Windows Phone 7 incentives give some a free Xbox and others a Zune Pass

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That’s what you call synergy. Or leveraging your other brands. Or going all out with your marketing. Whatever you want to call it, it seems that Microsoft is taking this whole Windows Phone 7 business pretty seriously and it’s not afraid to give out some free stuff to attract your interest.

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AT&T offers LG Quantum, HTC Surround to Windows Phone 7 line

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In addition to the flagship Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone, AT&T will be offering up the HTC Surround, and LG Quantum. CEO Ralph de la Vega calls them “game changers.” That’s exciting and all with the Windows Phone 7 floodgates now open, but we’ll just have to wait and see them first hand before we start “changing” anything.

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HTC HD7 with Windows Phone 7 on T-Mobile mid-November

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The Windows Phone 7 train is slowly rolling its way into the T-Mobile station and it looks like one of the first devices to show up at “Magenta” with the new Windows Phone 7 OS is the HTC HD7. You may have seen some leaked photos of this smartphone already, and you may already know it as the Schubert, either way this phone looks pretty sweet with its massive screen real estate of 4.3-inches (largest in USA apparently).

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Samsung Focus (Omnia 7) running Windows Phone 7 destined for AT&T November 8th

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Windows Phone 7 is a pretty big deal for the boys and girls in Redmond, Washington. Windows Mobile hasn’t exactly been the most popular of mobile platforms, so WP7 could represent quite the revival for Microsoft. When is that going to happen? For AT&T folks, one of the biggest dates to circle is November 8th.

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Google’s Andy Rubin says Windows Phone 7 isn’t needed

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PC Mag recently conducted an extensive interview with Andy Rubin from Google and they addressed a number of different issues. They talk about different versions of Android and the like, but what about the competitors? One of the more interesting quotes came up with the topic of Windows Phone 7 was raised.

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Several Windows Phone 7 devices from Samsung before year’s end

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If there is one smartphone manufacturer that is diversifying its interests, it has to be Samsung. It does feature phones with its own TouchWiz UI, it rocks out with Android, and it even has its own bada OS. And before Santa makes his rounds in a few months, Samsung will have “several” devices powered by Windows Phone 7 on the market.

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First look: HTC custom UI video for Windows Phone 7

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Samsung has the TouchWiz thing for its smartphones and Motorola does MOTOBLUR. Over at HTC, they have the Sense UI for Google Android, so it only makes sense that they’d want to customize the user interface on their Windows Phone 7 devices too. And now we get the first look at how these customizations will work.

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Sneak peak at first Windows Phone 7 game: Bye Bye Brain

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Windows Phone 7 is on the brink of distribution and we’ve managed to catch a glimpse at one of the first games made for the device; Bye Bye Brain- a 3D zombie killing classic Tower Defense game where you must attack the flesh eating zombies and stay alive until the military rescues you.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to launch for the ‘holidays’ with plenty of hardware choices

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Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.

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Dell Lightning strikes with Windows Phone 7

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Not particularly impressed with the Dell Mini 3i? Don’t really want anything to do with the Dell Streak series? That doesn’t mean that the giant computer maker isn’t going to go after your smartphone dollars with yet another offering. In a very exciting move, it seems that we could be getting our hands on the Dell Lightning smartphone.

While the hardware looks pretty slick (and I’ll get into that a little further in just a moment), the real news is that this will be powered by Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile has really fallen into the background these last couple of years, getting overshadowed by the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android (and even webOS from Palm to an extent), so this could be a major boon for Microsoft.

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