Excessive Windows phone 7 Data Usage: what is the cause?

If you have been following me on twitter you probably already know by now that I believe that’s there’s no “Data Usage” bug in Windows Phone 7 that’s why I decided not to post about it when every other website went crazy over this story but yesterday’s official statement from Microsoft confirms my thoughts by claiming that this strange behavior apparently affecting only a handful of users is caused by a third-party service:

We have determined that a third-party solution commonly accessed from Windows Phones is configured in a manner that potentially causes larger than expected data downloads. We are in contact with the third party to assist them in making the necessary fixes, and are also pursuing potential workarounds to address the configuration issue in case those are needed. At this point in our investigation, we believe this is responsible for most of the reported incidents.

We are investigating additional potential root causes for the remainder of the reports.

A small (low single-digit) percentage of Windows Phone customers have reported being affected.

We are continuing to investigate this issue and will update with additional information and guidance as it becomes available.

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Bing2Wall Windows Phone 7 application updated with great new feature

The free Bing2Wall application that lets you easily download and use the beautiful daily images as your lock-screen wallpaper on your WP7 handset has been updated today with a new option that lets you easily view all the different images across all regions. This now makes it easier for you to select which one you want to save without having to go back and forth between countries.

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HTC 7 Pro and HTC Gratia officially coming to the UK in February

HTC has just issued a press release officially announcing that the HTC 7 Pro which was just released in Germany and the HTC Gratia budget Android handset (also known as the HTC Aria on AT&T are handed to the UK next month. Even with it’s lower price point one has to wonder who is going to by such a low speced Android device now that more powered ones are available for nearly as much. Anyway, full press release after the break:

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