Windows Phone 7 US Launch Day Developments

Posted: Nov 8 2010, 11:52am CST | by , in Windows Phone 7


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Windows Phone 7 US Launch Day Developments

Supply shortages, reviews, Xbox Live bannings & No Lines

Today marks the US launch of Windows Phone 7. Already, reviews are flooding in from users and tech gurus across the Internet. Todd Bishop of TechFlash praises the platform's strong integration of various programs (Facebook, OneNote, Gmail) and potential for personalization. The keyboard received its share of complaints, but overall WP7 is a "good effort".

The Dell Venue Pro has also seen some launch day reviews. The sliding keyboard made a good impression, and the whole device is called "compelling". The VP's main downside? No front-facing camera. That's a problem across the board for WP7 though.

Starting to get all amped up for a new Windows Phone 7 smartphone? You'll want to get out and buy it fast. Sources all around Europe (namely in the UK) report supply shortages of WP7 devices. An Orange store manager had this to say,

"I was shocked when I heard the news. We are the lead partner for Windows Phone 7. But I believe this is a manufacturer issue on a world-wide scale."

BusinessInsider things the shortage can be linked to low supply of touchscreen components. Seattle pi offers some corroboration and also adds that cameras may be part of the issue.

On the 'plus' side, it doesn't look like WP7 phones are in any danger of selling out on launch day. Electronista reports that a number of sources have sent in photos and anecdotal coverage of tiny or no lines at significant retail outlets on the west coast. One Microsoft Store in Denver apparently had no line at all. Microsoft may want a refund on some of that half-billion they spent on marketing.

Lastly, WPCentral reports on an interesting finding from someone named Conflipper. Inside WP7 is a file that says this:

"This phone has been banned from Xbox LIVE for violating the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use. To protect the Xbox LIVE service and its members, Microsoft does not provide details about phone bans. There is no recourse for Terms of Use violations."

Which likely means that Microsoft has put some preventive measures in place for when people start trying to hack and jailbreak these devices. It makes sense to keep hacked phones off of Xbox Live, but that doesn't mean these measures will actually achieve their goal. Today's phone hackers are clever enough to get past something like that. Right, XDA developers?

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