Microsoft is currently offering Windows Phone handsets from three major U.S. carriers for just a penny each. Through the company’s online Microsoft Store, users can now purchase either Verizon Wireless’ HTC Trophy, Sprint’s HTC Arrive or T-Mobile’s HTC HD7 for just $0.01 alongside a 2-year contract with a smartphone data plan. While the HD7 is the oldest of the bunch, it’s still a wonderfully capable supersized smartphone that we enjoyed very much when we reviewed it last November. The Trophy is Verizon’s first Windows Phone, featuring HD video capture and SRS WOW HD sound, and the HTC Arrive is easily our favorite Windows Phone to date. Microsoft’s penny offers are only good through July 2nd, 2011. More →
HTC often likes to highlight “firsts” in its marketing messages. While the days leading up to the launch of HTC’s Arrive are noticeably devoid of any relevant advertising, Sprint and HTC could have easily kept the “first” theme alive had they chosen to raise awareness. The Arrive is Sprint’s first device to run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. In fact, it’s the first modern Windows Phone in the world compatible with a CDMA network. Finally, HTC’s Arrive is also the first phone to launch with Microsoft’s “NoDo” update for Windows Phone 7 — a prerequisite for CDMA compatibility. But do all these firsts add up to a first-class smartphone experience, or are Sprint customers better off waiting to see what’s announced next week at CTIA before making any buying decisions? Hit the break for our full review and find out.
The HTC Arrive… has arrived. Sprint’s first Windows Phone 7 device is a rebranded version of the HTC 7 Pro, a QWERTY-equipped phone that is definitely among the nicer smartphones made available when Microsoft’s new mobile platform officially launched last year. Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to pick up the 7Pro and it will also be the first CDMA carrier in the world to launch a Windows Phone 7 device when the Arrive is made available to subscribers this Sunday, March 20th. Was it worth the wait? Check out our HTC Arrive gallery below and sit tight while we put this sleek smartphone through its paces for the complete review.
Sprint on Thursday announced that it will launch the HTC Arrive next month on March 20th. The carrier teased the device in a series of tweets over the past few days, culminating in a seventh tweet — in honor of Windows Phone 7 — just now. The HTC Arrive is Sprint’s rebranded HTC 7 Pro, one of our favorite Windows Phone 7 devices to date. It features a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture capability and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Sprint’s version of the phone will also carry its standard apps, such as Sprint TV and Sprint Navigation, as well as Microsoft’s updated Windows Phone 7 OS complete with copy/paste support. The HTC Arrive will cost $199.99 with a two-year service contract when it launches next month, and it is available for pre-order beginning today. Sprint’s full press release can be found after the break. More →