It appears that the first Windows Phone 7 “Mango” smartphone may available a bit sooner than expected.
The Next Web reports that the Fujitsu IS12T smartphone will have the honor of becoming the first "Mango" phone scheduled to be released in August. The phone will come with a 3.7 inch screen and is waterproof, not much else is known about the product.
The phone is currently scheduled for release only in Japan, so its not clear if the phone will ever be released here in the US. Other Mango based Windows Phone 7 smartphones are scheduled to be released later this fall. That includes the first WP7 devices made by Finland-based Nokia.
Microsoft has used Microsoft Points as a way to purchase downloadable games for the Xbox 360 game console, for purchasing movies and TV shows from Zune Marketplace and DLC for both Xbox 360 and games that use Games For Windows Live. Now, according to reports Microsoft Points are being used in a new Windows Phone 7 game for in-game microtransactions.
The Electronic Theatre web site reports that the Windows Phone 7 game with the microtransaction support is called “Birds and Beaks.” Developed and published completely in house by Microsoft Game Studios, the game has the player controlling a group of gnomes who’ve to deal with a hostile group of crows that’ve invaded Gnome Town.
The game gives the player a number of special powers and abilities to help defeat the crows. However, those gnome powers are fueled by mushrooms. While the game lets the player get a new batch of mushrooms when they complete levels, the player could run into a situation where his or her mushroom supply runs out before that happens. In that case the game allows the player to dip into his or her Microsoft Points to refresh their mushroom supple. While the first mushroom resupply using this method is in fact free, additional mushroom packs must be purchased by using 40 Microsoft Points (equivalent to 50 cents).