Nokia Lumia 810 announced: Exclusive to T-Mobile in the US

Nokia has made a surprise announcement today of their third Windows Phone 8 handset; the Nokia Lumia 810. The phone will be available exclusively on T-Mobile’s network in the US this November and seems to have similar hardware specifications as the Lumia 820. I say “seems” because Nokia has yet to release the full details on the phone but what we know for sure for now is that it feature a 1.2MP wide-angle Skype HD certified front-facing camera instead of the poor VGA (640×480) FF cam of the 820. IT also packs a bigger 1800mah battery. The 810′s design is also different (imo better) and is a uni-body with interchangeable cyan and black back-covers featuring wireless charging as an option but it’s not know yet if NFC are part of the game. Check out the full press release after the break:
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Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to carry Windows Phone 8 devices this fall

The three major US carriers have pledged support for Microsoft’s recently unveiled Windows Phone 8 platform and announced that they will carry Apollo based devices by the end of the year. An AT&T spokesperson had the following to say:

“AT&T plans to carry a new line of Windows Phone 8 smartphones launching later this year. The unmatched leader in Windows Phone – offering the very first 4G LTE Windows Phone smartphones in the U.S. – AT&T is home to the most robust Windows Phone portfolio of any carrier.”

Verizon will also finally get off its lazy butt:

“We have said publicly that we will support the Windows Phone 8 platform,”

While T-Mobile issued an official blog post on the matter:

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T-Mobile and Nokia announcement on December 14th: The Nokia Lumia 710

Could this be the official announcement of the US version of the Nokia Lumia 800 or simply the Nokia Lumia 710? We won’t know until December 14th when T-Mobile an Nokia will hold a joint event at 7PM (PST or EST?). Anyway not much else to say here other than “enjoy the rest of you week”.

UPDATE: This FCC filing confirms that it is indeed the Nokia Lumia 710 headed to T-Mobile US. You can download the user manual directly from here (pdf) (thanks for the tip guys).

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HTC Pushing out Internet Sharing update to its first generation Windows Phone 7 devices

HTC has just started a firmware update roll out that enables the WiFi hotspot Internet Sharing features on several of its first generation Windows Phone 7 handset across the world. The HTC HD7 seems to be the one getting it right now while some HTC Mozart user are also receiving the update notification too. feel free to tells if you gotitin the comments below (Phone model, carrier and country please). It you have a Samsung Windows Phone user there’s no need to wait for it as you can simply enable it yourself right now by following this short guide here.

Thanks for the tips guys.

T Mobile HTC Radar 4G launching November 2 for $99 on contract


T-Mobile has just announced that the HTC Radar 4G will launch on November 2 for only $99 on contract. With its 3.8″ SLCD screen and MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1Ghz the Radar it shouldn’t be surprising to see it priced this way. Anybody interested in this one or are you willing to jump to AT&T and get the HTC Titan or Samsung Focus S instead ?

Windows Phone fans, we’ve got some good news for you on this Monday morning. The HTC Radar 4G – our new Mango-flavored phone – will be in stores next Wednesday, November 2. The HTC Radar 4G is expected to cost $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying T-Mobile Classic voice and data plan, plus taxes and fees.

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T-Mobile officially announces the HTC Radar 4G

Nothing surprising here, T-mobile has just announced what we already knew; the HTC Radar 4G. Unfortunately there’s now release date other than “The HTC Radar 4G is expected to be available at T-Mobile in the U.S. in time for the holidays.”. If you want more info about the HTC Radar then I suggest you take a quick look at my early hands-on preview from earlier this month.

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T-Mobile HTC Radar 4G in the wild

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that T-Mobile was getting the HTC Radar in the US after AT&T announced that it would carry the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash. The HTC Radar 4G is simply a regular Radar with the 4G added in the name simply because T-Mobile market its HSPA+ compatible phones this way. The carrier has yet to officially announce it but things shouldn’t take long now that the Mango roll out will debut in the coming weeks.

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Windows Phone 7 NoDo update officially pushed to carrier branded phones

NoDo is officially a go for carrier branded phones according to several reports I’m getting in my mailbox and a phone call from a friend. Apparently all major carriers in Europe; Orange , Vodafone (namely SFR in France), 3 UK and O2 have authorized Microsoft to push the update notification to the Windows Phone 7 devices on their networks. T-Mobile branded phones in the US , namely the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro, are also receiving the update notifications today.

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HTC 7 Mozart headed to T-Mobile US

The latest rumor making the rounds this weekend is pointing at an imminent launch of the HTC 7 Mozart on T-Mobile in the US. As of right the only Windows Phone 7 device is sold by the carrier is the HTC HD7 (the Dell Venue Pro is also exclusive to TMo but only sold by Dell and at Microsoft’s Stores) so it should come as no surprise that another WP7 devices is on the way. But don’t get your hopes up for 4G/ HSPA+ support because the QSD8250 SoC powering the device only supports HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps Data Speed (full specifications here).

