For those who are not aware of this, Microsoft has re-branded Windows Mobile to Windows Phone earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress. The idea is to re-focus marketing on the products so that consumers are not confused at what they are purchasing and that they are aware they have a Windows powered phone. Meanwhile, Microsoft has taken the wraps off its Windows Phone schedule today with the confirmation of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices for October 6, 2009.
According to the windows team blog, the following partners, mobile operators and phone manufacturer will be carrying windows phone once they are available.
· In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
· In Europe: Mobile operators Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc, and phone manufacturers Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
· In Latin America: Mobile operator TIM Brazil, and phone manufacturers HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung
· In Asia Pacific: Mobile operators NTT DOCOMO Inc., SOFTBANK Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc., and phone manufacturers Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba