O2 and HTC bring Windows Phone 7 to life

Published: 11/10/2010
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O2 and HTC today announce the HTC HD7, the ultimate way to experience Windows Phone 7, is launching exclusively on O2 on 21 October. Available in all O2 stores and O2.co.uk, the HD7 will be available from free.  

Windows Phone 7 is all about making everyday tasks easier by giving all the information needed at a glance and the HTC HD7, with its large 4.3 inch touch screen, makes it even simpler. The People hub, opened from the personalised start screen, is where all contacts sit alongside Facebook and Windows Live friends, pictures and feeds. The Games hub seamlessly connects to customers Xbox Live profile and is where they can play games against their Xbox Live friends, join leaderboards and earn achievements.  

Windows Phone 7 also offers the ultimate mobile Microsoft Office experience. The Office hub allows customers to view and edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents as well as creating notes in OneNote Mobile that sync wirelessly online. Meanwhile the HD7′s 16GB memory, the largest of any Windows Phone 7 smartphone, ensures the Music + Video hub will always have something to enjoy including movies, music and TV.  The huge memory’s also ideal for photos and HD video taken on the 5 megapixel camera.

“Windows Phone 7 is a completely fresh start for Microsoft and brings them right into the smartphone space,” said Steve Alder, O2 General Manager Devices. “The large memory and big screen on the HTC HD7, a great exclusive for O2, means that our customers will get the very best experience out of Windows Phone 7.”

Jon French, HTC executive director for UK, Ireland and South Africa, said, “The new Windows Phone 7 experience is an entirely new approach that we anticipate people will enjoy.  With the integration of Microsoft’s most popular services like Xbox Live and Zune, Windows Phone 7 is a truly compelling mobile platform. The HTC HD7 has a large, high-resolution screen which makes it perfect for playing games and enjoying videos.’

The HTC HD7 will be available on O2′s range of Pay Monthly Smartphone tariffs, all of which come with unlimited Wi-Fi at thousands of The Cloud and BT Openzone hotspots. The HTC HD7 is free on a £40 24 month tariff that comes with 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB UK data. The HTC HD7 will also be available on O2′s range of Pay & Go tariffs for £379.

HTC HD7 Specifications
Size: 122 x 68 x 11.2mm
Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250
Memory: 16GB
Screen: 4.3in 16m colour 480 x 800 WVGA multi-touch TFT LCD
Camera: 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD video recording
Connectivity: Quad band GSM, Dual band WCDMA Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Sensors: G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient light Sensor, Digital Compass
Other features: A-GPS, micro-USB charger, built-in kickstand, 3.5mm stereo headphone socket

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