Verizon: No Windows Phones unless it supports LTE

Waiting for Verizon to finally offer a Mango handset this year ? Don’t waist your time because the company’s chief market officer, Marni Walden, has officially stated that the carrier won’t push Microsoft’s mobile OS unless the devices support LTE (the HTC Trophy is still on sale though).

“We’ve communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us,” she said. “We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them.”

It doesn’t get lamer than that, right? The latest rumor is that Nokia is preparing an LTE version of the Lumia 800 for AT&T so it’s safe to assume that this one would also be carried by Verizon too but then again this is nothing more than a rumor. Keep in mind that to support LTE a 2nd generation Windows Phone 7 device will have to feature a Qualcomm MDM9600 multi-modem alongside it’s MSM8655 SoC.

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Verizon Windows Phone Mango roll out also starting on September 27th?

Take this one with a grain of salt because according to a Verizon chat-room rep the WCDMA HTC Trophy Mango update will be pushed on the same day as AT&T; September 27th. Once again you should take this with some caution knowing that support folks usually don’t know much about theses kinds of stuff. In either cases you can already update your HTC 7 Trophy if you are in Europe or in the US on Verizon by flashing with the final Firmware which has leaked a few days ago (edit: nope, looks like Verizon’s final firmware is newer than the one that leaked!).

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French mobile operator SFR ready for Mango roll out

SFR which is the french equivalent of Vodafone is apparently ready for the Mango roll out if you have one of their branded HTC 7 Trophy handsets.  The screenshot above is from the carriers client interface describe how to plug in the device into the PC to update the phone and lists the firmware version 2250.21.40600.163 (SFR’s my carrier so I was able to verify it and take screenshot myself). But there’s a catch… there’s no update yet because the roll out hasn’t started yet. The “continue” icon simply leads to the Microsoft’s Windows Phone website. Anyway, only a few more days and Mango will be free available to all of you fruit lovers.

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HTC HD7, HTC Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC Mozart Mango Firmwares leaked

Several HTC Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Roms have just leaked on XDA-Devs. The device’s concerned are the HTC HD7 (Europe), HTC 7 Trohpy (Europe, HTC Trophy (Verizon), HTC 7 Mozart (Europe and US), and finally the HTC 7 Pro (Europe):

- HTC 7 Pro : RUU_Gold_S_HTC_Europe_3.02.401.01_Radio_5.69.09.29 a_22.50.50.21_Signed_GOLD_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Mozart: RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Mozart: RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_RUS_4.06.411.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC HD7: RUU_Schubert_S_HTC_Europe_4.05.401.02_Radio_5.69.09.29a_22.50.50.21_Signed_SCHUBERT_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Trophy: RUU_Spark_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Trophy Verizon: RUU_Spark_W_S_VERIZON_WWE_2.01.605.04_2K_new_partition_RELEASE.exe here

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Verizon HTC Trophy now available for a penny

If you are in the market for for a Verizon HTC Trophy then just head over to Amazon who’s now selling it for only $0.01 similar to the Samsung Focus and Sprint HTC Arrive. Buying a Windows Phone 7 device from Amazon before June 30 will also net you a $25 Amazon Gift card. Just hit the banners below to check out the offers:

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Verizon HTC Trophy and Xperia Play available for order

The Verizon HTC trophy is now finally available for order on the company’s website alongside the Xperia Play. The HTC Trophy costs $149.99 with a 2 year contract and a free Xbox 360 game (Halo Reach, Kinect Sports or Lode Runner) while the Xperia Play is priced at $199.99 with a 2 year contract and is pre-loadeded with 6 PlayStation certified games: Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Madden NFL 11 from EA, and Crash Bandicoot (hands on video here).

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Verizon HTC Trophy launching on May 26th for $149.99

Verizon has finally put an end to all the silly rumors about their HTC Trophy. It’s now officially announced and launching on May 26th for $149.99 with a 2 year-contract after a mail-in rebate. The Verizon HTC Trophy will pack 16Gb of storage memory instead of 8gb in the original version. Full press release after the break:

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Verizon HTC Trophy Xbox Live gamers pics and Theme pack for Xbox Live released

It should be fairly obvious by now that the Verizon HTC Trophy is just about to launch given all the recent info released and leaked. The latest is the release of the “Verizon HTC Trophy” Gamer pics and theme pack for Xbox Live. With the upcoming Mango event on May 24 one would logically assume that Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 device launch will take place either before on on the same day.

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Verizon HTC Trophy dummy spotted at Best Buy

The launch of the Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 handset can only be imminent now that dummy HTC 7 Trophy phones have been spotted in retail shops (Best Buy). The CDMA Trophy recently appeared on Verizon’s website but the company has yet to officially announce its availability even though every carrier in the world already offers at least one WP7 handset. Remember that Verizon is the biggest android carrier in the US and has just started to sell the iPhone 4 so don’t expect to see them heavily promote this device.

