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 →
Today is a big day for current and potential Verizon Wireless subscribers — the nation’s top carrier is tossing new smartphones around willy nilly and launching not one, two or three, but four brand new drool-worthy devices. First up is Sony Ericsson’s highly anticipated gaming Goliath, the Xperia PLAY. The PLAY features a 4-inch WVGA display, Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, a slide-out dedicated gaming controller and a $199.99 price tagt. The LG Revolution is also clear for takeoff today, and it features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 Froyo, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and last but certainly not least, a blazing fast 4G LTE radio. At $249.99 it’s the priciest phone Verizon is launching today, but LTE is more than worth the $50 premium as long as you’re happy carrying an extra battery or five. Motorola’s DROID X2 is launching today as well, and it sports a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution and a surprisingly slim body, all for $199.99. Finally, Verizon’s HTC Trophy is the carrier’s first Windows Phone, featuring a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture support, 16GB of internal storage and global roaming capabilities. It’s definitely a good value at $149.99 but with next-generation Windows Phones set to launch alongside Mango, a two-year contract is a tough sell right now.
Verizon Wireless on Thursday announced its first Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy. The device will be available online on May 26th and will land in stores on June 6th for $149.99. The HTC Trophy offers a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, 16GB of on-board storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and support for global roaming in more than 200 countries. Anyone who buys the phone before July 15th will get a free Xbox 360 game, and can choose from Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports, or Lode Runner. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
Enthusiast blog wpcentral reported on Wednesday some new details surrounding what should eventually become Verizon Wireless’ first Windows Phone 7 device. Photographs of the phone obtained by the site reveal a few interesting tidbits, namely the apparent presence of both CDMA and GSM radios. We also get our first glimpse of Verizon’s My Verizon Mobile app for Windows Phone 7, which looks to shy away from Microsoft’s Metro UI in favor of a more typical layout. Finally, an image of highlighted text reaffirms the obvious — the Trophy is equipped with Microsoft’s first major software update for Windows Phone 7, which is a requirement for CDMA phones to function. Initial rumors pointed to a Trophy release in late March on the Verizon Wireless network, but wpcentral now reports that the phone might not launch until June. More →
It wasn’t included among the stockpile of devices Verizon Wireless announced Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but Verizon may have another exciting new device in store. As we now know, Microsoft will soon release a software update for its Windows Phone 7 platform that will bring CDMA compatibility to the platform. The update is due to become available later this month and following its arrival, HTC’s Trophy may be the first Windows Phone 7-packing device headed to Big Red. Known as the HTC 7 Trophy outside the U.S., a new version of the Trophy with CDMA radios passed through the FCC recently. Based on previous rumors, the sleek smartphone is headed for Verizon Wireless as opposed to Sprint. We still have a few days of CES left for Verizon to make make this puppy official but even if the carrier opts to stay focused on 4G devices, we could certainly still see the Trophy launch very soon. Mobile World Congress, perhaps? More →