Major south Indian retailer Univercell have listed LG Optimus 7 E900 for 25000 INR( Approx. 560 USD). As previously mentioned by us, LG will be one of the key launch partners for Microsoft in India. Still there is no word on time of availability,but I guess it will be sooner than expected. According to some insiders at Microsoft India,I got to know that January-2011 will be the time frame of the launch. Does this indicate that Windows Phone 7 will be launched in other Asian countries soon?
Update: Flipkart.com ,an Indian online retailer is taking orders for HTC HD7 with the price of 29999 INR (approx. 667 USD) and it states that it will deliver the device within 5-7 days, but according to some sources I found that the device will be shipped only after the official launch of Windows Phone 7 in India.
AT&T has announced new way to earn money by referrals. Only thing you have to do is to convince your friend or someone to buy a Windows Phone 7 with AT&T contract and you get $25 for each referral. Donâ€™t leave your current job since this seems to be easy way to earn money ! ! You can earn up to $125 a year.
What is Refer-A-Friend?
Refer-A-Friend is an online-only program that allows you to refer friends and relatives to AT&T for wireless service. Every time you get someone to activate new, qualifying service, you will both be eligible to receive a $25 AT&T Promotion Card. You can earn up to five rewards per year. AT&T Promotion Cards can be redeemed for AT&T products or for paying your wireless bill.
How do I participate?
If you are a Referrer (referring new customers):
- Register for the Refer-A-Friend program.
- Send your referral e-mails.
- Make sure the people you refer register for the program within 14 days of activating their AT&T service.
If you are a Referee (someone referred you):
- Activate new AT&T service on a qualifying wireless rate plan.
- Register for the Refer-A-Friend program within 30 days of activating your AT&T service.
After you do your part, we do ours:
- Verify the referral to ensure it meets the program rules.
- Mail the rewards.
Verification takes approximately 40 days. After verification, rewards take about 4-6 weeks to fulfill.
What are the Program Requirements?
Refer-A-Friend requires you to have Internet access and an e-mail address. You may register only one wireless phone number and e-mail address in the program.
- Be on a $9.99 or higher wireless rate plan.
- Register for the Refer-A-Friend program and make a referral on the program website within 14 days of the Referee’s AT&T service activation date.
- Activate new wireless service with AT&T on a $39.99 or higher rate plan.
- Register for the Refer-A-Friend program within 30 days of activating your wireless service.
Employees of AT&T Mobility LLC, its affiliated companies, and its Agents, their subagents, and other distributors of AT&T service are not eligible to participate in the Program.
Other conditions apply. Please see the Terms and Conditions for the complete program rules.
Marketing a device is as important as developing it. Mobile OEMâ€™s generally try to buy ads across newspapers, digital media to promote their device. Telstra, a leading operator from Australia has announced an interesting contest. People can apply to this Social Review Contest and the selected participants will be running a Social Review of the HTC 7 Mozart . Totally 25 people will be selected and they will be given HTC 7 Mozart plus a Telstra Next Gâ„¢ Network SIM with credit for two-week review period. Once the two-week review period is over the handset is theirs to keep.
Whatâ€™s a Social Review?
Social Reviewers will use the phone, explore the features and share their experiences with the social media world. The reviewers are also required to disclose they are participating in the Telstra Windows 7 Social Review.Because context and differing viewpoints are critical to the success of the Social Review, weâ€™re looking for applicants with all sorts of interests, such as:
- social networking;
- Xbox LIVE and gaming;
- business on the go;
- apps and apps development;
- kids and family; and
- technology and gadgets.
Telstra is also partnering with Microsoft to create a WP7 Social review forum for people to exchange their thoughts on this new WP7 OS.
During a event held in Johannesburg Â Mobility Business Group Lead, Nkosi Kumalo and Business Development Manager for Windows Phone, John Press, announced the launch of Windows Phone 7 in South Africa. Initially there will be only two WP7 devices. Both are HTC devices, the Â HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Mozart.
