Update: Looks like Dell pulled the page offline! Perhaps they need to further fine tune the ship date and price (Thanks Jeff).
The last missing part to the Windows Phone 7 launch devices is the Dell Venue Pro, the nifty bottom-sliding WP7 phone that rocks a huge 4.1″ display and a spacious hardware keyboard below the screen. Up until now, we weren’t entirely sure of the shipping date and price for the device. But now, the Venue Pro is showing on Dell’s website with a ship date of 12/14 and a price of $149 with a new two year contract, or $499 if you want to [...]
Dell’s stylish-but-troubled Windows Phone 7-powered Venue Pro may be exhibiting signs of yet another defect, as several owners on XDA are reporting that the latest batch of units to hit Microsoft stores are unable to read standard SIM cards. By our count, ten separate handsets — many of them sold at the Oak Brook, Illinois location — have been reported as defective, with users claiming that even phones which originally recognized their cards turned defective after a soft reset.
Ironically, several of the forum posters experienced this issue with Venue Pros [...]
Let’s just say Dell didn’t have a perfect Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 launch despite the fact that this handset was the most anticipated of all; there were shortages in initial stock, there were WiFi bugs but there were exchanges promised too.
For the first time Dell came forward and made a blog post about the Dell Venue Pro, according to which the company promises to ramp up it device production so that they can benefit from a larger scale launch, with U.S. T-Mobile being a priority. Regarding the memory on the handset, “Dell will only support the micro SD card [...]
Yesterday we saw the effect of using the Windows Phone 7 diagnostic code on a Dell Venue Pro, unveiling a hidden Matrix-like screen but not really providing any diagnostic tools, let alone a way to tether the handset as with the Samsung Focus. Further experimentation with the phone has revealed that past the Matrix screen there is indeed a functional diagnostic mode, but still apparently no way to tether.
The code dialed to access any of these modes seems to be consistent across WP7 handsets. Keying in ##634# brings up the Matrix screen on the Venue Pro, and that’s all it [...]
If you’ve got a Samsung Focus and a mind for tinkering, you may have already tried out the hidden diagnostic mode that lets you ultimately enable wired USB tethering. While so far that trick isn’t working on other Windows Phone 7 handsets, the key sequence used to access the diagnostic screen does work with other WP7 devices, though you might not get quite what you’re looking for.
Dial ##634#, the same code used on the Focus, with Dell’s Venue Pro and you will find yourself staring at glowing green glyphs, raining down the screen. That’s right; [...]
Dell has responded to two launch day issues with the Windows Phone 7-powered Venue Pro, promising to provide affected customers with an exchange starting “at the end of next week.” Specifically, some of the first phone shipments are said to have been plagued by a “software glitch during Dell’s manufacturing process” that rendered them unable to connect to secure WiFi networks. Also addressed were the supposed “engineering sample” batteries, which had led to reports that the handsets themselves were not production units; Dell claims that in fact [...]
We were happy to bring you the news that our friends over at Clove.co.uk will have the highly anticipated Dell Venue Pro on stock starting November 8. Since then, stock got delayed to November 16 and today comes turning the knife in the wound.
Apparently, the stock information over at Clove’s changed to “Stock delayed until January 2011” as the Etailer states that it has been “informed that the first stock of the Dell Venue Pro to arrive in the UK has been delayed until January, due to a supply issue with components”. And as if this would not be a [...]
Many have shown concern about the Dell Venue Pro not having accessible memory slot or replaceable microSD card upon getting their hands on the scarcely available device and we also posted about the handset with its back cover taken off to uncover no access to an expansion slot.
Turns out the Dell Venue Pro has indeed a microSD card in an expansion slot but it looks like any tampering will immediately void your warranty as the card is hidden behind the “Warranty Void” sticker next to the SIM card slot. You can access and of course replace the card but you will do that [...]
The Dell Venue Pro is not even fully out yet and it’s already drawing some negative feedbacks. First of all, the device was long awaited by potential customers and when the November 8 date arrived, the Venue Pro was a “rara avis” with Microsoft stores that had a couple of units on stock which sold out fast. Then there was the disappointment of apparently no user accessible microSD card so it looks like you won’t be able to upgrade the memory on the handsets (at least not the easy way).
Latest negative on the Dell Venue Pro is an alleged WiFi bug; users [...]
The Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 was available in a very small quantity at the seven Microsoft stores nation-wide confirming previous rumors of November 8 availability through the Redmond Company’s channels – as a reminder, November 15 should be the date for Dell availability.
We also knew the Venue Pro will was listed with two variants based on internal memory capacity, one for 8GB and one for 16GB but the official description states clearly that the memory on the handset is not removable. In the picture above we see the Venue Pro with its back plate taken off and [...]
The Dell Venue Pro was supposed to be available through Microsoft today, November 8, and next week, on November 15, through Dell, but it looks like it failed to come up online on any Microsoft sites.
Looks like the information turned out to be true after all since Dell has provided a small amount of units to the seven Microsoft stores across the country. Engadget got a confirmation from a store rep that also confirmed that devices were selling as fresh bread for the usual $199 on contract or $449 outright. If you somehow managed to get your hands on a handset, you’ll be [...]
