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Windows Phone 7 Open for Business: Homebrew, Hacking through ChevronWP7

Microsoft’s new WP7 OS for smartphones has received its first “developer mode unlock” which lets you install whatever you want on it. While this doesn’t address the PVK problems regarding WP7 and modified operating systems that can get you banned from Xbox Live, it does work and is reversible. Think of it like the WP7 ...

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Microsoft Locks WP7 with ‘Genuine Software Activation’

Microsoft has dashed the hopes of smartphone hackers across the world with Windows Phone 7—the new operating system has a security system that works much like the genuine software activation process on the desktop version of Windows 7. According to WPCentral, the private key system or PVK that Microsoft has installed in WP7 prevents devices ...

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No WP7 Devices on Verizon Until 2011, Tweet from Microsoft Was Wrong

Verizon Wireless will not be getting any smartphones running Windows Phone 7 until next year. Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Twitter account (@windowsphone) replied to a question with, “WP7 devices will be rolling into Verizon stores this holiday season and more will arrive in early 2011.” @windowsphone quickly deleted the post and sent another reply saying, ...

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Verizon on WP7 and Sony Ericsson Making Two WP7 Smartphones

In case you haven’t noticed, there are no smartphones powered by Windows Phone 7 on Verizon’s network yet. In fact, there are no CDMA WP7 smartphones at all yet. Verizon hasn’t seemed very concerned about the situation though. After all, the company is widely expected to finally get Apple’s iPhone early next year. Verizon’s CEO even ...

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Samsung Planning to Focus on WP7

Talk about a surprise twist in the world of smartphones—Samsung’s head of mobile marketing in Thailand—hinted during an interview with AsiaOne that Samsung might decide to support Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone operating system more than Google’s Android OS. He went on to say that Samsung will ship around 15 to 20 new ...

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More WP7 Drama with microSD Cards

The microSD card debacle concerning Windows Phone 7 devices keeps getting weirder and weirder. I’ve previously reported that most WP7 devices have hidden, internal microSD card slots that actually function as their internal storage. The cards are removable and swappable for a higher capacity one, but WP7 rewrites them so that they can only be ...

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Will Windows Phone 7 Be a Success or a Massive Failure?

Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system that it just launched has some pretty big flaws. Whether or not those flaws are enough to keep people from buying smartphones running WP7 is yet to be seen but initial reports show that at least in the US, WP7 sales are low. What exactly is wrong with ...

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Dell Addresses Wi-Fi Problems and More with the Venue Pro

Dell’s new Venue Pro smartphone that is powered by Windows Phone 7 has quite a lot of problems. Besides the microSD scandal plaguing many WP7 handsets (most have hidden microSD card slots providing their internal storage instead of faster flash NAND storage), the inability to connect to protected Wi-Fi networks and rumored supply shortages delaying ...

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WP7 Sales at Only 40,000 in the US on Monday

Only 40,000 Windows Phone 7 devices were sold on Monday in the US—launch day to be specific—according to TheStreet. With Microsoft’s multi, multimillion dollar WP7 campaign (think between 500 million and 1 billion) you would think that these would have literally flown off the shelf. That is apparently not the case however. Supply and distribution issues ...

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WP7 Powered Venue Pro from Dell Experiencing Delays Already

Dell’s Venue Pro is one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 devices but it is taking a beating—shipping delays are its newest problem. The Venue Pro hit stores yesterday in small quantities with T-Mobile lined up as its first carrier in the US. Almost immediately, reports of a Wi-Bug hit the Internet. The smartphone ...

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WP7 Powered Dell Venue Pro Experiencing Wi-Fi Problems?

The widely anticipated Venue Pro smartphone from Dell looks to be experience some Wi-Fi connectivity problems only a day after its Monday release. The Venue Pro runs Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and according to a variety of sources including BGR, users are reporting that they cannot connect to protected Wi-Fi networks. You know, the kind ...

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Where Are the microSD Slots on WP7 Smartphones?

  Windows Phone 7 is upon us and those hidden microSD card readers actually providing the internal storage in many of the models are being revealed. The best part about microSD cards powering WP7 smartphones is that you can swap out the 8 or 16 GB card that came with your phone for something bigger without ...

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Dell Ditches BlackBerrys for Employees in Favor of the Venue Pro

Dell is requiring all of its employees to switch their BlackBerrys for Dell made Windows Phone 7 devices. Since Dell only has one WP7 model right now—the Venue Pro—that means those 25,000 BlackBerrys are headed to the trash for a smartphone that currently has no copy and paste (thanks to Microsoft) but does have Gorilla ...

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Not all WP7 Smartphones Secretly Pack microSD Slots

Speculation arose last week about how many WP7 smartphones could have their internal storage upgraded when HTC’s HD7 smartphone was revealed to rely on a hidden, swappable microSD card for its internal storage. Unfortunately that is not the case for HTC’s 7 Trophy or Samsung’s Omnia 7. EverythingWM completed a teardown of these two models ...

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Sprint to Supposedly Start Pre-Order Sales of HTC 7 Pro in December

  Sprint might start selling the HTC 7 Pro via pre-order as soon as December 8th. This will be the first Windows Phone 7 (WP7) device on Sprint’s network and the first CDMA WP7 smartphone released. The information comes from the Twitter account of @MS_Nerd: “Exclusive (?) #WP7 #tip : Sprint HTC 7 Pro preorders start December 8, 2010. ...

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