HTC Mozart will be made available through various carriers in South Africa while HTC 7 Trophy is exclusive to Vodacom, aÂ leading mobile operator in SA. The final pricing was not announced, but it will be competitive to Samsung Galaxy S which is successful there. Mr.Kumalo said that there will be separate data plans for WP7 devices and negotiations are going on with the carriers. Initially there wont be Windows Phone 7 marketplace for SA but it will be made available in the near future. It was mentioned that Samsung, and LG handsets are scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2011 while these HTC devices will be released later this month or December first week.
There is just a day left to know about WP7 Devices to be launched this fall. But still leaks of the devices continues. This time its HTC HD7. The TmoNews, Unofficial Tmobile blog has posted some pictures and specs of HTC HD7 and it looks same as the previously leaked HD7 photos. The device boasts 4.3â€,400×800 Display with 5MP camera,Dual LED Flash.
The site also states that the European version is expected to ship with 8GB of internal storage, T-Mobileâ€™s variant will ship with 16GB of on-board storage and 576MB of RAM. Also the HD7 will only be able to handle HSPA 7.2Mbps speeds. Regarding pricing, T-Mobile HTC HD7 will cost $199.99 after a 2-year agreement it seems.
So yesterday we saw Microsoft (temporarily) updated the Hotmail Calendar service with the new features like weather updates. It seems like thatâ€™s just the beginning of a new wave of updates coming to the Windows Live web services. If you go to any Windows Live web services today (except Hotmail and Contacts), youâ€™d find the new updates. Some are subtle, while others are quite obvious. To see if youâ€™re using the updated version, simply look for the arrow next to your name on the top-right hand corner. Hereâ€™s a few things weâ€™ve noticed with this new update:
- Status.live.com is now live! Thanks to a tip from Jan, you can now check the Windows Live Service Status via http://status.live.com. The service allow you to check the current service status for Hotmail, Calendar, Messenger, Social, SkyDrive, Contacts, and Mesh, as well as checking the past history of service statuses during the past 14 days:
You can even drill in to each day to see what the service outages were on that particular day.
- Windows Live Devices gets an update with new SkyDrive icon, and a new supposed Mobile portal at https://devices.live.com/Devices/Mobile. However this new mobile portal doesnâ€™t seem to work yet, and we expect this will change as it gets closer to the Windows Phone 7 launch. The SkyDrive synced storage seems to still be at 2GB though.
- LinkedIn connected service now available! Just go to http://profile.live.com/Services/Add.aspx?appid=1073956358 and connect LinkedIn to your Windows Live account!
Noticed any other updates as part of this refresh? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!
A Danish Site TV2 has recently had hands on with LG E900 which boasts 3.7 inch screen with standard 1GHz processor.They have posted some photos of it,check for it below.Here is some of their views on WP7.
The graphics are nice, the animations and transitions are liquid and cheeky, and it seems that there is “contemplating things.” It gave the kinds of butterflies in the stomach, as we saw for the first time since we did play with the iPhone or Windows 7. Wow, it’s delicious it here!
More pictures after the break.
Now as usual with all my thought I like to keep it in the read more section, so if you want to hear what I have to say about innovation in this day and ageâ€¦ Click the read more link and donâ€™t forget to comment.
Samsung Cetus i917
Mystery Samsung handset
Thanks to Engadget,247windowsphone for images of these devices.If you know any other,please add it on the comments.
It seems it was just yesterday when HP was â€œworking even closer with Microsoft to develop signature phonesâ€, now it seems they are just not interested anymore. Earlier in the year when Mobile World Conference was in full swing, HP took stage with Microsoft to announce their involvement with their latest Windows Phone 7 product. Now after a few months, and a few purchases, it seems they want nothing to do with Microsoft.
In an interview with CNBC, Todd seems to be very clear with their following quote:
"I think it’s clear to say, that we’re very focused on the customer, and giving the customer the experience that’s important to them. We won’t do — will not do a Linux / Android phone. We won’t do a Microsoft phone.".
This seems very sad because I was looking forward to see what HP would bring to counter their #1 competitor Dell. Now we know the list of manufactures is quickly becoming short, but thankfully the good guys are still in.