upgrade? Let us know below.
Here is some great news. Apparently T-Mobile stores are getting promotional material featuring â€œ4G Windows Phoneâ€.
Tmonews also have pictures of Windows Phone stickers without the 4G label, indicating not all Windows Phones on T-Mobile will have that feature.
Of course the news would be more exciting if 4G on T-Mobile was not just HSDPA +, rather than LTE or WIMAX, but new Windows Phones with competitive specs are still great.
Read more at T-Monews here.
Digitimes reports that HTC, who has been on a recent buying spree, has acquire 82 patents and 14 patent applications concerning wireless communication technologies from ADC Telecommunications for US$75 million.
Recently having a war chest of patents has become increasingly important to protect companies from litigation from competitors, and while HTC already has a number of 4G products on WIMAX and LTE out, the company remains at risk from competitive obstruction.
Digitimes notes that HTC will use the patents to develop 4G smartphones mainly, and with Microsoft also showing interest in the arena we can hope some of these products will run Windows Phone 7 also.
Samsung, who many would say are making some of the best smartphones around these days, have hinted to the Wall Street Journal that a 4G Windows Phone 7 phone may be announced at Mobile World Congress.
J.K. Shin, head of Samsung’s mobile division noted "We are in a position to supply 4G smartphones and tablets to all of the U.S. carriers.â€
Shin declined to provide many details on future product launches, only saying to wait for Mobile World Congress in February. But he hinted that Samsung would have more details on a dual-core processor, as well as a 4G version of Windows Phone 7.
The company is aiming to double smartphone sales in 2011 to 50 million handsets per year, and from various surveys sells the most popular Windows Phone 7 handsets, the Samsung Focus and Samsung Omnia 7.
Red more WallStreetJournal.com here.
If there is any doubt that Microsoft eventually intends to support CDMA and the new 4G networking technologies, the status icon set revealed by Microsoftâ€™s Windows phone 7 help page should put that to rest.
They indicate that Microsoft intends to support both LTE and WIMAX, which according to istartedsomething.com lends support to rumours of a LTE version of the Dell Lightning and aWiMAX version of an LG WP7 phone.
The page notes:
SD cards and my phone
Some Windows Phones have a Secure Digital (SD) card that’s used to expand the amount of storage space on the phone. If your phone has one, it’s in an SD card slot underneath the battery cover on the back of your phone.
Windows Phone uses a special highâ€“performance SD card that works differently than SD cards in other devices. When your phone is built and first set up, its internal storage and SD card are combined and recognized as one storage system.
You should not remove the SD card in your phone or replace it with a new one because your Windows Phone won’t work properly. Existing data on the phone may be lost, and that SD card can’t be used in other devices or Windows Phones.
I find the passage pretty hopeful actually, as it suggests that besides causing data loss, the new replacement SD card will actually function.
Anyone else note anything interesting? Let us know below.
We have no idea about the veracity of this photo, but apparently the above device is a Windows phone 7 device by LG running Windows Phone 7 and featuring Sprints 4G technology (which is WIMAX last I heard).
If real the device is clearly very thin, with a pretty large, thin-bezeled screen. Lets cross our fingers that Windows Phone 7 finally does get a super phone after all.