Windows Phone Tango roll out has started. Update your phone manually to build 7.10.8773.98

As promised last week by Nokia the Windows Phone 7 Tango (7.10.8773.98) worldwide update has started for the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710. What’s even better is that you owners of any other Windows Phone 7 device can also manually update their handset to the latest OS version thanks to the OS bits made available by Microsoft on Windows Phone update servers. So let me recap what is going on:

- If you are a Nokia Lumia 800 or 710 owner you can either wait for the update to show up in Zune or manually push the OS update to your phone followed by the OEM Firmware update (1750.0805.8773.12220).
- If you own a Nokia Lumia 900, HTC, Samsung, LG, ZTE handset your only option right now is to manually push the OS update to your handset and wait for the subsequent OEM Firmware to be pushed to your device via Zune later on.
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SFR launches the ZTE Tania as its own Windows Phone 7 branded handset: Windows Phone Internet 7


Now that was somewhat unexpected; French mobile operator SFR has just launched its won branded Windows Phone 7 handset: the windows Phone Internet 7. The catch here is that this is simply an SFR branded ZTE Tania Mango handset. The good news here is that the phone will be available for only €9.99 on a two year contract and only €269 free of contract. The handset isn’t currently available but I guess that this should change in the coming days. One thing is for sure thought is that this is definitely one way to get a whole lot of Windows Phone handset sold to the “average Joe” who’s looking to by its first smartphone.

Update: SFR is also offering the Nokia Lumia 800 for 1 Euro..

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ZTE Tania Windows Phone Mango handset officially announced: Only 4GB of Storage

The ZTE Tania has officially been announced and does indeed only pack 4GB of Storage making it the first Windows Phone to be based on a newly unveiled low-end hardware chassis which only requires a minimum of 2GB of Storage instead of 8GB like the regular Windows Phone Chassis. I personally think that this is totally nuts especially when a handset don’t have a micro-sd slot to expand its storage. 4GB is still not enough if you plan on using it for anything other than browsing the net and talking. Anyway, full press release after the break:

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ZTE Tania Windows Phone 7.5 Mango phone unveiled

Hot on the heels of the Samsung Omnia W comes the Tania; ZTE‘s first Windows Phone running Mango. The device isn’t the highest end device ever especially with it’s tiny 4GB of internal storage (wtf? the minimum required specs is 8GB). The Tania also features a 4.3″ TFT LCD screen a 1Ghz SoC (MSM8255 I guess), 5MPX camera, 10.5mm of thickness and a 1500Mha battery. It’s not yet known if this handset will ever be released outside of Asia this year. One more picture after the break:

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ZTE Mango phone snapped in the wild

Photos of a ZTE device running Mango have appeared on the web earlier today. The device looks different from the other ZTE device we saw earlier this week and is colored in white. The phone will also ship with the Weibo Chinese social networking service pre-install via an application I guess based on the picture after the break:

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New Samsung SGH-i937 , Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE Mango phones unveiled

Microsoft just showed during the Day 2 Keynote of WPC in LA, several of the new Mango devices that are expected to land this fall at your favorite retailer and carrier. The first one is the Samsung SGH-i937 which I first talked about back in May and sports a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display similar to the Samsung Galaxy S II (overall design looks closer to the original Galaxy S though).People calling this the WP7 version of the Galaxy S II should check their facts. This Mango device (like the Omnia 7/Focus compared to the original Galaxy S) won’t have the same SoC at all. The SGH-i917 does seem to have a front facing camera too and will most probably be powered by an MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1.4Ghz like the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Acer, Fujistu and ZTE’s first Windows Phones were also unveiled for the first time.

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