Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

Summary: Microsoft and its partners launched new Windows Phone Mango optimized phones on AT&T and T-Mobile at an event in New York City. There's still no new word on any new WPs on Verizon.

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Microsoft, Samsung and HTC oficially launched three new Windows Phones optimized for the Mango operating system on November 7.

The three:

  • Samsung Focus S -- a slim, $200 (estimated retail price) phone with an impressive screen. On AT&T
  • Samsung Focus Flash -- a $50 phone with a nice feel and decent, smallish screen. On AT&T
  • HTC Radar 4G -- A $100 phone with a front-facing camera, nice silver-metal body. On T-Mobile

At its Big Windows Phone event in New York City's Herald Square, Microsoft officials were on hand to raise visibility of the Windows Phone platform, which is much-needed, given the low penetration of Microsoft's year-old smartphone platform. At a separate Backstage event for press, bloggers and analysts, Microsoft execs distributed to attendees the three aforementioned phones. (I got the HTC Radar to try out for a while.) Spotify also announced availability of its streaming-music app on the Windows Phone platform today.

As I've blogged before, I am a Windows Phone fan and I want to see the phones succeed. The new Mango-centric Windows Phone 7.5 form factors are nicer than the original crop of largely-similar Windows Phones that debuted in the past year.

That said, there were a few things not part of today's launch event that left me wanting.

  • Still no update on when Verizon will start offering more Windows Phones. The only Verizon option remains the HTC Trophy 7.
  • No update on any new phones for Sprint users, either, as my Twitter buddy Ryan Hoffman noted.
  • Still no word on when the HTC Titan will be available for purchase -- beyond "coming soon." The Titan is the "big ass" Windows Phone (4.7-inch display) that will be on AT&T.
  • No more detailed information on Nokia's planned launch date or phones for the U.S. beyond what's already been said ("early 2012")
  • No update on when Microsoft will bring to market a Skype app for Windows Phone and/or integrated Skype support as part of the Windows Phone OS base platform. There also was no new information on when Microsoft's Lync unified communications client will be out. (The Softies previously have said before the end of this calendar year.)

Here are a couple of Windows-Phone-related tidbits from the past couple of days worth calling out:

Topics: Telcos, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Verizon, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Fix this site!

    Geez.
    William Farrell
    • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

      @William Farrell

      In what year?
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

        @Return_of_the_jedi
        +1. :D
        Ram U
    • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

      @William Farrell
      Crappy talkback system ever. Way to go ZDNET.
      Ram U
  • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

    "The move is believed to enable handset makers to build cheaper form factors for markets where they???re required."

    There are lots of business and government agencies that ban camera phones at the worksite or in the building. They are hoping to capitalize on that market since Blackberry is having issues. That's my take on it.
    oliver-forge
    • I've had clients

      @oliver-forge

      Where I had to leave my phone at the front desk for that very reason. Cameras are just not allowed when trade secrets are involved. Phones requiring a camera certainly isn't good for those markets.
      LiquidLearner
  • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

    Am I the only one that wishes the author would stop using the term "The Softies?" It makes me vomit a little each time.
    lippidp
    • Cutesy words annoy me too

      @lippidp

      Veggies is definitely the worst, and did I just write "cutesy"...ugh, hate that word too.
      otaddy
    • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

      @lippidp +1
      Skippy99
  • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

    The Samsung Focus S is an impressive device. I saw the image of the Focus S and HTC Titan side by side and I cannot decide.

    I see you hung out with the guys at http://simplemobilereview.com
    ThomasMartin
  • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

    Frankly, Verizon is a place where phones go to die. their service is impeccable, but their phones are absolute garbage.

    Not to mention, they're practically married to Android, which is another huge turn off for me too. I'm surprised VZW isn't more of a mess as a result.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Totally agree!

      @Cylon Centurion
      DITTO!!!
      jack@...
    • True. They need to step things up in this area

      @Cylon Centurion

      First they were married to BlackBerry and now its Android and iPhone.

      Would love to give WP7 a try, but until they get some good phones, i'm stuck with my buggy Android.
      otaddy
  • Verizon is lame. They think theyve put too much money behind their droid

    branding to give WP an opening. But theyll be the ones losing out on WP's big market share gains if they dont pull their heads out and get some decent WP devices out in a competitive time frame.
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

      @Johnny Vegas you fail to see the bigger issue. Why support a phone OS, that is a rounding error. At roughly 1% marketshare it might not be wise to offer support, when the competition has 30% to 45%. it would be up to Microsoft to promote tier OS, and make it a viable option, rather than expect the OeMs to do all the advertizing.
      Rick_Kl
  • Microsoft Marketing at its best - 6 Story Windows Phone

    The event was spectacular considering Microsoft built a 6 story giant Windows Phone to attract people thats impressive and the phones too
    http://thetechnologycafe.com/microsoft-launches-new-windows-phones-in-u-s-stores-today6-story-giant-windows-phone-in-nyc-pictures/
    samzbest@...
  • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

    Looks like Verizon will announce durning CES a LTE windows phone, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395983,00.asp
    iamprimortal
    • RE: Microsoft launches several new 'Mango' phones but still no word on Verizon's next moves

      @iamprimortal

      Well, I suppose I can hang on to this BB until Mid-January... was hoping swap it out sooner than that though.
      Badgered
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