Where, oh, where is the HTC Trophy on Verizon? Since NoDo’s arrival, we’ve been expecting the CDMA Windows Phone 7 smartphone to launch with the carrier, but it’s yet to show itself. Although circumstantial, we’re starting to see a couple pieces of evidence that suggest that Trophy may be nearly here at last.
We’ve already seen a Trophy promotional offer for Microsoft employees get delayed, now extending until early May, which would mean the phone would have to come out very soon if anyone’s to take advantage of the deal. Then just yesterday [...]
Verizon’s version of the Windows Phone 7-powered HTC 7 Trophy, to be known simply as the Trophy, has apparently shown up on Best Buy’s website, although there are supposedly none in stock to purchase. Normally we’d see this as an indication that a launch is imminent, but we saw signs that pointed to this model getting released as early as last month, so we’re not really sure what to expect. The unsubsidized price shows up as $600, although that figure could well be just a placeholder. Notably, the listing confirms the model number we had been anticipating for [...]
Existing Windows Phone 7 smartphones feeling a little played-out to you? Anxiously awaiting for the next round of devices to arrive? It looks like several such models are very much real and currently undergoing testing, at least according to the logs one WP7 developer was able to generate of devices used to play his games.
Elbert Perez gathered the data from users who have downloaded the apps he’s coded for the platform. While the lion’s share of the numbers reported come from existing WP7 hardware, a few outliers show that some companies have been testing out their [...]
They say that security through obscurity is none at all, and when it comes to protecting WiFi networks, there’s no substitution for using proper up-to-date encryption with a strong key. That said, there’s no sense in making things easier for anyone potentially trying to tap into your network, so many of us also use MAC filtering or choose not to broadcast the network’s SSID. That latter choice can cause headaches for Windows Phone 7 users, with no way to select a network to join if it’s in this “invisible” state. HTC just came out with a fix, [...]
Remember all those Verizon special offers for Microsoft employees on the HTC 7 Trophy? Well unfortunately they seem to only bring bad news as the Windows Phone appears to be delayed again.
The latest such offer is extended to May 5 as you can see above and we can’t seem to stop thinking about either one of the following two reasons: 1. either we’re all waiting for that last Microsoft employee to make up his mind and take the offer (please take it, really, you get the device for free and we all get to see the smartphone out) or 2. Verizon is doing a lousy job at [...]
What exactly did yesterday’s HTC-wide Windows Phone 7 update accomplish? Some users didn’t notice any changes at all. Reader Glueharbour reported a fix for camera handling in sleep mode and a general data speed boost when using WiFi for data. With as small as these changes are, we wouldn’t be surprised if there are even more tweaks that just haven’t been spotted yet. There’s a chance, though, that things have changed for the worse, as some owners of HTC smartphones have reported that they appear to now be using a lower bit depth for their [...]
Up until now, the updates we’ve been seeing for Windows Phone 7 (or not seeing, for those still awaiting NoDo) have been from Microsoft and have eventually made their way to smartphones from all WP7 manufacturers. HTC may be about to step away from the pack, as there are reports right now of an update that’s specific to only HTC models, currently going out to phones.
There isn’t any information available yet as to just what the update contains, but multiple users have reported receiving notification that it’s available. Don’t get too alarmed that [...]
Wireless operators tend to be pretty secure with their web assets, so when mentions of particular phones begin appearing on a given site, it’s usually a pretty good sign that device launches are only days or even hours away. Well Verizon was particularly generous this weekend, exposing no less than three upcoming handsets — the HTC Trophy, Samsung Gem, and HTC Merge — on various parts of its domain. Although all of these devices are considered a lock for the nation’s largest carrier, none have yet been officially confirmed by Big Red.
First up is the [...]
Looks like Verizon’s future short term roadmap has been leaked and it contains orientative dates, subject to change, of the upcoming devices the carrier has in store for April and May.
According to the table attached, April 7 is the date to watch for Samsung’s 4G LTE device, called the Droid Charge, with its 4.3-inch display and4G LTE compatibility. Same day the Casio Commando (image) should hit too, a rugged Android device a la Motorola Defy. A week after, on April 14, it’s time for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play which we knew to expect on the [...]
While Microsoft has yet to open Windows Phone 7’s compass API to app developers, handset manufacturers have access to more open programming tools. This allows HTC to release the first WP7 magnetic compass app with the HTC Arrive. The app was simultaneously introduced to the marketplace and it was quickly discovered to be compatible with other HTC WP7 devices.
The app prompts you to wave your phone in a figure-eight to calibrate the sensor, then overlays a compass on a map of your current location. The map allows you to select a destination for walking directions, and [...]
HTC’s Trophy, lined-up to be the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 Smartphone on Verizon, showed up at the FCC in January with model number PC40200. Today the agency has published testing documents for a similar model, number PC40210, which completes the Trophy picture with the expected GSM bands that were missing last time.
The obvious feature calling this phone out as the Trophy is its radio, supporting both AT&T as well as Verizon frequencies. We’ve been expecting the Trophy to be such a dual-mode global phone since last fall, so even without the model number [...]
Microsoft has finally started to roll-out its first major Windows Phone 7 update a couple of hours ago but it might take over a week (or two) for the refresh to reach you if you have a carrier branded device.
Chris Walsh, member of the ChevronWP7 team has posted a workaround on its blog letting carrier-branded HTC users emulate a non-branded Windows Phone 7 in order to apply the update immediately. The procedure “un-brands” the HTC device and tricks the system into believing it is carrier independent and good to go for the update. Please note that the hack is for HTC [...]
