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 with a password.

When trying to connect to protected networks, the affected phones respond with the message “your phone couldn’t reach the Wi-Fi network.” It is unknown right now if all Venue Pros are affected or if it is only some of them. It is also known if this is a hardware problem on Dell’s side or a software problem on Microsoft’s side. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for the new operating system and the handsets running it.

Some users are also reporting that some HTC HD7 smartphones are having the same problem. This points to Microsoft’s WP7 as the underlying culprit but until either Dell, HTC or Microsoft tattle on each other, we won’t know for sure. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that this is Microsoft’s fault and not a hardware problem that will require fixing instead of just an over-the-air update.

Besides this Wi-Fi dilemma that is currently unfolding, many WP7 smartphones have been discovered to pack secret microSD slots inside. Some of the microSD slots are hidden better than others, but all of them allow (after various degrees of taking apart the phone) users to swap out the microSD cards inside that are actually providing internal storage. Long story short, most WP7 smartphones can be upgraded to a theoretical limit of 32 GB of storage.

However, microSD card readers are slower than the flash memory alternative. We won’t know for sure until more benchmarks come out, but it is shaping up to look like some WP7 devices are not created equal—even though they have the same processors, screens, RAM etc. I’ll let you know more as that story unfolds.

In the meantime, let me know if you are having problems with your Dell  Venue Pro or any other WP7 device. Happy with it? Having trouble connecting to protected networks? WP7 a solid alternative to iOS and Android?

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