Still no release date, but Microsoft today confirmed that Windows Phone will ship via all major UK carriers “later this year.” This was, perhaps, a quick way to overcome the disappointment in the US that Windows Phone will only ship on half of the major wireless carriers this year.
Here’s the press release.
ALL UK MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS BACK WINDOWS PHONE 7
LONDON, UK: 22 SEPTEMBER 2010: Today, Microsoft has announced that all five of the mobile network operators in the UK – Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Three – will be ranging phones running Windows Phone 7 when it launches later this year. In addition, Windows Phone 7 will be ranged by the leading UK retailers The Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u.
Windows Phone 7 is a different kind of phone, designed to bring together the things people care about most. Featuring an innovative and beautiful user interface and integrated experiences, it simplifies what you do every day. Plus, for the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together the Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience exclusively to Windows Phone.
Alex Reeve, Director, Mobile Business Group, Microsoft UK, said:
“Following our announcement at Mobile World Congress that Orange will be our lead partner, it is wonderful now to have all of the UK’s network operators supporting the launch of Windows Phone 7. This means we can provide network choice and also a range of phones across networks for customers to choose from, all with the power of Windows Phone 7. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with these major industry players.”
For more information and see a demonstration of the phone, please visit http://www.windowsphone7.com