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 [...]
As you probably heard, there are two build numbers around the Internet for Windows Phone 7 NoDo: 7389 and 7390. Build 7389 was leaked on the Internet some time ago and some used it to debrand their T-Mobile HD7.
While already running Windows Phone 7 NoDo build 7389, a user received an update notification for the March update, which is, of course, NoDo. After applying the update, he was presented with Windows Phone 7 NoDo build 7390. This is normal from several points of view: 1. the initial leaked NoDo was not the final version to be rolled-out and 2. 7390 — besides being [...]
The HTC HD7 was available on T-Mobile for about $199 with a new contract — we gave it a 3.5 out of 5 — but looks like AT&T has got it up its sleeve with the carrier announcing the HTC HD7S.
AT&T is announcing the HD7S as the largest screened Windows Phone 7 to be available on the carrier as it will be joining the HTC Surround, Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. It will be shipping with the latest version of Windows Phone 7 — that is the NoDo update already applied — pretty much like the HTC Arrive on Sprint. As usual with AT&T Windows Phones, it [...]
HTC has submitted a Windows Phone 7 handset for FCC approval whose model number, label, and 3G band support suggest that it is a version of the HD7 suitable for use on AT&T. Packing the WCDMA Band V and II radios required for AT&T HSPA connectivity, this device goes by the model number PD29130 — just one digit off from the PD29110, a WCDMA Band IV-compliant Windows Phone from HTC which passed the FCC on October 4th and is almost certainly T-Mobile’s HD7. What’s more, the two devices sport FCC ID labels which are the exact same size and shape, highly [...]
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 [...]
Australian carrier Telstra announced joining up with Microsoft and HTC today for bringing the HTC HD7 Windows Phone exclusively to its line-up.
“HTC HD7 arrives at a time when Aussies are increasingly turning to their smartphones for entertainment and gaming” said Andrew Volard, Director, Telstra Mobility Products. With its 4.3-inch display, the HTC HD7 will be a great choice for RRP $768 (repayable over 24 months when purchased in conjunction with a Consumer Telstra Next G Cap plan or a Telstra Business Mobile PLUS Plan) once it will be available on March [...]
The 2011 CTIA Wireless expo doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but today’s Pre-Conference has still been an exciting way to ramp up for the event. We’ve learned a lot today about upcoming smartphones, but more than anything we’ve seen indications about what’s still on the menu for the rest of CTIA. Take a look at what we’ve come across so far, and what we’re still waiting to see:
Sprint announced its WiMAX-enabled Nexus S this morning, already up for pre-orders with its retail partner Best Buy. Besides the 4G support, [...]
The HTC HD7 is the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone to be released on T-Mobile in the U.S.A. and it’s the successor to last spring’s HTC HD2. Many people are going to think it’s too similar to the old HD2, but there are still quite a few nice new changes, not least of all being the Windows Phone 7 operating system. Whether or not these changes are worthy of your money, is up to you, but we’ll give you all the info you need to find out. Read on for our full HTC HD7 review!
Here’s the unboxing for the HTC HD7. You’ll [...]
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 [...]
The HTC HD7 was part of the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices. It landed on T-Mobile in the US (and we reviewed that version), but not AT&T, which got the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, and LG Quantum. Worry not, AT&T subscribers, for you too can have the HTC HD7, but at a price. In this video we unbox an unlocked version of what actually is the Bell Canada HD7, so it has the proper bands to do AT&T 3G. For the privilege of rocking this handsome device on the second largest carrier in the US, it’s going to cost you. That’s $700 to be exact, and it’s [...]
Near the end of January we heard about plans for a couple of HTC smartphones to find their way to the great white north. Now both the Desire HD and the HD7 are available on Canadian carriers, and we’ve got the breakdown on what the phones will cost you.
Telus wasn’t prepared to offer more than a “soon” to narrow down the Desire HD’s release. Apparently, soon is now, because you can currently put in your order for the Android handset. The base price for the phone is about $500 without a contract. If you sign-on with Telus for one, two, or three years [...]
Microsoft will soon begin to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets directly to consumers and developers through B2B etailer Zones, Inc without a contract, although the phones will still be carrier-locked and, of course, unsubsidized. The three models up for grabs are just what you’d expect them to be: HTC Surround and Samsung Focus on AT&T, and HTC HD7 on T-Mobile. The two HTC devices will sell for $500, while the Sammy will cost $525, when sales begin on the 14th of this month; WinRumors reports that European devices will be offered that same day, although it’s not clear [...]
T-Mobile has announced a two-day Valentine’s Promotion kicking in Friday, February 11 until Saturday, February 12, where all T-Mobile phones, including the latest and greatest, will be offered for free.
Signing up for smartphone qualifying plans on two-year contracts, customers will be able to choose from 30 phones in Magenta’s line-up, including the popular T-Mobile myTouch 4G, HTC HD7, T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Vibrant.
On the other hand, TmoNews ran a Rebate Form for the two days where T-Mobile lists the free smartphones, as well as those requiring a purchase [...]
