Microsoft Canada Inc.

Microsoft Canada Inc.

November 08, 2010 09:36 ET

Windows Phone 7 Available Today

First phones available now from Canadian carriers Bell, Rogers and TELUS

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2010) - Microsoft Canada Inc. today announced the retail availability of the new Windows® Phone 7 handsets in Canada, joining more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries bringing Windows Phones to market this holiday season.

"Today we're delivering a different kind of smartphone to Canada's leading mobile carriers," said Owen Sagness, Vice President of Consumer and Online for Microsoft Canada. "Windows Phone 7 is a departure from today's app-focused phones, delivering a mobile phone experience that helps people get more done in fewer steps by providing timely information in a 'glance and go' format, as well as unique experiences like the integration of Xbox LIVE®, Zune®, Bing and Microsoft® Office Mobile."

Canadian Portfolio

Starting today, Windows Phone 7 will be available in Canada in a variety of sleek form factors from device-makers HTC Corp., and LG and mobile operators Bell and TELUS. In addition, Rogers is excited to announce the exclusive online launch of the new Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 smartphone.

  • Bell:
    • LG Optimus Quantum – The only Windows Phone 7 handset available in Canada with both a touchscreen and a full keyboard, the Optimus Quantum also features Remote PVR, enhanced Media Sharing, Augmented Reality and Voice-to-Text.
    • Price: The LG Optimus Quantum is available for as little as $99.95 on a three year contract with a minimum $50 voice/data plan or for $449.95 without a contract. Please visit Bell.ca/Quantum for more.
  • Rogers:
    • Samsung Focus – Featuring a super AMOLED, 4-inch screen for high-quality viewing, the Focus offers breakthrough entertainment for your life in motion. Lightweight at 110g.
    • Price: Starting today, the Focus is available in limited quantities exclusively on Rogers.com for $199.99 on three year voice and data plans, backed by Rogers Handset Protection Guarantee Program. Full in-store launch to follow later this month.
  • TELUS 
    • HTC 7 Surround™:  Mobile entertainment goes BIG. Listen to music, watch videos and play games in Dolby Surround Sound on the new Windows Phone 7 powered HTC 7 Surround™
    • LG Optimus 7 ™: The LG Optimus 7 takes the simple sophistication of Windows Phone 7 and brings it to the next level with enhanced media and social network sharing. Connect your friends to your experiences instantly so you can all enjoy the world around you.
    • Price: The LG Optimus 7 and the HTC 7 Surround will both be available for $99 on a three-year promotional plan**.

Windows Phone 7, Glance and Go

In today's busy world we are spending more time heads-down on our phones than interacting with the people we're sitting next to, inevitably missing out on life's most important moments. Windows Phone 7 was designed to end all this, delivering a mobile experience that works better for people, bringing together the things they care about most and helping them to get things done faster.

Windows Phone 7 breaks the current smartphone convention to help people quickly and easily find and consume data, information and services from the Web and applications. The new phones are distinguished by a unique design and integrated experiences built from Microsoft's deep portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and more.

For example, the customizable Start screen with Live Tiles is a personal experience, bringing people's content to life with real-time updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New Live Tiles can be easily created from whatever content a consumer wants, such as applications, websites and music.

Fuelling New Experiences

Windows Phone 7 marks a new era in mobile gaming as the first phone(1) to put the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of people's hands with a blockbuster line-up of game titles from award-winning publishers.

Windows Phone 7 is also the first to offer the Zune music experience on a phone: People can play their music collection, synced wirelessly from their PC, or stream or download new videos from Windows Marketplace.

Search is made easier with a dedicated button to help people find what they need, whether in contacts, in Marketplace, in e-mail or on the Web. From the Start screen, the Search button delivers Bing for mobile, delivering Web results, local information, maps, directions and more.

The Windows Live® solution helps people manage pictures, Windows Live calendar, Office OneNote® Mobile and more. The free Find My Phone service, new on Windows Live, can remotely ring, lock, erase and show the location of your phone on a map. Complete information about features and capabilities of Windows Phone 7 can be found at http://www.windowsphone.ca.

About Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 is a different kind of phone designed to bring together what you care about most. It's a phone that finds information and presents it at the right time, making it glanceable. A phone that organizes what you love so finding those things is easier and faster. Windows Phone 7 simplifies basic every-day tasks – like managing email or taking and sharing pictures – so you can do more in fewer steps. With Windows Phone 7, the things that matter most to people - such as games, music and video, photos and office productivity - are organized through integrated experiences known as Hubs and fuelled by the rich experiences of Xbox LIVE, Zune, Bing, and Office.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

(1)Windows Phone 7 features turn-based gaming with Xbox LIVE users on the phone and PC.

**Available for clients who activate or renew on a 3 year term with a Clear Choice Voice and Data plan of $50 or greater. TELUS reserves the right to modify eligible rate plans with this offer at any time without advance notice.

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