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Microsoft confirms Huawei Ascend W2’s European launch


On the Windows Blog Microsoft has announced that the Huawei Ascend W2 will be coming to Russia and Netherlands this month.

The handset will be available in black, blue, yellow, and red,  and has a unique feature where the colour of the capacitive key backlight changes to match accent colour of the handset.

The smartphone otherwise features a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 WVGA IPS display, 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a micro SD expansion slot. It also has FM radio support and 5 MP camera that supports 720P video recording and playback. The screen also works with gloves, and the handset’s  1700 mAh battery claims up to 16 days standby time.

“We’re excited to build on our partnership with Huawei to launch another unique handset that will delight customers around the globe,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s recently-formed Operating Systems Group.

The low-cost handset will retail for around $280 in Russia and for around 200 Euro in the Netherlands.

My Vodafone app now available in the Netherlands

I suspect some developer to carriers must be closing a number of projects, as we are seeing carrier apps for Windows Phone popping up all over the place.

The latest is the My Vodafone app for the Netherlands.

The app lets Vodafone users:myvodafoneqr

  • View their call, sms, data and consumption credit
  • View and easily manage their consumption BloX advantage bundles
  • View paid and unpaid invoices
  • Understand your contract end date
  • View international pricing information

The app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WP7.nl, thanks Mark for the tip.

Huawei Ascend W2 coming to Netherlands first


GSMInfo.nl reports that Huawei’s Dutch division has revealed the Netherlands will be the first European country to stock the Huawei Ascend W2.

The mid-range handset has similar specs to the Nokia Lumia 520, except for featuring a front-facing camera, 4.3 inch WVGA screen and colour-changing capacitive keys that match your accent colour.

The handset has a:

  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal memory, expandable with max. 32 GB via microSD
  • 4.3 inch TFT screen with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • 5-megapixel camera with led Flash
  • Windows Phone 8

The device should retail for around 200 euro, which is somewhat more expensive than the Nokia Lumia 520.

Do our readers see any reason to pick this handset over Nokia’s offerings? Let us know below.

Thanks Thomas for the tip.

Windows Phone GDR2 update rolling out to HTC 8X in Netherlands, Datasense MIA

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The Windows Phone 8 GDR 2 update is rolling out to the HTC 8X in Netherlands, with reader Marcel reporting that his unbranded handset has received the software update.

Unfortunately, like the Samsung ATIV S in Germany, no Datasense is included but at least the FM Radio function is firmly in place.

Have any of our other readers using the handset received the update? Let us know below.

Thanks Marcel for the tip and screen shots.

Nokia Lumia 520 coming to the Netherlands in May with a free extra cover


Nokia has announced in a press release that the Nokia Lumia 520 will be coming to the Netherlands in Mid-May.

The handset has similar specifications to the Nokia Lumia 620 and 720, including the super-sensitive touch screen and 8 GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera, though the pictures are probably not as good as one will get on the 720.

The device comes with exchangeable covers, and for the Dutch Nokia is offering a free cover which can be requested at nokiapromotion.nl.

The handset will cost only 179 Euro and will also be available in the pre-paid market for even cheaper.

Via Allaboutphones.nl

Huawei plans Youth, Gold, Platinum and Diamond class Windows Phones, offers 3 year guarantee


AllaboutPhones.nl seems to have managed to lay their hands on some photos of a slide deck from a Huawei presentation in which they discuss their Windows Phone product strategy.

The picture shows the company plans to have Youth handsets with the best value (presumably WP 7.8), then Gold handsets, which are balanced and value for money, Platinum handsets which features design and fashion, and Diamond high end models which were innovative and gadgets in their own right.

The last 3 handsets would all run Windows Phone 8.

The Ascend W1 is labelled as the handset which will make Windows Phone 8 accessible to the masses (much like the Nokia Lumia 620 is doing).

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Samsung ATIV S delayed to March in the Netherlands

Pocketinfo.nl claims from sources that Samsung has pushed back the Samsung ATIV S another month further out, with the handset set to arrive in the Netherlands only in March 2013.

There is no explanation for the delay, given that the handset is already in Austria, but Pocketinfo suggests Samsung may be artificially limiting supply so that the AMOLED screens the device use can be used for Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 3.

They note whole Nokia and HTC brought their A game to Windows Phone 8 Samsung does not seem to have bothered much.

