Orange and O2 get Windows Phone 7 exclusives

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Orange gets exclusive on HTC Mozart in the UK with O2 ranging the HTC HD7; Samsung and LG also announce Windows Phone 7 devices for October 21 launch

Orange and O2 will exclusively range Windows Phone 7 devices in he UK following the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating platform.

Orange will be the sole network to sell the HTC Mozart (pictured right). It comes with a 3.7-inch display, eight-megapixel camera, Dolby Sound for enhanced audio and a 1GHz processor. It will be available for free to customers who take out a £35 a month contract over 24 months, giving them 600 any network minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited email, Sat Nav with Orange Maps as well as inclusive anytime internet browsing.

The network will also sell the Samsung Omnia 7. The first handset from Samsung to feature Windows Phone 7 comes with a four-inch’ Super AMOLED’ touchscreen, five-megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor. It will be available for free to customers who take out a £40 a month, 24 month price plan. The package is identical to the one offered with the HTC Mozart but with 600 additional any network minutes a month.

Orange will also feature in a joint multi-million pound Windows Phone 7 advertising campaign planned for the UK. The launch will be supported with bespoke interactive point of sale store materials and a media partnership with XFM and Capital Radio.

Orange chief executive Tom Alexander said: “Orange and Microsoft pioneered the world’s first Windows-powered smartphone back in 2002 and together we’ve sold more than two million Orange devices running Windows Mobile. The Windows 7 experience is a step-change for the industry – one that promises opportunity, excitement and choice for our customers.”

O2 will exclusively range the HTC HD7 (pictured centre). The device comes with a 4.3-inch screen with a kickstand designed to let users watch videos and films handsfree.

HTC has also announced the HTC 7 Trophy (pictured left) for the UK market. It comes with a 1GHz processor, 3.8-inch touchscreen and surround sound capabilities.

The LG Optimus 7 will be available in the UK and comes with a 3.8 inch LCD display and 16GB of internal memory. It also features LG’s file sharing technology Play To. The service lets users share multimedia files with other digital devices from the picture, video or music Hubs without having to access other menus.

Elsewhere in the UK, Vodafone will also range the Optimus 7 and HTC Trophy, while T-Mobile and Three will range the Omnia 7. T-Mobile customers can get the Omnia 7 for free on £35 a month contracts over 24 month. The plan offers 900 any network minutes, 500 texts and unlimited internet.

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