Back in October, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed that the company would be handing out free Windows Phones to each of its 89,000 employees. The generous and expensive gesture from Microsoft was seen as a great publicity move, of course, but now it’s time to pay the piper. Microsoft employees in some regions have begun receiving their free devices and, as expected, they’re being quite vocal with their excitement. Among the first to receive their free phones, each of Microsoft’s 1,200 employees in the Netherlands have been given a Samsung Omnia 7. Employees seem quite pleased with the device so far, which features a 4-inch Super-AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture support and a 1GHz processor. 1,200 down, 87,800 to go.
UK carrier Orange announced Wednesday that its first two Windows Phone 7 handsets, the HTC 7 Mozart and Samsung Omnia 7, will become available Thursday morning. Orange’s Oxford Street store in the heart of London will open its doors at 7:00 a.m. local time tomorrow, giving Londoners first crack at these highly anticipated Windows Phone 7-powered devices. As Microsoft fans are likely well aware, the HTC 7 Mozart features a 3.7-inch WVGA resolution, Super LCD Display, 8-megapixel camera, Dolby sound and a 1GHz processor. Samsung’s Omnia 7 touts a 4.0-inch Super-AMOLED touchscreen and a 1 GHz processor. Each phone will be available for free with a new contract starting at £35 per month for the 7 Mozart and £40 per month for the Omnia 7. Hit the jump for Orange’s full press release. More →