Everyone is gearing up for Microsoft Windows Phone 7 as it unveils the new platform on October 11 in New York City. By now, you’re probably familiar that AT&T is part of the mix, but T-Mobile will be a carrier partner, too. The fourth largest carrier in the U.S. will be selling Windows Phone 7 devices manufactured by HTC according to the Wall Street Journal’s sources.
T-Mobile USA will sell a device made by Taiwan-based HTC Corp., a person familiar with the plans said. T-Mobile USA may sell a more business-oriented Windows Phone 7 device later.
Adding another carrier partner gives Microsoft an additional outlet for distribution and boosts its chances for mass adoption of its platform. The Windows Phone 7 software represents Microsoft’s attempt to reinvigorate its ailing mobile business and stay relevant in the area that technology is headed.
Indeed, having more distribution outlets will benefit Microsoft. While AT&T seems to be the premier partner here, it’s probably only a matter of time before Sprint and Verizon start carrying the platform, too (even though Verizon said it won’t be carrying any Windows Phone 7 handsets at launch).
Be sure to tune in this same time next week, October 11, as we cover Microsoft’s announcement of its brand-spankin’ new platform. We’ll be live-blogging the event as well as bringing you news from partners and providers.