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T-Mobile offering the HTC HD7 for $99

If you still haven’t jumped into the  Windows Phone 7 bandwagon then this offer may interest you: For a limited time only T-Mobile is offering the HTC HD7 for $99 on a 2yr contract (after $100 mail in rebate). Or you can just wait a few more weeks until MWC just in case some new WP7 devices are unveiled and for more info about the future of the platform and its planned updates. You can also check out my in-depth Windows Phone 7 review and compare all the WP7 devices hardware specifications before taking the plunge.

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Dell Venue Pro delayed in the UK until mid February

More Dell Venue Pro delays? Say it ain’t so! Once again the famous Windows Phone 7 device is plagued by a new delay, this time affecting the UK launch date. The launch date is now being pushed back to mid-February because of a mysterious MMS bug (that doesn’t make any sense to me and sounds like total PR c…):

Unfortunately we have heard this afternoon that the first stock of the Dell Venue Pro in the UK has now been delayed until mid-February. At the moment it looks like the delay is being caused by a Microsoft issue with the MMS settings.

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Dell Venue Pro shipping with 256MB of RAM instead of 512MB

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Poor Dell Venue Pro just can’t seem to get a break these days….After all the hardware and software issues and massive delays here comes another annoying problem: Dell is actually shipping devices with half of the previously announced RAM! If you check out my Windows Phone 7 hardware specification chart you will see that the Dell Venue Pro is supposed to have 512MB of RAM and not 256MB as it is currently the case on the phones that have been received by the users. Here’s also the official specs from Microsoft (because Dell no longer details the full hardware specification of the device on their own website):

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Dell Venue Pro headed to AT&T?

A new variant of the Dell Venue Prohas apparently passed the FCC certification not long ago. what’s interesting this time is that it apparently supports WCDMA Band II and V which means that it could be head to AT&T (or Rogers, Telus etc..). I wouldn’t get to excited yet if I was you given the current drama surrounding the T-Mobile Dell Venue Pro launch and also the fact that many device that pass the FCC certification never hit retail stores (or are just European variants of the handsets).

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All Dell Venue Pro pre-orders done before Dec 14 will be delivered before Christmas

The ongoing Dell Venue Pro drama is about to finally end according to Dell’s latest update on the situation. All pre-orders done before December 1′th should be delivered before Christmas.

Update: I’m still working to understand details to clarify shipping schedules. More on that soon. In the meantime, wanted to let folks know that Dell will offer the following for all customers who ordered the Venue Pro on or before December 14:
•Free overnight shipping upgrade for all orders placed up through yesterday, December 14.
•A free Plantronics Explorer 240 Bluetooth headset for all customers who ordered the Venue Pro through yesterday, December 14. Dell will ship the headset to the address you used when you ordered the Venue Pro in 4 – 6 weeks.

Update 2: Here’s what I can say re: Dell Venue Pro shipping: all customers who ordered the phone through Tuesday, December 14 or before will receive their phones before Christmas. If you placed an order after December 14, use the Estimated Delivery Date to understand when you will receive it.

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Dell Venue Pro delayed until January

There’s no denying that Dell totally messed up the Venue Pro launch and unfortunately things aren’t about to change any time soon according to the latest January 6th estimated shipping date showing up on Dell Online Store. The latest batch of devices was supposed to ship today but Dell was apparently unable to get all the hardware bugs fixed in time and decided to delay it even further. Here’s what is apparently happening (after the break):

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Dell Venue Pro now available for order, shipping December 9th

Dell has updated yesterday’s online store page dedicated to the Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset with a new December 9th shipping date and the 8GB SKU. The 16GB verions is going to cost you 1$49.99 with a 2/y contract or $499 unlocked hile the 8GB will go for $99.99 with a 2/y contract and $449 unlocked. So are you ready to get one after all the hardware and bug issue.
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Dell Venue Pro finally launching on December 14th for $149

According to Dell’s online store the much anticipated Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 is apparently finally going to lunch on December 14th for 149.99 with a 2/y contractor $499.99 unlocked. (with 16GB of internal memory). The Venue Pro was initially “paper” launched earlier this month but suffered from many hardware and software bugs (even after it was supposedly fixed) so lets hope that Dell has finally ironed out all the quirks this time around.

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Dell Venue Pro back in stock but with more issues

It  seems like Dell Venue Pro fans just can’t get a break these days. After the Wifi, camera and headphone issues comes the SIM card problems. As previously announced by Dell the Venue Pro is now apparently back in stock at Microsoft’s store so all the early adopters can now exchange their engineering sample units for real final devices. Unfortunately something went wrong again and the devices are unable to read the SIM cards after a simple reboot of the handset.

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Dell ramping up Dell Venue Pro production for re-launch and looking into hardware issues

Dell has just announced that its ramping up production of the Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 device for a “re-launch” on T-Mobile at a yet unannounced date. The Venue Pro’s launch has been a total mess and many of the early adopters (those who were able to get the hands on the handful of devices sold at Microsoft’s Stores in the US) aren’t really happy about the current situation. There has been reports of bad camera quality, Headphone jack issues, Wifi connection problems etc..  Full announcement after the break:

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