Microsoft has announced today that the first Windows Phone 7 smartphones will be available worldwide as from tomorrow with all five major UK mobile phone carriers offering one or more of the five Windows Phone 7 models currently on the market.
3 UK, T-Mobile and O2 will be carrying only one WP7 handset with the first two flogging the Samsung Omnia 7 and O2 selling the HD7. Orange and Vodafone will offer the HTC 7 Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7 while Vodafone will go with the HTC 7 Trophy and the LG Optimus 7.
Windows Phone 7 was officially launched in the UK at a press conference on the 11th of October and has even been praised by Apple fan Stephen Fry who said that he felt an enormous pleasure using a Windows Phone 7 phone - whether this was enough to give up his iPhone 4 is another thing.
Orange appears to be the one more likely to press ahead with an early lead thanks to some clever marketing that will include inviting Capital FM Breakfast Show presenters Johnny Vaughan and Lisa Snowdon to the Oxford Street store from 10am tomorrow.
Those turning up early enough will receive a free bag for life and a wireless Bluetooth handset while stocks last.
We will bring you up more details about the launch tomorrow together with a complete comparison of tariffs and handsets; note that one of the most eagerly awaited WP7 handset Venue Pro has yet to be launched officially by Dell.