Windows 7 Phone Handsets for Developers without Carrier Contracts Now Available on Zones

Good news for the developers building apps for the latest iteration of the Redmond company's mobile platform -- can now order Windows Phone 7 without having to get a carrier plan.Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Zones.com for all of handset OEMs and mobile operator partners to sell phones to developers without requiring a […]

Good news for the developers building apps for the latest iteration of the Redmond company's mobile platform -- can now order Windows Phone 7 without having to get a carrier plan.

Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Zones.com for all of handset OEMs and mobile operator partners to sell phones to developers without requiring a voice or data contract. "The phones are still carrier locked (varies by region), but you can purchase a Windows Phone 7 for your development purposes," revealed Bruce D. Kyle.

Windows Phone 7 on Zones

According to the Zones site, Windows Phone 7 is right on track for availability in EMEA on 2/14/2011.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Go to partner's site
  • Pick the phone you want to use (note: these devices are carrier locked, based on region)
  • Go thru the site's check-out process
  • You will have to pay all sales taxes and shipping charges

More Info: Zones

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