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.
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