Sprint already launched the HTC Arrive (aka HTC 7 Pro) as the world’s first CDMA Windows Phone 7 so, Verizon’s HTC Trophy, whenever it might be launched, can only be second, but it should be any time now!
There were rumors that Big Red will announce the HTC Trophy two days from now, that is on March 24, and we really hope the date stands still. Nevertheless, last November’s special offer for Microsoft employees on the Trophy is extended at least according to Verizon’s website.
Microsoft employees will receive from Verizon a $100 bill credit per [...]
Coinciding with earlier rumors about the HTC Trophy’s rumored release date, we now have another report of a possible March 24 release. The info also corroborates a rumored March 17 release for the HTC Thunderbolt. This also puts the expected release just around the corner from the Sprint HTC Arrive, another CDMA WP7 device.
The HTC Trophy is a CDMA/GSM global phone, supporting both network types and utilizing a SIM card for operation. It is expected to debut with Windows Phone 7’s NoDo build. The device features a five-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of [...]
Two new unbranded, leaked ROMs were posted today at XDA, bringing the number of HTC devices capable of running WP7’s official NoDo update to three. The HTC Trophy and HD7 join the HTC 7 Mozart in running Microsoft’s latest version of WP7.
Both leaked ROMs are unbranded european versions, lacking any carrier customizations. T-Mobile or o2 HD7 owners wanting to apply the update must flash it using the “Gold Card” method to bypass device ID checking. The NoDo version in these ROMs is build 7355-89, the same build as the recent Mozart 7 leak. Available [...]
Verizon might be preparing some support pages on its website to welcome the addition of its first Windows Phone 7, the HTC Trophy, but according to an alleged Verizon rep, the phone will not be out until June.
Here’s what we think: if Verizon does not have the Trophy up on shelves by the end of March – beginning of April, there’s really no use in getting it at all. Releasing a smartphone eight months after the platform launch — and nearly four months after the CDMA support update, that is the upcoming NoDo — is way too late for the users, carrier [...]
After stealing the spotlight earlier this week in several pictures of the phone in use, the HTC Trophy on Verizon may be one step closer to its release. Though Verizon still hasn’t announced a date when the phone will be available for sale, the carrier has updated its website to include support pages dealing with Windows Phone 7 devices, of which the Trophy would be its first.
To be fair, this is a very small amount of WP7-specific content we’re talking about, but it shows that Big Red is nearing the day when it officially starts carrying Windows Phone 7 devices. [...]
Not convinced by the image of the HTC Trophy on Verizon that popped up yesterday? As if it was answering our demands to get a closer look at it, the Trophy has made another appearance, giving us an even better opportunity to check out the phone’s hardware.
Windows Phone Central brings us this series of pictures, courtesy of an unnamed tipster. Although not visible in some of the renders that we came across earlier, now you can clearly see the Verizon-red hiding underneath the phone’s grills. This is also our first look at a Verizon WP7 app installed on one of its [...]
Mobile analytics provider mtiks has made some Windows Phone 7 related numbers public on its blog regarding app statistics by device, country and usage.
According to the figures, the US market is the number one market for Windows Phone 7 applications with 57.3% — which is to be expected as a home country with a vast population and two carriers to start off the platform — followed by Germany (18.48%) and UK (7.49%).
Both app number and app usage-wise, the Samsung Focus is the most popular Windows Phone 7 device followed by the HTC HD7. From a centralized point [...]
With Sprint’s HTC Arrive announcement last week, Microsoft is opening up the gates for a completely new segment of the market with CDMA support on Windows Phone 7 brought by the No-Do update.
Add Verizon to that segment with the HTC Trophy (sans 7 from its name) which will come late March, according to reports. The device was pictured in the wild wearing the Verizon logo at the top and we’re pretty sure the operator will have an announcement ready in the upcoming days.
The HTC Trophy features the internals you’d expect from a Wave 1 Windows Phone 7 [...]
A new report has Verizon releasing its first Windows Phone 7, the HTC 7 Trophy (as the HTC Trophy, minus the 7), in late March, around the same time as Sprint’s HTC Arrive (a.k.a. the 7 Pro). According to WinRumors, Verizon could announce the handset as soon as Monday. Arrive is expected to be released on March 20th, running WP7 NoDo, the platform’s first major update.
Microsoft had stated prior to the first device rollout that WP7 would be GSM-only for the first several months, with the initial CDMA handsets not coming until the first half of this year. Sprint [...]
Even if you are not a Windows Phone 7 user, you most probably learned by now that Microsoft has started pushing out a first Windows Phone 7 update, a prerequisite if you will for the upcoming NoDo to be out in March. On the same note, you probably also heard that there were some issues involved and Microsoft has made its stance public on the first ever Windows Phone 7 patch roll-out process.
According to Microsoft, 90% of the people who actually got the update notification and started the process have managed to finalize it with success. 90% is a good number if you refer to nine [...]
Windows Phone 7 devices are on their way to Verizon, with the HTC Trophy waiting on sidelines for the carrier to call it in to action. What we’re wondering now, is if Verizon will go out of its way to promote the phone and actively seek to draw the attention WP7 fans, or let it stagnate and die. We’re left with this quandary after hearing Verizon CTO Tony Melone question the potential of WP7, and saying that the network is quite happy with only Apple, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones.
Melone talked both about WP7 in general, as well as the recent Nokia news. He [...]