Maybe one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 handsets, the Dell Venue Pro, will be available via Microsoft and Dell channels starting November 8 and November 15, as a leaked screenshot hinted yesterday.
Now, hours before device availability, the Dell Venue Pro is rumored to be available for $199.99 on contract, pretty much like all Windows Phone 7 devices and much like we anticipated. No wording yet of a price tag without contract and the $199.99 is still a rumor until confirmed, even though it originates from one of the Microsoft stores that will have the device this [...]
The highly-anticipated Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 for T-Mobile will only be sold through Microsoft and Dell sales channels, starting on November 8th and 15th, respectively, according to a screenshot published by TmoNews. Dell already sells a number of cellphones through its online store — including its own offerings like the Streak and Aero plus models from other manufacturers — but this would seem to be the first time Microsoft has sold handsets directly, if this information is indeed genuine. No price was visible on the purported internal screen grab, although with [...]
Companies that issue BlackBerry smartphones to its employees are required to run BlackBerry servers, typically on-location. This can be an expensive proposition because setting up and maintaining the servers and all of the phones connected can require a full time force of tech-savvy employees. Dell, which employs almost 100,000 people, spends a lot of money on its BlackBerry infrastructure, but soon that will be no more. In an effort to cut mobile communication costs by 25%, Dell will be replacing 25,000 BlackBerry devices with the Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 device. They’ll [...]
At this point it should really come as no surprise — considering that sales begin in less than a week — but it’s worth mentioning that neither AT&T nor T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders for their inventory of Windows Phone 7 launch devices. We could previously surmise from T-Mobile’s HTC HD7 landing page that there would be no pre-order period — a helpful notification feature is offered in case you forget when the 8th falls this month — and now AT&T has responded to a tweet by stating that handset availability would be on a “first [...]
Despite being one of the devices announced on Windows Phone 7 launch day last month, the Dell Venue Pro hasn’t gotten much face time in front of the video camera — most of the available hands-ons date back to the launch itself, when Dell was showing off a non-booting prototype running an early, non-release build of the platform. Well apparently the bag of secrets has been opened a bit in recent days, with blog SizzledCore getting some serious demos of the handset at a Dell media event in Singapore. The site managed to post three videos of this 1GHz-powered, QWERTY-equipped [...]
A Dell smartphone going by the name of Venue has passed through the hallowed halls of the FCC, and due to the lack of a ‘Pro’ tacked onto the end, Engadget’s Chris Ziegler is speculating this may be the Dell Thunder Android handset that has been floating around for the last few months. As is usually the case with pre-release (and unannounced) hardware, the FCC has been asked to keep all identifying photos confidential for 180 days from the filing date, but a picture of the label plus a mention of the model name and number (V03B) might be just enough to go on. After [...]
No doubt about it, there is a lot of mystery around the highly anticipated Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 but we’re one step closer to the device since Microsoft has included the Venue Pro on its official Windows Phone 7 page.
After we heard about UK availability yesterday, Microsoft is advertising the scratch and shatter resistant – aka Gorilla Glass – screen and the vertical QWERTY keyboard as major highlights for the handset. Except for the well-known bit that it will be available on T-Mobile exclusively from Dell, another day passes that we don’t find [...]
One of the most anticipated handsets of the year, the Dell Venue Pro – ex-Lightning, is a solid business oriented Windows Phone 7 handset with a 1GHz processor, 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 5-megapixel camera and a superb Blackberry-lile vertical slide-up QWERTY keyboard.
There were rumors of it arriving to the U.K. before Christmas – that was of course before our friends over at Clove.co.uk had it unlocked and shipping November 8 – but according to an anonymous source from “a well known online mobile retailer”, the device will be available free [...]
We’d heard that Dell’s Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 would be hitting the UK before the end of the year, and now that window has apparently been narrowed down to a single day: November 8th. That’s when popular UK e-tailer Clove will reportedly receive stock of this anticipated model, better known to Americans as Windows Phone 7 device release day in the US. Pricing for the unlocked handset is 375 pounds (~$590), and 440 pounds (~$692) after tax.
Interestingly, Clove does not list a storage capacity — thought to be 8GB — for the 1GHz device, although the [...]
We’re still catching our breath from the whirlwind of news that swept across the smartphone plains yesterday in the form of Windows Phone 7 launch details, and we imagine that some of you are a little overwhelmed as well. Therefore we thought we’d recap all of our coverage for you in this handy guide, along with charts detailing specs of all the initial devices plus distribution plans broken down by country and carrier. We hope that you enjoyed our WP7 articles as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you, and we’d like to thank everyone for tuning in to Pocketnow for [...]
The Dell Lightning was renamed to the Dell Venue Pro – going for T-Mobile – yesterday with the occasion of the Windows Phone 7 launch where Microsoft presented the platform and manufacturers showcased their devices.
While no availability was mentioned – and the device wasn’t even available for real hands-on experience, being closed in a glass cube – we hear today that Dell’s Windows Phone 7 might arrive to Europe – UK to be more specific – in time before Christmas. The device is known for sure to sport Gorilla Glass for extra [...]