Get the HTC Arrive and Samsung Focus for a penny

Amazon Wireless and Microsoft are rocking the Windows Phone 7 for a penny deal again this week this time with the HTC Arrive and Samsung Focus. So if you are still on the fence this may be your chance to jump into the Windows Phone 7  bandwagon especially now that we know about all the good stuff that Mango is going to bring to the table later this year. Just click on the links below to access the offers.

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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Get the Sprint HTC Arrive for $49.99 now

The HTC Arrive is now finally no longer on pre-order and finally available for only $49.99 on a 2year contract. It obviously doesn’t support WiMAx but if you are on Sprint and really want a Windows Phone 7 device (full review of the OS here) then this one’s for you. It also feature the best hardware keyboard I have ever seen on a mobile handset to date (it’s a shame though that WP7′s current landscape support isn’t better).

Sprint HTC Arrive now available for pre-order

Sprin’t HTC Arrive, which is the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 device is now officially available for pre-order at Amazon for $149.99 with a 2 years contract. The HTC Arrive is essentially the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Pro currently available in Europe and has one of the best hardware keyboard on a mobile device. The only issue being that Windows phone 7 doesn’t have really good landscape support right now.

Sprint HTC Arrive aka HTC 7 Pro announced. Launching March 20th for $199.99

The first CDMA Windows Phone 7 handset finally has a release date. Sprint has just announced the HTC Arrive which is be essentially the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Pro already released in some European countries. The Arrive will be available on March 20th for $199 after mail-in rebate on a 2 year contract. Head over here if you want to compared the full hardware specifications of the device compared to all the other Windows Phone 7 handsets. Full press release after the break.

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Sprint HTC 7 Pro aka HTC Arrive to be announced tomorrow

Sprint’s branded version of the HTC 7 Pro is apparently confirmed to be named the HTC Arrive based on the fact that if you type www.sprint.com/arrive you are redirected to a coming soon page and not a generic 404 error. The HTC Arrive name already popped up late last month in a UPSTO filing so it is now fairly safe to think that this is what we can expect to see unveiled tomorrow.

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Sprint HTC 7 Pro to be announced on February 24th

Sprint has apparently outed the upcoming February 24th announcement date of the HTC 7 Pro via its official twitter account just a few hours ago by mistake and then erased all trace of it. The device which has already been released in some European countries is the second Windows Phone 7 device to feature an horizontal sliding hardware keyboard and from what I saw last week at MWC this is shaping up to be the best keyboard ever on the landscape device.

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HTC Arrive Windows Phone 7 handset coming to Sprint ?

HTC has registered the HTC Arrive product name in the US last week and according to Engadget’s tipster this is a Windows Phone 7 handset headed to Sprint this year. So there you have it folks. There’s nothing much else to say here other than wonder if this is a brand new unannounced product or just a re-naming of the HTC 7 Pro which has just been released in Europe and has yet to be seen in America where it was first unveiled and supposed to launch.

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