Read more at Pocketinfo.nl

Nokia Lumia 920 selling well in the Netherlands, but still haunted to supply issues


The Nokia Lumia 920 will become available at the end of January/early February in the Netherlands, and already pre-orders for the handset is flying up the charts, as can be seen from these screen shots from “CoolBlue”.

Even on Phonehouse, the European version of Carphone Warehouse, the pre-orders for all colours have climbed up the charts.

Unfortunately on Bol.com is is clear Nokia has still not gotten on top of their supply issues, with the company predicting delivery in 8-10 weeks.


With the handset still in high demand, we hope Nokia can get on top of Supply, before Demand fades.

Via NokiaPowerUser.com, thanks GG002 for the tip.

KPN Netherlands promising the Nokia Lumia 920 for the 1st week of January 2013


While many of us already have our Nokia Lumia 920’s firmly in our hands, Dutch Windows Phone fans are still waiting for the handset to arrive in their country.

The wait is nearly over however, with many major carriers now offering pre-orders for the handset, with delivery in January.

The carrier with the most explicit date is KPN, who are promising the handset for delivery in the first week of January 2013, available for 25 Euro per month on a two year contract.

Vodafone Netherlands are T-Mobile Netherlands have however also opened up pre-orders for the handset with Vodafone offering the device at 119.98 Euro on their recommended plan. See the device at the links provided.

Thanks Jtorrents for the tip.

Windows Phone 7.8 update now being pushed out to the Nokia Lumia 800


WP7.nl reports that their Nokia Lumia 800 has just received the official Windows Phone 7.8 update via the Zune desktop software.

The update was served via 4 individual updates,  first a Nokia Update for Windows Phone, the from 7.10.8773 to 7.10.8779.8, then 7.10.8783, and finally to  7.10.8858.136.

Thereafter users will notice the new boot screens and the option to resize their live tiles immediately.

WP7.nl suggests if you are salivating for the update to connect your phone to Zune and try your luck!

Have any of our other readers received the prompt? Let us know below.

Vodafone Netherlands introduce Windows Phone carrier billing

Vodafone Netherlands have announced that they are the first carrier to support carrier billing for Windows Phones in the Netherlands.

This means Windows phone users will be able to buy music and apps via their phone bill, without needing a credit card.

Previous stats have shown carrier billing increase sales by up to 70%, which should give a boost to Dutch Windows Phone developers.

Windows Phone now supports carrier billing in 11 countries, on the following carriers:


Mobile Operators


Telstra Corporation


A1 Telekom


Telus Mobility


Elisa Corporation


Orange France


Telekom Deutschland





South Korea

KT Corporation, LG U+, SK Telecom

United Kingdom

Everything Everywhere Limited (Orange)

United States

AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA

Via Telecompaper.com

Dutch Nokia Lumia 920 mania confirmed as pre-orders match or exceed that of the iPhone 5

Nu.nl reportsthat several Dutch retailers have confirmed that there is real excitement about the Nokia Lumia 920 coming to the Netherlands.

“The number of registrations for the Nokia Lumia 920 is at Phone House even comparable to the number of registrations for the iPhone 5 in the first week,” said a Phonehouse spokesman “Even with our colleagues in France, the device is very popular.”

“We had high expectations for this application, but achieving the same numbers as the first week of the iPhone 5 is great,” said Mathieu Teeuwen, Director of Marketing Phone House Netherlands.

Retailer Cool Blue, with  Pdashop.nl, also announced that the Lumia 920 is doing better than all releases from HTC, Apple and Samsung, but did not say which periods or orders are compared.

“The registrations exceed all our expectations,” CoolBlue said.

Retailer Bol.com said pro-orders have just open, so they could not make a definitive statement but confirmed “we are pleasantly surprised by the high demand.” At Bol.com, the number of pre-orders increased sharply.

Unfortunately for eager fans only pre-orders are opening today, with the device only expected in January next year.  At least it seems Nokia will still get to benefit from the Christmas rush, despite not having a phone in shelves there for the season.

Thanks Andrea for the tip.

HTC Benelux confirms HTC 8X will be available 1st November

HTC’s Benelux regional director Mark Moons has confirmed at a press conference in Amsterdam last week that the HTC 8X, their new Windows Phone 8 flagship, will be available from the 1st November 2012.

The handset will cost around € 549, with the cheaper HTC 8S hitting the market some time later.

This makes HTC likely the first OEM to have a Windows Phone 8 handset in the market, adding to the suspicion that it may be having more favoured status with Microsoft.

Via monwindowsphone.com