Microsoft unveiled 9 new Windows Phone 7 smartphones that will be available for the holidays in various parts of the world. Microsoft has partnerships with AT&T, T-Mobile, Telus, O2, Orange, SFR, Movistar, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, SingTel, and Telstra that will produce smartphone availability in the very near future.
"We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’format."
For the holiday season in North America, there will be 3 models available for AT&T (the HTC Surround, the Samsung Focus, and the LG Quantum), 2 for T-Mobile (the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro), 2 from Telus (the HTC 7 Surround and LG Optimus), and 1 from América Móvil (the LG Optimus 7).
In Europe, there will be 1 from O2 (the HTC HD7 in the UK and Germany), 2 from Orange (the HTC 7 Mozart in France and the UK and the Samsung OMNIA 7 in France and the UK), 2 from SFR (the HTC 7 Trophy in France and the Samsung OMNIA 7 also in France), 3 from Movistar (the LG Optimus 7, the HTC HD7, and the Samsung OMNIA all in Spain), 2 from Deutsche Telekom in Germany (the HTC 7 Mozart and Samsung OMNIA 7), and 2 from Vodafone (the HTC 7 Trophy in Germany, Spain, and UK, and the LG Optimus 7 in Germany, Italy, Spain, and UK).
Finally, in the Asia Pacific region, there will be 2 models from SingTel in Singapore (the HTC HD 7 and LG Optimus 7), 2 from Telstra in Australia (the HTC HD 7Mozart and LG Optimus 7Q), and 1 from Vodafone, also in Australia (the HTC 7 Trophy).
All models include a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm.More models will come next year, including some from Sprint and Verizon. Some will also be available from the Microsoft Store and from Amazon.