Cheaper Windows Phone 7 Devices Headed to Developing Countries

MobileJaw-WinPho7-FrontWord on the web is that Microsoft may be looking to create a different chassis or specification for developing countries. Most likely, this would result in devices with reduced screen sizes, less memory, and slower processors. As is expected, Microsoft will be looking to their hardware partners like HTC, and Samsung, to produce the low cost devices.

If the software inside the device is just as functional, then Microsoft may have a hard time keeping these out of North America.  It seems like that they would make a good starter Windows Phone to help people get on the platform at a reduced cost and then possibly upgrade to more functional hardware down the road. Microsoft needs consumers across the world to adopt the Windows Phone 7 platform. A low cost device at home as well as in other countries is a significant step towards re-gaining market share.

Windows Phone 7 is expected to be available for “Holiday 2010” running on hardware from all of Microsoft’s hardware partners. The exact date of availability and pricing are still not known.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.