It's On: Windows Phone 7 Launch Set for Monday

It's been confirmed: The worldwide launch of Windows Phone 7 will take place in New York City this day next week. However, more interesting is that fact that, despite rumors stating the opposite, the first Windows Phone 7 device won't be exclusive to AT&T.

An Engadget post this past weekend pointed to an event listing on Microsoft's press website that revealed the company's already confirmed London event for October 11 would be joined by a NYC event on the same day. Now that the event invite is live, and invites have been sent to the press, registration is already full; there's nothing left to do but wait until next Monday for the big reveal. However, we do have a few tidbits to tide you over until then.

Perhaps most importantly, AT&T will not be the exclusive carrier as previously thought. Though Microsoft last month confirmed that Windows Phone 7 devices would be GSM-only until sometime during the first half of next year, AT&T will not be the only GSM carrier getting the phones.

Though the event provides confirmation that AT&T will not be the only one launching WP7 handsets, it seems like the wireless network will still big the big carrier on campus next week. Reports tell us that though the 15:30 to 16:30 timeslot is reserved for T-Mobile, the invites name Steve Ballmer and AT&T's Ralph de la Vega as the main speakers of the event. The event itself is referred to as a "Microsoft and AT&T press conference."

Are you more excited about Windows Phone 7 now that you know there'll be T-Mobile devices available at launch? Let us know!

Source: Engadget

  • coolgamer512
    i just hate at&t and verizon (i have verizon until june, then i get sprint) at this point. i will be happy to see some t-mobile phones, and especially the sprint phones when those come out next year.
  • long2know
    No. I am not more excited. Then again, I have yet to feel any excitement regarding the launch of WP7. It still seems like a beta product to me with missing features like copy/paste, tethering, etc. I bashed iPhone/Apple for missing these features FOUR years ago. It's hard to to get excited about a smart phone missing some of the most basic functionality.
  • jojesa
    I wasn't even considering to get the WP7, since it was only available on the AT&T network. My contract is up, so I might get one if it is available on T-Mobile. I have been with them for 6 years and happy with the service.
  • Yup smlong has is right, why get a phone with less functionality then the current android. Also since its new, there wont be as many apps. Maybe it will be good product next year.
  • I'm on AT&T, which I don't mind, with an iPhone, which I hate, so the addition of T-Mobile is not a huge deal. I am however quite excited for the launch. I am 95% going to get one, though Android is still somewhat tempting.

    To be honest, I wish phones were more like PCs in that I can buy the hardware I want and then install the OS of my choosing. I do not like being stuck with one OS for 2 years. That is a lifetime in software development.
  • liquidsnake718
    this is the Zunephone HD?
  • opmopadop
    GSM only wtf
  • TheDuke
    hopefully they're good and maybe if WP7 picks up steam then they can get Zune HD some much needed attention
  • thillntn
    i'll keep 6.5 if still no tethering....come on drop the $ony mentality companies we don't want downgrades.On a lighter note maybe you can run android off the memory card :).
  • TheQuestian
    As much as I'd like to say I'm not excited, I just can't. I love the Metro UI, and I finally feel that iOS has met its visual counterpart. I'm a very aesthetic person by nature (graphic designer, heh), so WP7 is the first real alternative to the iPhone, in my book. I've had the 3G for a little over a year, and I'm read for something new.

    The T-Mobile thing is something of a non-factor for me, though, since we just got my wife an iPhone 4 and we'll therefore be tethered to AT&T for the foreseeable future. Copy and paste is the only thing I'm really disappointed about, and I expect it will be available soon enough.