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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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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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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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WP7 Powered HTC HD7: You Can Change the Embedded microSD Card

  The new HD7 smartphone from HTC uses a microSD card for its internal stroage, but it is replaceable. The existence of the use of microSD for internal storage in the HD7 was first revealed by wmpowerusers.com in late September via a leaked spec sheet for the device. While leaked document only mentioned a non-removable, 8 ...

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Dell Venue Pro Running WP7 Selling November 8th in UK, Android Version Coming

The Dell Venue Pro goes on sale on November 8th in the United Kingdom. While the new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) from Dell does not have a launch date yet from T-Mobile—its initial carrier in the US—expected late November. How much is it going for? Anywhere from £499.99 to £440.63 depending on the retailer. Please ...

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Windows Phone 7 Gets Reviewed—Microsoft Has a Chance but Initial Flaws Might Damage WP7 Brand

Windows Phone 7 is a dramatic change from the past for Microsoft. The only problem is, is it enough? Sure, the new operating system combines what Microsoft learned from the Zune and Kin with its experience from past versions of Windows Mobile and Windows, but besides that, it has little in common with what the ...

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WP7 Apps Are a Coming–736 Online Right Now

Microsoft’s coming Windows Phone 7 (WP7) Marketplace has a lot to live up to. Competitors like iOS and Android have apps numbering in the hundreds of thousands already and WP7 smartphones are not even on the market yet. Without a successful market for apps, the platform could die before it even gets off the ground. ...

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