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Weekly Review - 15th October

This week's main news surrounded Windows Phone 7 arriving on the scene, where many of the leading handset manufactures and networks announced their upcoming offerings to consumers.

Windows Phone 7 has had a much needed revamp, especially to keep up with all its competition from Android, the iPhone OS, BlackBerry 6 OS and others around today.

All of the key mobile phone networks have had an exclusive handset, which will only be appearing on their network. Most of them had brand new HTC mobile phones, although ‘Three' shared their Windows Phone 7 Samsung handset with Orange and T-Mobile.

Notably absent from the manufacturer line-up of new mobiles was Sony Ericsson, as Samsung, LG and even Dell have handsets ready for the launch. We suspect we will be hearing from them, along with others, such as Acer, later on in the year when the dust settles.

The week began with One Mobile Ring reporting on Three getting two new BlackBerrys, one on prepay and also the BlackBerry Torch 9800. The rest of the weeks' news was firmly dominated by Windows Phone 7 being officially unveiled by Microsoft.

O2 announced early on in the week they'll have an exclusive HTC Windows Phone 7 mobile, where Vodafone also made public they too will have an exclusive handset, as did Orange.

Three also unveiled their Windows Phone 7 offering, in which the Samsung Omnia 7 will also be shared by Orange and T-Mobile on the 21st of September.


The Seattle based software developer Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7 - which will arrive on handsets from October 21st in the UK.

The Windows Phone 7 layout has been put together in a way that the most commonly accessed screens are never a few clicks away, no matter where you are on the handset. There are 6 main screens, or as Microsoft calls them, ‘hubs'. These are all in categories such as Office, Games, Photos, Music and Video, along with People.

The People Hub pulls in content such as Facebook status updates, as well as the usually found information of phone numbers and email addresses. WP7 phone users can respond to Facebook updates, or send a text message straight from a person's contact page in the address book instead of launching another application.

The main home screen can be fully customisable with content, in what the Redmond outfit are calling Live Titles - that will all have real-time updates from the Internet, such as social networking updates, calendar info and news.

Access to Xbox live gaming is a big part of the new OS, where Xbox profiles and avatars can be used on the phone with points and achievements being earned as well.

Windows Phone 7 will be arriving on handsets in the UK from October 21st, where America will have to wait until November 8th before they see WP7 mobile phones.


HTC has had a big week in the news, with three Windows Phone 7 handsets being unveiled and with them all being exclusive to separate mobile phone networks.

Mobile phone network O2 has announced it will solely carry the large screen HTC Windows Phone 7 OS ‘HTC7' handset, from October 21st onwards.

The HD7 will arrive only on O2, with a 4.3-inch multi-touch screen and running the recently announced Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system. It has the largest display of any of the new WP7 handsets, along with the biggest internal storage capacity of 16GB and a 5 megapixel camera.

O2 will be carrying the new High Tech Computer Corporation HD7 mobile, running the new Windows Phone 7 platform and free on a £40 24-month contract that comes with 900 minutes, unlimited texts and a 750MB data allowance or for £379 on pay as you go deals.

HTC second appearance this week surrounded Vodafone, where the mobile phone network made public it will exclusively be carrying HTC 7 Trophy - and the LG Optimus 7.

The HTC 7 Trophy will solely be appearing on Vodafone and arrives running WP7 with a 3.8-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, with a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage.

The LG Optimus 7 will also only be available to Vodafone at launch, and tips up with a 3.8-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, with a 5 megapixel camera and 16GB of internal memory - the same storage capacity as the O2 exclusive HTC HD7 handset.

Both of these Windows Phone 7 mobiles will be available starting from a £25 a month tariff, where the HTC 7 is accompanied by 300 minutes, unlimited texts and a 500MB data allowance.

LG's Optimus 7 is priced slightly higher, at £30 and also on a 24 month price plan - which includes 600 minutes, unlimited texts and a 500MB data allowance.

The last appearance of HTC in our news this week was when Orange announced their Windows Phone 7 handsets, the HTC Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7.

The HTC Mozart is exclusive to Orange and has a 3.7-inch Super LCD touch screen, with an 8 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage - sitting just below the HTC flagship O2 handset, the HD7.

Samsung's Omnia 7 arrives also running Windows Phone 7, with a Super AMOLED 4-inch touch screen, with a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage.

HTC's Mozart is free on a £35 a month, 24-month plan and is accompanied by 600 minutes, unlimited text messages, emails and sat nav access along with anytime Internet use.

The Samsung Omnia 7 will arrive free on a £40 a month tariff, over a 24-month period with 1,200 minutes, unlimited text messages, email and sat nav access with anytime Internet use.

The Mozart and the Omnia 7 will arrive on September 21st, with both of the handsets being able to take advantage of the Everything Everywhere network sharing deal with T-Mobile where the mobiles are able to roam between the two networks with no extra charge.


Midweek, the mobile phone network Three hit the headlines where they made public they will be carrying the Windows Phone 7 Samsung, the Omnia 7.

The Samsung Omnia 7 arrives with a 4-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive touch screen, with a 5 megapixel camera capable of 720P HD video recording on 8GB of internal storage.

The Samsung Omnia 7 will be available from Three on a range of tariffs, from The One Planat £40 a month, to the Internet Texter 900 for £38 or the Internet Texter 500 for £35 per month.

Three's One Plan is accompanied by 2,000 minutes, 5,000 minutes to any Three phone numbers, 5,000 text messages and a 1GB data allowance. The Internet Text 900 and 500 are tariffs with 900 and 500 minutes, 5,000 minutes to any Three based phone numbers, 5,000 texts messages and 1GB data allowance.

Three's Samsung Omnia 7 offering will be available on September 21st, although pre-reordering has started at already.

At the start of the week One Mobile Ring reported that Three announced it's now carrying the BlackBerry Torch 9800, with a cost attached of £249.

The latest flagship handset from Research In Motion arrives with the network on a £35 per month price plan, which is accompanied by 2,000 minutes, 5,000 minutes to any Three phone numbers, 5,000 text messages and a 1GB data allowance.

RIM's BlackBerry Torch has a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, along with a standard RIM Qwerty keyboard that's accessible from sliding the screen upwards. On board is a 5 megapixel camera, WIFI and quad-band GSM capabilities, in a 4.37-inch tall phone or 5.83-inches when opened up.

Vodafone are also offering the BlackBerry phone on a £35 per month contract, with the 9800 costing £49. Their tariff is only accompanied by 900 minutes, unlimited text messages and a 500MB data allowance on a 24-month plan - where Three's deal includes much more extras.

Three also unveiled the RIM Curve 9300, on a new pay as you go offering from the company.

The Curve 3G will be the first BlackBerry of many to arrive on the network, where the new prepay tariff starts at £10 a month, which is accompanied by 100 minutes, 3,000 text messages and a 500MB data allowance with a £219.99 cost attached to the handset.

Three also offers for £5 a month access to BlackBerry services, such as email and the secure BlackBerry Messenger along with use of App World.

Research In Motion's Curve 3G 9300 is their Qwerty keyboard based device that's reminiscent of the older BlackBerry handsets, with a very traditional BB look and feel. The phone ships with the BlackBerry 5 OS, but will be upgradeable to version 6 in due course.

The £219.99 cost for the BlackBerry Curve 9300 3G is in stores only, with £20 credit bundled in where the on-line cost is just £209.00, with an inclusive £10 top-up. Three has confirmed other BlackBerry handsets will be arriving on the All in One prepay tariff during Q4 of this year, although none have been announced as yet.

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