TmoNews is reporting that that the HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7 will land on T-Mobile “really soon,” possibly in a choice of 8GB or 16GB capacities — although that latter detail has not been confirmed. Mozart has been rumored to hit Magenta since pre-WP7 debut, yet so far the only Microsoft handset on that carrier is HTC’s HD7. If this does indeed come to pass, it can probably be seen as a win for Redmond, with the inference being that HD7 is selling well enough to add another Windows Phone model to the lineup.
While Mozart’s specs are obviously [...]
Sure enough, after a preponderance of evidence linked the HTC Desire HD to Canadian provider Telus, the company has added the Android smartphone to the selection on its website, though without information on price or availability. If Bell is your Canadian network of choice, we’ve got an HTC update for you, as well, with news that the Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7 will hit the carrier on February 10.
We took the time to look over the Desire HD when it arrived in the States last fall, praising the phone’s design and large 4.3-inch screen. While that may make it a smidge too [...]
Have you unlocked your HTC WP7 device using ChevronWP7 and found it re-locked after syncing with Zune? XDA user thesecondsfade at has an interesting thread going about keeping your HTC WP7 device from locking itself after using the ChevronWP7 app to unlock. This program uses some of the same methods that the ChevronWP7 custom ringtone manager uses to add ringtones to your device.
Rather than add ringtones however, it accomplishes this goal by using TouchXplorer to copy a provisioning XML, or “ProvXML” file to the device. The ProvXML is named CustClear.xml, and is [...]
For a limited time, you can now get the HTC HD7 Windows Phone on T-Mobile for only $99 with a 2 year contract. That’s 50% off of its normal price of $199. To grab the deal, you can head on over to T-Mobile’s website. The HTC HD7 features the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, 5Mp camera with dual LED flash, kickstand, large 4.3″ LCD screen, and 16Gb of storage.
Also, don’t forget to check out our review of the T-Mobile HTC HD7.
Love the HTC HD7 but hate the low amount of included memory? For most, 8/16GB is plenty, but for those that like to endlessly store music, movies, and apps, the memory ceiling on the HD7 might seem a bit low. Fear not, HD7 owners, because there is a way to bump your memory by a factor of four (or two, depending on how much you’re starting off with) if you’re willing to get down and dirty by doing some basic internal modifications to your HD7. A tutorial on XDA shows you how to dissect the HD7 to access its microSD slot. All you have to do is swap out the included card for a [...]
If you’re on T-Mobile, there’s two Windows Phone 7’s that you might be interested in. The HTC HD7 is easily available in any of the stores that you can go to, but the Dell Venue Pro is only available through Dell’s website. Both devices are closely priced, have similar specifications, and run Windows Phone 7 beautifully, but how exactly do they differ?
First off, let’s look at the hardware. The Venue Pro is a bit heavier at 180g vs. the HD7’s 162g. Of course, the Venue Pro does have a better build quality and the slide-out [...]
As we reported earlier this month, a version of the HTC HD7 passed through the FCC with the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands suitable for AT&T 3G. Well AT&T happens to share the same 3G spectrum as three major Canadian carriers — Rogers, Bell, and Telus — and that very model PD29130 from the FCC also just received certification from the Canadian version of that body. Since Bell and Telus employ hybrid CDMA/GSM networks — CDMA for voice and HSDPA for data — and PD29130 seems to be a GSM-only handset, we suspect that it’s destined for Roger’s: a [...]
The Bangkok Posts reports that the Thailand Windows Phone 7 launch — the fifth country in the world to officially have Redmond’s new mobile OS — was a huge success.
The platform has launched with a single device, the HTC HD7 and all the units were sold out in a short time. The only Windows Phone 7 was brought to Thailand’s second largest GSM mobile phone provider, Dtac, by the Taiwanese manufacturer and went for 22,900 baht (around $760) with a monthly 799 baht (roughly $26.49) contract offering 3GB of data. According to reports, Thai script is possible [...]
An important step has been made towards the goal of building custom Windows Phone 7 ROMs, with skilled coder ansar.ath.gr having reportedly successfully swapped out the imgfs.bin file from a European HTC HD7 with ones from both a Mondrian (HTC 7 Surround) and Asian language Schubert (HD7) ROM, resulting in what he claims are two flashable NBH images. For those unfamiliar with WP7 ROM structures — and really, who isn’t? — the imgfs.bin contains both the SYS and OEM packages, which consist of the core OS files along with drivers and other customizations from the [...]
The alarm functionality in Windows Phone 7 may be making some HTC 7 Mozarts freeze and become unresponsive, according to the observations of users on the XDA-Developers forums.
The limited number of reports suggests this issue may not affect all Mozarts the same, or the steps needed to trigger it are specific enough that most users don’t run into any problems. The common thread among the reported freezes is that an alarm was set and goes off as planned, but the user ignores the phone for an extended period of time. When they go to finally dismiss the alarm, their Mozart [...]