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HTC Trophy now officially listed on Verizon’s website

Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 handset, the HTC Trophy is now officially listed on the carrier’s website with a coming soon date. It has long been known that the big red company was planning on first selling this handset early this year but we have yet to hear about an official launch date. The fact that is is now included in the online catalog is obviously a sign that it finally going to be available in the coming weeks.

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Windows Phone 7 Manufacturer market share estimation

Here’s a relatively rough estimation of the Windows Phone 7 manufacturers market share and most successful devices based on the handsets running applications using the AdGAC ad control. As you can see above that HTC is the clear leader mainly because of the sheer number of models it currently offers (and HD2′s running WP7 too…). It is followed by Samsung who offers only one model in EU (Omnia 7), one in NA (Focus) and then LG who only offers one model in NA/AUS (Quantum) and one in Europe (Optimus 7).

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Verizon HTC 7 Trophy not coming out until May ?

Verizon’s HTC 7 Trophy is apparently still ways off according to the Microsoft employee offer that first surfaced last year the device won’t be available until May 5th (that’s not a public release date though). The previous date was April 7th and prior to date I remember somebody coming up with a February 28th public announcement date (we all know how this one turned out…). Let’s just say that if you are a Verizon user eagerly waiting for a Windows Phone 7 it is now probably time to look at other carriers offering or just get yourself an Android or iPhone 4 handset. The big red company doesn’t seem that interested in Windows Phone 7 at all even though testing has been going on for a while

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HTC pushing out Firmware updates for its Windows Phone 7 devices ?

According to several HTC users who  have updated their handsets via the ChevronWP7.updater, the Zune software is now showing the availability of a what seems to be a firmware update. OEMs obliviously have the ability to push specific updates to some of their models via the WP7 update system but what’s kinda strange here is that only phone’s updated with the previously mentioned method are being notified of this update.I know that some HTC devices already had their Firmware (radio rom included) updated as part of the NoDo update package so maybe this is related (the weird update method may have prevented the phone from receiving the full update so they are now getting the rest of it?).

UPDATE: Microsoft just confirmed what I tried to guess:

But my strong advice is: wait. If you attempt one of these workarounds, we can’t say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven’t fully tested these homebrew techniques. You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update. Or your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates.

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How to quickly get NoDo on your carrier branded HTC Windows Phone 7 device

Don’t want to wait for your carrier to allow your HTC Windows Phone 7 to receive the NoDo update? Well here’s a little trick that can help you bypass this restriction (Telus in Canada has for example stated that it won’t roll out NoDo before March 29th at the earliest). C. Walshie from the ChevronWP7 team give’s us all the info:

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HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy NoDo Roms available

Following the leak of the HTC 7 Mozart NoDo ROM last night the same russian guy also leaked the HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy NoDo ROM today. These are most probably the official thing with the final 7389 NoDo build so if you don’t care about your warranty just go ahead and flash your device and start copy/pasting all night long.

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Verizon HTC 7 Trophy snapped in the wild

What you are seeing above is first live picture of Verizon’s HTC 7 Trophy which is most probably going to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks. It has been known for a while that this new Quad-Band CDMA handset was going to be the Windows Phone 7 device that the big red company was going to launch but as of yesterday nobody had seen it publicly. Verizon has been extensively testing it prior to the OS’s launch in October and also had a couple of its branded applications appear in the Marketplace more than two months ago.

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Enable Tethering on HTC Windows Phone 7 devices

As you have probably already noticed by now I usually only post about things that I personally think are worth talking about (that’s the beauty of having my own blog..) and this is why you won’t see me talk about every single homebrew Windows Phone 7 application popping up. Unless it’s something I think is really important like enabling tethering on HTC’s Windows Phone 7 devices. So if you have a developer unlocked device (you know..if you actually paid the $99) or if you just unlocked yours with the ChevronWP7 unlocker (which will definitely be rendered useless after the first OS Update) here is how to finally enable USB Tethering on an HTC Windows Phone 7 handsets:

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Windows Phone 7 hitting Sprint and Verizon before June 30

CDMA users who wish to get a Windows Phone 7 handset won’t really be happy about this news, but according to Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 handsets will be ready on Sprint and Verizon by June 30. When exactly? Well, “by” is the keyword here I guess so it could be a lot earlier than that given that we have already seen Verizon branded applications in the Marketplace. So let’s just wait until MWC for more concrete info. As a matter of fact the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Trophy has just recently passed the FCC certification.

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Super AMOLED color banding issue: Microsoft could partially fix it

I just did some more testing and am fairly sure now that everything is rendered at 16bit throughout the OS in Windows Phone 7 (similar to WM5/6). The picture you see above shows the image found in this news posted rendered in the Android browser on the Galaxy S (left) and IE Mobile on the Samsung Omnia 7 (right). Keep in mind that both devices have exactly the same Super AMOLED panel. What is evident here is that dithering is applied to the pictures on Android. All you have to do is move the page around on the Galaxy S to see that it’s activated (the color dithering) when the page is standing still but when you scroll or pan the images will look identical to the ones rendered on the Omnia 7 in IE Mobile. So what I did next is save this particular image and then open it in the picture’s browser where I know that dithering is applied once you start zooming in:

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