Contract-free handsets for WP7 developers

Contract-free handsets for WP7 developersMicrosoft has confirmed plans to make Windows Phone 7 devices more accessible to developers by giving them contract-free handsets.

According to the good people of ZDNet: “Brandon Watson, Microsoft's director of developer relations, said that the company has partnered with Zones.com to let developers buy Windows Phone 7 devices without a voice or data contract.”

The deal covers three handsets: the HTC Surround, HTC HD7 and Samsung Focus. They’ll be carrier-locked, but available for $500 each. That’s around £310 in UK moolah.

At the moment, the Windows Phone 7 devices are available on network-subsidised tariffs only.

At last year’s Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft dished out free Windows Phone 7 phones to all paid attendees, ahead of the official launch.

Microsoft puts the number of registered Windows Phone 7 developers at 27,000. Since launching last October, the number of apps on the Marketplace has risen to “more than 7,500”.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2011 at 16:17

Sony Ericsson launched a similar process in January - developers can borrow a phone. It's free, too. So, if you are developing apps for SE's phones, and you want to see your creation on a real Sony Ericsson phone rather than an emulator, head over to => http://developer.sonyericsson.com/wportal/devworld/phones/borrow-a-phone?cc=gb&lc=en

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